If you give any credence to Harold Camping’s prediction – that the end of the world will be May 21, 2011 – tune in at 6 p.m. New Zealand local time just to make sure. Camping himself plans to do just that by watching it unfold on TV.

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In other time zones, New Zealand’s 6:00 p.m., Saturday, translates to:

Canberra, Australia: 4:00 p.m.

Tokyo, Japan: 3:00 p.m.

Beijing, China: 2:00 p.m.

New Delhi, India: 11:30 a.m.

Tehran, Iran: 10:30 a.m.

Ankara, Turkey: 9:00 a.m.

London, UK: 7:00 a.m.

Brasilia, Brazil: 3:00 a.m.

New York, US: 2:00 a.m.

Los Angeles, US: 11:00 p.m. (Friday)

At this fateful time, a massive earthquake is supposed to occur in New Zealand, one that’s much bigger than Japan’s 2011 9.0 magnitude earthquake. Afterwards, the earthquake will roll across the world to Japan, China, etc. – all the way to Los Angeles.

However, if the earthquake doesn’t happen at 6 p.m. New Zealand time – and it doesn’t happen at 6 p.m. local time in Japan, China, etc., you can rest assured that the world isn’t ending.

For people who are curious and convinced on the margin that Camping’s prediction just might be true, the non-earthquake in New Zealand at 6 p.m. local time will be enough to convince them to discard the ‘end of the world’ prediction.

However, for Camping and his devotees, it won’t end there.

History shows us that when religious sects – such as the Millerites in the 1800s – make failed ‘end of the world’ predictions, some of the faithful just claim an error in calculation and set a new ‘end of the world’ date.

William Miller, founder of the Millerism, held on to his faith after the failed prediction. He died still waiting for Armageddon, about five years after the first failed prediction date.