A massive earthquake measuring 7.0 on Richter scale may hit some parts of the world on Saturday (August 3). A self-proclaimed seismic researcher named Frank Hoogerbeets had issued an earthquake warning just hours before the powerful quake that rattled different cities of Indonesia.
Indonesian authorities said on Saturday that a strong earthquake that hit off Java island killed four people and damaged more than 200 houses, swaying buildings as far away as the capital. The US Geological Survey said on Friday night's magnitude 6.8 quake was centered 151 kilometers (94 miles) from Banten province off Java's southwest coast.
Agus Wibowo, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency's spokesman, said four people died while fleeing in panic to safety in Banten and West Java. Four others were injured.
Wibowo said 223 houses were damaged, mostly in Banten's Pandeglang region, where a deadly tsunami struck in the dark without warning last December.
On his website, Ditrianum, Frank Hoogerbeets had predicted that seismic activities will see a dramatic rise on August 2 and 3 due to a lunar peak. As a powerful earthquake happened in Indonesia on the timeline predicted by Hoogerbeets, several people believe that another quake that may measure more than 7 in the Richter scale could hit the planet on August 03, 2019.
Interestingly, many of the predictions made by Hoogerbeets have turned true in the recent past, and it includes the California quakes that happened on July 5. However, many experts have already rubbished his claims earlier, saying that earthquake are not possible to predict.
Hoogerbeets, on his website, claims that he was using an advanced system named Solar System Geometry Index (SSGI) to predict potential earthquakes that will happen in the future.
"Also, contrary to what is falsely being claimed, we are not part of any conspiracy theory group. We are not against anyone or anything. We provide information in an impartial manner about the seismic effects from specific planetary and lunar geometry," Hoogerbeets says.