Earthquake warning: Imminent massive tremor ‘to strike as planets align’ THIS WEEK | Weird | News

A researcher is claiming an earthquake as powerful as magnitude seven on the Richter scale could strike between August 9 and 11.

This is according to ‘Global Earthquake Forecaster’ Ditrianum.

The site, run by new age earthquake researcher Frank Hoogerbeets, points to the planetary alignment this week as a cause for concern.

Mercury, Earth and the Sun will be perfectly aligned this week, with Mars pulling on our planet from the other side of the galaxy.

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.”

For Mr Hoogerbeets the alignment of Mercury, Earth and the Sun is one of those scenarios which can cause an earthquake.

In a bonkers prediction on his website, he says: “From the 7th to the 13th seems more critical with three planetary alignments, including Sun-Mercury-Earth on the 9th, which could trigger a mid 6 to 7 magnitude earthquake from the 9th to the 11th.”

While the researcher has not given an indication of where the tremor might hit, the consequences could be devastating as a magnitude seven quake would be as powerful as the one which has just hit Lombok, Indonesia, killing at least 141 people.

The quake struck the popular tourist destination at 6.47am local time (2347 BST) and its epicentre was 50km north-east of the city of Mataram, which has a population of 319,000.

A tsunami warning has been issued for the quake, which occurred at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the Indonesian Meteorological Agency said.

The latest quake follows a similar disaster exactly one week ago which killed 17 people.

But experts have dismissed Mr Hoogerbeets, 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.”

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