Hawaii Officials Clarify There’s No Missile Threat After Emergency Alert Starts a Panic (UPDATED)


People in Hawaii started to panic after receiving a pretty alarming alert on their phones:

Hawaii officials quickly clarified that this is a false alarm:

The text, however, as you can see above, says it’s not a drill.

UPDATE –– 2:09 pm ET: You can see the alarming footage from when the alert interrupted Hawaiian TV earlier:

UPDATE –– 3:04 pm ET: While Gabbard and the EMA were quick to tweet that it was a false alarm, the actual emergency alert follow-up took a stunning 38 minutes to get sent out (Editor’s note: the word “Quickly” has been removed from the headline):

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