According to an alleged prediction made by an old geezer going by the name of Raffaele Bendandi (1893-1979), Rome might be (or not) destroyed by a major eathquake today.
The theory used by Bendandi was based on planet alignements (think of earthquakes as earth tidal movements - Fascinating stuff for SF stories, so so thrilling if you are thinking reality).
This is violently disputed, OBVIOUSLY, and the keepers of his records actually say that no actual place was actually named in conjunction with the date of 11 May 2011 (also claim that no such date was ever in his records too) (although, apparently, he also has major earthquakes planned for April 2012).
But it keeps the interwebz buzzing and some level of hysteria is growing.
Or is it?
My neighbours seemed much more concerned about having a wall destroyed yesterday evening than having just to lie back and relax while the Earth would do the hard work for them...
Mostly, just an internet hype mostly.
Crazy or not (of course, it is a crazy prediction), the guy predicted the 1925 Marche earthquake six months before it happened and he was just 2 days off in his prediction... (got a knighthood from Mussolini for it, too). Ooops.
Well. If Rome disappears, just remember this:
I have always loved you.