EARTH’S position in the solar system could cause a major earthquake on the planet today, conspiracy theorists have warned.
Mercury and the Sun have aligned in a way so that the “electromagnetic forces” from these celestial bodies could cause a huge tremor on our planet. This is at least according to one conspiracy theorist, who believes the alignment, which began on July 21, could rock Earth to its core. The claim was made by ‘new-age earthquake forecaster’ Frank Hoogerbeets, who believes a magnitude seven quake could hit today, July 23. Mr Hoogerbeets wrote on his website Ditrianum: “Earth’s alignment with Mercury and the Sun on the 21st could potentially trigger a mid 6 to low 7 magnitude earthquake, most likely from the 21st to the 23rd.”
A magnitude seven earthquake has the potential to tear down buildings, and the tremor can be felt from up to 250 kilometres away from the epicentre, according to the Richter scale.
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 that 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.
“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.”