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Tsunami alert erroneously sent out to East, Gulf Coast

A false alert went out to East Coast and Gulf Coast states about a tsunami. (Source: WLOX/Raycom) A false alert went out to East Coast and Gulf Coast states about a tsunami. (Source: WLOX/Raycom)
An false alert went out to East Coast and Gulf Coast states about a tsunami. (Source: WECT/Raycom) An false alert went out to East Coast and Gulf Coast states about a tsunami. (Source: WECT/Raycom)

(RNN)- According to the AccuWeather website, they passed on a National Weather Service Tsunami Warning that was intended by the National Weather Service to be a test but was mis-coded by the NWS as a real warning.

While the words "TEST" were in the header, the actual codes read by computers used coding for a real warning, indicating it was a real warning, the statement said.

The NWS has not responded to those claims. 

According to the website, the NWS warning also later appeared on other sources such as The Weather Channel and it even appears on some pages of the NWS own website as a real warning. The NWS is the original source of the information and displayed it as a real warning.

States along the northeast began to tweet the discrepancy to their residents. 

In January, a false ballistic missile alert was sent out by the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency causing complete fear and chaos, after an employee thought the threat was real.

One Twitter user tried to draw a connection between January's false alert, and today's. 

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