When Dutch scientist Frank Hoogerbeets once more forecasted a powerful earthquake in Pakistan within 48 hours, he became the talk of the town.
According to a researcher at the Solar System Geometry Survey (SSGEOS), they have compiled data on “atmospheric fluctuations that included parts of and near Pakistan.” He said it might be a precursor to a more intense tremor.
His remark rapidly went viral online, raising serious worries among the public. Thankfully, Pakistan didn’t feel any tremors, much less a strong one as he had predicted.
Hoogerbeets afterward contradicted himself in a different tweet. He claimed that whenever an earthquake is predicted, whispers that a “big earthquake” is about to happen on the surface.
The Dutchman continued by saying that such stories are untrue because there may be clues but no assurance that something will actually occur.
Often when we say that there is the possibility of a stronger earthquake, rumors appear that "there will be a big earthquake." These rumors are false! There can be indicators, yes. But there is no certainty that it will happen.
— Frank Hoogerbeets (@hogrbe) October 2, 2023
Now the question is, why would anyone make such a bold statement since no one can be totally positive of an earthquake? Perhaps “media attention” is the best response to this query.
Due to his “accurate” forecast of the earthquake in Turkey, Hoogerbeets gained widespread attention. And right now, he appears to be relishing the attention from the media and has developed the habit of forecasting huge earthquakes all around the world.