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15 January 2018, 12:10 | Tara Lloyd
WARNING This was the warning that was sent to Hawaii residents
Hawaiians have been told that they'll have 20 minutes to seek shelter if a missile were launched from North Korea.
She said she was just going through her phone on Saturday morning when the initial missile alert came in.
Residents and tourists in Hawaii were put in a bomb shelter during a missile scare. Dikilato and her team didn't find out until they took shelter at a nearby shopping center that the sirens were for a ballistic missile, not a tsunami.
"We did have other notification that occurred much, much sooner than that", he said.
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The speed of a warning is critical for the Hawaiian islands, located about 4,600 miles from North Korea.
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Speldrick took the news with a sense of fatalism an said the figures they could watch the nuclear blast from the jetty near Queen's surf spot. Guests young and old crowded into a tight space, he recalled.
The message, which was sent at 8.07am local time (6.07pm GMT), was followed by a retraction 38 minutes later stating the missile alert was a "false alarm".
Hawaii officials apologized repeatedly and said the alert was sent when someone hit the wrong button during a shift change.
"Part of me was like, 'there's no way that it's actually happening, ' so I was confused about that but I was scared because it said not a drill and I had never been through anything like that before", said Silverburg. "It's not a movie".
Pettigrew said people began calling their loved ones.
"It was a little concerning at first because like I said, you weren't sure if it was a scam or something", Hickman said.
Irish professional Seamus Power was similarly perplexed. Meantime in Honolulu, college students were running for their lives. "I, too, am extremely upset about this". Many were scattered across the islands.
A video on social media showed the emergency system interrupting the broadcast of a football match, with a high-pitched sound alerting viewers to their screens which displayed the same warning.
People in the USA state have been sharing stories of momentary frenzy and the panic-stricken messages they exchanged with loved ones after they received the alert.
Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii was angry with the mistake. He said he was still in bed when the phone started going off "like insane". "Haha glad to know we'll all be safe".
The couple, who work as graphic designers, are looking forward to a quiet rest of their honeymoon, Phil said.
"The worse thing about the whole thing is feeling helpless", Pinney said.
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