False Tsunami Warning Sent Out To Tampa Bay Area Residents Via Phone Tuesday Morning
By FOX 13 // February 6, 2018
ABOVE VIDEO: Tsunami warning issued as a test in U.S., Tampa Bay
TAMPA, FLORIDA (FOX 13) – Some people in the Bay Area woke up Tuesday morning to an alarming alert on their cell phones, warning them about a possible incoming tsunami.
The message, however, was supposed to be a monthly test message by the National Weather Service that was mistakenly pushed out as the real thing to cell phone users in Tampa Bay, across Florida, the Caribbean and up the east coast.
“We are currently looking through our systems and they’re looking through their systems to see where the error occurred,” said Daniel Noah, the Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Tampa Bay.
“We do this test multiple times throughout the year, actually every month, and we’ve never had a problem before. So what’s different this time? That’s what we’re looking into.”
It’s hard to say who’s to blame at this point, but the National Weather Service said an unnamed company errantly pushed out the test message as a legitimate warning.
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