13 Essential Talking Points for the Earthquake Enthusiast

1. The first recorded earthquake was in China in 1177 B.C.E.

2. China is also the birthplace of the seismograph. Built in 132 C.E. by a man named Cheng Heng, it consisted of eight metal dragons holding eight carved balls over eight frog figurines. If an earthquake made the ground vibrate, the dragon facing the quake's source would (naturally) drop a ball into the mouth of its corresponding frog.

3. Of course, it didn't really work.

4. But it did look cool.

(Image credit: Flickr user Muséum de Toulouse)

5. While dragons aren't that good at predicting earthquakes, other animals might be. According to ancient reports, critters in the Greek city of Helice headed for the hills just before a massive quake leveled the city in 373 B.C.E.

6. There's some modern evidence, as well. In 1975, Chinese officials evacuated Haiching days before a massive earthquake, based both on warnings from seismologists and the strange behavior of local pets.

7. Before leaving Alabama, Shawnee leader Tecumseh told a Creek chief, "I ...shall go straight to Detroit. When I arrive there, I will stamp on the ground with my foot, and shake down every house in Tuckhabatchee." Coincidentally (or was it?), he arrived in Detroit on December 16, 1811, the day of the New Madrid earthquake- the largest ever recorded in the contiguous United States.

8. The most violent earthquake ever measured in the world hit Chile in 1960, coming in at a terrifying 9.5 on the Richter scale.

9. The atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, was "only" considered a 5 on the Richter scale.

10. In theory, a quake can actually measure 11, or even higher. The formula for the Richter scale has no upper limit.

11. Speaking of Charles Richter, the American scientist was supposedly an avid nudist. Rumors persist that his wife was so distressed by his penchant for hanging out in the buff that she divorced him because of it.

(Image credit: Flickr user dullhunk)

12. One guy not to trust for earthquake predictions? British soldier William Bell. In 1761, right after two earthquakes uncannily hit England exactly 28 days apart, Bell smelled opportunity. He claimed a follow-up quake would be hitting the country four weeks later. Accounts depict Bell runnning through the streets of London ranting about the impending destruction. Amazingly, it worked. Folks were so panicked that hundreds actually slept in boats on the Thames thinking it would be safer than their homes. Luckily, the quake never hit. But Bell quickly lost his street cred and eventually ended up in an insane asylum.

13. In early 2001, FEMA prophetically listed the three most likely disasters to hit America: a terrorist attack on New York (check), a hurricane in New Orleans (check), and a massive earthquake in San Francisco. Nervous yet?

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The article above is reprinted from Scatterbrained section of the May- June 2007 issue of mental_floss magazine.

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This is from straight the USGS regarding the 1899 earthquakes at Yakutat Bay, Alaska.
They lasted 27 days. September 3 to 29, 1899 and included four or five world-shaking disturbances and hundreds of minor shocks. During four weeks there was almost constant palpitation of this part of the earth's crust. The shocks were most severe on September 3, 10, and 23, and were great on the 15th, 17th, 26th, and 29th. On the 10th there were over 50 small shocks and two world-shaking disturbances. The greatest faulting took place on September 10. The greatest uplift that had ever been recorded in the history of the world took place on September 10, 1899.

"All repeated acts or operations I performed had to be divisible by three
and if I missed I felt impelled to do it again,
even if it took hours." -Nikola Tesla the magnificence of the 3, 6 & 9;
then you would have a key to the universe."
-Nikola Tesla
Earthquake Shide No. 333
Three plus three is six, plus three is nine.
A three squared 27 day man-made seismic event.
Sept. 3"69"
Professional Paper 69
U.S. Geological Survey 69
by Tarr and Martin
Published 1912
http://tinyurl.com/twentyseven

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@Otterpop Read what I am spouting retard. What don't you understand. I link to US Geological Survey 69. A 27 day man-made seismic event. Nikola Tesla made earthquakes bitches. JP Morgan didn't tell you to sell you power. Take it to the bank. Bet The Farm. Nikola Tesla made earthquakes. I am not wrong. BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Young's Literal Translation - Here is the wisdom! He who is having the understanding, let him count the number of the beast, for the number of a man it is, and its number
is six hundred and sixty six.

I am a prophet of the bible.
Have an ear... the hour is here... like a thief in the night.
The number is perfect. The signature of God.
I was born 75 years to the day after Earthquake No. 333
caused by Nikola Tesla,
or I would have never been told.
My social security# is six hundred and sixty-six.
My Federal E.I.N. for Insight, llc. ends 666.
I have counted the number of the beast,
and with insight I calculate the number Tesla's Trinity.
I bring proof from God by solving the riddle of Nikola Tesla.
Tesla caused the 1899 Cape Yakataga and Yakutat bay earthquakes with The Knob Hill Apparatus from his Colorado Springs lab.

