Less than a month ago, Nova Scotia’s Frankie MacDonald predicted an earthquake would hit New Zealand “anytime soon.”
In a video posted to YouTube Oct. 21, MacDonald said the quake would reach a magnitude 7 or more.
New Zealand was hit by a 7.8-magnitude quake just after midnight Monday local time.
The earthquake caused landslides and buildings to shake. A small tsunami also occurred.
MacDonald’s video has gone viral since the quake, with it reaching almost 350,000 views as of Monday afternoon.
Though he was right in his prediction, MacDonald said in the video earthquakes are unpredictable.
Often known as the province’s amateur weatherman, the Whitney Pier resident has gained a massive following since he started posting weather videos about six years ago.
Each weather video, which enthusiastically tells Nova Scotians and people across the country and world to “be prepared” for incoming weather — from hurricanes to blizzards — gets about 300,000 views.
MacDonald researches the weather first using Accuweather, the Weather Channel and other websites, then makes a weathercast video for his YouTube channel.
T-shirts with his slogan “be prepared” and bobble heads in his likeness have been made with the latter making the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Milwaukee in July.