MSUM student with Hawaii ties relieved missile warning was a false alarm

Hawaii warning

- Before it was known to be a false alarm, people in Hawaii did whatever they could to make themselves safe from an imminent missile attack Saturday morning.

It would take an estimated 40 minutes for the US military's Pacific Command to retract the warning. But for more than a half hour, while the agency struggled to retract the warning, panicked Hawaiians scrambled to find shelter.

A mistaken alert went out Saturday warning of a missile headed toward Hawaii, Jan. 13, 2018.

"Part of me was like, 'there's no way that it's actually happening, ' so I was confused about that but I was scared because it said not a drill and I had never been through anything like that before", said Silverburg.

State officials and the USA military's Pacific Command confirmed there was no actual threat to the state, but Hawaiians waited for almost 40 minutes while the agency struggled to retract the warning.

Thirty minutes later she received another message on her phone saying the first message was a false alarm. The earlier alert was an error, it said, and everything was OK. So, she grabbed her four children held them close, listened to the news and hoped for the best.

"If you are watching this video, that means I didn't make it", Mark Gardner said in the video. "The change of shift is about three people. I, too, am extremely upset about this and am doing everything I can do to immediately improve our emergency management systems, procedures and staffing", Ige said. "This was purely a state exercise", they said.

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Miyagi said he meant to produce a report about the incident by next week. "This will not happen again", he added.

The emergency alert was recalled after close to 45 minutes. Samuel Hickman, from Avon, was one of the many vacationing in Hawaii as this all unfolded. Ige will brief Hawaii's congressional delegation Saturday afternoon.

The incident prompted defense agencies including the Pentagon and the U.S. Pacific Command to issue the same statement, that they had "detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii".

He called the false alarm "definitely scary stuff". Trump was wrapping up a round of golf at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida when the incident was unfolding.

Tourists and residents received the false alert just one month after Hawaii tested its nuclear attack siren system.

The Congresswoman from Hawaii, Gabbard accused Trump of "posturing" and not taking nuclear threats from North Korea seriously and urged to begin direct talks with Pyongyang without preconditions.

"Everybody was freaking out back home", Hickman said. "The whole state was terrified".

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