An emergency alert warning of an incoming ballistic missile has been sent across the US state of Hawaii urging people to seek immediate shelter before being called off by the state’s emergency management agency as a “false alarm.”
The emergency alert that was sent to mobile phones across the state on Saturday stated in all caps, “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.”
Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesman Richard Repoza later announced that it was a false alarm and the agency is trying to determine what happened.
This is while the US Pacific Command sent an email to media contacts early Saturday afternoon Eastern Time, stating “on the record” that the Navy command “has detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii.”
The alert, however, had already caused panic on the pacific island and across social media.
Following the incident, Hawaii’s Democratic Governor David Ige…