Larger seismic activity may occur later on the 9th or early 10th, possibly reaching mid to high 6 magnitude, says Frank Hoogerbeets. (Photo Credit: Representative image)
A major earthquake measuring up to 6.0 on Richter scale may hit Central America, Mexico and California between February 9 and 10, according to seismic website Ditrianum. A self-proclaimed seismic researcher named Frank Hoogerbeets said: “Larger seismic activity may occur later on the 9th or early 10th, possibly reaching mid to high 6 magnitude. Some indication that Central America, Mexico and California are more at risk, but this is by no means a certainty.”
On his website, Ditrianum, Frank Hoogerbeets said: “This indication does not mean that other regions are excluded. We advice everyone in earthquake prone countries to have some earthquake plan in place so that you know what to do when an earthquake occurs. It may significantly raise the chance of survival.”
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.
The report comes even as a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage.
The quake hit just after 4pm local time (0600GMT) at a depth of 31 kilometres (19 miles) some 122 kilometres (75 miles) south of Kokopo, the capital of PNG's East New Britain province, the USGS said.
Geoscience Australia senior seismologist Trevor Allen said coastal communities near the epicentre would have felt "quite strong ground shaking" as the tremblor was close to the shore. But, he said, the area was relatively sparsely populated and flexible building design locally helped limit exposure to damage from quakes.