OK, this is probably going to be controversial, and I am probably going to end up looking silly, but I feel the need to get it out in the public
eye... so here goes. ATS is the most open forum to possibilities on the Internet.
Many of you know me. I am not a geology guru, but I am pretty good in the engineering disciplines. When I look at a map of the globe, I see forces and
counter-forces. I recently was looking over this thread
concerning a small but unusual
earthquake in northern central Indiana and remembered a prediction I had quietly made to myself a few months ago. I actually was concerned about an
earthquake happening in this area.
Now obviously, I didn't record that prediction, so I am going over this from square one. It starts with the recent BP Gulf Oil disaster.
This is a map I pulled up from Google Maps, on which I superimposed the plate boundaries/faults in red, the forces acting on/from these faults in
yellow, and the location of the BP well in green (I don't have Photoshop on this machine, it's still too cold to go to the shop, so forgive my poor
skills with inferior software):
The Pacific plate we are all pretty familiar with. It is exerting a small pressure on the American West Coast up to Alaska. There is a small sideways
fault in it that ends in northern California, evidence that the tectonic movement is changing either speed or direction along that line. Based on the
shape of the Pacific Plate where it interacts with Alaska, I would expect a directional shift northward north of that line and due east south of it.
The small Central American Plate is also pretty familiar to anyone who has looked at fault lines. It appears to me to be pretty dense and immobile,
causing islands to pile up around its edge. That would explain why it broke loose into its own plate.
Of course, to the right you will see the Mid-Atlantic Rift, where the plates are pulling apart from each other. What initially got my interest was the
shift just east of the St. Lawrence Bay... it looks as though here again, the plate is cracked but this time by a speed shift... as though the plate
to the south is moving faster than the one to the north. If you follow this geographic feature, it aligns perfectly with the St. Lawrence River, which
is itself something a bit unusual simply due to its size... the river is huge, almost like a gash that happens to be filled with water. Follow this
river down and it ends in the Great Lakes, Lake Erie to be precise, and seems to disappear.
Now look at the New Madrid Fault. It extends down the Mississippi River into the Gulf of Mexico, although it is inactive for the most part south of
New Madrid. It stops right about the same spot where BP drilled that infamous well.
Putting all this together, I see two plates tightly locked making up the North American continent, not one. The boundary is a line that extends from
the Gulf to New Madrid, disappears, then reappears in the Great Lakes and goes up the St. Lawrence. It's like what happens with glass under the right
amount of pressure; cracks will form, but sometimes will not connect immediately. The glass stays whole, despite it being cracked, because one section
has not completely broken off yet. That is the pattern I am seeing here. The Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, are the only thing holding this North
American Plate together.
Now, what happened when the well erupted? For a month or more, it was gushing liquid and gas out at an amazing 70,000 psi! I believe that pressure
relief caused a chain reaction to begin:
- When the pressure was released, it was no longer opposing the forces that travel down the New Madrid
- This could have been sufficient to cause the eastern and western portions of the North American Plate to try and re-distribute the forces along
them, resulting in an increase in shearing force.
- Just like a crack in glass will grow if the shearing force increases, so too could this cause the New Madrid Fault to start slowly extending into
- Evidence of this extension would be expected to be earthquakes in the Midwest of moderate magnitude at first, increasing in frequency and intensity
as the crack grows.
- If the crack bridges the gap between New Madrid and Lake Erie, it will allow the two plate sections to actually slip, causing a more severe
- This could easily cause the fault to open along the Mississippi, turning it into an inlet rather than a river, as has been prophesied by several
people, including Edgar Casey (see below).
- Also in line with those prophesies, this same situation could drop the ground level around the Great Lakes (large enough to mark a weakness in the
crust) and turn that area into one super-Great Lake.
- This will also mark a decrease in pressure on the eastern side of the western section of the North American Plate.
- This will cause the western North American Plate to shift as the pressure from the Pacific Plate is no longer balanced by pressure from the
- This shift would cause a massive Californian earthquake as the plates re-balance their forces.
Now please bear in mind I am not making any date predictions here. I honestly have no idea if this could happen in hours, days, weeks, months, years,
decades, or at all really. I am throwing it out as a possibility that appears probable to me.
I am including the future maps I mentioned in this post. This one is by Edgar Cayce:
And this one is by Gordon Michael Scallion:
Now all this is just me trying to make sense of the forces I am seeing and the reports I am hearing, and I am seeing/hearing eerie correlations to the
prophesies I referenced above. I am sure there are plenty of posters on ATS who are much more knowledgeable about tectonics than I, and I am sure they
will read this. Please, by all means, if you see a logical error in my thinking, point it out! All I ask is that you point it out logically and with
some backup... if someone just says "I don't think you're right", that does no one any good. Tell me why
I'm not right! What am I
I really, really don't want to be right...