Inexcusable false ballistic missile alert in Hawaii was caused by human error

Hawaiian residents were briefly but intensely disturbed this morning by a state-wide alerting via TV and telephone warning of an incoming ballistic missile. It was, however, shortly afterwards confirmed to be a mistake caused by “human error.” Hawaiian Senator Brian Schatz called the false alarm “inexcusable” and said to expect “tough and quick accountability and a fixed process.”

The alert went out at a little after 8 AM Hawaiian period, appearing on phones as an emergency services popup and broadcast on Tv as a detailed warning of how to seek shelter. “This is not a drill, ” it concluded.

Authorities promptly issued followups to pacify the no doubt panicking populace, but I imagine it’s hard to do that properly when you’ve merely told everyone in the state to attempt shelter and lie on the floor.