The women participating in Boobquake on Monday, April 26, 2010 probably had no idea the day would start off with a major earthquake across the globe. A 6.5 magnitude earthquake hit the cost of Taiwan early Monday morning. At 10.59am local time (not yet Monday for Americans and Canadians), this massive earthquake struck Taitung, a southern Taiwan city.
The Washington Post reports the massive quake rattled buildings in Taipei for up to 20 seconds but no casualties have been reported yet. While earthquakes are common for this area, they are usually minor and cause little damage. Look at it like citizens of California who are used to minor quake rattles from time to time.
However, this 6.5 quake was a bit larger than the average tremor. The last major earthquake reported in Taiwan was a 7.6 magnitude back in 1999 which killed more than 2,000 people.
So before “Boobquake” can even officially begin in the Western hemisphere, quakes are happening across the globe. Could this be a sign that the cleavage-baring women are going to be eating their words? Are we pushing the limits or provoking the “powers that be” with Boobquake? Or is it just a coincidence that another quake happened on the morning of such a planned event?
Does the Taiwan earthquake simple prove the fact that provocatively dressed women have nothing to do with seismic activity, being as how the event has not even taken place yet in Vancouver?
Metro news reports, “Boobquake was launched last week by an Indiana student, Jennifer McCreight, 22, in response to an Iranian cleric who claimed earthquakes are caused by women who dress in a suggestive manner.” (see: BoobQuake Rally)
Boobquake was started as a bit of satire that the creator likely didn’t expect to become so big. The official Boobquake Facebook Fan page boasts over 40,000 fans at the time of this writing and many are joining in the mockery of ridiculous claims that provocatively dressed women are causing earthquakes across the globe, as suggested by Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi, an Iranian cleric attributing recent natural disasters to such women.
However, will people continue to mock the Iranian when news gets out about the recent quake? Is the Taiwan early morning earthquake just a preview of what is to come today, for Boobquake, or is it just a mere coincidence?
This question goes out to all the ladies out there: given news of this massive earthquake starting early Monday morning, will you let it all hang out and participate in Boobquake or will you cover your babies up today?
BookQuake Rally in Vancouver
Major Earthquake Hits off Taiwan Coast- Washington Post