A self-styled earthquake predictor is warning of a magnitude eight or higher quake hitting the planet in just nine days on March 4.
‘Quake mystic’ Frank Hoogerbeets has issued an online “major earthquake warning” amid fears a “big one” is on its way.
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: “In the last week of February and the first week of March there will likely be a significant increase in seismic activity with the highest probability of an eight plus magnitude earthquake around March 4.”
Mr Hoogerbeets claims the positions of the planets and the moon have an impact on tectonic plate movement here on earth.
He added: “The anticipated seismic increase starting around February 24 will contrast sharply with only a few planetary alignments from the last week of January to the third week of February.”
He said on February 24 two planetary alignments will occur both involving Mars and Venus.
He said: “Earth will be very close to these alignments as it will be within 0°38′ of the Jupiter-Uranus resonance vector.
“This will become apparent in the following days when Earth lines up with the aforementioned planets except Venus.”
He predicts these alignments could cause a significant six or seven magnitude quake either TOMORROW or on Saturday.
He added: “Then, on February 27 Earth itself will be involved in two alignments, first with Mars and Uranus at 0:12 UTC and then with Mars and Jupiter at 14:05 UTC.
“As a result, increased seismic activity over six magnitude is likely to continue on the 28th and into March.
“Undoubtedly, the most critical time-frame will be the first week of March, because of the multiple alignments in the previous week and the highly critical convergence of Earth’s alignments with Jupiter and Uranus as well as with the Sun and Neptune on March 2.
“In all, there will be twelve planetary alignments in only two weeks, from February 24 to March 8.
“This is similar to the fifteen planetary alignments last December causing a seismic increase with three large seven magnitude earthquakes.
“The convergence of planetary alignments in this time-frame has the potential of producing large earthquakes well over seven magnitude with the highest probability of a great earthquake (eight to nine magnitude) and tsunami from March 4 to 8.”
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.
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”.
He added: “My claim is that if seismologists learn about planetary influences they may raise the alarm in time, saving thousands of lives.”