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Hawaii's texted death threat: It can happen here too

18 January 2018, 01:53 | Franklin Nunez

The interface to send out a missile alert in Hawaii is, as expected, quite bad ars_ab.settitle(1244869);

A highway sign in Honolulu indicates the missile alert on Saturday was an error. Sending a false alert is more difficult in California officials say

The alert triggered panic in the streets of paradise as Hawaiian residents sought shelter and sent desperate messages to loved ones for about a half hour Saturday before another alert went out indicating that the threat warning was a mistake.

Tuesday people in Japan received a false news bulletin stating North Korea had fired a missile.

While Sutton said her department works closely with the state department of emergency management, she clarified the state is the only agency that can send out an alert like in Hawaii.

NHK said within 10 minutes the alert was a mistake. So far, it looks as though the state government did not have reasonable safeguards or process controls in place to prevent the transmission of a false alert, he said.

Below, officials say is the new screen grab which "better represents" the design, according to the Civil Beat.

North Korea fired two missiles over the Japanese island of Hokkaido a year ago, triggering the expansion of the system.

Clay County Emergency Manager Bryan Green says Minnesota can send alerts to specific counties with IPAWS, or Integrated Public Alert and Warning System.

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She also said the Department of Homeland Security is examining how the USA government can quickly verify the accuracy of alerts with agencies such as the Department of Defense. While its television channels didn't cover the initial alert, an apology was subsequently issued on its scheduled evening news program, as well as on its website.

Sen Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, says it's clear that human error initiated the false alert.

Japan's public broadcaster NHK's false alarm about a North Korean missile launch which was received on a smart phone is pictured in Tokyo on January 16, 2018.

If a future employee is just as perplexed by the menu below, at least now they can select "BMD False Alarm" to cancel a missile alert more quickly.

Hawaii officials initially set out this weekend to test their state's emergency preparedness, as fears about the nuclear standoff between the US and North Korea intensify.

In the next few days, I will continue meeting with our emergency preparedness team and personally talking with families, individuals and leaders from around our state to ensure we reach every household.



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