Currently Impossible To Predict Major Earthquakes: Scientists

 According to scientists, it is impossible to predict earthquakes, who have harshly criticized Hoogberts and groups like the SSGEOS for their flawed and unscientific methodology.

Currently Impossible To Predict Major Earthquakes: Scientists

Social media and WhatsApp groups in Pakistan have been rife with rumours that a significant earthquake is imminently expected to strike the South Asian region, which includes Pakistan, India, and other nations.

The rumours gained traction after the “Solar System Geometry Survey (SSGEOS)” organization’s Twitter account predicted seismic activity in some regions of South Asia based on lunar activity, the position and geometry of planets, and other celestial objects.

Stronger seismic activity may occur within or close to the purple band within the next few days. This is a projection. Other areas are not left out, the tweet stated.

The same account tweeted a video of Dutch “seismologist” Frank Hoogerbeets pointing to “potential” locations where seismic activity is likely to occur, including Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India, in response to the “prediction.”

Hoogerbeets is receiving a lot of praise online for “accurately forecasting” the earthquakes that struck Turkey and Syria. Since then, people on social media and WhatsApp have been sharing videos of the Dutch “researcher” making earthquake predictions for Pakistan and India.

According to contemporary scientists, it is impossible to predict earthquakes, who have harshly criticized Hoogberts and groups like the SSGEOS for their flawed and unscientific methodology.

“A major earthquake has never been foretold by the USGS or any other scientific organisation. We do not know how, and we do not anticipate learning how any time soon “According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), they can only predict the likelihood that a significant earthquake will strike a particular region “within a predetermined number of years.”

According to Caltech, a renowned centre for science and engineering, “it is currently impossible to predict exactly when and where an earthquake will occur, as well as how large it will be.”  Online experts and scientists have criticised Hoogerbeets for making claims that it can predict earthquakes with accuracy.

“This account has a majority local following that is rapidly approaching one million. There is no scientific method for predicting earthquakes, according to scientists. Please refrain from allowing him to capitalise on people’s very real fears “Journalist Richard Salame of the Lebanese publication L’Orient Today tweeted.

Diego Melgar, an associate professor of geophysics at the University of Oregon, tweeted in response to a Hoogerbeets video: “In the US, this is known as “snake oil.” Possibly referred to as a “quack” as well.”

According to the USGS, recent research has discovered a connection between some types of earthquakes and the earth tides brought on by the moon’s position.

It is, however, impossible to predict an earthquake with any degree of accuracy based on lunar activity because the background probability is “very low in a given place and year.” The following is stated by the USGS in its website’s Frequently Asked Questions section: An earthquake prediction needs to specify these 3 things: the magnitude, the place, and the time, in that order.

Some people claim to be able to predict earthquakes, but their claims are false for the following reasons: They are not supported by scientific data, even though earthquakes are studied by scientists.

For example, slugs, clouds, or physical aches and pains are unrelated to earthquakes. They don’t define all three factors needed to make a prediction. There will always be an earthquake that fits their predictions because they are so broad.