Internet on Fire Over Earthquake Buzz?

- What's "Earthquake Weather"? To Erica Payne, it's what we have now. The weather is "cold and then going hot again and it's getting cold again. All that ups and down." People think about that, worry that we could face another Northridge Quake because as Erwin Minor of Pasadena says, "eventually we’re going to have another big one like the Northridge earthquake we know?"

Now, thought, the internet is awash is rumor and chat that some carbon monoxide cloud over the West Coast that's exploded onto the scene is a predictor of a big quake coming. The thinking is that gas burps out of the ground and into the air and that's a predictor.

As we went for answer it was tough to get scientists to talk with us. Couldn't get comments from anyone at CalTech or USGS. Although, quake expert Dr. Lucy Jones tweeted, “No one has demonstrated a connection between gases and earthquakes. Lots of talk. No valid predictions.”

Some, on the street we talked with like Elliot Kolb said he thought the idea was plausible. But, engineer Stephen Kaye said, "I don't believe everything I read on the internet."

Meanwhile, Nasa’s Goddard Space Center put out a very scientific and complicated statement that says the image is an anomaly. The idea that somehow escaping gas from the earth could mean a quake is coming would be a major discovery. It hasn't happened yet. It's smoke from past California fires that shouldn’t have been in the picture. 

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