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[–]avalonian422 4053 points4054 points  (172 children)

I just don't see how anyone is debating the parents' actions. What would you do if an icbm was about to vaporize your entire family?

[–]XIII-Death 2062 points2063 points  (51 children)

Exactly, someone has to send people down into the sewers to become terrifying sewer ghouls so the survivors have something to fear when they use the sewers to traverse the city because the streets above are overrun with much more dangerous mutants. Just doing their civic duty.

[–]pubicimeanpublic 212 points213 points  (36 children)

At least nobody started jumping off buildings or anything crazy like that.

[–]DNamor 279 points280 points  (35 children)

Well, there's that guy who had sex with his sister.

EDIT: https://imgur.com/JPvpTrt

[–]optimistic_racism 157 points158 points  (3 children)

Sounds like that was going to happen one way or another

[–]octopoddle 63 points64 points  (2 children)

She's probably the one who posted the missile threat.

[–]opivy6989 19 points20 points  (1 child)

Turns out his missile wasn't much of a threat

[–]notaselfawareai 134 points135 points  (7 children)

"I'm average, my dick is around 4 and a half inches."

No way it's legit lol.

[–]Todzilla78 11.5k points11.5k points  (467 children)

If you are told you’re about to be hit with an ICBM, which carries a nuclear warhead, you’re going into a mode most people can’t comprehend.

In any other circumstance, this would be wrong to do.

These people literally thought they were about to all die, and as hopeless as an effort like this appears to us, it’s the best decision they could come up with other than killing themselves, which I’m glad no one did.

[–]ovoKOS7 3190 points3191 points  (63 children)

Yeah it's easy to judge behind a screen completely safe from dangers but when you're in the midst of it and receive a message saying you and everyone in a 20miles radius is going to die imminently, perceptions changes

Edit: Midst, not gist............... Sorry

[–]peperoncini 387 points388 points  (8 children)

Except the guy who captioned it as “What the fuck” was not behind the screen, which is kinda funny.

[–]tumbleweedtwix 431 points432 points  (0 children)

Exactly. You can’t use everyday judgment on an event of this magnitude. They thought they were all going to die. This is a reasonable thing to do if you think a nuclear explosion was about to happen.

[–]Keonishoots 988 points989 points  (85 children)

Mahalo for your insight here. We lived through this ordeal this morning, and it’s amazing how brave people are behind their screens. Keyboard warriors I guess are all extremely brave. 🙄

We were all doing what we could to protect our little ones. This video seems crazy, and it’s because of the verbiage of the text that each of us got on our phones. It left no question that we were going to experience missiles exploding around us within minutes. I’ll see if I can post it for you all to see.

Till then, I applaud all of you who showed some empathy here. I hope no one will have to entertain the thoughts that we did this morning.

Edit: It took over 20 minutes to confirm that the message was a mistake. Which as you can imagine felt like a lot longer. We spent most of that time filling every available receptacle with extra water.

[–]Todzilla78 310 points311 points  (25 children)

It’s just obvious to me, especially as a father myself, he’s doing what he thinks he can to save his kid.

[–]commentsurfer 168 points169 points  (20 children)

Same here. I would literally be doing the same thing.. it's like the closest thing to a bomb-shelter they could probably find.

[–]qcumbah 65 points66 points  (5 children)

At work this morning an off duty firefighter came running in and started telling us workers (3 girls) that there was a ballistic missile threat and we were about to get bombed and said we needed to leave immediately into a safer building. We were all panicking. I drove super fast to my house because I only lived 2 minutes away so I could be with my boyfriend and dog. I was so scared.

I was so relived when I got the notification that it was a false alarm.

This was a really scary event for so many people and it made me grateful to be alive.

[–]IMakeIce 195 points196 points  (8 children)

Some people just have a sick need to feel superior to others, no matter the context. Some people are assholes...no new information has been gained here.

Anyone, living on the Hawaiian islands or not, that is making fun of, or casting shame on people who did what they could to try to make themselves safe when that text came to them, is an asshole and you don't have to say anything else about them.

Sending good thoughts.

[–]radialomens 60 points61 points  (4 children)

It’s shocking to realize that some people take this whole thing as something other than “That must have been horrifying, those poor people, what would I do??”

Like I see this video as “Father desperately attempts to save children” not like a fool’s errand.

I feel like this should have been a big wake up call for most Americans, not just Hawaiians, that we aren’t prepared for emergency situations. Most of us don’t have an evacuation route, or supplies, or the faintest idea what to do

[–]ChipperBones 640 points641 points  (72 children)

We absolutely do not know that no one killed themselves...

[–]Todzilla78 366 points367 points  (60 children)

I think we would have heard about it by now, but you’re not wrong.

Might take a little welfare check in the next week to determine if that happened.

