Hawaii Senator: Fake missile alert was based on 'human error'

State and county emergency officials confirm, "There is no threat of missile launch at this time".

The US military's pacific command said that there was no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii.

In a statement posted on Twitter, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said the alert was a false alarm.

The false alert was sent about 8 a.m. and confirmed to be sent in error within about 15 minutes. There is no ballistic missile inbound to Hawaii.

According to reports emerging on social media, some people even tried to seek shelter from the "incoming missile" in storm drains.

"It was a false alarm based on a human error", Schatz tweeted.

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The message was accidentally sent at 8.07am local time (6.07pm GMT). We're trying to figure out where this came from or how this started.

"The Warning Message received by the National Weather Service from Hawaii state officials has been confirmed to be a test message". "I asked a managerial type near the lobby where we should go and he said we could all go to the banquet hall he was in".

WTOP's John Aaron was in Hawaii on his honeymoon when the alert went out. "Repeat. False alarm", the message said.

Hawaii began testing its nuclear warning system in December, CNN reported.

The incident occurred amid high tensions internationally over North Korea's development of a ballistic nuclear weapon.

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