Hawaii in State of Panic After False Missile Alarm

Hawaii residents had a scare on January 13th when all residents received an emergency alert text message that said “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” Luckily, the alert was a false alarm, but panic still spread as residents ran for shelter.


Cars pack the highway as the sign alerts that there is no threat. Photo courtesy of The Atlantic.

According to CNN, the initial alert came through at 1:07 p.m. Residents did not have any indication that the alert was a false alarm until the Hawaiian Emergency Management Agency took to social media to tell everyone that there was no threat. However, this did not take place until 1:20 p.m.; thirteen minutes after the original message.

After 38 minutes, there was a second alert sent that read “There is no missile threat or danger to the state of Hawaii. Repeat. False Alarm.”

The employee that sent out the text has since been fired.

  • Sierra Brown / February 2018 / HLGU Vanguard

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