Hawaii's ballistic missile threat alert, a false alarm

In a separate tweet after confirmation that the alert was sent in error, Peterson wrote: "Man".

The warning went out to television and radio as well as cell phones, Ige added.

It was declared a false alarm shortly afterwards, but not before panic started to spread.

Pai said the improved alerts will "lead Americans to take more seriously the alerts they receive on their mobile devices".

Around 40 minutes later, another emergency alert was sent out to Hawaiians, this time declaring that there is "no missile threat to Hawaii".

An incoming missile alert plunged residents of Hawaii into panic on Saturday morning before it was declared to be false.

Hawaii emergency officials confirmed Saturday an alert that a ballistic missile was inbound to the island was a mistake, apparently caused by someone pushing a wrong button.

"The U.S. Pacific Command has detected a missile threat to Hawaii", the emergency announcer said.

A retraction message was sent 38 minutes later.

Hawaii's EMA said that the alert went out in error as part of a drill. "This was purely a state exercise", White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said later. "There is no incoming missile to Hawaii".

The alert and rush to shelter caused "confusion", McGowan said, particularly for the children in the group. The whole state was terrified.

Hawaii Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono echoed that point in her own tweet.

In a conciliatory news conference later in the day, Hawaii officials apologized for the mistake and vowed to ensure it will never happen again. Please tell us your experiences.

In addition, Defense Secretary James Mattis was briefed on the situation, a defense official told CNN. "Somebody can verify this?" tweeted Emiliano Grillo of Argentina.

North Korean President Kim Jong-un has threatened to unleash his country's growing missile weapon capability against the USA territory of Guam or US states, prompting President Donald Trump to threaten tough action against Pyongyang, including "fire and fury".

"There is no threat at this time", Public Affairs Officer Joe Nawrocki said.

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