The never-ending tension between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jung-Un seems to be getting worse by the week. On Saturday, one state got the scare of a lifetime when they received an emergency notification on their phones claiming there was an inbound ballistic missile. Thankfully, the emergency notification was a false alarm.
Hawaii residents found themselves in a panic as the notification of an imminent missile attack spread through the islands. The emergency message read: “ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.”
Around 1 pm Eastern time, social media was abuzz with concerned citizens. Prayers were being sent out to those in the vicinity with people genuinely concerned for their wellbeing.
“Did anyone else’s iPhone just tell them there’s a ballistic missile headed for Hawaii and to take cover immediately?” one Twitter user wrote.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command told the New York Post there was no missile incoming. “There is no threat at this time,” a spokesperson said. “We’re actually trying to figure it out right now. We don’t know if it was a test and someone forgot to put, ‘This is a drill.’”
The situation got so out of hand that Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard had to issue a formal statement explaining the notification was a false alarm. “HAWAII – THIS IS A FALSE ALARM. THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE TO HAWAII. I HAVE CONFIRMED WITH OFFICIALS THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE,” Gabbard said on social media.
The U.S. Pacific Command quickly echoed a similar statement stating, “State Warning Point has issued a Missile Alert in ERROR! There is NO threat to the State of Hawaii.”
The timing of the alleged missile test notification was as poor as it could have been as Hawaii recently tested their nuclear siren for the first time since the Cold War. It’s safe to assume Hawaiian residents got the scare of their lives this Saturday.