Hope not.

[–]wierdaaron 99 points100 points  (10 children)

“Instant nuclear death is coming immediately” suicide is different from regular suicide in which people usually take into consideration how they will be found. You’d have to do a sweep of every inch of the island to say nobody killed themselves.

[–]Todzilla78 31 points32 points  (0 children)


Hope I’m right, but won’t be surprised if I’m not.

[–]sayyesplz 534 points535 points  (77 children)

Real talk: storm sewers like this are confined space and you need to be aware that they could have a low oxygen atmosphere. Just organic materials like leaves and stuff decomposing can cause a low oxygen atmosphere that can be fatal, and there are other risks like CO from vehicles nearby collecting. People have died from entering manhole like this without checking the atmosphere first and following confined space procedures, I understand that the believed risk of a nuclear missile can Trump those risks, but please be aware of them because with the wrong conditions it could be fatal.

[–]FartingNora 277 points278 points  (36 children)

If it was between no shelter (like in a park or something) I'd risk it.

[–]DaBowws 154 points155 points  (2 children)

I live in Honolulu. There are little to no hardened shelters nor basements. People were doing the best they could to survive the “not a drill” threat. My family and I sheltered in the laundry room of our duplex as it was the only internal room in our home with no windows or doors to the outside. The “reality” at the time was truly terrifying.

[–]FartingNora 36 points37 points  (0 children)

I'm sorry you had to go through that. I can't even imagine.

[–]TooShiftyForYou 8657 points8658 points  (341 children)

Imagine being woken up at 8 am on a Saturday with the news that a nuke is on the way. Not the best way to start a weekend.

[–]OverusedDogeMeme 4329 points4330 points  (68 children)

I was just starting work when it happened, immediately clocked out when the warning was over. Fuck working, Im spending time with family.

[–]EnkiRise 1650 points1651 points  (60 children)

Wait you clocked out after they put out it was a false alarm? My ass would of said fuck work as soon as I got the warning.

[–][deleted] 880 points881 points  (51 children)

I mean, he did. He wasn't going to go and time stamp his card after hearing a nuke was on the way. He did it after.

[–]Slimsloth 1000 points1001 points  (47 children)

No he's smart, he left his card punched in so if we hit apocalypse levels he would still be getting paid after the nuke hit. He only clocked out when he saw it was a false alarm.

[–]Cypherex 599 points600 points  (37 children)

Too bad after the nuke hits the only currency that will matter will be bottle caps.

[–]KAODEATH 218 points219 points  (17 children)

Better than NCR money.

[–]JesterMarcus 108 points109 points  (9 children)

Better dead, than red.

[–]fallout52389 119 points120 points  (8 children)

liberty prime: Death is a preferable alternative to communism

[–]jakabab 185 points186 points  (3 children)

I went to my radio job, leaving my best friend in the world sleeping in my bed on the other side of the island with no car. She's not from here and would've had no idea what to do or where to go and if it was real, i wouldn't have made it to her, whether bombs actually made it here or not...

My mom barricaded herself in her laundry room with our two pitbulls cuz there's so many windows in our house

This morning fucking sucked for a good half hour.

[–]emeraldclaw 1017 points1018 points  (116 children)

It was pretty terrible. I'm on vacation here and woke up to this... I've been watching in horror as North Korea gets better with nuclear weapons so that notification on my phone this morning was a waking nightmare. Especially "this is not a drill" couldn't even begin to know what to do...

[–]BristolShambler 830 points831 points  (11 children)

Be sure to make a note of it in your Tripadvisor review

[–]UrinalCake777 93 points94 points  (87 children)

What did you do?

[–]emeraldclaw 331 points332 points  (73 children)

I went online for more information, and couldn't find information that there had actually been a nuke launched... Not that I know if that's something anyone could find on the internet. I just wanted to find out what was going on. The consensus seemed to be it was a false alarm and that eased my nerves a bit, but until the false alarm message was broadcasted I just sat with my husband and waited, afraid. I don't know the first thing about preparing for a nuclear strike.

[–]jlialp 105 points106 points  (16 children)

That was the worst part. Drove home from work after the warning and none of the radio stations were saying anything, not even NPR. Like, wtf? You all got the same news I did but you're acting like nothing happened?

[–]Code10-20 140 points141 points  (12 children)

My wife lives n works on Oahu and this got her good. She called me crying and asked what to do, I’m living on the mainland, and after about 30 seconds of confusion, I started thinking, really?, the noko’s don’t have it yet and if they did, we’d know already, so all I could do was reassure and let her know that it didn’t seem right and that our response would cover her. But I did tell her to find a fallout shelter at first, only to find out that fallouts are in disrepair or non existent right now. If it came down to it, I don’t think I’d wanna survive a nuclear blast, it would b terrible for survivors and rad poisoning would b there. And our response would be devastating, probably unleashing non-inhabitable earth for quite a while. If I had been with her, I’d have walked to the beach and watched it with her till the final sunset consumed all, if that was gonna happen. And if it didn’t, well walk the dog and celebrate another day.

