Scientists have called the prediction baloney
The disastrous prophecy claims the quake will measure 9.8 on the Richter Scale – two points higher than the devastating Nepal earthquake last month.
The video made by Ditrianum Media, is narrated by a man from the Netherlands called Frank who claims to have warned of the Nepal earthquake five days before it struck.
It includes a 3D moving map of the solar system showing the alignment of the planets on May 28, claiming it will disrupt geological processes on Earth.
But astronomer Phil Plait, who writes for New Scientist, said: “I’m seeing some buzz on social media that a planetary alignment on May 28 will cause a huge magnitude 9.8 earthquake.
Illustration of “phrophet” Nostradamus
“This all stems from a video by someone who I believe is sincere but also profoundly wrong on essentially every level. It’s been picked up by various credulous places online, then spread around by people who haven’t been properly sceptical about it.”
Frank, who claims he was first warned about the event by spirits in August 2013, said next Thursday May 28 would be a “key earth date”.
In the video, he said: “This is a very, very important update.
“If the prophecy is correct Los Angeles will go into the sea and Japan will be affected by terrible tsunamis.
“On August 12 2013 I received a message directly from spirits that a very, very large earthquake would happen on the west coast of America.
“Now I believe I know when it is exactly going to be. I hope I am wrong.”
In 1994 a serious earthquake did hit Los Angeles
End of the world prophecies have been doing the rounds for centuries
Let me be clear: No, it won’t. It can’t. Worse, there’s not even an alignment on that date, at least not with the Earth. It’s all baloney
“Then the narrator starts talking about alignments.
“There is simply no way an alignment of planets can cause an earthquake on Earth. It’s literally impossible.
“I’ve done the math on this before; the maximum combined gravity of all the planets under ideal conditions is still far less than the gravitational influence of the moon on the Earth, and the moon at very best has an extremely weak influence on earthquakes.”
Mr Plait said many of the “alignments” Frank highlighted were not even happening.
He added: “I’m not sure I’d take doomsday advice from someone who doesn’t seem to understand the software being used to predict it.
“I’m sure the narrator is sincere and honestly wants to help people and warn them of an event he thinks may be real. This puts him a comfortable step up over the various and repulsive scam artists you can find all over the web.
Scientists have warned against believing the video maker who appears to believe his “prediction”
“Alignments of the planets have no effect on us at all. They can’t make you float, they don’t cause earthquakes – the ‘supermoon’ doesn’t either – and don’t even get me started about astrology.
“I think that many people who turn to pseudo, and outright anti, science may do so because they feel that things are out of their control.
:That’s too bad, because – even though it may not seem like it at first – when you begin down the path of studying science, of becoming a critical thinker, these tools actually help you to be more in control of your life, not less.
“Take control. Think critically. And that goes doubly so when you’re reading stuff on social media.”