The position of the moon, Earth, Venus, Mercury and the sun in the coming weeks is set to pull on the planet and cause earthquake activity across Earth, according to one researcher.

This will last for several weeks and could result in “larger” tremors thanks to “critical geometry”. This is according to new age earthquake forecaster website Ditrianum, run by researcher Frank Hoogerbeets, who made the bold prediction.

Mr Hoogerbeets believes the gravitational pull of the celestial bodies either side of our planet could pull on Earth’s tectonic plates, which will increase tension and ultimately the likeliness of a major tremor.

However, he gives no indication as to when or where the earthquakes may strike.

Writing on the website, the Dutch researcher said: “Due to specific positions of outer planets, we have critical lunar geometry every three-four days which on average may result in more larger seismic activity.

“This situation will continue for several weeks.”

Mr Hoogerbeets reached his conclusion using his Solar System Geometry Index (SSGI) which “is the computation of a dataset for a specific time-frame of values given to specific geometric positions of the planets, the Moon and the Sun”.

He said: “After three years of observations, it became clear that some planetary geometry in the Solar System clearly tends to cause a seismic increase, while other geometry does not.”

But experts have previously dismissed Mr Hoogerbeets’ claims, saying that there is no way earthquakes can be predicted.

John Bellini, a geophysicist at the US Geological Survey (USGS) has said: “We can’t predict or forecast earthquakes.

“Sometimes before a large earthquake you’ll have a foreshock or two, but we don’t know they’re foreshocks until the big one happens.”

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