Kaku on CBS: “This is a game changer… we may have to rewrite all the textbooks” — Concern about monster quake hitting nuclear plant (VIDEO)

Published: February 7th, 2013 at 6:46 am ET


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Title: New model changes earthquake predictions
Source: CBS News Video
Date: February 6, 2013 5:53 AM

At 1:00 in

Physics professor Michio Kaku, of the City University of New York: This is a game changer. It means that we may have to rewrite all the textbooks on earthquakes. […]

It’s even more unpredictable. Even an innocent fault off the coast of Fukushima can sustain a 9.0 monster quake, when by rights there should not be a 9.0. In some sense we’re back to the dark ages, realizing that off the coast of the U.S. even an innocent fault may sustain a monster 9.0. […]

Also the citing of nuclear power plants; It means that if a nuclear power plant is near a fault line, and the fault line appears to be innocent, it could actually be storing up energy over many cycles.

Host: I thought you were going to come here and make us feel better about earthquakes. […]

Watch the video here

Published: February 7th, 2013 at 6:46 am ET


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26 comments to Kaku on CBS: “This is a game changer… we may have to rewrite all the textbooks” — Concern about monster quake hitting nuclear plant (VIDEO)

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    The depth of these earthquakes in the Santa Cruz islands is around 10 kms, a default depth, but still very shallow.

    “Update 10:31 UTC : 42 aftershocks of more than Magnitude 5 since the mainshock. These kind of strong continuous aftershocks are rather exceptional…."

    • Jay

      If you got familiar with Volovik and Huang's Super Fluid Universe than will be easy to understand this ( and why sliding tectonic plates should not Hang&Snap as the present theory goes ) :


      Sliding Metals Show Fluidlike Behavior , New Clues to Wear

      TEHRAN (FNA)- Researchers have discovered a swirling, fluid-like behavior in a solid piece of metal sliding over another, providing new insights into the mechanisms of wear and generation of machined surfaces that could help improve the durability of metal parts.

      Studies using a microscope and high-speed camera revealed the formation of bumps, folds, vortexlike features and cracks on the metal surface.
      The findings were surprising because the experiment was conducted at room temperature and the sliding conditions did not generate enough heat to soften the metal.

      "We see phenomena normally associated with fluids, not solids," said Srinivasan Chandrasekar, a Purdue University professor of industrial engineering who is working with postdoctoral research associates Narayan Sundaram and Yang Guo … more ….

  • markww markww

    What a bunch of crap Host says: I thought you were going to come here and make us feel better about earthquakes.

    As a Firefighter how can any earthquake make you feel better This is the type of looney toon society is in charge today the FEEL GOOD PEOPLE who can't see across the street in life they all are Mentally sick. They want to make the world in their vision,and its sick ugly harmful,they take everything away and never give back. These so called one worlders want POWER anyway they can get it even if it has to KILL BILLIONS to be first.

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      Killing billions means nothing to these people, markww. The evidence for that appears daily now.

    • 16Penny 16Penny

      Ya, that statement caught my attention too Mark.

      Translated it means:
      1) We paid you to come here and lie, what happened?


      2) You will get your check for your interview sometime. Look for it in the mail on a Saturday.

    • DannieJ DannieJ

      Very astute. Good catch.

  • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

    We can expect monster earthquakes where there are no faults. Remember 5426 meter high volcano Popocatepetl started as a wisp of smoke in a cornfield.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    Scientists Say California Mega-Quake Imminent
    Jun 27, 2011
    “Like a steaming kettle with the top on, pressure is building beneath the surface of California that could unleash a monster earthquake at any time. That's according to a new study from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography.

    “Geologists say Southern California is long overdue for a huge earthquake that could unleash widespread damage.
    “It all comes down to the Salton Sea, which lies to the east of San Diego. The Salton Sea lies directly on the San Andreas Fault and covers more than 350 square miles.

    “A big earthquake has hit the lake bed about every 180 years. But when officials started damming the Colorado River to reduce floods downstream (including in the Salton Sea), the moderate earthquakes stopped for the Salton.
    “Sounds like a good thing, right? Not necessarily. Seismologists think the damming stopped moderate stress-relieving earthquakes on the Salton. Now, they fear the pressure is building and the area could be as many as 100 years overdue for a mega-quake quake, measuring 7.5 or larger….”

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    Special report: Big California quake likely to devastate state
    Mar 15, 2011
    “The San Onofre Nuclear Generating plant is seen on the shore of the Pacific Ocean in North San Diego County, California March 14, 2011. The plant is owned by Southern California Edison and generates 2,200 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 1.4 million homes. California will experience unthinkable damage when the next powerful quake strikes, probably within 30 years, even though the state prides itself on being on the leading edge of earthquake science……
    “Hot desert winds could fan fires that quakes inevitably cause, overwhelming fire departments, even as ancient water pipelines burst, engineers and architects say.
    “’Part of the lesson from the disaster that hit Japan on Friday is that no amount of preparation can fully protect a region such as California that sits on top of fault lines….’
    "’Everybody is playing a gamble that something like this won't happen,’ said Dana Buntrock, associate professor of architecture, at the University of California, Berkeley….”

