One earthquake predictor believes an alignment of planets in the solar system will cause a devastating tremor somewhere on Earth on Friday, May 3. Venus, Mercury and the Sun are apparently specifically positioned in the solar system in a way in which their gravity can tug on our planet. As a result, Frank Hoogerbeets, a self-confessed ‘new-age earthquake researcher’, believes tension will mount in Earth’s tectonic plates which could be released in the form of a huge tremor.
Writing on his website Ditrianum, Mr Hoogerbeets wrote: “Exceptionally critical geometry could trigger a major to mega-thrust earthquake warning from 30 April to 3 May 2019.
“The geometry is very similar to that at the time of high 7 to 8+ magnitude earthquakes in the past. So BE ON WATCH.”
While the Dutch researcher does not give a specific location as to where the supposed earthquake might strike, a magnitude eight tremor would be truly devastating.
According to Michigan Tech, anything above a magnitude eight is considered a “great earthquake” which can “totally destroy communities near the epicenter”.
The Dutch researcher 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 experts have previously 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.”
However, there is some suggestion that Mr Hoogerbeets did correctly predict the powerful 7.3 magnitude quake which hit on March 1 in Peru.
He wrote on his website prior to the quake: “Specific lunar geometry today could cause some seismic increase in the next two days, possibly into the 6 magnitude range.”
Following the quake, which was actually stronger than Mr Hoogerbeets had predicted, he said: “A quake watch was in effect on February 28 and March 1 because of critical lunar geometry on February 27, as discussed.”
But it is likely to be a coincidence, as Peru is prone to earthquakes as the South American nation sits upon the dreaded Ring of Fire.
The Ring of Fire is the largest and most active fault line in the world, stretching from New Zealand, all around the east coast of Asia, over to Canada and the USA and all the way down to the southern tip of South America and causes more than 90 percent of the world’s earthquakes.
Experts know that the Ring of Fire has to potential to unleash some catastrophic quakes.