Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Planetary Tremors: Precursors To The Sinking Of Japan - Evidence of the Sinking of Japan, as Widespread Liquefaction Surprises Experts!

"We saw some places that sank as much as four feet."

When the massive 9.0 mega-earthquake that hit Japan on March 11th, we witness an unprecedented devastation as the seismic shocks and resulting tsunami killed hundreds of people, decimating infrastructure and destroyed coastal regions. What was also observed then and subsequently with the record aftershocks, was the sudden loss of support for buildings, the irregular settlement of buildings, the cracking of foundations, the breaking of underground utility lines, and the damage inflicted on building contents and electrical services by water. Clear evidence of the sinking in and around the massive subduction zone in Japan. Researchers, seismologists, geologists and other experts are now expressing surprise at the significant level of soil "liquefaction" and its severity in this zone. If geology defines soil liquefaction as a "'phenomenon whereby a saturated soil substantially loses strength and stiffness in response to an applied stress, usually earthquake shaking or other sudden change in stress condition, causing it to behave like a liquid," then it is only fair to conclude that the following article from Physorg, that highlights the surprising research by these experts, as further evidence that Japan will eventually sink into the ocean.

Liquefaction induced by the recent earthquake in Japan caused nearly three feet of settlement at this water purification plant that serves 19,000 people, breaking pipes and flooding underground structures... The findings also raise questions about whether existing building codes and engineering technologies are adequately accounting for this phenomenon in other vulnerable locations, which in the U.S. include Portland, Ore., parts of the Willamette Valley and other areas of Oregon, Washington and California. A preliminary report about some of the damage in Japan has just been concluded by the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance, or GEER advance team, in work supported by the National Science Foundation. The broad geographic extent of the liquefaction over hundreds of miles was daunting to experienced engineers who are accustomed to seeing disaster sites, including the recent earthquakes in Chile and New Zealand. "We've seen localized examples of soil liquefaction as extreme as this before, but the distance and extent of damage in Japan were unusually severe," said Scott Ashford, a professor of geotechnical engineering at Oregon State University and a member of this research team. "Entire structures were tilted and sinking into the sediments, even while they remained intact," Ashford said. "The shifts in soil destroyed water, sewer and gas pipelines, crippling the utilities and infrastructure these communities need to function. We saw some places that sank as much as four feet." Some degree of soil liquefaction is common in almost any major earthquake. It's a phenomenon in which saturated soils, particularly recent sediments, sand, gravel or fill, can lose much of their strength and flow during an earthquake. This can allow structures to shift or sink and significantly magnify the structural damage produced by the shaking itself. But most earthquakes are much shorter than the recent event in Japan, Ashford said. The length of the Japanese earthquake, as much as five minutes, may force researchers to reconsider the extent of liquefaction damage possible in situations such as this. "With such a long-lasting earthquake, we saw how structures that might have been okay after 30 seconds just continued to sink and tilt as the shaking continued for several more minutes," he said. "And it was clear that younger sediments, and especially areas built on recently filled ground, are much more vulnerable." - Physorg.

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MASS ANIMAL DIE-OFF: Thousands of Dead Fish in Ventura Harbor!

A second massive Southland fish die-off has scientists looking for links, as six tons of sardines were found dead in Ventura Harbor in California on Monday.

Officials were trying to determine Tuesday what caused thousands of sardines to turn up dead in Ventura Harbor, another puzzling case of fish that died off after apparently using up all their oxygen. Harbor master Scott Miller said he arrived Monday morning to find patches of dead sardines floating on the surface of the southwest corner of the harbor. Other fish bobbed near the surface, appearing to gasp for air. After deploying aerators to stir up oxygen below the surface, a dozen volunteers used nets to scoop about 6 tons of fish carcasses from the water before dumping them offshore, he said. The incident comes about six weeks after millions of sardines died in Redondo Beach after swimming en masse into King Harbor and suffocating. In a massive cleanup last month, workers removed about 175 tons of fish carcasses that floated in the marina and began to rot underwater. Although the dead fish in King Harbor tested positive for domoic acid, a poison generated by toxic algae blooms, scientists believe the fish gathered in the enclosed harbor in such huge numbers that they died of critically low oxygen levels, not poisoning. So far, the fish kill in Ventura appears to be much smaller. Masses of fish started crowding Ventura Harbor about a week ago, Miller said, though it was unclear what drove them there. "We just think they moved in there, and it was just like crowding too many people into a room," he said. "There's no sign of red tide, and there's no indication otherwise on why that would have happened, other than oxygen deprivation." Dolphins, sea lions, porpoises and seabirds streamed into the harbor to feast on the heavy concentration of easy prey. The die-off seems to have subsided since the cleanup and aeration, Miller said. "We think we got about 90% of the fish," he said. "And the birds this morning probably got the rest of them." - LA Times

EARTH CHANGES: Anomalies, Violent Clashes and a "Wicked" May?!

