How Average Quakes May Turn Into Giants


Charles Q. Choi, OurAmazingPlanet Contributor
Date: 29 August 2012 Time: 01:24 PM ET

View looking southeast along the surface trace of the San Andreas fault in the Carrizo Plain, north of Wallace Creek. Elkhorn Rd. meets the fault near the top of the photo.
CREDIT: Scott Haefner, USGS

Average earthquakes may turn into mega-quakes when rock in a fault weakens much the same way ice does under ice skates, researchers say.

The finding by two researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, is based on past research on the friction between rocks in an earthquake fault. Their study confirmed that rock can develop weak points under pressure and suggests that the consequent drop in friction could help release energy.

Previous research suggested that during earthquakes, friction between rocks in specific areas of fault zones rapidly lessens, much the way ice skate blades reduce friction by melting icy surfaces as they glide over them. Such a phenomenon could help solve a longstanding mystery: why major fault zones such as the San Andreas Fault generate so little heat from the grinding of rocks compared with the magnitude of the earthquakes they produce.


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“The process allows highly stressed areas to rapidly break down, acting like the weakest links in the chain,” said researcher Kevin Brown. “Even initially stable regions of a fault can experience runaway slip by this process if they are pushed at velocities above a key tipping point.”

This drop in friction also could help faults release energy. “This may be relevant for how you get from large earthquakes to giant earthquakes,” Brown said.

For instance, when it came to the magnitude 9.0 earthquake that devastated Japan in 2011, “we thought that large patches of the fault were just creeping along at a constant rate. Then, all of a sudden, they were activated and slipped to produce a mega-earthquake that produced a giant tsunami.”

To learn more about these locations of weakness, the researchers conducted lab experiments mimicking earthquake processes, in which they ground rock samples in a lathe and monitored the amount of friction and heating it produced. They discovered that at specific temperatures, “melt welts” — points of weakness in the rock — could indeed form, causing extreme drops in friction.

“The onset of weakening was found to be associated with formation of small but visible streaks of molten rock,” said researcher Yuri Fialko, a geophysicist at Scripps. “It was surprising because previous studies have suggested just the opposite — namely, that the melt streaks begin to form when the sliding surface becomes stronger, rather than weaker.

“Understanding the mechanism of extreme weakening during high-speed sliding will advance our understanding of physics of earthquake ruptures and help design more realistic rupture models,” Fialko told OurAmazingPlanet. Those models “can in turn be used for predictions of peak ground motion, shaking intensity, damage to buildings and infrastructure, and potential losses due to destructive earthquakes.”

Future research can explore whether melt welt weakening applies to most materials common in fault zones, and lead to fieldwork to locate melt welts along fault zones.

Brown and Fialko detailed their findings in the Aug. 30 issue of the journal Nature.

This story was provided by OurAmazingPlanet, a sister site to LiveScience.



An Earthquake in a Maze: Highest-Resolution Observations Yet of the Complex 2012 Sumatra Earthquake

ScienceDaily (July 19, 2012) — The powerful magnitude-8.6 earthquake that shook Sumatra on April 11, 2012, was a seismic standout for many reasons, not the least of which is that it was larger than scientists thought an earthquake of its type — an intraplate strike-slip quake — could ever be. Now, as Caltech researchers report on their findings from the first high-resolution observations of the underwater temblor, they point out that the earthquake was also unusually complex — rupturing along multiple faults that lie at nearly right angles to one another, as though racing through a maze.

The new details provide fresh insights into the possibility of ruptures involving multiple faults occurring elsewhere — something that could be important for earthquake-hazard assessment along California’s San Andreas fault, which itself is made up of many different segments and is intersected by a number of other faults at right angles.

“Our results indicate that the earthquake rupture followed an exceptionally tortuous path, breaking multiple segments of a previously unrecognized network of perpendicular faults,” says Jean-Paul Ampuero, an assistant professor of seismology at Caltech and one of the authors of the report, which appears online July 19 in Science Express. “This earthquake provided a rare opportunity to investigate the physics of such extreme events and to probe the mechanical properties of Earth’s materials deep beneath the oceans.”

Most mega-earthquakes occur at the boundaries between tectonic plates, as one plate sinks beneath another. The 2012 Sumatra earthquake is the largest earthquake ever documented that occurred away from such a boundary — a so-called intraplate quake. It is also the largest that has taken place on a strike-slip fault — the type of fault where the land on either side is pushing horizontally past the other.

The earthquake happened far offshore, beneath the Indian Ocean, where there are no geophysical monitoring sensors in place. Therefore, the researchers used ground-motion recordings gathered by networks of sensors in Europe and Japan, and an advanced source-imaging technique developed in Caltech’s Seismological Laboratory as well as the Tectonics Observatory to piece together a picture of the earthquake’s rupture process.

