Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Virginia State News

August 8, 2013

Human error blamed on bogus tornado alert issued for Virginia community

BLUEFIELD — An emergency official says human error is to blame for a tornado alert mistakenly sent to about 500 people in the Charlottesville-Albemarle County area.

Residents received phone calls and text messages about the alert Wednesday morning. They subsequently were notified by text messages and email that the warning was sent in error.

Tom Hanson is executive director of the Charlottesville-University of Virginia-Albemarle County emergency communications center. He tells The Daily Progress ( that an activate button for a preloaded notification message was inadvertently pressed during training for the local emergency alert system.

Text Only
Virginia State News
West Virginia State News
AP Video
Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage
Sister Newspapers' News