On Tuesday morning residents of the East Coast got an unpleasant surprise on their smartphones: a tsunami warning from the National Weather Service. There was just one tiny problem. The word "test" didn't appear in any of the text warnings. In what we can only imagine was a fit of mild panic tempered by healthy skepticism, people took to social media, where they learned there was no tsunami headed for the East Coast and that the "warning" had been a "test."
We can safely say someone at the National Weather Service failed that test.
For those who may have received a Tsunami Warning via text, this is a technical error. There is no Tsunami Warning for Connecticut.— WTNH News 8 (@WTNH) February 6, 2018
The National Weather Service Tsunami Warning this morning was a TEST. No Tsunami warning is in effect for the East Coast of the U.S.— AccuWeather (@accuweather) February 6, 2018
Though numerous news stations and weather services tweeted corrections, some people were still scared... or at least really confused:
Tsunami Warning Sent by The National Weather Service To Some People in Parts of The Eastern United States This Morning at 8:30 am Was False.— ~Marietta️ (@MDavisbot) February 6, 2018
It Was Meant To Be Only a Test.
I Think It's Time For a More Up To Date Warning System That Don't Include Buttons!! #TuesdayThoughts pic.twitter.com/HMHagTJg0F
People were quick to point out Hawaii just had a false warning about a missile strike. Coincidence?
A botched tsunami test message went out today on the East Coast as an actual tsunami warning. This comes on same day as House Homeland Security Cmte holds hrng on emergency warning system following debacle in Hawaii a few weeks ago— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) February 6, 2018
A tsunami warning was erroneously sent to some East Coast phones Tuesday as lawmakers in Washington gathered to look into emergency alert problems, including last month’s false notification of a missile attack in Hawaii #tictocnews https://t.co/Y8wzqILvyD pic.twitter.com/Eum5nTCXrD— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) February 6, 2018
And now folks are saying it happened in Houston, too:
What is happening around here? People are starting to get paranoid:
First a fake missile launch warning in Hawaii and now a fake tsunami warning on the east coast ? Somebody is hacking into the american warning systems, the news is lying when it says these are all accidents.— Selena (@RedKachina) February 6, 2018