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The Five Cities Most At Risk For The Next Big Earthquake

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Damages from the earthquake that hit the San Francisco area this weekend are estimated to be as high as $4 billion. For many cities around the world, particularly coastal cities situated on the geologically active Ring of Fire, an earthquake could be catastrophically destructive. Bloomberg looks at the five cities that are most vulnerable to earthquakes.



As Michael Snyder rather ominously warns, the quake last weekend is just the start of the shaking in California...


Don't get too excited about what happened on Sunday.  Scientists assure us that it is only a matter of time before "the Big One" hits California.

In fact, the 6.1 magnitude earthquake that hit northern California on Sunday was not even the largest earthquake along the Ring of Fire this weekend.  According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake shook the area around Valparaiso, Chile on Saturday and a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck Peru on Sunday.

As I mentioned above, we have moved into a time when seismic activity is steadily rising.  It has gotten to the point where even the mainstream media cannot ignore it anymore.  For example, just check out the following excerpt from a recent CBS News report…

The average rate of big earthquakes — those larger than magnitude 7 — has been 10 per year since 1979, the study reports. That rate rose to 12.5 per year starting in 1992, and then jumped to 16.7 per year starting in 2010 — a 65 percent increase compared to the rate since 1979. This increase accelerated in the first three months of 2014 to more than double the average since 1979, the researchers report.

Something is happening that scientists don't understand, and that is a little scary.

As I wrote about the other day, earthquake activity seems to particularly be increasing in the United States.  While the west has been relatively quiet, the number of earthquakes in the central and eastern portions of the nation has quintupled over the past 30 years…

According to the USGS, the frequency of earthquakes in the central and eastern U.S. has quintupled, to an average of 100 a year during the 2011-2013 period, up from only 20 per year during the 30-year period to 2000.


Most of these quakes were minor, but research published by the USGS earlier this year demonstrated that a relatively minor magnitude 5.0 quake caused by wastewater injection after conventional oil drilling triggered a much bigger, 5.7 magnitude quake in Prague, Okla.


“We know the hazard has increased for small and moderate size earthquakes. We don’t know as well how much the hazard has increased for large earthquakes. Our suspicion is it has but we are working on understanding this,” said William Ellsworth, a scientist with the USGS.

What in the world could be causing this to happen?

Oklahoma, which used to rarely ever have significant earthquakes, has experienced over 2,300 earthquakes so far in 2014.

That is absolutely staggering.

And of course volcanic activity has been rising all over the planet as well.  In 2013, the number of eruptions around the globe set a new all-time high, and right now persistent rumbling under Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano has much of Europe on alert...

For more than a week the earth has been rumbling beneath Iceland’s looming Bardarbunga volcano. The almost continuous small earthquakes led the government to activate its National Crisis Coordination Centre this week and block off access to the largely uninhabited region around the Bardarbunga caldera.


Major airlines are making contingency plans for a potential eruption that could throw dust into the atmosphere and disrupt flight paths between North America and Europe.

Some scientists are saying that if that volcano erupts, it "could trigger Britain’s coldest winter ever".

Clearly something is happening.

All over the world seismic activity is on the rise.

That means that the shaking in California (and in much of the rest of the world) may soon get a whole lot worse.

So what do you think is causing all of this?


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Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:31 | 5148995 Hal n back
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climate change, obviously


Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:36 | 5149014 666
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Good thing fracking doesn't cause any problems, right?

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:41 | 5149032 camaro68ss
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I can see it now in SF. "where are the supply trucks mr. Obama. Where hungery. We need food and water. We need trucks on the corner now"

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:42 | 5149041 bigdumbnugly
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i was wondering what five cities hillary was going to be stomping around in next....

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:56 | 5149105 blackholes
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You know how when we get sick our bodies just void everything and try to heat and cool the problem to death?

Maybe the Earth has a bug it's trying to get rid of...

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:14 | 5149184 NotApplicable
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I just love it when geological history is expressed as concerning merely by looking at changes over a decade or two. The statistics presented here are but a blip and likely not even as meaningful as a rounding error. While fracking may indeed play a part in seismic activity in some areas, overall, it is dwarfed by the energy present in plate tectonics.

As I learned long ago in boot camp, "Yours in not to wonder why. Yours is but to do or die."

Prepare for the unlikely while hoping for the best is all that one can do.

