An alert warning of an incoming ballistic missile aimed at Hawaii was sent in error Saturday, sowing panic and confusion across the U.S. state - which is already on edge over the risk of attack - before officials dubbed it a "false alarm".
The US military is in charge of detecting ballistic missile launches and maintains a complex and integrated network of sensors and detection capabilities in the Pacific to follow missile activity, a network that has been improved in recent years.
Mr Trump has also been criticised for wrapping up a round of golf at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, while panicked Hawaiians scrambled to find shelter.
An electronic sign reads "There is no threat" in Oahu, Hawaii, U.S., after a false emergency alert that said a ballistic missile was headed for Hawaii, in this January 13, 2018 photo obtained from social media.
The alert was sent to the Emergency Alert System, the Wireless Emergency Alert but not the sirens, although some sirens did go off. Hawaii Gov. David Ige said there will be an investigation into why the sirens sounded.
"The intention of the call was kind of, say my goodbyes and if this was it, then I wanted to be talking to them as it happened, so it was really terrifying", said Apodaca. A revised alert informing of the "false alarm" didn't reach cellphones until about 40 minutes later. "An employee pushed the wrong button", Mr Ige said.
"Honey take shelter. I love you", one said. So, she grabbed her four children held them close, listened to the news and hoped for the best.
"I deeply apologize for the trouble and heartbreak we caused today", Miyagi said.
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Turns out, it took only one person to push Hawaii's buttons. "I, too, am extremely upset about this and am doing everything I can do to immediately improve our emergency management systems, procedures and staffing", said Ige said.
State officials said in a news conference Saturday they are now suspending tests of the system until the investigation is done. "The threat is there", said Vern Miyagi.
With such a serious threat, it makes sense that officials would want to make sure nothing like that ever happens again, especially with the concerns of the country.
More than 90% of the population would survive the immediate effects of a nuclear explosion, according to the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.
"AGAIN FALSE ALARM", he wrote in a second tweet.
"There is nothing we can do with a missile", Sterling said.