AP: ‘Very strong’ 6.9 quake rattles California coast, widely felt throughout region — Directly across from nuclear fuel storage site — ‘Aftershock Warning’: Probability of a strong quake within 7 days greater than 90% (VIDEO)

Published: March 10th, 2014 at 9:53 am ET
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San Francisco Chronicle, Mar. 10, 2014: A series of earthquakes, including a magnitude-6.9 quake, shook off the coast of Humboldt County on Sunday evening […] A 3.3 quake shook about 40 miles west of Eureka (Humboldt County) at 10:04 p.m., followed 14 minutes by a 6.9 quake, which was centered around the same area at a depth of 4.3 miles, according to the USGS. Within 45 minutes, there were at least six aftershocks with magnitudes ranging from 2.9 to 4.6.

Associated Press, Mar. 10, 2014: A very strong earthquake rattled the Northern California coast and was widely felt across the region […] The magnitude-6.9 quake […] was centered 50 miles west of Eureka and about four miles beneath the Pacific seabed, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was followed by about a half-dozen aftershocks, including one of magnitude 4.6. […]

Raquel Maytorena, 52, near Eureka coast: “This lasted longer than any earthquake I’ve ever felt.”

Aftershock Warning, Northern California Seismic System operated by UC Berkeley and USGS, Mar. 10, 2014: Magnitude : 6.9 Mw (A strong quake) […] 50 mi. ( 81 km) W of Eureka, CA […] STRONG AFTERSHOCKS (Magnitude 5 and larger) – At this time (6 hours after the mainshock) the probability of a strong and possibly damaging aftershock IN THE NEXT 7 DAYS is greater than 90 PERCENT […] EARTHQUAKES LARGER THAN THE MAINSHOCK – Most likely, the recent mainshock will be the largest in the sequence. However, there is a small chance (APPROXIMATELY 5 TO 10 PERCENT) of an earthquake equal to or larger than this mainshock in the next 7 days.

HUMBOLDT BAY NUCLEAR POWER PLANT FACT SHEET: Until the federal government approves the construction and operation of a waste-storage disposal facility, the Humboldt Bay plant will continue to store the spent fuel assemblies on-site, in keeping with safety practices approved by the NRC. The 390 spent fuel assemblies are now kept and monitored under specially treated water in a stainless-steel lined, spent fuel pool in the fuel handling building [Pink marker on map; Green is quake epicenter].

Sheriff’s Office Lt. Steve Knight: This very easily could have been a catastrophe that could have caused a lot of damage.

Watch the FOX 40 broadcast here

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  • Cdog Cdog

    For 3 years our corporate masters, (previously known as the federal government) have had the opportunity to move and dry cask the vulnerable SFP's as well as shut down the poorly engineered Mark 1 reactors in California. Instead this chance was never taken, no tsunami walls were built. Our "media" instead (as usual,) focused another election year of deliberate distraction via the social and financial. "The barn can catch fire and looks raggedy so lets put another coat of paint on her Cooter."
    Lets just keep our fingers that these psychopathic "leaders" don't end up costing us the Horn of Plenty, the sunshine state of America, and the certainty of higher cancer rates and more death.

    • All I can say is–"Far better to deal with a misguided Socialist rather than a determined Fascist"

      let's hope we have the former. Amd maybe it doesnt matter with new world corporatism making the puppets waltz.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Cdog, Eureka (Humboldt's) spent fuel was moved into dry cask Safe Storage at least one year ago. That's per the CA Energy Dept. I spoke with the director of the Nuclear Energy division within the State's dept. there re: that very issue.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        And re: the tsunami walls, you have a good point. Call the CA Energy Dept., Joan Walters, and see if anything is being done to safeguard the spent fuel, if you are concerned. (Please! And I'll do the same.)

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      cDog, I'm posting up near the top here & I hope Admin sees this. The lead for the CA Dept. of Energy (or CA Energy Dept.) told me all the spent fuel was moved into dry cask storage about 12-15 months ago.

