Originally posted by karam
reply to post by Ben81
see i posted snapshot twitter in previous post i was close enuff in predition of earthquake
It wasn't close enough at all. You got the Magnitude way off, you didn't give a time window, and you didn't give a location. There are EQ's all
over the world, every day. I could say now that there will be an EQ, and there will be, but when does it become just stating the obvious rather than a
"prediction"? You'd probably be on here saying the same thing next month if it hit then, you just got lucky that it happened within a few hours of
you stating it.
Also, a lot of the posts in this thread are sensationalist. I'm glad this didn't become the major event that it could have been, but the
scaremongering by people here, and by some news outlets too, is terrible.
This kind of shows why so many people don't take ATS seriously when something potentially major happens. There's so much BS on here, by people who
seemingly WANT a major catastrophe to happen.
The same is happening right now with Hurricane Sandy. Yes, it's a potentially damaging storm, but there are people claiming all kinds of BS is going
to happen, from widespread looting to mass flooding and thousands dead. It hasn't even hit the East Coast yet and people on ATS are preaching the end
of the world.
This EQ and Sandy expose something - how ill-prepared and how uneducated people are. As I said before in another thread I started a while ago about
people expecting the government to save them, the individual is responsible for their own safety, not some mighty overseer. There has to be some
common sense on the part of the individual.
You'd have thought that the majority of people living on a coast, in a geologically very active place, would have the common sense to have a bug out
bag, would have a path to higher ground planned in their mind without needing a car, and would automatically put their evac plan into action before
the sirens even sound! If I lived there, that's what I would do, and avoid all the panic and mayhem.
The same can be said of Sandy, why are so many people so ill-prepared, in a region which regularly experiences storms like this? It should be a matter
of boring routine to prepare and deal with it when a storm is coming, but it seems millions of people just "forget" within a week of one passing.
And then when another is expected, all hell breaks loose with people queueing for torches and tarps!
I personally think there needs to be some kind of government educational plan, a booklet advising idiots to plan for these things well in advance and
be prepared. Your government cannot save everyone if something really bad does happen (as witnessed by Katrina). Your safety, and the safety of your
family, is your responsibility.
I guess what I'm ranting about is...
If you live in a geologically active location on the coast, be prepared for a Tsunami. If you live in the path of storms, be prepared for storms and
evacuate if necessary. If you live on a fault line, expect bloody EQ's and at least have your cr*p ready to go at a moments notice!
90% of the time you won't need it. But there will be times when you do. Your government cannot save you from natural disasters, and they can actually
make it worse through false information and panic. If you are prepared for the most plausible emergencies, you don't need to worry about being caught
in a panicked situation and find yourself completely unprepared for it.
I live in an urban town, not far from London, the most we get here is a little wind occasionally. But I have a bug out bag ready, and a plan to leave
the city and a list of friends and family to meet on foot if social unrest happens. I have a wind-up radio, three torches, and a bag of spare
batteries in case of a power cut. I have a plan to fill the bath at the early signal of an emergency likely to affect the water supply. I have a
rotating store of canned food in my kitchen. None of this takes months of planning of constant monitoring. It's there, ready, just in case, because I
know that if the SHTF my government will be looking after itself first and foremost.
If I can do that with minimal planning, in an area not prone to weather related emergencies and not on a geologically unstable land, why can't others
use some basic common sense and be prepared too?
Rant over. I just had to get that off my chest after reading through this thread and seeing all the panic and exaggeration.