It's raining fake missiles: Japan follows Hawaii with mistaken alert


Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesman Richard Rapoza said Tuesday that his agency asked FEMA for clarification Saturday about whether rescinding an alert was an appropriate use of the warning system.

This comes just days after the Hawaiian Emergency Management Agency issued a false ballistic missile alert on Saturday that took 38 minutes to be reversed. Honolulu Civil Beat obtained a photo of the window where one employee accidentally selected the option to send a real missile alert instead of running an internal test.

Gov. David Ige has appointed a new head of Hawaii's emergency management agency after a faulty alert was sent to cellphones around the state warning of an incoming missile attack.

But she worries that system failures allowed it to go uncorrected for too long, almost 40 minutes.

He says even though Minot has a nuclear missile base, he says North Dakota and Minnesota are unlikely targets. The alert also implied that Japan's emergency warning system was activated and urged people to seek shelter. There was no system for retracting the false alarm.

Police were notified within minutes that the alarm was false, but city officials waited for state officials to issue the correction, as protocol instructed them to do.

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Officials say a statewide, emergency alert is rare, with the last, such alert event connected to blizzard, travel conditions.

"The amusing thing is we had literally been joking about it the afternoon before at lunch", Smith said.

"The public needs to be able to trust that the emergency alert they receive is legitimate".

If a future employee is just as perplexed by the menu below, at least now they can select "BMD False Alarm" to cancel a missile alert more quickly.

Residents and holidaymakers in Hawaii awoke to a message which read: "Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii".

"The good thing coming out of this is that the people there will be more prepared and so I'm really thankful for that", Smith said. There are going to be instructions there about how to make sure you're part of the Code Red system.