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A Tsunami Warning Issued On The East Coast Was Just A Test

Many Americans on the East Coast were surprised to find an alert on their phones warning them of a possible tsunami Tuesday.

By Briana Koeneman | February 6, 2018

Many Americans across the East Coast were surprised to get an alert on their phones Tuesday morning warning them of a possible tsunami.

But turns out it was a false alarm.

The National Weather Service later said in a tweet it was doing a monthly tsunami warning test. But some people received a message that looked like an actual warning.

A National Weather Service meteorologist told the Associated Press the false push notification was the result of a glitch, and officials are trying to figure out what caused it.

The fake tsunami warning came just a few weeks after an emergency management employee in Hawaii sent out a false alarm about a ballistic missile. That employee has since been fired.