False alarm 'absolutely unacceptable' says Schatz

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Thankfully it was a false alarm, with Hawaii Emergency Management Agency soon tweeting to confirm that no missile was heading towards them. "THIS IS NOT A DRILL", the emergency alert read.

A tweet by State Rep. Tulsi Gabbard confirmed the false alarm, saying it was sent out inadvertently and that she checked with state officials.

"The human error took nearly 40 minutes to correct, and that is absolutely unacceptable", Schatz said. "It was a false alarm based on a human error". A state emergency management employee apparently pushed the wrong button.

Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii wrote, "There is no missile threat".

"We did make the determination that it was a false alarm".

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"And that lasted for about 20 minutes until finally there were the various tweets and alerts and things to say that it was actually a false alarm so for a period of about 20 minutes there it was a pretty heightened sense of fear and confusion".

Shortly after, a spokesman for the U.S. Pacific Command, Dave Benham, told ABC News in a statement that no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii was detected.

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A voice over announced over the commentary that the incoming missile "was not a drill" and an impact could be "within minutes". "There needs to be tough and quick accountability and a fixed process".

"We do know there is no threat", he said. "This was purely a state exercise", White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said.

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'There is nothing more important to Hawai'i than professionalizing and fool-proofing this process'.

Jodi Luchs, an ophthalmologist from Merrick, N.Y. visiting Hawaii for a conference, told CNBC that he was settling in for breakfast on an otherwise ideal day, when hundreds of diners received the false alarm simultaneously.

US President Donald Trump was briefed following the incident. "If this was for real, what do we have to say for our whole defense system".

Hawaii also recently started conducting tests of its nuclear attack siren for the first time since the end of the Cold War.

Hawaii is about 4,600 miles from North Korea's capital Pyongyang.

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