Romans panic before the supposedly predict earthquakes

Many Romans in panic and terror await May 11, when, according to rumors that spread in the Apennines, in the capital to happen devastating earthquake, reports Tuesday RIA Novosti correspondent.

Now schools and institutions, bars and restaurants of Rome does not discuss new details of scandalous trials Silvio Berlusconi or conflicting circumstances of the killing of Osama bin Laden. In recent days, the main topic of conversation here was imminent earthquake, which supposedly can erase the Eternal City from the Earth. Argue that this natural disaster foretold mysterious astronomer and geophysicist Rafael Bendandi (Raffaele Bendandi), which the scientific community in Italy officially recognized the false teaching.

Bendandi, who was born in 1893 and lived for 86 years, has developed his own theory of the origin of earthquakes associated with the movement of the heavenly bodies, in particular the position of the Sun, Moon and planets.

Although this theory has never been published, Bendandi made some sensational forecasts and predictions. In particular, he said that on 2 January 1924 in the Italian region of Marche an earthquake that happened two days later. Despite this flaw leading newspaper Corriere della Sera countries gave their front page under the material entitled "The one who predicts earthquakes." Bendandi also claimed that he predicted an earthquake of magnitude 6.4, which occurred in the region of Friuli May 6, 1976.

Recently, in the Apennines were rumors that numerous papers left after death Bendandi, there is an indication that the May 11, 2011 Rome will be destroyed as a result of strong aftershocks. It is now impossible to determine who first ran this "duck", but she did go for a walk on blogs and online publications.

According to a number of local psychiatrists, we can even talk about the collective psychosis. In any case, many Romans are now ready to leave town for a few days, temporarily move in with relatives and friends, to wait out the danger. Many are quite adequate and calm people asked RIA Novosti correspondent asked him if he knew details of the predictions Bendandi, and what measures should be taken in this situation.

Agents of the Italian Civil Defense and the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (Ingv) trying to calm people down and explain to them that their fears are groundless.

"At present, accurately predict the time and place of an earthquake is not possible. Seismographs recorded annually in Italy more than 10,000 such events. It is possible that tomorrow in our country will a small tremor, but that does not mean anything," — said Tuesday, speaking on the first program of the National Radio, Head of Seismic Risk Civil Defense professor Mauro Dolce (Mauro Dolce).

Scientists recognize that in recent days on the Telephone and e-mail received hundreds of requests from citizens, fearful of possible earthquakes.

Scientists from Ingv in April posted on the website of the Institute for eight answers the most pressing issues related to assumptions about the earthquake on May 11. Experts are trying to explain to the public that Rome is in a zone of high seismic activity, and that even in the papers Bendandi no trace predictions of earthquakes on May 11.

This is confirmed by the president of the Bendandi physicist Paola Lagorio (Paola Lagorio), which emphasized that "the news is devoid of any reason to be."

Experts Ingv May 11 will hold a special open day in which everyone will be able to communicate with leading seismologists, Italy and even visit the hall monitoring of seismic activity in the Apennines.

However, many continue to doubt the Romans in the explanations of scientists and fear await tomorrow.

"In an era of" new media "scientific evaluation and selection of information actually is. Main criterion for selection of news is not their validity, but whether they can be taken and divided the audience. So, the news is predicting catastrophe under repeated" infects "easily suggestible people and obsession is spreading rapidly in the community" — explains the phenomenon known Italian psychologist Maria Beatrice Toro (Maria Beatrice Toro).


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