Many earthquake experts will argue that global seismic activity has been normal, but I argue on the contrary. In the month of December, 2012, I argued
that earthquakes were on the rise. Charts and graphs were shown to me in an attempt to prove me wrong, “nothing to see here, move along please.”
But then in the last couple of weeks of January some quake swarms finally started getting some people’s attention, especially one that was raging
away in the Solomon Islands area of the South Pacific. Finally, earlier this month, an 8.0 struck and caused a small 3 foot tsunami that claimed a
handful of lives and destroyed homes and businesses along the coasts of the islands.
It wasn’t the 8.0 that surprised anyone. They are fairly common in this part of the world. It was the large quakes that preceded and followed the
8.0. Dozens of quakes above 5.0, and in that 7 day period preceding the big quake, the largest one of 2013 to that date, the USGS reported that there
were like 150 quakes at 5.0 or above globally.
On the Quake Watch 2013 one of the experts stated prior to this active week to call him when there were 60 or more 5.0’s in a single week, then he
would worry about increased seismic activity. Well, I believe that 150 in a single week is a pretty big increase, wouldn’t you say?
Is he worried about it yet? I don’t know, but I’ve been watching intently over the past two months all the small quakes, especially the ones in
unusual places where they shouldn’t be occurring. And I believe they have everything to do with the rapid heating of the atmosphere that I have
presented in my dangerous gas theory. To find out more about the theory, check out the thread here…
Now the big question remains; how are the earthquakes related to dangerous gases. This is a theory proposed a few years back in a book by James
McGuire entitled Waking the Giant: How a changing climate triggers earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes, where the author states that the melting ice
at the poles relieves pressure on the earth’s continental plates. The slightest pressure change will cause tectonic movement resulting in
earthquakes. Basically, as the atmosphere heats up, we are experiencing a rapid thawing of Arctic ice. As the ice retreats, all that weight relieves
pressure on the Earth’s crust which would naturally cause it to adjust.
According to an article on NPR.org the summer of 2012 saw the most dramatic ice melt in several thousand years. It literally smashed records. Of
course there is always melt in the summer time, about half the ice, but the article points out three quarters of the ice melted this past summer. The
previous record for ice melt was in 2007, also within the time frame of the rapid methane increase in the atmosphere. The additional ice melt this
year was the size of Texas. That’s a lot of ice and a lot of weight on the continental plates.
"Astonishing" Arctic ice melt
This melting trend is accelerating because the ice in the Arctic is getting thinner as the region warms. A few decades ago, lots of ice in the
Arctic was 10 feet thick and would clump up as wind pushed it around the northern coastlines. "That ice used to survive and stir around in the Arctic
for decades and create a very thick mass that could survive a few warm summers," Scambos says. "We don't get that anymore. We get persistently warm
summers that have gradually eroded the ice cover until it's very, very thin and not stable." Scambos isn't the only one startled by this abrupt
decline. "It doesn't take a scientist to look at what's happened to the Arctic sea ice to know that something really huge is happening in the climate
system," says Jennifer Francis at Rutgers University.
As the ice retreats relieving pressure on those plates, it causes the water levels to rise, which is another point of pressure on the Earth’s crust.
Keep in mind that the plates underneath the oceans are more fragile than land-based plates. Taking that into consideration, you can see that it’s
not going to take much extra mass to cause seismic instability. Every square mile of water that is one meter deep is nearly 6 billion pounds. Sure,
the waters haven’t risen that much, but consider any additional height is going to add billions of pounds of extra mass into the oceans and the
level of the water rising isn’t going to be the same throughout the globe. Some areas are going to experience more sea level rise than others.
That’s more pressure on certain areas which would heighten the seismic activity.
Here is a brief description of how Johnny Mnemonic, author of the Jumping Jack Flash Hypothesis and contributor to the dangerous gas theory, describes
this extra mass on his website.
Jumping Jack Flash Hypothesis
Think about your average volcano sticking out of the ocean. It may have 100 square miles (10x10 miles) where added mass could have some effect. So
if the sea level around that volcano is increased by one meter then the amount of newly-introduced weight affecting that volcano is 570 billion
pounds. If it was 99% of the way to blowing its top already then that might just be plenty to push it over the edge. The same is true of faults,
except their area is often much larger.
Are the sea levels really rising? Yes, according to the climate experts, predicting that by the end of this century the sea level will rise 80
centimeters, or 2.6 feet. This is nearly that one meter we were talking about a minute ago that’s going to add nearly 6 billion pounds of weight to
the Earth’s crust per every square mile. How can this kind of weight not have an effect on the plates underneath the oceans?
Some of these climatologists actually believe that it could rise to two meters instead of one. Beyond the unimaginable devastation that a two meter
rise would do to the coastal cities around the planet, earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis would make these places uninhabitable. We would be faced
with an entirely different world than the one we know. Consider that half of the world’s population lives within 62 miles of a coast.
I believe that these experts are being generous by giving us till the end of the century. As I’ve discussed in the dangerous gas thread this threat
is here and now. The increases in all these phenomenon are now and I don’t think the public is being given accurate numbers. Earthquakes have risen
each year since 2007 at an alarming rate.
edit on 14-2-2013 by Rezlooper because: (no reason given)