French prognosticator Nostradamus predicted an epic earthquake would rock the earth on Thursday, but the world appears to have escaped relatively unscathed.
Approximately 500 years ago, Nostradamus wrote:
"The trembling so hard in the month of May,
Saturn, Capricorn, Jupiter, Mercury in Taurus:
Venus also, Cancer, Mars in Virgo,
Hail will fall larger than an egg."
A YouTube personality claimed he was contacted by a spirit, which revealed to him that a catastrophic earthquake that Nostradamus predicted would occur on May 28 in California at a 9.8 magnitude. He explained his interpretation of the planetary alignments in a 25-minute video. The enterprising YouTube user also claimed he warned about the devastating earthquake in Nepal five days before it hit.
Word of the forecast spread around the world, with people overseas reporting on the tragedy-to-be -- but Californians remained disaster-free.
LA Weekly spoke to a seismologist who says 9.8 wouldn't have been plausible anyway.
"The biggest we could have is an 8.3 that would rupture the whole length of the San Andreas fault," he said.
Though the YouTube personality was off-base with his prediction, Nostradamus has a pretty good track record. LiveScience says he's been credited with predicting the bombing in Hiroshima, the French Revolution and the first moon landing.
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