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Emergency siren test rescheduled for Tuesday

    Four years after a powerful earthquake rocked the Big Island

The state changed the date of this month’s outdoor siren warning test to avoid interfering with Gov. David Ige’s inauguration. 

Hawaii normally tests its Emergency Alert System at 11:45 a.m. on the first working day of the month. But that would have been at the same time as Monday’s inauguration ceremony at the state Capitol. 

Officials are instead testing the system at 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday. 

The test involves a blasting a one minute tone on sirens across the state. The sirens are used to alert the public to emergencies that may threaten life and property. 

Civil defense authorities recommend listening to local radio or television stations when sirens sound. Participating stations will explain what the sirens mean. 

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