      She (Joan Walters) told me it is no longer stored in a pool.

      Is it possible the "Fact Sheet" above was published prior to the fuel being moved into dry cask storage? Or that I'm mistaken about what the CED (CA Energy Dept.) told me??????

      I'll have to see if I can find my notes from the conversation, because I'm pretty sure I was told the fuel is now in dry cask storage and OUT of the pool.

  • nedlifromvermont

    Stupid nuclear power … that Humboldt plant hasn't made any power for years … but, according to NRC, it's "oh so safe" to keep it in a vulnerable SFP for about ever …

    What a bunch of horses' asses these (non)-regulators are.

    They must all be ex-Nazis or something. They must be central bankers …

    We are in it deep!!

    And J.P. Morgan is long dead. Why is he still running the show???

    • So true and appreciate the humor.
      PS the regulators have become promoters and pimps

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      nedli, agreed we have no good long term safe storage solutions.

      Nonetheless, I think we in California have great cause for rejoicing. A year ago the spent fuel was moved into dry cask SafeStor. It had been sitting in a spent fuel pool. I lived near Eureka for almost 15 years, and it gave me the heebie-jeebies every time there was an earthquake there, which was often.

      Be glad, very glad, there was no devastating earthquake there while the plant was operating, being dismantled, or the while the fuel was still sitting in a spent fuel pool. It could be MUCH, MUCH WORSE.

      But I'm a "glass half full" kind of person. I just spoke with Joan Walters, who is head of the California Energy Department (State of California). I wanted to know the status of all the nuclear plants in California, Humboldt (PG&E), and Rancho Seco (south of Sacramento, Sacramento Municipal Utilities District, or "SMUD").

      Be assured nuclear is on its way out in California. It is very likely the Diablo Canyon plant will close soon, as well.

      The regulators here in California are very transparent; I was even offered a host of public information resources and studies to peruse. This was provided so I can inform myself. I told Ms. Walters I'm in touch with a lot of concerned citizens in California.

      As the results of some of her studies aren't yet formally published, I can't provide a link to a formal "position paper" for the California Energy Dept.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        All that being said, Nedli, it's very unlikely the spent fuel has been damaged.

        RE: information Ms. Walters provided, she sent me some links for info. in the public domain. Also included was a bilbiography of many scientific studies. Also included: links to data the State of CA's is using to assess nuclear energy & plant status in California.

        Be clear you'll have to contact Ms. Walter's office directly, if you want clarification of the Department's position on any particular issue.

        Keeping my finger on the pulse here. Goal: understanding exact status of all nuke plants here, decommissioned plants, any/all spent fuel. An ongoing project…. I live here in California. Many of us 'Newsers reside here.

        There IS a lot of info. available in the public domain. We just need to know how to access it. Honestly, it DOES take some work. That's where the entities like the CA Energy Dept. can help. If one finds the right person, info. IS there. Once we make the right contacts, we can get a LOT of info.

        You can review info/data for yourself. Decide what rings true, & if vigilance or activism is warranted. Please let's make an effort to be informed citizens.

        Taking a more "conservative" position. Want to publish later & to cultivate good relationships with those who have access to data/info.

        U can write to address below to contact me. I'll send U links to studies/info. sources. Give me a few days to respond.

        HoTaters@hush.com

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        I mean, really (cause for rejoicing, relative to a Fuku type debacle which would have been possible until sometime in the past two years in Humboldt). We could have had Fuku On the Beach at Humboldt Bay, which would have been an absolute tragedy.

        What I wonder is since that plant began operations in 1963, what happened to it in 1964, when there was massive flooding up there?

        I think there may be more of a story there, & poss. historical concerns, than what has just happened. A 6.9 is a pretty big quake, but if there isn't a larger aftershock & a tsunami, it should be OK.

