Hawaii officials say inbound ballistic missile alert was mistake

Erika Holt
January 13, 2018

In October, the University of Hawaii sent its students and faculty an email about what actions to undertake in case of a nuclear incident, instructing students when and where to shelter in place of an attack.

Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency on Saturday said there is no missile threat to the state, despite an emergency alert that directed residents to seek immediate shelter due to an inbound "ballistic missile threat".

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

However, Hawaii Senator Tulsi Gabbard (D), quickly confirmed that this was a false alarm.

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"It was part of a drill that was going on", they said.

Lt. Commander Joe Nawrocki of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, the agency in charge of providing aerospace warnings in North America, told BuzzFeed News, "There is no missile threat". "There is absolutely no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii right now", he said.

"This was the message received on every single mobile phone at 8.07 am this morning in the US State of Hawaii".

"At a time of heightened tensions, we need to make sure all information released to community is accurate".

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