Senator calls false missile alert 'inexcusable'

There's no missile headed for Hawaii, Democratic representative Tulsi Gabbard said, after residents in the state received emergency alerts on their mobile phones advising them to "seek immediate shelter" from an inbound ballistic missile.

Hawaii EMA has sent a correction for their false alarm about a ballistic missile. "There is absolutely no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii right now", he said. "I repeat, there is NO THREAT at this time".

The false alert was sent about 8 a.m. and confirmed to be sent in error within about 15 minutes. Friends and family began to message one another asking if the alert was real.

The second alert went out about 45 minutes later.

"What happened today is totally inexcusable", Schatz later added. It instructed people to seek shelter and noted "this is not a drill".

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

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency also said on its Twitter account that there is "NO missile threat to Hawaii". "The whole state was terrified".

Ms Gabbard then tweeted to Hawaii, in all-caps: "There is no incoming missile to Hawaii. There needs to be tough and quick accountability and a fixed process".

Twitter users were in a frenzy as the situation unfolded.

Last December, the Pacific island tested sirens warning of an impending nuclear attack from North Korea.