A false missile alarm struck fear into the U.S. State of hawaii in the pacific on saturday. Emades state emergency management agency sent text messages to the public warning of an approaching missile headed for hawaii. "This is not a practice", it was in the news on saturday morning (local time). The population should seek immediate protection.
"Wrong button printed"
The agency corrected its own message 38 minutes later in the same way, shortly before via twitter. "No rocket threat for hawaii", it hammered in the meager message. US forces also said they had no signs of a missile threat. An EMA spokesman said someone mistakenly triggered the chain of information that led to the cellphone warning. Someone has "pressed the wrong button", he continued.
Governor david ige apologized to hawaiians for the mistake. "This should not have happened", he said at a press conference. Work is being done to prevent such incidents from happening again.
People in mortal fear
The authorities were under pressure during the course of the day, because many people seemed to have been unnecessarily frightened. President donald trump was briefed on the situation. "It was a "state of the federation" ceremony, said a spokesman of the weiben house. The federal disaster control agency started an investigation.
Congresswoman tulsi gabbard from hawaii said many people had been scared to death. "The people received the message and thought: 15 minutes. We have 15 minutes, then we and our families can be dead."
Fear of korea for months
Even the world's top golf pros, who were in hawaii for a pga tournament, were spooked by the false alarm. U.S. Professional J.J. Spaun hid in the basement of his hotels, as he wrote on twitter. And his compatriot john peterson tweeted: "with my wife, baby and in-laws under mattresses in hotel bathtub". Dear god, please don't let the rocket alarm be real". After the warning, peterson deleted his tweet: "oh man, how can you press the wrong button like that".
People in hawaii have been living in fear of a missile attack from north korea for months. A few weeks ago, an old siren system, like the one used during the cold war, was put back into operation.
There was also a false missile alert on the pacific island of guam, a u.S. Territory, last august. Both areas may be within range of missiles from North Korea.