One hundred and ten members of a religious sect, encamped in huts half way up Mont Blanc, Europe's highest peak, waited for the world to end at 1245 GMT July 14.
One hundred and ten members of a religious sect, encamped in huts half way up Mont Blanc, Europe's highest peak, waited for the world to end at 1245 GMT July 14. The prediction of their leader, brother Emman, known in Milan as Dr. Elio Bianca, was that a cataclysm would knock the earth 45 degrees of its axis sending the oceans over all the lands except the highest peaks.
Wide publicity accompanied the prediction of the cataclysm - the explosion of a thermo-nuclear bomb, perhaps accidental, followed by earthquakes and tidal waves. Cameramen, photographers, and reporters hiked up the mountain loaded with equipment and notebooks. Tourists followed them to await the moment as the sect mediated behind closed doors of their huts. Gypsies too arrived, lit camp fires to cook meals for the crowd and a squad of Carabinieri watched to maintain order.
The moment came and went. The world remained intact at their feet. Dr. Bianca, 38, confessed to a mistake in interpreting the voices he had received from a Supreme Authority. He did not set a new date for a cataclysm. "Be happy we were wrong", he said.