PALMER, AK — Glitches are being reported in Alaska's tsunami warning system after Thursday night's 7.3 earthquake in the Aleutian chain.
People living on the Aleutian Islands have been preparing for the next big earthquake and Thursday night they put their emergency plans into action, but not everyone got the warning message and some areas were alerted when they shouldn't have been.
Tsunami warning messages on TV and radio were sent late-- at about the same time the warning was being canceled.
Officials say the communities that needed to know were alerted in time.
“It didn't get out as early as we would like," Bryan Fisher with the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management said. “There are a number of systems that are activated; the emergency alert system being one of those. The message got out across all other systems.”
The National Weather Service, which is tasked with sounding the emergency alert system, says it is not sure why the broadcast alerts were delayed, saying it's investigating whether it was a procedural or technical problem.