Gulf Today Report
Hundreds of people died in their sleep in Turkey and Syria after a 7.8 quake hit the region on Monday. None of them or the authorities had any idea of the disaster in waiting.
But, wait, there was one soul on this planet who had information of the impending calamity.
Frank Hogerbeets, a Dutch researcher, had warned in tweeted tweeted on Feb.3 that “sooner or later there will be a ~M 7.5 earthquake in this region (South-Central Turkey, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon).”Rescuers search for survivors at the site of a collapsed building, following an earthquake in Latakia, Syria, on Monday. Reuters
Frank Hoogerbeets, bio on Twitter says that he works for organisation Solar System Geometry Survey (SSGS) in the Netherlands.
Hogerbeets also had retweeted a tweet by SSGS which said a larger seismic activity may occur between Feb.4 and Feb.6, more likely up to mid or high 6 magnitude.
After Monday’s deadly quake, his tweet about its prediction went viral.
Netizens were shocked over the precision with which he had about the natural disaster that killed hundreds, and razed a large infrastructure in southeast Turkiye.
Later on Monday Hoogerbeets shared another tweet, saying ‘watch for additional strong seismic activity in Central Turkey and nearby regions. Aftershocks usually continue for a while after a major earthquake.’
On both sides of the border, residents jolted out of sleep by the pre-dawn quake rushed outside on a cold, rainy and snowy winter night, as buildings were flattened and strong aftershocks continued.
Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said three people were killed and 213 injured. Search and rescue efforts were underway in three collapsed buildings where six people were believed trapped.
Turkey accused the United States on Tuesday of taking only “cosmetic steps” toward the creation of a so-called “safe zone” in northeast Syria and renewed Ankara’s threat of unilateral military intervention to form a buffer area along its border.
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