Emergency alert about ballistic missile sent to Hawaii residents; EMA says ‘no threat’

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14 Jan 2018 02:38 - +25411
I'm here in Hawaii, and it was an intense 10 minutes. The alert went out at 8:08 AM Hawaiian time which has to be some sort of sick joke. Everybody got messages on their phones reading "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL." If you're like most people, then you've never gotten anything like that on your phone. Let me tell you though, it was the best alarm I've ever had. Neighbors were panicking asking each other if they also got the alert, and the whole atmosphere in general was tense. The worst part about the alert is that you couldn't find more information about it. I went online to see where the missile would hit or any other information, but none existed. The entirety of the Hawaiian Islands thought that it could be them. Definitely an interesting way to start my day.
14 Jan 2018 02:35 - +17403
This is MUCH bigger than just a simple mistake. The entire state of Hawaii just thought they were about to get blown up.
14 Jan 2018 03:13 - +16810
"So, why did you leave your last job?" "I caused a mass panic that ignited fears of a nuclear annihilation. And the department was downsizing. It was mostly the downsizing."
14 Jan 2018 02:51 - +13563
The worst part was realizing how unprepared we were. My roommates and I woke up to the alarm and just sat there not knowing what we’re supposed to do in this situation.
14 Jan 2018 02:32 - +13453
Nothing like waking up on your wedding day in Hawaii to threats of Ballistic Missile Strikes.....
14 Jan 2018 03:57 - +13321
There's someone sitting in a fully stocked underground bunker that's going to be pissed when they come out in 30 years to check radiation levels.
14 Jan 2018 02:41 - +12511
My aunt called me to say her goodbyes. She said everyone at their hotel was screaming and running through the hallways. What a massive fuckup.
14 Jan 2018 02:48 - +10736
I’m here on a school trip. There were people running from the beach and crying and calling their families. I still am feeling the adrenaline! What a major fuck up.
14 Jan 2018 02:32 - +9226
Someone is definitely getting fired.
14 Jan 2018 03:11 - +7036
It was complete chaos here for about 20 minutes. I immediately left work and drove about 10 mins home and the roadways were crazy. Complete disregard for any traffic law whatsoever. People going 100+ in 45mph zones, running red lights, driving on the wrong side of the road - absolute chaos like nothing I've seen before. When I got home my family was huddled downstairs in the garage storage area (kinda underground) crying hysterically. I called 911 and they confirmed it was a mistake but we didn't get a txt msg confirming it was a mistake till about 30 minutes after the initial "THIS IS NOT A DRILL."
14 Jan 2018 02:52 - +6587
38 minutes to correct this error seems like a long time to fear imminent death.
14 Jan 2018 04:49 - +5891
Got the text. Both my wife and I look at each other in unbelief and terror. We looked at our 4 year old daughter sleeping peacefully. We kept quiet and calmed. Sat there in silence whispering to each other things are going to be ok but Anger rushing through my head as a father as I felt helpless. Heard a knock on the door. Two joggers terrified asked if they could take shelter with us. We said ok. Our discussion wakes up my daughter who now sees everyone in a tense and panick mode. We all had no idea what to do but stay away from the windows. After a few minutes of discussion gave our second car to the joggers so they could speed home to spend time with their families. Daughter is now awake and asking why mommy and daddy are quiet. We hug her and said nothing. We are going to have a great day. Still no official message that it was a mistake. Decided to browse social media. Find out from Twitter it was a mistake and local news did no report. Finally after what felt like an hour we get the official message it's fake. Wife and I are happy. Decided to still go help a friend move from his house. The beach I see everyday looks so much more beautiful today. Aloha.
14 Jan 2018 04:57 - +5842
I cannot wait for the TIFU by sending Hawaii into a nuclear panic
14 Jan 2018 02:36 - +5049
I was taking a shit browsing reddit when my phone suddenly flashed the emergency. Needless to say the one good thing that came out of this was that my shit came right out. Source: Live in Hawaii Edit: My most upvoted comment is now about shitting myself because of a false alarm about a nuclear warhead. There's a silver lining to everything I suppose.