We continue our look at the Earth changes and weather anomalies, as usual we start in America, where the state of Texas continues to burn from border to border, as firefighters battle the worst forest fires in 90 years, with over 1.5 million acres already up in flame. A cold front is expected to bring rain and lower the fire threat on Wednesday, but the threat is likely to return on Thursday for parts of west Texas.

Texas firefighters on Wednesday continued to battle blazes that have scorched a million acres and have been burning for more than a week, according to the Texas Fire Service. "We're actually seeing Texas burn from border to border. We've got it in West Texas, in East Texas, in North Texas in South Texas - It's all over the state," Texas Forest Service spokeswoman April Saginor told CNN Radio. "We've got one in the Dallas area that's four fires that have actually merged together." Saginor said firefighters from 34 states are now in Texas battling blazes that, over the past two weeks, have destroyed 170 homes and scorched 1 million acres. "Some (fires) are over 100,000 acres, and they've been burning for over a week, so that's our priority right now," Saginor said, "to put out the big ones... "Even if we get two inches of rain the ground's going to eat it up," said David Hennig, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Midland, Texas. "We need a pattern shift."... Hennig said weather models show the possibility of more storms this weekend and perhaps next work. While the rain is needed, storms accompanied by lightning pose a fire risk, he said... Van Horn, Texas, which is 165 miles west of Odessa, is expected to face a critical fire threat on Thursday, as well the nearby state Highway 54 corridor and the southeast New Mexico plains. Firefighters in Texas had to contend with 11 new fires Tuesday in addition to carryover blazes. Massive flames forced the evacuation of at least three towns and brought widespread damage to several parched counties west of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area Tuesday, authorities said. - CNN.
At the time of writing, there are at least 23 large wildfires burning across Texas. It has been estimated that there have been 7,807 fires in Texas since 2011, which have burned 1,528,714 acres of land and 244 structures. One of the primary reasons for this fire is the warm temperatures, dry vegetation, low humidity and strong winds. Conditions that have helped to spark the fires, smoke and dust now seen all across the southern state.

Speaking of dust, the Business Insider revealed an image from NASA showing how dust originated in Kansas and spread across to Texas.

Dust and smoke plumes mingle in this image, but can be easily distinguished from each other. Smoke plumes are pale gray, and arise from hotspots—areas of unusually high surface temperatures detected by MODIS—outlined in red. The dust plumes are tan, similar in color to the ground surface in this region. The parallel dust plumes mimic the southwestern margin of a nearby cloudbank. The clouds may be associated with the same weather system that stirred the dust.
In Sri Lanka, a minor yet mysterious tremor in the south, damaged seven houses and provides further evidence of the sinking of the land.

Sri Lanka Geological and Mines Bureau says that the alleged earth tremor reported from Kirinda in the Southern Province is not an earthquake. The Bureau rejected reports by some media that the incident was an earthquake arguing that an earthquake would not restrict to such a small land. No earthquake was marked in the earth tremor gauges set up in Mihintale, Pallekele, and Hakmana of which the last was quite close to the vicinity. The Bureau has sent officials to investigate the incident. One house was seriously damaged while six other houses were partially damaged in the incident, which the bureau attributed to a possible earth sinking. - Colombo Page
In Kashmir, a deadly landslide.

Five villagers were buried alive when a massive landslide hit their houses in the mountainous Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said Monday. According to the police, the landslides, triggered by torrential rains, hit three houses nestled in a hillock in Bhogal village of Doda district, about 180 km northeast of Jammu Sunday night. - Yahoo India

In war-torn Afghanistan, severe flooding kill 7 people.

On the territory of the southern province of Gilan district of Ghazni as a result of severe flooding, which lasted for 3 days, the bridge was destroyed by Muti, so it was blocked traffic on the highway of Ghazni - Kabul. County road, not destroyed by a flood in a position to move only small cars, and hundreds of vehicles are currently not able to cross the border provinces, according to news agency Bakhtar. Natural disaster in Ghazni province, caused by heavy rains also resulted in casualties. According to local authorities, during the floods in the district of Gilan, killing 7 people, including two women and two children. It is worth noting that last year the bridge was also destroyed in a flood, and a message from the province of Kabul was closed for several days. At present local authorities are making efforts to resume as soon as possible move. - Afghanistan RU
In Indonesia, the rampant flooding continues as the land slowly sink away.

