HAWAII – THIS IS A FALSE ALARM. THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE TO HAWAII. I HAVE CONFIRMED WITH OFFICIALS THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE. pic.twitter.com/DxfTXIDOQs
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) January 13, 2018
NO missile threat to Hawaii.
— Hawaii EMA (@Hawaii_EMA) January 13, 2018
An EAS alert even appeared on television that warned:
“The U.S. Pacific Command has detected a missile threat to Hawaii. A missile may impact on land or sea within minutes. This is not a drill. If you are indoors, stay indoors. If you are outdoors, seek immediate shelter in a building. Remain indoors well away from windows. If you are driving, pull safely to the side of the road and seek shelter in a building or lay on the floor. We will announce when the threat has ended. This is not a drill. Take immediate action measures.”
Holy hell this is terrifying.
This is the exact moment the Hawaii Emergency Alert System for the Ballistic Missile alert interrupted Hawaiian TV. #Hawaii #BallisticMissle #EAS pic.twitter.com/gzLCBgqHVG
— Chris Strider (@stridinstrider) January 13, 2018
U.S. Pacific Command spokesman Cmdr. David Benham said in a statement that PACOM “has detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii” and the “earlier message was sent in error.” Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz: “It was a false alarm based on a human error. There is nothing more important to Hawai‘i than professionalizing and fool-proofing this process.”
It took a mind-melting 38 minutes for the EAS to correct their original text message warning of nuclear holocaust.
LOOK AT THIS STUPID LONG GAP BETWEEN “Hey nuclear missile incoming” vs “Sorry we screwed up.” @Hawaii_EMA pic.twitter.com/RaB3Sz5tbU
— Gene Park (@GenePark) January 13, 2018
Waking up to be told to find shelter because you are minutes from being incinerated is a fuckup of monumental proportions. Do you think the person who told tens of thousands of people that they were about to be nuked lost their job? I’m going with a hard “yes.”[TheHill]
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