14 Jan 2018 03:02 - +4756
I learned learned 2 things from this false alarm 1. Why our parents are all so fucked up 2. My nuclear survival strategy is to drink a bunch of lukewarm soju
14 Jan 2018 04:08 - +4691
On the bright side, thinking she was going to die, my crush confessed that she also had a crush on me. I just got back from getting post-nuclear panic coffee with her. Wow, this blew up. So, this may not be the happy ending we're hoping for. She is seriously considering transferring to a college on the mainland (I can't say I really blame her).
14 Jan 2018 02:33 - +4633
Dammit, I am way too draftable for another attack on Hawaii.
14 Jan 2018 02:43 - +3614
This should not be taken lightly. You had an entire state in a state of panic. People could have been injured or even died if the issue wasn’t resolved quickly.
14 Jan 2018 03:04 - +3059
2018 seems to be going smoothly, I see.
14 Jan 2018 03:04 - +2798
All the people in Hawaii who made a new year's resolution to quit smoking are going to have a massvive cheat day
14 Jan 2018 02:55 - +2714
Well at least we know that button actually works -some guy at NORAD probably
14 Jan 2018 03:17 - +2486
Active military. First thought was "Where's the safest place to take my wife right now" Second was "Oh shit, if I don't die right now I'm going to war" Hell of a way to start the day. My blood pressure still isn't back down to baseline.
14 Jan 2018 03:40 - +2318
Was driving past Pearl Harbor when I got the alert. Noped the fuck out of there so hard.
14 Jan 2018 02:33 - +2229
Family in Hawaii called and texted nonstop understandably freaking out. Thank god for Reddit. I was able to check the Hawaii subreddit for news on this while news channels weren’t even discussing it.
14 Jan 2018 02:39 - +2160
Live right outside of Honolulu. 8 minutes from Pearl Harbor. The roads were EMPTY. It was insane. Can confirm that we all had to change some pants.
14 Jan 2018 03:01 - +2122
Got the alert on the Big Island this morning too. Wife immediately shat her pants. Very scary 😳 http://i.imgur.com/wny9B1F.jpg
14 Jan 2018 04:34 - +1889
My buddy is in Hawaii on vacation and he just texted the group chat “See ya later fellas”
14 Jan 2018 03:13 - +1888
I live on Oahu and it took way too long to send out a retraction saying this was a false alarm. My mom was panicking, people here were confused. How the hell did CNN, Fox News, Twitter and Reddit report on this before our local news? It took about 38 min for another text to be send out stating it was in error. Our congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard took to twitter to tweet out a false alarm and that was the first word we heard that the incoming missile was false. And btw, when they sent out the retraction text message, they started blasting the emergency sirens downtown. So what are people supposed to think. A mistake or is this for real? Talk about a shitty response. I feel sorry for the people here on vacation. Can you imagine getting this text and not knowing wtf to do and being away from family? Man, I don't even know where the designated shelters are or if they even exist, and I grew up here. Edit: Not my video, but here's the Emergency Message about the false incoming missile that was broadcast on TV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWlIojZ0O-0
14 Jan 2018 03:25 - +1872
My mom called me, she lives in Ewa Beach. I missed the call, she sends a text saying a missile is hitting Hawaii and she wanted to let me know she loves me. I went online and saw that it was a mistake, I called her back and the warning was still on the tv. I could hear it in the background. I found out it was a false alarm faster on Social Media (Twitter) from the Dept of Defense than they did over there.
14 Jan 2018 02:33 - +1576
Love the threat of nuclear war in the morning.
14 Jan 2018 03:48 - +1420
I was playing some Fortnite and got this notification on my phone. I heard it going off and slowly grabbed my phone, wondering what kind of weather alert it could be (it's a beautiful day today) I initially read about an incoming missile, and my heart sinks, but I assume it's a test, until I get to the end. "THIS IS NOT A TEST , SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY". Immediate panic. I started pacing around my apartment, trying to quickly google "ballistic missile" to see if i could find any info or if my phone had been hacked (or like a weird spam message popup). Immediately called my mom just to tell her that there is a missile incoming and to just be on the phone with her while it happens. Man....that really got the juices flowing on this sleepy saturday morning. Jeesh.
14 Jan 2018 02:32 - +1415
Everyone in Hawaii changing pants right now
14 Jan 2018 03:45 - +1365
People were literally putting their kids in storm drains. Next level fuck up
14 Jan 2018 02:45 - +1248
Giving Steve Harvey that government job went about as well as expected
14 Jan 2018 02:49 - +1098
Just got out of the bathtub. Huddled with the wife and toddler until the all-clear. I promised myself I'd die wearing clean underwear. Not like this. Also: the warning sirens did not go off at any point, which gave us hope. Still terrifying. And: False alarm alert pushed -- https://m.imgur.com/QV0QXE3 -- also showing up on our television.
