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[–]cheesecrystal 1662 points1663 points  (22 children)

My mother in law who hates to travel, hates to leave home, woke up in Hawaii for the first day of her vacation today. I think this is probably her last vacation.

[–]oricoson 5930 points5931 points  (83 children)

My buddy is in Hawaii on vacation and he just texted the group chat “See ya later fellas”

[–]fishy_snack 1945 points1946 points  (30 children)

Wow that is a pretty smooth way to go

[–]Amish_guy_with_WiFi 1179 points1180 points  (27 children)

Another solid way to go: https://imgur.com/rAMPDpj

[–]mmotorcycle 299 points300 points  (4 children)

no guarantee that the buffet is good in the afterlife so might as well keep rolling with the buffet down here on earth

[–]kol13190 899 points900 points  (9 children)

Man, at least he was to the point. He didn't end it with what I would

"Later dudes, but fuck you Sean you're a dick!"

[–]Blastgirl69 4477 points4478 points  (91 children)

My mom called me, she lives in Ewa Beach. I missed the call, she sends a text saying a missile is hitting Hawaii and she wanted to let me know she loves me. I went online and saw that it was a mistake, I called her back and the warning was still on the tv. I could hear it in the background. I found out it was a false alarm faster on Social Media (Twitter) from the Dept of Defense than they did over there.

[–]beefchafe 2660 points2661 points  (112 children)

I live in Hawaii! And it was the most terrifying experiences of my life.

I was at a friends house with a bunch of other guests. Our phones went off in unison with the civil defense tone, all capital letters saying “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER.”

I had to sprint outside to stop my brother from leaving for work with a car full of people. We ran inside, frantically closing all our windows and doors. Everyone was calling their parents and crying. I was shaking. My parents were getting ready to climb into a cave on our property.

And the worst part? My sister in Texas knew it was a mistake before us! She was the one that texted my family. The second emergency alert declaring it a drill wasn’t sent until at least 20 minutes after the first. We got the news from Twitter.

[–]aJan_ 1954 points1955 points  (15 children)

Hawaii resident here. Woke up two hours after said alert. Was really confused about what my text messages were about. I take solace in the fact I would have died peacefully in my sleep.

[–]SwampGentleman 456 points457 points  (0 children)

“Incinerated peacefully in his sleep, he left the way he lived... groggy.”

[–][deleted] 2785 points2786 points  (41 children)

I was playing some Fortnite and got this notification on my phone. I heard it going off and slowly grabbed my phone, wondering what kind of weather alert it could be (it's a beautiful day today) I initially read about an incoming missile, and my heart sinks, but I assume it's a test, until I get to the end. "THIS IS NOT A TEST , SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY". Immediate panic. I started pacing around my apartment, trying to quickly google "ballistic missile" to see if i could find any info or if my phone had been hacked (or like a weird spam message popup). Immediately called my mom just to tell her that there is a missile incoming and to just be on the phone with her while it happens. Man....that really got the juices flowing on this sleepy saturday morning. Jeesh.

[–]woof_woof_mf 559 points560 points  (7 children)

This one made me cry, “just to be on the phone with her while it happens”

[–]seriesofstraws 9252 points9253 points  (340 children)

It was complete chaos here for about 20 minutes. I immediately left work and drove about 10 mins home and the roadways were crazy. Complete disregard for any traffic law whatsoever. People going 100+ in 45mph zones, running red lights, driving on the wrong side of the road - absolute chaos like nothing I've seen before. When I got home my family was huddled downstairs in the garage storage area (kinda underground) crying hysterically. I called 911 and they confirmed it was a mistake but we didn't get a txt msg confirming it was a mistake till about 30 minutes after the initial "THIS IS NOT A DRILL."

[–]ErnieoderBert 4015 points4016 points  (195 children)

I wonder what the final death toll is of this false alert incident.

[–]--_-__-- 3890 points3891 points  (136 children)

Or how many now-embarassing professions of love from secret admirers were dispatched under the threat of impending doom.

[–]downvote_dinosaur 1222 points1223 points  (66 children)

You know, this didn't even register for me. I just got freaked out and tried to call my parents on the mainland. But yeah I have one of those I would have liked to send out in the event I actually was about to get vaporized.

[–]NIAD_SIRDNE 7900 points7901 points  (212 children)

I cannot wait for the TIFU by sending Hawaii into a nuclear panic

[–]RedofPaw 3126 points3127 points  (192 children)

>"It was a procedure that occurs at the change of shift which they go through to make sure that the system is working, and an employee pushed the wrong button."

Wow. Like... there's just a button. Seems like it should be at least like... 3 buttons or something. In a specific order. Rather than just the one. Might be an idea to fix that.

[–]pku31 2642 points2643 points  (77 children)

Websites ask you to verify your email address, but not your ballistic missile alerts.

[–]Oneirophobic 752 points753 points  (57 children)

Websites also have CAPTCHA, but not ballistic missle alerts.

[–]bryM2k 1215 points1216 points  (32 children)

Please select all the ICBMs in this picture

[–]Malkuno 161 points162 points  (15 children)

We would be screwed if it was anything like the CAPTCHA I had recently..

