LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – An email being sent this weekend entitled “8.4 Earthquake California prediction” is false. In fact, the same fake warning made news roughly one year ago. On or around April 14, 2010, U.S. residents complained of received a fake warning of a pending 8.4 earthquake being allegedly predicted for California. That same exact warning is making news this weekend, spawn by Saturday evening’s Perigee Moon or Supermoon and a recent telecast on FOX Business Channel.
In April of last year, false emails were widely sent out wrongly warning of a 8.4 earthquake prediction for California. As reported on LALATE at the time, the April 2010 email claimed its source was an insider at a major geological center in California.
This weekend, the same fake email is back.
This time, the false prediction alert is being powered by re-tweets. “State of California Predicts an 8.4 Earthquake within the Next 24 hours” alarms the erroneous email. But unlike 2010, this latest viral false alert is being spread not just online but also via cellular texting. Tonight, Twitter users are reporting they are getting the fake alert even via text messages.
“Text I got; hope it’s a hoax: “State of California Predicts an 8.4 Earthquake within the next 24hours” no agency listed etc. Anybody else?” wrote one user Sunday evening. Many claim the alert asserted the quake would be Sunday, Monday, of in the next 24 hours.
All such assertions are false.
There are two items that additionally spawning the confusion. First, many statements have misstated last night’s Supermoon. And second, a recent interview by Jim Berkland is being interpreted as fact.
First, on Saturday night, we experienced a Perigee Moon or Supermoon. But NASA was exceptionally clear in telling news that no wave nor environment changes would occur because of the Supermoon. NASA said to news earlier this week that the Earth already has enough “internal energy.”
“The Earth has stored a tremendous amount of internal energy within its thin outer shell or crust” said NASA to news, adding “the small differences in the tidal forces exerted by the moon (and sun) are not enough to fundamentally overcome the much larger forces within the planet due to convection (and other aspects of the internal energy balance that drives plate tectonics).”
Second, a recent appearance by Jim Berkland on the Neil Cavuto show has prompted confusion. Cavuto asked Berkland if we can predict quakes. “But that would seem to imply that we could be looking at a very imminent event in the United States within the next week or two? Is that right?” Cavuto asked. Berkland replied “Yes, what I call a ‘Seismic Window’, the top seismic window year is developing between the 19th and the 26th of this month.”
Cavuto didn’t stop there but even asked about California, if the “disturburance … would that be in California, Oregon, or Washington?” Berkland then said “Well, if it was in the Northwest and Cascadia Trench like we had in 1700 that would be a 9 magnitude quake. I’m not predicting that. But I’m just saying we’ve just had a massive fish kill, maybe a million fish died at Redondo Beach (CA). They had massive fish sweep in, in Mexico. We just had a bunch of whales come in close to San Diego.”
Despite the confusion, this week’s email alert about a 8.4 earthquake prediction for California is false just like the one sent in April 2010. Additionally, Saturday evening’s Supermoon or Perigee moon had no impact on tidal forces or earth movements.