False missile alert panics residents of Hawaii

A missile alert was accidentally sent out on Saturday in Hawaii — and the message caused mass panic and havoc throughout the islands.

Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency has apologized for the error and blamed it on an emergency worker hitting the wrong template during a routine drill.

The fallout for the agency has been horrendous.

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Residents and tourists alike remained rattled a day after the mistaken alert was blasted out to cellphones across the islands with a warning to seek immediate shelter and the ominous statement: “This is not a drill.”

“Clearly there is a massive gap between letting people know something’s coming and having something for them to do,” Hawaii resident Jonathan Scheuer said Sunday. “Nobody knew what to do.”

People should immediately seek shelter in a building “or other substantial structure,” once an attack-warning siren sounds, according



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