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New York Times Editor Explains Why The False Alarm In Hawaii Could've Been Much, Much Worse

By Brian Skellenger

On Saturday morning, Hawaii residents and tourists were woken up by an emergency alert telling them that a ballistic missile was on its way, and to seek immediate shelter. "THIS IS NOT A DRILL," it warned.

Then, after 38 agonizing and panicked minutes, a second alert claimed that the whole thing was a mistake. It turns out an employee mistakenly hit the wrong button during a shift-change. Whoops.