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One of Nostradamus’ Predictions for 2024 Has Come True and We’re Only a Few Days Into the New Year

Photo Credit: 1. KAZUHIRO NOGI / AFP / Getty Images | 2. Rainer Binder / ullstein bild / Getty Images
Photo Credit: 1. KAZUHIRO NOGI / AFP / Getty Images | 2. Rainer Binder / ullstein bild / Getty Images

Some say the past few years have felt wildly unpredictable after a plethora of major global events took place, but there may have been one man who knew exactly what was going to happen – Nostradamus. For 2024, people are looking to Nostradamus to try and prepare for the future, but it seems one of his prophecies may have already come true. If it’s true he predicted this major event, it looks like we’re in for quite the ride this year.

Nostradamus has already accurately predicted major global events

Portrait of Nostradamus.
Portrait of Michel de Nostre-Dame, called Nostradamus, astrologer (1503-1566). (Photo Credit: Leemage / Corbis / Getty Images)

Nostradamus was a French astrologer, apothecary, and, to many, psychic of the 16th century. He published a collection of 942 poetic quatrains, Les Prophéties, in 1555, and many believe that within these vague stanzas, he accurately predicted several major global events. For this, he has earned the title of “the prophet of doom.”

His believers say that centuries ago, he accurately predicted the rise of the German Fürher that led to the Second World War, the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center in 2001, and the COVID-19 pandemic that began in 2020.

He predicted the New Year’s Day earthquake in Japan

Damaged buildings on a street after an earthquake.
A fire truck passes by a collapsed building in the city of Wajima, Ishikawa prefecture, on January 4, 2024. (Photo Credit: KAZUHIRO NOGI / AFP / Getty Images)

Now, Nostradamus’ believers say that he predicted the New Year’s Day earthquake that rocked Japan on January 1, 2024, at around 4 pm local time. In his publication, he wrote, “The dry earth will grow more parched, and there will be great floods when it is seen.” Many say that he was referring to the 7.5 magnitude tremor that sparked three-foot tsunamis along the country’s western coast.

Residents were warned of the earthquake by the nation’s Earthquake Early Warning System with an urgent alert sent to their cellphones. While thousands of residents of coastal communities fled to higher ground, over 50 people were recorded killed in the catastrophe. The Japan Meteorological Agency reported that around 200 tremors have been detected following the earthquake. Following the event, officials dispatched a 3000-person search and rescue team comprised of police officers, firefighters, and army personnel to help those still caught in the damage from the quake.

Other predictions for 2024

King Charles III wearing his crown and holding two sceptres.
King Charles III stands after being crowned during his coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey on May 6, 2023. (Photo Credit: Richard Pohle – WPA Pool / Getty Images)

While Nostradamus may have predicted the earthquake, it wasn’t his only prediction for the year. Along with predicting an increase in climate change (2023 was the hottest year on record, with experts predicting that 2024 could be even hotter), Nostradamus predicted that there would be a new pope this year. “Through the death of a very old Pontiff, a Roman of good age will be elected, of him it will be said that he weakens his see, but long will he sit and in biting activity,” he wrote. Currently, Pope Francis is the head of the Catholic Church. He is 87 years old.

The French psychic also predicted that King Charles III would abdicate the throne. British author and Nostradamus commentator Mario Reading supported this predication, believing that King Charles III would abdicate the throne as a result of “persistent attacks on both himself and his second wife.”

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At this rate, this year might be a doozy.

Samantha Franco

Samantha Franco is a Freelance Content Writer who received her Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Guelph, and her Master of Arts degree in history from the University of Western Ontario. Her research focused on Victorian, medical, and epidemiological history with a focus on childhood diseases. Stepping away from her academic career, Samantha previously worked as a Heritage Researcher and now writes content for multiple sites covering an array of historical topics.

In her spare time, Samantha enjoys reading, knitting, and hanging out with her dog, Chowder!