        Let us hope & pray the 6.9 wasn't a precursor to a larger EQ. There was a 6.2 (I think) offshore near there sometime in the past five years. A huge EQ isn't expected in the imminent future, but the area DOES lie on the Cascadia Subduction Zone. It has VERY large EQ's on the order of 9.0 every 300-400 years, per historical geological data.

        If there is a Cascadia Subduction Zone event, then Eureka is in trouble, but so is the entire West Coast, from British Columbia southward to at least Eureka. This subduction zone extends to the tip of South America; it's all part of one big fault/tectonic plate system. The northern section has very large EQ's about every 3-4 centuries. Right now I think we're at about the 340 year mark.

        Cascadia Subduction Zone:

        http://www.pnsn.org/seismograms/map

        • We Not They Finally

          Thank you for all that background information, which seems at least partially/temporarily reassuring.

          • HoTaters HoTaters

            Thanks, WNTF, let's just hope & pray the CSV doesn't have a major earthquake event while ANY fuel is stored within 200 miles of the coast, from British Columbia to Baja, California! From S.F. northward there is the greatest risk.

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          Realtime Earthquake data, USGS:

          http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/sca/latestinfo.php

          "Evolution of the Gorda Escarpment, San Andreas fault and Mendocino triple junction from multichannel seismic data collected across the northern Vizcaino block, offshore northern California"

          http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/70020516

          And this:

          http://geomaps.wr.usgs.gov/archive/norcalgeology/cape.html

          I'm going to make a comment on the recent quake. The epicenter was offshore by about roughly 60 km from Eureka (guesstimate). It did involve movement near the edge of the Gorda Plate & the Megathrust section of the CSZ. It lay just off the Fault, but since it originated at depth of 22.8 km there might be potential for a major Cascadia Subduction Zone event. Would have to read what the USGS is saying about this, & prob. HSU (Humboldt State Univ.) to get a better idea of what's going on.

          Quadrangle maps. See esp. ceghmap.pdf

          http://pubs.usgs.gov/mf/2000/2336/

          3 tectonic plates converge some distance southwest of Eureka, at Cape Mendocino. It's probably the most seismically active area in the entire continental U.S.– excluding Alaska. The CSZ and especially the Megathrust area has tremendous earthquake hazard. Near Eureka, lies the Cascadia Subduction Zone "Triple Junction" convergence zone. This is where 3 tectonic plates converge — the Gorda Plate, North American Plate, and Pacific Plate.

          • HoTaters HoTaters

            Worst case scenario: a megathrust earthquake or major (9+) earthquake somewhere in the CSZ, near the Triple Junction. If sufficient pressure was exerted within the zone of convergence, it conceivably could spawn quakes secondary to the first major epicenter was located.

            Say, if there were a much larger quake near where yesterday's quake took place offshore from Eureka (near the margin/border of the Gorda and Pacific Plates), lying within the Megathrust Zone, it could generate an undersea slide and generate a tsunami. The great tsunami in Japan which occurred in the 1700's took place as a result of the last major Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake ("EQ).

            Note: near Trinidad, CA (about 30 or 35 mi. north of Eureka on the coast), at Moonstone Beach and other locations nearby, there are the remains of redwood trees sticking up from the ocean floor, near the beach. See HSU tectonic info. online. These trees are thought to have lain on land which subsided during the last CSZ event. Their tops now lie underwater except when there is an exceptionally low tide. Their roots and some 30' – 40' (estim.) of their trunks are still attached to the soil which subsided below sea level.

            • HoTaters HoTaters

              If such an event were to recur, and it affected the land area near Humboldt Bay (southern portion, near the south end of Eureka), it's not inconceivable the land on which the Dry Casks are in "Safe Stor" could be inundated by sea water. Or if a tsunami to occur, and the wave force was focused into Humboldt Bay, waves could reach a height sufficient to swamp the plant's former site. It is only (I'm guessing) about 30' or 35' above mean sea level.

              There are large (gigantic) concrete dolos which protect Humboldt Bay. The opening to the Bay is somewhat narrow. Waves would have to be greater than 35' to 40' in height above normal mean sea level there for the water to go over the jetty. However, if the force of a tsunami was attenuated directly into the Bay, the former plant lies almost directly in the path of the incoming water.

