Following the disastrous Turkiye-Syria earthquake, which was predicted by Dutch researcher Frank Hoogerbeets, there are now rumours going around on social media that an earthquake is about to impact the South Asian region, including Pakistan, India, and other nations.
Additionally, the erroneous earthquake projections for Pakistan quickly caused alarm among the populace.
Pakistan Meteorological Department (MET) , however, has disregarded forecasts and rumours regarding the earthquake there. The PMD head told a private TV station that there are no parallels between Pakistani and Turkish fault lines.
According to the director, the fault line is where two-thirds of Pakistan’s population is located. The 2005 and 2013 earthquakes that struck the aforementioned flight line caused the nation to experience significant human casualties.
“There is no scientific basis for earthquake predictions. Pakistan has its own state-of-the-art monitoring system which is keeping an eye on the aftershocks in Turkiye and Syria,” the PMD official said.
🛑 Can #Earthquakes be predicted? Currently, there is no available #technology that can accurately & predict exactly but #seismologists can estimate where earthquakes may be likely to strike by calculating and it cannot be said whether the #earthquake will happen soon or later.. pic.twitter.com/p10GstKUr4
— PakWeather.com (@Pak_Weather) February 6, 2023
The number of casualties is increasing every hour, and the death toll in Turkey and Syria has surpassed 5,000.
On orders from Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir, the Pakistan Army sent two Urban Search and Rescue Team contingents for the relief efforts in Turkiye on Tuesday.
The contingents include rescue specialists, sniffer dogs, a medical team, army doctors, nurses, and technicians, as well as a mobile hospital with 30 beds.