Earth is currently closely aligned with Mercury and Neptune and the ensuing gravitational tug of war on our planet could cause a major earthquake. This is because the pull of the planets is having a tug-of-war effect on Earth, causing tension to build within the tectonic plates, it has been claimed. The earthquake forecast was made by new-age earthquake researcher Frank Hoogerbeets on his website Ditrianum.
He said: “The largest seismic activity in the last 7 days occurred in the most critical time-frame from the 28th to the 30th, but nothing over M 7 yet.
“However, Earth remains closely aligned to Mercury and Neptune and the alignment will be exact for the second time on April 2.
“This makes the first week of April highly uncertain and the possibility of a large earthquake – mid to high 7 or even larger – cannot be excluded.”
A magnitude seven is classified as a major earthquake, and has the potential to rip down buildings and be felt up to 750 kilometres from the epicentre.
The Dutch researcher 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 previously 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.”