Hey Connecticut, watch out for the tsunami! (Thinkstock)
Hey Connecticut, watch out for the tsunami!
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The Connecticut shoreline was briefly under a tsunami warning. But that was before the National Weather Service disclosed the alert had been sent by mistake during a routine monthly test.
 
The Weather Service's office in New York sent the warning Thursday morning, Sept. 24. It went to its radio and emergency alert systems. That resulted in the alert being mentioned on local broadcasts and Twitter posts. The warning was for all four coastal counties and part of Long Island Sound.
 
The Weather Service later issued a statement saying there was no real tsunami threat. The warning was sent inadvertently during a routine monthly test by the service's National Tsunami Warning Center in Alaska.
 
The Connecticut Broadcasters Association says the alert ran on several Connecticut stations.
 
There are no records indicating a tsunami has ever hit Connecticut.

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CRITICAL THINKING QUESTION
Why is the National Tsunami Warning Center in Alaska and not in Connecticut?
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COMMENTS (29)
  • alaynam-jon
    10/01/2015 - 09:22 a.m.

    I think that it is kind of funny that it was a mistake and they were trying to send it to Alaska. But it could also be bad because that could be dangerous knowing that the tsunami was coming and the people didn't know about it.

  • rileyc-jon
    10/01/2015 - 09:22 a.m.

    I think the mistake was funny but could have been serious. A lot could have gone wrong and i believe it is very important that does not happen again.

  • alyssar-har
    10/01/2015 - 02:31 p.m.

    I think the National Tsunami Warning Center is in Alaska and not Connecticut because in Alaska I think it is less Likely to have a Tsunami happen. I believe this because the weather can be extremely cold and they can't form because of how cold it is.

  • juanr-fre
    10/01/2015 - 02:37 p.m.

    That was best article on tsunamis I have never heard of a tsunami

  • ameraa-fre
    10/01/2015 - 02:45 p.m.

    I think because Alaska is the biggest state and Connecticut smallest. The warning was sent inadvertently during a routine monthly test by the service's National Tsunami Warning Center in Alaska.But that was before the National Weather Service disclosed the alert had been sent by mistake during a routine monthly test.Also Alaska is big place and it has a lot of people in it unlike Connecticut were they have less people

  • josiec-1-bar
    10/01/2015 - 06:38 p.m.

    I think the National Tsunami Warning Center is in Alaska and not Connecticut because Connecticut does not have a large chance to have a tsunami because the shoreline is small and there are no major tectonic plates that meet near Connecticut. On the other hand Alaska has a huge shoreline and Japan is across from Alaska and that is a very common place for high magnitude earthquakes which cause tsunamis to occur. This article is very unusually to me because I would have never thought there could be an earthquake warning on the little state of Connecticut.

  • jazlync-jon
    10/01/2015 - 06:49 p.m.

    A tsunami sounds scary but great that its on here for a warning to people.

  • jazlync-jon
    10/01/2015 - 07:04 p.m.

    I think that, that is crazy that they did that and got so many people worried i would have been scared. They need to be more careful next time. LOL

  • karliw-1-bar
    10/01/2015 - 07:38 p.m.

    Although both the states Alaska and Connecticut are coastal states belonging to the USA, they are very disparate. The National Tsunami Warning Center is probably in Alaska because of two reasons. One of these reasons could be that it is because their state looks over the whole entire Pacific Ocean. With this benefit, and with some satellite technology, they would be able to see a tsunami coming from hundreds of miles away (literally) and still let other states in danger of a wave of destruction prepare to evacuate, even if the perilous wave was hours (and even days) ahead. Another reason Alaska may be an alert home base is because Alaska's extension rests right on the 'Ring of Fire'. The 'Ring of Fire" is a tectonic plate boundary that is bordered with numerous volcanoes and accounts of earthquake activity. For example, lets say an 7.5 earthquake comes by Alaska. Alaska may then warn the western United States, and the mainland americans will be protected.

  • Eugene0808-YYCA
    10/01/2015 - 08:11 p.m.

    The East Coast has to be on the lookout because a tsunami could happen at any time. They have to be on the alert so that they could be prepared. You should always carry an emergency kit just in case because a natural disaster can happen at any time.
    Why is the National Tsunami Warning Center in Alaska and not in Connecticut?
    Answer: The National Tsunami Warning Center is in Alaska, not in Connecticut because there are no records indicating a tsunami ever hitting Connecticut.

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