Florida site claims to predict earthquakes

April 15, 2010 1:08:13 AM PDT
ABC7 has received a lot of calls in the newsroom from people who've received text messages or emails claiming a massive earthquake will hit California this week.

The USGS wants you to know it is a hoax.

Some of it is coming from a Florida-based website that claims to predict quakes.

Online amateur earthquake analyst Luke Thomas says he studies models for two or three hours every morning, analyzing data from temperature changes around the state.

"Based on the temperature change, the infrared heating of the ground, causes the ground to heat up and causes the air to heat up above that," says Thomas.

But geologists say there's no connection between the temperature, and underground tectonic plate movement.

Thomas says though that even when he's wrong, it raises people's awareness of the value of being prepared.