Lingsen Meng, the paper’s lead author and a graduate student in Ampuero’s group, explains that technique by comparing it with how, when standing in a room with your eyes closed, you can often still sense when someone speaking is walking across the room. “That’s because your ears measure the delays between arriving sounds,” Meng says. “Our technique uses a similar idea. We measure the delays between different seismic sensors that are recording the seismic movements at set locations.” Researchers can then use that information to determine the location of a rupture at different times during an earthquake. Recent developments of the method are akin to tracking multiple moving speakers in a cocktail party.

Using this technique, the researchers determined that the three-minute-long Sumatra earthquake involved at least three different fault planes, with a rupture propagating in both directions, jumping to a perpendicular fault plane, and then branching to another.

“Based on our previous understanding, you wouldn’t predict that the rupture would take these bends, which were almost right angles,” says Victor Tsai, an assistant professor of geophysics at Caltech and a coauthor on the new paper.

The team also determined that the rupture reached unusual depths for this type of earthquake — diving as deep as 60 kilometers in places and delving beneath the Earth’s crust into the upper mantle. This is surprising given that, at such depths, pressure and temperature increase, making the rock more ductile and less apt to fail. It has therefore been thought that if a stress were applied to such rocks, they would not react as abruptly as more brittle materials in the crust would. However, given the maze-like rupture pattern of the earthquake, the researchers believe another mechanism might be in play.

“One possible explanation for the complicated rupture is there might have been reduced friction as a result of interactions between water and the deep oceanic rocks,” says Tsai. “And,” he says, “if there wasn’t much friction on these faults, then it’s possible that they would slip this way under certain stress conditions.”

Adding to the list of the quake’s surprising qualities, the researchers pinpointed the rupture to a region of the seafloor where seismologists had previously considered such large earthquakes unlikely based on the geometry of identified faults. When they compared the location they had determined using source-imaging with high-resolution sonar data of the topography of the seafloor, the team found that the earthquake did not involve what they call “the usual suspect faults.”

“This part of the oceanic plate has fracture zones and other structures inherited from when the seafloor formed here, over 50 million years ago,” says Joann Stock, professor of geology at Caltech and another coauthor on the paper. “However, surprisingly, this earthquake just ruptured across these features, as if the older structure didn’t matter at all.”

Meng emphasizes that it is important to learn such details from previous earthquakes in order to improve earthquake-hazard assessment. After all, he says, “If other earthquake ruptures are able to go this deep or to connect as many fault segments as this earthquake did, they might also be very large and cause significant damage.”

Along with Meng, Ampuero, Tsai, and Stock, additional Caltech coauthors on the paper, “An earthquake in a maze: compressional rupture branching during the April 11 2012 M8.6 Sumatra earthquake,” are postdoctoral scholar Zacharie Duputel and graduate student Yingdi Luo. The work was supported by the National Science Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the Southern California Earthquake Center, which is funded by the National Science Foundation and the United States Geological Survey.

Shifting planet: Indonesia’s 8.6 left scientists scratching their h…

May 24, 2012ITALY – A strong and unusually shallow earthquake struck northern Italy over the weekend, fracturing pavement, sending torrents of brick and rubble raining down from buildings, and killing seven people. The powerful shaking was a first for the region in centuries — and fairly surprising to seismologists. Data indicate the magnitude 6.0 quake, which struck just after 4 a.m. local time on Sunday (May 20), just north of Bologna, was a thrust quake — the type of earthquake caused when two tectonic plates smash together — yet it occurred at a depth of just 3 miles (5 kilometers). “It is kind of surprising that it’s that shallow, because it’s pretty far from the plate boundary,” said Paul Caruso, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey. “Normally we expect things to get deeper as they move northward,” he told OurAmazingPlanet. The quake hit about 470 miles (750 km) north of the plate boundary — the place where the two colliding plates meet — which runs along the sole of Italy’s “boot.” It is here that the African plate is plowing slowly northward, crashing into the Eurasian plate. Caruso explained that the shallower a quake, the more damage it can cause. “If a quake is 500 kilometers deep, and you’re right on top of it, you’re going to feel it a lot less strongly than if it’s 5 kilometers deep,” he said. “As the seismic energy moves through the ground some of it is dissipated.” Several aftershocks have rocked the affected region, and it’s not clear if this recent earthquake is a harbinger of things to come. “We don’t know if this is going to trigger more activity in this area or not,” Caruso said. “We would expect to see aftershocks in the area for a while.” There have already been at least 100 aftershocks. The shaking could continue for weeks or months, he said. –Discovery News said: “The Sumatra earthquake’s magnitude surprised scientists because it was the most powerful strike-slip earthquake ever recorded. The quake was also unusual in that the rupture was in the middle of an oceanic plate rather than at the boundary between two plates.” Now, we’re seeing these uncharacteristic large magnitude earthquakes erupt far from tectonic plate boundaries like Sumatra and Italy with rather shallow signatures- this is generally not supposed to happen. Earthquakes are doing things which haven’t been generally characteristic of earthquakes in the past. This is further indication that the planet’s seismic dynamism is shifting and change is accelerating. –The Extinction Protocol

