Trump briefed on Hawaii 'emergency management exercise' - White House

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Hawaii emergency officials say an alert of a ballistic missile headed toward Hawaii that sent residents into a full-blown panic was a false alarm.

The US military's Pacific command has also reassured citizens it was a false alarm, confirming it had "detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii" and that the message had been "sent in error".

"What the people of Hawaii went a true realization that they've got 15 minutes to get to shelter or they're going to be dead", Rep. Gabbard told MSNBC.

An emergency alert was mistakenly sent to residents of Hawaii Saturday that told people to seek immediate shelter.

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- Michelle Broder Van Dyke (@michellebvd) January 13, 2018NO missile threat to Hawaii.

They received a emergency alert on their iPhones that read in capital letters: "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT IN BOUND TO HAWAII".

Repeating, the Warning Message received this morning DOES NOT DEPICT A REAL MISSILE THREAT.

"NBC News had tweeted that it was an error, that there wasn't actually a missile coming which was a huge relief". The U.S. Northern Command, also based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is tasked with air, land and sea defense of the continental United States, Alaska, Canada, Mexico and portions of the Caribbean. "There is nothing more important to Hawai'i than professionalizing and fool-proofing this process". "We tried to Google shelters and find somewhere to go, but there wasn't any information or plan". Brian Schatz, D-HI. "The whole state was terrified". She included a screen grab of the false alarm.

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"There needs to be tough and quick accountability and a fixed process", he wrote.

The FBI's Strategic Information and Operations Center, Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency are monitoring the situation, a USA official told CNN.

"What happened today is totally inexcusable", tweeted Sen. "Last fall, Hawaii started having drills, but no staff told us this". Gen. Kenneth Hara, Deputy Adjutant, Hawaii National Guard, "so we just urge the public to keep with that three things".

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