In less than a month, the residents of Hawaii got a false missile scare warning, residents of New York and other states got a false warning about a tsunami on their cellphones, and the residents of Fairfield got a false warning that residents could wear pajamas the next day.
On Jan. 13, Hawaiian residents received a warning on their cellphones that an incoming missile strike was directed at them. Thirty-eight minutes of sheer panic were followed by an admission that it was a mistake. Something less harrowing, but similar, happened this week, when residents of New York and other states were told to be on the lookout for a tsunami on the East Coast. Authorities later admitted it was a mistake.