Valentine's Day tweet predicted Christchurch quake? Ken Ring
Wed, 23 Feb 2011 10:28a.m.
By Greg Robertson
Be a skeptic or not, Ken Ring’s Valentine’s Day tweet is a little eerie.
The mathematician is a long-range weather forecaster who bases his predictions around the moon, sun and other scientific activity. Beyond 'Moon Forecasting', it’s his earthquake calls that have people a-buzz.
Last September though, Ken Ring had said that another big one was on its way, again in a tweet: "The Christchurch earthquake was predictable. And there's another coming in 6 months."
That was after he had spotted the first September 4 quake, and told - “You’ll be reading about floods and winds and earthquakes and snow over the next week, particularly in the South Island”.
Then on Marcus Lush's Radio Live programme he brought it up again. “There's another coming in 6 months.” He went into great detail.
And even well respected commentators like Marcus Lush gave him some dues, saying during the interview: “Well done, you got that.”
But it’s his final warning - the Valentine's Day Tweet - that perhaps allows some thought to an eerie ability to ‘read’ and forecast weather patterns... and even natural disasters such as earthquakes?
During the interview with Lush he said the next big quake would come March 20 in Christchurch, along the east-west fault-line in Marlborough and Canterbury.
It seems - with the Valentine’s Day tweet - that he had sat down and done his sums again, bringing in the March 20 date first announced. Or, god forbid, is there another one to come? A believer or not, the following information he released on his website February 14 makes for interesting reading and you can make your own mind up if the V-Day message came with love or lunacy...
The following information is from www.predictweather.co.nz
... and to the coronal hole the day before 4 September...
These are opinions and not predictions, based on observation of repeating lunar patterns. Full moon+perigee in summer brings a lot of ground heat which aids the development of cyclonic systems, whether gales, tropical lows, tropical depressions or fully named cyclones. The gales bring the destructive winds that dry out the ground in some places to create dust nuisances in Australia, or if combined with rain brings localised flooding. Full moon+perigee has also been labelled "earthquake weather", as it can create increased high pressure on the surface of the land, and this has been suggested to act as a possible trigger separating tectonic plates.
For an earthquake to occur many factors have to come together, but sun activity, full moon and perigee are arguably the most potent, and they are all starting to chime now. Over the next 10 days a 7+ earthquake somewhere is very likely. This could also be a time for auroras in the northern hemisphere and in the southern tip of NZ. It may also be a time for whale strandings because of increases in underwater earthquakes. The 7+ is sure to be somewhere in the "Ring of Fire", where 80% of all major earthquakes seem to occur, and NZ is at the lower left of this Ring. The range of risk may be within 500kms of the Alpine Fault.
The original Marcus Lush Ken Ring interview
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15/09/2011 10:48:39 p.m.
you mentioned, quote:"Also, if I am correct, will high profile sports people etc contact me before they plan large events to make sure that there will be no need to take chances and possibly have to change plans."
I wonder what occurred at Auckland's Viaduct on the launch of the world cup launch?
It was a complete disaster, and you took the position of a regular 'media believer' and assumed the information was more than correct.
Ken Ring is not relying on mainstream compliance and media assumption, he has information that has been researched. His data is correct. He may not be in the realm of the current revenue reliance scientist, but like Isaac Newton without any qualifications, his contribution is driven by truth and observation. Open your small view of the media world and see what is ACTUALLY happening.
16/04/2011 7:31:42 p.m.
Skeptics, you all watch/listen to the weather "forecaster" on the news don't you?
Fools, that is also PREDICTION. Based on atmospheric information.
Yet I don't hear you speak appallingly of the weather forecaster when he/she (quite frequently) gets it wrong.
25/03/2011 1:37:49 p.m.
To all those people that werent even in Christchurch for the earthquake... you really dont know what it was like.. you can watch it on tv and the news but you will never feel the way the people in canterbury did on the 22nd of Feb. I think that the moon man is scaring people but i also thik that he has the right just like everyone else to 'warn' people and to try and give us some sort of theory behind why earthquakes happen. Why should we badmouth the moon man when all he may be doing is giving us a chance to stock up our water and food supplies?
21/03/2011 7:24:00 a.m.
