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09-29-2010, 11:28 AM
Thursday's Predicted Earthquake Downgraded to Hoax

Despite what you've read on the Internet, an earthquake is not scheduled for Sept. 30.

By OLSEN EBRIGHT and JONATHAN LLOYD
Updated 7:06 AM PDT, Wed, Sep 29, 2010

There will not be a major earthquake on Thursday despite the panicked warnings circulating on Twitter.

Or, if there is a major earthquake on Thursday, we can safely say it was just a coincidence.

The quake hoax got steam Monday night as users passed along this warning, LAist reported:

"MAJOR EARTHQUAKE WARNING; 6.0 to 7.0 earthquake likely in S California; Sep 30. Foreshocks Sep 27-28: Please Retweet."

The hoax was retweeted hundreds of times, including by some big-name users (LAist points to Dr. Drew Pinsky's account). By Tuesday afternoon, "@quakeprediction" was the biggest trending topic in Los Angeles and San Diego, according to Trendsmap.com.

I'm kind of disappointed here.

NBC (http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local-beat/California-Earthquake-Twitter-Warning-103948303.html?dr)