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Don't Panic: Tsunami Warning System Will Be Tested Wednesday Morning

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Don't panic if you hear the word "tsunami" interrupting your radio listening, internet surfing, or television watching tomorrow morning. Barring the real deal taking place, there is a planned test exercise scheduled for September 21st by the National Weather Service to see if all systems are go when it comes to warning the West Coast.

The NWS explains the test procedure:

The West Coast/Alaska Tsunami Warning Center, located in Palmer, Alaska, will broadcast a special test tsunami warning message, clearly labeled as a test. Upon receipt of the test message, National Weather Service offices responsible for western coastal areas will broadcast a brief message via NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards describing the purpose of the test, using the required monthly test code.

If there is too much significant seismic activity at the time of the test, the test will be canceled. It's due to take place between 10:15 and 10:30 a.m. local time.

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