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« Thread started on: Jan 13th, 2018, 3:03pm »

Oooops! embarassed



Hawaii Receives False-Alarm ‘Ballistic Missile Threat’ Alert

By Chas Danner
Updated on January 13, 2018, 3:00 pm

Stunned Hawaiians received a terrifying emergency alert on their mobile devices and television screens early Saturday morning warning them of a “ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii” and telling them to “seek immediate shelter.” The mistaken alert, which reached an unknown number of people in the state just after 8 a.m. local time, even indicated that “this is not a drill”:

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An automated television message was sent out too, announcing that, “the U.S. Pacific Command has detected a missile threat to Hawaii.” The scrolling message and automated voice continued:

"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."

The false alert was due to human error, according to Senator Brian Schatz, and the U.S. Pacific Command also confirmed that it had detected no missile. A spokesman for the Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency claimed that the agency had been performing a standard drill and blamed the false alert on a technical issue. Hawaii governor David Ige, however, said that a staff member at the agency had accidentally pressed the wrong button during a shift change, triggering the emergency alert system.

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/01/hawaii-receives-false-ballistic-missile-threat-alert.html

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« Reply #1 on: Jan 13th, 2018, 5:22pm »

If one was having a happy morning, this would take the "air" out of that.
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