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Revenge of Y2K? A software bug might have caused false alert for big (and very old) earthquake

Revenge of Y2K? A software bug might have caused false alert for big (and very old) earthquake

Remember Y2K, that hyped computer bug and harbinger of digital apocalypse that never happened when the year 2000 arrived?

Well, 17 years later, it appears something like a Y2K bug played a role in a mistaken alert sent out Wednesday about a magnitude 6.8 earthquake off the Santa Barbara coast — back in 1925.

The error happened when someone at Caltech tried to correct the exact location recorded for the Prohibition-era Santa Barbara earthquake, which happened 92 years ago.

From the Archives — June 1925: Earthquake devastates Santa Barbara »

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