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Missile alert sent to Hawaii residents by mistake, officials say

Missile alert sent to Hawaii residents by mistake, officials say

Hawaii residents received a message: "Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii seek immediate shelter".

This video captures the moment the alert broke through regular television programming and urged listeners to seek shelter.

A spokeswoman for US Representative Tulsi Gabbard said she checked with the state agency that issued the alert and was told it was sent in error.

The emergency sent to mobile phones warned, in capital letters: "Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii".

Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii said the false alarm was "human error". About 15 minutes later, he says, he got another smartphone alert reading, "THERE IS NO MISSILE THREAT OR DANGER TO THE THREAT OF HAWAII". We're trying to figure out where this came from or how this started. Cell phones were overloaded and the Hawaii Emergency Management website appeared to go down. "Repeat. False Alarm", the Post said screen shots revealed.

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Ms Gabbard then tweeted to Hawaii, in all-caps: "There is no incoming missile to Hawaii".

Hawaii EMA sent a correction notification at 1:45 ET, 38 minutes after sending out its initial message.

Hawaii began testing its nuclear warning system in December, CNN reported.

The threat of attack from North Korea, and debate about whether the country has the ability to reach Hawaii or the mainland West Coast, has been an ongoing one as tensions have risen between the United States and that country.