Twitter (and Presumably All of Hawaii) Briefly Lose Their Minds Over Ballistic Missile Warning False Alarm

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A ballistic missile warning alert showed up on iPhones in Hawaii on Saturday morning, briefly sending social media into a frenzy before the warning was deemed to be a false alarm.

For roughly 12 minutes, no one knew what in the world was going on after they received an alert that read, “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”

The alert even came through the television.

Eventually, a tweet from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency put everyone’s concerns to rest and a rep said the alert was “part of a drill.”

What does it say about the state of the world that this was completely plausible?