Taking Bets for a Psychic-Predicted Earthquake?
I'm sure that BigHeathenMike will love the stupidity in this article:
JAKARTA (AFP) - Local officials in a quake-prone Indonesian province said Monday they were taking precautionary measures after a Brazilian psychic warned a powerful earthquake would strike next month.According to the article, officials in the province of Bengkulu on the island of Sumatra are taking psychic Jucelino Nobrega da Luz's claim of a magnitude 8.5 earthquake on December 23, 2007 very seriously, including setting up evacuation shelters and doing drills.
As one commenter stated, "Psychics" predicting earthquakes in Southeast Asia is like a "psychic" predicting snow in Canada in the winter. Along those lines, I'd hope that Bengkulu officials would have good earthquake procedures and practice them regardless of any warnings from Brazilian woo-woos. My worry is that the officials are setting themselves up for a "cry wolf" scenario in the future if (when) the earthquake doesn't happen.