AccuWeather sends false NWS tsunami warning alert in NY

No, a tsunami isn't going to hit us

No, a tsunami isn't going to hit us

The full message of the warning says "this message is for test purposes only".

He said the National Weather Service is trying to sort out what happened.

An Accuweather alert was sent on February 6, 2018, but was later revealed to be a test.

AccuWeather's CEO Barry Myers wrote to the NWS over three years ago: "We understand the reason for test messages, but we feel that NWS consider fail safe measures for the future to prevent such an occurrence".

904AM: A Tsunami Warning was mistakenly sent by an app.

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"We understand the reason for test messages, but we feel that NWS consider failsafe measures for the future to prevent such an occurrence", AccuWeather CEO Barry Myers wrote to the weather service, adding the system is "less than flawless".

Joe Pollina, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Upton, said his office on Long Island was aware of the mix-up, but that the word "test" was in the first line of the message.

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The post AccuWeather issued at about 8:30 a.m. had stated a tsunami warning was in effect until 9:28 a.m. "Repeat, a tsunami warning is not in efect".

Tsunamis are giant waves caused by earthquakes or volcanic eruptions under the sea.

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Pfaff said that he was not sure how many people were affected by the alert but, "I think it was a lot based on the response".

It hasn't been long since a false incoming ballistic missile threat alert was sent out to residents of Hawaii causing panic in the state for about half an hour. The message was later blamed on an employee's error.

A spokesman for the FCC, meanwhile, said the agency is looking into the matter.

Information from USA Today and Treasure Coast News was used in this report.

-This report was updated at 12:12 p.m.

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