There’s no need to run for the hills.
A tsunami warning that was broadcast over several telecommunication systems including Verizon at 8:31 a.m. Tuesday is merely a test, according to Casey Bail, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Newport.
It appears the message may have been sent to many states, a Rhode Island resident noted on Twitter that she had received one.
Some weather apps sent the alert as a push notification that read TSUNAMI WARNING but did not indicate it was a test. When opened, it became clear the notification was just a test. Here is the full message:
Tsunami Warning in effect until 9:28 AM EST. Source: U.S. National Weather Service
...THIS IS A TEST TO DETERMINE TRANSMISSION TIMES INVOLVED IN THE
DISSEMINATION OF TSUNAMI INFORMATION...
Bail said monthly tests are conducted but they are done internally and not broadcast nationally. Bail was uncertain why this message was broadcast to the public.
Bail said the chance of a tsunami striking the Atlantic seaboard is “extremely rare.”
Gatehouse Media Services contributed to this report. Reporter Mike McHugh can be reached at 910-219-8455 or email firstname.lastname@example.org