The false missile alert that plunged Hawaii into chaos last week had a few rather interesting side effects.

After the 'all clear' message was relayed to the populace there was reportedly a sharp rise in visits to a porn site.

While some Hawaiians may have sent messages of relief to their loved ones, others, clearly had something else on their mind.

PornHub has released data showing a spike in traffic to its site around 15 minutes after the false alarm announcement came through. The adult site says it experienced 48 per cent more traffic than usual at 9:01 am Hawaii Standard Time.

PornHub explained:

Based on real-time, per-minute page views, and compared to levels on the previous two Saturdays, our statisticians found a precipitous drop in traffic at 8:07 am immediately after the warning was sent out

By 8.23am, traffic was a massive -77 per cent below that of a typical Saturday. As residents were notified around 8.45 that the initial warning was sent in error, traffic began to return to normal and Hawaiians collectively breathed a sigh of relief.

Those seeking further relief, headed back to PornHub where pageviews surged +48 per cent above typical levels at 9.01 am.

The false missile threat happened after a worker clicked on the wrong option from a drop-down menu at Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency’s office.

It took the agency 38 minutes to give the all clear and in that time many Hawaiians had called loved ones to say goodbye.

HT Mashable

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