posted on Jul, 9 2009 @ 08:11 AM
Last week (7/2 or 7/3) land uplifted 20 feet and 1000 feet long in Alaska and scientist have no explaination for the uplift and are baffled. I find
this of great interest for various reasons.
link to article: www.homernews.com...
Like a giant fist punching through the earth, a 1,000-foot long section of the beach below Bluff Point rose up 20 feet from the tidelands sometime
last Friday or late Thursday, pushing boulders up from the ocean bottom, cracking sandstone slabs and toppling rocks upside down.
"There was just beach before," said Ron Hess, who lives on Bluff Road above the new uplift. "Now there are tidal pools."
There was no huge Earthquake to cause the uplift - which would be the reasonable explaination for it.
Caption below picture
Scientists don't know exactly what caused the uplift. It would take an earthquake over magnitude 7 to cause an uplift that high, said Peter
Haeussler, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Anchorage.
"I have no idea," he said when he first learned of the uplift. "This sounds really, really bizarre."
Photo by Michael Armstrong
Two men climb an uplift on the beach below Bluff Point on Sunday.
You can see it was a large amount of land uplifted.
The uplift runs in an arc around a small cove about 1.3 miles east of Diamond Creek Beach, a pleasant day hike accessible from a trailhead near
Diamond Ridge Road and the Sterling Highway (see Outdoors, page 16). Where tide-covered boulders had once been, the ground now rises up in a long
ridge of gray clay, sandstone, coal and barnacle-covered boulders. In last weekend's heat, rockweed had dried up and mussels rotted. The cobble beach
itself seemed higher. Small rockfalls trickled down to the beach.
Visitors to the beach on Friday morning after low tide reported the rockweed remained wet and fresh, suggesting the uplift happened sometime early
July 3 or late July 2.
The Hesses said they didn't feel any major earthquakes, and none were measured by USGS. They said they felt some small earthquakes last week.
In the article they quote scientist mentioning all kinds of possibilites of why it occured - including from events from 9000 to 12000 years ago ( a
land slide). They are also questioning why now?
Why the uplift happened now -- and didn't happen in the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake -- is unknown.
"That's what's really mysterious here is 'Why now?'" Higman said. "There weren't any substantial earthquakes. The ground wasn't really wet."
"It's very intriguing," Higman said. "It certainly threw me for a loop," he added.
Why would land lift up - without any concrete cause?
OH, dare I say this? Sure - why not - I can feel the flames coming on now.
But a certain computer project predicted that "new lands would come to the surface over the summer".
So is this just more - but with no explaination? besides the Tonga area - where the volcano erupted a couple of months ago and created some new land
due to the volcano.
Edit for grammer
[edit on 9-7-2009 by questioningall]