Warning of ballistic missile inbound to Hawaii a 'false alarm'

Residents of Hawaii were thrown into a panic Saturday morning after an emergency alert was sent a warning of a ballistic missile threat.

She then tweeted, "HAWAII - THIS IS A FALSE ALARM".

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency confirmed via Twitter that there is "NO missile threat to Hawaii".

Hawaiian Governor David Ige apologized on Saturday for the "pain and confusion" caused by a false ballistic missile attack alert.

Hawaiians have been told that they'll have 20 minutes to seek shelter if a missile were launched from North Korea.

The Pentagon did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

David Benham said in a statement that PACOM "has detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii" and that an "earlier message was sent in error".

"I will be working with my colleagues in the Legislature to investigate into this matter and to provide the proper oversight to ensure that our state emergency alert system is properly functioning".

Richard Ing, a Honolulu attorney, is photographed as he joked it was probably someone's last day on the job when Hawaii emergency management officials mistakenly sent an alert that a ballistic missile was inbound to Hawaii.

"The whole state was terrified", he said. Hawaii officials say it's unclear what caused the alert to be sent.

"What happened was. during shift changes (with) outgoing and incoming staff, somebody selected the wrong item on a computer".

A voice over announced over the commentary that the incoming missile "was not a drill" and an impact could be "within minutes".

'No missile is headed toward the State of Hawaii REPEAT.NO MISSILE IS HEADED TOWARD THE STATE OF HAWAII'.

He told Hawaii News Now on Saturday morning that after getting the alert, he huddled in his bathtub with his children and "said our prayers trying to find out what the hell was going on". Ige confirmed what Schatz already strongly suspected because of other sources of information available to him - that this was a false alarm. The U.S. Northern Command, also based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is tasked with air, land and sea defense of the continental United States, Alaska, Canada, Mexico and portions of the Caribbean.

The White House said in a statement that, "The President has been briefed on the state of Hawaii's emergency management exercise. There needs to be tough and quick accountability and a fixed process".

In December, Hawaii tested its nuclear warning siren for the first time since the end of the Cold War.

The incident happened amid high global tensions over North Korea's development of a ballistic nuclear weapon.

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