Hawaiians rattled by 'false alarm' missile alert sent to their mobile phones

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Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator Vern Miyagi is headed to the agency's 24-hour operations center to find out why the false alert about a ballistic missile was sent out, according to an email to CNN.

"Hawaii - this is a false alarm", Gabbard said on Twitter on Saturday night (Sunday morning NZ time).

The false alert was sent about 8 a.m. and confirmed to be sent in error within about 15 minutes.

Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz also took to Twitter on Saturday in the wake of the false alarm. "Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill".

The state of Hawaii was jolted Saturday morning by a warning of an imminent incoming missile attack, which was sent to cell phones, and local television and radio stations, as it took nearly 40 minutes for officials to confirm that it was a false alarm.

The video below shows the TV programming being interrupted for the mistaken alert.

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The messages appear to have been sent on Apple's emergency message system.

An officer in the Hickam-based 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command confirmed there was never a threat.

- Hawaii EMA (@Hawaii_EMA) January 13, 2018State Warning Point has issued a Missile Alert in ERROR!

"It was part of a drill that was going on", they said. We're trying to figure out where this came from or how this started.

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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