Tick tock of terror: Timeline of Hawaii missile alert snafu

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Posted: Jan 14, 2018 2:49 PM

HONOLULU (AP) — The missile threat mistakenly sent Saturday by Hawaii officials came just a few minutes after a shift change at state Emergency Operations Center in Diamond Head Crater. Here's a timeline of what happened:

8:05 a.m. — Workers initiate routine test of the emergency alert system.

8:07 a.m. — A worker mistakenly hits the button to send the emergency warning reading: "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL."

8:10 a.m. — The head of the Emergency Management Agency, state adjutant general Maj. Gen. Joe Logan, confirms with U.S. Pacific Command that there was no missile launch. Honolulu police are notified of the false alarm.

8:13 a.m. — The state issues a cancellation that prevents the message from being sent to phones that hadn't previously received, such as those out of cellphone coverage range or who had phones turned off.

8:20 a.m. — The Emergency Management Agency issues public notification of cancellation on Facebook and Twitter.

8:24 a.m. — Gov. David Ige retweets the cancellation notice.

8:30 a.m. — Ige posts cancellation notice on his Facebook page.

8:45 a.m. — Cancellation of warning sent to cell phones: "There is no missile threat or danger to the State of Hawaii. Repeat. False Alarm." The state said it issued the cancellation after getting authorization to do so from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Source: Hawaii Emergency Management Agency