Hawaii governor sorry for false alert

January 14, 2018

Hawaii Governor David Ige has apologised for the false alarm issued for a missile attack on Hawaii.

Hawaii emergency management officials say a push alert that warned of an incoming ballistic missile to Hawaii was a mistake.

On Saturday the emergency alert sent to mobiles said in all caps, "Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill."

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesman Richard Repoza says it's a false alarm.

He said the agency is trying to determine what happened.

The alert stirred panic for residents on the island and across social media.

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