Earth Moved on 'Boobquake' Day...

But no more than usual; take that, Iranian cleric
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2010 8:38 AM CDT

(Newser) Boobquake 2010 is officially over, the numbers have been crunched, and it's time to see if Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi was right, writes Jen McCreight on Blag Hag. Before she dishes the nitty-gritty, she clarifies one Boobquake misconception: The point wasn't to see if any earthquakes occurred; dozens happen daily. What the bosom-baring ladies of the world were looking for was an increase in number or severity. And they didn't find it.

Using data from the USGS Earthquake site, yesterday's 47 recorded earthquakes fell well within the 95% confidence interval for number of earthquakes. (In other words, it was normal) "'But Jen!' the internet cried, 'what about the 6.5 magnitude earthquake in Taiwan? Surely that shows our bosoms have supernatural powers!'" she writes. Sorry, Charlie. Earthquakes between 6.0 and 6.9 magnitude happen about 134 times a year, and yesterday's mean magnitude was lower than the average since February. "Maybe immodest women actually decrease the amount of earthquakes!"

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