Quivering Heart ~ Major Earthquakes Since April 11, 2012

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My heart was quivering the other day for the one I love most in this world is traveling for the next two weeks and I have a sinking feeling that something catastrophic is going to happen in the world and that we will be apart when that happens. When I saycatastrophic I am not playing around with that word.
Somewhere, or perhaps even in many places at once, we are going to see the earth ripped asunder in a way that will probably make Fukushima look like a picnic. Unfortunately it’s not just my heart that is quivering; it is the crust of our planet that has suddenly become unsettled, throwing us into the rapids of the unknown.
My wife of course thinks I am being dramatic because I have been sitting in anticipation of these types of events for the past two years. But what has been happening this past week is pushing the line into the red zone and we literally have volcanoes all over the world blowing their stacks. Two days later I am calm but wish I could say the same for our planet.
We now have the 49th volcano erupting this year and the year is young. Ecuador’s Sangay volcano unleashed a 2 km ash cloud the other day and if you don’t believe in global cooling it’s a good time to start because of the enormous amounts of ash and gaseous chemicals being spewed into the atmosphere. Since starting this essay, as you will see below, we have had another eruption making a grand total of 50 for the year. Perhaps before this is published it will be 51.
You think I am crying or worrying too much? We just had an earthquake scientist warning that the planet could be cracking up after a series of massive quakes in just 48 hours. Gheorghe Marmureanu—from Romania’s National Institute of Earth Physics—says 39 quakes had hit the globe within two days.The series started with two massive quakes in Indonesia measuring 8.6 and 8.2 on the Richter scale rapidly followed within hours by three more in Mexico only slightly smaller. “There is no doubt that something is seriously wrong. There have been too many strong earthquakes,” said Marmureanu.
He added: “The quakes are a surprise that cannot be easily explained by current scientific knowledge. With the Indonesian quake for example, statistically, there should be one big earthquake in this part of Asia every 500 years. However, since 2004, there have already been three quakes with a magnitude of over 8, which is not normal.”
A fierce earthquake from the Nicobar Islands[1] could strike over Songkran, sending a tsunami crashing into the Andaman Coast, an expert warned yesterday after finding that the 8.6-magnitude Sumatran tremor three days ago was exceptionally deep. “Whenever there is a quake rooted in the [Earth’s] mantle, a following quake will be likely in the next few days,” said Professor Thanawat Jaruphongsakul, a senior seismologist at Chulalongkorn University. Click here for a complete list of earthquakes occurring between April 11, 2012 and April 16, 2012 throughout the planet.
April 19, 2012PAPUA NEW GUINEA – Mount Lamington is a stratovolcano in the Oro Province of Papua New Guinea and it just woke up yesterday. Local community of Popendetta reported smoke and ash emission on March 25. After a long quiescent period, the volcano sprang suddenly to life in 1951, producing a powerful explosive eruption during which devastating pyroclastic flows and surges swept all sides of the volcano, killing nearly 3,000 people.
April 19, 2012CANADA – “Everybody is talking about the earthquakes,” says David Blair, a retired science teacher and lifetime McAdam resident from his home on Old Harvey Road, just east of downtown. “You’ll be out and about and people will say, ‘Did you feel the one last night, or did you feel the one this morning? Some people will say yes, others might say no. It really depends on what you are doing.”
“April 17, 2012 – ANTARCTICA – A shallow 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck near the Sandwich Islands around the Scotia tectonic plate. This is the third major 6.0+ magnitude earthquake to strike the planet in 16 hours. The earthquake is only one of the latest in a growing cluster of large quakes to strike the planet along plate boundaries after the massive 8.6 and 8.2 lateral slip-fault quakes off the coast of Sumatra set the entire planet reeling,” reports The Extinction Protocol.
April 17, 2012 – Russia’s Shiveluch volcano spewed ash up to 9,500 meters (31,000 ft)—its most powerful eruption this year.
“The shocking number of earthquakes that have rattled the globe, especially along tectonic plate boundaries, since the double 8.0+ magnitude earthquakes struck off the coast of Northern Sumatra on April 11, could be early indication the planet may be shifting towards a new catastrophic model. Romania’s top seismologist, Gheorghe Marmureanu, told the Bucharest Herald: “There is no doubt something is seriously wrong. There have been too many strong earthquakes.”
“I said in my book: ‘If you keep seismically shaking the Earth, like a bottle of soda, its structural integrity eventually will become compromised and it will start to fracture like an egg. In this case, the fracturing will be thermal dissipation by hyper-volcanism, mega-thrust earthquakes, and greater tectonic boundary plate agitation around volcanic arcs and subduction zones… If this is what’s indeed happening, the pressure will continue to build in the interior of the planet until it eventually destabilizes all tectonic plates in a spectral pattern of continuous seismic oscillation. Every earthquake generates and emits enough kinetic energy through the earth to potentially trigger more seismic disturbances,’” writes Alvin Conway, author of the book, The Extinction Protocol.
