Alert! Major earthquake tremors due in late February, predicts expert

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 06 February 2019, 11:58 PM
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New age earthquake forecasting website Ditrianum, run by researcher Frank Hoogerbeets, has 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.

Interestingly, experts have previously dismissed Hoogerbeets’ claims, saying that there is no way earthquakes can be predicted.

John Bellini, a geophysicist at the US Geological Survey (USGS) has said: “We can't predict or forecast earthquakes.

"Sometimes before a large earthquake you'll have a foreshock or two, but we don't know they're foreshocks until the big one happens.”

On Tuesday, a powerful 5.6 magnitude earthquake jolted Delhi-NCR, parts of north India and Jammu and Kashmir. The tremors were also felt in parts of Pakistan.

According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department’s National Seismic Monitoring Centre in Islamabad, the earthquake took place at a depth of 104 kilometres North East of Muzaffarabad at a magnitude of 5.6 on the Richter scale.

The tremors were also felt in Pakistan's Sargodha, Lower Dir, Upper Dir, Muzaffarabad, Malakand, Mianwali, Kohat, Dera Ismail Khan, Nowshera, Swat, Pind Dadan Khan, Balakot, Peshawar, Chilas, Bajaur and adjoining regions.

On Saturday, tremors were felt in Delhi-NCR, parts of Kashmir Valley, including Srinagar, and northern Pakistan after a powerful earthquake measuring 6.1 magnitude hit the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Tremors were also felt in parts of Haryana, Punjab, Lahore, Multan and Islamabad and in Upper Dir, Nowshera, Swat and surrounding areas in Pakistan. The epicentre of the earthquake was the Hindukush Mountains in Afghanistan. According to the National Centre for Seismology, the epicentre of the quake was in Pakistan and it occurred at 5:34 PM. There were no immediate reports of loss of lives or property, they said. 

Earlier, earthquake tremors were felt in Karachi. The magnitude of the earthquake was recorded at 2.9 on the Richter scale and its epicentre was 15 kilometres north of Karachi.

First Published: Wednesday, February 06, 2019 11:57 PM
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