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Caltech officials fight Twitter quake rumor

Caltech officials spent a good part of Monday fending off rumors apparently originating on Twitter that scientists at the Pasadena institution were predicting a major quake in the next few days. 

"We cannot predict earthquakes," said spokesman Jon Weiner. 

Weiner said he did not know the origin of the Twitter rumor. He said he started noticing reports on the social media site over the weekend. Some said that Caltech had sent students and faculty home. 

That too is false, Weiner said.  

Scientists at Caltech said this week that the number of earthquakes greater than magnitude 4.0 in Southern California and Baja California has increased significantly in 2010. That increase, they said, could mean that more quakes are imminent -- but does not necessarily mean that the Big One is on its way. 

-- Cara Mia DiMassa
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the pacific plate is currently moving alot, but this uptcks are sngs. Soon a major snag will halt movemtnt and then bang a big one. They know a big one somewhere norrth on the san andreas is coming. How could you not know? The globe is like a puzzle, when on piece moves the other must movoe and fit into the puzzle. I think the fault under LA will go because of the pressure from all the quakes south of it. It goes east west and these are going north west.

the end is near!

omg - everybody run.


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