It's raining fake missiles: Japan follows Hawaii with mistaken alert

It's raining fake missiles: Japan follows Hawaii with mistaken alert

It's raining fake missiles: Japan follows Hawaii with mistaken alert

On Tuesday, Japan's public broadcaster mistakenly sent an alert warning citizens of a North Korean missile launch and urging them to seek immediate shelter. Because of the current assumption that everyone is glued to cellphones, it was over half an hour before many terrified people, majority frantically seeking some kind of shelter, would have been able to receive some authoritative word that there was no need for panic.

NHK retracted the mistake within minutes and apologized on air and on other formats.

"There are only certain people within the state of Vermont that can issue those alerts".

That sent an emergency alert to cellphones across Hawaii shortly after 8 a.m. local time Saturday, reading: "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII". "Thus, the proper emergency action drill for schools is, 'Shelter-in-Place, ' Shelter-in-Place drills is one of the five annual emergency exercises practiced by schools". Officials took almost 40 minutes to notify the public about the false alarm, leading many to question what took so long to send out a correction. The Hi-EMA (Emergency Management Agency) team had to wait to permit FEMA Integral Public Alert and Warning System's authorization to send their second alert to report, "False Alarm".

The employee, believing the correct selection had been made, then went ahead and clicked "yes" when the system's computer prompt asked whether to proceed, Mr Rapoza said. Hawaii has been facing a nuclear threat from North Korea, which claims its missiles can hit the archipelago and other parts of the US.

The US Pacific Command was able to refute the false alarm within minutes, but Kirby said a re-evaluation would be vital. A total of four people were on duty Saturday morning, he added, and the employee who sent the alert is both a 10-year veteran of the agency and "very well-trained and seasoned".

U.S. Sen Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, said it's clear that human error initiated the false alert.

Senate President Ronald Kouchi said in a speech Wednesday lawmakers will work with Gov. David Ige's administration to make sure every resident and guest of the state is safe.

She also said the Department of Homeland Security is examining how the USA government can quickly verify the accuracy of alerts with agencies such as the Department of Defense.

Hirono says "this had the potential for being totally catastrophic".

According to Eliot Calhoun, a disaster planner for New York's Emergency Management Department, the best thing to do if there was an attack from Kim Jong-un's hermit state would be to remain indoors.

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