Actor Jim Carrey revealed how the Hawaiian missile scare had him ‘fearing for his life’ for at least ten minutes.
Known for his roles in movies such as The Truman Show, two Ace Ventura films and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, it appears Carrey was on the island when the false missile alert was sent to residents on the island.
It later turned out the alert sent to America’s 50th state was a mistake caused by a government worker who had pressed the wrong button.
This morning my daughter was 20 miles away at my moms &all I could tell her as she was crying was I love her & I’m so sorry… I would never wish this feeling on anyone. Traumatized. #Hawaii #HawaiiMissle #misslethreat #realStress pic.twitter.com/GMtpJCHGX4
— Aisha Lindsey (@aikudeesh) January 14, 2018
However, it didn’t stop many of the island’s residents going into a state of panic as they read a message which said ‘Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill’.
The award-winning actor took to Twitter to share his experience, saying he thought that he only had ‘ten minutes to live’ and also used the opportunity to criticise US President Donald Trump.
I woke up this morning in Hawaii with ten minutes to live. It was a false alarm, but a real psychic warning. If we allow this one-man Gomorrah and his corrupt Republican congress to continue alienating the world we are headed for suffering beyond all imagination.
I woke up this morning in Hawaii with ten minutes to live. It was a false alarm, but a real psychic warning. If we allow this one-man Gomorrah and his corrupt Republican congress to continue alienating the world we are headed for suffering beyond all imagination. ;^ pic.twitter.com/Kwca91IIy2
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) January 13, 2018
According to The Sun, Vern Miyagi, an administrator at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, has admitted to being at fault for sending the popular tourist destination into a state of panic. He assured the public that officials will study the error to make sure something of this nature this won’t repeat itself.
Hawaii’s House Speaker, Scott Saiki, has said the system Hawaiians have been told to rely upon has failed them and notes that government agencies are ill-prepared ‘to deal with emergency situations’. State Senator Brian Schatz called the false alarm ‘totally inexcusable’ and added a need for ‘tough and quick accountability’.
As well as receiving alerts by phone, Hawaiians also received warnings during live TV broadcasts and radio, for thirty minutes the island’s 1.4 million residents thought they were about to be hit by a missile.
Although it turned out to be a false alarm the threat of a missile hitting the island is very real ever since it emerged that North Korea’s so-called nuclear warheads may have the capability to reach the American island.
Due to the two country’s hostile relations, played out in no small part by their respective leaders, it has the islanders understandably on-edge.