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Daily English Lesson #2

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Missile threat alert for Hawaii a false alarm; officials blame employee who pushed ‘wrong button’

An emergency alert notification sent out on Saturday claiming a “ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii” was a false alarm, according to state leaders and emergency officials, who blamed it on an employee who “pushed the wrong button.

“”BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL,” the emergency alert read.

While the message caused concern on social media, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency quickly responded on Twitter, saying, “NO missile threat to Hawaii.”

Officials also said they are reviewing why some sirens on the island were triggered by the alert when they shouldn’t have been and why some people did not receive the alert to their phones although it was a false alarm.

Reading Vocabulary

 

false alarm – an occasion when people wrongly believe that something dangerous or unpleasantis happening or will happen

shelter – a place giving temporary protection from bad weather or danger

drill – instruction or training in military exercises

Video

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Video Vocabulary

huddle – crowd together; nestle closely.

imminent – about to happen

hide – put or keep out of sight

Bonus Video (Use Subtitles)

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Video Vocabulary

simmering – (of water or food that is being heated) stay just below boiling point while bubbling gently.

broth – soup consisting of meat or vegetables cooked in stock, sometimes thickened with barley or other cereals.

dipping sauce – is a common condiment for many types of food. Dips are used to add flavor or texture to a food, such as pita bread, dumplings, crackers, cut-up raw vegetables, fruits, seafood, cubed pieces of meat and cheese, potato chips, tortilla chips, and falafel.

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