ROME (Reuters) - If tourists find Rome unusually quiet next Wednesday, the reason will probably be that thousands of locals have left town in fear of a devastating earthquake allegedly forecast for that day by a long-dead seismologist.
For months Italian internet sites, blogs and social networks have been debating the work of Raffaele Bendandi, who claimed to have forecast numerous earthquakes and, according to internet rumours, predicted a "big one" in Rome on May 11.
The national television network RAI has run programs aimed at calming rising panic among Romans. The civil protection agency has issued statements reiterating the official scientific view that earthquakes can't be predicted.
Originally posted by muzzleflash
Predicting a EQ on a specific date is silly and dangerous.
Dangerous because it will cause people to drop their defenses against all of the other days...
If you live near a fault line, you should reasonably expect an EQ at ANY Time on ANY Day. This is only prudent.
Rather than just freaking out aimlessly, the best solution would be to grab onto your panic and focus it into taking precautions and making preparations for the inevitable day when that quake will occur.
It's not a matter of "if" , it's a matter of "when". And since we do not know the future yet or have any fool-proof methodology for predicting quake dates successfully, it is best to stay vigilant every day all the time.
Make sure your family has a disaster emergency plan. Make sure you have exit routes planned for your house, school, or place of work. Make sure your boss or whomever is in charge practices EQ drills regularly.
Just keep on the ball all the time. Don't just pick a day and focus on that. Everyday the potential exists and we must be ready when it does eventually happen.
Good luck and stay safe.
Originally posted by Disconnected Sociopath
Interesting that there are multiple EQ predictions for May 11, just remembered this one (that I also posted a thread about a few days ago) from this 'Doomsday Prophet' in Taiwan that claims an unprecented mag 14.0 EQ is going to hit there on the day as this one in Italy:
Originally posted by Gaussq
At first I did not pay any attention to this, more so after I read this:
NOSTRADAMUS QUATRAIN #9 - 83 (Henry C. Roberts version)
The sun being in the 20th of Taurus, the earth shall so quake,
That it shall fill and ruin the great theatre;
Paola Lagorio, the president of an association dedicated to Bendandi and which preserves all his manuscripts, says they make no reference to any earthquake around Rome in 2011.