Hawaii officials say alert about ballistic missile was sent by mistake

The U.S. military's Pacific Command said on Saturday there was no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii after a message was mistakenly sent to Hawaii residents' mobile phones warning them to seek shelter.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard tweeted a screenshot of the warning and a message saying it was false.

Hawaii is considered particularly vulnerable these days because it's on the flight path between the US mainland and North Korea, which has been conducting intercontinental ballistic missile tests by Kim Jong-un. "I repeat, there is NO THREAT at this time".

"While I am thankful this morning's alert was a false alarm, the public must have confidence in our emergency alert system", Ige said in a statement just emailed to reporters.

WTOP's John Aaron was in Hawaii on his honeymoon when the alert went out.

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency tweeted, "NO missile threat to Hawaii".

"What happened today is totally inexcusable", Schatz later added. Brian Schatz (D-HI) "The whole state was terrified". He was still "a little freaked out" and feeling paranoid even after hearing it was a false alarm.

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A Hawaii EMA spokesman also told BuzzFeed News that they were in the process of sending another message to cancel the initial alert.

A Buzzfeed reporter noted another alert clarifying that the first was a mistake wasn't sent out to cell phones for almost 40 minutes.

According to reports emerging on social media, some people even tried to seek shelter from the "incoming missile" in storm drains.

Ms Gabbard then tweeted to Hawaii, in all-caps: "There is no incoming missile to Hawaii".

He was still "a little freaked out" and feeling paranoid even after hearing it was a false alarm.

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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