False inbound missile alert in Hawaii spreads terror to the Tennessee Valley

False inbound missile alert in Hawaii spreads terror to the Tennessee Valley

False inbound missile alert in Hawaii spreads terror to the Tennessee Valley

As a result, they said a "cancellation template" would be created to make it easier to fix mistaken alerts.

State officials and the US military's Pacific Command confirmed that there was no actual threat to the state. The so-called early warning satellites are created to identify within seconds the location of the launch site, the missile's trajectory and its potential target.

"We woke up to his dad banging on the door saying there was a missile coming, we needed to leave to go to a bomb shelter", Mortara said. At the news conference with Ige and Miyagi, a Hawaii tourism official expressed concern about the impact the incident might have on attracting visitors to the state. NORAD (the North American Aerospace Defense Command), STRATCOM, intelligence agencies and the National Security Council are involved in the decision-making.

The erroneous message came after months of heated tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, with North Korea claiming it had successfully tested long-range, nuclear-tipped missiles capable of striking anywhere in the United States. The spacecraft are armed with cutting-edge infrared sensors and instruments that operate at wide angles to detect heat signatures from missile plumes as they flash against Earth's background. Hawaii's emergency management system relies on the military because it does not have detection capability on its own. The emergency notification he saw shocked him.

Videos posted on social media show children being lowered into manholes for protection. That is followed by a one-minute Attack Warning Signal, or a wailing tone, that directs residents to seek immediate shelter, according to the agency. A revised alert informing of the "false alarm" didn't reach cellphones until about 40 minutes later. Wireless emergency alerts are usually dispatched during critical emergency situations and are a partnership between the Federal Communications Commission, FEMA and the wireless industry.

Thinking they only had minutes to prepare for the worst, people in Hawaii braced for the threat of an attack.

"The governor has directed that we hold off any more tests until we get this squared away". Tourists and locals were just waking up as their phones buzzed with a short emergency alert.

The U.S. state of Hawaii was sent into a panic on Saturday when an emergency message went out to cellphones there warning of an impending ballistic missile strike.

Even though the state says almost 93 percent of the state's 386 sirens worked properly, 12 mistakenly played an ambulance siren. Brian Schatz tweeted the false alarm was "totally inexcusable" and was caused by human error.

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The agency did not have a plan for a false alarm in place, officials said.

The notification said a ballistic missile threat was inbound. People broke into tears, told relatives they loved them and scattered back to their homes and hotels, unsure what to do next. The state would have about a 20-minute heads-up before a potential missile launch from Kim Jong Un's regime hit the islands.

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesman Richard Repoza said it was a false alarm. Residents are instead instructed to go inside and remain sheltered for up to 14 days or until they are told it's safe to leave.

Every moment of every day, the USA military and intelligence agencies have satellites in high-Earth orbit scouring the globe for anything amiss.

"Honey take shelter. I love you", one said. Officials would then use AM-FM broadcast radios to provide information, the agency said.

Hawaiians rushed to areas with some physical protection.

It is unclear how or why the initial alert was sent out, and how many people received it.

Hawaii state lawmaker Kaniela Ing told CNN he had heard stories of people making tearful goodbye calls, and he said that a family had taken shelter in the sewers.

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