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This Is The Button That Sent Hawaii's False Inbound Missile Alarm

This Is The Button That Sent Hawaii's False Inbound Missile Alarm

NHK's 6.55 p.m. alert said: "North Korea appears to have launched a missile".

"We're very sorry", NHK said on its website, without explaining further.

The false alarm came just days after Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency sent a mistaken warning of a North Korean missile attack to mobile phones across the state, triggering panic.

Thousands of miles away, Saturday, Hawaiians were on full alert for almost 30 minutes, when a missile alert was sent by mistake. In this case, the message was retracted instantly, and the NHK subsequently issued an apology for the error.

The false alert resulted in panic across the islands as people sought shelter - a student described the scene to HuffPost as "just pandemonium".

Commander David Benham, a spokesman for US Pacific Command confirmed in a statement that there is no threat: "USPACOM has detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii", the statement read.

Officials in Hawaii shared a drop-down menu similar to the infamous interface their blundering employee used while botching a missile alert test.

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Japan is also stepping up its missile defense capabilities and is conducting missile drills across the country. A major drill is planned in downtown Tokyo next week.

"Don't scare me. It's good that (North Korea) didn't launch a missile", one Japanese Twitter user said. "Don't become the boy who cried wolf".

News 12 morning anchor Lauren Smith and her family vacationing in Hawaii during the ballistic missile false alarm.

It took 38 minutes for the government to realize its mistake and issue a subsequent alert stating that the warning was sent in error. But she said she worries that system failures allowed it to go uncorrected for too long.

The state was slow to contain the situation, waiting 23 minutes to call officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to get unnecessary approval to send a retraction. A day when many in our community thought our worst nightmare might actually be happening", Ige said, adding "I know first-hand that what happened today was totally unacceptable, and many in our community was deeply affected by this.

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz met with members of Hawaii's congressional delegation and officials from several federal agencies Wednesday to discuss the issue.

"As I tried to calm her down, I was suspicious that no other TV channels, local or cable news, had warnings on them, nor were the sirens going off", Dorn said. It regularly threatens to destroy Japan and the United States.