I live on California’s most active earthquake zone—the San Andreas Fault, so sudden increased earthquake activity along the West Coast certainly has my attention. The rest of the country may still think earthquakes are predominantly a California problem, which, thank God, they don’t have to worry about in their little niche of the country. NOT TRUE.
In the last month, multiple dormant volcanoes, showing “unexpected” earthquake activity in the 2.5 – 3.0M range, started happening in California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Oregon and Washington State. Soon after a 5.9M quake hit off the coast of Oregon, swarms of quakes hit Yellowstone National Park (which sits on what geologists call a “supervolcano“). Should Yellowstone blow, it would be the equivalent of several large nuclear bombs going off simultaneously.
Earthquakes are happening more frequently in never before, or rarely hit, areas of the U.S. Many of these quakes are occurring on current and former oil and gas fracking operation sites. Old and new wells are fracturing as they release liquid under pressure into the surrounding bedrock, which then places hydraulic pressure on fault lines. Yes, big oil and gas is fracking on known fault lines and volcanoes (if you can believe the stupidity of that)! But then, profit oftentimes trumps good sense.
West Coast quake movements affect the fracking sites, which then react and further destabilize the fault lines. Why else would we suddenly start to have rare quakes in Kansas (a recent 4.0M) and Alabama (3.0M near Tuscaloosa)? Professionals in Alabama claimed “confusion” over the cause of this rise in quake activity, despite the fact that the quake was practically on top of a fracking site. One earthquake reporting website found that some of these fracking quakes are actually being deleted from the U.S. Geological Survey maps, even though they can be seen on high-resolution satellite maps. Is the truth being censored?
It’s hard to disguise what’s happening when many of these “fracking” earthquakes are occurring on the same latitude lines as other earthquake fracking areas across state-lines (minutes apart). Perry, Oklahoma (4.3M) and Ridgecrest, California (3.5M).
The USGS has finally admitted that “thousands” of these earthquakes are now prevalent in 17 oil and gas regions where fracking is carried on. It is astounding to learn that Oklahoma now experiences more earthquakes a day of 3.0M and higher than California.
Although fracking operations have greatly contributed to fault line instability leading to quakes, other parts of the world are also experiencing increased seismic activity. For the first time in history, scientists can no longer deny that quakes can travel along latitude lines and lead to cluster volcanic eruptions and/or quakes that are countries or oceans apart. Papua, New Guinea felt four strong quakes in one week’s time—one measuring 7.2M. This was then felt in Sumatra, Indonesia where the dormant Mt. Sinabung erupted leading to mass village evacuations. That eruption then re-awakened the nearby Toba supervolcano, larger than Yellowstone and more deadly, which has not shown activity in over 75,000 years. This has governments extremely worried.
Japan is also feeling it since June 7 when it experienced over 85 different blasts in one day from the Sakurajima Volcano. Now 800-year dormant Mount Hakone Volcano is also coming alive.
While many climatologists support a global warming theory (and no one would dispute our weather is WEIRD), NASA scientist and President of the Space and Science Research Corporation, John L. Casey, says Earth is in fact in a “global cooling” period not a “global warming” stage. This is due to recent sunspot activity “collapsing” and becoming weaker. The sun goes through this cycle of retraction every 206 years. The number of sunspots has declined substantially in the last 11 years and we are now in a solar “hibernation” period. Casey warns of challenging times ahead:
“The USA and the world, has now entered the most dangerous period for catastrophic earthquakes and volcanic eruptions in over two hundred years….It would be foolhardy to ignore in particular, the history of major earthquakes in the New Madrid Seismic Zone and the fact that at the bottom of every solar hibernation for the past 600 years, that area has seen devastating earthquakes ranging from M6.8 to M8.0.”
NASA’s Science News Report, once a big proponent of global warming, has changed their tune as more information is emerging. Before, few were paying attention to solar activity effects on our planet. Now they are. On January 8, 2013 NASA stated:
“Indeed, the sun could be on the threshold of a mini-Maunder event right now. Ongoing Solar Cycle 24 [the current short-term 11 year cycle] is the weakest in more than 50 years. Moreover, there is (controversial) evidence of a long-term weakening trend in the magnetic field strength of sunspots. Matt Penn and William Livingston of the National Solar Observatory predict that by the time Solar Cycle 25 arrives, magnetic fields on the sun will be so weak that few if any sunspots will be formed. Independent lines of research involving helioseismology and surface polar fields tend to support their conclusion.”
This same concern is increasingly being echoed worldwide. The Voice of Russia reported:
“Global warming which has been the subject of so many discussions in recent years, may give way to global cooling. According to scientists from the Pulkovo Observatory in St.Petersburg, solar activity is waning, so the average yearly temperature will begin to decline as well. Scientists from Britain and the US chime in saying that forecasts for global cooling are far from groundless.”
When the Sun goes through this solar hibernation cycle, global cooling causes the Earth’s core to react, much like expansion and contraction. This affects fault lines, increases seismic and volcanic activity and, of course, contributes to chaotic weather patterns.
What can we do? The Earth has gone through at least five major documented Ice Ages during the 4.6 million years since the Earth was formed. While no one can stop the effects of the Sun’s solar cycles on our planet, what we can do is stop fracking operations which place even more stress on Mother Earth. These man-made earthquakes can lead to massive loss of life and devastation. It’s time to stand up to the 1% who rape and pillage the Earth for their own profit. Say NO to fracking and help protect this planet we call HOME.
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John L. Casey, NASA Scientist, on Global Cooling: