Authorities should be on high alert for a major earthquake over the next few days as celestial bodies in our solar system align, conspiracy theorists claim. A planetary alignment of Earth, Venus, Mercury, Saturn and the Sun will trigger earthquakes any time between now and November 22, according to website Ditrianum, run by researcher Frank Hoogerbeets who is a ‘new-age earthquake’ forecaster. The website stated the gravitational pull of the celestial bodies either side of our planet could pull on Earth’s tectonic plates, in a theory dismissed by experts.
However, that is unlikely to be the end of it, with Mr Hoogerbeets saying the final week of November will be a “critical” period for earthquakes.
Mr Hoogerbeets writes: “Seismic unrest is expected to continue. One or two 6 pointers may strike between the 20th and 22nd.
“The last week of November remains critical.”
Mr Hoogerbeets claims he uses a 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 added: “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.”
Mr Hoogerbeets does not give any indication where the earthquakes might occur however, but he predicts a tremor will register at around magnitude six, which “may cause a lot of damage in very populated areas”, according to Michigan Tech.
But experts have dismissed Mr Hoogerbeets’ claims, saying that there is no way earthquakes can be predicted.
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.”