Some residents along the East Coast and Gulf Coast received a false tsunami warning on Tuesday morning after a private company sent out an alert following a monthly test by the National Weather Service.
It is unclear where the initial warning came from.
More recently, an authentic tsunami warning was triggered for coastal Alaska after a magnitude-7.9 quake pulsed under the Gulf of Alaska.
"We're now looking into why the test message was communicated as an actual tsunami warning", the statement said.
A bogus tsunami warning caused a flood of Tuesday morning confusion along the East Coast.
"The alert that popped up on people's phones did not mention it was only a test, though clicking the alert took users to Accuweather's website, which states: "...More news: Here Are 5 Teams Who Could Sign CB Malcolm Butler This Offseason
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The weather alert, however, turned out to be an error, and East Coast residents will not actually face sky-high waves that would likely decimate many of their cities.
A test was conducted on Tuesday morning, February 6, and the alert had the word "test" in the warning.
The word "TEST" was in the header of the message, but the private forecaster said it passes along weather service warnings based on a computer scan of codes.
There were reports of alerts being received on phones in New York, Texas, Florida, Louisana and SC.
Pfaff said that officials are not sure what went wrong, or if it was an external or internal issue, but that they were doing tests this morning. "Seek Immediate Shelter. This Is Not A Drill".
"Did that False Alarm guy from Hawaii get a new job?"