A false emergency message warning Hawaii residents of an incoming ballistic missile sent people scrambling in panic Saturday.
The alert, which was sent to cellphones and appeared on television, asked people to “seek immediate shelter” and added, “This is not a drill.”
Reaction quickly spread across social media, with people seeking answers to what state emergency officials declared was a false alarm.
#hawaii— 카푸찬희☕️ (@jiminnsshi) January 13, 2018
when ur in a van w/ ur hs swim team & get a warning about the missle. we were in the middle of nowhere and there was no shelter. everyone started crying, screaming, & calling their loved ones. then there's me who called my mom & she says, "chill, it's a joke" & hung up...
My parents are in Hawaii and are being told to take shelter for a ballistic missle!!!!!— Robert (@R_Chandler15) January 13, 2018
This was my phone when I woke up just now. I'm in Honolulu, #Hawaii and my family is on the North Shore. They were hiding in the garage. My mom and sister were crying. It was a false alarm, but betting a lot of people are shaken. @KPRC2 pic.twitter.com/m6EKxH3QqQ— Sara Donchey (@SaraDonchey) January 13, 2018
AGAIN FALSE ALARM. What happened today is totally inexcusable. The whole state was terrified. There needs to be tough and quick accountability and a fixed process.— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) January 13, 2018