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    'Monster' earthquake may hit off California coast within 50 years.
    Mon, 10/10/2011
    “SAN FRANCISCO — The ocean floor off the coast of Northern California and southern Oregon reveals a record of massive earthquakes that have hit the region over the past 10,000 years — and there's a 1-in-3 chance that another could strike again within the next 50 years, scientists say….
    “Submarine landslides triggered by major quakes on land have sent layers of sediments onto the seabed, and by dating those sediments researchers led by Chris Goldfinger, a marine geologist at Oregon State University, have calculated that the temblors rupture the ground roughly every 240 years on what is called the Cascadia Subduction Zone.
    “That 600-mile zone runs approximately from the northern end of Vancouver Island in Canada along the coast of Oregon, and into California for 100 miles past Crescent City and Eureka to Cape Mendocino.
    “Goldfinger and his colleagues have found evidence in those sediment layers that 19 monster quakes with magnitudes of 9 or more have struck along the northern Cascadia zone within the past 10,000 years. Quakes that size would have been as violent as the undersea temblor off Japan that triggered the devastating tsunami there in March, and the great Sumatra quake and tsunami of 2004.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    “The recent pattern of giant Pacific Ocean earthquakes increases the risk that the next “Big One” will strike Southern California in the near future, warns Lowell Ponte, a former think tank futurist and retired Reader's Digest Roving Science Editor who has investigated how giant earthquakes are triggered.

    “’A Magnitude 8.8 monster earthquake occurred in the Pacific near Santiago, Chile, in South America on February 27, 2010,’ says Ponte, who for 15 years was ‘the world's most widely read investigative science and health reporter.’

    “’A year later a killer quake shook down much of Christchurch, New Zealand, on February 22, 2011. And less than three weeks later, a 9.0 megaquake and tsunami devastated Japan.

    “’These quakes might somehow be connected,” speculates Ponte, “and not just because all three happened in the ocean-circling volcano and earthquake zone known as the “Pacific ring of fire.”’

    “’These three quakes happened at the same distance in a clockwise sequence. Santiago, Chile, is approximately 5,786 miles from Christchurch, New Zealand, which is 5,847 miles from Tokyo just south of Japan's giant quake.

    “’So if we continue clockwise around the Pacific ring of fire, what's the next earthquake zone at a similar distance?” says Ponte. “Southern California.”

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      “’Los Angeles is 5,471 air miles from Tokyo,’ says Ponte, ‘but the ring of fire volcanic zone arcs north a few hundred miles towards Alaska before coming down along Washington State, Oregon, and California.”

      “’If you are betting on where the next monster quake will hit, put your chips on Southern California,’ says Ponte, who was born there and remembers tremors rocking his cradle.

      “’A Japan-sized 9.0 earthquake in Southern California could cause more than 100,000 deaths and trillions of dollars of damage to the U.S. economy,’ warns Ponte. ‘We need to make more preparations to hedge against this, both as a society and as individuals and families.’…”

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    Monster Quakes 'May
    Come In Clusters'
    “…Evidence is mounting that large earthquakes can rattle geologic formations more than 1,000 miles away – and perhaps even set off volcanic eruptions days, months or years later.

    “There's also an intriguing hint that major earthquakes might occur in clusters: Nearly a third of the biggest quakes of the past century struck during a 20-year span between 1950 and 1970. …
    “After three decades of relative quiet, two massive quakes came in quick succession this month: the magnitude 9 in Sumatra and a little-noticed magnitude 8.1 off the coast of New Zealand three days earlier….
    Do monster earthquakes beget more monster earthquakes?

    “Could the two recent events signal the start of a new destructive cycle?

    “And is it possible the Sumatran quake jolted the geologic plates off Washington's coast enough to hasten the day when they let loose, unleashing what geologists predict will be a comparable catastrophe? …”


  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    The giant M8.0 earthquake in the Pacific Ocean off Santa Cruz Island is like pulling the cork out of a bottle of sparkling wine. The pressure between the Pacific Plate and the Austrailian Plate has now been released, and more movement can be expected as the plates slide past one another. Which means more quakes for Asia, and more quakes for the Americas. (I feel a bit apprehensive with all those nuclear plants built over earthquake fault lines all over the world.)

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Is it not possible..that a series of midsize quakes..or a major localized fault slip won't do the trick?

    April 28 2010
    Map shows 50 new California faults



  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Cities get repaired and rebuilt after quakes, but a damaged nuclear reactor contaminates land, air, and sea. Permanently.

