In China, officials report two major-earthquakes which never happened
On Thursday, China's earthquake administration reported that two major earthquakes jolted the opposite areas of the country. There is only one problem. It never happened. The news about quakes, measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale about 10 seconds apart in the Western region of Xinjiang and in the Southwestern province of Yunnan, stayed on the website for an hour. The officials clarified on Friday those were quake-drills, unintentionally made public.
It was an accident: Administration clarifies on 'major quakes' news
"An accidental leak of the quake drill was picked up by the media and caused a misunderstanding. After this happened, our administration immediately organized relevant departments to delete the inaccurate information," a statement read.
Why the false news of earthquake didn't surprise Chinese
Though it was an accident, reports of earthquakes do not seem to surprise the Chinese. The country is seismically active and is frequented by earthquakes. In 2008, the central province of China was hit by a 7.9 magnitude earthquake which reportedly killed over 10,000 people. Rescuers worked relentlessly for days to shift rubble of flattened schools and homes, in search of missing.