In another mishap, residents receive no warning of impending 6.6 earthquake
Last time, it was a false alarm. This time, there was no alarm!
Some of you may remember that just about a week ago, residents in Chiba were thrown into a panic because of a false alarm announcing the arrival of a giant tsunami. This week, residents in Okinawa were treated to a different kind of panic. A 6.6 earthquake struck off the coast, but no warnings were sent out.
In Japan, one of the ways people are warned of a larger than 3.5 earthquake is by an advanced warning system on cell phones. Sometimes even 30 seconds before the actual earthquake, your cell phone will start buzzing with a warning. But yesterday, the Japan Meteorological Agency forgot to give out a warning, thinking the seismic waves were just part of a smaller earthquake off the coast of Fukushima.
All this warning stuff seems to be confusing people more than preparing them.