Friday, September 28, 2007

Off Beat: USGS Computer Glitches Spawn Reports of Bogus Earthquakes

Mark Gomez writes in The Mercury News:

A series of earthquakes that reportedly shook the East Bay this morning didn't actually happen, according to the United States Geographical Survey.

Shortly before 7 a.m. the USGS reported multiple earthquakes with preliminary magnitudes ranging from 3.8 to 5.2 in the East Bay and North Bay.

Within a matter of minutes, the USGS Web site that lists earthquake activity was showing no temblors today in the Bay Area.

"The earthquakes were incorrectly reported due to computer glitches, and the system has since corrected itself," USGS spokeswoman Leslie Gordon said.

More here.


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