Fake HUGE earthquake alarm freaks people out

Today, at about 5 pm earthquake alarms alerted people from Hiroshima to Tokyo about an incoming earthquake with epicenter in Nara prefecture, very close to the huge Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metropolis (the second largest in Japan). The alert had it that a huge 5+ in the Japanese scale, whereas others report receiving an alert for a 7 in the Japanese scale (the Tohoku earthquake was a 6+; 7 is the highest possible magnitude), so many people, including people in Tokyo, got out of the buildings they were in just in case. A few minutes later, it was reported that apparently it was an error from the Japan Meteorological Agency and that its system had collapsed.

 

Apparent epicenter of the earthquake

Apparent epicenter of the earthquake

Details

Details

We’re still waiting for an official announcement about why this error occurred.

 

Eduardo H.

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