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Users of the Yurekuru disaster warning app had the fright of their lives on Monday when they were notified that a magnitude 9.1 earthquake was about to hit Tokyo shortly after 5pm.
Thankfully, the devastating quake never came.
The false warning of a megaquake issued by Japan's weather agency was sent out to terrified users of the smartphone app that has over five million downloads. It was also delivered to some transportation operators, causing a few subway and commuter train lines in Tokyo to temporarily stop.
While Japan's Meteorological Agency had immediately withdrawn the alert, the cancellation didn't reach some app operators in time. "We are now investigating how the false information was sent out," said a spokesman for the agency.