Emergency management officials say a push alert that warned of an incoming ballistic missile to Hawaii today was a mistake.
The emergency alert sent to mobile phones said in all caps: "Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill."
Hawaii accidentally sent out a message warning of a missile attack. This is what people saw. The Emergency Administrator tells me this is a false alarm. He's trying to find out why it happened. #Hawaii #missile pic.twitter.com/8F2Zyotw24— Sara Sidner (@sarasidnerCNN) January 13, 2018
Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesman Richard Repoza said it was a false alarm.
He says the agency is trying to determine what happened.
The alert stirred panic for residents on the island and across social media.
This Emergency Alert just came to all our phones in Hawaii. No other info coming out and hotel has no shelter. Really hoping it’s a false alarm, but if not - send your best vibes this way. #emergencyalert #hawaii pic.twitter.com/JNvIxjQA5p— Cori Zarek (@corizarek) January 13, 2018
my little sis is in Hawaii and when receiving this called my family in tears saying how much she loves us. how ya gonna send this as a TEST. the sad part is we are at a point in this world where we had no problem believing it could’ve been real. hug your family tight. #Hawaii https://t.co/fIYAu0nWcV— mia johnson (@mia_johnson7) January 13, 2018
- AP and Digital desk