Emergency alerts despatched Saturday to Hawaiians warning of a “ballistic missile menace” have been reportedly false, officers stated.
Shortly after eight a.m. native time Saturday, a number of alarmed Hawaii residents started posting screenshots of alerts that they had acquired studying: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”
The Hawaii Emergency Administration Company tweeted at eight:20 a.m. native time that there was no missile menace to the state.
The U.S. Navy additionally confirmed in an e mail the emergency alerts had been despatched in error.
“USPACOM has detected no ballistic missile menace to Hawaii,” U.S. Navy Commander Dave Benham, a spokesman for U.S. Pacific Command, stated in an e mail. “Earlier message was despatched in error. State of Hawaii will ship out a correction message as quickly as potential.”