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Hawaii officials suspend alert tests after missile alarm mishap, say reforms already underway

Hawaii officials suspend alert tests after missile alarm mishap, say reforms already underway

Hawaiian officials say tests for their state's alert system are suspended until all concerns about its reliability are addressed.

Local officials and the U.S. Pacific Command quickly confirmed that the emergency alert was sent out in error to residents of the island chain, which recently tested out a Cold War-era nuclear warning siren in response to North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons programs.

David Ige, who has apologized for the "pain and confusion" caused by the mishap, said it was a state employee "pushed the wrong button" to send out a false alert during a shift change.

They're announcement came after one of Hawaii's U.S. senators called for his state's alert system to be suspended until all concerns about its reliability are addressed.

Vern Miyagi on Hawaii missile alert mistake: "The wrong button was pushed."

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