That is why he spent his last ten years
and died in Room #3327.
3h03m27s on September 3, 1899.
A second divisible by 3,
in a minute divisible by 3,
in an hour divisible by 3,
on a day divisible by 3,
in a month divisible by 3,
in a year divisible by 3
TIMES THREE.
And for Christ's sake,
it was Earthquake Milne Shide No. 333

"All repeated acts or operations I performed had to be divisible by three and if I missed I felt impelled to do it again, even if it took hours."
-Nikola Tesla (After Causing Earthquakes)

"If you only knew the magnificence of the 3, 6 & 9;
then you would have a key to the universe."
-Nikola Tesla
Earthquake Shide No. 333
Three plus three is six, plus three is nine.
A three squared 27 day man-made seismic event.
Sept. 3"69"
Professional Paper 69
U.S. Geological Survey 69
by Lawrence Tarr and Ralph Martin
Published 1912
http://tinyurl.com/twentyseven

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Wow...
@Biblical Prophet
Did you wake up today and just decide to take extra crazy pills? I mean, we all have our own personal beliefs, but what are you spouting?
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New International Version NIV© This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is 666.

New American Standard NAS© Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.

International Standard Version ISV© In this case wisdom is needed: Let the person who has understanding calculate the total number of the beast, because it is a human total number, and its the sum of the number is 666.

Gods Word Translation GWT© In this situation wisdom is needed. Let the person who has insight figure out the number of the beast, because it is a human number. The beast's number is 666.

King James Version - Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

American King James Version - Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred three score and six.

American Standard Version - Here is wisdom. He that hath understanding, let him count the number of the beast; for it is the number of a man: and his number is Six hundred and sixty and six.

Bible in Basic English Here is wisdom. He who has knowledge let him get the number of the beast; because it is the number of a man: and his number is Six hundred and sixty-six.

Douay-Rheims Bible - Here is wisdom. He that hath understanding, let him count the number of the beast. For it is the number of a man: and the number of him is six hundred sixty-six.

Darby Bible Translation - Here is wisdom. He that has understanding let him count the number of the beast: for it is a man's number; and its number is six hundred and sixty-six.

English Revised Version - Here is wisdom. He that hath understanding, let him count the number of the beast; for it is the number of a man: and his number is Six hundred and sixty and six.

Websters Bible Translation - Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty six.

Weymouth New Testament - Here is scope for ingenuity. Let people of shrewd intelligence calculate the number of the Wild Beast; for it indicates a certain man, and his number is 666.

World English Bible - Here is wisdom. He who has understanding, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. His number issix hundred sixty-six.

Young's Literal Translation - Here is the wisdom! He who is having the understanding, let him count the number of the beast, for the number of a man it is, and its number
is six hundred and sixty six.

I am a prophet of the bible.
Have an ear... the hour is here... like a thief in the night.
The number is perfect. The signature of God.
I was born 75 years to the day after the 1899 Cape Yakataga earthquakes
caused by Nikola Tesla,
or I would have never been told.
My social security# is six hundred and sixty-six.
My Federal E.I.N. for Insight, llc. ends 666.
I have counted the number of the beast,
and with insight I calculate the number Tesla's Trinity.
I bring proof from God by solving the riddle of Nikola Tesla.
Tesla caused the 1899 Cape Yakataga and Yakutat bay earthquakes with The Knob Hill Apparatus from his Colorado Springs lab. That is why he spent his last ten years and died in Room #3327. 3h03m27s on September 3, 1899. A second divisible by 3, in a minute divisible by 3, in an hour divisible by 3, on a day divisible by 3, in a month divisible by 3, in a year divisible by 3 TIMES THREE.
"All repeated acts or operations I performed had to be divisible by three and if I missed I felt impelled to do it again, even if it took hours." -Nikola Tesla (After Causing Earthquakes)
"If you only knew the magnificence of the 3, 6 & 9;
then you would have a key to the universe."
-Nikola Tesla
Earthquake Shide No. 333
Three plus three is six, plus 3 is nine.
A three squared 27 day man-made seismic event.
Sept. 3"69"
Professional Paper 69
U.S. Geological Survey 69
by Lawrence Tarr and Ralph Martin
Published 1912
http://tinyurl.com/twentyseven

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CALL 1-888-823-2679 YOURPENGUY
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