Tourists in Waikiki are running to hotels for safety Wednesday afternoon. Hawaii Civil defense sirens went off around 5.00 pm Hawaii time. It appears the entire Island of Oahu is under an undefined threat.
911 service and phone service to civil defense seems to be unavailable. A 911 call answered went to the U.S. mainland to an operator who said the service is overwhelmed and calls are re-routed. She did not know why the alarm went off but suggested to remain indoors.
eTN reached out to civil defense and is getting a “busy” constantly.
Sirens are used to alert the population and tourists about a pending danger, like a tsunami, earthquake, attack.
Information is supposed to be on every TV channels, which is not the case at this time.
In January 2018 more than a million people in the State of Hawaii were warned about a missile attack from North Korea, what turned out to be a malfunction.
At 5.27 pm Channel 3 news in Honolulu reported the sirens were based on a malfunction again. Civil defense is blaming the Honolulu Police Department for the second false alarm in the Aloha State, putting visitors and locals in a state of fear.
No all-clear alert has been broadcasted, but Civil Defense published the false alarm message on twitter.
eTurboNews reached out to civil defense and a spokesperson said he had no comments why no all-clear was given, why 911 was down, and why Civil Defense phone lines were unavailable. He referred all questions to the mayor’s office. A spokesperson for the mayor’s office didn’t think an all-clear was necessary. He told eTurboNews “all clear” is only given if it was a “real alarm” or a “test” but not when an alarm was triggered in error.
The Governor’s office told eTN there was no statement or comment by the governor at this time.