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There is certainly something to be said for the great outdoors, and the way in which the American people have worked to preserve our scenic vistas for generations to come.

Of course, one cannot imagine the all encompassing splendor of the Great American Outdoors without considering our still wild, northernmost state; Alaska.

The enormous, chilly expanse is the stuff of legend.  It was, and in some ways still is, an even more dangerous and foreboding place than the Wild West ever was.  (There are no stories about Jesse James getting frostbite).  Even all of these years later, in the technologically advanced realm of 2018, Alaska is still a wild and foreboding place at times.

Times like this week.

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Not only were a number of Russian nuclear-capable bombers intercepted just off the coast this week, but and even stranger threat arrived in The Last Frontier by way of the sea.

A tsunami warning was accidentally broadcast in Alaska on Friday, causing confusion among local citizens, officials say. It marks the third mistake this year involving the U.S. warning system.

The incident happened just after 7 a.m. local time when a message from the Emergency Alert System was aired on radio and TV channels in Alaska, advising that a tsunami warning was in effect.

“The National Weather Service has issued a TSUNAMI WARNING for the following counties or areas: Alaska, at 7:02 AM on May 11, 2018,” the message on TV said.

The alert caused confusion among local residents. Jennifer Williams, the news director for KSRM, said the radio station was receiving calls from residents who asked about the warning.

The mistake happened during an internal test to determine transmission times for the dissemination of tsunami warnings, according to the National Tsunami Warning Center. “We are investigating this issue,” the center said.

This strange warning comes on the heels of other recent emergency alert mishaps, all of which have mysteriously occurred in the realm of the Pacific Ocean.

That is not to say that Alaska is out of the woods yet, however.  A growing number of scientists are concerned about the possibility of the collapse of the Hilina Slump on the eastern edge of Hawaii due to the activity of Mount Kilauea.  Should the Hilina Slump slide off of the island, there is a very real possibility of a mega-tsunami striking the west coast of North America.

 

 

 

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