Earthquakes in New Zealand, San Francisco, but no 'Rapture' on May 21

Earthquakes in New Zealand, San Francisco, but no 'Rapture' on May 21

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Members of the Calvary Bible Church of Milpitas appear at the closed Family Radio station offices of Harold Camping to offer support to victims of the radio evangelist, who claimed that the ascension into heaven of the Christian faithful would happen today, Saturday, May 21, 2011 in Oakland, Calif.. Photo: Dino Vournas / AP

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Posted on May 22, 2011 at 2:18 AM

Updated Sunday, May 22 at 10:20 PM

PHOENIX — The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck near New Zealand's Kermadec Islands. There are no reports of damage or risk of tsunami from the quake.

According to the USGS, the quake struck at 21:17:00 UTC on Saturday, which is 9:17 a.m. Sunday morning local time. The epicenter of the quake was 12 miles below the mostly uninhabited islands, which are approximately 620 miles east of New Zealand's capital city of Auckland.

A series of earthquakes and aftershocks have shaken New Zealand in the months following a magnitude 6.3 quake that devastated the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 181 people.

Meanwhile, a magnitude 3.6 quake rolled across the San Francisco Bay Area at 7:05 p.m. local time on Saturday. Emergency officials said there were no reports of serious damage or injury.

The USGS National Earthquake Information Center received scores of quake reports from people in the Bay Area.

Also on Saturday, scientists from the Icelandic Meteorological Office confirmed that an eruption began in the Grímsvötn volcano at approximately 17:30 UTC.

The eruption produced minor seismic activity in the region and an the eruption plume that had risen to an altitude of over 65,000 ft. a short time later. 

Radio evangelist Harold Camping had predicted that 'Rapture' would begin on Saturday, May 21, 2011 with an earthquake in New Zealand.

Followers of the 89-year-old retired civil engineer spent months warning the world of the apocalypse, some giving away earthly belongings or draining their savings accounts. But the May 21 doomsday deadline has passed and many of Camping's followers are wondering why they're still here.

Keith Bauer and other believers waited outside the Oakland headquarters of Harold Camping's Family Radio International. Bauer drove his family from Maryland to California to await the May 21 Rapture.

Bauer says he was somewhat skeptical but made the trip because of his belief in God. "It's God who leads you, not Harold Camping," he said.

Harold Camping had previously predicted that the Rapture would occur in September 1994, but later said he had miscalculated the date. Camping has not commented on the passing of his latest prediction.

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