Hawaii governor sorry for false alert

Vehicles were parked inside the H3 tunnel as motorists sought the shelter of the mountain.

Honeymooners Phil and Katie Pham were eating breakfast outdoors at a Hawaiian resort Saturday when they received a terrifying alert on their cellphones.

Pristelski said at 8:07 a.m., local time, on Saturday the alert came across on her iPhone.

Panicked residents gathered family members, ran out onto the streets and desperately sought shelter as they awaited the attack.

Some people abandoned cars on the highway and others gathered in the interiors of their homes to wait for what seemed like the inevitable, a blast that would cause widespread death and destruction.

An alert system is in place because of the potential proximity of Hawaii to North Korean missiles.

Television broadcasts and mobile phones in Hawaii were interrupted by an emergency warning of an incoming missile on Saturday. Although Miyagi said there is a message "are you sure you want to send", it was sent anyway.

"The warning was a mistake", Miyagi said.

"The people of Hawaii experienced that in 15 minutes they and their families are going to be dead", the Democratic lawmaker said. "If we allow this one-man Gomorrah and his corrupt Republican congress to continue alienating the world we are headed for suffering beyond all imagination", his tweet read. "It's the last thing I'm gonna do".

"Heard a knock on the door". We ran out into the streets trying to find shelter and saw a few people sprinting toward the mall.

"I'm going to check out where those bunkers are", she said. However, it was really a false alarm.

For Hawaii, located about 4,600 miles away from North Korea, living in the shadows of a nuclear threat is becoming a reality.

"I hope it doesn't happen again", he said of the false alarm.

He was still "a little freaked out" and feeling paranoid even after hearing it was a false alarm.

ABC News journalist David Spicer received the notification while on holidays in Honolulu.

The alert created triggered mixed reactions among tourists in Waikiki.

"I mean, what do you do if you're under imminent threat of a ballistic missile?" They're not prepared here.

Actor Jim Carrey tweeted that he woke up to the alert in Hawaii.

"What happened today is totally inexcusable".

Why did it take 38 minutes to correct the error?

Though the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency tweeted that there was no threat about 10 minutes later, most people who are not on the social media platform continued to be panicked.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige told CNN that human error caused the alert to go out.

"We're in a process of sending another message to cancel the initial message".

Two minutes after that, John Peterson revealed the evasive steps he had taken.

"Everyone was running around like, 'What do we do?'" he said. "This is my responsibility and my team", he said.

"Again, I apologise for this".

  • Jon Douglas