April Fools Joke? USGS Says 7.4 or Greater Earthquake To Hit Southern California


April 01, 2014, a memo from the USGS has spread on the internet like a California brush fire. The memo is warning Southern California residents in the cities and towns of Westminster, Santa Ana, Long Beach, Newport Beach and La Habra (the most recent sizable earthquake, a 5.1) of  a 7.4  earthquake to hit the region. The warning was dated the morning of March 31, 2014 and was issued via state’s own Seismic Warning System.

The letter, allegedly from George E. Dickson III, says Santa Ana, Westminster, Long Beach, Newport Beach, and La Habra was in the earthquake zone.

However, the USGS said on Twitter that the letter is a fake.

“Letter circulating online about impending large quake in SoCal w/ USGS logo is NOT from USGS,” it said.

The USGS noted: “USGS does not predict earthquakes. USGS distributes reliable and timely scientific information on earthquakes and makes it all available to the public,” according to its Facebook page.

But, there was a real 3.0 earthquake in Southern California on April 01, 2014 in Greater Los Angeles and could this memo be a leak to the general public by someone within the USGS. It’s no joke that earthquake activity has been up ticking in the area since March 2014, and will continue to do so. It’s no joke that Southern California is due a major earthquake, and maybe this memo from USGS is a real warning on April Fools day.

The mayor of LA was quoted as saying  the day of the March 28, 2014 earthquake, “remind us to be prepared” Prepared for what. Seismologists have warned that Friday’s 5.1 tremor that rumbled through Los Angeles could herald a much larger quake.

‘Tonight’s earthquake is the second in two weeks, and reminds us to be prepared,’ Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a written statement released about an hour after the shaking stopped.




About melbrake

Mel Brake is an awarding winning Philadelphia based poet/singer/song writer, whose poetry has appeared in several media outlets and journals, including Philadelphia Poets 2007, 2008 and 2009, Mad Poets Review, Fox Chase Review, and The Philadelphia Bulletin. In addition, Long Island Sounds: An Anthology of Poetry, Writing Outside The Lines (WOSTL) Anthology, Word Riot Magazine, The New Verse News, Word Salad Magazine and Poetry Ink 2010 has published his works. Recently, his band, the Mel Brake Family Band performed a benefit concert at Cross Road Café in Delaware County. He is the Founder and Executive Director of MPW, a non-profit organization, focusing on using the arts to reach children in the Tri-state area. In addition, his first chapbook, “Obama Poetry Project” is available at: MelBrakEpress.blogspot.com.
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