Zodiak eases Malawi on quake scare: Social-media hoax

Panic engulfed Malawians Thursday night after rumours went rife on social media warning people that a certain radio station has announced that there will be an earthquake around 10 pm and that people should vacate their houses.

Kadzako:  Zodiak verified with experts who dismissed the rumours

Kadzako: Zodiak verified with experts who dismissed the rumours

In southern Malawi people spent two hours outside their houses waiting for the impending doom.  Those who were not in the know were being awakened by phone calls from friends, well-wishers or family members.

However, the panic simmered down after a privately owned Zodiak Broadcasting Station ‘s managing director Gospel Kazako did the needful by talking to geologists and weather experts who refuted the rumours,  saying Malawi had no expertise of predicting earthquakes.

“Please those who are listening to us now,  we have talked to the experts and have said that the rumours are not true because Malawi don’t have equipment of predicting earthquakes” said Kazako.

But before the Zodiak announcement,  people in various townships in Blantyre like Ndirande, Chimwankhumba, Bangwe and many others were outside their houses some even went to stay in the maize fields for fear of the earthquake.

Besides Malawi, a research by Nyasa Times has established that there is no country at the moment in the world that can predict earthquake.

Scientists have tried lots of different ways of predicting earthquakes, but none have been successful. They however have a pretty good idea of where an earthquake is most likely to hit, but they still can’t tell exactly when it will happen.

However, the probability of a future earthquake can be calculated, based on scientific data.

For example scientists at the US Geological Society (USGS) estimate that the probability of a major earthquake occurring in the San Francisco Bay area over the next 30 years is 67%.

Meanwhile, the  USGS Scientists and other organisations are working hard to developing methods which will predict earthquakes. Hopefully, scientists will eventually find a way to predict earthquakes precisely, which will save many lives.

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81 thoughts on “Zodiak eases Malawi on quake scare: Social-media hoax”

  1. nyama says:

    I just feel sorry for those who spent two hours or over. People must learn!!

  2. George Lihoma says:

    Kodi nkhani ya Chivomelezi’yi analengeza ndi aRadio yanji? Amenewo aMACRA athane nawo ndithu,anabweletsa chisokonezo kufuko lathu.

  3. 2mbwe says:

    Yeah the probability of the future earthquake can be calculated based on Scientific data and predictions for the occurrence of this have proved futile.This can however trigger another research,but how can it be carried out if malawians have no expertise to predict this? But anyway I MAN love

  4. Akatigo says:

    Don’t forgate about the word of Jesus”many false prophet will arise & they shall cheat many people”let us not stone this man coz God want him to repent & who r we ?,a sinner can not take down other sinner inorder create a holy life.let God be a Judge.

  5. eddie says:

    God have mecyyyyy

  6. eddie says:

    Ayi zikomo

  7. wangalusa says:

    Koma iwe Pa Easy! Wangokwatira kumene? Uzivala pogona.

  8. mzozodo says:

    Yea

  9. mzozodo says:

    The other bosses were awake but u can’t predict what they were doing

  10. kathako says:

    I wonder how Illiterate are most Malawians not knowing of un existency of an instrument of measuring Earthquake before it occurs,They really slept outside eti,Umbuli ndi matenda,Maybe your boss was napping today,sure he was one of ’em,PATHETIC!!!!!!!!

  11. wakumudzi says:

    Tulo taku ndinagona dzulo? Eeee anthu atatu kundiimbila kuti ndithawe koma sindidzazuka…..I praise God it was just a mere scare

  12. God's knowledge says:

    Thank you very much mr. Kadzako and your staff at zbs( kuno mkuti? Kayaaa! ).

  13. sapitwa says:

    Imfa sithawika pofela salambula

  14. davie maluwa says:

    zodiak woooyeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. ine mmalawi says:

    I Like Z B S,

  16. Malawi wa Lero says:

    Koma asamapatse a Kadzako zinthu ngati izi. Zimakhala ngati kampeni. Kubwerezabwereza kaya amapeza bwana awa ataledzera, kaya. Nthawi yina amanena zamwezi utathima, iiii a Kadzako anabowa zedi. Ngakhale mapologalamu amene amapanga a Kadzako masiku ano akumabowa kwambiri. Kale ndimanjoya ndakatulo, malonda pano nde syllabus nkati. Malonda amenewo and talikani.

