"This disaster is so huge... I wonder when the inevitable Nostradamus spam will begin?"
So, I did a really quick google on what I thought were the appropriate keywords, and I found these two quatrains, worth sharing more for levity than anything else. I don't believe in them at all, but I still find it kind of amusingly spooky at times.
Century 1, Quatrain 87
Ennosigee feu du centre de terre,
Fera trembler autour de cité neuue
Deux gras rochers long têps feront la guerre,
Puis Arethuse rougira nouueau fleuue.
Earth-shaking fire from the center of the earth.
Will cause the towers around the New City to shake,
Two great rocks for a long time will make war,
And then Arethusa will color a new river red.
So, if you were to think of this in terms of fitting New Orleans, then it would tend to indicate a "New City" (such as New York) having its towers shake, followed by a war with two rocks (Iraq?)... followed by Arethusa (a nymph associated strongly with springs and fountains) coloring a new river (the Mississippi) red.
I find the following quatrain even more interesting, though:
Century 10, Quatrain 49
Jardin du monde aupres du cité neufue,
Dans le chemin des montaignes cauees,
Sera saisi et plongé dans la Cuue,
Beuuant par force eaux soulfre enuenimees.
Garden of the world near the new city,
In the path of the hollow mountains,
It will be seized and plunged into the Vat,
Drinking by force the waters poisoned by sulfur.
No doubt, New Orleans has been plunged into the vat, and has been forced to drink poisoned waters. It is also a "new city"... Nostradamus makes reference to a new city in several of his quatrains, but who says it has to be the same one every time? Assuming he did have the ability to see into the future, then from his point of view, every city in the new world would be a new city.
You know what this means, of course. The Bush administration has had 450 years of warning that this disaster was going to happen, and they still were't ready for it... ;-)