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Six o'clock and all is well

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell has details and reaction on the fake Rapture that has captivated the Internet.

If you're reading this, the Rapture still hasn't happened yet.

The preacher behind the Saturday Rapture prediction, Family Radio's Harold Camping, has said that a great earthquake would herald the beginning of the end-time tribulation around suppertime — that is, around 6 p.m. That tick of the clock has come and gone in parts of the Pacific, including Kiribati and New Zealand.

The precise timing of doomsday can be a squishy concept: Some accounts claim that the big quake has been predicted for 6 p.m. Pacific time, which is still more than 18 hours away. But I think most of us already suspect it won't make much of a difference whether we're talking about Kiribati time or California time, don't we? In any case, if you want to keep track of seismic activity around the world, you can check in with Earthquake.USGS.gov.

This whole exercise serves as a good reminder to keep your disaster preparedness kit up to date. Rapture aside, you never know when the next big earthquake, power outage or zombie apocalypse will come along.

Happy Saturday to you! I'll be blogging about the Rapture hype over the weekend, and you can follow the updates by checking CosmicLog.com/Rapture. You can also connect with the Cosmic Log community by "liking" the log's Facebook page or following @b0yle on Twitter. And for something completely different, check out "The Case for Pluto," my book about the controversial dwarf planet and the search for new worlds.