An earthquake conspiracy theorist claims an alignment of planets being dubbed “critical geometry” will cause a major tremor today. This is apparently because Mars, Jupiter and Neptune are all positioned in a way that they can tug on Earth’s tectonic plates. The ensuing tug-of-war in our solar system will cause tension to build in the tectonic plates of our planet, which could be released in the form of a huge tremor, according to a bold claim made by a ‘new-age earthquake forecaster.
Dutch researcher Frank Hoogerbeets made the bizarre prediction, claiming it could be as strong as a magnitude seven tremor.
Mr Hoogerbeets wrote on his website Ditrianum: “Critical lunar geometry involving Mars, Jupiter and Neptune may trigger larger seismic activity, possibly 7 magnitude around May 14. Be on watch, just in case.”
A magnitude seven earthquake is categorised as being “major” and has the potential to cause “serious damage”, according to Richter scale listings.
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 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.”
The USGS completely denies that earthquakes can be forecasted, writing on its website: “Neither the USGS nor any other scientists have ever predicted a major earthquake.
“We do not know how, and we do not expect to know how any time in the foreseeable future.”