I cannot believe the herald printed this story with almost zero balance:
"Ring's quake-call right on"
Predicting earthquakes in an area of seismic activity guarantees success of some kind.
Further statistical analysis inevitably shows 'success' of these predictions to be based on a combination of chance and very flexible fudge factors.
Then again, maybe academics did not respond to Herald requests for comment. I would not blame them if they were just sick and tired of responding to this. Analytical debunking can be a time consuming and thankless task.
I do think it is a story worthy of printing and discussion - but it takes a serious popular science journalist to do a good job, and a fair job.