Rumor: Earthquake Predicted in Coastal Karnataka and Goa

Waiting for Judgment day… not yet 🙂

It was just another routine question asked by the “Akka” in our department at Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Mangalore! She asked, “Madam, will you be going to the interiors of the state tomorrow? “. I was a bit thrown off by this unusual question from her, unusual because, she is never one to ask questions, usually carries on with her work, in an efficient, no-nonsense manner!

I inquired as to why she asked the question and since it is not a holiday for us, why would I be wasting a leave, when I could keep it for later! It was then that she told me….

“Madam! All my colleagues are leaving Mangalore and Manipal tomorrow, because there is prediction of an earthquake occurring  on the 19th (Holi Festival Day) and will wash out the entire Coastal Karnataka and Goa, similar to what happened in Japan!”. It was a while before I recovered from this piece of shocking news and informed her that all these things are just rumors and shouldn’t be believed in!

She however remained unconvinced and has decided to leave after imploring with me to do the same! When I refused to do the same, she said she will pray for my safety and left!!

So now I wait, for the earthquake that is predicted due to the moon nearing the earth!!


  1. @Tanmay and Sreyoshi – Of course, these are rumors and shouln't be taken at face value 🙂 … Also there is no way of predicting earthquakes as yet.. so do not listen to such nonsense rumors!! Have fun playing HOLI!!

  2. I am from the UK was in Goa in March and April and the unfounded rumours were being spread by beach workers etc, each time the rumour was re-told the impending disaster got bigger. Most of the beach workers fled back to Karnataka. They seemed to get the earthquake in Japan confused with the full "super" moon on the 19th and believed that the moon would fall into the sea and there would be "3" tsunamis. I spent days explaining what the super moon was and what a tsunami was … think Chicken Licken children's story and The Sky At Night. As a friend (a beach worker) said to me "this is what uneducated people believe".

  3. @Anonymous:It's not just the uneducated people who fell for these rumors, even the educated ones did so. It was not helped by the shameful media frenzy, that kept harping about the supermoon and the likely consequences!

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