On the night of October 13, a “8.3 magnitude earthquake occurred in Lintao County, Dingxi City, Gansu Province,” the warning information, triggering public panic. The Gansu Provincial Earthquake Bureau came out to dispel the rumors. This is the second time since this month that the Chinese authorities have misreported earthquake news.
At nearly 7:00 p.m. that night, people in Sichuan and Gansu received the above earthquake warning information on their cell phones or TVs. The message read, “Earthquake waves have reached the local area and are strongly felt.”
On the evening of the 13th, Gansu Province Earthquake Bureau issued a notification that some Huawei and other brands of cell phone users and set-top boxes just received an earthquake warning message about “8.3 magnitude earthquake in Lintao County, Dingxi City, Gansu Province”. After investigation, Dingxi Lintao County in the time period did not occur seismic events, “the specific situation is being further verified”.
Subsequently, the Chengdu High-Tech Institute of Disaster Reduction stated on its microblogging site that “the 8.3 magnitude earthquake in Gansu that was misreported by the earthquake warning system of the China Earthquake Administration has nothing to do with the Chengdu High-Tech Institute of Disaster Reduction”. The statement said that only eight days had passed since the 8.1 magnitude earthquake in Luzhou was mistakenly reported on the night of Oct. 5, and the earthquake warning system of the China Earthquake Administration had again mistakenly reported a super 8 magnitude earthquake, indicating that the technical stability and maturity of the system still needed more testing.
On October 14, the news about “official rumors of an 8.3 magnitude earthquake in Dingxi, Gansu” hit the Baidu hot search list on the mainland, triggering another hot debate among netizens.
The mainland netizens said, “The Gansu Earthquake Bureau has come to dispel the rumors, the question is where did this rumor originate from, and is it another unreliable system misinformation?” “I’m scared silly just looking at this number.”
“This is the China Earthquake Authority earthquake warning technology once again misreporting an 8 magnitude earthquake.”
“I got it on my phone, the alarm was so loud it scared me.”
“This really give people scared to death, is working overtime suddenly heard that others received information on their cell phones, microblogging a search all just, a few dozen seconds to reach, being in Lanzhou on business trip from Lintao County is very close, scared rushed downstairs in the cold wind for half an hour, contact a variety of earthquake bureau phone confirmation, really a memorable birthday ah.”
“The wolf is coming, for the second time! The third time really came, what can be done …….”
Late at night on October 5, people in Sichuan and Yunnan received a warning of an 8.1 magnitude earthquake near the town of Shangma in Luzhou City, Sichuan’s Naxi District on their cell phones and televisions, causing panic among the public.
Subsequently, the Sichuan Earthquake Bureau responded on its official microblogging site that the earthquake warning message was misreported due to a technical fault in the automatic processing system and that no earthquake of magnitude 3.0 or higher had occurred in Luzhou, Sichuan, for which it apologized.