Dutch seismologist Frank Hoogerbeets, who rose to international prominence after predicting the devastating earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria last month, has said that the world could be hit with another major quake in the coming days.
The first week of March will be “extremely critical”, says Hoogerbeets. Seismologist, who makes his forecasts based on the movements of celestial bodies, posted a video on YouTube on Monday warning that “the first week of March will be extremely critical”.
According to the scientist, due to the special position of the Earth, Mercury and Saturn, this week a “mega-earthquake” with a magnitude of 8.5 or higher may occur on Earth.
“A convergence of critical planetary geometry around 2 and 5 March may result in large to very large seismic activity, possibly even a mega-thrust earthquake around 3-4 March and/or 6-7 March”, it is stated in the description of the clip.
In the video itself, the seismologist claimed that the strength of the alleged upcoming earthquake “could be over 8 on the Richter scale.”
The affected area could stretch for thousands of kilometers, from the Kamchatka Peninsula and the Kuril Islands in the Russian Far East, all the way to the Philippines and Indonesia, Hoogerbeets said.
“I’m not exaggerating. I’m not trying to create fear. This is a warning,” insists the scientist, who works at the Geometric Survey of the Solar System (SSGEOS).
On February 3, Hoogerbeets posted a tweet that read: “Sooner or later a magnitude 7.5 earthquake will occur in this region (South Central Turkey, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon).”
Three days later, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Turkey and Syria. The disaster caused the death of more than 50,000 people, and strong aftershocks continue in the region to this day.