Despite seismologists’ assurances that there is absolutely no reason to fear a massive earthquake in Rome today (May 11), residents have fled their city by the thousands. They are basing their decision on rumors of a prophecy made almost a century ago by a long-dead pseudoscientist named Raffaele Bendandi. Back in 1915, Bendandi may or may not have predicted that a Rome earthquake would take place on May 11, 2011.
Seismologists say earthquake prediction decades ahead of time is impossible. Secondly, there’s no major fault line underneath Rome, so massive earthquakes don’t happen there. Furthermore, no abnormal seismic activity in the area has been detected, so there is no reason to believe a large quake might be imminent.
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