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According to Frank Hoogerbeets, a self-proclaimed researcher for ‘New-age earthquake forecasting’ website Ditrianum, an earthquake could cause total destruction on December 10. The “researcher” told a magnitude nine or higher tremor will hit in the next few days. He reasoned his prediction with a gravitational tug from Venus and Uranus could cause a potentially civilisation ending earthquake as earth will be positioned between the two planets in four days.
Writing on his website, Mr Hoogerbeets said: “Exceptional critical planetary geometry may trigger large seismic activity from the 7th to the 10th of December, possibly peaking 7.8 to 8.8 magnitude.
“A smaller peak on the 11th may also indicate larger seismic activity from the 11th to the 13th, possibly peaking high 6 to 7 magnitude.
“Estimates based on the planetary data indicate that the 9th-10th of December are the most likely days for a great earthquake.”
The world’s largest earthquake to this date occurred on May 22, 1960 near Valdivia, in southern Chile.
The tremor was assigned a magnitude of 9.5 by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and is referred to as the “Great Chilean Earthquake” and the “1960 Valdivia Earthquake.”
And according to the Seismology Research Centre a magnitude 8.8 earthquake could literally cause the ground to crack and would leave few buildings standing.
Mr Hoogerbeets reached his conclusion using his Solar System Geometry Index (SSGI) which “is the computation of a dataset for a specific time-frame of values given to specific geometric positions of the planets, the Moon and the Sun”.
He said: “After three years of observations, it became clear that some planetary geometry in the Solar System clearly tends to cause a seismic increase, while other geometry does not.”
But the USGS says Mr Hoogerbeets claims are nothing but falsehood, as it is impossible to predict an earthquake.
John Bellini, a geophysicist at the US Geological Survey (USGS) has said: “We can’t predict or forecast earthquakes.
“Sometimes before a large earthquake you’ll have a foreshock or two, but we don’t know they’re foreshocks until the big one happens.”
According to USGS an earthquake prediction must define three elements; the date and time, the location and the magnitude.
So although some people say they can predict earthquakes, here are the reasons, which according to USGS, prove why their statements are false:
1 They are not based on scientific evidence, and earthquakes are part of a scientific process. For example, earthquakes have nothing to do with clouds, bodily aches and pains, or slugs.
2. They do not define all 3 of the elements required for a prediction.
3. Their predictions are so general that there will always be an earthquake that fits; such as, (a) There will be a M4 earthquake somewhere in the US in the next 30 days. (b) There will be a M2 earthquake on the west coast of the US today.