- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) - A text message system in Springdale that warns of weather emergencies sent some users an erroneous tsunami warning for the inland city.

Officials said Wednesday a missing line of computer code was behind the problem, which was fixed after about 15 hours.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (https://is.gd/evwkPO ) that only a small number of phones received the errant messages, which were from the National Weather Service.

The system sent out all weather service warnings instead of those just for Springdale.

Mayor Doug Sprouse says the problem occurred when a database was updated and code that included the warned locations was deleted. The code was restored when technicians took the system offline to troubleshoot the problem.

The system was taken down at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday and was fixed in about an hour.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com


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