He sent his mother, back home in southern IL, a message - a screen shot of his phone, with the alert across it.
But the warning turned out to be completely false, and the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency tweeted that there was no missile threat to the state. The people of Hawaii have been on edge in recent months as North Korea's Kim Jong-un may be closer to perfecting a nuclear missile.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai tweeted that the agency will be conducting a full investigation into the false alarm.More news: Tractor Supply Co (NASDAQ:TSCO) Institutional Investor Sentiment Is 1.03
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"It was a procedure that occurs at the change of shift where they go through to make sure that the system is working and an employee pushed the wrong button", explained Hawaii Governor David Ige. The message was reportedly sent out because of human error. The EMA administrator also urged citizens to keep up with the current political climate, referring to the better relations between North and South Korea. There is no ballistic missile inbound to Hawaii. There is NO threat to the State of Hawaii!
"I thought 'No, this is not happening today, '" Malapit said, adding he was still "a little freaked out" and feeling paranoid even after hearing it was a false alarm.
She said there are many lessons to be learned from the mishap. "One person actually sought shelter in a doorway waiting for some other notification, so it definitely looked like everybody received the alert". In the future, Miyagi said, there will be two people to push that alert button.
In addition, State Rep. Scott Saiki, the Democratic speaker of the Hawaii House of Representatives, declared on Facebook that "this can not happen again".