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Taipei - A Taiwan man allegedly committed suicide because he worried the world was coming to an end after a self-proclaimed prophet warned of the pending apocalypse, a newspaper said on Friday. The man in his 70s, identified only by his last name Cheng, lept from a window of his fifth-storey home in Peitou, on the outskirts of Taipei, Thursday, the Liberty Times said. He was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead.
His wife Chen Chu told police that he has been depressed since hearing the apocalypse warning made by a man, known only as Teacher Wang, that a killer earthquake and tsunami would hit Taiwan on Wednesday.
His worries deepened after magnitude 5.7 and 6.2 quakes hit Taiwan last week, she said.
Last week, Teacher Wang warned on his blog that Taiwan would be hit by a magnitude-14 earthquake which would trigger a 170-metre tsunami. An earthquake has never been recorded with a magnitude above 9.5, according to the US Geological Survey.
The Central Weather bureau has warned that Wang could be fined up to 1 million Taiwan dollars (33,000 US dollars) for making unauthorized earthquake warning.
Wang is building 200 shelters with cargo containers in central Taiwan and is urging Taiwanese to buy 'container homes' so that they can seek shelter.
If convicted, Wang, in his 50s, could face a maximum five-year jail for fraud.
Originally posted by badw0lf
reply to post by gdaub23
Hmm, in these times, it's best to remember that when the cheng hits the ground, things are only getting started!!
A safe for work alternative to SHTF!