              So maybe we should be calling the CA Energy Dept. and the other regulators, PG&E headquarters, and hassling them about moving the "Safe Stor" material to another location.

              There is only a very, very, tiny chance this kind of scenario could occur. But with the way the nuclear "luck" (or lack thereof) has gone since 3/11, WIPP and Fuku Dai+ notwithstanding, we SHOULD make provisions for the worst case scenario.

              So, all things considered, Nedli, your concern is very valid! Let's just hope & pray we don't have another nuclear debacle soon. HT out. Peace.

          • HoTaters HoTaters

            HSU (Humboldt State Univ.) Research Forum:

            http://forum.hsuresearch.com/showthread.php?t=174

            HSU link for Geospatial information, Earthquakes:

            http://library.humboldt.edu/infoservices/staff/rls/geospatial/nathaz.htm#earth

            Here's a VERY interesting discussion:

            http://now.humboldt.edu/news/seismology-expert-discusses-earthquake-triggers-nuclear-proliferation/

            Seismology Expert Discusses Earthquake Triggers, Nuclear Threats
            Sep 18, 2009 – Jarad Petroske

            "Dr. Aaron A. Velasco, an expert in seismology, will discuss how massive earthquakes can trigger tremors in distant locations on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. in Humboldt State University’s Kate Buchanan Room.

            The lecture is part of the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) and the Seismological Society of America (SSA) Distinguished Lectureship Series. The event is free and open to the public.

            According to current research, seismic waves from large earthquakes can trigger tremors thousands of miles away, even in places not prone to earthquakes. Since 1992, at least 12 of 15 major earthquakes stronger than magnitude 7.0 have triggered distant quakes, including the devastating 2004 Sumatra earthquake, which coincided with tremors in Alaska and Ecuador."

            HSU Natural Hazard Maps:

            http://library.humboldt.edu/infoservices/staff/rls/geospatial/nathaz.htm

          • HoTaters HoTaters

            Didn't finish my "conclusion" above. Meant since the epicenter of the March 10 quake event was near the border of the Gorda Plate and Megathrust Zone, and since it originated at depth, it could indicate some movement deep beneath the earth's surface is occurring, and could involve a major shift of the Gorda and Pacific Plates. If this were to occur (major slippage) it could cause a very large earthquake event. The section of the fault near where the quake's epicenter lay is in part of the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

            Japan also has huge earthquakes, in large part because a large subduction zone lies just east of the island chain, in the Pacific. I think that's called the "Japanese Trench Zone."

            Someone, please check my facts if you notice an error, OK? It has been awhile since I reviewed all this material.

            • weegokiburi weegokiburi

              If you live on top of them you wanna know about them. Like it.
              Bang on and easy to get analysis.
              Next few weeks will prove preshock or not.
              Lets hope its not.

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          Last great Cascadia Subduction Zone quake is believed to have occurred on January 20, 1700. See this article at Wikipedia:

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1700_Cascadia_earthquake

          "Evidence supporting the occurrence of the 1700 earthquake has been gathered into the 2005 book The Orphan Tsunami of 1700, by geologist Brian Atwater and others.

          The evidence suggests that it took place at about 21:00 on January 26, 1700 (NS). Although there were no written records in the region at the time, the earthquake's precise time is nevertheless known from Japanese records of a tsunami that has not been tied to any other Pacific Rim earthquake.

          The most important clue linking the tsunami in Japan and the earthquake in the Pacific Northwest comes from studies of tree rings (dendrochronology), which show that red cedar trees killed by lowering of coastal forests into the tidal zone by the earthquake have outermost growth rings that formed in 1699, the last growing season before the tsunami. Local Indigenous American oral traditions describing a large quake also exist, although these do not specify the date.[4] There are many areas in the Pacific Northwest with drowned groves of trees that also show evidence of the earthquake."

