Kelowna woman caught up in Hawaii false missile alarm

They spent that 30 minutes trying to find out what was happening and contacting their children and other family members.

"Our leaders have failed us", Rep Tulsi Gabbard told CNN.

The local news stations also didn't have any information, it was through Twitter that Wasylyk initially found out that the incoming missile was a false alarm.

Fear turned into anger Saturday as lawmakers sought to figure out how a false alert about a ballistic missile threat was sent out - and why it took so long to correct it.

Governor David Ige apologised for the mistake, saying it occurred when the system was being tested during a shift change at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.

Vern Miyagi, Administrator for the Maui Emergency Management Agency said he "deeply apologizes" for the incident and says he accepts responsibility because it was "his team" that was involved. Someone pressed the wrong button. He said the agency is looking to speed that process up in case it happened again, though they promised it wouldn't.

Kim Jong-un has previously said he would order a strike against the USA territory of Guam, which is well within the range of its current ballistic missiles. "This was a different sensation, that's for sure".

Leihala Duterte was about to go surfing in Waikiki when she got the alert.

"We've been in so many different, I wouldn't say life-threatening things with flying and hiking ... this is one of those "by the way in minutes, you could be vaporized" kind of feelings that is really probably one of the strangest sensations I've ever felt", he said.

"You can't do that to a state like Hawaii, you know?"

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The US government announced there would be a full investigation.

Hawaii previous year brought back sirens which had not been tested since the Cold War in response to an escalating war of words between Mr and Kim Jong-un.

Miyagi and Ige said they will be implementing changes to make sure it won't be a single individual and it will be at least two people sending out the alert.

"What happened today is totally inexcusable", added senator Brian Schatz.

"The whole state was terrified", he tweeted Saturday. "There needs to be tough and quick accountability and a fixed process". "We understand that false alarms such as this can erode public confidence in our emergency notification systems". According to Palm Beach Post reporter George Bennett, Trump spent the morning golfing at the Trump International Golf Club, in West Palm Beach, Fla.

The United States has not had to make a direct military response to recent North Korean launches because it's been assessed they posed no threat to the United States. "This was purely a state exercise".

Trump still hadn't made any comments on Hawaii as of Saturday night. "THIS IS NOT A DRILL", the alert screamed from cellphones across the islands. Szigeti said the Hawaii Tourism Authority "immediately reached out" to partners and messaged very quickly that this was a false alarm to mitigate any potential alarm.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said it would be investigating what happened.

This is a developing story.

I hope our nation's citizens and lawmakers realize how quickly and devastatingly things can go wrong on an global scale and work to reduce the threat.

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