Senator calls false missile alert 'inexcusable'

"Pacific Command has detected a missile threat", and people were urged to take immediate shelter.

Another Civil Defense message, reassuring Hawaiians that the original alert was in fact false, has reportedly only reached some citizens after long delays, apparently due to the strain the event has put on local phone lines.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) also tried to calm their constituents in the message, calling it a "false alarm".

A push alert that warned of an incoming ballistic missile to Hawaii and sent residents into a full-blown panic Saturday was a mistake, state emergency officials said.

"Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesman Richard Repoza said it's a false alarm and that the agency is trying to determine what happened", CBS News reported a few minutes ago.


Hawaii EMA sent a correction notification at 1:45 ET, 38 minutes after sending out its initial message. "Last fall, Hawaii started having drills, but no staff told us this".

"It was part of a drill that was going on", they said. It's unclear why the alert went out. "It was a false alarm based on a human error".

"There is no missile threat", he tweeted.

The threat of attack from North Korea, and debate about whether the country has the ability to reach Hawaii or the mainland West Coast, has been an ongoing one as tensions have risen between the United States and that country.

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