April 17, 2012 – PAPUA NEW GUINEA – A 6.8-magnitude quake struck off the northeast of Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
April 17, 2012 – CHILE – A 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the port city of Valparaiso in Chile.
April 16, 2012 – GREECE – A moderate earthquake measuring 5.5-magnitude on the Richter scale jolted southern Pelopponese in Greece.
April 15, 2012 – INDONESIA – Officials say a strong earthquake measuring magnitude 6.2 has struck off the coast of western Indonesia.
April 14, 2012 – VANUATU – A shallow 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck the seafloor off the coast of the Vanuatu Islands in the South Pacific.
April 14, 2012 – ANTARCTICA – A strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck the ocean floor of the Drake Passage between South America and Antarctica at the shallow depth of 9.9 km (6.2 miles).
April 12, 2012 – CATANIA, IT – Mount Etna is erupting for the sixth time this year with lava and plumes of smoke and ash from a new crater on the volcano’s southeast side.
Dangerous Places to Live
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Popocatépetl, the nearly 18,000-foot volcano that hovers like a sentinel on the southeastern fringe of Mexico’s capital, awakened again Sunday, April 15, 2012, punctuating an especially shaky seismic season. Popo, as the mountain is widely called, spewed at least seven exhalations overnight Saturday and through the day Sunday, sending vapor, smoke and gas billowing into the clear sky. The most serious occurred just after 9 a.m. Sunday, sending a vapor cloud a mile into the air. Mexico’s National Disaster Prevention Center issued a precautionary warning to residents advising them to stay alert for a worsening situation and to stay at least seven miles away from the volcano’s crater. Residents are beginning to evacuate.
Though more than 40 miles from downtown Mexico City, Popo dominates the Valley of Mexico and the surrounding highlands, home to some 25 million people, most of whom would be affected by a full eruption.
Mexico City’s teeming working class suburbs now live at the base of the mountain. The city of Puebla, home to one million people, stands a few dozen miles from the volcano’s eastern slopes.
Strange Happenings
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It looks like something taken straight from a horror movie. An enormous hole leading to hell, some would say. But this is not a movie. This is a real and dangerous phenomenon. New shocking images clearly show the enormous pit in Sweden is expanding. The 200-foot-wide open pit is called the “Fabiangropen” (Fabian pit) and is in the Malmberget area located in Gällivare, 75 km from Kiruna, Sweden.
Man-made earthquakes are real, they are proliferating
across the U.S. Midwest, and the oil and gas
industry is “almost certainly” responsible.
USGS scientists have been investigating the recent increase in the number of earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 and greater in the midcontinent of the United States. These earthquakes are fairly small—large enough to have been felt by many people, yet small enough to have rarely caused damage. Scientists used ultra-sensitive quake-sensing technology to track mid-western tremors and watched the number of quakes jump from a steady background of 20 tremors a year to 50 in 2009, 87 in 2010 and a whopping 134 last year. Clearly, something strange was going on.
Gas drilling is on the rise around the country, especially hydraulic fracturing. Hydrofracking uses billions of gallons of water a year to crack deep rock and release natural gas. Some have suspected that fracking was causing quakes, but evidence in several parts of the country points to wastewater wells where companies dump used frack water.[2]
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The USGS believes there is little correlation between earthquakes and volcanic activity[3] although there is evidence that some volcanoes are triggered by earthquakes and vice versa, that some earthquakes are triggered by volcanoes.
Others show evidence that earthquakes, volcanism, El Nino, and global warming phenomenon are caused by the changing location of the poles as the Earth wobbles back and forth slightly in what is called Chandler’s Wobble. The name for these correlations is called vortex tectonics.[4]
And some like Bill McGuire of the University College London’s Hazard Research Center believe that climate change itself is causing this increased activity on earth due the earth’s crust rebounding from the last ice age and the resulting melting of glaciers, changes in weight on the earth’s crust and rising sea levels.[5]
We can come up with any theory we want but concepts and theories pale against violent volcanic eruption and major quakes. Of course this is all very bad news for the Japanese and just about everyone else because building No. 4 at Fukushima is hanging by a thread with all its spent nuclear fuel rods suspended in space three stories up.
Dr. Mark Allan Sircus, Ac., OMD, DM (P)
Director International Medical Veritas Association
Doctor of Oriental and Pastoral Medicine

Should we worry about Earth’s Magnetic Poles reversing?