  17. Stanley says:

    Keep it up ZODIAK

  18. THANKS ZODIAK FOR PASSING INFORMATION IN TIME.

  19. willard Thipa says:

    There is nobody under the Earth who can have a knowledge of Earthquake accept God him self do not believe the fake prophet

  20. makonzo says:

    ine ndinangomva 10 koloko itadutsa koma ntawiyo ndinali kuntchito ndikupanga overtime

  21. Redeemed says:

    Amalawi, when will we grow up and smell a cup of coffee, these rumours took me back in my priary schools day when a simolar rumour surfaced went vile about the end of the world, i was young and naive enough to believe it even though as a sunday school goer, I knew it was not in line with the Bible, but the rumours were overwhelming. In the year of 2012, there was Bill boards across all major high ways in RSA which read “The world ends on 21 May. Fortunate enough I was both spiritually and phsically matured enough not to believe it. I understand that our limping economy has created a climate of frustration due to job scarcity, however we need to not to over indulge in unproductive and disturbing stuff that will only worsen the frustration, ratehr focus on productive stuff that will create hope.

  22. Detective says:

    Vaboja ivi shetani basi cha kwatu ku kk

  23. mascahbanna says:

    Ife tinangofika pozolowela kuno ku Karonga podziwa kuti izi sizipanganika it happens according to Jahovas timetable which nobody access. As it was written so it shall come to pass. We need to repent and focus on #One Love,One Malawi,One Devine Destiny.
    Quakes are there to remind us that whatever we can build on earth with stolen money no matter how hard concretemi

  24. mascahbanna says:

    Ife tinangofika pozolowela kuno ku Karonga podziwa kuti izi sizipanganika it happens according to Jahovas timetable which nobody access. As it was written so it shall come to pass. We need to repent and focus on #One Love,One Malawi,One Devine Destiny.

  25. phodogoma says:

    Zodiak what is the English slogan used for zikachitika mumvera kwa ife. Is it ‘ when it happens you will hear it from us” Please help me. I have never heard it from you in English. Finally avoid playing you song of Kuno mkuti kuno ku zodiak ku Malawi….
    To me when I hear this tune it means a strange thing has happened. Dont play it for fun. Make that song very expensive and play it only when a goat has beaten a dog not when a dog has beaten a goat. I LOVE ZODIAK.

    1. jupiter says:

      Phodogoma! Ukadangophodogoma basi kusiyana ndi zosapsa walemba apazi…..

  26. Chrihil says:

    Ine sindimazidziwa ndithu! Tikadaferadi kutulo

  27. Gift Chitimbe says:

    My respect to Zodiak Broadcasting Station. You are really concerned with what is happening in Malawi and you came timely to ease the tension. While to others it was business as usual, you stopped your scheduled programs and addressed the issue affecting many malwians at that particular time. Thank you very much Mr. Kadzako being part of the team which addressed the tension. By that time many big bosses of differnt institutions could not humble themselves to be awake and participate in informing Malawians on facts about earthquake.

  28. phodox says:

    Thank you Zodak for clarifying that rumour using international geological experts of Malawi. Infact it was at ten pm when I got it from your radio. I and my family , we were outside waiting for the act. Upon hearing zikachitika mumvera kwaife that nobody knows how to determine ocurrence of the earthquake even the Japanese themselves who are international victims of earth quake have no tool for telling when earthquake is to ocur. Then I said haa who was telling this story when we have been hit by national floods.

    Malawi government must take action against the person who cooked this false story. The issue terrified my life. I had no peace. I did not enjoy my night. Remember sleeping is a free gift from God. And it is a form of wealth for poor person. INDE TULO NDI CHUMA CHOPAMBANA CHA MUNTHU WOSAUKA.

    This is equally bad as to tell or prophesise the death of another person. Very bad indeed. Malwaians be aware that there is limit for freedom of expression-quote from Pope on Press TV on 14 to 16 January 2015.

  29. amp says:

    azinama Che Bush about WMD Iraq dziko lapansi liri kumva. akanso nkachani. kanali ka hoax chabe kikiki!!!!!

  30. $[=]@¢fi¢( says:

    Inenso ndikhala zodiac osati zodiak

  31. Conssent says:

    Tanx to ZBS for enlighten malawians.

  32. Frank mwepesa says:

    Mumakwana mr kazako

  33. Wanga ndi yemweyo says:

    Shame to whoever created that story! Fellow Malawians, let’s learn to be serious and responsible in what we do or say. Causing such panic at a time when a considerable portion of the population is fighting for survival due to the prevailing floods is simply childish. Government and other organizations are already working at full capacity to contain the situation at hand. Let us leave them to concentrate on the current problem rather than divert their attention to other non-existent ones. If you have nothing to say, it makes more sense to simply keep quiet. And I hope keep quite you will, whoever you are.

  34. Zansete says:

    Ife tinasiya kukhulupilila ZBS ndiyabodza.