Oh, and just look at that plate graphic above, and notice there's only one spot on land where the plates move apart. If you subscribe to the theory of abiotic oil, you might note that there's no cheaper and easier spot on the planet to secure future supplies.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:21 | 5149219 Oldballplayer
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On the geologic timeline, the last Ice Age is recent.  As in, we are just coming out of it.

Geologic timelines are listed in the hundreds of thousands of years as a small point.  To suggest we can make any assumptions or projections on variances over such a small time frame is simply ludicris.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:33 | 5149288 Headbanger
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Earthquakes??    BFD!!!

it's the fucking massive, ugly, horribly fast asteroids about to smash Earth to little bits that's the real BFD!

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 13:27 | 5149873 Badabing
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I think that water level rise has put a tremendous strain on the Pacific plate.
The Pacific plate is mostly under water except for a little strip west of the San Andreas fault. Just a few inches of water over the span of the Pacific Ocean can put a tremendous amount of pressure on the ocean floor and trigger a catastrophic event called an ELE

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 17:04 | 5151177 Mr. Ed
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....good point!

And, when you add to that the relative upthrust of the North American plate caused by the incredible depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer and surrounding areas (caused mostly by hoards of little gerbils screaming about their outsized GREEN! lawns. their pools! and their property values), you get an added component of vertically directed shear stress all over the place.

This added vertical shear component (caused by downward force on the Pacific Plate vs. relative upward force on the North American Plate) would tend to concentrate along the San Andreas fault... should be interesting.


PS: if you're thinking that the tectonic plates would deform before transmitting significant shear into the San Andreas... true enough on a geologic time scale; but this is over a period of a few decades... way too fast for viscoelastic stress relief to set in.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 03:08 | 5152783 svayambhu108
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Perfect storm: heavy winter in europe, russia cuts the gas

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:23 | 5149228 Four chan
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too bad they shut down dollard's research facility at bolinas cal. and let the hippies at commonweal destroy all the priceless equipment.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:26 | 5149249 Pure Evil
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It's obviously Bush's fault.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:01 | 5149366 The Big Ching-aso
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A quake here a quake there pretty soon we're all gonna get religion and become quakers.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:00 | 5149404 Kirk2NCC1701
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No, it's God's fault.  He made it, he can fix it.

Oh wait, incoming message... It's YOUR fault now, I'm told.  Pure Genius (God's PR agents).

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:12 | 5149460 Kirk2NCC1701
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Never mind the Blame Game.  You want "No Fault" Insurance.

BTW, does insurance cover Earthquakes?  What about the "Extended Warranty" on my GM vehicle... can you fix that crushed Suburban for free?

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:27 | 5149535 StandardDeviant
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Cats and dogs, living together...

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:25 | 5149243 Herd Redirectio...
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Climate History of the last 800 years (roughly):

1100-~1250:  Medieval Warm Period

1350 - 1650: Little Ice Age

There were cooling periods after 1770 and 1850 as well.  So what do you figure would follow a Cool Period?

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:11 | 5149441 Yes We Can. But...
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If you seek grants, power, fame, control, you'd figure man-made warming is what would follow a natural cool period.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:21 | 5149488 Kirk2NCC1701
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Who cares!? We can always release METHANE gas.  10x more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas.

Before you know it, the whole fucking planet is one giant desert.  The Anunaki and Isis, Ra, Elohim, Baal, Jesus and Allah will be proud that we made conditions to which all these guys are partial to.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 17:55 | 5149799 Citxmech
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When do the sand worms come out of hibernation?

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:03 | 5149145 BuddyEffed
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In response to "climate change, obviously" and to this "

The average rate of big earthquakes — those larger than magnitude 7 — has been 10 per year since 1979, the study reports. That rate rose to 12.5 per year starting in 1992, and then jumped to 16.7 per year starting in 2010 — a 65 percent increase compared to the rate since 1979. This increase accelerated in the first three months of 2014 to more than double the average since 1979, the researchers report. " 

there might be some link to climate change shifting mass.  As ice melts off of glaciers in Greenland, Antartica, and in the mountainous regions, that mass runs off and is moved elsewhere.  There is extra weight in the oceans, and less weight on the land.  If that extra weight had been on the land for a long time (thousands of years) then the stress forces would have had a chance to stabilize.  But when the mass is moved over a short time period to a new place then the stress forces try to rebalance, and that might trigger earthquakes.  Many readers have inched out onto thin ice.  As your mass moves, the ice tends to crack beneath you, and stop cracking in the place that you moved off of.  Obviously, the world and plate tectonics is a more complex system, but the same laws of physics apply.   Moved weight requires a rebalancing of forces and stresses.  It's fundamental engineering thinking and rationale.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:11 | 5149171 espirit
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Sooo... the Earth is going to correct the problem and do a <start over>?