          Orphan tsunami of 1700 (Japan):

          http://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/pp1707/

          Looks like the "stickiest" part of the zone is offshore from Washington State:

          http://www.king5.com/news/local/222443061.html

  • Lady M

    Any chance that some of the sea animals' odd activity off the coast of California in the past several months could have been related to their feeling vibrations that preceded this quake? (Just a thought — perhaps not, because I note that the Eureka area has more than its share of decent-size quakes — this one is very large though).

    • mayibfrank

      Most excellent post Lady M. In fact there are signs of a coming earthquake. As the fault increases pressure and forces atoms closer many give off electrons with weak bonds. This creates a magnetic field rising from the fault. It also causes oxygen to be released from rock formations. Those oxygen atoms also rise up the fault. On land frogs will leave small ponds before a quake because this oxygen will bind with hydrogen and turn the ponds into high levels of hydrogen peroxide which is not good for frogs.

      I can not answer your question however.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Hi Y'all. I have extraordinarily sensitive hearing. I used to belong to a forum of earthquake "sensitives" who posted when we would have eartones prior to large earthquakes. Each of us was sensitive to certain areas, and we trained ourselves to identify what we were hearing.

        Johnny B and I discussed we've heard a lot of high pitched screeching sounds in the white noise range, for the past four days or so.

        I got a very loud right ear "screamer" for about 1 minute last Friday. It was my right ear. Usually I hear Pacific offshore tones in my left ear (like a 2 min. one prior to the Banda Aceh quake). I hear things dogs (not humans) are supposed to hear. Some of the ear tones I hear prior to large EQ's are extraordinarily painful to hear. Blocking the sound with ear plugs doesn't help!

        Am wondering if the loud "screaming" high pitched noise I heard in right ear Fri. night, 3/7/14 wasn't a P-wave prior to the quake offshore from Eureka. Call me crazy, there are humans who hear things only animals usually hear.

        Johnny and I also discussed how we've been feeling like something bad was going to happen. Let's hope it's nothing.

        HOW ARE YOU FEELING, WeNotTheyFinally? You're very sensitive to this kind of thing (world events) occurring, too. Does anyone else still have the sense of foreboding I had last week, and over the weekend? It started about last Thursday.

        • Another thing to check is the local paper, lost pets section.

          If you see a spike, expect an earthquake.

          One predictor said that one of the things that happens before a large earthquake is that many pets run away..

          Thus, the lost pet section increases greatly in volume..

        • zogerke zogerke

          hotaters: i'm in community that tracks and shares night dreams. there have been a spate of foreboding ones lately. this past week, since after the dark moon. alarms going off in people's dreams, home alarms and home intruders.

          my hearing was injured industrially.

        • bo bo

          Good morning HoTaters… thank you for sharing your stories both here and offline.
          I really enjoy your unique perspective.
          I do not have ringing in my ears ( well sometimes, but normal ones, not like you describe), but the 3 rd anniversary brought back memory of this:

          On my last visit to Japan before the quake I said farewell to my mother on the platform as I got on the Narita Express ( the train to the airport). Each time the door to the train closes in Japan the recording in a woman's voice: 'door. is. closing. now. door. is. closing. now.' keeps repeating. It's part of daily routine, so it all becomes part of background noise… but for some reason at that moment on that day it felt as though I had heard these words for the first time and finally understood its true meaning, and this robotic voice was actually telling me something : the door really was closing now. When the train doors shut I had this vision of an oven being closed tightly shut. Looking at my mother through the window of the train I had a sensation similar to looking into something cooking inside an oven. I was really disturbed by this thought and wasn't sure where it was coming from. That was my foreboding thought pre 3/11.

          Thank you enenews for putting up with all my silly babble in the past year and a half. I try to be better
          And this year try harder to post outside enenews
          And this year I will start drawing again

          Also my apologies to simonhhh
          And whom ever else I forgot to…

          • bo bo

            …to apologize, whom I might have offended, knowingly or unknowingly.

