At the same time there are shouts about muzzling, these people are all getting cut. You've got to go with the logic -- what's the use of a muzzled scientist? Might as well get rid of him.... :)
For earthquakes, this will be funny, since nobody will be able to talk until a week after the big earthquake hits! Certainly nobody can talk before a big earthquake -- just me! This ensures there will be no earthquake preparations, and so, you might as well let them all go as well!