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Tricky ‘geometry’ involving the Moon’s position will tug on the Earth’s tectonic plates in the coming days and trigger an earthquake, a conspiracy theorist claims.
The Moon is set to align on the side of the Earth facing Venus, the planet in front of us on the way to the sun, and the gravitational pull from both will cause a quake.
No indication of when or where the earthquake will strike, apart from being in the “coming days” but the theorist behind the prediction, website ‘Global Earthquake Forecaster’ Ditrianum, says it could be a magnitude six.
A six on the richter scale “may cause a lot of damage in very populated areas”, according to Michigan Tech.
The website is ran by ‘new-age earthquake’ forecaster Frank Hoogerbeets, who believes he can predict earthquakes using 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 writes on the website: “Some critical geometry involving the Moon may cause a seismic uptick in the next three days.
“It may not be much, but at a mid six magnitude seismic event should be anticipated.”
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.”
Even if there were to be a magnitude six quake in the next few days, it may be more coincidence than correct prediction as they are relatively common, with up to 150 around the globe per year.