            We are in the fight together.

            Bo

            • GQR2

              good heavens bo, you of all people owe no one an apology.
              but here is a hug (((bo)))
              we got to keep looking for the hole in the floor vs. an open window (because they are all taped up),when the door closes. 😉 Thank you for sharing that memory. we are all in this together. even the ones who don't know they're in it!

              • bo bo

                (((((GQR2))))))

                Thank you always for the warm and encouraging comments.
                you just weren't there when I've been rude and reactive. I hope to be less reactive and more proactive and creative this year.

                True, even the ones who don't know they're in it… are in this together.

                • bo bo

                  And HT brings up a good point without becoming too fluffy ( this is her brilliance) … in the midst of scientific projections and plowing through articles and deluge of links, it's important to reserve a space in your mind to listen to what your 6th sense tells you. I hope to pay more attention this year.

              • HoTaters HoTaters

                GQR2, I don't know why but I felt like posting this today:

                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0I2ZrBuFdQ

            • HoTaters HoTaters

              bo, no need to apologize! Your input and comments are always appreciated. Your presence is valued here, and you are much appreciated.

              And bo, do start your drawing again. It seems this is your calling.

        • I have a good feeling of a tipping point, for the better, in fight against nuke at least.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Mayibfrank, thank you for the explanation of EQ precursors. RE: the oxygen given off and frogs, that's something I'd never heard about. Very interesting.

    • We Not They Finally

      You can check, but I think that animals react WAY more close-range to the time of an earthquake, not months in advance.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      From observation, the animals usually react just prior to a quake (monkeys, dogs, cats for example). Larger animals such as deer, cattle, farm animals, and often birds, will react with anxiety and unease as long as 24-36 hours before a quake.

      The number of missing dogs and cats rises a lot just prior to a major earthquake. This has been corroborated by studying the populations at nearby animal shelters. There is usually a large increase in the number of stray or lost animals at animal shelters 24-48 hours before a large earthquake occurs.

      Have heard all wildlife and birds will vanish near the coast prior to a major EQ event. Haven't witnessed it myself but the old timers in Humboldt said when all the sea birds (and birds in general) would fly inland they knew it was time to quickly take to sea, or get onto high ground.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        My housecat used to go crazy and go running around my house, yowling at the top of his lungs, minutes before an earthquake. That was when I lived in Humboldt County. He was a very reliable "early warning monitor."

        The Szyzgy boards have a section where people post about what their animals do prior to earthquakes. One lady who lives near Redding, California, has sheep that get very restless a day or two before a moderate to large sized earthquake in No. Cali. or southern Oregon.

  • weegokiburi weegokiburi

    Hope there are aftershocks. And lots of them. If not I'd be even more worried.
    If not it could be a pre-shock.
    Same happened before Tohoku quake. Maybe a week before. Would have to check back.
    What we thought was a big quake was a precursor.

  • weegokiburi weegokiburi

    Also be clear. The meltdowns in Japan began with the earthquake not the tsunami.
    We will be getting that same bullshit mantra over the next few days.
    Still searching for those pics of broken cooling pipes in Niigata after quake there about 8 years ago.

  • No tsunami with this one, that was lucky.

    There are no tsunami walls at the facility.

    It is located on the inside bank of a large bay. It is in a well known tsunami zone. Why this monstrosity was ever allowed to be built in the most beautiful location in the world is beyond my comprehension.

    I am glad it was decommissioned. But, unfortunately all Spent Fuel Pools (everywhere) remain a huge threat in a worse case scenario. 🙁

  • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

    The nuclear complex & DOE is riding on MAY POPS, their tires are so slick at any moment one or more of those tires will blow & all will be out of their control. Will they pull a Tepco or a Hanford or a Carlsbad? Yes they will. The way they operate the money is best used to pay contractor's who will lie & cover any dangers to the public & the land & wild life that support Native American's way of life for 1000's of years, now all of that is going away with the Pacific ocean & the lively hoods of millions of fisherman as the food chain is lost with the oceans that make the very oxygen we need to survive.
    More string of quakes may hit & if so will they be stronger & inland, no one knows & no one knows if the nuke waste sites are able to with stand more shaking, we are just lab rats in the DOE eyes & the corporate run government. No safe nuke waste & no where to store it so stop making it, if this had been a the Yankee nuke plant, would it have made it? If not what would NYC look like on the news this morning? Another all is fine & stay inside, I don't think so, like I said we are driving on May Pops & at any time all control could be lost.

