Everyone In California Received This Loud Alert On Their Phone, Here’s Why

Just before 11 p.m. Monday, cell phones across California began blaring with an Amber Alert.

1. The text message was widely reported across the state in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and Sacramento.

Jon Passantino
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2. The alert was so loud, it caught many people off guard.

Erin Thrush


That amber alert got sent to my phone and it scared the crap out of me omg that noise

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Shawn Matsumoto


The Amber Alert text is a great way to get the info out there, but who else can’t go to sleep right now cause of the noise it made?

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4. Officials even admitted it was a bit scary.

CHP Southern Div.


That Amber Alert tone you received on your cell phone might have scared some of you but we need all eyes out for this http://t.co/w9hfIq7Y2p

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5. The message was delivered to all devices capable of receiving the alerts in the state of California.

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6. Almost instantly, it became a top trending term worldwide on Twitter.

Wow #AmberAlert got onto the "Worldwide Trends" list. Talk about California sway.

— Tami Abdollah (@latams)

Tami Abdollah


Wow #AmberAlert got onto the “Worldwide Trends” list. Talk about California sway.

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7. Officials issued the alert for two children kidnapped in eastern San Diego County after the body of their mother and another child were found in the burning rubble of their home on Sunday.

Hannah, age 16, and Ethan Anderson, age 8.

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8. Police believe James Lee DiMaggio, 40, abducted the kids and is on the run, possibly headed for Texas or Canada. He’s believed to be driving a blue Nissan Versa.



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9. DiMaggio may have cut his beard and now look like this.

#BREAKING: New photo of suspect James DiMaggio without facial hair. #AmberAlert http://t.co/BhVcIWmtFa

— CBS 8 San Diego News (@CBS8)

CBS 8 San Diego News


#BREAKING: New photo of suspect James DiMaggio without facial hair. #AmberAlert http://t.co/BhVcIWmtFa

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Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or the San Diego County Sheriff at (858) 565-5200. More information from the CHP can be found here.

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