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NRIAG denies claims of more earthquakes in Morocco

The National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics (NRIAG) has not monitored any signals of another earthquake in Morocco, according to the Head of the Seismology Department at NRIAG Sherif al-Hadi.

His statement came in response to claims by Dutch researcher Frank Hoogerbeets, who predicted that Morocco would be struck by another earthquake between September 19 and 21.

During a Tuesday telephone interview with the “Women Don’t Know How to Lie” program Hadi slammed Hoogerbeets’ claims as unscientific, inaccurate, and irresponsible, stressing that they do not accurately represent earthquake forecasting.

The magnitude of all recently recorded earthquakes is less than one on the Richter scale, which cannot be felt by humans, he added.

Areas where earthquakes occur in Egypt are far from residential areas, Hadi said, explaining that it is impossible to predict a specific earthquake and determine its location, activity, and strength.

Hoogerbeets had warned of future earthquakes with seismic activity reaching six to seven degrees on the Richter scale, near the coasts of Portugal, Spain or Morocco.

Some clusters of strong earthquakes may occur approximately between September 15 and 17, Hoogerbeets stated on the “X” platform (formerly Twitter), through the Geological Commission account to which “SSGEOS” is affiliated, pointing out that later earthquakes in the same area are likely to record between six to seven degrees on the Richter scale from September 19 to 21.

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