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Smartphone users in Hawaii received a false alert that a ballistic missile was en route

January 13th, 2018 at 7:43 PM
Hawaii Ballistic Missile Alert

Smartphone users and TV watchers in Hawaii on Saturday morning were on the receiving end of a harrowing and fear-inducing emergency alert regarding an impending missile attack. The message, reportedly the result of human error, instructed individuals to seek immediate shelter and naturally left many folks in a panic.


Here’s what the alert looked like for iPhone users.

And this is what the alert sounded like for TV viewers:

Arguably, the alert might have been viewed with immediate skepticism by the masses under normal circumstances, but the ongoing verbal tussle between Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un left many Hawaiians generally frightened and under the impression that an impending attack was coming. Ultimately, the saga was sorted out when an alert indicating that the original alert was erroneous was sent out 40 minutes later.

As to how this whole saga unfolded, Hawaii governor David Ige explained that the message was fired off after someone accidentally pressed a wrong button.

“It was a mistake made during a standard procedure at the change over of a shift,” Ige explained, “and an employee pushed the wrong button.” Notably, alerts that no missile was en route were also issued to radio listeners and TV watchers.

Taking to Twitter, Ige also added that he was meeting with DOD officials to determine what can be done to prevent a similar scenario from occurring in the future.

A life long Mac user and Apple enthusiast, Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 6 years. His writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and most recently, TUAW. When not writing about and analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions, the most recent examples being The Walking Dead and Broad City.

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