Over 2,300 Turkish and Syrian civilians were killed by powerful earthquakes that struck southern Turkey and Syria earlier on Monday. This calamity, which was the worst to hit the area since the Erzincan earthquake of1939, left the region devastated.
As condolences flowed in from all over the world, another huge earthquake-related occurrence grabbed attention because it fulfilled its prediction.
A tweet from a Dutch scientist, Frank Hoogerbeets predicted Turkey’s earthquake anticipated a significant earthquake in the area went viral as horrifying images of destroyed buildings and heaps of dead bodies were broadcast on mainstream media. The region is seismically active and is therefore susceptible to earthquakes.
His tweet from February 3 with the message “Sooner or later there will be a M 7.5 #earthquake in this region (South-Central Turkey, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon)” has now gone viral with shocked social media users.
On Twitter, the post was seen by over 25 million users, garnered about 1 lac likes, and hundreds of people retweeted it to express their disbelief.
Hoogerbeets sent out additional tweets in which he issued a warning of significant earthquakes in Central Turkey and the surrounding areas. “After a strong earthquake, aftershocks typically last for a while,” he remarked.
By the evening, the dead toll from today’s disaster had surpassed1,500, with hundreds reportedly still trapped in rubble after the residential building fell due to seismic activity.