False tsunami warning sent to East Coast

Lester Mason
February 6, 2018

A tsunami warning test message was issued by the National Weather Service Tuesday morning to several major cities in the U.S, including Houston, Tampa, and NY.

"The test message was not disseminated to the public via any communication channels operated by the National Weather Service", the governmental scientific organization said in a statement. Weather service officials didn't immediately respond to AccuWeather's assertions.

"There is NO current Tsunami Warning, Advisory, Watch, or Threat for the USA", the weather service tweeted. We have been notified that some users received this test message as an actual Tsunami Warning.

"The test message was released by at least one private sector company as an official Tsunami Warning, resulting in widespread reports of tsunami warnings received via phones and other media across the East Coast, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean", the weather service said. Users of the popular AccuWeather app then got a false tsunami alert.

The tsunami warning center is part of the National Weather Service, which says it's investigating why the test message was sent as an official warning.

AccuWeather also sought to clear up the confusion.

The alert appeared as a notification that read as a tsunami warning, but did not indicate that it was a test unless it was opened, leaving people confused. The National Weather Service is trying to sort what went wrong, he said.

Jeremy DaRos, of Portland, Maine, said the alert made him "jump" because he lives a stone's throw from the water and was aware of recent spate of small earthquakes that made the alert seem plausible. The alerts were titled "Severe Weather Alert" and said "Tsunami Warning in effect for (name of city) until 9:28 AM EST".

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