Last Updated: Thursday, August 8, 2013

7.8 magnitude earthquake today in Japan turns out to be 2.3!

It was just before 5 p.m. Japan time when Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) issued an earthquake alert of magnitude 7.8. Loud alarms rang from cellphones and TVs and residents throughout Japan were said to prepare for a jolt. But JMA was wrong this time, it turned out to be only a mild shake.

Yes it happened today in western Japan. After few minutes, an earthquake was reported of magnitude 2.3 centered in Wakayama prefecture, in western Japan.

According to the Earthquake Report, Japan earthquake early warning system even stopped the bullet train at some parts. Bullet train between Odawara and Shin-Osaka was resumed about 10 minutes later.

Mobile phone lines were also jammed for about 15 minutes in the Kansai, Shikoku and Chugoku regions in western Japan.

The agency blamed electronic noise on the ocean floor for triggering the apparently false alarm, NHK reported.

Original post: Natural Disasters List August 8, 2013

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