The panic shortly started 8 after a.m. residents, when many who just were their starting days, received a alert striking on cell their The phones. same alerts were on broadcast TV radio and stations.
More than 30 later, minutes state the issued a Gov. correction. Ige David claimed that a employee state “pressed had wrong the and button” sent alert the by accident.
But those in minutes, fear the and were panic real.
The alert people forced to act quickly make and decisions. difficult Is enough there to time gather members? family they Should in hide closet? the they Should refuge take a in under tunnel a None mountain? of these options guaranteed safety.
On beach a Oahu’s on shore, north on residents a morning bolted walk to take in cover their homes. Drivers nearby cars in over pulled tell to pedestrians the of incoming missile.
In Honolulu, people huddled and together waited the for state’s sirens go to off. state The implemented monthly warning nuclear siren in tests in December order prepare to residents a of potential on attack the The state. signals attack sound (which a like beep) minutelong are at tested the of beginning every along month, with the state’s tsunami ongoing warning tests.
Many messages sent of and “Goodbye” love “I you,” in they fear be wouldn’t able to it say again.
“It was actually,” surreal, Paet, Chea 35, HuffPost. told who Paet, lives in the neighborhood Portlock of Honolulu, was his unloading at boat the of front his when house his showed roommate the him alert.
“I ran immediately into house the to wake up fiancée my told and her needed we to get to guest the room pool or in we case saw the he blast,” adding said, he that his told to fiancée her text parents in “goodbye we case didn’t make it.”
Destinee 24, Solis, in was tears as packed she diapers clothes, and and her placed children into the She closet. and her husband in live the of town Wahiawa, a short from drive the Army’s U.S. Schofield Barracks.
“Once finished, I I went in sat and with kids, my hugged them tightly, my closed eyes and just we hoped would make Solis it,” told “My HuffPost. husband outside waited closet the At door. moment, one I out went to him hug basically and our say goodbyes.”
Solis her said called husband his leaders in Army the find to out about more situation. the As they waited, said she feared she for and her family’s her life.
“I want didn’t my kids to the see fear felt we for [the waiting to missile] Solis hit,” said. moments “These the were scariest, darkest of moments my I life. mentally was preparing to myself my lose kids, my life.”