I had to click the images with cars to remove them & hit confirm when all the cars were removed, except the CAPTCHA kept putting more car images in place of the ones I was removing... This continued on for over 2 minutes, quite annoying.

[–]HoagieTime 4430 points4431 points  (53 children)

All the people in Hawaii who made a new year's resolution to quit smoking are going to have a massvive cheat day

[–]Reacher-Said-Nothing 267 points268 points  (26 children)

Oh my god can you imagine, all the former drug addicts who went to use, people having unprotected sex because who cares we're all gonna die, people robbing banks...

[–]HoagieTime 352 points353 points  (13 children)

My mom brought up the frightening idea of people committing suicide cause the dont want to die slowly of radiation poisoning

[–]TooShiftyForYou 7997 points7998 points  (215 children)

38 minutes to correct this error seems like a long time to fear imminent death.

[–]scotttexassmith 311 points312 points  (2 children)

It was a lifetime. I can't describe how surreal the feeling was. I was in a giant room packed with crying kids at a school event

[–]NotYourAverageBubba 1504 points1505 points  (32 children)

Was in the video intro to the Pearl Harbor tour entitled (ish) "Why We Went To War." Possibly the most hilariously awful timing of anything in my life. Marines ordered us to stay inside, Navy personnel were freaking out harder than most of the people. We had to remind some other tourists that we were currently in a sunken, steel-reinforced structure on a military installation and that we're in a pretty good spot.

Am now drinking heavily in a nearby bar and everything tastes DELICIOUS

EDIT: words

[–]lococommotion 11.7k points11.7k points  (216 children)

I’m here on a school trip. There were people running from the beach and crying and calling their families. I still am feeling the adrenaline! What a major fuck up.

[–]hardypart 1361 points1362 points  (52 children)

Well, at least you did a school trip to Hawaii.

[–]TheAdAgency 739 points740 points  (45 children)

Right? My school trip was to see the roundabouts of Milton Keynes.

[–][deleted] 2037 points2038 points  (81 children)

i feel the adrenaline just reading these stories

[–]Udontlikecake 3453 points3454 points  (33 children)

Well at least we know that button actually works

-some guy at NORAD probably

[–]theultrayik 318 points319 points  (5 children)

some guy at NOARD probably

There's your problem! NORAD is outsourcing to NOARD!

[–]2112xanadu 13.8k points13.8k points  (482 children)

My aunt called me to say her goodbyes. She said everyone at their hotel was screaming and running through the hallways. What a massive fuckup.

[–]mrsuns10 2987 points2988 points  (339 children)

Did anyone get this on footage?

[–]2112xanadu 2780 points2781 points  (326 children)

I have to imagine we're about to see a wave of panic videos.

[–]RollTide09 2806 points2807 points  (296 children)

[–]pushkill 2017 points2018 points  (165 children)

Craziness aside, thats actually seems like a really solid tactic. Is a storm drain a good place to seek shelter in a situation like this? I dont even think my city has bomb shelters.

[–]an_internet_denizen 851 points852 points  (83 children)

Wow - this is surreal. She called to say goodbye?

[–]2112xanadu 947 points948 points  (79 children)

Yeah, she's basically been a godmother to me. Pretty traumatic few minutes there. Doesn't seem real.

[–]tickettoride98 810 points811 points  (70 children)

It seems like a movie trope, but can you imagine how many people confessed something since they thought it was the end? Parent telling a kid they were always the favorite, or they're adopted, or a husband confessing that he cheated on his wife. Imminent death causes people to say a lot of shit.

[–]2112xanadu 475 points476 points  (29 children)

Reminds me of the scene in Almost Famous where the plane is going down and the bassist or whoever is like "I'm gay!" right before the plane recovers.

[–]PingPongx 240 points241 points  (22 children)

There’s a great Twilight Zone episode I had to watch for a course. A nuke is inbound and only one family out of a block of a neighborhood has a bomb shelter as everyone else neglected to invest (cold war era, they were pretty common).

As you can imagine it turned pretty barbaric and the father had to tell one of his friends and neighbors that he can’t fit him down there and he was pretty much fucked because he’s a shitty man and father.

[–]an_internet_denizen 162 points163 points  (0 children)

Thankfully she is safe - sorry you all had to experience that

[–]secretevidence 3728 points3729 points  (84 children)

Active military. First thought was "Where's the safest place to take my wife right now"

Second was "Oh shit, if I don't die right now I'm going to war"

Hell of a way to start the day. My blood pressure still isn't back down to baseline.

[–]Imakenoiseseveryday 791 points792 points  (24 children)

Wow. That is terrifying.

[–]secretevidence 630 points631 points  (23 children)

It was. My first instinct was to try and get off base since military bases and population centers are prime targets, but realized that we wouldn't be able to get out of the blast radius of an ICBM as it'd 99% of the time be carrying a nuclear warhead. So we just grabbed a 5 gallon jug of water from the garage and huddled in the middle of the house with our pets.

[–]RedwSmoke 15.2k points15.2k points  (204 children)

There's someone sitting in a fully stocked underground bunker that's going to be pissed when they come out in 30 years to check radiation levels.