[–]UrinalCake777 125 points126 points  (24 children)

Gather as many bottles of soda as possible.

All jokes aside that is crazy. I can't imagine.

[–]wedontlikespaces 48 points49 points  (22 children)

I'm pretty sure that in the event of the apocalypse the best thing to use as currency would be canned food.

I'm not quite sure why the Fallout people chose bottle caps, it doesn't really seem to be much sense behind it.

[–]benoderpity 39 points40 points  (12 children)

Bottlecaps usually come from bottled drinks, and apparently the people valued the clean water in the drinks. And I don't know why, they used bottlecaps as currency.

That's what I think.

[–]Piee314 58 points59 points  (1 child)

Do shots until it's either declared a false alarm or, you know, the world ends.

[–]tnafam 387 points388 points  (48 children)

I'd go back to sleep. Not worth dealing and losing my sleep over.

[–]burninglemon 724 points725 points  (37 children)

Either you wake up or ya don't. Solid plan.

[–]Ikinoki 135 points136 points  (32 children)

Or you wake up in burning agony

[–]burninglemon 189 points190 points  (25 children)

Or you wake up dead.

[–]Jealousy123 166 points167 points  (20 children)

How you gon' wake up dead?

[–]FiltermySyphon 48 points49 points  (1 child)

Man that's some quantum shit right there! You should be teachin' classes! You STAY droppin' knowledge!

[–]talizoruh 98 points99 points  (7 children)

I was at work. Absolutely frightening thought that I might have to stay there for 7+ days. Had to go back to work when the alarm was rescinded.

[–]grandpa_grandpa 22 points23 points  (8 children)

my buddy’s out there for the first time on his honeymoon. so they have that terrific memory to stick with them for the rest of their lives

[–]SprklnWiggles4shizls 19 points20 points  (1 child)

My friend is currently there on vacation and he immediately called me and let me tell you, I've never heard that man so scared, it's like he was certain he was going to die and was in shock. I'm still so anxious and uncomfortable just thinking about the shear terror is his voice. This was a very serious mistake and I feel like it's being brushed under a rug.

[–]lucipherius 16.6k points16.6k points  (729 children)

Somebody fucked up bad. Made it worse that it said this is not a drill.

[–]ScrewAttackThis 11.2k points11.2k points  (378 children)

The shitty thing about mistakes like this is that if something were to actually happen in the future, people will hesitate.

[–]Dragon_Slayer_Hunter 2277 points2278 points  (225 children)

Sorta like tornado sirens in Oklahoma (but much, much worse obviously). Most people I know there don't listen to them, even after they revamped them not very long ago to make them need to be closer to the city you're in for you to hear them (used to be anywhere in the county).

Edit: I grew up in Western Oklahoma, so my experiences are probably different than somebody from, say, Moore.

[–]rocketwilco 353 points354 points  (14 children)

I'm midwestern. A tornado siren makes me check the weather,,, realize it's for other poor bastards and I go back to what I'm doing.

But I'll keep an eye on it.

I can fall down my basement stairs pretty quickly if I need to.

[–]SearchAtlantis 1069 points1070 points  (96 children)

Yeah but the difference is you can generally see the weather. Incoming missile? You see that and it's too late.

[–]Dragon_Slayer_Hunter 625 points626 points  (90 children)

lol doesn't matter if you can see the weather when you decide to just sit inside and watch wheel of fortune instead of going to the storm shelter next door.

Besides, this isn't a real comparison, I've already stated that the missile situation is much, much worse. I was just pointing out the "cry wolf" effect that already happens in real life with other forms of alert systems.

[–]NahAnyway 352 points353 points  (72 children)

I'm in Colorado... Whenever I hear the tornado sirens I go outside to try to spot it and take a video.

I'm part of the problem, I know - but at least I'm only blaming myself.

[–]crimsonblod[🍰] 93 points94 points  (54 children)

To be fair, I once watched a tornado on the news live in colorado, and it went over a nearby house without even breaking the windows. A couple roof tiles flew off, but that was about it.

Not that you shouldn't take tornadoes seriously, but sometimes, the tornadoes we get out here can be very weak.

Edit: I do mean it when I say that we should take tornadoes seriously, just pointing out that for the above colorado specific example, while they should have taken shelter, at the same time, some tornadoes out here aren't that bad. I don't recommend taking the chance to find out for yourself though. Better to just wait in a safe location until the tornado is gone.

