Turkey and Syria witnessed the most devastating earthquake that killed over 3,500 people and injured many more. This was one of the strongest earthquakes to hit the region in a century.
The earthquake struck at an early hour, causing residents who were asleep to be abruptly awakened and rush to the streets as buildings crumbled and sirens blared. About 12 hours later, a second powerful tremor hit further north.
As the world watched in horror at the staggering images of ruin unleashed by the earthquake on social media, a surprising tweet suddenly caught their eye.
A Dutch researcher, accurately predicted Monday’s Turkey-Syria earthquake on Twitter, three days before it happened.
Frank Hoogerbeets, a researcher with the Netherlands-based Solar System Geometry Survey (SSGEOS), tweeted on Friday,
Sooner or later, there will be a M 7.5 #earthquake in this region (South-Central Turkey, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon).
— Frank Hoogerbeets (@hogrbe) February 3, 2023
Hoogerbeets’ tweet came exactly three days before the natural disaster struck Turkey and Syria, and he also mentioned other nations that felt the earthquake’s tremors.
He predicted that an earthquake of a magnitude of 7.5 will occur in the region. The 7.5 magnitude earthquake brought down thousands of buildings turning them into rubble and ruins.