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

George Lihoma
Guest

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

2mbwe
Guest

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

Akatigo
Guest

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.

eddie
Guest

God have mecyyyyy

eddie
Guest

Ayi zikomo

wangalusa
Guest

Koma iwe Pa Easy! Wangokwatira kumene? Uzivala pogona.

mzozodo
Guest

Yea

mzozodo
Guest

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

kathako
Guest

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!!!!!!!!

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