Panic and confusion swept Hawaii on Saturday as a mistaken alert about a ballistic missile attack spread across the Pacific U.S. state, sending residents and tourists scrambling for shelter and questioning why an all-clear was not issued faster. "My mom and sister were crying".
"My mom started to get up to go, and my Dad told her that if it was their time to go, he wanted to be looking at the ocean and enjoying the view", he wrote on Twitter.
Natural disaster alerts - including false alarms - have been even more common, with the erroneous reports contributing to a growing and potentially risky sense of indifference among some.
"I was still sleeping when I received message in the morning".
"Today is a day that most of us will never forget", said Hawaii Gov. David Ige.
Authorities later apologized for the error and causing panic among residents.
"I was just scared".
The incident prompted defense agencies including the Pentagon and the U.S. Pacific Command to issue the same statement, that they had "detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii".
The erroneous message came after months of heated tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, with North Korea claiming it had successfully tested long-range, nuclear-tipped missiles capable of striking anywhere in the United States. We made a mistake. "It was unfortunate and regrettable".
Ige said the alert was sent during a employee shift change at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, and that the state had no automated process to get out the word that it was a false alarm.
"It was a procedure that occurs at the change of shift where they go through to make sure that the system, that it's working".
According to a report from Wired, a monthly magazine focusing on how emerging technologies affect social behaviors, the system uses a web interface with multiple servers that cache preloaded messages about different types of emergencies, and staff on duty can drop down the menu of the kind of alert messages and select one.
Miyagi, who took responsibility for the incident, said the mistake "should have been caught". It's a screen - a test button, and an actual.
"There is a screen that says, 'Are you sure you want to do this?'" Miyagi said, adding that the employee "feels bad about it".
And Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said on social media the panel would launch an investigation.
The governor said some sirens went off on Saturday after the false alarm.
Another, Vinicius Pereira, said: "Hawaii is the first place they are going to drop the bomb on".
"I know first-hand that what happened today was totally unacceptable, and many in our community was deeply affected by this".
Wada said the instructors and staff at the school "seemed calm", despite being at Honolulu International Airport, which is located adjacent to the US military's Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Ige said at the press conference.