Panic-stricken tourists and residents in Hawaii ran for cover after an alert about an impending ballistic missile attack was mistakenly sent on Saturday morning to mobile phones across the US state, urging people to "seek immediate shelter".
The false alarm was attributed to a worker who had inadvertently "pushed the wrong button" during a shift change at Hawaii's emergency command post, said Governor David Y. Ige. It was not corrected for nearly 40 minutes, as people cowered in bathtubs, basements or under beds. The authorities have vowed a full investigation and a review of the alert system.
Hawaii has been on edge over fears that North Korea would launch a missile attack targeting it, and has been staging air-raid drills amid the tension between Pyongyang and the US.
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