WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- A Dutch researcher has gone viral for his Feb. 3 Twitter post predicting the earthquake which struck Turkey and Syria.
- The deadly 7.8 magnitude earthquake occurred on February 6, killing more than 16,000 people.
- The US Geological Survey (USGS) says that no one can predict a major earthquake.
A researcher from the Netherlands posted a tweet on his Twitter account three days before the earthquake in Turkey occurred. Dutch seismologist Frank Hoogerbeets predicted that a powerful magnitude 7.5 earthquake would happen “sooner or later” in Turkey and Syria.
The Dutch also attached an aerial photograph and highlighted the region where the calamity would happen.
Hoogerbeets, who works for the Solar System Geometry Survey (SSGS) in the Netherlands, has gone viral for “predicting” the February 6 earthquake.
“Sooner or later there will be a magnitude 7.5 earthquake in this region (South-Central Turkey, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon),” Hoogerbeets wrote on his Twitter account.
The SSGS is a research institute that monitors geometry between celestial bodies related to seismic activity, according to its Twitter account.
After his viral prediction, Hoogerbeets wrote a follow-up tweet saying: “As I stated earlier, sooner or later this would happen in this region, similar to the years 115 and 526. These earthquakes are always preceded by critical planetary geometry, as we had on 4-5 February.”
A number of aftershocks were felt after the massive pre-dawn earthquake and a second 7.5 magnitude shake occurred in the afternoon.
Hoogerbeets explained the aftershocks in another tweet: “The large earthquakes in Central Turkey have caused a significant change in stress distribution throughout the region, with seismic activity down to Palestine as a result. Clearly, the region is resettling.”
According to the US Geological Survey (USGS) 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.”
The Caltech Science Exchange said “It is not currently possible to predict exactly when and where an earthquake will occur, nor how large it will be. However, seismologists can estimate where earthquakes may be likely to strike by calculating probabilities and forecasts.”
The death toll rose to more than 16,000 Thursday as rescue efforts grew more desperate. The total number of fatalities is the largest worldwide for an earthquake event in more than ten years. The death toll is expected to rise in the coming days.
Source: Greek Reporter