The National Weather Service on Tuesday said a tsunami alert sent to some phones in the Gulf Coast area was just a test that was accidentally issued.

The warning was sent to some phones at about 7:30 a.m., according to the National Weather Service in League City. The message, which was clearly marked as a test, was sent out the U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center.

Similar alerts were sent to phones on the East Coast. 

Some National Weather Service offices pointed to an error by third-party phone apps, and not U.S. government alert systems.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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Donna Fraley

So please be clear here. Is accuweather the only app that would alert you to something like this, or would it come from another source as well?

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