[–]01020304050607080901 146 points147 points  (35 children)

Tornados can, somehow, pick and chose what structure to fuck up.

It might throw your house a half mile away but none of your neighbors houses.

[–]A_Flamboyant_Warlock 54 points55 points  (8 children)

Tornados can, somehow, pick and chose what structure to fuck up.

"There's something personal about tornadoes, you know? At least compared to other disasters. Hurricane? Hits everybody. Earthquake? Hits everybody. Forest fire? Everybody. Tornado? Maybe just Jeff's house."

[–]regoapps 42 points43 points  (2 children)

That's called survivorship bias. You don't hear from the people who had it worse from a tornado, because they ded.

[–]TheChrisCox 71 points72 points  (1 child)

Those alarms are warnings? I thought they were signaling me “hey come check this shit out!”

[–]Barely_stupid 288 points289 points  (26 children)

Don't put children on wolf lookout duty.

[–]Theedon 16 points17 points  (4 children)

You would think that there might be a stop check before the SMS was sent. Like I dont know like.... 1. Do you really want to send this message to everyone? Y/N... Yes 2. Ok you answered Yes. Are you absolutely positive that this is thw real deal and you know what you are doing? Y/N....Yes 3. Last time you Fucktard!!! Click YES to send this message and cause the public to freak the fuck out!!! If you are wrong may God have mercy on your soul. Y/N....YES!!!

[–]kris10amanda 4572 points4573 points  (54 children)

There is nothing fucked up about this man staying calm in what everyone believed to be an impending disaster and trying to save people.

[–]JeffSergeant 2219 points2220 points  (27 children)

Reminds me of the guy who broke his arm jumping out of a window when everyone thought the coffee shop he was in was being attacked by terrorists.

Afterwards he was a laughing stock, but if it was a real attack he'd have been the only survivor while everyone else got their brains blow out over their latte's

[–]RocketIndian49 1162 points1163 points  (7 children)

He was actually going to get help which is actually admirable vs just saving his own skin!

In an attempt to save the day, and regardless of his broken arm suffered in the fall, the man then ran to a nearby bank to call for help.

[–]vocaloidict 88 points89 points  (2 children)

One can only hope to be as decisive and committed as this man when shit really hits the fan

[–]b_clinton_rapes 70 points71 points  (0 children)

"A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan next week."

[–]20171245 456 points457 points  (4 children)

Jesus Christ this makes my blood boil.

[–]Zeyz 599 points600 points  (1 child)

And the fact that he broke his arm then ran to a bank to call for help makes it that much worse that people go on to make fun of the dude. If it had been a legitimate attack he’d be considered a hero, and it sucks to think other people could be discouraged from acting so courageously (even if it was a false alarm) for fear of being ridiculed on national news sites.

[–]The_Radders 103 points104 points  (0 children)

He'd also be alive, checkmate dead people who didn't jump out of the window.

[–]L_I_E_D 147 points148 points  (1 child)

People are just terrible at seeing others perspectives.

I'm guilty of it and I'd wager everyone is to some extent. Sometimes it's little like an argument between friends over something stupid but other times it's shit like this, or worse cough cough. If there's a way to teach perspective better, that would probably do the world good.

[–]badlucktv 334 points335 points  (0 children)


The worst can bring out the best in some of us.

[–]endymion2300 4293 points4294 points  (42 children)

it's like the opposite of those animal rescue gifs.

[–]umbrellasinjanuary 1191 points1192 points  (34 children)

But exactly like /r/reverseanimalrescue

[–]noah_bej 250 points251 points  (7 children)

That's amazing

[–]Carolina-Bubba-9130 254 points255 points  (6 children)

My girlfriend came and looked over my shoulder to see what I was laughing at and she was like "WHY ARE THEY DOING THAT!?"

[–]jtd5771 6904 points6905 points  (500 children)

Safer than above ground I would imagine. I’d do anything to save my kids, including this if I thought it would help their chances of survival.

[–]srslynotrly 2929 points2930 points  (268 children)

All joking aside I agree with this comment. It sounds and looks crazy but had this been a real threat this could have potentially been the best option.

[–]megamanxoxo 1330 points1331 points  (15 children)


I would've done this too.. can't blame these people for wanting to protect children in a threat of an attack.

[–]Rabbyte808 55 points56 points  (13 children)

Honestly I’m jealous I didn’t think of this. Here I was sitting in my room waiting to die for 30 minutes like a idiot, when I could have tried to get into the underground storm drains. Not even sarcastic.

[–]StucktownSkeezer 381 points382 points  (233 children)

Can someone confirm if this is the best option or not?

[–]EpicAmishMan 1317 points1318 points  (132 children)

I’m a Civil Engineer. These manholes can be pretty deep. I’m not an expert on nuclear explosions but being that these are made of solid reinforced concrete, if you could find one sufficiently deep it would certainly be better than standing on the surface.

