Probe under way into missile alert error that terrified Hawaii

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard called out the “epic failure of leadership” that led to a false ballistic missile alert in Hawaii

Tuesday people in Japan received a false news bulletin stating North Korea had fired a missile.

"North Korea appears to have launched a missile", NHK said in a notification sent through its app to mobile phone users at 6:55 p.m. Tokyo time.

Do you think people in Hawaii have much faith in their government to fulfill its most basic responsibility to protect them against enemies, either domestic or foreign? Seek shelter. Close your windows.

That call lasted for about one minute, a state emergency official said Wednesday, but residents and visitors still didn't receive the corrected alert until about 14 minutes later. As Hawaii is the only state with an early warning system, it could take mainland states as long as 30 minutes to create and send an alert.

"The warning was a mistake", Miyagi said.

NHK denied any mechanical flaw and said it is studying preventive measures, though it did not give further details. "No government J alert was issued".

Japan is also stepping up its missile intercepting capabilities and conducting missile drills across the country in which residents, including schoolchildren and elderly people, rush to community centers, cover their heads and duck down to the floor. Tokyo will have its first drill next week. "We need to make sure that a mistake like what happened in Hawaii never happens again", the top Democrats and Republicans on the panel said in a statement.

For almost 40 minutes people waited. "Don't become the boy who cried wolf".

Spokesperson Richard Rapoza said the unnamed employee, who has been relocated, made the wrong selection from a "drop-down" computer menu, choosing to activate a missile launch warning instead of the option for generating an internal test alert.

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

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

Hanabusa asked whether the Department of Defense should have more control of emergency alerts sent by state emergency management agencies.

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

The Emergency Management Agency was unreachable.

Ige said that he had requested the ability to test the mobile alert system, but the effort had been "blocked nationwide".

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