Residents of Hawaii woke up to a terrifying text message on Saturday warning of an imminent missile attack on their state.
“Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek shelter immediately. This is not a drill,” the warning read. The Daily Beast reported that the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency quickly tweeted out a follow up saying that there is “no missile threat” to the area after news of the alerts had flooded Twitter.
No details yet but iPhone users in Hawaii just received this pic.twitter.com/BQwnC9tTM5
— jordan (@JordanUhl) January 13, 2018
NO missile threat to Hawaii.
— Hawaii EMA (@Hawaii_EMA) January 13, 2018
The moment the EAS alert interrupted Hawaiian TV is terrifying pic.twitter.com/pVwpCBeRgD
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 13, 2018
“This is a false alarm. There is no incoming missile to Hawaii,” tweeted Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii.
HAWAII – THIS IS A FALSE ALARM. THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE TO HAWAII. I HAVE CONFIRMED WITH OFFICIALS THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE. pic.twitter.com/DxfTXIDOQs
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) January 13, 2018
Hawaii has been on high alert for a nuclear attack in recent months due to the rising tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. It is not yet known at this time why the fake alert went out today.
We will update you further as this story develops.