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Tsunami alert false alarm

By Erin Smith

National Weather ServiceA Tsunami alert issued for the East Coast of the United States was sent in error, according to the National Weather Service.

“There was a Tsunami test today. Apparently this affected the entire east coast,” said Steven Pfaff with the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington.

The alert was sent out during a Tsunami test which was being performed and residents along the East Coast and Gulf Coast received alerts at 9:30 a.m. Shortly after the first message was sent out in error, AccuWeather issued the following tweet:

 

The National Weather Service has issued the following statement regarding the incident:

“National Weather Service Headquarters is trying to determine why a test tsunami warning was distributed to the public this morning. Please note that there is no current warning. At this time we are not sure where the problem occurred and the agency has stopped any further testing.”

A regularly scheduled monthly Tsunami test was scheduled for today when the test alert somehow became public. This incident comes after a recent incident in Hawaii sent residents scrambling for shelter after a warning for an incoming ballistic missile was issued in error.

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