Hawaii Gov. David Ige
says it was human error that caused an alert to go out a few hours ago to television, radio and cell phones in Hawaii: "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL."
The alert went out shortly after 8 a.m. Hawaii time. The Hawaii Office of Emergency Management
announced that it was a false alarm around ten minutes later, and a followup alert was sent to residents around 45 minutes later: "There is no missile threat or danger to the state of Hawaii. Repeat. False alarm."
"It was a mistake made during a standard procedure at the change over of a shift, and an employee pushed the wrong button," Ige told CNN
The White House issued the following statement: "The President has been briefed on the state of Hawaii's emergency management exercise. This was purely a state exercise."
Statement from Hawaii House Speaker Scott Saiki