What the planets foretell: Earthquakes

A trio of a professor, lawyer and child counsellor has predicted the dates in 2016 on which there is a high possibility of earthquakes and urged researchers to verify the claim


On 3 January, there was an earthquake of 6.7 magnitude 30 km west of Imphal (Manipur) in India. Photo: AP
On 3 January, there was an earthquake of 6.7 magnitude 30 km west of Imphal (Manipur) in India. Photo: AP

New Delhi: An unlikely trio of a professor of geospatial analaysis, a lawyer and a child counsellor is claiming to have unlocked the mystery behind earthquake prediction.

It has predicted the dates in 2016 on which there is a high possibility of earthquakes, and urged researchers to verify the claim.

Interestingly, the trio claims it used modern science and traditional Indian astrology for its “path-breaking discovery in earthquake prediction”.

The trio’s research article, Analysing the spatio-temporal link between earthquake occurrences and orbital perturbations induced by planetary configuration, was published in the January issue of the International Journal of Advancement in Remote Sensing, GIS and Geography (IJARSGG).

They claimed, in 2015, there was seismic activity on the dates predicted by their model and now they have predicted the sensitive days for 2016 on which earthquakes may occur. They urged researchers to validate the results based on actual earthquake reports and said earthquakes in January have already proven their research.

The trio analysed 10 different planetary configurations. According to the research, there are local gravitational interactions among bigger planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune) which create invisible resultant gravity vectors (IRGVs) that act as imperceptible planetary forces when inner planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars) cross them.

The study estimated the locations of those invisible forces and analysed their links with major earthquakes (those greater than 6 on the Richter scale). It states that whenever Earth crossed these IRGVs, there were major earthquakes.

One of the authors, C. Jeganathan, a professor in the department of remote sensing at the Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi (Jharkhand), said the study shows there is a definite connection between planetary configurations and earthquakes.

The other two authors of the study, G. Gnanasekaran and Tanushree Sengupta, are a lawyer and child counsellor, respectively.

“We submitted our study in December but it was published last month only in the journal. In January, there have already been big earthquakes (of over 6 on the Richter scale) on the dates our study predicted,” Jeganathan said, adding that results can be cross-checked from the reports of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) which keeps a record of earthquakes.

“At present, we cannot exactly tell the place of earthquakes but that is the second part of our research,” he added.

According to the study, there is a definite possibility of earthquakes measuring over 6 on the Richter scale during the following periods through the year: 1-4 January, 10-11 February, 27 February-1 March, 10-11 March, 16-17 March, 19-22 March, 20-24 April, 7-8 May, 14-16 August, 29-30 August, 1 -3 September, 14-15 September, 19-21 September, 6-9 October, 21-22 October, 27-29 October, 6-9 November, 17-18 November, 22-24 November and 30 November-3 December.

As per USGS data, on 1 January, there was an earthquake of 6.3 magnitude in the Western Indian-Antarctic Ridge while on 3 January, there was an earthquake of 6.7 magnitude 30 km west of Imphal (Manipur) in India.

The trio claims that the study is based on an analysis of gravitational wave movements as a result of planetary movements. It claims to have been inspired by Indian astrology which talks about a possible link between earthquakes and planets.

“The majority of Indians believes in astrology, which is a science that studies planetary configurations. We have established a connection between planetary configurations and occurrence of earthquakes. We cannot simply neglect or reject knowledge of our ancestral science,” said Jeganathan.