WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - It shook up many people's idea of a scientific experiment, butit didn't shake the earth.
The results are in. Boobquake didn't make the earth move. Purduestudent Jennifer McCreight challenged an Iranian cleric's claimimmodestly dressed women cause earthquakes. What she found wasprovocative dress didn't increase the number or severity of quakes.It did the opposite.
"We even saw a little decrease in activity in magnitude. We'llhave to do more studies to find out if that is significant ornot,” said McCreight.
McCreight admitted her study is flawed, but it proved herpoint.
"It's not suppose to be a perfect experiment. It was sort ofhumorous,” she said.
Purdue earthquake expert Lawrence Braile agreed the study needstweaking, but the results are accurate--dress doesn't influenceearthquakes.
"As far as I'm aware, there is no evidence of such acorrelation,” he said.
He said there's no reliable method to predict earthquakes. Morethan 4,000 quakes occur everyday. He believes the 6.5 quake thathappen near Taiwan during Boobquake is typical of daily seismicactivity.
"It's certainly not unusual for that part of the world. It'salso not unusual to have a magnitude six or above earthquake on anygiven day,” said Braile.
McCreight doubts her data will affect the cleric's opinion.
"I probably didn't change his mind. Hopefully this gets peoplethinking how important skeptical and scientific thinking is andthat they are allowed to question whatever people believein,” she said.
She hopes people will remember the science and not hercleavage.
"I am a scientist and that is what my career is going to be in,so I don't always want to be known for the boob joke side ofBoobquake,” she explained.
Boobquake did shake up some people with laughter, but McCreighthopes all the attention to breasts and sexy dress also rattles somesexist opinions about women.
For more detail on her results, check out McCreight's blog at: http://www.blaghag.com/
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