[–]Lithobreaking 3200 points3201 points  (55 children)

Only a fool would have a bunker without a surface air-quality detector covered in lead and steel.

[–]TeamRedundancyTeam 1342 points1343 points  (37 children)

And internet access in case their connection is still functioning for a while.

[–]itisisidneyfeldman 2227 points2228 points  (71 children)

But on the bright side, their affable grown son can re-emerge then and charm the outside world with his anachronistic innocence. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Z3N3KquVJY

[–]ivancaceres 703 points704 points  (20 children)

Don't forget that they luckily stored some old stock certificates down there with them, the son is richer than Bezos once he gets out.

[–]going_mobile 14.8k points14.8k points  (1107 children)

The worst part was realizing how unprepared we were. My roommates and I woke up to the alarm and just sat there not knowing what we’re supposed to do in this situation.

[–]LAST_NIGHT_WAS_WEIRD 4854 points4855 points  (111 children)

Yeah I was like uhhh... ok what do I even do? Thought about it for a second and decided I was ready for the end and went to make coffee.

[–]predictablePosts 2710 points2711 points  (39 children)

Basically my daily panic attack.

[–]Chispy 1754 points1755 points  (25 children)

It's always ballistic missile day when you have anxiety

[–]The_Spook_of_Spooks 9238 points9239 points  (556 children)

Start filing your bathtub with water. If you don't have an adequate food and water supply for a few days, you can boil the water for drinking. Its hard to say exactly if and when your water supply will be interrupted, but simply filling up your tub can ensure you have somewhat drinkable water for a few weeks.

Edit: Did not expect so many replies. I know there are many good ideas being floated in this thread but the thing is, if and when a nuclear strike happens, no matter how prepared you think you are, there is always a chance the X factor will throw a wrench into your planning. Walking into your bathroom and filling your tub is probably the quickest and safest thing the average person can do.

... And yes, clean your bathtubs you filthy animals! Do you want to be known as the person drinking booty water during the end of the world?

[–]quimicita 3729 points3730 points  (174 children)

Yeah- if there's really no place to take shelter, then act like you're going to survive the initial blast.

[–]Cherios_Are_My_Shit 3153 points3154 points  (126 children)

Just cause you're fucked doesn't mean someone else won't be able to use a bathtub full of water

[–]HalloweenBlues 1862 points1863 points  (21 children)

Cool, I'll be the random skeleton with the helpful item in someone's survival game

[–]TheAdAgency 204 points205 points  (1 child)

I look forward to overlooking you due to bad lighting and hearing a noise elsewhere.

[–]MusicalMastermind 3583 points3584 points  (84 children)

If I'm fucked, they're fucked too.

I'll get naked and get in the bathtub.

Edit: Say what you want about my logic, but I got Reddit gold and a stable supply of water. Thank you!

[–]SpringCleanMyLife 1843 points1844 points  (144 children)

And ping pong balls can help prevent evaporation! That's why I keep a 5 gallon bucket of balls in my bathroom.

[–]ThatTexasGuy 1523 points1524 points  (23 children)

You’re the best kind of weird.

[–]askinnyfatweakling 368 points369 points  (11 children)

That must be a real conversation piece.

[–]kill-69 2245 points2246 points  (249 children)

If you are near the blast when it occurs:

Turn away and close and cover your eyes to prevent damage to your sight. Drop to the ground face down and place your hands under your body. Remain flat until the heat and two shock waves have passed. If you are outside when the blast occurs:

Find something to cover your mouth and nose, such as a scarf, handkerchief, or other cloth. Remove any dust from your clothes by brushing, shaking, and wiping in a ventilated area?however, cover your mouth and nose while you do this. Move to a shelter, basement, or other underground area, preferably located away from the direction that the wind is blowing. Remove clothing since it may be contaminated; if possible, take a shower, wash your hair, and change clothes before you enter the shelter. If you are already in a shelter or basement:

Cover your mouth and nose with a face mask or other material (such as a scarf or handkerchief) until the fallout cloud has passed. Shut off ventilation systems and seal doors or windows until the fallout cloud has passed. However, after the fallout cloud has passed, unseal the doors and windows to allow some air circulation. Stay inside until authorities say it is safe to come out. Listen to the local radio or television for information and advice. Authorities may direct you to stay in your shelter or evacuate to a safer place away from the area. If you must go out, cover your mouth and nose with a damp towel. Use stored food and drinking water. Do not eat local fresh food or drink water from open water supplies. Clean and cover any open wounds on your body.

[–]antsyalyssa 1016 points1017 points  (91 children)

And don’t use conditioner for a few days when washing your hair (makes it stick to you). EDIT; makes the fallout stick to you

[–]sterling_mallory 281 points282 points  (3 children)

"I know we're in the midst of a nuclear disaster but I gotta do something about these split ends!"

[–]drfeelokay 5873 points5874 points  (246 children)

I learned learned 2 things from this false alarm

  1. Why our parents are all so fucked up

  2. My nuclear survival strategy is to drink a bunch of lukewarm soju

[–]Black_Hipster 842 points843 points  (98 children)

I'm not going to lie, there was quite a change in perspective when I was grabbing my Bugout.

