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Did you feel that fake quake today?

November 24, 2008 |  7:21 pm

It was a little like the scene in "The Empire Strikes Back" when C-3PO tells R2-D2, "You know better than to trust a strange computer!"

Computerized sensors in California detected what appeared to be a couple of small regional earthquakes early Monday morning, but seismologists quickly realized the computers had picked up waves rippling out from an earthquake near Russia.

"It happens with a particular circumstance, when there's an earthquake that's far away that's very deep," said Kate Hutton, a seismologist whose lab at Caltech works with the U.S. Geological Survey to detect quakes.

"Our computer was briefly confused," she said.

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--Jia-Rui Chong

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