US Panic in the Pacific: How those in Hawaii reacted to missile threat

02:16  14 january  2018
02:16  14 january  2018 Source:   nbcnews.com

Hawaii officials say 'false alarm' on alert about inbound ballistic missile

  Hawaii officials say 'false alarm' on alert about inbound ballistic missile Hawaii officials on Saturday announced that an alert saying a missile was headed for the state was a false alarm.Sen. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) issued a tweet, saying she had confirmed with officials the alert was false.

Related: ‘Ballistic missile threat ’ warning in Hawaii a false alarm. Panicked posts from residents on the islands flooded Twitter and worried relatives Dworkin said despite Hawaii ’s recent drills intended to prepare residents for an attack, he did not feel like he knew how to react . Facebook. Twitter.

Related: 'Ballistic missile threat ' warning in Hawaii a false alarm. Panicked posts from residents on the islands flooded Twitter and worried relatives on the mainland, all Dworkin said despite Hawaii ’s recent drills intended to prepare residents for an attack, he did not feel like he knew how to react .

Diamond Head, an extinct volcanic crater, and high-rises are seen in Honolulu on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. A push alert that warned of an incoming ballistic missile to Hawaii and sent residents into a full-blown panic was a mistake, state emergency officials said. © AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy Diamond Head, an extinct volcanic crater, and high-rises are seen in Honolulu on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. A push alert that warned of an incoming ballistic missile to Hawaii and sent residents into a full-blown panic was a mistake, state emergency officials said.

Ben DuPree spent the morning of his daughter's second birthday cowering with his family in a bathtub in Kailua, Hawaii, fearing an incoming missile strike from North Korea.

Like many others in Hawaii, Dupee said he panicked Saturday morning when he received an alert on his phone warning of an impending missile attack.

"I got the alert on [my wife's] phone at which point I yanked her out of the shower and we went to huddle in the bathtub," said Dupee, a Portland, Oregon, resident who was visiting family in Oahu.

Hawaii officials say ‘NO missile threat’ amid emergency alerts

  Hawaii officials say ‘NO missile threat’ amid emergency alerts Several Hawaii residents received emergency alerts advising them to “seek immediate shelter” Saturday morning.Load Error

Related: ‘Ballistic missile threat ’ warning in Hawaii a false alarm. Panicked posts from residents on the islands flooded Twitter and worried relatives on the mainland, all Dworkin said despite Hawaii ’s recent drills intended to prepare residents for an attack, he did not feel like he knew how to react .

'We huddled in the bathtub': How Hawaii reacted to missile threat - www.nbcnews.com. The initial message sparked a chain reaction that further escalated the panic – despite the Pentagon and US Pacific Command issuing a statement that they had “detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii .”

The family remained crouched in the tub for nearly 20 minutes, combing social media for updates. It wasn't until he saw a tweet from Hawaii's Emergency Management system that DuPree said he felt it was safe to leave the bathroom.

Similar scenes of panic and worry played out across Hawaii Saturday as many residents and visitors to the islands tried to determine if the missile threat was genuine. Officials later said the alert was mistakenly sent because of human error.

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Panicked posts from residents on the islands flooded Twitter and worried relatives on the mainland, all desperate to know if the alert was real.

"Not sure what to do. Sirens are going off," tweeted Canadian Olympic cyclist Emily Batty, who said she received the alert minutes into her morning bike ride.

Hawaii Congress Members Want Answers for Missile Alert Mistake: 'The Whole State Was Terrified'

  Hawaii Congress Members Want Answers for Missile Alert Mistake: 'The Whole State Was Terrified' <p>For a few minutes on Saturday, Hawaiians were panicking over a false alarm.</p>Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard was quick to tweet it was a false alarm, and she subsequently called into CNN to talk about what happened and said they’re getting to the bottom of it:

How folks reacted to the false missile threat 01:00. From paradise to panic : Hawaii residents and vacationers run for cover, fearing missile attack.

Hawaiians received a false alarm on Saturday warning of an inbound ballistic missile and causing instant, widespread panic . A second alert clarifying that there was no missile threat to Hawaii did not come until 38 minutes after the initial false alarm.

Jonathan Dworkin, an infectious disease doctor who lives in Honolulu, tweeted that he and his family were taking shelter in his basement.

Later, in a message on Twitter, Dworkin told NBC News he was initially confused by the alerts because he only received the warning on one of his phones. Although his neighborhood was calm and he couldn't hear any sirens, Dworkin said he and his family decided to remain in their shelter, where his 9-year-old peppered him with questions and his 4-year-old remained calm.

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"The first confirmed 'all clear' we saw was actually a Twitter message from Tulsi Gabbard," he said. "Then 26 minutes ago we got another phone alert [from the government] canceling."

Dworkin said despite Hawaii's recent drills intended to prepare residents for an attack, he did not feel like he knew how to react.

"I am not sure how much I can conclude about statewide preparedness from this," he said. "But as a dry run, not very reassuring."

DuPree said Saturday's incident underscored the need for a diplomatic political solution to the escalating tensions with North Korea.

"When the leader of North Korea, and when President Trump trade messages and tweets about the size of their nuclear buttons, that might feel very distant to them, but it's very real to people living in harms way," he said.

North Korea didn't react to false Hawaii missile alert, Mattis says .
Mattis called the nascent talks between North and South Korea "a positive indicator," but said it was too early to determine Kim Jong Un's intent.On Saturday morning local time, thousands of tourists and residents in Hawaii received mobile alerts on their phones that a missile would soon be impacting the state. With tensions high over the regime's ballistic missile program and President Donald Trump recently warning North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, that he has the bigger "nuclear button," the false alarm prompted panic that Hawaii was the target of an attack from North Korea.

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