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Don't believe Internet rumors: Tide fluctuations at buoys are normal

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The Internet loves a good rumor, and social media was abuzz Monday with news that a drop in water levels off the Oregon coast indicated an earthquake was about to hit.

On Sunday, a story began circulating online showing a drop of several inches at a buoy near Astoria, Oregon. The writer claimed that meant the tectonic plates were on the move and a large earthquake was imminent.

Not so fast, says the National Weather Service.

Graphs from the NWS show the water at that buoy, number 4604, did indeed drop, but that's a normal result of tide changes.

The NWS posted a photo on its Facebook page Monday with a caption that read, "Did you know? Tides naturally change water column height at buoys up to several feet every day."

So while the Pacific Northwest is at risk of a major earthquake at some point in the future, the readings at this particular buoy don't suggest anything unusual.

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