Planetary alignment beginning on Valentine’s Day has some earthquake forecasters on high alert, as they believe a massive “mega-thrust” tremor is on the way. Uranus, Mars, Venus and the sun are all said to be tugging on the Earth, combining to unleash a huge tremor. The planets will have a gravitational tug-of-war across our solar system and will pull from all sides on Earth’s tectonic plates.
The forecast was made by new age earthquake prediction website Ditrianum, run by researcher Frank Hoogerbeets. He said: “Critical lunar geometry later on the 10th and early 11th has the potential of triggering larger seismic activity, possibly into the mid 6 magnitude range, perhaps even higher.
“Overall, the second half of February, starting around the 14th is going to be very critical with the potential of a mega-thrust earthquake between the 20th and 28th.”
Mr Hoogerbeets fails to state where the “earthquake” might hit, but if it were to be a “mega-thrust”, it would surely be devastating for at least one country, if not worldwide.
The Dutch researcher said he 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 consistently rejected 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.”