I’m still laughing at the excitement that was caused on Twitter last night where the subject “Earthquake Warning” was at the top of the trending list. Really? Earthquake Warning! Wow! I didn’t know that it was possible but obviously thousands and thousands of others believe it to be true. They retweeted it over and over again. But did they really retweet because they felt that it was a credible warning or did they retweet so in the odd chance that SoCal did experience an earthquake as predicted that they could tell all their followers that they warned them!?! I’m betting on the latter.
Ok, so say they DID come up with a reliable method to predict an earthquake. Then what? So we know an earthquake is eminent and we do . . . . .what? Evacuate? Seek shelter? Board up our windows? Run out for supplies? What? Seems to me that an earthquake warning would merely generate widespread fear, panic and pandemonium. Those who are truly terrified or who work in high-rise buildings would reasonably opt to stay home from work. Those who live in high rises would leave home. Parents would keep kids home from school. Would everybody just hang outside for the next 72 hours until the warning expires?
Not only does it seem very unlikely that they’ll be able to predict these seismic events but it seems to me that warning the general public of them might actually be more harmful than helpful. Just sayin’.