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News ID: 17880
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Publish Date: 8:50 - 14 January 2018
TEHRAN, January 14 -A text warning of an imminent incoming ballistic missile, which urged residents to “seek immediate shelter” was “accidentally” issued by Hawaii Civil Defense, briefly stirring panic and confusion on social media.
‘This is not a drill’: Hawaii gets ballistic missile alert ‘by mistake’TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -A text warning of an imminent incoming ballistic missile, which urged residents to “seek immediate shelter” was “accidentally” issued by Hawaii Civil Defense, briefly stirring panic and confusion on social media.

The emergency alert, which popped up on mobile phones across Hawaii shortly after 8am local time, read: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”

The message prompted panic and confusion, both on the ground and on social media.

According to reports emerging on social media, some people even tried to seek shelter from the “incoming missile” in storm drains. 

The US military’s Pacific command has also reassured citizens it was a false alarm, confirming it had “detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii” and that the message had been “sent in error.”

Source:RT
 
 
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