500 Million years of evolution down the drain in 3...2...1...

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 14:10 | 5150126 chistletoe
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no .... entities like viruses and insects are pretty efficient at altering and evolving quickly inorder to adapt to changing environmental features .... only archaic, unecessary, wasteful creatures like people will perish ....

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:25 | 5149248 Oldballplayer
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So, a pound of ice weighs more than a pound of water?

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:27 | 5149316 BuddyEffed
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Fool, the trillions of tons of ice that that were previously located on land in Greenland for instance, and pushing down very hard with extra force there, has to run off and that extra weight is now pushing down spread out over the oceans.  Over the oceans, it may be spread out but there still is a redistrubution of forces.  Now consider if the oceans rise 1 meter in the next 100 years.   Imagine the extra weight of 1 extra meter height of water over a square mile, then imagine that weight from millions of square miles. Eventually, there will be much more weight in the oceans and all of that weight will have been removed from land (mostly in Greenland and Antartica).  That's a massive redistrubiton of stress forces, which could both effect earthquakes and volcanoes too as magma chambers in places may be squeezed an extra amount. 

Also note that I mentioned ANTARTICA, NOT THE ARTIC.  In ANTARTICA, the ice does not float but is sitting on contintenal land and there are more shitloads of ice than you can count, and when it melts it runs off.   In the ARTIC, the ice floats so it doesn't make a difference there, except for the loss of ice cover changing the average albedo, which lets it capture more heat, and make it harder to refreeze.



A cubic meter of water weights 2200 lbs.  The current ocean surface area is around 350 million sq km.


So, if we do the math and multiply the weight by the surface area converted into square meters instead of square kilometers we get : 2200, x 350,000,000 x 1000 x 1000 = 770,000,000,000,000,000.   


That’s 770 quadrillion pounds of weight that would be moved off of the land and moved onto the oceans.  That’s quite a lot of stres forces that would be redistributed.  The seabeds will be pushed down harder than they currently are and will try to sink a little deeper.  And the land where the ice meted off of will not be pushed down as hard, so it will try to spring back a little.  

Now consider just one centimeter of ocean rise.  The redistributed weight would be 1/100 of that, but it’s still 7.7 quadrillion pounds of mass that moved from one place to another.

Imagine laying on a beach, and someone sets a cubic meter of water on your chest (2200 lbs), that wasn't there before.  The redistribution of forces will now make it difficult to breath.  And your body will be forced down deeper into the sand, quite noticably, leaving a mark.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 13:08 | 5149747 Dark Space
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Nerd alert!

Look for the guy maniacally laughing in the computer lab chanting "those fools!" while reading Zerohedge.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 13:54 | 5150007 Badabing
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You troll basted Buddy is correct.
Just conceal the truth, who do you work for you sell out!

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 14:01 | 5150052 BuddyEffed
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Correction, not just a nerd, but a Nerds Nerd. You should see the size of my head. Hey drink or die, notice I said the size of my head and not the size of my ego. No sass in other areas, or segues either. I'm 6'4, and pumped. Are we clear? Crystal?

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 15:06 | 5150575 CultiVader
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Your argument might hold water, but you,sir,come off as insufferable.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 16:49 | 5151121 BuddyEffed
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Cult guy, if you haven't noticed, ZH is not for the meek or weak.  And as Frank Zappa has correctly observed, "The meek shall inherit nothing" :

"Are we not entertained", throws sword into arena battle dirt in disgust....

Further entertainment value can be obtained by seeking out each song from the "You Are What You Is" album, and enjoying the unique and talented instruments and clever and amusing vocals and lyrics.  Guaranteed to ease your suffering :

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:59 | 5154036 detached.amusement
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Hey MoronEffed,

better revisit those bad greenland ice sheet calculations,

and who the fuck told you all the ice in antarctica was on land?  and you believed them???


sounds like you're another one of those too smart for your own good imbeciles

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:43 | 5154227 BuddyEffed
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Hey amused to death, by definition, all of the ice in and on Antartica is on land.  It's a mostly ice covered continent with glaciers thousands of feet high all above sea level.  Now there is sea ice, that is by defininition ice covering the ocean and Antartica does have a lot of sea ice surrounding it.  But that sea ice is still a pittance compared to the glaciers currently sitting above sea level and sitting on land that is currently above sea level.   Bad Greenland, etc. calculations?  You saw the math.  The math is good.  Don't overead into what I posted and make any more invalid ASSumptions.  You got better math?  Then put up, or SHUT UP.  Pretty much all you proffered in your statement was name calling, and unsupported wide sweeping generalization.  Please don't dumb down the average ZH commentary content with your bland tripe.  You make it less fun and interesting for the smart and good people who frequent this establishment.

