Thursday, May 07, 2009

The Myth of "Earthquake Weather"

Wednesday night's strangely warm weather led to some here in L.A. spouting that tired cliche, "It feels like earthquake weather." Of course, there is no such thing, as the Southern California Earthquake Center notes:

Many people believe that earthquakes are more common in certain kinds of weather. In fact, no correlation with weather has been found. Earthquakes begin many kilometers (miles) below the region affected by surface weather. People tend to notice earthquakes that fit the pattern and forget the ones that don't. Also, every region of the world has a story about earthquake weather, but the type of weather is whatever they had for their most memorable earthquake.

Now, to be fair, this is the kind of weather that fuels another kind of natural disaster -- wildfires, as evidenced by what's going on in Santa Barbara at the moment.

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