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Fear and anger as Hawaiians face false alarm on missile threat

14 January 2018

An emergency alert was sent mistakenly to Hawaii's residents yesterday warning of an imminent ballistic missile attack. This mistaken alert went out when an employee at the state emergency management agency pushed the "wrong button," Hawaii's governor said.

State officials and the U.S. military's Pacific Command confirmed that there was no actual threat to the state. Media reports said it took 38 minutes for the initial alert to be corrected. The Emergency Management Agency eventually said on Twitter: "NO missile threat to Hawaii."