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).
“Earth Harmonics say that an 8 plus magnitude earthquake may occur between the 7th and 10th of May, a time-frame that overlaps the 9th.
“Because of the alignments converging around the 9th and the Full Moon on the 10th, these two days are the most likely candidates for an 8 plus magnitude earthquake.”
He said if a “mega-thrust earthquake does not strike between the 7th and 10th, we may still see a considerable 7 magnitude earthquake up until the 12th.”
He added: “A mega-thrust earthquake may involve a large tsunami so it is a good thing to be prepared for a large-scale event if you are near a subduction zone area.
“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.
Mr Hoogerbeets places the warnings on his website and in videos on a connected YouTube channel.
He claims to have previously predicted a string of major earthquakes across the globe, but is ridiculed by mainstream scientists who say the position of the planets has no impact on seismic activity.
But, Mr Hoogerbeets has made several predictions with distinctly mixed results.
There have been significant quakes after some of his warnings, but he is no longer specific about where they will strike or the exact day.
In December 2015 he was mocked after predicting a powerful magnitude eight earthquake that could “change the world forever” would strike on the 11 or 12 of the month, only for it to fail to materialise.
There was also the much publicised mega quake he warned was about to hit California in May 2015 – but it too never arrived.
But Mr Hoogerbeets, who has asked for donations on his YouTube channel so he can continue his “research” and avoid returning to full time work, has a number of online supporters.
So should we fear his latest warning?
Mr Hoogerbeets admits he also relies on messages from spirits, crop circle formations, and so-called “key Earth dates” in order to predict when earthquakes will strike.
Astronomer Phil Plait, who writes for New Scientist, previously said of his predictions: “Let me be clear: No, it won’t. It can’t.
“There is simply no way an alignment of planets can cause an earthquake on Earth. It’s literally impossible.”
Mr Hoogerbeets said seismologists needed to take note because “whenever the three objects in our solar system lined up there was a significant earthquake anytime from the day before to one or two days afterwards”.