A Dutch geologist Frank Hoogerbeets predicted three days ago in a tweet the strong earthquake that shook Turkey and Syria on Monday, with a balance of about 4,400 deaths.
“Sooner or later there will be a ~M 7.5 earthquake in this region (south-central Turkey, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon),” Frank Hoogerbeets, who according to his Twitter bio works for the Solar System Geometry Survey, wrote on Friday.
After his prediction went viral on social networks after today’s earthquake, Hoogerbeets explained in a new tweet how he guessed this tragedy.
“As I said before, sooner or later this was going to happen in this region, similar to the years 115 and 526. These earthquakes are always preceded by critical planetary geometry, as we had on February 4 and 5,” he pointed out.
Who is Frank Hoogerbeets?
Frank Hoogerbeets works for the Survey of Geometry of the Solar System (SSGEOS). SSGEOS is a research institute that monitors the geometry of celestial bodies in relation to seismic activity.
Hoogerbeets’ bio indicates that he is a researcher with the Solar System Geometry Survey, which is described on its website as a research institute “for monitoring geometry between celestial bodies related to seismic activity”.
Although he does not have a science degree, the man is enthusiastic about the subject and often makes predictions about possible earthquakes.
Frank Hoogerbeets later tweeted, “My heart goes out to everyone affected by the major earthquake in Central Turkey. As I stated earlier, sooner or later this would happen in this region, similar to the years 115 and 526. These earthquakes are always preceded by critical planetary geometry, as we had on 4-5 Feb.”
Is it possible to predict an earthquake?
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) notes that there is no way to predict the time and date of an earthquake. According to the institution, neither they nor any other scientist has ever predicted a major earthquake.
“Earthquakes are not a predictable phenomenon. No one can accurately predict the location, magnitude and timing of an earthquake,” William Barnhart, assistant coordinator of the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program, told Newsweek.
“Statements on social media that an earthquake would occur in the affected region of Turkey were timely given that they were made coincidentally before a large sequence of earthquakes, and the statements were accurate in suggesting that a large earthquake could occur at some point in time. This region. day because this is a seismically active region with a known risk of large and damaging earthquakes,” he added.
“There is currently no accepted scientific merit for the suggestion that earthquakes occur in response to planetary alignments or other solar system phenomena,” Barnhart concluded.
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