A self-styled earthquake predictor is warning of a magnitude seven, eight or nine quake hitting the planet between now and May 12.
‘Quake mystic’ Frank Hoogerbeets has issued an online “major earthquake warning” amid fears a “big one” is on its way, claiming it could also cause a tsunami.
Mr Hoogerbeets, who is based in the Netherlands, uses a non-scientifically recognised way of predicting earthquakes based on planetary alignments with Earth.
He wrote on his website ditrianum.org: “On May 9 2017, three planetary alignments converge, one of which is Earth-Mercury-Uranus.
“It will be the third time this year that these three planets align; the previous two caused a 6.6 and a 6.9 magnitude earthquake respectively.
“The other alignments around the 9th are Mars-Venus-Saturn and Mars-Sun-Mercury.
“This convergence is also close to Full Moon (May 10).
“Because the West Coast USA (Cascadia) is the only area on the planet that has not had an weight plus magnitude earthquake in the last several decades, this is where I would put emphasis on.
“But in general every subduction zone, especially around the Pacific can be hit.”
Scientists agree the Cascadia subduction zone is long overdue a mega quake, but they do not agree with Mr Hoogerbeets prediction techniques which have been ridiculed.
Mr Hoogerbeets claims the positions of the planets and the moon have an impact on tectonic plate movement here on earth.