Family Radio President and self-proclaimed Doomsday prophet Harold Camping has turned out to be a figure of ridicule after his Doomsday prediction that the world will end on May 21, 2011 fell flat on its face with no earthquake taking place in New Zealand that will make Japan's earthquake look like a Sunday school picnic in comparison.
Kiritimati, also known as the Christmas Island, of New Zealand, was supposed to be the first place to be struck by violent earthquakes at 6 p.m. local time. However, at the appointed time, there was no earthquake, no tremor, not even a whimper.
The U.S. Geological Survey, which tracks seismic activity worldwide, has confirmed that there was no earthquake in New Zealand. However, a 4.9 magnitude earthquake was detected about 1305 kilometers away from New Zealand. The earthquake was not of a significant kind, far less a violent one that make Japan's earthquake look like a Sunday school picnic in comparison. Moreover, the earthquake did not take place at 6 pm. but at 6.31 pm.
Camping has been warning the public for several months that the Judgment Day was coming on May 21, 2011. He based his prediction on several Bible verses, including Genesis 7:4 (Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth) and 2 Peter 3:8 (“With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day”) to conclude that the Doomsday – May 21, 2011 – will take place 7000 years after the Great Flood (4990 B.C.).
People around the world are now mocking Camping.
“This whole rapture thing, so far, is entirely underwhelming,” tweeted “Alex Falkenberg.”
“Breaking News: An Earthquake of 0.0 Magnitude has hit New Zealand,” wrote “TamekaRaymond Tameka J.” on Tweeter.
What is Camping going to say now? Is it a mathematical mistake again, just like he made one back in 1994 (Camping made an earlier failed Doomsday prediction that the world wound end in September 1994, but he got away that time by giving excuses that me made a “mathematical mistake”)?
But there is no mathematical error in: “4990 + 2011 – 1 = 7000”