Japanese public TV says staffer sent missile alert in error

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"The government urges people to take shelter inside buildings or underground".

NHK said the false alert was sent by mistake when it was trying to issue another news flash.

The erroneous NHK news flash had been prepared for a possible emergency, the broadcaster said, adding that transmission of an alert usually involves checking by multiple staff members.

It's been a bad few days for cell phone alerts concerning ballistic missile launches.

The message sent statewide just after 8am on Saturday read: "Ballistic Missile threat inbound to Hawaii".

"Go find shelter, ballistic missile headed to Hawaii, this is not a drill", Smith recalled.

It was transmitted to mobile phones and broadcast on television and radio across the island shortly after 8am local time on Saturday.

The false alert came on the same day as the USA and Canada planned to host talks in Vancouver over the crisis on the Korean Peninsula after a year of missile tests and threats from the North.

A missile launched from North Korea would take about 20 minutes to hit Hawaii.

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Well apparently Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency didn't get the memo because, not only did they have a system password stored on a Post-it-note, they allowed it to be photographed and sent out for all the world to see.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell previously told the Star-Advertiser there were no reported injuries or accidents from the false alarm, which Hawaii resident John Nakauye told the paper was a "total lie". That's a good thing, given that the former manual process required a full 38 minutes for a correction to be released.

Japan is also stepping up its missile intercepting capabilities and conducting missile drills across the country in which residents, including schoolchildren and elderly people, rush to community centers, cover their heads and duck down to the floor.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said the state of Hawaii didn't need federal approval to retract a cellphone alert mistakenly sent over the weekend warning of a ballistic missile attack.

Gov. David Ige (D) said the pre-programmed alert, the only one of its kind in the USA, was sent after an employee "pushed the wrong button" during a shift change.

"Clearly, government agencies are not prepared and lack the capacity to deal with emergency situations", he said in a statement.

Hirono says "this had the potential for being totally catastrophic".

"Somebody messed up", said Erin Sutton, Director of Virginia Beach's Office of Emergency Management.

Ige said that he had requested the ability to test the mobile alert system, but the effort had been "blocked nationwide".

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