Earthquake fears were stoked in California by a rather dubious viral video that 'predicted' a powerful tremor stronger than what hit Nepal will rattle America's west coast on 28 May, Thursday.
However, experts in the scientific world have completely rubbished the claim as unfounded.
The 24-minute-long earthquake prophecy video, which has now been watched by over half-a-million people, predicts a massive 9.8 earthquake will hit California at 4pm local time on 28 May.
The clip published by Frank Hoogerbeets, the founder and president of Ditrianum Media, claims he was able to assess the 'horrific' event using a computer program called Solar System Scope.
He claims that even Nostradamus, the famous French apothecary and purported prophet, has made similar reference to the critical planetary positions, before an impending calamity.
Hoogerbeets, recently, once again urged people to take precaution. "I advice people in critical areas along fault lines in the world to be on extra alert around May 28. Be prepared. Have an escape plan ready," he said on his Twitter account.
However, American science blogger Phil Plait has completely rubbished the claim a total 'baloney.'
Plait in an article published in Slate wrote: "First, there is simply no way an alignment of planets can cause an earthquake on Earth. It's literally impossible. I've done the math on this before; the maximum combined gravity of all the planets under ideal conditions is still far less than the gravitational influence of the Moon on the Earth, and the Moon at very best has an extremely weak influence on earthquakes."
Noting that the claim made by Frank Hoogerbeets was unfounded, Plait added: "This all stems from a video by someone who I believe is sincere but also profoundly wrong on essentially every level. It's been picked up by various credulous places online, then spread around by people who haven't been properly skeptical about it."
Rumours of the massive quake once again gained prominence especially after a 3.0 earthquake was reported on Tuesday morning 12 miles from Hamilton City. According to the US Geological Survey, the epicentre was 12 miles from Chico and 18 miles from Paradise, LA Times had reported.
Harry Cook @HarryCook
@whatthevegan no some lunatic predicted that an alignment will happen that will cause a 9.8 earthquake to hit California. A crazy person.
jami carignan @JamiCarignan
this was the big earthquake california was waiting for
Kyle Hill @Sci_Phile
If there's a magnitude 9.8 earthquake in California on the 28th due to a planetary alignment, I will eat this phone. Witness me.
Child Of God® @AdrianTheGeat
So California is expected to have the biggest earthquake on Thursday at 4 remember when the world ended on Dec 21, 2012
Scottie VJ @Scottie_steezy
That 9.8 earthquake towards California this Thursday is scaring the heck out of me
Sooooooooo apparently we (as in the people of California) are all going to die on Thursday from like an earthquake. So yay no finals lol.
So.. California is just suppose to sink into the ocean due to a "9.8" earthquake and no one is worried? Alrighty then
— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) May 27, 2015
9.8 earthquake possibly hitting California on Thursday? Please tell me it's not true
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