14 Jan 2018 02:33 - +1031
That’s a heck of a “whoops, wrong button” mistake.
14 Jan 2018 03:05 - +1021
Welcome to the late 50's. Remember duck and cover, and kiss your ass goodbye.
14 Jan 2018 03:06 - +945
Staying in Kauai for my honeymoon on the north shore. One minute im enjoying some tea on our balcony watching the sunrise play off the mountains....and then I get a vague text in all caps saying I have 10 minutes to live with sirens blaring in the distance. Fucking unreal.
14 Jan 2018 02:42 - +935
I was at a barbecue and one of my friends got off the phone bawling. Her mother called her and said that she had gotten this message and was sure she would die. Not only will this event increase tension of those living in Hawaii, it’s going to cause distrust between citizens and the emergency system. This is a truly unacceptable mistake, one that likely caused lives to be lost. EDIT: The more proof I see, the more I believe the ‘Intentional Hack’ story. Awaiting more information.
14 Jan 2018 03:04 - +842
I will say, as someone in Hawaii, who's youngest daughter was 20 miles away at a birthday party, who heard her cry over the phone, while watching my oldest daughter cry with feelings of hopelessness, that I appreciate this false alarm. Nothing puts things in perspective than something like this. To know I was woken out of my 4 hour sleep and still reacted with a clear head, makes you appreciate life more, makes you appreciate the people in your life more, and makes you know this could one day be real. If this was just another test, nobody would have cared to move a muscle. At least now we have a better awareness of the situation should something real happen.
14 Jan 2018 04:52 - +827
Was in the video intro to the Pearl Harbor tour entitled (ish) "Why We Went To War." Possibly the most hilariously awful timing of anything in my life. Marines ordered us to stay inside, Navy personnel were freaking out harder than most of the people. We had to remind some other tourists that we were currently in a sunken, steel-reinforced structure on a military installation and that we're in a pretty good spot. Am now drinking heavily in a nearby bar and everything tastes DELICIOUS EDIT: words
14 Jan 2018 04:41 - +813
The alarm came and I saw myself with a bottle of rum. As a took a swig and looked at my cat, I realized, I was content with the end.
14 Jan 2018 03:51 - +776
What do you think the chances are someone is hiding in a bunker in Hawaii right now unaware it was a false alarm?
14 Jan 2018 03:07 - +773
I wonder if anyone took their life this morning being scared from dying from a nuclear missile.
14 Jan 2018 03:03 - +749
https://twitter.com/treyyingst/status/952251616727531520 “It took nearly 40 minutes for residents of Hawaii to receive a second alert informing them that a ballistic missile was not incoming. 40 minutes.”
14 Jan 2018 03:47 - +725
Also in Hawaii. Work with tourists. People were flipping the fuck out. I was like "I'm on an island. I have nowhere to go. Fuck it. I'm dead" lol. Happened to be an air Force officer near me that called command and figured out what was going on quickly, so I knew about 15 mins before a lot of people did.
14 Jan 2018 02:42 - +606
The kind of thing you’d think we’d have locked down in this current global political climate. “lol whoops” Glad everything is okay though.
14 Jan 2018 03:43 - +597
Hawaii is going to run out of alcohol at brunch today…
14 Jan 2018 02:34 - +597
It's a false alarm. The one morning I decide to sleep in I get woken up by an alarm saying that I'm probably going to die. Good stuff.
14 Jan 2018 02:58 - +514
A fuck up like this nearly caused a US/Soviet nuclear war.
14 Jan 2018 02:54 - +453
I've worked with emergency alert systems before and it is wayyyy to easy to accidentally send out an operational notice over a test notice. In some instances it's changing a flag in the alert from one letter to another. And if you don't change that letter correctly it goes out to everyone. I'm honestly surprised it doesn't happen more. It happened to the [National Weather Service](http://www.wisn.com/article/tornado-warning-is-mistake-by-national-weather-service/6314087) in Wisconsin in 2013 when they sent out a tornado warning message to everyone in their warning area.
