Japanese Meteorological Agency Warns False 9.1-Magnitude Earthquake

August 1, 2016 2:44 pm0 commentsViews: 354

Millions of residents in Japanese capital city Tokyo were warned Monday evening, at around 5:09 p.m. local time, about a 9.1-magnitude earthquake is to hit and it would bring more disaster than the Tohoku one of 2011.

Japanese Meteorological Agency Warns False 9.1-Magnitude Earthquake

Trains came to a halt, citizens started getting panic and mobile networks became jammed knowing a massive earthquake would be hitting capital Kanto Region, which is home to over 40 million people.

According to NTT Docomo its network was overloaded and went down for about 15 minutes, but then nothing happened and immediately an apology came from Japan’s Meteorological Agency.

The agency said, “The quake that had been predicted has not taken place. It’s an error on our part. We sincerely apologize.”

It added the alarm was their biggest false as the warning system they are using was introduced in 2007 and it failed to filter out other noise apart from the electrical noise.

The failed warning followed with reactions filled with confusion and anger.

Japan sits on the boundary of four tectonic plates and the last major earthquake in the country was in April in which more than forty people were killed on the island of Kumamoto.

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