[–]StucktownSkeezer 238 points239 points  (41 children)

How deep we talking here?

[–]EpicAmishMan 364 points365 points  (32 children)

Depends on how fast and far you want water/solids to move. Ground elevation from point to point is one of the main factors in sizing the depth. The deepest I’ve seen personally was approximately 20 feet in depth.

Edit: after rewatching the gif again I’d estimate that, due to the way the girl is entering, the manhole is 4-6 ft deep which is pretty typical.

Edit 2: I should have been more clear. The 20’ manhole I referenced was for a sewer.

[–]Atlas26 137 points138 points  (5 children)

Man, municipal waste/water systems have always been super fascinating to me. It just boggles my mind that you can pump clean water for miles and miles and miles to thousands of houses, then get the waste water back, process it, and send it back out again...super cool stuff.

[–]Monkitail 63 points64 points  (12 children)

im from florida we have gators in our storm drains. : O

[–]EpicAmishMan 85 points86 points  (2 children)

Perhaps it’ll give you an opportunity to get a jump on making some post apocalyptic gear out of its carcass? Lol

[–]fallout52389 68 points69 points  (1 child)

Alligator skin light armor: +3 charisma / 10% energy weapon dmg defense.

[–]colbymg 90 points91 points  (11 children)

it'd probably reduce the instant-death distance from explosion from like 5 mile down to 1 mile. So, it will likely help from that.
but then there's that pesky radiation and extreme heat that usually extends far further than the initial blast.
so, alive past detonation, but probably in desperate need of immediate medical help.
(assuming nuclear missile)

[–]EpicAmishMan 44 points45 points  (4 children)

Yeah, exactly. As I said certainly no bomb shelter but better than standing on the surface.

[–]ajhorvat 188 points189 points  (18 children)

However it should be noted that if it’s sanitary sewer, people should be aware of sewer gas that can potentially knock someone out and eventually kill them if they were left down there without breathable air.

[–]EpicAmishMan 117 points118 points  (15 children)

You’re absolutely correct but like I said in a previous reply if it were a disaster scenario it beats getting blown up.

[–]Help-Me-Peel 67 points68 points  (14 children)

I just recently graduated from a Civil Engineering program and have since been working for a company involved in major road reconstruction projects. Wouldn't a point of concern be the air quality inside the manholes? Based on my current experience to date a sanitary manhole is an absolute no go without the proper equipment. But can't storm manholes be just as dangerous?

[–]EpicAmishMan 70 points71 points  (7 children)

Certainly, but again this is a disaster scenario. Ideally you’d want to get out of there as quickly as possible but it beats getting blown to bits.

[–]Steffinily 70 points71 points  (13 children)

I had a friend die in August after trying to get into a storm drain to get his keys.

[–]TigerRaiders 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Holy crap. That’s terrible

[–]mlorusso4 3330 points3331 points  (17 children)

Now that they know it was a false alarm and everything is fine I see this conversation in the future when she’s a teen:

Kid: remember that time you threw me in the sewer?

Dad: ya. I should have left you there

[–]IceCreaaams 220 points221 points  (3 children)

This is just evidence that no matter what is happening, someone will be filming on a phone. Nuclear strike, tornado, hurricane, whatever.

[–]TerminatorX24 1839 points1840 points  (44 children)

I'm just waiting for the TIFU post from the guy who turned the alarm on.

[–]Interfecto 482 points483 points  (8 children)

lol that would be one for the books

[–]DogeCatBear 191 points192 points  (7 children)

I'm just waiting for a TIFU post about the guy that put his family in his underground shelter for a month

[–]remixclashes 94 points95 points  (0 children)

RemindMe! 30 days "Fallout Family"

[–]ootman96 1476 points1477 points  (26 children)

My mom and step dad just landed in Hawaii last night. They were not too thrilled for their first morning in Hawaii

[–]BitchBeHumbleSitDown 782 points783 points  (12 children)

“I fucking told you we shouldn’t have come here”

[–]CGFROSTY 264 points265 points  (14 children)

Why are people making fun of this guy? Assuming there’s no Nuclear Fallout Shelter, this seems like a reasonable place.

[–]world_of_cakes 72 points73 points  (0 children)

Behind the keyboard is the safest place

[–]eericdongg 1040 points1041 points  (41 children)

Hawaiian guy here...

I work at a 5-star resort here in Hawaii. I happened to be the point-person for my department today (which is a coffee shop). After our alarms all went off, concerned and confused, a guest looked up at me and asked, "Is this real?" My response, also slightly nervous, was, "I hope not! But, here's your latte. Have a lovely morning."

A part of me wanted to find out wtf was going on but the other part was like, well, I still got to do my job I guess...

