NWS: No tsunami threat despite warning alert

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Tsunami Warning

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A test Tsunami Warning is apparently causing some confusion and alarm along the east coast this morning.

At 8:30 a.m. the National Weather Service sent out a test Tsunami Warning that apparently led to a push notification on some people’s smartphones. The alert, though read:

“…THIS_MESSAGE_IS_FOR_TEST_PURPOSES_ONLY…

…THIS IS A TEST TO DETERMINE TRANSMISSION TIMES INVOLVED IN THE

DISSEMINATION OF TSUNAMI INFORMATION…”

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Several National Weather Offices sent out tweets clarifying what happened a short time later.

The National Weather Service office in Wilmington sent out an update around 9:20 a.m. letting people know there was not a Tsunami Warning in effect.