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anunitu
13 Jan 2018, 11:01
ok,it might have hit the fan.

Hawaii ‘ballistic missile threat’ alert to phones was false alarm, officials say.

Just running on CNN.

Story here. (https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/hawaii-ballistic-missile-threat-alert-phones-was-false-alarm-officials-n837511)

It must have freaked some people.

iris
13 Jan 2018, 11:54
I just saw that on our news. Apparently they took 13 minutes to call it off. Yikes. That's a looong wait when you think you're about to get hit.

Hawkfeathers
13 Jan 2018, 13:18
People were terrified. I can't even imagine. Don't we have stuff in place to intercept anything inbound, if it did happen?

anunitu
13 Jan 2018, 13:26
reminds me of the 50's and 60's(dive under your desk,bend over and kiss your butt goodby)

Hawkfeathers
13 Jan 2018, 14:18
Yup, we're right back in the feeling of the Cuban missile crisis only there's no JFK at the helm.

iris
13 Jan 2018, 16:27
Our news report it was a 13 minutes wait. Don't know where they got that number. Just saw somewhere else that it was actually 40... That's just crazy. That kind of accident shouldn't even be possible...

MaskedOne
23 Jan 2018, 06:13
People were terrified. I can't even imagine. Don't we have stuff in place to intercept anything inbound, if it did happen?

We have a handful of missile defense platforms that might work against a hostile launch. Without actually using them against a hostile ICBM, we can't be absolutely sure. If they work then they are only really gonna be good for a small number of missiles at a time. They can hopefully knock down any attempt by North Korea. An irritated Russia or China will just overwhelm them. Nuclear powers get really nervous if you start talking about building a comprehensive missile defense system that can scale to swat down their entire arsenal because it means that you have less cause to worry about retaliation and might feel safe doing something absurd like glassing decent portions of their countryside. In the interests of not provoking panic attacks in Russia and China we tend to be small scale about missile defense.

Hawkfeathers
23 Jan 2018, 10:19
Other states are releasing plans now: http://www.ky3.com/content/news/Arkansas-emergency-managers-have-nuclear-missile-alert-plan-470604613.html

Of course, people are saying "Why would anyone hit Arkansas?" - but if you think about it, the middle of the country would be a good target.

anunitu
23 Jan 2018, 14:57
Hawaii's governor couldn't correct the false missile alert sooner because he forgot his Twitter password

Story here. (https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/23/us/hawaii-governor-password-trnd/index.html)

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