Residents of USA state Hawaii were left in shock and despair after an alert warning of an incoming ballistic missile was sent in error on Saturday. "State of Hawaii will send out a correction message as soon as possible", Benham said.
The message, which also interrupted TV broadcasts, sparked panic before a second alert sent around 30 minutes later correcting the error.
Hawaii residents received a text on Saturday morning, warning of an impending missile strike but it was later declared a false alarm.
FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr said the bureau has launched a full investigation into the false alert. As NPR's Miles Parks reports, the false alarm seems to have been caused by pushing the wrong button. "I just kept thinking North Korea sent a missile", Vanessa Vartanian said.
We've all suffered that moment of pure horror after realising we've sent a text message to the wrong person.
Gov. David Ige said at a press conference Saturday afternoon that the error happened during a routine procedure that occurs as workers are changing shifts.
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The alert stirred panic for residents on the island and across social media.
As to how this whole saga unfolded, Hawaii governor David Ige explained that the message was sacked off after someone involved in a drill accidentally pressed a wrong button.
Hawaii began conducting a monthly test of outdoor emergency sirens in December after North Korea stepped up its missile and nuclear programs, test-firing ballistic missiles over Japan into the Pacific past year.
"I was thinking North Korea has done did it".
Chihiro Kitagawa, a 46-year-old Honolulu resident, also said, "I thought it wasn't real".
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"We just went running, we went to this other place, a concrete building, people were just running in the street, they were desperate".