John Kirby: False Alarm in Hawaii Shows NKorea a Credible Threat

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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.

NHK is apologizing after issuing a false alert that said North Korea had probably launched a missile and warned people in Japan to take cover.

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesman Richard Rapoza says the state has had the capability to send the alerts since November. "Based on the information we have collected so far, it appears that the government of Hawaii did not have reasonable safeguards or process controls in place to prevent the transmission of a false alert", Pai said in a statement Sunday.

But she worries that system failures allowed it to go uncorrected for too long, almost 40 minutes. They say the U.S.'s relationship with North Korea and the huge military build-up on the island may have led to the practice messaging.

The accidental missile alert "took him over the edge", Reichel said, adding: "what they did was harmful" and saying that her boyfriend's doctors had agreed the stress of the incident likely brought on the heart attack. "No government J alert was issued".

In the Hawaii incident at the weekend, a public servant who was supposed to perform a routine test of the state's missile warning system apparently selected the "send real alert" option instead.

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NHK is not sure how many of its 300,000 social media followers saw the alert or notification and it is unknown if anyone followed the instructions.

Johnson County Emergency Management recently switched to the same alert system used in Hawaii, called Wireless Emergency Alerts, or WEA.

Ige also said that he had requested the ability to test the mobile alert system, but that the effort had been 'blocked nationwide'.

The news alert was sent at 6:55PM local time via NHK's app and website.

"I've often thought what would I say if I only had a few moments to share with a person how to get right with God", he continued.