Earth’s alignment with the Sun and Uranus could lead to tremors around the planet on April 25. This is because tension in Earth’s tectonic plates could build as major celestial bodies – in this instance the Sun and Uranus – as our planet travels near to them, some earthquake conspiracy theorists claim. Eventually, the tension could be released as a major earthquake.
Dutch tremor mystic Frank Hoogerbeets has predicted a quake which could register at magnitude six, which could cause major damage in a populated area.
Mr Hoogerbeets wrote on his website Ditrianum: “Earth’s alignment with the Sun and Uranus and additional lunar geometry may trigger larger seismic activity over 6 magnitude on the 24th and 25th.”
The Dutch researcher 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.”