Around 8:05 a.m., the Hawaii emergency employee initiated the internal test, according to a timeline released by the state. From a drop-down menu on a computer program, he saw two options: “Test missile alert” and “Missile alert.” He was supposed to choose the former; as much of the world now knows, he chose the latter, an initiation of a real-life missile alert.
“In this case, the operator selected the wrong menu option,” HEMA spokesman Richard Rapoza told The Washington Post on Sunday.
So if your hand slips, you send a warning of impending death to over a million people.
The operator was supposed to click “DRILL – PACOM (CDW) – STATE ONLY” and instead clicked “PACOM (CDW) – STATE ONLY”.
Okay, so now instead of blaming the person who hit the wrong button, I think we should blame the person to designed this because this is terrible.