A man predicted the recent earthquake in New Zealand one week before it occurred and blamed it on the gravitational pull of this week’s rare supermoon.
Nigel Anthony Gray warned friends on Facebook that people should prepare for a ‘major earthquake’ on November 14, or ‘a couple days either side.’
Gray claims the moon has been much closer to earth in recent days than it ever has been before, meaning the gravitational pull between the two could cause a natural disaster, such as an earthquake.
— Iain Martin (@_IainMartin) November 14, 2016
The 7.8 magnitude earthquake, which struck Churchtown on the evening of November 13, is said to have claimed two lives.
My family in New Zealand just sent me some pictures of some of the roads after today’s earthquake. pic.twitter.com/UHFV7uECDB
— Luke Mathews (@Floppy_Ragdoll) November 13, 2016
New Zealand Earthquake shows its force on railway lines. This is not photoshopped. pic.twitter.com/MIU6wN6WQt
— Candy Nigar (@kannlinigar) October 20, 2016
Gray, a conspiracy theorist and avid Donald Trump supporter, believes that the recent earthquake in Italy also played a role on the severe quake in New Zealand.
‘There was a recent large earthquake in Italy and as when one plate shifts it places stress on other plates, the chances of a big quake are higher for something down this end of the globe,’ stated Gray on his Facebook feed.
As if his predictions aren’t freaky enough, terrified residents took to social media with images of eerie blue lights, which appeared in the sky at the same time as the quake.
Scientists explain the mysterious blue lights in the sky to be a rare phenomenon called ‘earthquake lights’, which occur when rocks rub together as the Earth’s crust shakes, resulting in an electric charge. The electric charge, then travel through cracks in rocks caused by the quake and ionise pockets of air in the atmosphere, which in turn creates light emitting plasma.
This peculiar phenomena is incredibly rare and only occurs in 0.5% of earthquakes.
Many fear further quakes, as an intense aftershock scaling 6.3 magnitudes struck on Monday afternoon, just one of 700 tremors felt across the country.
— Donie O’Sullivan (@donie) November 13, 2016
But is there any evidence to suggest the earthquake has ties with Gray’s supermoon theory?
Associate Professor of Earthquake Science Mike Quiqley said there could be a scientific theory to back the link to the supermoon, however, he did state there is no hard evidence to link the course of the moon’s orbit around the earth and earthquakes.