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Earthquake Prophecy For Wednesday Has Rome On Edge

ROME - Italian officials are going to extraordinary lengths to try to debunk an urban legend predicting a devastating earthquake in Rome on Wednesday. The country's Civil Protection department has posted a dense information packet on its website stressing that quakes can't be
predicted.

Toll-free numbers have been set aside at city hall to field questions. The national geophysics institute will open its doors to the public Wednesday to inform the curious and the concerned about
seismology.

The effort is all designed to debunk a prediction of a major Roman quake on May 11, 2011, attributed to self-taught seismologist Raffaele Bendandi, who died in 1979. The association in charge of Bendandi's documentation says there's no evidence he ever made the
prediction.
      
      (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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