â€œSEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTERâ€
Residents and tourists in Hawaii were startled as their phones alerted them to an incoming ballistic missile threat on Saturday, now confirmed to have been a â€œfalse alarm.â€
â€œBALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII,â€ notifications read. â€œSEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.â€
Phone alert says incoming ballistic missile to Hawaii but I donâ€™t hear sirens. pic.twitter.com/JULD7UaVfb
â€” darthjarjar (@darthjarjar) January 13, 2018
No sirens yet. Local TV stations broadcasting sports and infomercials. Radio on autopilot so far. #MissileThreat
â€” Ryan Ozawa (@hawaii) January 13, 2018
Been on Oahu since Sunday. Got the ballistic missile alert this morning, so did some of the friends Iâ€™m with. So far no sirens or anything. The Hawaii department of defense site wonâ€™t load
â€” Karyne Levy (@karynelevy) January 13, 2018
This Emergency Alert just came to all our phones in Hawaii. No other info coming out and hotel has no shelter. Really hoping itâ€™s a false alarm, but if not - send your best vibes this way. #emergencyalert #hawaii pic.twitter.com/JNvIxjQA5p
â€” Cori Zarek (@corizarek) January 13, 2018
Before we get too far down this road, remember that Hawaii has recently been testing its new missile alert system.
â€” Adam Rawnsley (@arawnsley) January 13, 2018
Hawaiiâ€™s Emergency Management Agencyâ€™s social media channel subsequently advised there was no actual threat, though details are still limited:
NO missile threat to Hawaii.
â€” Hawaii EMA (@Hawaii_EMA) January 13, 2018
Hawaiiâ€™s Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard also confirmed the false alarm:
HAWAII - THIS IS A FALSE ALARM. THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE TO HAWAII. I HAVE CONFIRMED WITH OFFICIALS THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE. pic.twitter.com/DxfTXIDOQs
â€” Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) January 13, 2018
In December, given Donald Trumpâ€™s Twitter tantrums and the devolving relationship with North Korea, Newsweek reported that Hawaii had begun to â€œprepare for a nuclear attackâ€¦ with the island state taking its first serious precautions in decades for a possible missile strike.â€
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