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Accidental Earthquake Warning Today M 6.8 - 14km SSE of Isla Vista, CA

Posted by Spin_Doctor on 6/21/2017, 8:31 pm

A staffer at Caltech mistakenly sent out an alert for a large magnitude-6.8 earthquake off the Santa Barbara coast - from 1925.

The error happened when someone tried to correct the exact location of the Prohibition-era Santa Barbara earthquake, which happened 92 years ago.

The erroneous report went out at around 4:51 p.m. A closer look at the alert, however, would have shown that something was amiss. The time of the alert was dated June 29, 2025 at 7:42 a.m. But it corresponds with a real earthquake that occurred a century earlier.


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Accidental Earthquake Warning Today M 6.8 - 14km SSE of Isla Vista, CA - Spin_Doctor, 6/21/2017, 8:31 pm

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