Earthquake Prediction: West coast USA could ‘suffer 9.0 magnitude Big One within weeks’

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The Netherlands based Frank Hoogerbeets, who uses astrology to warn of disasters, has issued an online warning about what he sees as the risk of a major earthquake in February or March.

 

 

In a YouTube video Mr Hoogerbeets says the disaster will be sparked by a rare planetary alignment which will take place from between February 21 to March 7.

He told Express.co.uk: “In this time-frame a rare planetary geometry will cause a significant seismic increase, with probably one or two magnitude 7.8 earthquakes at least.

“But there is definitely the potential for a mega-thrust earthquake with magnitude 8 or even 9.”

Mr Hoogerbeets uses a non-scientifically recognised way of predicting earthquakes based on planetary alignments with Earth, which he claims “increased gravitational force causes stress on fault lines”.

Mainstream scientists have rubbished his claims, yet he continues to issue his warnings with mixed successes.

He added: “Some of the planetary alignments are similar to those that occurred at the time of very large earthquakes, like the 1960 Chilean earthquake (M9.5), the 1964 Alaska earthquake (M 9.2) and the 2004 Sumatra earthquake (M 9.3).”

Mr Hoogerbeets said three planetary alignments will converge on February 21 “which will cause a seismic increase from the 21st to the 24th”.

He added a further three planetary alignments on February 25 “will continue increased seismic activity from the 25th to the 28th”.

Mr Hoogerbeets warned that around March 4 there were “no less than six planetary alignments converging.”

He said: “This is very rare and it almost never occurs. What makes it particularly unique is the quadruple alignment on that day with Mercury, the Sun, Mars and Jupiter, accounting for four of the six alignments. It makes March 5 a candidate for large seismic activity.

“With these multiple convergences this time-frame is more powerful than any other I’ve seen in the last three years.”

He claims to have previously predicted a string of major earthquakes across the globe, but is ridiculed by mainstream scientists who say the position of the planets has no impact on seismic activity.

But Mr Hoogerbeets has made several predictions with distinctly mixed results.

There have been significant quakes after some of his warnings, but he is no longer specific about where they will strike or the exact day.

In December 2015 he was mocked after predicting a powerful magnitude eight earthquake that could “change the world forever” would strike on the 11 or 12 of the month, only for it to fail to materialise.

There was also the much publicised mega quake he warned was about to hit California in May 2015 – but it too never arrived.

However, this time he was specific about an area.

He said: “The Cascadia subduction zone comes to mind, as it is the only subduction area in the world that has not experienced a mega-thrust earthquake in recent decades.”

Scientists agree the Cascadia subduction zone is long overdue a mega quake, but they do not agree with Mr Hoogerbeets prediction techniques.

So should we fear his latest warning?

Mr Hoogerbeets admits he also relies on messages from spirits, crop circle formations, and so-called “key Earth dates” in order to predict when earthquakes will strike.

Astronomer Phil Plait, who writes for New Scientist, previously said of his predictions: “Let me be clear: No, it won’t. It can’t.

“There is simply no way an alignment of planets can cause an earthquake on Earth. It’s literally impossible.”

Mr Hoogerbeets added: “This is a timely warning so that everyone has a chance to prepare.

“And prepare people should, depending on the location and how earthquake prone the location is.

“There is no way to know exactly where larger earthquake will occur.

“This is a serious warning. We are definitely going to experience a significant seismic increase in this time-frame, but it greatly depends on the condition of Earth’s crust how the seismic increase is going to take form.

“But at least one or two big tremors are expected.”

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