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Caltech officials fight Twitter quake rumor

April 12, 2010 |  8:19 pm
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