Acceptable glitch?

Good morning everyone,

Yesterday was apparently the hottest day we've had so far this summer in Hiroshima. I don't know about you, but I can't really tell the difference between 33C and 35C. They're both too hot for me. There's no end in sight's going to be 33C or 34C every day this week.

Railway companies temporarily stopped trains and social media users were in a state of panic after the Meteorological Agency sent a false alarm of a magnitude-9 earthquake across wide parts of the Kanto region Monday afternoon. The agency issued an erroneous emergency earthquake alert to railway companies and app operators around 5 p.m.

The notification warned of a quake measuring 7 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale, the most powerful rank. The quake would have been as powerful as the one that hit the Tohoku region on March 11, 2011.

"The quake that had been predicted has not taken place," a Meteorological Agency official said. "It's an error on our part. We sincerely apologize." The mistake was "probably the biggest" misreading since the system started in October 2007, said Toshio Kusano, a spokesman for the Office of Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster Prevention at the agency. The glitch was caused by electrical noise on the ocean floor, he said.

Some bullet train services were suspended after the warning, according to a Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) statement. All trains resumed operations.

The erroneous message also led to mobile phone connections being jammed for about 15 minutes in the Kansai, Shikoku and Chugoku regions, said Saori Yoshimatsu, a Tokyo-based spokeswoman for NTT Docomo Inc., the nation's largest mobile phone operator.

How would that make you feel? I have to say that I'd probably be among those panicking...about anything other situation I can remain calm, but earthquakes? Not a chance. I love the early warning system-it's worked properly once in Hiroshima. And we've had a few false alarms, but for me I'd rather get the odd false alarm than get no warning at all. How about you?

Have a great day!

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