The early-morn­ing emer­gency alert dis­patched to cell­phones across Hawaii set off wide­spread panic. Here’s what hap­pened:

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - FALSE ALARM -

8 a.m.

A shift change takes place at the Emer­gency Op­er­a­tions Cen­ter in Di­a­mond Head Crater.

8:05 a.m.

The work­ers be­gin a rou­tine test done dur­ing the shift change.

8:07 a.m.

One of the work­ers clicks his mouse to send a warn­ing. The com­puter asks, “Are you sure you want to send a warn­ing?” The worker clicks yes. The ex­treme alert “BAL­LIS­TIC MIS­SILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL” is sent to cell­phones through­out the state.

8:10 a.m.

The head of the Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency, State Ad­ju­tant Maj. Gen. Joe Lo­gan, con­firms with the U.S. Pa­cific Com­mand that there was no mis­sile launch and no­ti­fies the Honolulu Po­lice Depart­ment that it is a false alarm.

8:13 a.m.

The state is­sues a can­cel­la­tion of the mes­sage to pre­vent the ini­tial alert from be­ing re­broad­cast to phones that may not have re­ceived it yet.

8:20 a.m.

The Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency is­sues a pub­lic no­ti­fi­ca­tion of the can­cel­la­tion via its Face­book and Twit­ter ac­counts, but does not send an up­dated alert to cell­phones.

8:24 a.m.

Gov. David Ige retweets the EMAs can­cel­la­tion no­tice.

8:30 a.m.

Ige posts a can­cel­la­tion no­ti­fi­ca­tion to his Face­book page.

8:45 a.m.

38 min­utes af­ter the first warn­ing is sent, the state sends this mes­sage to cell­phones: “There is no mis­sile threat or dan­ger to the State of Hawaii. Re­peat. False Alarm.” The mes­sage was sent af­ter the state got au­tho­riza­tion from the Fed­eral Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency to send the “false alarm” no­tice.

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