[–]Warshok 600 points601 points  (55 children)

I’m in my 40s... growing up in the ‘80s in the US, we all kind of assumed we were going to eventually die in a nuclear holocaust. There was a TV movie called “the day after” which supposedly represented the aftermath of a full exchange with the USSR. I remember my parents being like “yep, it will probably be a lot like that. Pay attention.”

It was only after the fall of the Berlin Wall that the assumptions changed.

[–]Zebidee 218 points219 points  (27 children)

Apparently, watching that movie was a key factor in Reagan reaching out to the Russians. As flawed as it was, it was a huge reality check for a lot of people.

[–]kkaallaaee 3180 points3181 points  (40 children)

Was driving past Pearl Harbor when I got the alert. Noped the fuck out of there so hard.

[–]WaffleboardedAway 79 points80 points  (4 children)

was driving past Schofield Barracks and said eh this looks like a nice place to die and pulled into an apartment building nearby

[–]dawkbrook 18.6k points18.6k points  (172 children)

"So, why did you leave your last job?"

"I caused a mass panic that ignited fears of a nuclear annihilation. And the department was downsizing. It was mostly the downsizing."

[–]Bukowskified 6001 points6002 points  (71 children)

There was a layoff....well it was a small layoff....basically just one person

[–]DirtyThi3f 8242 points8243 points  (49 children)

In Hawaii it’s actually called being lei’d off.

[–]Mexter-Dorgan 2679 points2680 points  (54 children)

"You will never work for the US government in any capacity ever again."

"well-can I put you down as a reference atleast?"

4 weeks later

"Hello my name is David Johnson I manage the Amazon warehouse in Maui. I'm just following up on an applicant. He put you down as a reference, his name is John Doe."

"He showed up on time, nobody else complained about him...until he ignited nationwide panic that Hawaii was about to be hit by an ICBM by mistake because he fucked up like an idiot."

"So...can he carry at most 50 lbs?"

[–]muchdogeisenseinyou 642 points643 points  (16 children)

"So...can he carry at most 50 lbs?"

“Well what if I told you he could carry 60 lbs? Would that be a yes or a no?”

[–]matt2dlg 1797 points1798 points  (41 children)

People were literally putting their kids in storm drains. Next level fuck up

[–]manny082 642 points643 points  (27 children)

I dont blame the parents. I just wish there was a better way to ensure the survival of your children in an alert of that magnitude. How are you suppose to find your kids again if they are in the drain and it's a false alarm or even a real one?

[–]wonkierbooble 4083 points4084 points  (33 children)

2018 seems to be going smoothly, I see.

[–]Thatonedude25 4341 points4342 points  (161 children)

This should not be taken lightly. You had an entire state in a state of panic. People could have been injured or even died if the issue wasn’t resolved quickly.

[–]lookin4seaglass 1771 points1772 points  (86 children)

it is quite possible that this could give someone a heart attack.

[–]Latyon 893 points894 points  (33 children)

I'm sure someone died in a car accident because of this.

[–]rottedzombie 1419 points1420 points  (49 children)

Just got out of the bathtub. Huddled with the wife and toddler until the all-clear.

I promised myself I'd die wearing clean underwear.

Not like this.

Also: the warning sirens did not go off at any point, which gave us hope. Still terrifying.

And: False alarm alert pushed -- https://m.imgur.com/QV0QXE3 -- also showing up on our television.

[–]InnsmouthBear 1098 points1099 points  (27 children)

What do you think the chances are someone is hiding in a bunker in Hawaii right now unaware it was a false alarm?

[–]alextoyalex 9913 points9914 points  (367 children)

Someone is definitely getting fired.

[–]Sylverstone14 5913 points5914 points  (217 children)

Super-mega-ultra fired. Mass panic and hysteria is quite a lot to ignore if they get away with it.

[–]_Apophis 1489 points1490 points  (179 children)

Any defense/security IT folks in here that can give us an explanation on how this could've happened?

Thinking it was a test that accidentally went live?

[–]Findol 1381 points1382 points  (33 children)

I don't know how the FEMA does it but at my last command, we had a system set up that would send an alert to everyone in the command (if we had their info). The system was just like sending a SMS, input what you want to say and it sends it out as an alert.

EDIT: On a side note, today at the first time I've ever spoken to my neighbors

[–]RapidCreek 1356 points1357 points  (7 children)

Welcome to the late 50's. Remember duck and cover, and kiss your ass goodbye.

[–]skoncol17 6541 points6542 points  (169 children)

On the bright side, thinking she was going to die, my crush confessed that she also had a crush on me. I just got back from getting post-nuclear panic coffee with her.

Wow, this blew up. So, this may not be the happy ending we're hoping for. She is seriously considering transferring to a college on the mainland (I can't say I really blame her).

Update since people seem to still be interested: She decided to stay in Hawai'i and we're still together. So, it might be a happy ending after all. Then again, it's only been two weeks.

[–]Rookvrouw_Joke 2482 points2483 points  (52 children)

Oooh this would be a great story if you get married x) I'm invested in this relationship

[–]masterwit 877 points878 points  (24 children)

!RemindMe 10 months

Edit Copied remindme bot msg link to help others:

...to send a PM to also be reminded and to reduce spam.

