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 - AS THE WORLD TURNS: Sky doesn't fall as...
AS THE WORLD TURNS: Sky doesn't fall as so-called 'Jupiter Effect' fails to bring cosmic curtain call By United Press International The tide in Brazil may have risen 0.04 millimeters higher than normal-and 26 suspected drug traffickers in PuertVRlco were indeed arrested while gazing at the dawn sky but planet Earth revolved quietly in its orbit Wednesday — utterly unmoved by the so-called "Jupiter Effect." For the first time since 1803, all of the nine planets were aligned in the same 95-degree quadrant behind the sun and some said this clustering of gravitational masses would generate a pull so strong it would dislodge solar material from the sun, extract molten lava from volcanos and spawn earthquakes across the globe. But most scientists dismissed the predictions as nonsense. Even the authors of the original "Jupiter Effect" book have since recanted their views but planetariums, weather bureaus and scientists were besieged with calls from superstitious people wanting to know what they could do to survive the end of the world. "I'm not surprised the world hasn't ended. It's premature to put out a doomsday forecast because we haven't had the next Ice Age yet. What was suppose to have happened were major quakes followed by major fires and that's what I call the 'shake and bake' recipe. "We didn't get the shakes so were not going to get the bake," said Peter Chasten, of the National Weather Service in Rochester, N.Y. "Even if all the planets had been in direct line, which they weren't, it would have produced only 4-1000ths of what the moon's gravitational pull is on the earth normally. So it's really insignificant mathematically speaking," Chaston said. But tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans stepped outside in the pre-dawn hours Wednes- day to find out for themselves. In the western town of Arecibo, drug agents cracked down on traffickers and arrested 28 suspects. "A lot of people didn't see us coming because they were looking at the sky," chortled one drug agent. Many callers In Brazil, officials of the Santos Astronomy Institute said they got a lot of phone calls from beachside dwellers because national television reported that the tide could rise by 0.04 millimeters. People thought there would be a high tide but did not know that the predicted amount was barely measurable. In China, the English-language newspaper, China Daily, ran a tongue-in-cheek story headlined: "A Day to Remember — If You Survive it." The article said: "The event has given birth to all sorts of theories and fearful predictions but Chinese scientist Ren Zhenqiu of the Institute of Meteorology said he has analyzed data covering more than a thousand years and has not found any direct relationship between such (See WORLD, Page 2)

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  1. The Salina Journal,
  2. 10 Mar 1982, Wed,
  3. Page 1

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