Jamaica: 'Prophet' prompts earthquake debate - Dr. Lyew-Ayee Responds

A self-styled Jamaican "prophet" - who wrongly predicted an earthquake - has prompted a debate about the prospect of a natural disaster, it's reported.

"John the Baptist" told 'The Star' newspaper that God had planned a massive earthquake for 14 January. When it failed to materialise he said it was because of a lack of "repentance", and that the quake would hit the island on 14 March instead.  

The story drew ridicule on social media and in the Jamaican press. Dr Parris Lyew-Ayee Jr of the University of West Indies told 'The Gleaner' that "all the predictions and panic are nonsense". Instead of looking to auspicious dates, Jamaicans should take steps to make sure they are well prepared for a disaster, he said.


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