[–]lank3y 384 points385 points  (33 children)

Brilliant. Yes, I can see this and in your place I would also simply say "may as well have a nice coffee while the whole world vanishes for us". Let's face it, this is not 1962 and these are not warheads from some kids movie like "War Games". These modern suckers will vaporize everyone and everything and so yes, you did the right thing. Smile and wave. Smile and wave.

[–]dearbabyjesus 358 points359 points  (17 children)

Accurate, I’m on Oahu. My husband, daughter, and two dogs were just hanging out in our room when the alert came. We just stayed there and tried to stay calm for my daughters sake. No shelters, nothing can be done. Just glad to be with family. Fucking frightening as hell but I’d made my peace with death.

[–]LateDentArthurDent42 127 points128 points  (11 children)

Just as long as you didn't decide to end it quickly for everyone...

"A false alarm? Well shit, do I feel foolish"

[–]unknownawaits212 135 points136 points  (9 children)

The feels of "The Mist"...

Gets me every time.

[–]Vallvaka 50 points51 points  (7 children)

Truly the greatest ending to a horror movie ever. I don't want horror movies to end happily, dammit! If I wanted happiness, why the fuck would I watch a horror movie??

[–]accelerateforward 32 points33 points  (2 children)

These modern suckers will vaporize everyone and everythin

No, they won't. It will still be about 10% of those lucky enough to be at the epicenter being vaporized, while everyone else helplessly dies in agony in a literal hell earth.

On his way back with the water, he got lost on a detour around a fallen tree, and as he looked for his way through the woods, he heard a voice ask from the underbrush, "Have you anything to drink?" He saw a uniform. Thinking there was just one soldier, he approached with the water. When he had penetrated the bushes, he saw there were about twenty men, and they were all in exactly the same nightmarish state: their faces were wholly burned, their eye sockets were hollow, the fluid from their melted eyes had run down their cheeks.

Then, I saw a completely different scene from before---People coming out from center. Hurt people---But no noise. Still I just couldn't hear anything. I just followed the people nearby going down to riverside. I went by the river and followed them down to the river's edge---The people, so many people burnt and naked. No skin, some skin coming off. I can't explain. How horrible it was. Then in my mind---so white. I couldn't think straight. I couldn't think. What happened?

She held her arms out in front to keep the burned, hanging skin off the ground. To prevent their red, exposed flesh from sticking, people thrust their arms in front of them like ghosts. Their skin, like the thin skin of potato, hung from the fingernails, where it was still attached.

"Younger Brother Who Died while Vomiting Blood," created by Masato Yamashita. Atsumu Yamashita was exposed to the bomb while doing building demolition work in Dohashi. He returned to his home on August 20th. On around the 25th, he came down with a nosebleed, his hair fell out, and small red spots appeared all over his body. On the 31st, he died while vomiting blood. Image courtesy of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

I'm already sick to my stomach googling these quotes and I can't even find the worst of them. Tornados of fire stories tall encapsulating entire cities of horribly wounded survivors, organs falling out because damaged skin can no longer hold their weight, ugh...... The increased size of modern bombs really does not change these factors for the better.

[–]Highanddidmath 2647 points2648 points  (39 children)

In a fallout game you would be exploring the sewers and find a child's skeleton.

[–]TheRealKaschMoney 427 points428 points  (19 children)

Fallout set in Hawaii would be very interesting. Different climate than the rest

[–]jamiegandolf 138 points139 points  (11 children)

Dead Island is as close as we’ll come for the moment. Or the DLC’s Far Harbor and Point Lookout.

[–]SgWaterQn 392 points393 points  (11 children)

I met a bobcat once, and the owner said if I don't bump my head into his, it would kill me.

[–]slvrcrystalc 230 points231 points  (4 children)

So you went up to the owner of this heavy machinery to boop him? Scary.

[–]Andato 1282 points1283 points  (119 children)

People need to understand how completely helpless everyone felt. I'm active duty air force and I live on Hickam. I called my leadership and asked what to do and was basically told there wasn't much I COULD do.

[–]fathertime979 545 points546 points  (20 children)

Yea I had a friend that said fuck it and went to the beach. I asked her to film what she could lol

[–]jakabab 463 points464 points  (15 children)

Since I was a kid, this has been our usual tsunami response. Tsunami warning? Time for a kegger on a mountain.

This was a totally different feel though. 26 years and I've never felt the kinda stomach drop as I did when I saw that alert and thought of everyone I loved spread over the island, how I was at work far from any of them, how missiles warnings are an immediate thing... or unfamiliar maybe but some tsunami warnings have us a chillin for hours and this made it feel like i had literally no time. I still feel sick.

