Timeline: Hawaii false alarm missile scare

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On January 13, it took Hawaii authorities at least 38 minutes to retract an emergency telephone text notice of an "INBOUND BALLISTIC MISSILE" that ended with the words, "THIS IS NOT A DRILL".

Wiley was visiting Hawaii to investigate why the mistaken alert was sent.

They are now working on ways to improve the alert system, and say it could ultimately help improve other systems in the country.

Almost 40 minutes passed between the time Hawaii officials fired off the bogus alert about an incoming missile over the weekend and the moment the notice was canceled.

"People were trying to call frantically all over the state", said Hawaii Island Representative Richard Creagan, who is on the Public Safety Committee. The debate comes as North Korea claims it is testing weapons that could deliver a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile to Hawaii, Guam and even the USA mainland.

On Tuesday, Japan's public broadcaster mistakenly sent an alert warning citizens of a North Korean missile launch and urging them to seek immediate shelter.

U.S. Reps. Colleen Hanabusa and Tulsi Gabbard, both of Hawaii, have asked the House Armed Services Committee to hold a hearing on the issue.

Hawaii is also the only state that has siren alerts that will be sounded specifically to warn of a ballistic missile threat. "The federal government is going to find out about that long before us".

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Within 15 minutes of the alert, the Hawaii Emergency Management issued a tweet confirming the alert was sent in error and after 40 minutes pushed an alert to residents' cellphones.

"We want to find out exactly what happened and how to make sure that it never happens again" Pai said.

A corrected alert was not sent for almost 40 minutes because state workers had no prepared message for a false alarm.

Each county has its own emergency management alert systems where you can receive mobile alerts.

He said the process could add another five minutes, further cutting into the time that people have to prepare for a disaster.

Video courtesy Hawaii State Legislature, edited by BIVN. "And those warnings can be sent in multiple languages". The agency has conducted three tests of the national public warning system for radios and television only. He was at his golf club in West Palm Beach, accompanied by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Creagan said there must be a way for that circuit to tell a caller if the alert is the real thing or not.

"I love that they took responsibility".

"This had the potential for being totally catastrophic", Hirono said.

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