The U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center said a tsunami warning sent out to radio and television stations in Alaska Friday morning was meant to be a test, not an alert about an imminent wave. The alert was sent at about 7 a.m. local time Friday morning and said the tsunami warning was in effect for the entire state for one hour. The message immediately followed another warning that was clearly worded as a test, and the Palmer Tsunami Warning Center is investigating what caused the false alarm to be sent statewide. In a tweet, the National Tsunami Warning Center said the test message was misinterpreted, but Alaskans disputed that statement, saying there was no indication that the alert was simply a test. So what the heck guys?
According to the Associated Press, the message lasted nearly two minutes, but there was an indication at the end of the alert that it was a test. Messages sent as tests generally say they’re a test at the beginning.
TEST wasn’t announced until the end of the feed. Up till then it was “Tsunami Warning” for CA, AK, WA and OR – full text for each State.
Where’d the feed originate?
— Mark Edward Springer (@MarkSpringer) May 11, 2018
“I couldn’t find any earthquakes and was really perplexed,” Anchorage resident Rosemary Dunn told the AP. “They said it was misinterpreted. I’d really like to know what’s behind that, who misinterpreted that.”
The false alarm comes three months after a test message was mistakenly sent as an actual tsunami warning to residents up and down the East Coast in early February. Users of several weather apps, including The Weather Channel, saw the alert upon opening their app because of what was believed to be a coding issue.
You know what?? If this was the first time. Maybe even the second or third but this is a trend. What is the true story?
— Paul (@Paul05743233) May 11, 2018
Friday’s alert was not sent to cellphones, which would have happened in the event of an actual tsunami warning.
So what did happen? Did Hawaii’s ICBM false alert guy relocate to Alaska? They will probably never tell us the truth. How can we have confidence in a bunch of people who mistakenly send fake tsunami warnings every two-three months…
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