The missile-strike message Hawaiians saw on their phones was a false alarm

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The message Hawaiians noticed on their telephones

Individuals throughout the US state of Hawaii obtained a textual content on Saturday morning, warning of an impending missile strike.

It was declared a false alarm shortly afterwards, however not earlier than panic began to unfold.

“Ballistic missile menace inbound to Hawaii. Search fast shelter. This isn’t a drill,” learn the message, all in capital letters.

Hawaii Emergency Administration Company later confirmed there was no menace.

In a web based assertion, Honolulu Police Division stated: “State Warning Level has issued a Missile Alert in ERROR! There’s NO menace to the State of Hawaii!”

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser said emergency officials had mistakenly sent the message out by textual content at 08:07 (18:07 GMT) earlier than correcting the error by electronic mail 18 minutes later. There was no follow-up cell textual content till 38 minutes after the unique alert, it stated.

It was unclear how the preliminary mistake was made.

In December, Hawaii examined its nuclear warning siren for the primary time because the finish of the Chilly Battle.

It got here amid a rising menace from North Korea’s missile and nuclear programme. Hawaii is the closest state to North Korea.

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Media captionThe siren has a distinct tone from a pure catastrophe warning siren

In September Pyongyang carried out its sixth nuclear check.

Final month, the Star-Advertiser additionally reported missile launched from North Korea might strike Hawaii inside 20 minutes of launch.