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Images from Weibo – It's 2012! We Mean the Mayan 2012…

Shanghai Morning Post (@新闻晨报) reports on Weibo that netizen @-夜莺-May spotted surface cracks in the busiest area of Pudong, Shanghai. Well trained by Hollywood, many netizens’ first thoughts ran to disaster movie-land. @漾漾乐园 tweets, “So scary! Is 2012 really coming?” @china_lidb suggests helpfully, “Apply glue, quickly!” @Sai-SH warns, ”Earth has finally reached its limit.”

Shanghai Morning Post interviewed Mr. Ge Qing (@葛清EMBA10SH7), the design director of Shanghai Tower, the skyscraper under construction that stands (pictured on the bottom right) near the cracks. He said areas around construction sites in Shanghai all exhibit settling, “some more than others,” due to a decrease in the ground water level.

Wasn’t it John Cusack who said in the movie, “When they tell you not to panic, that’s when you run!” Well, Tea Leaf Nation advises readers not to panic.

Here is a screenshot of the scene from the movie 2012.

Credit: Columbia Pictures

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Rachel Lu

Rachel Lu is a co-founder of Tea Leaf Nation. Rachel traces her ancestry to Southern China. She spent much of her childhood memorizing Chinese poetry. After long stints in New York, New Haven and Cambridge, she has returned to China to bear witness to its great transformation. She is currently based in China.