Blame Hawaii's apocalypse fake-out on this common video game mistake

David Ige

Rapoza said missile alerts were added to the menu in November as North Korea ramped up its nuclear weapon tests and "presented a theoretical risk to Hawaii". Japan also sent out an erroneous alert, via broadcaster NHK with the message, "NHK news alert". As Hawaii is the only state with an early warning system, it could take mainland states as long as 30 minutes to create and send an alert.

"There are only certain people within the state of Vermont that can issue those alerts".

This smartphone screen capture shows a false incoming ballistic missile emergency alert sent from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency system on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018.

The governor's remarks come after Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator Vern Miyagi headed to the agency's 24-hour operations center to find out why the false alert was sent out, according to an email to CNN. "Thus, the proper emergency action drill for schools is, 'Shelter-in-Place, ' Shelter-in-Place drills is one of the five annual emergency exercises practiced by schools".

It was transmitted to mobile phones and broadcast on television and radio across the island shortly after 8am local time on Saturday.

"It wasn't until about 20 minutes later that we started seeing all the TV stations talking about the big mistake that caused chaos in Hawaii", Dorn said.

Hawaiian officials said it was caused by an employee clicking on the wrong link and activating a real alert instead of an internal test.




The employee, believing the correct selection had been made, then went ahead and clicked "yes" when the system's computer prompt asked whether to proceed, Mr Rapoza said.

The agency also has incorporated a way of issuing an immediate false-alarm notice in the event of an error.

Sen Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, says it's clear that human error initiated the false alert.

Writing on Twitter, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard was the first to declare that the alert was false at 8:19am.

"Clearly, government agencies are not prepared and lack the capacity to deal with emergency situations", he said in a statement. "They took total responsibility", Trump said.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Monday appointed state Army National Guard Brig.

Schatz says he expects reports from several federal agencies, along with the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency to be released sometime in the next few months.

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