  • ftlt

    We are too busy building Empire for our border-less masters to worry about little things like this.

    Besides right now, We need to kick the poo out of those dirty Ruskie want to be commie bastards and save Ukraine for fascism.

  • Save for Fascism, or save from Fascism? LOL

  • lovE lovE

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humboldt_Bay_Nuclear_Power_Plant

    All the spent nuclear fuel was placed in dry cask in 2008.

    The plant has still not been decomissioned – probably cost too much for PG&E to want to do it.

  • atomicistheword

    The proud man barks away in a nation that throws it's poor to the wolf. They plan a war 3 that no one wants to fight. Still trying to cover up its shame house of crime. Earth itches for justice. The heavens fly past as the sun glows. The devil trembles with fear, dust for many.

    Oh! Nostredamus would love this comment!

    Three years into a great tribulation. Happy birthday General Electric Hitachi, Toshiba and scapegoat TEPCO, I don't think you bring good things to life.

  • wa6smn wa6smn

    The area off Eureka with 61 earthquakes in the last day is a new lava field. There's more than just earthquake activity going on.

    • lovE lovE

      Could you provide a link to lava field reference?

      • Ontological Ontological

        I think this was one of the first reports of the newly forming volcano off the coast of Oregon.
        http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2012/06/erupting_undersea_volcano_near.html

        vid of new lava
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ACevxYZ0Ew

        • We Not They Finally

          The top link is really interesting:

          "The Axial Seamount volcano, located about 250 miles offshore of Oregon and almost a mile beneath the ocean's surface, was recorded during eruptions in 1998 and again in 2011, providing data about how the earth's surface behaves before and after a volcanic eruption."

          Apparently this was already in play, just not many were following it. Don't know exactly how that intersects with the occurrence of earthquakes.

          • HoTaters HoTaters

            Yes, the Axial Seamount is active. It's several hundred miles north of Eureka, California. The project team working on studies of the Axial Seamount stated they suspected, sometime before 2010, there might be a second lava vent offshore from Del Norte County, CA. However, they stated they couldn't verify this information and substantiate the existence of a second seamount of lava vent until further funding was obtained, and a new study for that area was begun.

            I don't know the status of any further studies or exploration there.

            • HoTaters HoTaters

              Please see the extensive list of links I provided above for the Axial Seamount, and seismology data for the northern coast of California, and the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

  • davidmcsf

    Didn't feel a thing here in Berkeley. Not a damn thing. When it came on the news I asked my husband if he felt it upstairs as the cat next to me slept through it. He said he too didn't feel a thing and he always feels the smallest little 1.5+ quakes. So really weird…

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    I N S A N E L Y .. D A N G E R O U S

    A disaster like Fukushima, Chernobyl, or Three Mile Island could happen anywhere.

    Nuclear plants are spread across the U.S. and Europe, and place (( everyone )) in danger.

