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NASA debunks 9.8 earthquake prediction

By T.K. Randall
May 28, 2015 · Comment icon 26 comments

The logic behind the prediction is fundamentally flawed. Image Credit: CC BY 3.0 Christian Mehlfuhrer
The claim that a massive earthquake will hit California later on today has turned out to be nonsense.
The alarming prediction had come courtesy of a conspiracy theorist from the Netherlands whose YouTube video on the subject managed to clock up over one million views.

The basis for his prediction was a planetary alignment of Venus and Mercury that he maintained would cause a geological disturbance sufficient enough to produce a magnitude 9.8 earthquake along America's west coast at approximately 4pm this afternoon.

"There would be a very very large earthquake or some kind of major event with very much energy release," he said during the video which also references the predictions of Nostradamus.
Fortunately however his claim turned out to be fundamentally flawed.

"The idea that planetary alignments might cause earthquakes is bunk," said a spokesman for NASA's Jet Propulsion Labratory (JPL). "The gravitational forces involved are not of a magnitude great enough to trigger geologic activity on Earth."

There has also been no sign of an impending earthquake anywhere along the west coast.

The only major earthquake anyone in California is likely to be seeing this week in fact is the one in the upcoming disaster movie San Andreas which just happens to be opening in cinemas tomorrow.

Source: LA Weekly | Comments (26)




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Comment icon #17 Posted by DecoNoir 9 years ago
If I had a dollar for everytime I've heard this crap while I've been here (my entire 22 years of existence for reference), I could afford to move somewhere with a stable water supply!
Comment icon #18 Posted by stereologist 9 years ago
For those that enjoyed hearing about the gravity decrease hoax played by the BBC here is a link. Here is a good link. http://hoaxes.org/af_database/permalink/planetary_alignment_decreases_gravity/ At 9:47, Moore declared, "Jump now!" A minute passed, and then the BBC switchboard lit up with dozens of people calling in to report that the experiment had worked! But not everyone was happy. One angry caller complained he had risen from the ground so rapidly that he hit his head on the ceiling, and he wanted compensation. One woman who called in even stated that she and eleven friends had been sitt... [More]
Comment icon #19 Posted by BeastieRunner 9 years ago
For those that enjoyed hearing about the gravity decrease hoax played by the BBC here is a link. Here is a good link. http://hoaxes.org/af...reases_gravity/ http://en.wikipedia....tational_effect I heard about this hoax about a decade ago and I still laugh when I read about it. Damn that's funny! It's going to be 40 years old soon, too.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Ralaman 9 years ago
I wonder how many Doomtards packed up their junk and said goodbye to their families over this. Dumbass people.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Princess Serenity 9 years ago
Why are people so hyped on "the big one?" I mean seriously stop it people. Enough already and enjoy life!
Comment icon #22 Posted by Likely Guy 9 years ago
Why are people so hyped on "the big one?" I mean seriously stop it people. Enough already and enjoy life! The real short answer is to give one's life meaning. Doomsdayers and doomsayers actually look forward to it. On December 22, 2012 there were a lot of long faces (as well as January 1st, 2000, etc.).
Comment icon #23 Posted by Shouldthisexist 9 years ago
The real short answer is to give one's life meaning. Doomsdayers and doomsayers actually look forward to it. On December 22, 2012 there were a lot of long faces (as well as January 1st, 2000, etc.). I'm early twenties now but ever since I can remember every year I've been told I'm going to die. From the judgement day to mystical stars and planets even a computer malfunction. Quite frankly I dont even bother with that stuff anymore. Life is already short enough, I don't care to waste it fearing the inevitable. And I can't stand the doom/fear mongers that hype this up just to line their own pock... [More]
Comment icon #24 Posted by ShadowSot 9 years ago
I use the end of days claims to schedule meetups and parties. It has fotten to be funny how people in this forum take each end of days, government take over, economic crash, and so on seriously. Every. Single. Time.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Shouldthisexist 9 years ago
I use the end of days claims to schedule meetups and parties. It has fotten to be funny how people in this forum take each end of days, government take over, economic crash, and so on seriously. Every. Single. Time. Ahh yes Planet X will be here next week I trust you will bring the drinks to our doomsday party .
Comment icon #26 Posted by runamok 9 years ago
Ah, isn't it wonderful that people who have no qualifications in a particular field (say, geology) can blather like idiots on the internet... and all of the gullible idiots run around like chicken little screaming "the sky is falling!"? It makes me LMAO every time! I just wish it would happen more often; in this messed up, violent world I need every good belly laugh I can get!


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