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“HAARP”: Did the United States cause the earthquake in Turkey?

Several people on social media believe in what some people call a “conspiracy theory,” which says that the United States caused the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria by using the “HAARP” technology.

Since last night, more than 100,000 tweets have been sent with the hashtag #HAARP.

Another Twitter user said, “Three weeks ago, Serkan Karabakh of FETO said there would be a 7.4 magnitude earthquake. The American ship anchored in Turkey, and the button was pushed! Members were called back and the embassies were closed.”

Another user wrote: “These clouds showed up because on February 2, 2023, the US weapon Haarp charged the ionosphere to make an earthquake. They closed the consulates on purpose in order to make a fake earthquake in Istanbul.

“Those who still believe in conspiracy theories will learn the truth the hard way,” said someone else.

But the truth is that nobody knows for sure. No official statement has been made on the matter, and no scientist has agreed with the theory.

How is HAARP used?
“High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program” is what it stands for.

Since the early 1990s, the American research project called HAARP has been going on. Even though the project has several goals, improving radio communication technology is seen as its main goal.

A university release from the University of Alaska says that HAARP is the best high-power, high-frequency transmitter for studying the ionosphere in the world.

“On August 11, 2015, the US Air Force turned over operation of the research facility to the University of Alaska Fairbanks. This means that HAARP can continue to study ionospheric phenomena through a land-use cooperative research and development agreement.”

Many people who use social media think that Turkey’s refusal to work with the West is being punished with HAARP.

A user said, “There’s no such thing as a coincidence.”

Several people pointed to lights that could be seen before the terrible earthquake.

A Dutch seismologist named Frank Hoogerbeets saw the earthquake coming. People also want to know how he could have known about the disaster just three days before it happened.

But all of the accusations and comments come from people on social media, and no official in Turkey has said anything like that. So, the US hasn’t said anything in response to the accusations.

A 2017 study that was published in Science Advances found that both natural and man-made earthquakes have the same chance of shaking and causing damage.

The research programme at the centre of the rumours has never said anywhere that it could make earthquakes happen. In October 2022, HAARP started its biggest set of tests at its new observatory, but it didn’t say anything about earthquakes.