“SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER”
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 “false alarm.”
“BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII,” notifications read. “SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”
Phone alert says incoming ballistic missile to Hawaii but I don’t hear sirens. pic.twitter.com/JULD7UaVfb— darthjarjar (@darthjarjar) January 13, 2018
No sirens yet. Local TV stations broadcasting sports and infomercials. Radio on autopilot so far. #MissileThreat— Ryan Ozawa (@hawaii) January 13, 2018
Been on Oahu since Sunday. Got the ballistic missile alert this morning, so did some of the friends I’m with. So far no sirens or anything. The Hawaii department of defense site won’t load— 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 it’s a false alarm, but if not - send your best vibes this way. #emergencyalert #hawaii pic.twitter.com/JNvIxjQA5p— 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.— Adam Rawnsley (@arawnsley) January 13, 2018
Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency’s social media channel subsequently advised there was no actual threat, though details are still limited:
NO missile threat to Hawaii.— Hawaii EMA (@Hawaii_EMA) January 13, 2018
Hawaii’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— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) January 13, 2018
In December, given Donald Trump’s Twitter tantrums and the devolving relationship with North Korea, Newsweek reported that Hawaii had begun to “prepare for a nuclear attack… with the island state taking its first serious precautions in decades for a possible missile strike.”
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