Well, California, your apocalypse is here. According to a prediction in a viral YouTube video, an earthquake of unprecedented magnitude will hit the United States West Coast on May 28, 2015.
By amazing coincidence, that's also one day before the release of the new Hollywood earthquake disaster movie San Andreas, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. If the video's prediction is correct, the movie could prove to be a hit in the rest of the country, but probably won't do much business in California.
For that matter, nor will any other movie, because after an 8.8 quake, people probably won't feel much like going to their local multiplex — if it's even still standing.
The video, which can be viewed at the top of this page, was posted a month ago, on April 29, but because of its title — Global Coastal Event on May 28, 2015 — the clip is going viral today, with the view counter ticking well past one million.
The doomsayer making the apocalypse prediction is this guy.
That's Frank Hoogerbeets, a Dutch astrologer, numerologist, and founder of Ditranium, a Netherlands-based non-profit whose name derives from the words "Divine Triangle Numerology."
But before you laugh — too much, anyway — know this. Hoogerbeets has used his mystical insights to predict earthquakes in the past. Recently, in fact. According to a check by KTXL-TV News in Sacramento, California, Hoogerbeets accurately predicted the April 25 7.3-magnitude earthquake in Nepal. At least, he predicted that a massive earthquake would strike somewhere that week.
With that in mind, maybe Frank Hoogerbeets is on to something when he warns Californians — as well as others living near fault lines — to head for the hills or somewhere away from cracks in the Earth's crust.
"California is going to go into the sea, and if that's going to happen, Japan is also going to be battered by tsunamis that you just can't imagine," Hoogerbeets predicts.
"Towards the end of the 26th and on the 27th we may see the first signs of the powerful convergence of planetary alignments growing full on the 28th and 29th," Hoogerbeets said, quoted by the Washington Post. "Everyone near fault lines and other seismically active areas, but especially around the Pacific Ocean should be on alert during the critical days ahead."
Scientists, however, take a dim view of Hoogerbeets' prediction of an earthquake apocalypse on May 28, 2015, with one representative of the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California, dismissing the idea that planetary alignments could cause seismological shifts on Earth as "bunk."
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