Hawaii fired sending a false warning of a missile attack
WASHINGTON, 31 Jan — RIA Novosti. The employee who submitted a false warning of a missile attack on Hawaii, dismissed, said at a press conference the state government.
A false warning of a missile attack marked “this is not a drill” was sent to mobile phones of citizens on 13 January at about 8 a.m. local time and caused panic in the entire state for about 40 minutes until the error message was not fixed.
Vern Miyagi, the head of state emergencies, said that he also is retiring. According to him, the employee who caused the panic, “feels terrible” about what happened. “It was his fault, he feels really bad about this,” said Miyagi.
Initially about the warning was named as a result of technical difficulties. But on Tuesday the Federal communications Commission (FCC) said that in fact we are talking about operator error.
The fired employee, whose name has not been named, issued a statement in which he said exactly how the error occurred. According to him, January 13, he heard the warning ended with the words: “This is not a drill!”and sent a warning. However, he did not hear the beginning of a message where three said: “Teaching.”