  35. JAMES kamanga says:

    Tikambe zoonazokhazokha basi

  36. Paschal says:

    If there was equipment to predict earthquakes, would those brothers and sisters in Fukushima area have had such a bad and unforgettable experience?
    Would people stay in high buildings awaiting death while with full knowledge of an impending quake?
    Malawi,Malawi.

  37. amina says:

    There is no smoke without fire. Kodi zayamba bwa? Thanks kuti zizinachitike. God i good all the time and has got people’s welfare at heart.

  38. victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi says:

    After a long time at least ZODIAK has said something for the good of the whole Malawian community. Otherwise it has been biased towards a party before, during and after elections, currently a political stooge of the ruling party. The radio has lost its former integrity – even their reporters pocketing envelop of bribe money from the Munthalika – no condemnation from the radio. May be lobbying for acceptance of their application for a tv licence, or they are affiliated to the ruling party in one way or another.

  39. Munthu Amene Analengeza Zimenezo Asamatiyese,achotsedye Ntchito Ameneyo Ngati Anasowa Chochita Akanangokhala Chete Mkuyika Nyimbo

  40. chinkombaleza gumanyundo gowa says:

    I think what happened can be a good measure for research on how Malawians can respond to disasters that can be known in advance. Can you Zodiak find out how many people got the message so that it may be helpful in future?

  41. Nabanda says:

    Amunabawa, ZBS yachimwanso chiyani? mmesa amangothandiza kukuchotsani mantha ndikukuuzani zoona zake? ZBS I salute you always..osati zinazi amati manthu wa mawailesi, koma sizioneka oloooo!

  42. Callister Daniel Phiri says:

    Pitara and his thieved govt muwona, simunati

  43. Dr.Saleh says:

    Recommendable job Zodiac. Keep up the good job. You are the best while the rest follows.

  44. Ahijah says:

    Pple owez blv a lie, buh wen t comes 2 truth they try 2 fyt against. Hahahaha anyanya anthu kukhulupilila zili zonse.

  45. hfty says:

    Now zodiac is an authority on all issues? za odi uko zimenezi

  46. Malawiana says:

    It was even stupid for Zodiak itself to think that indeed earthquakes are predictable. I have never heard anything like that except a tsunami early warning system after the quake has occured.

  47. Catholic sadzatha says:

    Thats why ndinatchera zodiak i knew kuti atiuza zakuspa, thanks zodiak bwezi ntachezera kudikila chi ndindindi,

  48. Callello Jay says:

    Can authorities investigate the matter further. Our interest is in finding out the individual who baked such a story. It is not fair to take advantage of the already delicate and volatile situation to corner people to panic with fear. You know Malawians are already living in fear after the various tragedies that have befallen our beautiful republic the past few days and you want to use the same to torment innocent and already fear stricken Malawians. Whoever neccessitated this must be sorry for themselves and should apologize to malawians. God bless Malawi!

  49. Pwg says:

    Masiku Otsiriza Amenewo

  50. Pwg says:

    Amenewo Ndiye Masiku Otsiriza

  51. iphani mudye says:

    zamkutu

  52. SHAKAZULU says:

    MR KADZAKO WERE U DRUNK?STOP MAKIN UNNECESARY NOISE PLS

  53. Ananthewa says:

    Koma amalawi tikuona ngati chivomerezi chinthu cha masewera eti? thanks to zbs 4 de word of encouragement. Keep it up zbs u deserve it.

  54. KOISAN says:

    WE MALAWIANS AT LARGE DISAGREE WITH KAZAKOS REPORT.WE KNEW NO SUCH REPORT AND SIMPLY FEEL AFUNA KUCHUKA.SHAME!

  55. Namahocha says:

    Zodiak really helped us. We were afraid. Keep it up zbs.

  56. KING SOLOMONS WISEMAN says:

    KAZAKO WHICH SOCIAL MEDIA? AND WHICH RADIO STATION?PLEASE DO NOT DISTURB US WHITH YO RADIO.DO NOT DISTURB OUR PEACE PLS.I REPEAT WHICH SOCIAL MEDIA MEDIA AND WHICH RADIO ,KAZAKO? OF ALL THE RADIO STATIONS HAS ZODIAC GOT MORE EAR TO THE GROUND?KAZAKO THE PROBLEM U HAVE IS IN YO OWN WORLD U THINK YO STATION IS BEST.OF ALL THE RADIO STATIONS IN THE WORLD YOS HAS TURNED OUT TO BE WORST.IT SEEMS THIS HOAX ORIGINATED FROM YO RADIO STATION.I FEEL MACRA MUST INVESTIGATE U.IF FOUND UNPROFESSIONAL PUNISH U AND CLOSE OFFICE

  57. moyenda maulidi says:

    zonama zimenezo

  58. Patriot says:

    Analemba zopusazo ndi Ralph Kasambara, check his facebook.
    Ife tagona mnyumba mwa wofu wofu.

