Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Says Missile Alert Was False Alarm

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Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency on Saturday said there is no missile threat to the state, despite an emergency alert that directed residents to seek immediate shelter due to an inbound “ballistic missile threat.”

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) tweeted, “I have confirmed with officials there is no incoming missile.”

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) said the alert was “a false alarm based on a human error.”

The National Weather Service in Honolulu released a statement saying that the initial alert was “a test message.”

“The Warning Message received this morning DOES NOT DEPICT A REAL MISSILE THREAT. It was a test message,” the service said.

The initial alert was sent out to mobile devices and broadcast on television.

A second alert to residents read, “There is no missile threat or danger to the State of Hawaii. Repeat. False alarm.”

This post has been updated.

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