38 minutes elapse between Hawaii missile alert and false alarm announcement

38 minutes elapse between Hawaii missile alert and false alarm announcement
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Nearly 40 minutes elapsed Saturday between an emergency alert warning Hawaii residents about an incoming ballistic missile and a second alert saying that it was a false alarm.

Individuals posted screenshots to social media showing that 38 minutes passed between the initial alert that sent Hawaii residents scrambling and the subsequent one correcting it. 

Hawaii lawmakers have started calling for officials to be held accountable for the errant alert, which sparked confusion on the islands.


One of the first to alert residents that the initial message was a false alarm was Hawaii Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardCongress just failed our nation’s veterans when it comes to medical marijuana Govs. Brown and Cuomo are false climate prophets Overnight Defense: Officials rush to deny writing anonymous op-ed | Lawmakers offer measure on naming NATO headquarters after McCain | US, India sign deal on sharing intel MORE (D), who tweeted that she had confirmed with officials that it was false. 

The initial alert warned residents of Hawaii to "seek shelter" amid an incoming ballistic threat, while the second alert said that "there is no missile threat or danger to the State of Hawaii."

“The people of Hawaii just got a taste of the stark reality of what we face here of a potential nuclear strike on Hawaii," Gabbard said in an interview shortly afterwards on CNN.

“This is a real threat facing Hawaii," she said.