Hawaii officials confirmed on Saturday that a mobile alert warning island residents of a “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND” was a “false alarm.”
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) issued a tweet minutes after the alert was issued saying that “there is no incoming missile to Hawaii.”
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
Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency also confirmed on Twitter that there was no threat.
NO missile threat to Hawaii.
— Hawaii EMA (@Hawaii_EMA) January 13, 2018
A spokesperson added: “We’re in a process of sending another message to cancel the initial message. It was part of a drill that was going on.”
U.S. Pacific Command spokesman Cmdr. David Benham said in a statement that the military “has detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii” and that an “earlier message was sent in error.”
“State of Hawaii will send out a correction message as soon as possible,” he said.
It took 38 minutes for officials to issue a second message calling the initial alert a false alarm.
“The people of Hawaii just got a taste of the stark reality of what we face here with a potential nuclear strike on Hawaii,” Gabbard said during a phone interview Saturday on CNN.
“This is a real threat facing Hawaii,” she added.
Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill. pic.twitter.com/tlJYNwCr1A
— Ryan Ozawa (@hawaii) January 13, 2018
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) January 13, 2018
6 mins into our ride here in Hawaii and this is the text I just received? Not sure what to do. Sirens are going off. pic.twitter.com/D5USDAw3wp
— Emily Batty (@emilybatty) January 13, 2018