O.C. alert system broke down during tsunami advisory
“It does have its limitations. That’s why it’s just one of our components to alert residents,” said Katie Eing, emergency services coordinator for the Newport Beach Fire Department
Only a fraction of the lines were reached because the local phone switches couldn’t handle the influx of outgoing calls, she said.
About 75,000 numbers didn’t receive the first call. A second round of calls connected an additional 15,000. Still, about 60,000 people were not given instructions to avoid the coast.
-- Joseph Serna, Daily Pilot
Map: A representation of the timing of Saturday's tsunami advisory. Credit: Los Angeles Times