Hawaiian Missile Threat Mishap

On Saturday 13th the residents of Hawaii received a shocking emergency alert notification stating \"BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL,\" the message, which went out on TV, Radio and cellphones transpired to be a false alarm and a second emergency alert was sent to phones 38 minutes after the initial message confirming this.

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. \"Earlier message was sent in error. State of Hawaii will send out a correction message as soon as possible.\"

After investigation it has been deemed a result of human error, in part due to badly designed user interface, whereupon an employee at the Hawaiian Emergency Management Agency (HEMA) inadvertently pressed \"Missile Alert\" instead of \"Test Missile alert\"

According to a report in the Guardian \"In the days since the alert, HEMA has made a number of tweaks to the computer system to prevent a repeat of the error. It has added a “cancellation button”, allowing users to send a second alert over the same system that notifies recipients that the first was a false alarm. On Saturday, sending that second “false alarm” alert required extraordinary permission, delaying it for 38 minutes. HEMA has also added a requirement for a second person to confirm the message to be sent, hopefully preventing the first from simply clicking through mistakenly\".


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