PMD Responds To Dutch Scientist’s Earthquake Prediction
Once again, Dutch scientist Frank Hoogerbeets has stirred up fear and apprehension with his latest forecast concerning a potential earthquake in Pakistan. Hoogerbeets gained notoriety for his claim of accurately predicting destructive earthquakes in Turkey and Syria earlier this year. Subsequently, he made a similar prediction about seismic activity in Pakistan and India, but thankfully, no earthquake occurred in the South Asian region.
Now, the Dutch scientist is making headlines once more, as he has issued another prediction, this time regarding a substantial earthquake in Pakistan and Afghanistan. On October 1, a viral warning circulated by the Solar System Geometry Survey (SSGEOS), a Netherlands-based organization renowned for its seismic forecasts, asserted that both countries are facing a heightened risk of a major earthquake within the next 48 hours.
Hoogerbeets’ recent prediction is grounded in his observation of a significant surge in electrical activity along the Chaman fault lines, which has raised concerns about the possibility of a powerful earthquake.
Local news outlets have also latched onto this prediction, sensationalizing the situation and instilling fear among the populace.
Despite Hoogerbeets’ predictions, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has urged people to remain calm. Shahzada Adnan, Deputy Director of PMD, emphasized that accurately forecasting earthquakes globally is scientifically implausible and advised against undue alarm.
Critics within the scientific community have widely denounced Hoogerbeets and organizations like SSGEOS for their inaccurate and unfounded methodologies. Earlier this year, in response to one of Hoogerbeets’ tweets, Diego Melgar, an Associate Professor of Geophysics at the University of Oregon, referred to him as a purveyor of “snake oil” and a “quack,” among other unflattering terms.
We call this "snake oil" in the US. Could also be referred to as a "quack". An "opportunistic buffoon" is another term that comes to mind…
— Prof. Diego Melgar 🌊 (@geosmx) February 6, 2023
Furthermore, the internationally acclaimed science and engineering institute, Caltech, has categorically stated that it is presently impossible to predict the exact timing, location, or magnitude of an earthquake.