    • As a side node, Holger Strohm says in the "Quietly into Catastrophe" documentary (based on his enormously informative book with the same title) that in fact NATO strategists dismissed the idea of Europe being anywhere near defendable from the militarist point of view. Because of the uncounted NPPs on European ground. Any aggressor can easily use them as weapons, which takes nothing more than a bunker-breaking bomb dired at the plant. These "neat" bombs/missles can penetrate concrete/steel constructions up to a thickness of 10 to 20 meters thanks to their extra-hard outer material based on the use of (oh, the irony !) depleted Uranium (I leave it up to you to research on the horrors of this depleted Uranium which is – and that is a key problem – fully evaporated during the impact/penetration process). The concrete walls of an NPP are way thinner (about 2 or 3 meters for those built in the 70s) and as such a piece of cake for one such bomb to crack. And thanks to the wonders of modern weaponry, apart from the sophistacated, remote-controlled laser-guides types, it is my understanding "sufficient models" are even available compact enough to be shot from a bazookas, which basically means you can just as well use a one-man-command to trigger a nuclear holocaust "using" pretty much any NPP on this planet. 🙁

  • No nuclear power plant can take what Nature dished out to Fukushima.

    EARTHQUAKE CAUSED FUKUSHIMA DAICHI MELTDOWN; via @AGreenRoad
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2013/09/earthquake-resistance-and-nuclear-power.html

  • The NW of the US is due for a huge earthquake, just like the one that struck Fukushima.

    Earthquakes, Gravity Waves, And Ionospheric Hot Spots; via A Green Road
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2013/02/earthquakes-gravity-waves-and.html

    For more articles like this one, go to;

    Exploring the Inner and Outer Mysteries of Life
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/p/mystery.html

  • Agree with HOtaters

    "might be potential for a major Cascadia Subduction Zone event. Would have to read what the USGS is saying about this, & prob. HSU (Humboldt State Univ.) to get a better idea of what's going on."

    That CS fault is overdue? to release.. the whole NW has risen up a large amount, tension has built up like a huge coiled spring.. when it goes, it will be a 9 or higher…

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      OK, well, Dr. G., after reviewing the date for the last major CSZ event, it's 410 years since the last one occurred. Historically speaking, if the data on past occurrences are accurate, the CSZ IS DUE for another major event.

      Eeek. That will likely affect everyone from Northern CA up through some point in British Columbia, and will also affect people inland for some distance.

      'Glad I don't live right on the coast anymore. I used to spend a lot of time in Humboldt Bay, and used to wonder what would happen if I were out in my kayak, and a major undersea event occurred. Used to picture myself being sucked out to sea before the tsunami came in. The kind of thought you have to stuff away, and then go about your day. Like thinking, "what are the odds of this happening while I'm out here?" And then thinking, oh well, if it happens, I guess my number is up!

      The fault along the Gorda Plate (Megathrust section) is now thought to be a northern extension of the San Andreas Fault system.

      I saw that yesterday in the docs. I read, but I can't remember which one. It was one of the ones discussing the CSZ fault system (see links above).

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Oh gosh, I can't add or subtract today. Doh! It has been (correction!!!!) 310 years since the last event. So we're into the "window" where the likelihood of a major CSZ event is increasing. I'd be very concerned by the time we reach 350-400 years since the last event (in 1700). That is NOT to say it couldn't happen at any time. But likelihood and odds of occurrence increase as time since the last event increase.

      • Being in a kayak and getting sucked out may be a good thing, because the ocean tsunami can be ridden over out in deep water, with no problem; it is just a big swell, like a huge rollercoaster..

        It is when it gets close to shore and shallow water that it picks up a head of steam, white water and things get out of control..

        So oddly enough, you may be better off paddling out into the ocean if you see the outflow.. rather than fighting it and trying to out run a tsunami over two miles of exposed mudflats.

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          Mmmn …. good point. It's a long way across the Bay and out into the open sea. I had pictures in my mind like seeing those awful, roiling, dirty, debris filled waves which rolled into Phuket, Thailand, after the Bandeh Aceh EQ. There isn't a lot of time to act or react. But if you're able to get out into the open sea, or to high ground, there's a good chance of survival.

          I talked with a Hawaiian man in the 1960's who was the only survivor when a tsunami swept a beach on the big island of Hawaii. His grade school teacher was from the mainland, and didn't know why the water was withdrawing from the beach …. The boy knew, though, and scrambled up a coconut tree. He held on for dear life until he could be rescued. Everyone else perished.

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