ROME – Thousands of Romans are fleeing in fear of a devastating earthquake forecast for May 11th.
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, 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.
Yet many residents of the Eternal City aren’t listening.
“I’m going to tell the boss I’ve got a medical appointment and take the day off,” barman Fabio Mengarelli told Reuters. “If I have to die I want to die with my wife and kids, and masses of people will do the same as me.”
Chef Tania Cotorobai also said she would be taking a day off in the country. “I don’t know if I really believe it but if you look at the internet you see everything and the opposite of everything, and it end up making you nervous,” she said.
Memories are still vivid of the 2009 earthquake in L’Aquila, which killed more than 300 people and was also felt in Rome.
On that occasion controversy also swirled around a scientist, Giampaolo Giuliani, who in the preceding days tried to warn the local population of an imminent quake — though officials say he was wrong about its precise location.
Bendandi, who died in 1979 aged 86, believed earthquakes were the result of the combined movements of the planets, the moon and the sun and were perfectly predictable.
In 1923 he forecast a quake would hit the central Adriatic region of the Marches on January 2 the following year. He was wrong by two days but Italy’s main newspaper Corriere della Sera still ran a front page article on “The man who forecasts earthquakes.”
Bendandi’s fame grew and in 1927 he was awarded a knighthood by Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. During his long career his theories were studied by several prominent foreign astronomers.
However the current panic appears to be due more to fear-mongering in the age of internet than to Bendandi himself.
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.
Many Catholics are concerned that The Vatican will be destroyed. The Pope is doing everything he can to stop the earthquake:
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it will happen on the 21st of May. that is the day of judgement.
We can not predict the earthquake in Rome. The Almighty God has his authority and power to make it happens or stop them. If your faith is big enough to the only GOD and his Only Son, Jesus Christ, It can not be happened.
Ha! Earthquake on the eleventh of May! Why can't people just understand that the Divine follows mysterious paths? If one wishes to find the true date of the earthquake, then he should interchange these two digits. Then, it will become obvious that the earthquake will be on the 11th of May.
I agree it wa predicted but he was just a human being. God has the last words. God have mercy and stop it i pray.
The next earthquake in Italy,Sicily:
Date: May 28 2011
Time: 4h (GMT )
Error: 300 km, 20h
More forecasts: http://earthquake-prediction.hit.bg
Boyko, you're an idiot. No one can predict earthquakes.
There wasn't an earthquake in Rome. This Bendandi guy must have his numbers mixed up.
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