Earthquake Hoax Spreads through Internet, Text Messages

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According to geologist Erik Pounders that's just a little glitch.

"If you compare that to the 1980's, it's just in line with what we saw then," he said.

Websites that claim to predict earthquakes are seeing hits like never before.

Earthquake predictor Luke Thomas says her studies the models every morning before making his predictions.

"It takes about two to three hours," Thomas said. "I analyze the data from thermal temperature changes around California."

From Florida, Luke Thomas draws the maps and makes the predictions.

"Based on the temperature change, the inferred heating of the ground, caused the ground to heat up and causes the air to warm up above that," Thomas said.

The problem is that there's no connection between air temperature and rock that moves 6 miles underground.

"If you look at the people who have predicted an earthquake, maybe one or two, they are predicting earthquakes all the time and if you throw 1,000 darts at a dart board eventually you're going to hit the bull's-eye," Pounders said. "It doesn't mean that you have a consistent theory that can be tested over and over again to make accurate decisions."

Many people have taken the so-called predictions seriously but Thomas says he's not to blame for alarm.

"As long as the people are ready and prepared for the quake there's nothing really to worry about," he said.

Thomas says he keeps changing his technique of quake prediction and admits he doesn't have a perfect system.

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