Seismologist Who Predicted Turkey Earthquake Issues Another Warning

Seismologist Who Predicted Turkey Earthquake Issues Another Warning

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Dutch seismologist Frank Hoogerbeets has warned that the world could face a major earthquake in the coming days.

Hoogerbeets, who predicted the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria last month, made the forecast based on the motions of celestial bodies, RT reported.

In a video posted on YouTube on Monday, Hoogerbeets warned that “the first week of March is going to be extremely critical.”

The description to the video read, “A convergence of critical planetary geometry around March 2 and 5 may result in large to very large seismic activity, possibly even a mega-thrust earthquake around March 3 and 4 and/or March 6 and 7.”

The seismologist further claimed that the power of the quake may exceed 8 magnitude.

“I’m not exaggerating. I’m not trying to create fear. This is a warning,” insisted the scientist, who works at the Solar System Geometry Survey (SSGEOS).

The head of the Kamchatka branch of the Geophysical Survey of Russia’s Academy of Sciences, Danila Chebrov, has questioned Hoogerbeets’ predictions and described him as an “amateur.” The connection between the movements of the planets in the solar system and seismic activity on Earth “is rather weak, and it’s problematic to use it as the main prognostic tool,” Chebrov explained.

On February 3, Hoogerbeets issued a tweet that read: “Sooner or later there will be a magnitude 7.5 earthquake in this region (South-Central Turkey, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon).”

Three days later, a 7.8 magnitude quake struck Turkey and Syria. The disaster has caused the deaths of more than 50,000 people, with powerful aftershocks continuing in the region to this day.

Dutch seismologist Hoogerbeets has made predictions down the years which didn’t come true. Commenting on his work earlier this month, Susan Hough of the US Geological Survey insisted that no scientist has “ever predicted a major earthquake.” Hough told NPR that the spot-on forecast for the quakes in Turkey and Syria was just a coincidence. “It’s the stopped clock that’s right twice a day, basically,” she said.

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