Flood rob 23 houses soaking Paga village residents, District Paga, Sikka District, East Nusa Tenggara, yesterday. Rob also soak one elementary school building. Height of water in the settlement when plagued rob reach 4 meters. "Flooding makes people panic and fleeing," said Edys Hollow, a resident. The events that often occur when ocean waves are high. Over the last five years, there have been three times the flooding that resulted in losses rob tens of millions of rupiah. However, there has been no effort from local government to relocate residents. Local authorities have built a retaining wall waves on the coast, but not much help. At last rob, rising sea water onto land until a radius of about 200 meters... At least 40 housing units Pinding Village, Yellow, Rikit Paloh and Lawe Hijo Ampera Bambel District Southeast Aceh district on Monday around 21:00 am inundated by floods with a height of 30 cm. Although there were no casualties in the disaster, but the surrounding communities had created panic and spread out of the house. Certainly a result of this kiraman flooding farmland and plantations so that citizens around the damaged crop failure... Put a large sea water flooded about 25 percent of the area the City Council and is the largest flood event in the history of the related alleged plot increasingly mendangkalnya Asahan River, until the water overflowed into the inland sea... On the outskirts of the city, such as Simardan Island, Gulf Nibung, Kapias Crocodile Island, the Strait of Lancang and Coastal Birds also flooded... Access to Khozainul Ulum Madrasah Aliyah Dodoman Lamongan on Hamlet Village District Bojoasri Kalitengah still submerged overflow Bengawan Jero. National examination committee, supervisors, and student participants met the national exam by boat. Until the third day of the national exam on Wednesday road and the school yard was still under water as high as 40-50 centimeters. - Pole Shift NING
There was also a landslide in the Bogor region, as well.

Four people were killed and eight others wounded in a landslide disaster in Kampung Rengganis, Cintamanik Village, District Cigudeg, Bogor regency, Indonesia, on Wednesday (20/04/2011) at around 01.00. Joint TNI officers, police and officials assisted Cigudeg District residents are still evacuating victims still buried under landslides. Meanwhile, the injured has been rushed to nearby hospitals. PPA Cigudeg Kapolsek Riyanto justify such a landslide incident. When asked for confirmation Riyanto said the victims are buried in the evacuation process is still ongoing. "I was at the scene, the evacuation is still ongoing," said PPA Riyanto when contacted via cell phone Wednesday morning. - Allvoices
In the disaster-ravaged area of Christchurch in New Zealand, major flooding continues to swamp the state.


Trenches are being dug in Christchurch's eastern suburbs as earthquake-weary residents battle floodwaters. Nearly 15 millimetres of rain since Saturday has strained quake-damaged stormwater systems and flooded ground already hit by liquefaction. The weather is expected to improve, but rain is forecast for the weekend. Emergency services last night closed roads in Bexley as water approached properties, but no homes were evacuated. Motorists were asked to avoid flooded areas in New Brighton Rd, Owles Tce, Hawkes St and Anzac Rd near Wainoni Rd. Avonside resident Leanne Curtis, of advocacy group CanCERN, said the flood risk in the east was "huge". She said properties around the Avon River were waterlogged within hours of rain falling on Saturday. "I know people who have dug big trenches to try to get the water flowing away," she said. "If you're near the river and in the flood zone, that's the fear. I know people around the river are pretty freaked out about the concept of it coming through their house." The higher water table and subsided land worsened the problem, Curtis said. Water that would not drain had to be "physically moved". - Stuff
Several scientists that departed from Costa Rica on Sunday to drill a hole in the depths of the sea and rocks deep, reveal that the Earth's crust could be much thinner than originally thought and this could have major effects on tectonic plates, earthquakes and volcanism.


