RELIGION
05/21/2011 10:48 pm ET | Updated Jul 21, 2011

May 21 Earthquakes: Rapture 2011 Rumors Prove False (POLL)

The rumors had persisted for months. Harold Camping and his followers were convinced beyond any doubt.

Time zone by time zone, at 6 p.m. local time on Saturday, May 21, 2011, massive earthquakes would create destruction across the globe and only believers would be saved, so Camping's theory went.

Believers were adamant that this would happen, as the campaign spread across the country and reached a fever pitch leading up to today.

But Camping's family radio was strangely quiet today as nothing happened in New Zealand, then China, then Europe. Camping's daughter says he's "bewildered," and all he can do is wait until midnight since he was so convinced.

It was a normal day for earthquake activity. According to the USGS, there were a handful of quakes with greater than a 5.0 magnitude, but nothing out of the ordinary. Those quakes included:

5.8 2011/05/21 22:06:27 35.592 140.728 34.5 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

5.0 2011/05/21 21:37:11 -5.821 129.406 255.0 BANDA SEA

6.1 2011/05/21 21:17:01 -30.775 -178.133 19.8 KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND

5.0 2011/05/21 16:30:31 31.259 -41.003 9.9 NORTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE

5.3 2011/05/21 13:08:06 17.257 121.755 45.1 LUZON, PHILIPPINES

5.0 2011/05/21 09:53:55 -7.265 147.003 42.6 EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG, PAPUA NEW GUINEA

5.2 2011/05/21 08:33:21 65.369 -166.891 19.2 NORTHERN ALASKA

5.1 2011/05/21 00:41:37 -55.997 -27.195 40.7 SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION

5.9 2011/05/21 00:16:27 -56.066 -27.165 64.8 SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION

Smaller quakes peppered the Earth as usual, including one in the Bay area in California, but nothing significant. The most major event involving Mother Earth ended up being a volcano eruption in Iceland, but that happened at Iceland's most active volcano.