On late afternoon of October 19, shortly after
5pm, a short message was posted online by Floating Bottle
Floating Along (漂流瓶一路漂流), titled I Just Saw Earthquake
Clouds (我刚才看见大片地震云), in which there was a photo image
the author captured at 5pm, exhibiting a formation
of clouds in a radiating shape which is traditionally
viewed by Chinese as earthquake cloud.
The message soon spread across the Chinese
language forums and caused a hot debate and bold speculations.
Many claimed they also witnessed the cloud, and a lot more
assumed that an earthquake might be imminent, with a viewer
specifically defining the cloud as the one forecasting a
quake in magnitude between 4 to 5.5.
About 7 hours later in the midnight, a tremor
of 4.9 on R-scale jolted the related land that was once covered
under the cloud in the bordering area of Beichuan (北川)
and Pingwu (平武), in Sichuan
An online survey was promptly carried out and
the result shows a vast majority who voted (82.2%) believe
there is a link between the celestial appearance and the
Not everyone is convinced of such a correlation,
though. A leading scientist at Sichuan Seismological Bureau
came out to declare that so far there is no conclusion made
by West-dominated scientific world, therefore such an incident
is just an coincidence.
Seemingly the entire Chinese civilisation,
that is based on a holistic approach which believes a single
drop of water reflects the whole universe, is groundless,
since it was mainly established before the so-called science
was invented in the West.
cloud in similar shape also appeared prior to the deadly
Sichuan earthquake on May 12, 2008.
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