Hawaii residents and tourists received a message on their phones on Saturday, Jan. 13th basically implying that they were all going to die from a ballistic missile. Then they realized it was a mistake. Just kidding, everything is gonna be okay.
Around 8:00 AM a message was sent out saying “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”
People ran to shelters and other safe places, people even lifted manholes and got into the sewers.
After all that, they found out that is was a false alarm. Somehow while doing a standard procedure, someone pressed the wrong button, then managed to click through many other screens to send out the message that broadcast on TVs, phones, and radios. It took 38 minutes for another message to be sent out saying it was a false alarm. The missile would have already hit Hawaii in that time. A ballistic missile can travel 10,000 kilometers in 30-35 minutes and the distance between Hawaii and North Korea (where most thought the missile was launched) is only 7,501 kilometers.
Hawaii’s Governor, David Ige, later posted on his Twitter, “ I am meeting this morning with top officials of the State Department of Defense and the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency to determine what caused this morning’s false alarm and to prevent it from happening again.”
Let’s hope so.