“Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.”
It might sound like something straight out of a horror movie, but for 38 minutes terrified Hawaiian residents thought the world was going to end.
At 8:07am on Saturday (local time), locals and tourists on the small island woke up to a message that many have feared amid North Korea’s development of a ballistic nuclear weapon.
Panicked residents gathered family members, ran out onto the streets and desperately sought shelter as they awaited the attack.
Cars were reportedly abandoned on highways and people who were outside at the time hid in the homes of neighbours as others prepared to flee.
Those watching television also had their broadcasts interrupted by the ballistic missile threat alert, according to NBC.
I can’t stop thinking about this and what people did during those 38 minutes where they thought it was the end. I imagine phone calls reconciling broken relationships, and millions of messages of love.
Last year I was reminded that that any one of our lives could end at any time, and therefore to cherish every moment. Hopefully this message is realised by those who unfortunately had to be part of this unfortunate technological blunder.