You’ve gotta love Joey’s sensible matter-of-fact approach to surviving a pole shift in a bunker!! He also brings up some good arguments with the authors position, whose message appears to be “Nothing to see here, lets move along folks”.  There’s no mention of entire continents dissappearing in the oceans which may have been the result of past pole reversals, basically we don’t know exactly what’s going on. Scientist’s have a good idea, but from the perspective of  a long history of academia suppressing facts that make certain members of society uncomfortable because they don’t fit current “memes” set forth by Science or Religion, there are still many question left unanswered about Earths geological history.

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Are earthquakes destabilizing tectonic plates across the globe?

Well duh!! If the seismic pace continues to increase unabated through December 21st, what happens when Earth hits the massive energy wave at the galactic equator?  Hopi legend says the planet will go in to what they call the Great Shaking where the entire world experiences the equivalent of 9-10 magnitude, basically enough to shake us back to the stone age.  IMHO spiritual preparation and the elimination of fear from our minds, is the most important element to whatever is heading our way as 2012 unfolds.  By eliminating fear you also allow for your ability to Co-Create and manifest that which you need for your survival.


Posted on April 16, 2012
April 16, 2012WORLD – A leading earthquake scientist has warned that the planet could be cracking up after a series of massive quakes in just 48 hours. Expert Gheorghe Marmureanu – from Romania’s National Institute of Earth Physics – says 39 quakes had hit the globe within two days. The series started with two massive quakes in Indonesia measuring 8.6 and 8.2 on the Richter scale rapidly followed by three more only slightly smaller in Mexico within hours. “There is no doubt that something is seriously wrong. There have been too many strong earthquakes,” said Marmureanu. He added: “The quakes are a surprise that cannot be easily explained by current scientific knowledge. With the Indonesian quake for example, statistically, there should be one big earthquake in this part of Asia every 500 years. However, since 2004, there were already three quakes with a magnitude of over 8, which is not normal. –Croatian Times

Conspiracy of Science – Earth is in fact growing


For those who didn’t see this the first time around, it’s very cool…

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This video is a Neal Adams animation about his theory that the Earth is growing. This collides with the Pangea theory. Watch it, you will be amazed.


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Sea-floor spreading rates: Are we seeing signs the process is becoming more active?

September 25, 2011CHILE – To the casual observer, they’re just more remote earthquakes in the middle of the ocean, however, on closer examination; four moderate earthquakes have erupted on tectonic plate boundaries where the sea-floor is actively spreading.

Dutchsinse: Global Earthquake overview — Uptick OBVIOUS – Tectonic unrest continues

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Deepening seismic tension agitating tectonic plates across the globe

July 6, 2011– MOZAMBIQUE – The tension is nigh universal. In South America, double earthquakes have hit Colombia- a 4.7 and a 4.1. A 4.4 similarly has rattled Nicaragua. The Caribbean is unsettled with tremors rattling through most of the islands. Double quakes have struck Fiji (5.0 and a 4.9 magnitude) and Japan was rattled by a 5.7 and Taiwan was hit with a 4.8. If we look at the recent spasm of moderate earthquakes happening inside the Ring of Fire, we can see that tension is not unwinding but is instead diffusing along faults, oceanic boundaries, and volcanic arcs and transform fault zones in the Pacific perhaps setting the stage for the strike of a big earthquake event over the next few days. On Tuesday, a 4.6 near the southeast coast of Australia was followed by a 6.5 (5.3 USGS) near Lake Taupo on the North Island of New Zealand. A 5.5 followed off the eastern coast of Honshu Japan, followed by 4.5 in Oruro Bolivia and then a 5.3 earthquake in Fiji and the second earthquake in 24 hours along the Nias Region of Indonesia- the second Indonesian earthquake struck much closer to the surface than the first; 15.9 km. On Monday we saw a similar pattern with successive moderate earthquakes striking Tonga, Alaska and Indonesia. Perhaps, even most disconcerting- we see seismic tension now surfacing with the 4.7 magnitude earthquake in Mozambique at the bottom of the Great Rift Valley which is an indication, along with the eruption of the Nabro volcano in Eritrea, the pressures facilitating the tearing of the African continent are increasing.  –The Extinction Protocol

Drifting apart: Amazing underwater photos that show the growing gap between two tectonic plates

By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 10:40 AM on 11th May 2011

Swimming through an area of extreme natural beauty, this diver surveys the underwater canyons on his either side.

