Hawaii tested a nuclear warning alert for the first time in decades on Friday - but hardly anyone heard it.
It's hoped that the 385 sirens dotted around Hawaii will give residents and tourists a 20-minute warning if North Korean nuclear missiles are inbound.
But the sirens, which have been silent since the Cold War, were barely heard in the busy tourist areas of Waikiki, where most people obliviously went about their day.
These sirens will broadcast a 20-minute warning to people on Hawaii in the event of a nuclear attack. Their test on Friday - the first since the Cold War - did not go well, however
Hawaii Emergency Management Agency officials work at the department's command center in Honolulu. Many of the sirens were inaudible amid the hubbub of life on the islands
The wailing siren sounded for a minute Friday after the usual testing of a system to alert people to natural disasters.
It produces a different tone than the long, steady tsunami warning that people in Hawaii have grown accustomed to, and includes a wailing in the middle, to distinguish it further.
Vern Miyagi, Hawaii Emergency Management Agency administrator, said tests went well but he expects complaints. Officials are investigating to see if they worked properly
But even in those places where the sirens could be heard, some took little notice