Friday, April 10, 2009
Got this email like 4 times already from different people.
Attached a photo for u.
I just received this message from a colleague. I don’t know the source of the message; I also don’t know the credibility of the content, but just beware.
Below is the content on the message:
“Hello there. I just wanted 2 let you know that please stay away from the beaches all around in the month of July. There is a prediction that there will be another tsunami hitting on July 22nd. It is also when there will be sun eclipse. Predicted that it is going 2 be really bad and countries like Malaysia (Sabah & Sarawak), Singapore, Maldives, Australia, Mauritius, Si Lanka, India, Indonesia, Philippines are going 2 be badly hit. Please try and stay away from the beaches in July. Better 2 be safe than sorry. Please pass the word around. Please also pray for all beings.”
Tak larat dah aku nak menjawab kepada sorang demi sorang, below is my answer to the email. (Feel free to copy paste, if you want to)
Looks like Mega Tsunami, since too many places impacted....
My issue is, we cannot simply guess where earthquakes will happen. We can sort of guess when a volcano will erupt, or how bad a hurricane will be.....but earthquakes? At 3 locations in one go?? Up until now, as far as we know, we can only calculate how bad is the earthquake based on the Richter scale and how big a tsunami could be...but those calculations can be done only AFTER an earthquake had occured.
Well, the other one...
Sun eclipse, meaning both the graviti of the sun and the moon would be concentrated at 1 place. So, realistically at the area where the people can see the eclipse, there will be really high tide. But we had never heard a tsunami caused by eclipses before and really, we had lot's and lot's of eclipses all over the world in the modern history.
So, what I will do....is take this with a pinch of salt. Go to beaches by all means, but look for secluded places that are not open to the high seas. Go to Pangkor, or any of the islands located in the Selat Melaka that are obstructed either by Indonesia; or beaches that faces the mainland. Look for beaches that have high points that you can run and climb within a minute...be extra careful and always on a look out for trouble....well, all of us knows the tsunami's warning signals by now.
Being an islander, we always respected the sea. The gentleness of the sea usually makes people forgot it's power and yes, I had seen countless times of the sea's raw destructive power.
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The race of man shall perish, but the eyes
Of trilobytes eternal in stone,
And seem to stare about in mild surprise
At changes greater than they have yet known.
- T.A. Conrad
To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.
- William Blake,
excerp from Auguries of Innocence.