Tsunami warning in NJ? Police send 'test' alert, correction in Asbury Park, Harvey Cedars
Confusion notwithstanding, the Jersey Shore was not at risk of a tsunami Monday afternoon.At least two police departments transmitted a test message from the National Tsunami Warning Center in Alaska with the title "Tsunami Warning until 2:06 p.m."The message indicated that it had been sent out only as a test "to determine transmission times involved in the dissemination of tsunami information.""Emergency alert systems and (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Weather Radio are NOT to be activated," it read.
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Police departments that broadcast the test message issued new advisories within minutes to disregard the first."The National Weather Service was testing their system," read an alert from the Harvey Cedars Police Department. "We apologize for the scare and are working on a solution to prevent this from happening again.""Please disregard previous message which was a test from the National Tsunami Warning Center," read a follow-up alert from police in Asbury Park.MORE: Rare 'meteotsunami' forms off Atlantic CityIt is the second time in as many years that the Jersey Shore has dealt with a false tsunami alarm.In February 2018 AccuWeather sent an alert for a tsunami warning that turned out to have been a test. AccuWeather blamed the National Weather Service, which insisted nothing had failed at its end.Officials with the National Weather Service's office in Mount Holly were not immediately available for comment, nor were officials at the National Tsunami Warning Centers' office in Palmer, Alaska.
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