I hate to break the news to you….but not everything on the Internet is true. ;-)

A report that the seafloor off the Pacific Northwest dropped abruptly over the weekend — possibly presaging a major earthquake — put many folks in the region on edge. But scientists say the claim is bogus.

Posted Jan. 17 on a New York-based news site, the report says a tsunami warning buoy 230 miles west of Cannon Beach, Ore., measured a 4-foot plunge in the ocean floor. But what got people’s attention and led to widespread sharing via Facebook and other social media was the site’s contention that the drop was caused by eastward movement on the offshore fault called the Cascadia Subduction Zone.Cascadia-Subduction-Zone-Highlighted

“This type of event is usually followed by a massive upward movement of the North American Plate, causing a very severe earthquake,” the report said.

But in fact, the seafloor didn’t budge at all.

Freaked out residents called local emergency-management departments over the weekend. Emergency managers in turn contacted the tsunami center and local weather service offices to find out what was going on. And the tsunami center debunked the report.