Wang Chao-hung and the final countdown to Taiwan earthquake?

This disaster prophet, Teacher Wang Chao-hung is so confident in his prediction that a huge earthquake will hit Taiwan soon on Wednesday morning and he's very specific in the timing too (10:42:37 Taiwan time or 0242 GMT).

Right.

Who does he think he is? I'm so looking forward to tomorrow after his 'prophecy' has passed and nothing happened.

Meanwhile, enjoy the clip of "Final Countdown" - an orchestra style:



A self-proclaimed Taiwanese "prophet" on Tuesday started the countdown for what he said would be a huge earthquake as workers moved tonnes of bottled water and other supplies to makeshift shelters.

"The final countdown has started," Wang Chao-hung, better known to his followers and the public as "Teacher Wang", told AFP in the central Taiwanese town of Puli, home to about 80,000 people.

The 54-year-old said a 14-magnitude killer quake would strike the island at 10:42:37 Wednesday morning (0242 GMT), killing at least one million people.

"It will have enormous consequences for most countries around the Pacific," Wang said.

Five days later, the island, together with many parts of the Pacific area, will be hit by a tsunami featuring 170-metre (560-foot) waves, he warned.

In expectation of these cataclysmic events, he has set up a shelter in Puli, converting more than 30 cargo containers into makeshift homes, stockpiling them with enough rice, bottled water and fuel to last for several weeks.

As of late Tuesday, it was unclear whether Wang had persuaded anyone to move into the containers, but the otherwise quiet town had attracted dozens of journalists, some of them reporting live from the area.

Wang has advised people to stay in cargo containers, which he says will be safer than regular buildings once the alleged catastrophe happens.

The prediction, which has caused widespread media attention over the past week, has prompted prosecutors to launch an investigation into an alleged fraud case.

Investigators are looking into the theory that Wang might be cooperating with businesses in the container industry, a charge he has flatly denied.

Fraud convictions carry a maximum five-year jail term while breaking the law on social order is punished by a fine of up to Twê30,000 (ê1,000), prosecutors say.

A weather bureau spokesman has said that "issuing unauthorised forecasts on earthquakes is punishable by a fine" of up to Twê1 million (ê33,000).

From Emirates 24|7, "Taiwan 'prophet' starts disaster countdown".



The sad thing, though, even before the so-called Disaster happens (for real), there's already one casualty: an elderly Taiwanese man leapt to his death apparently terrified by a "prediction". The family should hunt this Teacher Wang & makes him answer for this tragedy!

An elderly Taiwanese man leapt to his death apparently terrified by a "prediction" that the island would soon be destroyed by a giant quake and tsunami, police and media said Friday.

The 70-year-old, who suffered from chronic depression, jumped from his fifth-floor home in a Taipei suburb on Thursday and died later in hospital, said an officer at a police station nearby.

His family said his condition had worsened after a 9.0-magnitude quake ravaged northeastern Japan in March and a self-proclaimed local "prophet" alleged Taiwan too would be ruined by a quake and tsunami, the officer said.

"My hair is all white. I have so many worries," he told his wife shortly before leaping from the balcony of their home, the United Daily News reported.

Taiwanese prosecutors have launched an investigation into the "prophet", known to the public only as "Teacher Wang", after his doomsday warning set off a rush to build makeshift shelters from cargo containers.

Prosecutors suspected he might be colluding with companies in the container industry, based on his claim that containers would be safer than regular buildings once the imminent catastrophe took place.

More than 100 shelters converted from cargo containers are being built in Puli, a town in central Taiwan, after Wang "predicted" that a quake-induced monster wave would hit Taiwan on May 11, claiming millions of lives.

From Emirates 24|7, "Man jumps to death over ‘apocalypse’".

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