  59. Mtupatupa says:

    Anthu amantha awoneka dzulo usiku. Mantha ndikuchepa kwa chikhulupiriro

  60. grace mumba says:

    Ine olo kutulukako……….my fear ws nanga pnjapo sindikdilizika?..lol..eeeish thank God

  61. CHEWA FEDERAL FRONT says:

    That’s why ZBS is too far ahead of the pack to be caught.
    On Chilembwe Day this young man, Daniel Mawawa, was on air pretty much the whole day, updating his audience on the unfolding catastrophe down the Lower Shire; and what a performance he’s had! Only afew moments after reporting on the trapped villagers, he came back on air to report on the tragic death of our beloved man of God, Bishop Zuza(MHSRIP).
    But then, why does ZBS have a high staff turn-over? I no longer hear Teresa Ndanga, Norman Fulatira, Priscilla Zikapanda, etc. Okay, people are free to move on to “better” jobs, fine; even so, managers at ZBS should know that good salaries are an essential strategy for retention of talent. Does ZBS have a pension fund? Car loans for employees? Real talent is not cheap!!!

  62. fkr says:

    Shows you how a stupid powerful media can influence stupid people.

  63. Charter says:

    A Malawi!!! Kuopa chivomezi koma tchimo osaliopa! AIDS osaiopa!!!!

  64. atate says:

    Mwati aku Ndix anaionela patali mpaka panja. Kkkk muisova

  65. mulibwanji? says:

    If sin was being scared like yesterday’s stupid earthquake rumors, bwenzi dziko liribwino. This is the time to receive Jesus to be the Christ and saviour of our lives. God forgive us

  66. Pa Easy says:

    Our profets sodalankhulepo, anaka nena iwo mwina nkhasako! Was waken by a call kuti ndituluke mnyumba at 21:58 mpaka nnakanika chifukwa chogona bwamuswe!

  67. Mr zodiak&ur crew, u deserve much respect. Mumaitha,ndizoti unyinji unali ndi nkhawa heavy. Chisumphi azikutsogolerani.

  68. youngchagwa says:

    bravo zodiak munatiika pa easy bwino

  69. Gerald says:

    Maboza ngati amenewo musamale nawo coz the bible hate it.Kapena munachita kuyamwira kwamakolo anu ndiye mukulephera kusiya? Be carefull mungazakhale mu hot supu

  70. Siku la imfa palibe akuziwa mwini wake Mulungu mulengi wachilichose ndiye akuziwa. Maufulu ama broadcasting station akuwonjeza tiyeni tizivera mabroadcasting abomawa zinazi zosakhwima zelu

  71. Yankees says:

    Mh! Ash! Koma PPle,nanga mumakachindilanji ma hule ma Plain pamene moyo mumaufuna? U say u are born agains yet munatuluka kuopa Earthquake bwanji osakhala mnyumba momo kuti mufe bwino mukacheze ndimulungu bwa? Adzamudziwa yekha mwini wake pakali pano musiyeni Tiligu ndi Namsongole zikulire limodzi, adzasefa yekha osati timalilime tamodza tanuto,”nyinyonyonyo nyonyonyonyo” tikukuonanitu!!!!!!.

  72. Matebule says:

    This Sitha Kandodo guy must be stoned to death. He is stupid.

  73. amunabawa says:

    a fun a kutchuka.barely few days of heavy rains that caused flooding in most areas, we have been sleeping m’ mtengo now you tell us about earthquake. mwazitenga kuti? komatu ma slogan anuwa
    ZIKACHITUKA MUMVERA KWA IFE.nanga chachitika nchiyani.muyankha mulandu isokoneza tulo ta a Malawi

    1. martha says:

      Pple like u surprise me. Did u even read the article or did u just rush to comment? Zoyaluka bwanji.

    2. Catholic sadzatha says:

      Tawerengaso mkhaniyo, or upeze munthu akumasulire poti ili mchingerezi, wamva kuti analengeza zopusazo ndi a zodiak, iwo ndiomwe aletsa mbiliyo, ease kuthuzitsa muchichewa cha bwino

  74. Elliot says:

    Tanx indeed

  75. felix says:

    koma anthu kunena zaboza eeeeee ali pasogolo .

  76. RESEARCHER says:

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  77. Mac says:

    Thnx zbs

    1. Wa aNabanda says:

      Munaitha a Zodiak. Ena akadagona mumtengo

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