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No, Texas is not under threat of a tsunami, no matter which weather app you use

Some people in Texas woke up to this message this morning.
Some people in Texas woke up to this message this morning. Courtesy

A National Weather Service tsunami warning message sent Tuesday morning to smartphone users, including some in Texas, was a test.

There is no tsunami threat to the East Coast of the United States.

Users of the AccuWeather app, including those living along Texas' Gulf Coast, may have received a severe weather alert message just before 7:30 a.m. It read, "Tsunami Warning in effect until 8:28 AM CST. Source: National Weather Service."

The alert was issued by NOAA, and was sent to users on the Gulf Coast and East Coast. Once a user clicked into the alert and viewed the actual in-app message or story, it became clear it was a test.

The National Weather Service issued the following statement:

"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 test 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. We're currently looking into why the test message was communicated as an actual tsunami warning, and will provide more information as soon as we have it."

Repeat, there is no tsunami heading for Texas.

Matthew Martinez: 817-390-7667; @MCTinez817

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