Sorry for posting this a few minutes late. I had to change my pants after my bowels released.
Was she being pranked? Or pranking everyone else?
Nope. It was happening:
Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill. pic.twitter.com/tlJYNwCr1A
— Ryan Ozawa (@hawaii) January 13, 2018
This Emergency Alert just came to all our phones in Hawaii. No other info coming out and hotel has no shelter. Really hoping it’s a false alarm, but if not – send your best vibes this way. #emergencyalert #hawaii pic.twitter.com/JNvIxjQA5p
— Cori Zarek (@corizarek) January 13, 2018
According to one person, sirens started going off in Hawaii. Just like that, on a lazy Saturday afternoon — nuclear war with North Korea. Civilization as we know it was about to change. Millions, mostly North Koreans, would be dead by the end of the day.
Greg Gutfeld’s wife is in Hawaii today and told him there was indeed mass hysteria at her hotel:
this missile thing – wife at hotel said total hysteria/chaos. families evacuating told to seek a shelter. crying. panic. if it’s an accident, or NOT – we cannot play this down. even a prankster should be put away for years.
— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) January 13, 2018
Ten long minutes later came the word: False alarm.
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
NO missile threat to Hawaii.
— Hawaii EMA (@Hawaii_EMA) January 13, 2018
Here’s what it looked like on Hawaiian television. Having just watched it, I’m now on my third pair of underwear of the day.
The moment the EAS alert interrupted Hawaiian TV is terrifying pic.twitter.com/pVwpCBeRgD
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 13, 2018
How did Hawaiians finally discover that it was a false alarm? Some who weren’t watching social media … didn’t:
My son is still panicked from me waking him and going to the closet. The emergency broadcast was never followed by a false alarm alert. I only found it from Twitter. Incredible incompetence. Scary as hell.
— Mike McIntyre (@mcintyremike) January 13, 2018
The follow-up alert declaring a false alarm reportedly took 40 minutes to deliver.
Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz is blaming “human error” but a security outfit claims to have spoken to someone at NORAD and been told that the alert was, and I quote, “Possibly a hack or a very sick joke.” Possibly a hack? The emergency warning system isn’t hack-proof? If this was a hack, it was basically a “Swatting” except with potential nuclear repercussions.
I’ve been using Twitter for news daily since 2009 and can tell you with total confidence that this is the most frightening thing to happen on social media in that time. I wonder how many Hawaiians will need medical treatment because of it. Whoever screwed up should go to prison.
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