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From the San Francisco Chronicle:

New Zealanders will be the first to know, Camping said. At 6 p.m. their time – 11 p.m. Friday in the Bay Area – a great earthquake will shake the island asunder, triggering an apocalypse that rolls relentlessly our way.

“It will continue across the Earth at such a rate,” Camping said, “every Richter scale in the world and every news organization in the world will have no doubt – Judgment Day is here.”

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/05/18/MN1N1JFUB4.DTL#ixzz1Mv94YmH9

Apparently my scientific education has been deficient. What exactly does a Richter scale look like? And who knew there were lots of them?

I know, making fun of Camping’s science is like… well, too easy to even have a good analogy. But I can’t stop doing it! Like eating potato chips!