Seismologist from the Netherlands Hugerbeets predicted a mega-earthquake of magnitude 8.5 in March
Seismologist Frank Hoogerbits who warned about destructive earthquakes in Turkey and Syria stated on the YouTube channel of Solar System Geometry Survey (SSGEOS) that new tremors may hit the Russian Far East in March.
According to the scientist, because of the special position of the Earth, Mercury and Saturn, a “mega-earthquake” with a magnitude of 8.5 and higher may occur on Earth this week.
“A much more obvious fluctuation again marked the western Pacific. From Kamchatka, the Kuril Islands and Japan to the north, over the Philippines, and over Sulawesi, Halmahera, perhaps even over the Banda Sea, Indonesia. It could become significant by March 3 or 4,” Hoogerbits said.
He urged residents of the above regions to prepare a plan in case of seismic activity.
“The first week of March will be very important. We may see a strong or very strong seismic event. That’s something that should put everything on high alert. If you are in an earthquake-prone area, you always need an earthquake plan. Regardless of the forecast, you need an earthquake plan. When the ground starts to shake, you need to be able to get out of your house or building very quickly. This will save your life,” the scientist explained.
Russian experts, in their turn, criticized the statements of the Dutch researcher. Thus, Pyotr Shebalin, director of the Institute of Earthquake Prediction Theory and Mathematical Geophysics of RAS called Hoogerbits a soothsayer, rather than a scientist. Danila Chebrov, director of the Kamchatka branch of the Geophysical Service of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told RIA Novosti that no earthquake precursors were recorded on the peninsula.
On February 3, Hugerbits predicted that “sooner or later” in the southern part of Turkey, on the border with Syria, there will be earth tremors of magnitude 7.5.
The magnitude 7.7 and 7.6 earthquakes hit Kahramanmaras province in southeastern Turkey on February 6, nine hours apart. The tremors, followed by hundreds of aftershocks, were felt in 11 provinces of the country and neighboring countries, including Syria. Authorities said it was an unprecedented “catastrophe of the century.” The death toll from the earthquakes exceeded 45,000, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (AFAD) said.