>> All personnel, take shelter immediately. Please take
] appropriate action near the shelter->> Officials in Hawaii were scrambling Saturday to explain how a text message as serious as this, warning a ballistic missile was heading towards Hawaii, was wrongly sent out. It was 40 minutes before Representative Tulsi Gabbard used social media to alert her constituents the warning was a false alarm.
Hawaii's governor apologized for the, quote, regrettable error.>> This should not have happened. We are investigating the sequence of events that occurred. An error was made in the emergency management which allowed this false alarm to be sent. It was a procedure that occurs at the change of shift where they go through to make sure that the system is working.
And an employee pushed the wrong button.>> The apologies and explanations coming a bit late for island residents and visitors who were terrified by the false alarm. The White House said President Trump was briefed. And a spokesman described the incident as, quote, purely a state exercise. Saturday's mishap takes place amid heightened tensions over the rise of North Korea's nuclear missile program.
Some experts believe North Korea now possesses the ability to launch a rocket that can reach the Hawaiian islands. In a precautionary step, Hawaii, in December, began resuming monthly tests of a statewide alarm system created during the Cold War.
waii is the first state in the Union to do so.
The Federal Communications Commission said it would launch a full investigation into Saturday's mishap.