[–]theknightof86 116 points117 points  (3 children)

Man... your description made me shed a few tears. When the shooting happened at the Mandalay Bay here in Vegas (I live a block away), there were so many false reports on what was happening (including some people saying there were car bombs going off), I immediately called my mom telling her I love her thinking that was it. It’s weird how adrenaline makes you so calm in turbulent times.

[–]poirotoro 364 points365 points  (65 children)

So this may be way, way above your pay-grade, but in this kind of situation do they begin putting every fighter possible in the air--not for counterattack, but just to save what hardware they can?

In my hypothetical Michael Bay action film-influenced reality, this would be the point where the craggy-faced, cigar-smoking Air Force General bellows, "Launch everything! I want every goddamn bird we have in the sky!"

[–]ADubs62 214 points215 points  (38 children)

One thing to note just generally speaking, is not every aircraft is just ready to launch at the push of a button. There is generally a fair amount of work that has to be done called a pre-flight inspection.

I wasn't there and have no knowledge of their plans but if they have alert aircraft (aircraft that are kept ready to go at a moment's notice) at Hickam they may have started the process to launch them while they tried to confirm if there was an actual threat. Though the command center at the base that would make this call would likely have known it was a false alarm.

[–]xxfay6 98 points99 points  (22 children)

IIRC during the Cold War, having planes ready to go at a moments notice meant having planes idling 24/7 on the tarmac.

[–]ADubs62 35 points36 points  (1 child)

It depends on the mission. I know of at least one airframe where that's still true. But it's not the most common thing in the world.

[–]NouberNou 65 points66 points  (4 children)

Not anymore, but that was the plan during the cold war. At first during the war you'd have every thing launch, bombers and tankers to go on their missions and interceptors to take out the incoming bombers. Later it was just bombers and tankers on alert since fighter jets aren't that effective against missiles and the Soviet bomber threat was considered more minimal.

Also there was a concept of distributing planes from their main base to any airfield that could handle them in a time of tension. This led to every moderately sized airport being a target.

[–]poop_flavored_pee 106 points107 points  (6 children)

Im in Texas so I might as well be on the other side of the world. But being on a tiny island would make this a lot more serious and terrifying like. There is no where to go. If I heard a missile was on it's way to Texas, I'd have a light panic and then ask, "OK but which part?"

[–]monzzter221 55 points56 points  (5 children)

I would say the opposite is true.

You're in an island (any one in the archipelago) and you hear that a nuke is incoming. You do what you can, resign to your fate, probably cry a lot, it sucks real bad. This was a huge fuck up.

Can you imagine if this happened here on the mainland? Dallas or something? You can get somewhere. So you try, and so does everyone else, and in the process there's looting, shooting on the highway, a huge traffic jam, people driving down the wrong side of the road, all of that. People probably die.

If this happened here, it would've turned out way worse.

[–]Archer-Saurus 51 points52 points  (2 children)

Shit dude, I was CBRN in the Marines. When I got to the nuclear part of my class, there's not much you can do except say "Find a ditch, or lay as flat to the ground as possible. Get on top of your weapon so the guys behind you can roll you/the dust of you off and use it."

[–]wagers 6020 points6021 points  (69 children)

“It’s ok honey. There’s a clown with a balloon down there.”

[–]i_c_juan 141 points142 points  (2 children)

Live in Honolulu. Was with my wife and toddler when the alerts went off. Only thing I could think about was keeping my son safe. We were rushing to find shelter ASAP. My wife was obviously distressed and panicked. Little one (oblivious to what was going on) kept telling her "Please be happy, Mommy.". Broke my heart.

[–]AusGeno 904 points905 points  (27 children)

Poor kid, that must have been terrifying.

[–]TJ_McWeaksauce 572 points573 points  (15 children)

If anyone knows how to survive in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, it's the CHUD. These kids will be in good hands.

[–]brahbocop 277 points278 points  (12 children)

Amazing how people think this is funny or are calling the family names. They literally thought they were going to die since we are living in a world where this is a very real scenario. Almost 40 minutes, 40 MINUTES, went by before the alarm was cancelled. Think about that. 40, long and anguished minutes. You think you and your family might be killed. How is any of that funny? How would you react if this had been you?

[–]AFXTIWN 263 points264 points  (35 children)

No way it's as simple as pressing 1 button. I would think a password or passwords would need to be entered, 2 step verification, followed by multiple Are You Sure? prompts. I mean really, 1 big red button like the cartoons?

[–]iams3b 183 points184 points  (9 children)

Can you imagine trying to warn an entire state of an incoming nuke, and flipping through a notebook "what was that damn password!!!"

[–]bean_drop 41 points42 points  (0 children)

This is what happens when Steve Harvey runs the Hawaiian emergency management agency.

[–]Shoeeater1 153 points154 points  (4 children)

Reverse the gif and make it a rescue story.

