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Saturday, December 25, 2004


UPDATE (December 27, 2004):

Thanks to Gravity Boy and his link to the USGS, I have found another, more blatant error with this headline. According to the headline, it says that this was Earth's biggest quake in 4 years. BULLSHIT!! At the USGS site, we learn there were two bigger quakes in 2001 and 2003. I've detailed them below, but you can go directly to the USGS site and view a list of the Magniture 8 and Greater Earthquakes Since 1900.

September 25, 2003 - Hokkaido, Japan Region - Mag 8.3
June 23, 2001 - Near Coast of Peru - Mag 8.4

Now, if you look at the chart on that page, you will see that the quake referenced in the article is now listed at Mag 8.1. Typically, the magnitudes are later revised after more data is analyzed. Regardless though of whether or not it is an 8.1 or 8.2, this is still not Earth's biggest in the past 4 years.