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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.
The tremor has been predicted for any time between October 24 and 27, but as Earth edges closer to the latter, seismic activity has remained quiet.
One ‘new-age earthquake’ forecaster believes we should not be deceived by the “lull” in seismic activity, and says the next few days are critical.
The forecast was made by website Ditrianum, run by researcher Frank Hoogerbeets, who said the alignment of the Sun, Venus, Earth, the Moon and Uranus could cause worldwide tremors from October 24 to 27.
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.
In an update, Mr Hoogerbeets now says: “In the middle of the critical planetary geometry that is converging between 24 and 26 October, we see an obvious seismic lull on the planet in the first 24 hours of this time-frame.
“Be sure that as the amplified electromagnetic waves impact Earth’s crust, physical deformations will follow. This means that around the 26th will be most critical.
“This could be later today, tomorrow or early 27.
“We hope that the seismic response will translate into a couple of 6 magnitude earthquakes, but a powerful shake over 7 or even 8 magnitude is very well possible.
“Be on watch, just in case.”
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.”