False Tsunami Warnings Flood the United States

As if false missile warnings weren't enough.

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It's proving to be a tough year for emergency warning systems and for the people who are alerted by them. At approximately 8:30 AM this morning, a National Weather Service tsunami warning identifying itself as a test got sent out to an unknown number of people. Third-party weather service AccuWeather reportedly pushed the warning out as real.

Just got a Tsunami Warning for New York, but apparently it’s just a test. Thank you for the morning panic attack, ! 🤦🏻‍♀️

— Katia Del Negro (@KatiaDelNegro)


A Tsunami Test was conducted earlier this morning, that did have TEST in the message. We are currently trying to find out how a message went out as a warning. We will update you when we find out more.

— NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY)

The false warnings to states where tsunamis are unlikely, including Texas, Connecticut and New York.

If users clicked through the notification, they gained access to the NWS test message. But for the users who didn't, it was a nasty scare in a year that has already seen a false missile alert in Hawaii.

AccuWeather has but has not offered a reason for the error. Late last year the company's CEO, Barry Meyers, to head the lead the scientific National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


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