Earthquake swarms behaving unexpectedly, volcano activity, and tar pits that are flowing into the streets, all signs indicating that the West Coast is becoming very unstable and the much talked about "big one" could be closer that anyone could have imagined.
Sometimes we note a number of individual stories, bits of news here and there, but when looked at together a bigger picture emerges and watching the earth activity of late, we felt it would be prudent to document the activity all in one piece because it is all related.
UNUSUAL EARTHQUAKE-RELATED NEWS
According to the LA Times there have been more than 700 earthquakes in the Fontana area, which is a city in San Bernardino County, California, since May 25. While experts are fast to stem any panic by assuring the public that the chances of a huge destructive quake hitting the coast imminently because of these swarms, is low, they also make it clear there is "cause for concern," and the likelihood of a larger seismic event, given how many quakes that have occurred over such an extended period, is "higher than normal."
There have been more than 700 earthquakes recorded in the Fontana area since May 25, ranging from magnitude 0.7 to magnitude 3.2, recorded Wednesday at 5:20 p.m., according to Caltech staff seismologist Jen Andrews. Three of the quakes have been of magnitude 3 or greater.
The swarm initially moved northward, but something unusual began Friday when the swarm turned around and went south, back toward the middle of the activity and the 60 Freeway.
“This is somewhat of an unexpected evolution,” Hauksson said. Furthermore, an analysis of the earthquakes shows that activity is fading pretty slowly — slower than would be expected for a typical sequence of aftershocks following a main shock, he said.
“That would suggest it’s going to continue for — I don’t know — at least several weeks,” Hauksson said. “We’re watching what’s happening and trying to track that activity.”
Hauksson said that, given all the seismic activity, residents should be ready and make sure to store “plenty of water, make sure there’s nothing that can fall on them.”
Also, looking at the tracking of seismic activity by the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network that Steve Quayle linked to on June 9th, the clusters in the Washington state and Oregon areas are also indicative that it isn't just the California earthquake swarms that are concerning, but the entire West Coast appears to be more active than usual seismically.
The reason Quayle highlighted the activity being seen in the Washington state area was to show the extreme importance of another piece of news regarding the U.S. military, in conjunction with local authorities, conducting massive training exercises at Sunset Beach in Warrenton, Oregon and across the sand at Oak Harbor, Washington, in preparation for a major Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake event, most often referred to as "the big one."
The headline of the piece describing these training exercises is "Navy Hovercraft Storm Beaches In Oregon And Washington In Preparation For "The Big One," and it details the extraordinary ability of these crafts to bring resources to areas which have been completely devastated by natural disaster such as a Cascadia Subduction Zone event.
The level of destruction we are talking about here in small communities with limited resources is largely unfathomable. Roads that snake through the coastal mountain ranges will be unpassable for days, weeks, and even months. Bridges and overpasses will be dropped all over the states and especially along and near the coast. Channels will be unpassable and docks will be destroyed. This leaves few options for evacuating citizens and conveying absolutely essential supplies in large quantities to devastated coastal locales. The Navy's mighty LCACs and the amphibious ships that tote them around are Oregon and Washington's best potential lifeline during what would be both states' darkest hour.
This is largely what's behind these exercises. The region is well overdue for this horrible event and predictions keep getting worse as to what it will actually look like when it occurs as well as its protracted aftermath. So, seeing the military getting serious about the reality that this emergency call will come sometime in the future and only it really has the capacity to make large-scale and rapid impacts when it comes to saving lives and beginning a recovery effort that will take place over a huge stretch of territory where infrastructure will be completely obliterated, is very much a good thing. In fact, it's baffling that the LCACs haven't arrived on Oregon and Washington shores for this type of training years ago.
Agreed, it is baffling. We have heard for decades that we are overdue for the "big one," a major event that will devastate the West Coast, one which by all accounts, they are woefully unprepared for, yet the U.S. government suddenly decides now is the time to start training for it, just as earthquake swarms are behaving abnormally, and other strange things are happening?
Steve's note after one of the links says it all: "Huge telegraphing of what's coming."
Starting with volcano activity, the map below shows the number of active volcanoes. The ones in yellow are marked as "unrest." The ones in orange are marked as "warning/minor activity." The red are "eruptions."
The next map has the Earthquake activity overlaid on top of the volcano activity. Red is the last 24 hrs and orange the past 48 hours.
Another bit of volcanic news comes via Newsweek on June 6, where an "extinct" Russian volcano has awoken and scientists are warning "it could produce an eruption similar to the one that wiped out Pompeii and Herculaneum almost 2,000 years ago."
LA BREA TAR PITS ACTING STRANGELY
Another item we have been warned to keep our eyes on is the tar pits in La Brea, California, as tar is overflowing from the tar pit onto the sidewalk and natural gas is rising up from the street on Miracle Mile in Los Angeles.
Local residents that are accustomed to seeing a little tar rise up through the sidewalks are saying they have never seen this much of it.
“I’ve lived here for about 20 years,” said Andrea Ross-Greene, “and this is the worst it’s ever been.”
Miracle Mile resident Matthew Kogan concurred.
“You see a little bit of tar oozing up between the pavement,” Kogan says, “all over the neighborhood. That’s not unusual but this seems to be flow tar. I’ve never seen this before.”
Not to mention the constant hissing sound coming from the ground — it’s methane.
“I can smell it. I thought a car broke its oil pan out here,” says Patrick Myer.
As stated at the beginning of the piece, seeing each story individually, while interesting, doesn't build the big picture of the type of earth activity we are seeing develop, and how unstable the Cascade area, as well as the entire West Coast is becoming.
Top that off with the U.S. government choosing this moment in time to conduct a massive training exercise, for the first time using the hovercrafts, to prepare for a Cascadia Subduction Zone event, or "The Big One," as it has been dubbed, and the seriousness of this cannot be overstated.
Despite the training exercises, it would seem to be common sense that if the government is choosing this time to prepare, perhaps West Coast residents should do the same, water, emergency survival food, and medical kits, because when that "big one" does hit, it could be weeks before any resources get to their area.
Below Steve Quayle touches on the earthquake and volcano activity, along with a variety of other topics, where he shares that he finds this issue so important he has an aerial film guy filming volcanoes from Rainier to Mt. Shasta to Mount Lassen.
Steve is also planning to try to get these Q Files published multiple times a week, so make sure to subscribe to his YouTube channel and hit the little bell icon so you can be notified by email every time he publishes a video.
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