[–]cerealmaterial 363 points364 points  (177 children)

Yeah what happened???

[–]079ZB2 816 points817 points  (174 children)

Someone in Hawaii erroneously activated the emergency broadcast system for a nuclear strike.

[–][deleted] 1117 points1118 points  (161 children)

And it took 38 minutes for them to issue a new alert saying it wasn't real. The texts and the broadcasts on TV said "Ballistic missile incoming, this is not a drill."

For 38 minutes, people in Hawaii were pacing around waiting to die, calling loved ones saying goodbye... Some panicked, others were a little more prepared, filling bathtubs with water, etc. Several people have said they saw empty streets for a while, and apparently according to OP's gif, at least one guy decided to put kids in a sewer. I'd imagine a lot more weird shit is going to come out over the next few hours.

[–]monkeyfullofbarrels 681 points682 points  (47 children)

Holy shit. I hope nobody committed suicide. People have talked about calling loved ones etc. There are other tragic responses to this sort of thing.

[–]Throwaway_2-1 660 points661 points  (41 children)

Or banged someone they normally wouldn't have. Could you imagine how awkward things would be with your boss on your next shift, or with your cousin at the next family reunion?

[–]trenzelor 453 points454 points  (18 children)

So 9 months from now we will be reading about a spike in births in Hawaii and wonder what caused it

[–]acm 347 points348 points  (12 children)

They will call them the Nuke Babies.

[–]ThatsNoMun 56 points57 points  (0 children)

!Remindme 9 months

[–]OrbisTerre 324 points325 points  (17 children)

I wonder if the island is going to experience a population increase 9 months from now.

[–]MichealKeaton 216 points217 points  (10 children)

"Kids go to the basement. Mom and I are going to hump it out one last time"

[–]Ceraldus 36 points37 points  (13 children)

When was this?

[–]hurtsdonut_ 81 points82 points  (10 children)

8:08 Hawaiian time this morning.

[–]poonad38 204 points205 points  (5 children)

Isn't 8:08 the area code for Hawaii...?

Puts tin-foil cap on

[–]Nitsua2 249 points250 points  (8 children)

Vault 111

[–]ARWisHere 78 points79 points  (4 children)

Everyone knows 101 was superior

[–]bullfrog_assassin 36 points37 points  (0 children)

Nah man Vault 13. At least that thing was planning on opening one day

[–][deleted] 317 points318 points  (39 children)

At least no one is talking about oregon anymore

[–]QcumberKid 113 points114 points  (33 children)

Did they have a false alarm too? ;)

[–][deleted] 780 points781 points  (31 children)

No, they just cant pump gas themselves and is causing some public concern.

[–]Jay911 105 points106 points  (1 child)

I wonder what the odds are on whether Oregon or Hawaii will be on fire first.

[–]HdyLuke 103 points104 points  (1 child)

I was awoken by the emergency sounding off on my phone on Oahu today. It was legit one of the scariest moments, a 'this is it moment." The adrenaline didn't subside for hours; I honestly still don't feel normal. Being on an army base didn't make me feel any safer. Repect to this father putting his kids before all else. Humbling being here today.

[–]landofozzyman 81 points82 points  (0 children)

Kudos to that dad/guy for taking initiative not just panic freezing like I would have.

[–]pikachuuuuu 682 points683 points  (28 children)

This might be buried but my grandparents, aunt and uncle, and my sister and her boyfriend are all in Hawaii together right now (aunt and uncle live there, grandparents are there for the winter, sister and her BF are visiting for a couple weeks). They were sitting there eating breakfast when they got the alerts on their phones and sirens started going off. Everyone ran out of the restaurant screaming and panicking. Police were on the loudspeakers telling people to remain calm and seek shelter. They ended up being herded into the basement of a nearby hotel. My mother and I got texts from my sister telling us about it, saying she loved us and didn't know what was going to happen. Scary as hell. I'm still really spooked by it.

[–]deadslothy 94 points95 points  (20 children)

Where was this? There were no sirens in Oahu :-(

[–]NSA_Chatbot 120 points121 points  (15 children)

Now, the guy's heart is in the right place but those covers are fucking heavy.

I could probably lift one from the bottom, but a child? Probably not.

[–]yankeeinexile 86 points87 points  (8 children)

I mean, if it's legit, they're all likely dead. The drain and cover most likely offer more protection then anything else in the area. I also doubt the children were down there alone.

[–]bardenk1 79 points80 points  (13 children)

Maybe this wasn’t a false alarm and attack was neutralized over the ocean. Rather then tell everyone they were almost fucked they said my bad.

[–]JumboMcNasty 38 points39 points  (1 child)

I was thinking maybe a hack...

Would the government admit some hacker issued this warning? No fn way.