  • weeman

    The tsunami that earthquakes make are small compared to a tsunami that is caused by a landslide from a volcano collapsing into the sea, ie hawaii, canary islands, etc, these tsunami can be over 1 kilometer high and have occurred in recent geologic time.

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    This needs to be reposted here:

    February 7, 2013 at 8:21 am Log in to Reply

    February 6, 2013 Albuquerque, New Mexico – "Earthfiles has received loud boom reports from at least thirty regions of the United States since October 17, 2012, as residents from the East Coast to Bakersfield, California, and from Verde Valley, Arizona to Anchorage, Alaska, have reported booms associated in some cases with bright flashes of light to local authorities and media. So far no one has a final answer to the eerie boom phenomenon that has been ongoing since the spring of 2011. During the first year of reports, many people described feeling hard thumps against the bottom of their shoes and on the wall next to them while floors shook. Then beginning in mid-2012, most witnesses said the loud booms and flashes of light were coming from the sky." http://www.earthfiles.com/news.php?ID=2062&category=Environment. Site contains extensive data base of witnesses and locations of unexplained booms and rumbling.

    "No one knows for sure, but scientists speculate that these "booms" are probably small shallow earthquakes that are too small to be recorded, but large enough to be felt by people nearby. In New Madrid, Missouri, there are accounts of "artillery-like" sounds that were said to have occurred before or during the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-1812.

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short


      [Mystery booms coming from deep in the plate boundary were reported in Indonesia for many months before the December 2004 quake and tsunami.]" http://mysterybooms.blogspot.com/

      • American Phoenix57

        Hey Time Is Short have you read these?

        "Others are engaging even in an eco-type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves. So there are plenty of ingenious minds out there that are at work finding ways in which they can wreak terror upon other nations. It's real, and that's the reason why we have to intensify our efforts."
        – William Cohen, former U.S. Secretary of Defense, April 1997.

        "Technology of weather modification could be employed to produce prolonged periods of drought or storm."
        – Zbigniew Brzezinski, Between Two Ages (1970).

        "We have discovered that the military in the east and west has developed new technologies which could attack the planet and transform it into a weapon itself! This technological process is by no means controlled by the public. Moreover these technologies can be used everywhere on the planet as plasma weapons, weather wars and geo-engineering."
        – Claudia von Werlhof, Professor of Political Sciences and Women's Studies at Innsbruck Austria.

        "A number of methods have been explored or proposed to modify the ionosphere, including injection of chemical vapors and heating or charging via electromagnetic radiation or particle beams… It is important to note that many techniques to modify the upper atmosphere have been successfully demonstrated experimentally."
        – Pg 29 1996 USAF report titled "Weather as a Force Multiplier: Owning the…

        • American Phoenix57

          cont'd. . .

          "Weather-modification can be divided into two major categories: suppression and intensification of weather patterns. In extreme cases, it might involve the creation of completely new weather patterns, attenuation or control of severe storms, or even alteration of global climate on a far-reaching and/or long-lasting scale. The primary areas discussed include generation and dissipation of precipitation, clouds, and fog; modification of localized storm systems; and the use of the ionosphere and near space for space control and communications dominance. The weather-modification applications proposed in this report range from technically proven to potentially feasible."
          – Pg 5 1996 USAF report titled "Weather as a Force Multiplier: Owning the Weather in 2025".

          Here is one of many HAARP PATENTS

          U.S. Patent 4873928:
          Nuclear-Sized Explosions Without Radiation
          Inventors: Lowther; Frank E., Plano, TX
          Assignees: APTI, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
          Issued: Oct. 17, 1989
          Filed: June 15, 1987

  • Three Eleven Eleven Three Eleven Eleven

    Good job Michio Kaku

    >> He said the word "Fukushima" several times

    >> Even innocent faults can accumulate energy like a battery and may sustain a monster 9.0

    >> Cascadia Fault has sustained monster earthquakes before and could be building up energy without us knowing

    >> If nuclear power plant is near fault line…

    >> Where could there be another superquake?

    Worry about Tokyo earthquake, Tehran, San Francisco, and Los Angeles

  • ftlt

    Earthquakes happen.. Be prepared..

    Building Nukes is not being prepared…

    Earthquakes and volcanos have influenced human history in massive ways – no doubt..

    But somehow in my mind, they are down the list from Nuclear brinksmanship and hubris, Climate change disaster, War and Water Depletion… And there is little we can do about EQs like we can about the others listed…

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    After the Fukushima man-made disaster, Tepco admitted that the design of the plants could withstand a 6.0 earthquake, but only a vertical force of 6.0. And the fact that these GE designed plants are all over the US makes me want to ask, " What earthquake limits itself to strictly vertical or strictly horizontal movement? Should not a nuclear power plant be designed for an 8.0 quake vertically and horizontally AT LEAST?