Some Mount Desert Island residents received alerts like this one on their smartphones Monday. The National Weather Service said it was a regular test of an alert system and there was no threat. IMAGE COURTESY OF AN ISLANDER READER

Tsunami warning a glitch in system

BAR HARBOR — Local residents who have weather apps such as AccuWeather installed on their smartphones received an ominous-looking message Monday, but officials said it was only a test.

It said a tsunami warning was issued by the National Weather Service for locations on the East Coast of the United States on Monday.

At 8:28 a.m., the alert went out as a monthly test of an alert system for coastal locations that potentially could be affected by a tsunami, according to NWS meteorologist Margaret Curtis.

“There was no threat,” Curtis said. “When [people] clicked the warning, they saw it was a test.”

The scare came on the heels of an incident in Hawaii last month when a false ballistic missile alert was issued.

Curtis said that the NWS is working with those app companies to determine why the potentially confusing alerts were sent.




Samuel Shepherd

Samuel Shepherd

Samuel Shepherd is a University of Maine graduate and a former Bar Harbor reporter for the Mount Desert Islander.
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