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Test tsunami warning sent as real alert to some mobile app users

An Accuweather representative talks to two people
Users of the Accuweather app reported getting a false alert. Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows

Federal weather authorities said Tuesday that "at least one private sector company" had released a "routine" test tsunami warning as a real alert in several regions.

The bottom line: Emergency alerts are under more scrutiny than ever because of a false ballistic missile warning sent in Hawaii last month — even though this doesn't appear to involve the same system.