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There does seem to be a noted increase in significant "transformer explosions" since the beginning of the year. Although this is by no means a scientific survey, a cursory search on Google News for the phrase "transformer explosion" from the first of the year till the present returns a hearty 24 results. The same search on the entire year of 2010 returns 25 results and then only 20 results for 2009. So, if this search is any indication, we're well on pace to double the number of stories about transformer explosions this year compared to the last two years. A similar trend can be seen with the search phrase "transformer fire" too.
Now there is the possibility of older stories getting dumped from the news sites, as well as the fact that this search is limited to US stories too, so one must take these factors (and probably others) into consideration. But for a "transformer explosion" to make the news, it would have to be significant in some way; either causing a large fire, starting a major power-outage, or creating a lively public scene. Most garden-variety transformer explosions do not make the news; electrical companies are called into fix exploded transformer boxes on power lines every day.
In any case, when looking at the big picture, one can definitely see an increase in earth-changing events across the board since the beginning of this year. Focusing on transformer explosions alone isn't the point. The most likely scenario that I can see is that the number or power of lightning strikes has increased, thus causing an increase in the power surges that trigger these transformer fires. But whether lightning is the actual cause of these fires or if there is some larger phenomena to take into account, it is hard to say at this point. Even if lightning is all there is to it, the exploding transformers are still noteworthy. The main point to consider is that something big is happening, or about to happen, and changes in the electrical environment of our planet may play a larger role than most suspect.
Originally posted by RoyalBlue
Originally posted by Skewed
I was watching a documentary about the Mariana Trench and it said that the reason we never feel any movement from those two plates is because of the sediment that is at the bottom. Over the years, it has ground up the sand and whatever else is there into very fine material that acts as a lubricant(like graphite) and the plates can just slide on top of each other with very little friction. I am not sure how water getting into the fault would affect it but I suppose it could either dampen it or intensify it.
Interesting bit of information.....are they trying to cause an earthquake, or prevent it by filling the New Madrid with water? Did the hole punch ( and loss of earth's lubricant) by BP become something they are trying to counter-balance with all the flooding??? Hmmm...