Quake Warning Device just 10s in advance…….
A broadband and communications provider serving parts of the Tokyo area, will offer an earthquake advance warning system to subscribers beginning October 1, 2007. The “Urgent Earthquake News Flash”, issued from Japan’s Meteorological Agency, will be transmitted to specially installed terminals that use fixed-line phone lines.
The system forecasts the quake arrival time and the seismic intensity of the tremor, 10 seconds in advance, 24/7.
A voice will automatically announce, in Japanese, “The earthquake of four in the seismic intensity will come in ten seconds. 10-9-8 etc.” That’s just enough time to piss your pants and freak out.
The cordless units can be set up in each room of a residence.
Main unit: 23,000 yen ($202). Cordless unit: 13,000 yen ($114). No monthly fee.