Hawaii sends false missile altert

Added On January 14, 2018

An alert warning of an incoming ballistic missile aimed at Hawaii was sent in error Saturday,  sowing panic and confusion across the US state.
The U.S. military's Pacific Command and state authorities confirmed Saturday there was no missile threat to Hawaii.
Hawaii is a chain of islands in the Pacific Ocean and home to the U.S. Pacific Command. 
 Hawaii Governor David Ige apologized for the incident, saying that someone at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency "pushed the wrong button" during a routine shift change.
He added that such shift changes occur three times a day everyday of the year. 
The emergency text alert was sent to cellphones at about 8 a.m. local time, reading in all caps that "Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill."
The alert, sent to mobile phones and also aired on television and radio, caused panic among Hawaiians and on social media platforms.
According to media reports, it took about 38 minutes for the initial alert to be retracted.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission announced that it was initiating a full probe into the incident.