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East Coast Tsunami Warning Was Actually Just A Test—And Here We Go Again

By Jonna Ivin-Patton

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.