[–]TodayKindOfSucks 1639 points1640 points  (13 children)

Crush: TIFU by trying to make my friend who’s been obsessed with me feel better before we were probably going to die.

[–]TouchEmAllJoe 750 points751 points  (10 children)

LPT: You can make your crush profess their love for you with this one simple trick. First, you need to gain access to a missile warning system.

[–]GhostSeeker22 2458 points2459 points  (30 children)

Live right outside of Honolulu. 8 minutes from Pearl Harbor. The roads were EMPTY. It was insane. Can confirm that we all had to change some pants.

[–]Dullgouge30 749 points750 points  (15 children)

I have never seen empty roads outside of Honolulu. I can't imagine the feeling. I'm on Kauai we could hear sirens from cops everywhere. Someone at civil defense is getting fired.

[–]McNuggieAMR 18.8k points18.8k points  (586 children)

This is MUCH bigger than just a simple mistake. The entire state of Hawaii just thought they were about to get blown up.

[–]Zombie_muskrat 9719 points9720 points  (249 children)

Exactly. I live in NY. My parents live in HI, I got the absolute worst voicemail in my life from my mother. She didn’t know if she was going to speak to me again. I had what I thought was possibly the last conversation I was going to have with each of my parents. I’ve never felt so panicked and helpless. It was extremely sobering.

[–]LumberjackPreacher 2747 points2748 points  (45 children)

Got a similar text from my auntie in HI, she texted in the family text chat "Missile headed our way, love you all.", here I am half a world away and it felt like my whole life just flipped upside down. So glad they are all safe, glad your parents are safe too man.

[–]Zombie_muskrat 238 points239 points  (0 children)

Thanks and yes I’m glad everyone’s ok!

[–]tonu44 7433 points7434 points  (202 children)

Got the text. Both my wife and I look at each other in unbelief and terror. We looked at our 4 year old daughter sleeping peacefully. We kept quiet and calmed. Sat there in silence whispering to each other things are going to be ok but Anger rushing through my head as a father as I felt helpless. Heard a knock on the door. Two joggers terrified asked if they could take shelter with us. We said ok. Our discussion wakes up my daughter who now sees everyone in a tense and panick mode. We all had no idea what to do but stay away from the windows. After a few minutes of discussion gave our second car to the joggers so they could speed home to spend time with their families. Daughter is now awake and asking why mommy and daddy are quiet. We hug her and said nothing. We are going to have a great day. Still no official message that it was a mistake. Decided to browse social media. Find out from Twitter it was a mistake and local news did no report. Finally after what felt like an hour we get the official message it's fake. Wife and I are happy. Decided to still go help a friend move from his house. The beach I see everyday looks so much more beautiful today. Aloha.

[–]muttonwow 4015 points4016 points  (92 children)

Did you get the car back?

[–]Gharst 1718 points1719 points  (11 children)

Those two joggers set this whole thing up to steal a car hmmmm 🤔🤔🤔

[–]LassieMcToodles 1057 points1058 points  (6 children)

It was like a Jesus test; "When I was hungry you fed me, when I was in jail you visited me...." "When I showed up in my running shorts in the nuke attack you gave me your car..."

[–]tonu44 1242 points1243 points  (33 children)

Haha got my car back. It was all good. We exchanged numbers prior. One Ohana sharing Aloha kind of thing. Mahalo everyone.

[–]Matrix_V 831 points832 points  (22 children)

One Ohana sharing Aloha kind of thing. Mahalo everyone.

(pretends to understand)

[–]wABgtbRS79EDLfaSC3W2 1638 points1639 points  (20 children)

This is very important.

[–]eastcoastgamer 1986 points1987 points  (16 children)

Could be the most elaborate/sinister car theft scam ever

[–]Thebambino25 613 points614 points  (2 children)

The most elaborate heist for a car ever

[–]docinsfca 1124 points1125 points  (12 children)

Hawaii is going to run out of alcohol at brunch today…

[–]Nayko 2532 points2533 points  (42 children)

Family in Hawaii called and texted nonstop understandably freaking out. Thank god for Reddit. I was able to check the Hawaii subreddit for news on this while news channels weren’t even discussing it.

[–]CptAloha 184 points185 points  (3 children)

Thank god for reddit but man I was freaking out when I couldn't find any information on the "new section" of this sub. Luckily /r/Hawaii was helpful in giving whatever information they could.

[–]beerbeforebadgers 665 points666 points  (20 children)

I got a text from my best friend who's stationed there.

"Might be nuclear. Love ya, buddy." Along with a picture of his "shelter..."

[–]IowaIsAwful 1200 points1201 points  (36 children)

That’s a heck of a “whoops, wrong button” mistake.

[–]Greengreen11 1052 points1053 points  (84 children)

I wonder if anyone took their life this morning being scared from dying from a nuclear missile.

[–]Danitoba 292 points293 points  (0 children)

It will truely be a miracle if no one was injured or killed from this....it really will...

[–]TapatioPapi 525 points526 points  (7 children)

Wow that’s dark...I really hope not.

