In this Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, file photo distributed on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, by the North Korean government, the Pukguksong-2 is launched at an undisclosed location in North Korea. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)
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The second recent blunder in Hawaii's planning for a possible North Korean nuclear attack left islanders shaken after an emergency alert warning of an imminent strike sounded on hundreds of thousands of cellphones.Then came the second mobile alert: someone hit the wrong button, there was no missile.Hawaii U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz tweeted the false alarm was "totally inexcusable".The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency tweeted there was no threat about 10 minutes after the initial alert, but that didn't reach people who aren't on the social media platform. A mobile alert informing of the false alarm didn't reach cellphones until about 40 minutes later.With the threat of missiles from North Korea on people's minds, the state reintroduced the Cold War-era warning siren tests last month that drew international attention.Hawaii officials apologized repeatedly and said the alert was sent when someone hit the live alert button instead of an internal test button during a shift change.
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