Preparedness & Recovery

BRIEF: Get a Tsunami Alert? It Was Just a Test

The National Weather Service says it was a test and there is no tsunami.

by Sara Nealeigh, The Bradenton Herald, Fla. / February 6, 2018

TNS — Receive an alert warning of a tsunami? The National Weather Service says it was a test and there is no tsunami.

NBC News reported that the National Weather Service said parts of the eastern U.S. got a message of a tsunami warning, but the message was just a test.

The National Weather Service in New York City tweeted that a test was conducted this morning, but that test was in the message. They are working to find out how it was sent out as a warning.


Screen shot of the erroneous tsunami warning sent by the National Weather Service on Feb. 6. TJ Del Santo, WPRI-TV, Providence, R.I.


The U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center issued the message around 8:30 a.m. EST, according to the National Weather Service in Charleston, S.C.

An email alert from AccuWeather for the Bradenton area indicated the message was for test purposes only and was testing the transmission times involved in the dissemination of tsunami information.

Other parts of the Tampa Bay area received the message, including Pinellas and Sarasota counties, according to Fox 13.

According to the Post and Courier, an alert that displayed on users' mobile devices said a tsunami warning was in effect, but once a user clicked through the notification, the message that it was a test came up.

Sara Nealeigh: 941-745-7081, @saranealeigh

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