But this British scuba diver is actually between two tectonic plates.

Alex Mustard, 36, dived 80ft into the crevice between the North American and Eurasian plates near Iceland to capture these spectacular photos.

Growing gap: Alex Mustard, dived 80ft into the crevice between the North American and Eurasian plates near Iceland to capture these spectacular photosGrowing gap: Alex Mustard, dived 80ft into the crevice between the North American and Eurasian plates near Iceland to capture these spectacular photos

The area is riddled with faults, valleys, volcanoes and hot springs, caused by the plates pulling apart at about one inch per year.


Mr Mustard snapped away as he and his dive partners swam through fresh water canyons Silfra, Nes and Nikulasargja, which are up to 200ft deep.

He also took photos of the Arnarnes Strytur chimney, which forms a cloudy plume as 80C water is ejected from Earth’s crust and hits the cool 4C seawater.

Ripe for exploration: The area is riddled with faults, valleys, volcanoes and hot springs, caused by the plates pulling apart at about one inch per yearRipe for exploration: The area is riddled with faults, valleys, volcanoes and hot springs, caused by the plates pulling apart at about one inch per year

Inspiration: Mr Mustard wanted to capture Iceland's underwater volcanic features on filmInspiration: Mr Mustard wanted to capture Iceland’s underwater volcanic features on film


Mr Mustard, from Southampton, said: ‘The photos show diving in the unique underwater world of Iceland which, like on land, is formed by the volcanic landscape of the country.

‘Many people visit Iceland to see these features on land but they also continue underwater.

‘For a scuba diver these are spectacular places to visit – being able to fly through the clear water and explore the fault lines in three dimensions.

‘I have dived all around the world and this is almost certainly the clearest water I have ever been in.

‘Many people have an experience of vertigo from the sheer walls and clear water.’

Mr Mustard swam through fresh water canyons Silfra, Nes and Nikulasargja, which are up to 200ft deep


Enlarge   Movements of the earth: Tectonic plate movement could be sped up as a result of the weather Movements of the earth: Mr Mustard took his photos between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates at Iceland

Is the Massive Puerto Rico Trench Awakening?

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 1:58


by Zen Gardner

“What Puerto Rico Trench?”  Exactly.

The arrows in the map above show the direction the underlying Caribbean tectonic plates are moving, with the resultant build-up of pressure releasing into a myrid of earthquakes in the region over the years. Puerto Rico is the smaller green island in the middle, with the Dominican Republic the larger island to the left. The string of other Caribbean islands is buried under the earthquake markers that flow down the page to the lower right.

You can see the Puerto Rico Trench wraps around the entire zone.

A few little known facts came to the fore as I was researching this area after spotting the recent increase in seismic activity in the Caribbean region.

1. The Puerto Rico Trench is the biggest and deepest such trench in the entire Atlantic ocean.

2. This trench is capable of producing 8.0 earthquakes and above.

3. The risk of a major quake, underwater landslide and mega tsunami are as great as that of the Seattle area. In fact, one recent risk assessment put it at 35 to 55%!

4. The zone hasn’t ruptured in over 200 years and that has geologists seriously concerned.

In other words, something major will happen. No one knows when, but it will happen, as it has in the past there.

Add that to the fact that 35 million people live in surrounding low lying areas and you have a monumental disaster just waiting to happen.

But Why No Warning?

What struck is that in everything I’m reading, it’s admitted this risk is huge but it’s hardly known in the area. Even Wikipedia admits:

Knowledge of the earthquake and tsunami risks has not been widespread among the general public of the islands located near the trench.

Why? Would it negatively impact the local economy, much like the idiot mayor’s development worries in the movie Jaws? Are there really such people in charge?

Well, look at the Gulf oil disaster and Fukushima for starters. I don’t think the concern is anyone’s health or well being – it’s preserving the status quo while the disasters take their toll as quietly as possible.

Remember–it’s not crisis prevention, it’s crisis management.

Here’s the Recent Activity In the Area

Here’s where it first caught my eye–what was that all about in the Caribbean down there? See that faultline between the massive North and South American continents?

Map showing earthquakes

Now here’s a close-up:

10-degree map showing recent earthquakes

There are 25 earthquakes in the past week. The blue dots are in the past 24 hours.

The Big Picture

Now consider a few factors and you’ll want to warn everyone you can in the region.