The rocks obtained from the bottom of the crust in the coming weeks will be the closest anyone has come close to the vast and troubled part of the planet called the mantle, which lies between the crust and the core of the Earth. In a 140-meter ship like an oil rig, the 30-member scientific team will bring to the surface rocks located at a depth of 2 kilometers under the seabed of the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. "This is a great step forward, but we are still not reaching the mantle, the mantle is still 3 kilometers away," said one of the leaders of the expedition, Damon Teagle, of Britain's University of Southampton. An examination of the rocks of the crust and mantle could shed light on how the tectonic plates - huge pieces of the Earth's crust formed and how they move. When the plates move against each other earthquakes. Scientists also believe that the details on the composition of the bottom of the crust could help them better understand climate change. The world's oceans hold greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide, which makes them an important element models that attempt to predict how these gases feed climate change from global warming to altering weather patterns. - Ecodiario.  
In the Caribbean, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) is reporting that flash flooding in parts of St Vincent has left millions of dollars in damage.

But the full extent of destruction caused by flash flooding in the north central area of the island on Monday and Tuesday is not known. NEMO reported that landslides had blocked the Windward Highway at several points, from Biabou up to Sandy Bay. The Mount Young River, Sandy Bay River and other rivers in Georgetown had overflowed their banks, washed away vehicles, damaged a number of houses and flooded others. Major damage was seen in Mount Young, where the bridge was impassable because of rushing waters and blockage by huge tree trunks. Other bridges, including that at the Georgetown Market, were blocked for a period of time, while the bridge in Basin Hole, Langley Park, collapsed under the weight of the water and debris. There were no known cases of death or major injuries as a direct result of Monday’s disaster. Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves who returned to the island on Tuesday after delivering a lecture in Barbados at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies, led a team of government officials that included parliamentary representatives, and officers from Housing and Land Development Corporation, as well as the Bridges, Roads and General Services Authority, the Ministry of Transport, Works and NEMO to have a firsthand assessment of the damage. - Stabroeknews
Further south, in South America, the country of Columbia is on a high alert for heavy flooding.

Relief agencies have acknowledged that no equipment to evacuate the water. More than 150 houses were affected municipality of Chia in the early hours of Tuesday by the overflow of the Rio Frio in that location. Civil Defence and Fire responded to the call of the people to whom water flooded their homes, but could do little to help them, since they recognized that lack the necessary machinery for draining water from the houses. In fact, several area parks, parking lots and roads are also flooded by high water that broke the barriers of restraint. During this Tuesday is expected to help most relief agencies from Bogota to achieve evacuate the water pumps. The road that connects with Bogota Chia is to one lane. - Elespectador

The outlook for rain in the country is getting worse. In the last hours there have been five emergencies left one person dead and 1,368 people affected, according to the latest report from the direction of Risk Management. The most critical situation occurred in the town of Utica, Cundinamarca, where a mudslide struck the inhabitants in the early hours of yesterday. So far one person dead and two developing similar. The winter season in the country this year so far left 189 dead and 21 of the disappeared, as evidenced by reports of emergency agencies nationally and regionally. The director of Risk Management and the Ministry of the Interior, Carlos Ivan Marquez said that it will add 40 wounded and nine red warning statements about the growing of several rivers. The official said there are already some 66 thousand new victims as a result of the destruction of some 120 homes have been reported in 2011, following the rains. Between September and December last year, the country experienced what has been described by authorities as the worst crisis in its history winter, when heavy rains left 319 dead and over 2.3 million homeless. "All the rivers are above normal levels" The president Juan Manuel Santos made yesterday called on local leaders and the general public to remain on high alert because most of the country's rivers are above their level and at risk of overflowing. - Vanguardia.
A band of brutal thunderstorms has grazed the southeast coast of China, bringing hammering rains, damaging winds and large hailstones.


The province of Guangdong was worst hit on Sunday, flooded by 63mm of rain, over a third of the monthly mean. The strong winds tore down trees and lamp posts as the storm raged through. At least 18 people lost their lives and a further 155 were injured, in what appears to be just a taste of things to come. April is the beginning of the rainy season which often devastates parts of the country. Each year, natural disasters such as floods ruin an mean of four million homes. Whilst this was happening in the south of the country, the north was being battered by strong wind in the form of a dust storm. Th? dust originated from Gobi Desert in Mongolia and blew across the northern parts of China in Sunday. - World Newz
Let's take this back to America, over the course of several articles, I have been speculating that the earthquake swarm currently being witnessed in Nevada constitutes a precursor to a monumental disaster in America. It now seems that the seismologists at the Nevada Seismological Laboratory and University of Nevada seems to be of that view, as they have stepped up their monitoring of the region.


