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Another Navy ballistic missile intercept fails in Hawaii

02 February 2018

HEMA administrator Vern Miyagi resigned on Tuesday to take responsibility for the January 13 incident, Logan said, and the emergency warning officer who sent out the alert of an imminent ballistic missile attack was sacked on Friday.

According to the federal report, the employee was one of three who received the call but did not hear the exercise warning.

An employee who triggered the false alarm has been fired and the head of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency has resigned as a result. Officials say this wasn't the first time a mistake like this happened.

Mobile phones across the Pacific islands received the emergency alert around 8:07 am and it was also transmitted by television and radio stations.

There weren't safeguards in place to prevent one employee from erroneously warning the whole state on their own, an FCC staffer toldTime. Then the recording used language that is typically used for a real threat, not a drill: "This is not a drill".

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"To the people of Hawaii, recent events have cast a bright light on our emergency preparedness, and caused many of you to consider whether you are ready for the emergencies we will surely face". "The 40 up in Alaska are the ones that are going to be used to shoot and intercept anything". "Have a plan. Be safe, and know that whatever happens, good and courageous people will be there to help". The federal agency, which regulates the nation's airwaves and sets standards for such emergency alerts, criticized the state's delay in correcting it.

Hawaii officials have taken the threat seriously.

The FCC report acknowledged that the Hawaiian agency had already taken steps to avoid a repeat of the incident, and now required secondary approval before an alert could be sent out.

Those details emerged Tuesday in federal and state reports investigating how the agency mistakenly blasted cellphones and broadcast stations January 13 with a warning that led hundreds of thousands of people to believe they were about to die in a nuclear attack.

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency officials work at the department's command centre in Honolulu on December 1, 2017.

Another Navy ballistic missile intercept fails in Hawaii