14 Jan 2018 04:34 - +386
I live in Hawaii! And it was the most terrifying experiences of my life. I was at a friends house with a bunch of other guests. Our phones went off in unison with the civil defense tone, all capital letters saying “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER.” I had to sprint outside to stop my brother from leaving for work with a car full of people. We ran inside, frantically closing all our windows and doors. Everyone was calling their parents and crying. I was shaking. My parents were getting ready to climb into a cave on our property. And the worst part? My sister in Texas knew it was a mistake before us! She was the one that texted my family. The second emergency alert declaring it a drill wasn’t sent until at least 20 minutes after the first. We got the news from Twitter.
14 Jan 2018 04:32 - +345
Hawaii resident here. Woke up two hours after said alert. Was really confused about what my text messages were about. I take solace in the fact I would have died peacefully in my sleep.
14 Jan 2018 04:30 - +289
Maui resident here. Got the alert at 8:08 am. I read it and LEPT out of bed, I started screaming pack your shit right fuckin now. I grabbed my 3yr daughter and hugged her so tight and told her daddy loves you no matter what happens. It was fuckin surreal, I jumped on the computer, turned on the tv to look at news, but there was absolutely nothing on, I had thought we were declared war on by NK. 911 busy, people out on the street wondering whats going on. VERY SCARY. I am glad out here we have compassion for eachother, otherwise mass panic would have ensued. Glad it was not real, I want nothing more then to see my daughter grow up.
14 Jan 2018 04:22 - +285
My mother in law who hates to travel, hates to leave home, woke up in Hawaii for the first day of her vacation today. I think this is probably her last vacation.
14 Jan 2018 02:32 - +270
Nothing was on news or radio and no sirens till just now. Just a alert on our phones saying this is not a drill.
14 Jan 2018 07:03 - +264
I got a text from my best friend who's stationed there. "Might be nuclear. Love ya, buddy." Along with a picture of his ["shelter..."](https://imgur.com/gallery/1vTNp)
14 Jan 2018 03:06 - +253
As scary as it is. Maybe some defense people can use this as a case study to help come up with a good reaction protocol
14 Jan 2018 04:09 - +252
Live in Hawaii, in Honolulu. Slept through it all. I am not waking up for that shit.
14 Jan 2018 04:26 - +249
I wonder how many people hit that last item on their bucket list, only to seriously regret it now. “Welp. 5 years sober, but this aged single malt isn’t gonna drink itself.”
14 Jan 2018 03:18 - +169
I live in Hawaii, and this was terrifying. Me and my wife woke both of our small children up in a panic and quickly realized we didn’t have a great plan. We settled in our downstairs bathroom waiting. I had co-workers and family calling in a panic asking what to do. I couldn’t have imagined if we would have been in a public place the panic that would have ensued
14 Jan 2018 03:12 - +158
My cousins bought tickets for their parents to go to Hawaii as a Christmas gift. When they received the alert today, they texted their kids and told them they loved them. I cannot imagine getting that message and having to accept that those are the last minutes you have left to live. This is awful.
14 Jan 2018 03:47 - +147
It's my actual Birthday today, so hearing and seeing this alert on my phone was surreal. I basically thought "Well, 33 years ago I was brought into this world, and today I am leaving it. I guess that's it" It was a trip.
14 Jan 2018 02:41 - +123
I was standing on a beach on Kauai when that warning went out...the beach cleared out and it was one of the most surreal things that has happened to me.
14 Jan 2018 04:30 - +103
I was on the driveway at a McDonalds, but nobody really seemed to care. Nobody on the road sped up at all, no panic ensued. Missile or not, those workers were working and getting paid, and I was getting my breakfast.
14 Jan 2018 03:50 - +99
Brother-in-law is over there right now, was hiking up a mountain by himself when he got it. Sent the screenshot to my wife with a 'Just in case, I love you very much.' text. Yeah, we freaked. The fact that there wasn't an immediate followup message is unacceptable.
14 Jan 2018 03:42 - +86
This was the worst, most fucked up 15 minutes of my life.
14 Jan 2018 04:23 - +79
i just woke up and was browsing reddit on my phone when i got the warning. immediately my hands started shaking as i realized there is a good chance i was going to die as i lived in populated honolulu and most of the houses (including the one i live in) are made of wood... i hid in my closet and texted my friends and family a very hasty 'goodbye'. it is a strange feeling to know when and how you are going to die, especially when you're this helpless

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