The Last: Agency: Start of the incorrect statement alert incorrect

JUNEAU, Alaska – The Latest in a incorrect Can tsunami test message in Alaska (all times are local):

3:20 pm

A spokeswoman for the National Weather Service, according to a statement from the agency released after an errant tsunami alert in Alaska last month was incorrect.

After the incident, spokeswoman Susan Buchanan said a properly coded message was somehow sent again in a condensed format, stripped of the “test” encryption and caused the activation of the alarm system in Alaska.

But on Tuesday, she said that statement, on the basis of a first beginning of the review of the incident, was incorrect.

She says the agency later found that was not the cause of the problem is with the officials in Alaska reported to the agency that a supplier had not recognized the test message as a test.

She says the agency conducts monthly tests and works with suppliers to resolve issues as they arise.


12:50 pm

The authorities say that a third party supplier of the fault of a faulty tsunami warning broadcast on the Alaska TV and radio stations in the last month.

Dennis Bookey, co-chair of the Alaska State Emergency Communications Committee, says this and similar incidents set the format of the National Weather Service of the internal testing of the system for tsunamis should be reviewed.

Bookey’s comments came in a written report 10 days after the incorrect warning message was broadcast on May 11. It was provided this week to The Associated Press by Jeremy Zidek, a spokesman for Alaska’s emergency management division.

Zidek said improvements in the Emergency Alert System, and in this case, updated codes were not recognized.

Bookey says the software encryption issue has been resolved after it was discovered.

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