An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter Scale hit the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday morning, according to the US Geological Survey. Light tremors were also felt in Chennai where people took to social media to report the quake. However, no casualty or damage to property was reported.
According to USGS, the epicentre was 10 km below sea level and the quake struck about 609 km away from Chennai. In the past, earthquakes have occurred mostly in the region around the Andaman and Nicobar islands.
New age earthquake forecasting website Ditrianum, run by researcher Frank Hoogerbeets, had predicted that a planetary alignment within the solar system on January 29 and 30 will cause widespread destruction Earth as it will trigger major quakes in the second two weeks of February. This is because the “positions of Uranus and Neptune: are tugging on the Earth’s tectonic plates, increasing tension which will eventually be unleashed, said the researcher. According to a report by Express, Mars is moving in line with Uranus and Neptune on either side of our planet, causing a gravitational tug-of-war in our galactic neighbourhood.
“During the first two weeks of February, Mars is moving into phase with Uranus and Neptune, taking over from Jupiter,” Ditrianum reported.
Hoogerbeets gave no indication as to when or where the earthquakes may strike. He, however, urged everyone to be on high alert.
The Dutch researcher reached his conclusion using his Solar System Geometry Index (SSGI, which is described as “the computation of a dataset for a specific time-frame of values given to specific geometric positions of the planets, the Moon and the Sun”, the Express report added.