Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Frantic Tweets About 7.0 Earthquake -- Tomorrow

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 8:15 AM

click to enlarge EarthquakePosterW_thumb_222x307_thumb_300x414_thumb_200x276.jpg
A much-retweeted "warning" of a 7.0 earthquake that will ostensibly hit Southern California tomorrow has earned a stern tweet of its own from the United States Geological Survey. You can't predict earthquakes, notes the USGS. And there's no Easter Bunny, either.

Dire warnings of a massive quake are emanating from a Twitter account titled @Quakeprediction. That account is affiliated with the bizarre "Quake Prediction" Web site -- which posits an "EARTHQUAKE WARNING; 6.0 to 7.0 earthquake likely in Southern California; Most likely in the Coachella, Salton Sea area or Chino Hills, Los Angeles area. September 29 - October 1." It lists the possibility of a quake today at 90 percent and tomorrow at 98 percent.

Perhaps the only documentable information to be found on the Quake Prediction site is the disclaimer, "I am not associated with the USGS earthquake prediction site." That's because no such site exists.

The USGS isn't in the "There's an earthquake coming next Tuesday" business. While it lists the probability of a major quake coming along certain faults over the course of many years, government scientists emphasize that no one has ever predicted a major quake.

Luke Thomas, the man behind the "Quake Predictions" website, claims differently. His secret: "The main method we use to make our earthquake forecasts is based on thermal temperature changes caused by kinetic frictional heating of the tectonic plates." Other devices used to divine the movement of the earth: "moon phases," "animal behaviour" (sic), and "human behaviour" (sic).

Unfortunately for Thomas, none of those prediction methods panned out when he claimed a major earthquake was a-comin' to SoCal in mid April. Didn't happen.

click to enlarge Twitter_earthquake_04.jpg
click to enlarge Twitter_earthquake_05.jpg
click to enlarge Twitter_earthquake_06.jpg

  • Pin It

Tags: , , , , , ,

About The Author

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Bio:
Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" is a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly, which he has written for since 2007. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers... more

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook

Slideshows

  • SuperHero Street Fair 2014

    From Batman to Superman to steampunk, people dressed up as their favorite superhero — or villain — for the annual SuperHero Street Fair held along Isails Creek, at the end of Indiana Street, on Saturday, Sept. 27. There was food, drinks, and lots of EDM music to dance to — check out all our photos form the event. Photography by Christopher Victorio.

  • @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz Exhibit
    Nathaniel Y. Downes brings back photographs from exhibit @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz. @Large runs through April 26, 2015.