With more than 20 earthquakes in several hours Saturday evening, and 400 in the past week, Nevada Seismological Laboratory members have mobilized from the University to the Hawthorne area to step-up monitoring efforts for the region. The highest in the sequence occurred at 5:45 p.m. on Sat., April 16. It was a magnitude 4.6, followed 10 minutes later by a 4.1. “Although the earthquake rate has waxed and waned through time, the number of recorded events is very high,” Graham Kent, director of the seismological lab at the University of Nevada, Reno said. In total, this sequence has produced nine magnitude 4 or larger earthquakes near Hawthorne, and about 25 earthquakes larger than magnitude 3.0. A handful of earthquakes were also detected in this area in mid-March, including a magnitude 3.2 on March 15. When compared to the Mogul-Somerset sequence in spring of 2008, rates of magnitude 3 and 4 earthquakes are much higher for the Hawthorne event. For example, throughout 2008 only four magnitude 4 events, including the largest earthquake magnitude 4.7, were registered. A total of 44 magnitude 3.0 or larger earthquakes were seen across all of 2008 in Mogul-Somerset, whereas the Hawthorne swarm has achieved over half this amount in less than one week, and nearly double the number of larger, magnitude 4-plus events. The quakes are located in the mountains about nine miles southwest of the town of Hawthorne. This town, with a population of 3,200, is about 100 miles southeast of Reno and 70 miles south of Fallon along Highway 95. Residents have felt much of the shaking but damage has been minor. To better monitor the evolving swarm, members from the Nevada Seismological Laboratory, working with the Nevada Division of Emergency Management, have deployed additional seismometers around this sequence to upgrade earthquake locations and, in particular, the depth of earthquake initiation. - RGJ
Right now, the California-Nevada Fault Map from the U.S. Geological Survey shows over 700 earthquakes.

Whether this disaster happens or not, sections of the United States is now reeling from another severe weather outbreak that is striking the midwest and the south. According to AccuWeather, severe storms, including tornadoes, is now striking parts of the Tennessee and Ohio valleys.

This violent thunderstorms and tornadoes come just days after deadly tornadoes devastated communities in the southern Plains and Southeast. Unfortunately, some of those towns could again be struck by strong storms this week. Thunderstorms initiated across southeast Oklahoma and western Missouri Tuesday afternoon. The severe weather will continue to race eastward across the Tennessee and Ohio valleys through early Wednesday morning. Many of the thunderstorms will continue to produce powerful wind gusts, driving downpours and frequent lightning strikes. Some of the storms may produce large hail. Unfortunately, conditions could produce more tornadoes over the storm-weary region. Just one tornado passing through a populated area can lead to casualties and major destruction. Powerful storms could also reach as far north as the I-80 corridor, including Toledo, Ohio. The threat for severe weather won't end there. Later Wednesday, parts of the eastern Tennessee Valley, mid-Atlantic and central Appalachians will be at risk for powerful thunderstorms.
AccuWeather is also forecasting that the wild weather in April will be followed by a "Wicked May" of violent clashes between different weather systems.

Experts are forecasting the intense weather outbreaks in the U.S. to continue beyond April into much of May. According to Severe Weather Expert Meteorologist Henry Margusity, "We see no let-up in the weather pattern that has led to the outbreaks this month." A pronounced temperature contrast often produces strong storm systems. May is notorious for severe weather and tornadoes in its own right as warmth builds from the strengthening sun, while the upper atmosphere and the low-level air over the northern latitudes remain chilly. The jet stream tends to hover close to the temperature contrast. We cannot say that there is a direct correlation between La Nina and a particular outbreak. However, the ocean water temperature anomaly in the Pacific tends to lead to a strong polar jet stream. While a strong jet stream is a common occurrence in the spring, the presence of a strong, ongoing La Nina has that strong jet stream on steroids. A strong jet stream is a key contributor to severe weather and tornado outbreaks. While the ongoing La Nina may weaken slightly in the coming months, it is still rather strong at present. It could continue to fuel, in an indirect way, frequent strong storm systems and the severe thunderstorms they often breed. As the chilly air around the Great Lakes, Northeast U.S. and neighboring Canada retreats northward, the risk of severe weather will increase in these areas. While this too is part of the normal northward progression of severe weather in the spring, the strong La Nina driving the strong jet stream may continue to make severe weather matters much worse than normal. Two other factors, such as warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico and intrusions of dry air from the West, are always players in severe thunderstorms... Both of these secondary factors, combined with the strong jet stream may be cranking up the potential energy to be released in the form of violent storms... This boundary is often the fuse for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Throw in the strengthening sun and building warmth to the mix during May and we could really have some ferocious storms on our hands.
Stay tuned. More anon.