Seismologist Frank Hoogerbits from the Netherlands predicted three days before the disaster that a devastating earthquake would occur in Turkey and Syria. 

He warned about this on his Twitter page. 

"Sooner or later, an earthquake with a magnitude of ~M 7.5 will occur in this region (south-central Turkey, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon)," the seismologist warned. 

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

Frank Hoogerbits also wrote a post on February 6 that he sympathized with the victims of the disaster and emphasized that this natural disaster could not be avoided. 

"My heart goes out to all those affected by the great earthquake in central Turkey. As I said before, sooner or later it will happen in this region, like in 115 and 526. These earthquakes are always preceded by critical planetary geometry, as we have February 4-5," the seismologist emphasized. 

Devastating earthquake on February 6: what is known 

On February 6, a devastating earthquake occurred in Turkey and Syria, destroying houses.

Because of this, many people died in both states.

Other countries also felt the tremors, including Kazakhstan, Georgia, Libya and Israel. 

In Turkey, 10 cities were affected by the earthquake: Gaziantep, Kahramanmaras, Hatay, Osmaniye, Adiyaman, Malatya, Sanliurfa, Adana, Diyarbakir and Kilis.

Up to 20 aftershocks were recorded. 

In Syria, the sister of the country's Prime Minister Husein Arnous died as a result of the earthquake. 

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