We had an earthquake today in the San Francisco Bay Area. Nothing too big (only M 4.3 – I didn’t even feel it!), but some of the crazy folks started appearing out of the woodwork, saying things such as, “it’s not surprising, this is earthquake weather.”
If you’re thinking this, you should read up on some common earthquake myths.
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.
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