For many years I have believed earthquakes happen around full moon periods and it was quite recently that I found out about Ken Ring
If the moon has such a pull on the earth that it affects tidal movements,it also affects the molten mass under the earths crust,weakest points,fault lines,Just think about it
20/03/2011 10:13:32 p.m.
Well well well wrote:
Well to all those skeptics out there, it is the 20th of March and a magnitude 5.1 earthquake just hit. Ive gotta say it felt bigger than that to me. I think its about time that people started listening to what Ken has to say. I definitely will from now on.
20/03/2011 7:09:15 p.m.
How many gullible people are there in New Zealand, to believe a self important, self professed authority on earthquakes, as well as other things, such as Ken Ring?
He makes these sweeping generalizations and suddenly he's a profit?
Well I must be a profit too if I make a prediction and it comes to pass.
I predict that there will be rain somewhere in New Zealand sometime between July 1st and July 14th 2011.
Also, if I am correct, will high profile sports people etc contact me before they plan large events to make sure that there will be no need to take chances and possibly have to change plans.
20/03/2011 5:41:13 p.m.
Thousands of people have websites and Tweets, covering a multitude of issues. Why is Ken Ring in particular being blamed for 'scaring the poor Christchurch folk with his predictions?'
It is the media, who broadcast and publish the material, who are doing any scaring.
Even scientists agree that the moon influences our vast oceans. I bet the first person to suggest that theory was treated in a similar way to Ken Ring.
20/03/2011 1:23:45 p.m.
Lol @ Zack.
Your theory actually makes sense to me, because I too have realised that seems to be what happens. One of my friends has also noted that the weather before a main earthquake or aftershock seems to be eerily humid. But I think that is just his own paranoia.
But not quite @ Ion.
Ring never claimed to be able to predict anything. He is handing out his predictions freely as "advice", and whether anyone choses to heed it is their own choice. I don't understand why people are so quick to jump at him when something like the Japanese quake happened, and he didn't predict it. He hasn't predicted the vast majority of anything at all. Does it matter? If people are silly enough to believe everything he says word for word, who cares? Better safe than sorry. Quite frankly, if he truely believes in his studies and findings like I think he does, then I wouldn't completely dismiss his concerns and warnings. Ken Ring is not a prophet, or a profiteer.
Uhm.. @ Alan
That is the worst logic I have ever read.
Yes! @ April
I completely agree! It has ALREADY been proven that the Earth's position in relation to the moon creates quakes on the moon (thanks to a seismometer left on the moon by NASA [apparently]). It shouldn't be too hard to reverse this process, considering the Earth is actually a living planet and already harneses much more activity than the moon does. Also, scientists around the world have been studying and supporting this idea for quite some time.
Overall earthquake prediction is far from impossible. The Chinese district of Haichang was evacuated before a 7.3 quake in 1975, although the moon's position in all this is unknown. The warnings came from "pre-shakes" the day before and the behaviour of the animals (particularly cats, dogs and snakes).
Although the curious thing here is that if we have truely felt the last of these shakes, why haven't the birds returned yet (not including seagulls)? Can someone explain this?
19/03/2011 5:10:07 p.m.
Whats the matter with all you skeptics. Cant you see that Ken Ring is not out to do anyone any harm. He makes these so called predictions for our benefit. If he calculates that there is going to be an earthquake, flood or whatever natural event that could be detrimental to us, he will try to let us know via his website or whatever other media source that will allow him to report his findings. His intention is to inform us not hurt or harm us. Its up to us how we react to it - are we to try and take the necessary steps to keep ourselves safe and out of harms way, or do we just sit back and criticize him for his unscientific findings that could definitely save people. Most of you make sarcastic and derogatory remarks without even knowing what the hell you're talking about. Because if you studied his website in depth and understood how he is able to come to these conclusions you would know that what he says is not the gobbledegook you so proudly condemn him for. Heres a few words of choice that are for all skeptics worldwide.
THE SCEPTIC - So Full of Smart Reasoning, Unknowingly Displays Ignorance with Smug Aplomb. (Mary Summer Rain)
19/03/2011 12:09:24 p.m.
I reckonbecause every time there is a cluster of aftershocks it always happens after a full moon. Atleast 4 days after one. A perigee is where the moon is closest too earth. A perigee happend on boxing day effecting the tectonic plates. Well on the 20 of march is one and 4 days after i reckon there will be a earthquake! on the 24 of march theres gonna be a qauke.
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