Earthquakes, frankly, are frightening. Even for one who has lived on the San Andres Fault for decades, each time the Earth lets off a little steam, the rattling and rolling makes for shaky nerves.
A magnitude-5.2 earthquake centered in the desert northeast of San Diego caused shaking early Friday morning across Southern California.
The earthquake occurred at about 1 a.m. northwest of Borrego Springs in San Diego County, according to the USGS. The earthquake was initially reported with a magnitude of 5.1 before it was revised to 5.2, according to the USGS.
But that earthquake was not the end of it by any means. It is being reported that this large quake was followed by at least 800 aftershocks.
Those living in the Yellowstone region of Montana have also experienced strong quakes around the park.
According to Micheal Snydier, a (sic) highly unusual seismic activity along major fault lines in California and near the Yellowstone supervolcano. Let’s talk about Yellowstone first. In recent months, the big geysers have been behaving very strangely and this is something that my wife and I covered on our television show. And now, just over the past week there have been three very significant earthquakes in the region. On June 9th, there was a magnitude 3.7 earthquake, on June 13th there was a magnitude 4.3 earthquake and earlier today there was a magnitude 4.0 earthquake. Yes, the area around Yellowstone is hit by earthquakes all the time, but most of them are extremely small. For earthquakes of this size to be striking right around Yellowstone is highly unusual and more than just a little bit alarming.
The map below comes directly from the USGS, and it shows all of the earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 or greater that have hit the western portion of the United States over the last week. The three big earthquakes that struck southwestern Montana are visible on the map, although they are hard to see because the dots all overlap. But the main reason why I am showing you this map is because I want you to see all of the earthquakes that have been happening along the major fault lines in southern California in recent days…
Other areas of the West Coast of the United States are preparing for the “Big One”. “To prepare the Pacific Northwest for such an enormous disaster, the U.S. government has developed alongside the military and state and local emergency personnel a readiness drill the second week of June, a dress rehearsal for the prophesied massive earthquake and tsunami.
Cascadia Rising is what this readiness drill is being called, named after the 600-mile-long fault, the Cascadian Subduction Zone, which runs from Northern California to Southern British Columbia. The drill will involve 20,000 people, utilizing a wide range of governmental agencies, with the goal to test how well these agencies will work to decrease the loss of life and the destruction such an earthquake would leave.
The most troubling aspect to earthquakes is that there is no alarm to be sound in warning, there is no device that can accurately foretell how hard or where a quake will hit. The best advice is to be prepared and know what to do when, not if, one happens.
Earthquakes in the west and around the Ring of Fire have been in the news for decades, but scientists warn that the New Madrid seismic zone is equally as dangerous. What may have been a fore-shock rattled the town of La Center, Kentucky, Sunday morning with the tremor being felt 267 miles away.
The New Madrid seismic zone of southeast Missouri and adjacent States is the most seismically active in North America east of the Rockies. During the winter of 1811-1812 three very large earthquakes devastated the area and were felt throughout most of the Nation. They occurred a few weeks apart on December 16, January 23, and February 7. Hundreds of aftershocks, some severely damaging by themselves, continued for years. Prehistoric earthquakes similar in size to those of 1811-1812 occurred in the middle 1400’s and around 900 A.D. Strong, damaging earthquakes struck the southwestern end of the seismic zone near Marked Tree, Arkansas in 1843 (magnitude 6.3), and the northeastern end near Charleston, Missouri in 1895 (magnitude 6.6). Since 1900, moderately damaging earthquakes have struck the seismic zone every few decades.
The history of this earthquake zone is fascinating, though it gets less attention than that of the San Andreas.
Scientists tell us that we are actually way overdue for such a quake and accompanying tsunami, and when it comes large numbers of Americans that are clustered right along the coastline will die.
Why all of this is of greater concern now is due to the fact that many areas along the “Ring of Fire” that roughly encircles the Pacific Ocean are roaring to life right now.
Eurasia’s largest volcano Klyuchevskaya Sopka in Russia’s Far East erupted shooting hot ash miles into the air on Tuesday, the local geophysical service said.
And in New Zealand, the Ring of Fire has kindled a magma build-up under a tiny town of Matata.
Beneath Matata, a small coastal town 125 miles from Auckland, on New Zealand’s North Island, scientists recently discovered a massive magma build-up, possibly signaling the beginnings of a new volcano.
“The Ring of Fire is going through an alarming uptick in activity right now with 34 volcanoes erupting at the same time. The Ring of Fire a is 25,000-mile, horseshoe-shaped string of volcanoes and seismic activity sites around the edges of the Pacific Ocean. About 90% of all earthquakes and 75% of all active volcanoes are on the Ring of Fire.”
One day, I believe that a major seismic event in the area of this deep scar will literally divide the United States in half.
What that will do to our country is the kind of stuff that apocalyptic novels are written about.
And it is also important to keep in mind that there are 15 nuclear reactors along the New Madrid fault zone, so if a massive earthquake did strike the region we could be looking at Fukushima times 15.
So yes, I am always concerned whenever a significant earthquake hits the New Madrid fault.
Michael Synder, founder, author and publisher of End Of The American Dream and his new book entitled “The Rapture Verdict” writes this observation: “Jesus prophesied that we would see a great increase in seismic activity in the last days, and that is precisely what is taking place.”
The crust of our planet is becoming increasingly unstable, and we have seen a series of very disturbing earthquakes and volcanic eruptions so far in 2016.
Here in the United States, in recent weeks we have seen very large earthquake swarms develop under Mt. Hood, Mt Rainier and Mt. Saint Helen's simultaneously. Perhaps you don’t think that this is significant, but many of the experts sure do.
At some point there will be major volcanic eruptions along the west coast.
At some point there will be major earthquakes along the west coast.
Scientists tell us that it is just a matter of time before we see these things.
Be prepared! Earthquakes are occurring more frequently and in places one may not expect.
National Geographic offers these wise tips in the event of an earthquake.
- Have an earthquake readiness plan.
- Consult a professional to learn how to make your home sturdier, such as bolting bookcases to wall studs, installing strong latches on cupboards, and strapping the water heater to wall studs.
- Locate a place in each room of the house that you can go to in case of an earthquake. It should be a spot where nothing is likely to fall on you.
- Keep a supply of canned food, an up-to-date first aid kit, 3 gallons (11.4 liters) of water per person, dust masks and goggles, and a working battery-operated radio and flashlights.
- Know how to turn off your gas and water mains.
If Shaking Begins
- Drop down; take cover under a desk or table and hold on.
- Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you're sure it's safe to exit.
- Stay away from bookcases or furniture that can fall on you.
- Stay away from windows. In a high-rise building, expect the fire alarms and sprinklers to go off during a quake.
- If you are in bed, hold on and stay there, protecting your head with a pillow.
- If you are outdoors, find a clear spot away from buildings, trees, and power lines. Drop to the ground.
- If you are in a car, slow down and drive to a clear place. Stay in the car until the shaking stops.