A recent earthquake prediction from the Netherlands’s Solar System Geometry Survey (SSGS) has drawn significant attention across social media platforms and beyond. The prediction pointed to a possible strong earthquake along the Chaman fault line in Balochistan. SSGS bases its forecasts on monitoring atmospheric electric charge fluctuations near sea level, correlating with the Earth’s axis rotation. They claim these fluctuations can signal regions potentially facing significant seismic activity within one to nine days.
Frank Hoogerbeets, an SSGS researcher who previously made accurate predictions, further amplified the buzz. On an X platform post (a successor to Twitter), Hoogerbeets predicted a major earthquake in Pakistan, particularly along the Chaman fault line, with a magnitude of six or above. Although three days have elapsed since his forecast on September 29, the attention it garnered is significant, especially considering his past accurate predictions for major quakes in Turkey, Syria, and Pakistan.
Skepticism Surrounds the Prediction
Despite the clamour around the Dutch institute’s prediction, many experts remain skeptical. The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has expressed doubts, emphasizing that earthquakes result from tectonic plate movements, and current scientific knowledge doesn’t permit accurate predictions of these movements. An official from the PMD remarked that the SSGS’s formula hasn’t been globally acknowledged and that predicting earthquakes based on underground disturbances is nearly impossible given the current understanding.
Professor Din Muhammad, formerly of the University of Balochistan, mentioned existing vibrations along the Chaman fault line due to underground activities. However, he clarified that predicting the exact timing of potential earthquakes from this fault line remains elusive.
Nevertheless, in a testament to the weight of the prediction, local authorities are on high alert. Pishin’s deputy commissioner has convened an emergency meeting with various departments, preparing for the potential realization of SSGS’s earthquake forecast.