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Alert About Missile Bound for Hawaii Was Sent in Error, Officials Say

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A view of Honolulu. Hawaii has taken steps to arrange citizens for the opportunity of a missile strike via North Korea.

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Kent Nishimura for The New York Times

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency showed on Saturday that there was once no ballistic missile headed towards the state, mins after an emergency alert was once despatched to mobile phones urging other folks to hunt quick refuge.

The episode got here at a time of heightened tensions with North Korea, which has mentioned that it has successfully tested ballistic missiles in a position to attaining the United States.

Representative Tulsi Gabbard, Democrat of Hawaii, tweeted that she had showed with the government that there was once no missile en path.

Cmdr. David Benham, a spokesman for the United States Pacific Command, mentioned in an emailed observation: “USPACOM has detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii. Earlier message was sent in error. State of Hawaii will send out a correction message as soon as possible.”

The false alarm led to standard panic on social media.

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