[–]Shoelace_Farmer 26.9k points26.9k points  (1523 children)

I'm here in Hawaii, and it was an intense 10 minutes. The alert went out at 8:08 AM Hawaiian time which has to be some sort of sick joke. Everybody got messages on their phones reading "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL."

If you're like most people, then you've never gotten anything like that on your phone. Let me tell you though, it was the best alarm I've ever had. Neighbors were panicking asking each other if they also got the alert, and the whole atmosphere in general was tense.

The worst part about the alert is that you couldn't find more information about it. I went online to see where the missile would hit or any other information, but none existed. The entirety of the Hawaiian Islands thought that it could be them.

Definitely an interesting way to start my day.

[–]redpoemage 2520 points2521 points  (267 children)

The worst part about the alert is that you couldn't find more information about it. I went online to see where the missile would hit or any other information, but none existed. The entirety of the Hawaiian Islands thought that it could be them.

Possibly the only good thing about this whole incident is maybe they will get feedback that can improve their alert system in the event of an actual incident.

Edit: To clarify, I feel like more information about where to shelter would be good. Of course looking up where a missile will hit would be a waste of time, but knowing the best places nearby to shelter would be good.

[–]Malfunction76 8152 points8153 points  (437 children)

Man, that sounds scary.

[–]CptAloha 5995 points5996 points  (257 children)

It definitely was. I just woke up my friends and family, told them that I loved them and just tried to get any information I could (in which there was non). Fucking terrible way to start the day thinking it was all about to be over.

[–]koshgeo 1266 points1267 points  (112 children)

Welcome back to the Cold War. An acccidental activation of the Emergency Broadcast System back in 1971 freaked people out pretty similarly, except that it was nation-wide.

Besides human error, the new system supposedly has some security vulnerabilities as of 2002 when that article was written. Maybe they've been fixed since.

Edit: Ugh. Apparently not. Favorite example in 2013:

"On February 11, 2013, hackers broke into the EAS networks in Great Falls, Montana and Marquette, Michigan to broadcast an emergency alert that zombies have risen from their graves in several counties in Montana and Michigan's Upper Peninsula."

Although this 2013 example appears to be an instance of seriously poor computer network security rather than someone spoofing the radio signal in a more direct fashion, which looks technically feasible (no encryption).

[–]alexsolei 604 points605 points  (8 children)

My day started with my boyfriend shaking me and saying, “There are missiles coming to Hawai‘i! THIS ISN’T A JOKE.” We hopped out to bed, filled everything we could with clean water, and tossed all our canned food in the bathroom. I literally felt nauseous. I was so freaked out. Our neighbors were just as confused as we were. I remember watching this dad usher his three little girls our of their upstairs apartment next door to the downstairs level. They knocked their neighbors door and stayed with them because it was safer. I just. It was so surreal. There’s no protocol, you know? Anyway, I’m now enjoying a glass of wine at 10 in the morning. Because if I ever needed a drink it’s now.

[–]archeronefour 856 points857 points  (60 children)

That's honestly pretty much the worst nightmare I could imagine.

When I was back in school we got a false alarm that there was not only an active shooter on campus, but it updated and said that there was a non existent gunfight going on right above us. That was kind of pants shitting. But this? Can't even imagine.

[–]Elm-tree-time 1017 points1018 points  (37 children)

My school overreacts all the time. One time I got an alert that said "active shooter." Thirty minutes later I got an alert that said it was a water gun and the teacher asked him to bring it

[–]megmegmegmegmeg 776 points777 points  (11 children)

That is simultaneously the funniest and most fucked up thing I'll read today.

[–]slurpee_clerk 488 points489 points  (20 children)

I wonder how many people hit that last item on their bucket list, only to seriously regret it now.

“Welp. 5 years sober, but this aged single malt isn’t gonna drink itself.”

[–]SteakHoagie666 1006 points1007 points  (21 children)

Also in Hawaii. Work with tourists. People were flipping the fuck out. I was like "I'm on an island. I have nowhere to go. Fuck it. I'm dead" lol. Happened to be an air Force officer near me that called command and figured out what was going on quickly, so I knew about 15 mins before a lot of people did.

[–]RedditsMostAggro 245 points246 points  (5 children)

I had a similar reaction of, "ah I'm dead I guess"

[–]ryan924 451 points452 points  (25 children)

As scary as it is. Maybe some defense people can use this as a case study to help come up with a good reaction protocol

[–]nocturncal 2103 points2104 points  (77 children)

I live on Oahu and it took way too long to send out a retraction saying this was a false alarm. My mom was panicking, people here were confused.

How the hell did CNN, Fox News, Twitter and Reddit report on this before our local news? It took about 38 min for another text to be send out stating it was in error. Our congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard took to twitter to tweet out a false alarm and that was the first word we heard that the incoming missile was false.

And btw, when they sent out the retraction text message, they started blasting the emergency sirens downtown. So what are people supposed to think. A mistake or is this for real? Talk about a shitty response.

I feel sorry for the people here on vacation. Can you imagine getting this text and not knowing wtf to do and being away from family? Man, I don't even know where the designated shelters are or if they even exist, and I grew up here.

