>> Another false alarm about a North Korean missile launch issued Tuesday, this time in Japan from its national public broadcaster, NHK. Just three days after a similar alert caused panic in Hawaii. The false alarm in Japan was corrected within minutes, faster than the near 40 minute correction in Hawaii, but it was not immediately clear what triggered this latest terrifying mistake.
]>> On Saturday residents of Hawaii freaked out when they saw a similar message on their phones.>> An employee pushed the wrong button.>> In a televised apology, Hawaii's governor said their false alarm occurred during an employee shift change at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency. According to their spokesman, the employee who mistakenly sent the missile alert had been temporarily reassigned to other duties.
I love that they took responsibility. They took total responsibility. But we're gonna get involved.>> On Sunday, Trump said the government was looking into the incident. The FCC later said that the state did not have adequate safeguards in place to prevent a false emergency alert about a missile attack.
In December, Hawaii became the first US state to resume monthly tests of a statewide alarm system, which was created during the Cold War with Russia and hasn't been used since the 1980s. The false alarms in Japan and Hawaii take place amid heighten tensions over the rise of North Korea's nuclear missile program.
In November the Hermit Kingdom said it has successfully tested a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile that could not only reach Hawaii but also all of the US mainland.