Four major earthquakes in two days have scientists worried a massive tremor commonly known as “The Big One” could be on its way.
Tremors were felt from Japan to India today and yesterday as South Asia suffered through a series of earthquakes that killed at least nine people and injured another 135, a Japanese police officer told Fox News.
“The shaking was so violent I couldn’t stand still.”
A 6.2 quake hit Southern Japan early today followed by a series of violent aftershocks, some measuring 6.4 and thousands of people fled their homes as the tremors damaged buildings and caused roads to buckle.
Some 16,000 households remain without power and 38,000 have no gas because of the damage from the quake; although, no tsunami warnings were issued, calming fears of a nuclear disaster.
Meanwhile, yesterday, a 6.9 quake hit Myanmar and tremors were felt through eastern India, Bangladesh and Nepal. Area residents are reportedly panicking. So far, there have been no reports of damage.
That adds up to seven major earthquakes to hit South Asia this year, and the increase in seismic activity is raising fears of another Nepal quake like the one that killed more than 8,000 people in 2015.
Seismologist Roger Bilham from the University of Colorado told Express, more than half the Indian landmass was ripe for a major quake that could cause massive damage.
“The current conditions might trigger at least four earthquakes greater than 8.0 in magnitude. And if they delay, the strain accumulated during the centuries provokes more catastrophic mega earthquakes.”
Meanwhile, a self-proclaimed Nostradamus type prophet from the Netherlands is predicting an even larger quake will strike South Asia in an imminent disaster that could cause massive lose of life.
Frank Hoogerbeets claims to have predicted the four earthquakes that happened today using planetary alignments to predict seismic activity. He’s had mixed success with his predictions and faces ridicule from mainstream scientists, but he was correct about the series of quakes in Asia and the Pacific, according to the Express.
“On April 4 and 12, I issued a warning that seismic activity would increase starting on April 13 when the moon would start facing the Mars-Saturn line. This is exactly what is happening. Also, yesterday I issued a warning for the Philippine Sea plate, including Japan.”
Hoogerbeets, however, failed in his prediction of a large California mega-quake last May that didn’t happen, along with a powerful tremor that could change the world that failed to materialize last year.
Now, he’s predicting a massive earthquake will hit South Asia in the coming day, reports the Express.
“Another larger 7 magnitude earthquake may hit between April 21 and 23.”
Japan is centered over four tectonic plates and suffers through 20 percent of the world’s most powerful earthquakes, but robust construction laws and strict building code enforcement protects much of the country from destruction.
New Delhi, however, which was largely built on sand, old riverbeds and marshes, faces extreme danger from large quakes. The Indian capital, along with many major cities in South Asia, are under the same threat and the huge influx of people flooding into the area only makes the situation worse.
Whether the predictions of another major quake in South Asia will come true remain to be seen.
Meanwhile, seismologists continue to predict dangerous quakes for large parts of California whose populous cities are situated over major fault lines.
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