Edit: Not my video, but here's the Emergency Message about the false incoming missile that was broadcast on TV:


[–]WoollyMuffler 814 points815 points  (8 children)

How the hell did CNN, Fox News, Twitter and Reddit report on this before our local news?

My guess is that your local news team were all in the basement with their heads between their knees.

[–]lukavwolf 1248 points1249 points  (25 children)

The alarm came and I saw myself with a bottle of rum. As a took a swig and looked at my cat, I realized, I was content with the end.

[–]reggie9000 1580 points1581 points  (11 children)

Giving Steve Harvey that government job went about as well as expected

[–]walt_whitmans_ghost 5068 points5069 points  (255 children)

Dammit, I am way too draftable for another attack on Hawaii.

[–]RoarkLeSkif 1797 points1798 points  (33 children)

Love the threat of nuclear war in the morning.

[–]JagsStros13 14.6k points14.6k points x2 (340 children)

Nothing like waking up on your wedding day in Hawaii to threats of Ballistic Missile Strikes.....

[–]Xathem 6555 points6556 points  (124 children)

Yea on my honeymoon currently and the wife is freaking out. We don't have American phones so the first we heard was through the hotel security system pa.

Just got the false alarm announcement so should be fine but don't think we'll be going back to sleep!

[–]achillea666 1952 points1953 points  (83 children)

That shit was surreal... and they went to twitter to tell us it was a false alarm... why wouldn't they just send out another alert? It's been a half hour and I just got the false alarm notice...

[–][deleted] 1894 points1895 points  (115 children)


  • The alert was issued to residents' phones at 8.08am on Saturday morning

  • It told them to seek shelter and warned of an 'inbound ballistic missile threat' 

  • Residents called Civil Defense in a panic and were told it was a mistake 

  • Officials have since confirmed the mistake and said it was caused by 'human error' 

  • One person said they were told that 'someone pushed the wrong buttons' during an emergency systems drill  

[–]PokeSmott 840 points841 points  (38 children)

This was the msg sent to all of our phones


[–]Stackly 438 points439 points  (13 children)

Jesus that's terrifying

[–]tentguy 790 points791 points  (8 children)

I know right, 100% battery life and 0% chance of survival.

[–]ahwitz 1211 points1212 points  (31 children)

Sorta ironic that the message explicitly said "This is not a drill" when it actually was sent out during a drill.

[–]CJ_Guns 794 points795 points  (17 children)

The kind of thing you’d think we’d have locked down in this current global political climate.

“lol whoops”

Glad everything is okay though.

[–]2white2live 131 points132 points  (5 children)

It's three hours after the fact, and my stomach is still churning. I woke up next to my wife who had just returned from a seven month deployment yesterday, and realized that I had to be thankful for that last day. Seeing the word ballistic missile is far more terrifying and real than it was yesterday. I'm trying to find things to distract me, but I'm jumpy now, and nothing has even happened. I feel like I'm grossly over reacting at this point, but I can't help it.

[–]LurkerGhost 363 points364 points  (8 children)

Live in Hawaii, in Honolulu.

Slept through it all.

I am not waking up for that shit.

[–]nathancurtis11 540 points541 points  (24 children)

I've worked with emergency alert systems before and it is wayyyy to easy to accidentally send out an operational notice over a test notice. In some instances it's changing a flag in the alert from one letter to another. And if you don't change that letter correctly it goes out to everyone. I'm honestly surprised it doesn't happen more. It happened to the National Weather Service in Wisconsin in 2013 when they sent out a tornado warning message to everyone in their warning area.

[–]__the_alchemist__ 1074 points1075 points  (26 children)

I will say, as someone in Hawaii, who's youngest daughter was 20 miles away at a birthday party, who heard her cry over the phone, while watching my oldest daughter cry with feelings of hopelessness, that I appreciate this false alarm. Nothing puts things in perspective than something like this. To know I was woken out of my 4 hour sleep and still reacted with a clear head, makes you appreciate life more, makes you appreciate the people in your life more, and makes you know this could one day be real. If this was just another test, nobody would have cared to move a muscle. At least now we have a better awareness of the situation should something real happen.

[–]lifeinthecracks 700 points701 points  (6 children)

It's a false alarm. The one morning I decide to sleep in I get woken up by an alarm saying that I'm probably going to die. Good stuff.

[–]vorttex 1529 points1530 points  (76 children)

Everyone in Hawaii changing pants right now

[–]Crab_Spy 539 points540 points  (44 children)

Can confirm. I live in a heavily populated area. My pants are soiled.

[–]McNuggieAMR 156 points157 points  (39 children)

What was it like when the alert came on? Was there panic?

[–]karkovice1 150 points151 points  (11 children)

I was at hanauma bay and people all kinda just stood around and went under cover. Felt kinda helpless, duck and cover wont really do much. But wasn't mass hysteria

[–]IcarusKen 103 points104 points  (6 children)

I never got to see my neighbors, but my parents and I were shaking. We were trying to move along with a plan take better shelter, but we ended up just hugging and crying.

[–]Crab_Spy 205 points206 points  (3 children)

I was in public when the alert suddenly started blaring from every phone in people's hands/pockets. I checked my phone at the same time everybody else did when the realization set in. There wasn't an overwhelming amount of panic hanging in the air after the initial warning, everyone mostly scurried away to their vehicles to get home or sought immediate temporary shelter.

