Professor apologizes for alarming quake email

November 2, 2011 8:26:43 AM PDT
Earthquake concerns are spreading like shockwaves in the Bay Area after a San Francisco State University professor's email went viral.

Professor Genie Stowers sent an email to relatives saying federal geologists are predicting a magnitude 6.0 quake in Berkeley in the next two to three weeks.

She says a student, who's an assistant to a Berkeley City Council member, told her class that geologists told the City Council that recent small quakes in Berkeley were an indicator of a bigger one to come.

The U.S. Geological Survey says a scientific organization wouldn't make a statement like that.

Stowers is now apologizing, saying she only meant it's good to be prepared.

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