Blogger Claims He Predicted Indonesian Earthquake

    January 10, 2005

I am going to have to channel Nostradamus to get to the bottom of this one. Apparently, Dan Sherman, a blogger …

… put out a press release claiming that four months ago on his weblog he predicted the earthquake that caused last month’s terrible tsunami . Snippets from the press release…

“On September 2, 2004, business blogger Dan Sherman posted the following on his blog, “I just hope the intensity of the [seismic event doesn’t directly correlate with the intensity of the physical manifestation I’ve been experiencing. If it does, it will be absolutely devastating. Let’s hope I’m wrong.”

As we know now, he wasn’t wrong.

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After all these years of experiencing this physical manifestation, why did Sherman risk his reputation as a respectable business blogger to go off-topic and go so far as to predict a major seismic event in the near future?

Sherman says, “I had to get it in the public domain because I knew with 100% certainty that there was going be a major event. In the 24 years that I’ve been experiencing this physical sensation, I had never experienced the intensity as I had in the last few days of August of 2004.

First major indicator was that it lasted for almost 2 days. Previously, it’s only lasted for no more than 10 minutes. So of course, that was odd.

But the biggest tip was the absolute intensity of the sensation. Typically, it will feel like there is a electrical transformer near my ear and it’ll just tingle and feel weird.

This time, it overpowered my hearing in one of my ears to where I was completely deaf in that ear for more than 2 days. I was just about to go to the doctor when it subsided. I just knew this was going to be a big one. So I posted it on my blog on September 2nd.””

Nanoo nanoo.

Steve Rubel is a PR strategist with nearly 16 years of public relations, marketing, journalism and communications experience. He currently serves as a Senior Vice President with Edelman, the largest independent global PR firm.

He authors the Micro Persuasion weblog, which tracks how blogs and participatory journalism are changing the public relations practice.