Astronomers are assuring us that a planetary alignment will not trigger a monster earthquake today on the West Coast, or anywhere else.  A video entitled Global Coastal Event has been buzzing around the Internet, warning of a 9.8 magnitude quake that will devastate California today.  Astronomers say it won't.

The Bad Astronomy Blog at Slate says, for one thing, there is no planetary alignment involving Earth today.  And even if there were, other planets are too far away to have any gravitational influence on our planet.  The best chance of an earthquake devastating California is Friday when the action-thriller "San Andreas" opens at movie theaters.

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