• False Tsunami Alert
  • March 7, 2018 | Author: Albert J. Catalano
  • Law Firm: Keller and Heckman LLP - Washington Office
  • A false tsunami alert was sent along the East Coast, Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean last week. The National Weather Service’s Tsunami Warning Center was conducting a routine Tsunami test when “at least one private sector company” reportedly received an official warning. The company communicated the warning to its subscribers, which quickly spread throughout various media outlets. The Weather Service’s Twitter account subsequently announced that there was no tsunami warning, emphasizing that it was just a test. The Weather Service is continuing to investigate the incident. This comes just weeks after Hawaii’s false ballistic missile alert and an extensive FCC investigation into emergency alert systems nationwide (Vol. XV, Issue 6).