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Hawaiian officials say tests for their state's alert system are suspended until all concerns about its reliability are addressed.
"The governor has directed that we hold off any more tests until we get this squared away," Hawaii Emergency Management Agency administrator Vern Miyagi said hours after Hawaiians went into a panic Saturday when they received a false alert warning of an inbound ballistic missile alarm.
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Local officials and the U.S. Pacific Command quickly confirmed that the emergency alert was sent out in error to residents of the island chain, which recently tested out a Cold War-era nuclear warning siren in response to North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons programs.
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However, it took nearly 40 minutes for the state of Hawaii to send out a corrective message.
Hawaii Gov. David Ige, who has apologized for the "pain and confusion" caused by the mishap, said it was a state employee "pushed the wrong button" to send out a false alert during a shift change.
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While officials didn't identify who pressed the "button," Miyagi has said it was his "responsibility."
Ige and Miyagi announced in the early afternoon that changes are already underway, including a "two-person rule" for any drill or for the sending of an actual alert. Another action taken by the government was to implement a "cancellation command that can be done automatically that can be triggered within seconds of an error, has been put in place."
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Amid public outcry over the incident, the Hawaiian government also released a timeline of what transpired after the false alarm:
Approx. 8:05 a.m. – A routine internal test during a shift change was initiated. This was a test that involved the Emergency Alert System, the Wireless Emergency Alert, but no warning sirens.
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8:07 a.m. – A warning test was triggered statewide by the State...
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