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©2002 by Richard Nolle
last revised UT 17:22 MAY 1, 2002
If you were expecting some kind of sun sign nonsense, forget it. This is real astrology. See the section above. Please note: this forecast is expressed in terms of Universal Time (UT).

I had warned of "a brief round of headline grabbing storm and seismic action (including Richter 5+ quakes and possibly volcanic eruptions) April 3-5," and it got off to a raucous start in eastern India on the 3rd. That's when a powerful tornado killed nine people and injured scores more as it flattened hundreds of homes in West Bengal. "Likewise the 9th through the 15th," I wrote, "what with the new moon on the 12th just a day after the lunar equatorial crossing." A Richter 5 earthquake hit the former Soviet Republic of Georgia on the 11th, but no damages or injuries were reported. Georgia was not so lucky later in the month.

"Another spate of weather and seismic disturbances is likely April 18-20," I had forecast, "as the Moon reaches maximum northern declination." As it turned out, violent thunderstorms erupted in the Washington DC area on the afternoon of Friday the 19th. When the storm clouds cleared, more than 10,000 electric customers were without power. Wind gusts over 65 mph were reported, along with hail and driving rain. In northeast Washington, one man was killed when the wind blew a tree down on his car. The next day, there was more: the northeastern US was treated to a rare Richter 5.1 magnitude temblor that was felt from New England down to Maryland. Centered near the Canadian and Vermont borders, the quake did some damage to roads, water mains and a bridge, broke some windows and knocked down a chimney or two. Fortunately, there were no casualties from the quake.

"The biggest weather and seismic action of the month appears most likely April 24-30, a period that includes both a lunar equatorial crossing and a lunar perigee (closest approach to Earth) as well as the full moon on the 27th:" that forecast was well fulfilled on the seismic front by the strong earthquake that struck the Republic of Georgia on the 25th. Six people were killed, dozens injured, and utility and phone service was knocked out over a wide area. (The Georgian seismological station in Tbilisi rated the quake at 5 or 6 on the Richter scale, calling it the strongest earthquake to strike the area in 40 years.) A very strong earthquake (Richter 7.2) struck Guam on the 27th, knocking out electricity across the island but causing only a few minor injuries.


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