1. Seismic activity worldwide is up 6 times what it was last year and we’re only half way into the year.

2. The current solar maximum cycle will continue to escalate until 2013 so we have some serious bombardment  ahead.

3. Comet, asteroid, planetoid and/or dwarf star arrivals and other celestial events and alignments are in the very near future.

4. Extremely powerful technology is now in the hands of mad scientists and manipulators who are making war on the planet. HAARP and other similar atmospheric heater arrays are capable of creating and/or exasperating already “poised” situations at any time to suit their purposes.

5. The Ring of Fire as well as the New Madrid Fault are active and poised for much greater movement which will cause a domino effect.

6. The Puerto Rico Trench is a unique geological formation due to major plate subduction.

Oceanic crust is formed at an oceanic ridge, while the lithosphere is subducted back into the asthenosphere at trenches.

7. The Caribbean plate joins the North and South American plates, both of which are moving. Something will eventually give.

All That To Say…

We live in wild times and we cannot be ignorant of the world around us and the potential for disaster. We must not live in fear, but we must be awake and aware.

In light of this information, I would suggest anyone knowing anyone or even any news outlets in the Caribbean region to send them this article, or your own personal warning and concern. They’ve obviously not been warned.

This goes for anyone in seismically active areas. Many people, including myself, have moved to “higher ground” and take these things seriously. At the least have emergency supplies and plans always ready. We’re in for a bumpy ride no matter where we are.

“Better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it.”

We Need To Stay Tuned and Continue to Inform

The Powers That Be are not about informing or empowering the people, as you have probably learned. There are wonderful groups trying to help people take real threats like these seriously, but it’s in spite of the government, not because of them.

If people realize they need to stay conscious and informed on their own and not expect the media to tell you what to do, they can stay a step ahead, or at least know how to read the signs of the times and react in a conscious way.

Whatever you do, don’t follow Hollywood’s pre-programmed panic conditioning. Keep fear out of the equation in whatever you do, think or plan. The Universe, God or whatever you want to call it, is in control – we just need to be attuned to where It wants us to be and do our part to keep the awakening happening. Love will always find a way.

Love, Zen

For more on current current crises see:

Ft. Calhoun: A Nightmare Scenario

The New Era of “All Natural” False Flag Disasters

Eruption or lithospheric fracturing: have earthchanges taken dangerous new turn?

June 5, 2011SANTIAGO, Chile – One of the volcanoes in the Caulle Cordon of southern Chile erupted violently Saturday, billowing smoke and ash high into the sky and prompting more than 3,500 people living nearby to evacuate. There were no reports of injuries. Authorities initially said the Puyehue volcano was involved, but later said the eruption was occurring about 2 1/2 miles (four kilometers) from that peak. A rift more than six miles (10 kilometers) long and three miles (five kilometers) across was torn in the earth’s crust, officials said Saturday night. Authorities had put the area on alert Saturday morning after a flurry of earthquakes, and the eruption began in the afternoon. The National Emergency Office said it recorded an average of 230 tremors an hour. About 600 people were evacuated when the first alert went up and hundreds more left their homes after the eruption began. Rodrigo Ubilla, Chile’s undersecretary of labor, said some people near the volcano had decided not to leave their homes because they didn’t want to abandon their animals. Wind carried ash across the Andes to the Argentine tourist town of San Carlos de Bariloche, which had to close its airport. Officials warned residents of the Bariloche area to take precautions against a possible prolonged ashfall. They urged people to stock up on food and water and to stay home. The eruption is nearly 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) south of Chile’s national capital, Santiago. – Yahoo News
Commentary: The lithosphere vents heat to keep the planet’s crust from basically fracturing and splitting apart. In 2010, we saw the most volcanic eruptions in recorded history and still the thermal depressurization threshold of the planet’s land surface was not reached, as new volcanoes are now erupting in 2011 that did not erupt in 2010. This is telling us a most important piece of information- there are not enough terrestrial volcanoes on land to equilibrate the geological pressures now unsettling the ground. Since the volcanoes under the ocean are pressurized by ocean depths- in my opinion, this increases the likelihood more and more with each eruption, that two things will now begin happening- lithospheric fracture-venting on land, similar to what’s occurring under the ocean with hydrothermal vents or much larger-scale eruptions becomes necessary to stop this runaway process. We may be years away from seeing one or more super-volcanic eruptions take place if this is a linear entropic process as I hypothesize it is.
If this report of a massive rift is correct from Chilean authorities, then the earthquake swarm in Neuquen, Argentina could have been a prelude to this fracture event: “Earth is a pressurized ball of magma…if you keep seismically shaking the Earth like a bottle of soda, its structural integrity will eventually become compromised and it will start to fracture like an egg. In this case, the fracturing will be thermal dissipation by hyper-volcanism, mega-thrust earthquakes, and greater tectonic boundary agitation around volcanic arcs and subduction zones.”  –The Extinction Protocol, page 564