I was definitely terrified.

[–]paia579x 406 points407 points  (8 children)

Maui resident here. Got the alert at 8:08 am. I read it and LEPT out of bed, I started screaming pack your shit right fuckin now. I grabbed my 3yr daughter and hugged her so tight and told her daddy loves you no matter what happens. It was fuckin surreal, I jumped on the computer, turned on the tv to look at news, but there was absolutely nothing on, I had thought we were declared war on by NK. 911 busy, people out on the street wondering whats going on. VERY SCARY. I am glad out here we have compassion for eachother, otherwise mass panic would have ensued. Glad it was not real, I want nothing more then to see my daughter grow up.

[–]flat5 104 points105 points  (0 children)

I know it seems like a big joke to seek shelter in a house or even behind a fence or something when a friggin' nuclear bomb may be hitting, but it's actually extremely important to find "shade", no matter how flimsy, that can stop the flash from burning you. Seriously, a newspaper could be the difference between being horribly burned and not.

The flash is like a sunburn. You don't need a bomb shelter, you just need to have something, anything, blocking the path from the explosion to your skin.

[–]uparkdenver 5463 points5464 points  (56 children)

I was taking a shit browsing reddit when my phone suddenly flashed the emergency. Needless to say the one good thing that came out of this was that my shit came right out.

Source: Live in Hawaii

Edit: My most upvoted comment is now about shitting myself because of a false alarm about a nuclear warhead. There's a silver lining to everything I suppose.

[–]Moses_The_Wise 1380 points1381 points  (17 children)

LPT: If you need to shit, launch a nuclear warhead towards your vicinity.

[–]YoloRalphLauren 607 points608 points  (25 children)

A fuck up like this nearly caused a US/Soviet nuclear war.

[–]Harshradish 1202 points1203 points  (39 children)

Staying in Kauai for my honeymoon on the north shore. One minute im enjoying some tea on our balcony watching the sunrise play off the mountains....and then I get a vague text in all caps saying I have 10 minutes to live with sirens blaring in the distance.

Fucking unreal.

Update: I'm aware that the sun had not just come up....i was just taking in the view. Also, I'm not sure where the siren came from. It might have been someones phone below me, or my wife's or hell, some alert system at the hotel....was kinda preoccupied with filling our tub and sinks with water and sealing up the windows with the shower curtain than tracking that noise down...my bad.

[–]dotnumber1 276 points277 points  (10 children)

I was on the driveway at a McDonalds, but nobody really seemed to care. Nobody on the road sped up at all, no panic ensued.

Missile or not, those workers were working and getting paid, and I was getting my breakfast.

[–]drogovic 2330 points2331 points  (45 children)

Got the alert on the Big Island this morning too. Wife immediately shat her pants. Very scary 😳


[–]dayzdayv 824 points825 points  (25 children)


“It took nearly 40 minutes for residents of Hawaii to receive a second alert informing them that a ballistic missile was not incoming.

40 minutes.”

[–]happy_K 440 points441 points  (10 children)

Well, if you're the guy or gal in charge of figuring out how the public would respond in this situation, you just got a metric ton of data

[–]16161d 227 points228 points  (7 children)

Is Hawaii run by Vault Tec? Would be a good way to both fuck with people for science and get people to buy into those shelters.

[–]dragonclaw297 90 points91 points  (2 children)

My aunt moved to Hawaii last year. She's only 27 and called my mom sobbing asking to pass on messages to family and friends in the case that she died. My mom tried to help her but really didn't know what advice to give and thought her little sister was going to die any minute. After they found out it was a false alarm my mom called me sobbing. Just a really insane and awful experience for my entire family. I don't know how this happened, but my heart goes out to everyone who has been affected. It is easy to read a headline like that and not realize the depth of the fear that the people in Hawaii were feeling when those alerts popped up on their phones this morning.

[–]iceman77 261 points262 points  (12 children)

It's my actual Birthday today, so hearing and seeing this alert on my phone was surreal. I basically thought "Well, 33 years ago I was brought into this world, and today I am leaving it. I guess that's it" It was a trip.

[–]swmacint 172 points173 points  (1 child)

Brother-in-law is over there right now, was hiking up a mountain by himself when he got it. Sent the screenshot to my wife with a 'Just in case, I love you very much.' text. Yeah, we freaked. The fact that there wasn't an immediate followup message is unacceptable.

[–]AlNOKEA 83 points84 points  (3 children)

Im in Hawaii at work in a hospital. We kind of just went, 'huh' and carried on after the overhead announcement. Idk I guess I was just thinking, welp guess this is how it ends--wiping up poop on the ground.

[–]Louciant 170 points171 points  (2 children)

TIL there's a literal button that sends:

"Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill."

To 1.65 million cell phones. huh... who'd have thought.

[–]alexsolei 169 points170 points  (8 children)

This was the worst, most fucked up 15 minutes of my life.

[–]Lazyaisan 295 points296 points  (5 children)

Nothing was on news or radio and no sirens till just now. Just a alert on our phones saying this is not a drill.