Early Breakfast with Abongile Nzelenzele

Huddled in fear in Hawaii during the missile scare


Abs, speaks to the US Report Adrian Brune It was a beautiful morning, like most, on the island of Oahu: 79 degrees with a big, bright sun, when the alert came. All caps: "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND ... NOT A DRILL.” The alert, sent by the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, was revoked 38 minutes after it was issued, prompting confusion over why it was released and why it took so long to rescind. Officials said the alert was the result of human error and not the work of hackers or a foreign government. The mistake occurred during a shift-change drill that takes place three times a day at the emergency command post, according to Richard Rapoza, a spokesman for the agency who said simply: “Someone clicked the wrong thing on the computer.” State officials said that the agency and the governor began posting notices on Facebook and Twitter announcing the mistake, but that a flaw in the alert system delayed sending out a cellphone correction  

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