Three planets fell into an alignment on February 13, and one expert claims the consequences could be dire. The gravitational pull from both Mars and Uranus on Earth is causing tension to build on our planet’s tectonic plates, he has astonishingly claimed, adding this will lead to a major earthquake which could register at an eight on the Richter scale. A magnitude eight quake would be truly catastrophic.
Anything above an eight is considered a “great earthquake” and “can totally destroy communities near the epicentre”, according to the forecaster, Michigan Tech, causing buildings to crumble.
There could also be a weaker, but still dangerous, magnitude six quake in the coming days, he said.
The chilling forecast was made by ‘New-age earthquake forecasting’ website Ditrianum, run by researcher Frank Hoogerbeets, which reads: “Following the Earth-Mars-Uranus alignment on the 13th, larger seismic activity may occur, possibly mid to high 6 magnitude from the 14th to the 16th.
“From the 17th to the 21st will be extremely critical with potentially a high 7 to 8 magnitude earthquake.”
Mr Hoogerbeets made the prediction 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 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.”
But experts have dismissed Mr Hoogerbeets’ claims, saying that there is no way earthquakes can be predicted.
However, experts have poured cold water on the planetary analysis.
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.”