Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Get 2 limited-edition podcast mugs when you make a sustaining gift of $8 or more per month today!

False Alarm: Weather Service Says No Tsunami Threat to Maine, East Coast


The National Weather Service says there is no tsunami threat to Maine or the East Coast - or anywhere else in the U.S. or Canada - following some false reports to apps. 

The Weather Service made the announcement on social media Tuesday morning after seeing what it called erroneous reports of such a danger.

The Boston Globe reported that the false alarm was triggered because of a glitch during a routine test, resulting in some users of mobile apps receiving the false alert.

The National Weather Service further reassured its followers that there is no tsunami warning, watch, or advisory for any part of the U.S. or Canada today.

Susan Buchanan, a spokeswoman for the NWS, told NPR, "The National Tsunami Warning Center of the National Weather Service issued a routine test message at approximately 8:30 a.m. ET this morning. The nest message was released by at least one private sector company as an official Tsunami Warning, resulting in widespread reports of tsunami warnings received via phones and other media across the East Coast, Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean."

The Weather Service also directed the public to the National Tsunami Warning System, as a resource and another reminder that no threat currently exists.


(This post was updated Tuesday with information from NOAA and the National Tsunami Warning System.)

You make NHPR possible.

NHPR is nonprofit and independent. We rely on readers like you to support the local, national, and international coverage on this website. Your support makes this news available to everyone.

Give today. A monthly donation of $5 makes a real difference.