False tsunami warning in Clallam County due to testing new phone app
May 09, 2018
(PORT ANGELES) – Those new cellphone apps. Sometimes they just don’t do what you want them to do.
State officials now say the false tsunami (tidal wave) warning in Clallam County that occurred Monday was caused by an official in Jefferson County who was testing out a new cellphone app.
That’s why, says a report in the Port Angeles Daily News that when a public information officer for Jefferson County Emergency Management tried to test the warning sirens in Jefferson County, those sirens did not go off but that a combination of human error and “a lack of restriction in the new phone app that is being rolled out” led to the Clallam County sirens being triggered to play the for-real tsunami warning message.
The report says state officials are still trying to figure out exactly what happened.
Some people in Port Angeles and across Clallam County heard the sirens (instead of the usual soft test chimes playing) go off about noon on Monday right before an announcement said, “this is a tsunami warning issued for the state of Washington, evacuate to higher ground.”
That’s the kind of sound you don't ever want to hear if you live in the path of a potential earthquake-generated tsunami.
Interestingly perhaps, that for-real tsunami warning occurred in Clallam County just a few days after the Sky Valley Chronicle ran a story about how the folks in tiny Joyce, Washington (also located in Clallam County) are preparing for the day when a monster tsunami does indeed come roaring into their little slice of heaven.
And when we say tsunami, we mean an expected 40-foot wall of water that will come screaming into Joyce like a deadly runaway freight train wiping out everything in its path.
You’ll find that story here .