Hawaii Missile Malfunction


Matt Belinson, Sports Editor

     Imagine being woken up to the message that a ballistic missile is on its way to your state. Panic and mayhem would ensue. Families crying and children being hidden in cellars. Businesses shutting down and news outlets scrambling to find information. Hawaii residents got the news early Saturday morning that a ballistic missile was heading to their peaceful island home from North Korea.

     Residents took to the roads and airports to try and escape a seemingly catastrophic attack. Highways were completely stopped for over two hours as millions took to the roads. However, that race against the clock would all be for nothing.

     An employee working with a drop-down menu for a computer program at the Hawaii Pacific Defense Base clicked the wrong option to send out to the public. The employee accidentally chose the real ballistic launch warning when he should have chosen the drill option.

     ¨We take full responsibility and will deal with our system alerts in a timely manner,¨ said Kenneth S Hara, chief officer of the HPDB.

     Many politicians in Washington used the mix-up to put forward the idea of re-organizing all nuclear missile warning systems and protocols throughout the entire U.S.

     ¨You cannot have people driving 80 in neighborhoods or entire highways be filled with people having no idea where to turn,¨ said senator Gary Peters (MI) ¨In times like these, if our basic system of telling people where to go in case of an attack, we have a big issue to face.¨

     Hawaii is the closest state to North Korea, who now has a reported five missiles ready to be launched to the U.S. mainland, including as far as New York City.

     If North Korea or any other foreign aggressor attacks the U.S., each state and city must have people in place to protect citizens from atomic destruction.