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1 year after false missile alert, Hawaii residents recall 38 minutes of terror

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DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

Michael Koenigsfest and wife Genna inside the same truck that he was driving one year ago when the missile alert came across his phone. Koenigsfest, owner of a transportation service, was driving passengers to the airport at the time.

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DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

Vanessa Bear, with her two sons, Andre, 2, and Bentley, 4, stands at the back door of the Iroquois Point home they lived in when they experienced the terror of the false missile alert a year ago. “This is it. It’s actually happening. It’s going down,” Bear recalled thinking.

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JHUNE LIWANAG VIA ASSOCIATED PRESS

A highway median sign read “There is no threat” in Kaneohe on Jan. 13, 2018. Officials mistakenly sent out an emergency alert warning of an imminent missile strike, sending residents into a panic.