2003-MAY-15: The Pana Wave Laboratory group in Japan believes that the world will be destroyed by a series of disasters on this date. A planet will move close to the earth and will cause "cataclysmic" changes. The earth's magnetic pole will reverse on this day, and cause tidal waves and earthquakes. In early May, they set up a camp on a mountain road 170 miles west of Tokyo. They covered their vehicles with white cloths, which they believe will protect their leader and members from "harmful electromagnetic waves," which they think originate from communists. The group was established in 1977 and has about 1,200 members in Japan. Their leader, Yuko Chino, 69, preaches a blend of Christianity, Buddhism and New Age beliefs.