Missile Update Got Delayed After Hawaii Gov. Forgot His Password

Hawaii Governor David Ige reportedly said he couldn't alert the public during the false alarm because he forgot his Twitter password.



A false warning of a missile attack was accidently triggered at 8:07 am on Jan. 13, in Hawaii, after an employee mistakenly pushed a wrong button and sent mobile notifications to all in the vicinity.

During a press conference, Gov. Ige said he knew the missile notification was a false alarm but did not notify the public until half an hour later because he couldn't remember his Twitter password.


The wrong call also made headlines across the state which caused a mass panic throughout Hawaii as the terrified public started to prepare to flee from the impact.



Maj. Gen Logan – the director of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, former State Civil Defense and the Homeland Security advisor – said he had personally called Ige at 8:09 am to tell him that Hawaii is not facing a missile threat.

The second alert – which came in 38 minutes after the first alarm – clarified that there was no missile attack threat and confirmed the initial notice was a mistake.

"NO missile threat to Hawaii,” the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency tried to compensate for their mistake.


Ige’s Facebook page showed a note about the false notification six minutes after the tweet.

“I don’t know what the governor was doing. I wasn’t with him at the time,” Logan said. “I know he was preparing to go to an event and this circumvented all of that.” 

The governor confessed the triggering of the alert system was a mistake and "steps have been taken" by the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency to prevent a similar false alert "ever happening again."

According to a CNN report, Hawaii had begun testing its nuclear warning system last December amid North Korea’s increased missile testing and threats.


Thumbnail / Banner : Reuters/ Hugh Gentry

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