THE earthquake just south of Crete was predicted by a tremor forecaster who claims to use the alignments of the planets to foresee earthquakes.

A huge 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck just south of the island of Crete on May 2, and it might have been predicted by one person. The powerful tremor occurred in the Mediterranean sea at a depth of 10km (6 miles) on Saturday (May 2) afternoon, according to the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC).

The earthquake was felt across the island, although there are currently no reports of damage or injuries to civilians.

The commander of the Fire Service of Crete, Demosthenes Bountourakis, told AMNA: “We are monitoring the developments and we have implemented all the planned measures. However, so far there has been no call for help.”

However, one tremor forecaster predicted an earthquake around the “mid 6 magnitude” just two days before the Crete quake.

Earthquake mystic Frank Hoogerbeets, who runs the website Ditrianum, said a planetary alignment of Mercury-Sun-Venus and of Earth-Mercury-Uranus would cause an earthquake.

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The reasoning behind this is the gravitational pull of the aforementioned planets would tug on our planet, causing tension to build beneath the surface.

This apparently causes stress to mount within the tectonic plates, which will eventually be released in the form of an earthquake.

Mr Hoogerbeets wrote on his website Ditrianum on April 30: “The Mercury-Sun-Venus alignment today and the Earth-Mercury-Uranus alignment tomorrow may cause increased seismic activity in the next few days, possibly reaching mid 6 magnitude.”

Only two days after this post, the Crete earthquake struck.

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Mr Hoogerbeets 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 regularly dismissed Mr Hoogerbeets’ claims, saying 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.

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    “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.”

    Sourse: www.express.co.uk

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