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.