Magma on the move: Levels are stirring uniformly across planet’s hotspots

May 1, 2011 – They are calledc and they are deep cavities in the planet’s mantle that vent magma. They are the clearest way to gauge the planet’s temperature and pulse. Increased seismic activity in these regions signals planetary interior gradient along with magmatic pressures are rising. When earthquakes begin increasing along these regions, we’ll know we’ve run out of time as I mentioned in my book.
Increased volcanic activity in Iceland, Hawaii, as well as recent quakes on Easter Island, Tistan da Cunha, the Kermadec-Tonga arcs, and now the 4.6 magnitude quake at Galapolos Triple Junction region all signal the planet is running out of time and this process is escalating. –The Extinction Protocol


If you live in Japan and can leave, get out now! The island may sink slowly giving time for evacuation, but with all the “scientific” predictions of another mega-quake and watching the volcano’s begin to violently erupt it would be wise to leave.

Everyone watching this around the world needs to join together to visualize a violet flame surrounding Japan and safety for all living things, then take that flame and wrap it around the world visualizing the same on a global level – because ultimately this is how we will change the world, with the power that lies within our thoughts. We are on the brink of an evolution in consciousness and on a Higher level this is the lesson we are to learn at this time…

April 18, 2011 Uploaded From 2010TheCountdown

There is no room for denial.
The Empire of Japan is on its last breath.
As I’ve said I don’t have a time frame.
I’m visual when I see, I don’t hear voices talking.
I see small movies.
I saw two days before the great quake at Sendai Japan Japan breaking into pieces and sink into the abyss.
So what I’ve tried to provide is Geological evidence that this actually can happen.
I have found proof if that.
Japan underneath is like sponge, full of channels (volcanic tubes)
these are as we speak being crushed by quakes, by increased Water pressure ( post glacial rebound – Scott BUG/believersunderground).
We must i repeat we must see to that we demand these people evacuated from the main island, its sinking right now, breaking apart.

Meanwhile you gotta ask yourself:

How come there were almost perfect timing in all the footage taken on that day of Mar. 11. camera’s placed at key points getting all the right shots.
Amazing I say…

Global seismographs show heightened activity and plate stress

April 4, 2011 – AUSTRALIA – The sharp movement of tectonic plates continue across the planet with indications of seismic stresses flaring on Australia, Antarctica, Eastern Africa, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, China, Japan and Chile. A disproportionate amount of the stress from the seismic telemetry data we’re seeing is in the Southern hemisphere- it is perhaps an area to watch until this latest episode subsides. See seismographs below:  The Extinction Protocol
Seismographs from Australia, particularly Western Australia (left) shows the densest areas of stress
(left) Antarctica showing dense reading and (right) Chile registering moderately high activity
(left) The Philippines and high seismic activity showing on the graph for Ethiopia (right)

Pakistan and the Islands of Indonesia are Sinking, 21 Volcano’s on High Alert

Indonesia is showing signs that the 7 of 10 event whereby the plate tongue holding Indonesia sinks up to 80 feet is pending. Pakistan Indus Valley has lost elevation, as predicted. Jakarta is sinking, as predicted. Volcanoes along Sumatra and Java are more active than ever. Will the Zeta 7 of 10 prediction for Indonesia occur prior to the end of 2010?

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Water Table Rupture – IMPRESSIVE fissure in Japanese Earthquake

The Japanese earthquake showed us examples of MASSIVE ground movement. This fissure and ruptured water table in northern Japan clearly shows the amount of movement, you can even HEAR the impact of dualing sides of the fissure as it heaves.

If reports about Japan sinking are true, and you live in Northern Japan it would be advisable to move to the southern part of the island.

ELENIN is not COMET or NIBIRU! It’s the DWARF STAR behind Earthquake and Volcanic activity

If the following information is correct, Elenin is not a comet it’s our sun’s binary Dwarf Star, the comet is a cover story so people don’t panic after learning a dwarf star will be crossing the Earths path later this year. After already causing the Japan and Chile earthquakes, which is explained and illustrated detail here. The real problems lie ahead later this year when the Earth comes very close to Elenin and then crosses it’s debris path shortly thereafter.

If you haven’t seen the movie “The Great Year” on it gives a great explanation of what’s going on with the Dwarf Star and the binary sun theory.  Little did we know that most solar systems have two suns playing a cosmic gravitational dance  with each other and are’s is no different than the others, it’s just that the Dwarf’s orbit is so long the memory of it’s passage gets lost in the sands drifts of time.

This video  shows the marked increase in earthquakes as reflected from the USGS data; including where to expect the next big earthquake and why.