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 15:11 | 5159816 detached.amusement
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typical warmista response...rolleyes...

"what?!  I'm right, screw you, all my math is correct and there's no holes in it"


yeah, all that sea ice in antarctica....its just a rounding error, no need to bother considering it on water...


not surprising.  pick what data you like, pick what data you dont...


how you think we got AGW in the first place, lol...

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:38 | 5149596 drink or die
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"there might be some link to climate change shifting mass"


Yes, let's just talk out of our asses and postulate what "might" be causing something, even though we have no evidence or sound theories.   Science in the 21st century.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:48 | 5149631 BuddyEffed
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No evidence or sound theories?  Were you a liberal arts major?   Or maybe you believe some magical sky being that you have never seen, but sends you important messages has got it all figured out, and will right the injustice and unfairness that were allowed by him in the first place?  Math is math, physics is physics and engineering insights and analyses are where sound theories come from.  Ask Archimedes.  Ask Copernicus.  Ask Galileo.  Ask the Wright Brothers.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:52 | 5149645 drink or die
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Please cite evidence of earthquakes being caused by ice melting.  I'm sorry, but walking around on a frozen lake doesn't count.


What you pasted is not a sound theory.  It's someone postulating based on their understanding of physics and their (obviously) limited understanding of plate techtonics. 


Maybe you should go stick to r/athiesm and own some "fundies" there.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 13:00 | 5149667 BuddyEffed
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Look at this :

The same principle is involved.  Mass and weight were added to an area, because a dam captured water.  As the weight built up, it pressed down harder in the general area, inducing earthquakes.  Now the amount of water behind those dams is a pittance to the amount of water running off and redistrubiting from glaciers in Greenland, Antartica, etc.

Suggest you google glacial rebound, mister knows little of plate tectonics, and knows little of physics.   Here, I'll even hold your hand and lead your horse to water.  Take a drink?

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 13:00 | 5149708 drink or die
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Do you know what evidence is?  This is not evidence:


"The most widely accepted explanation of how dams cause earthquakes is... "


Just because a lot of people believe something doesn't make it true.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 13:18 | 5149807 BuddyEffed
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By your statements, it's apparent that evidence to you is just something you believe in or someone else doesn't believe in, regardless of good engineering considerations backed up by websites that give credence to the merit in technical considerations proferred.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 14:04 | 5150065 Badabing
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Drink and die,

"Just because a lot of people believe something doesn't make it true."

This theory has been suppressed so a lot of people never heard of the hydrodynamic connection so have another drink!

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 13:20 | 5149831 blackholes
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Tell that to the Vatican.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 16:31 | 5151042 BuddyEffed
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As far as captured water behind dams causing earthquakes go, DoD might be tempted to argue that water is not ice, and therefore my point is somehow invalid or mute.  I would be careful along that line of thinking, because I think that there are more than a few astute ZH readers who could successfully argue that water is indeed, in fact ice (for all intents and purposes in this technical context).

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:41 | 5153962 detached.amusement
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Flake?  Decide it was time for a name change?


magnetism has NOTHING to do with this phenomena, YEAH.....friggin morons

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:04 | 5149413 Kirk2NCC1701
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And I am wondering when there will be 10.0 quake where the African, Arabian and European Plates meet.

Please, God.  Please!  Just give us the 10.0 and the Plague and Locusts will follow.  Then watch them cross the Reed Sea in the OTHER direction.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:17 | 5149196 oldmanofthesee
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Sarc off. I can't imagine fracking is not a contributor. But, how do so many "smart" people in the fracking community, deny this? 

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:51 | 5149361 gmrpeabody
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Perhaps the source of their paychecks has something to do with it...

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:18 | 5149208 Oldballplayer
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Yeah, I had a flea piss on me the other day and I almost fell over.

If someone thinks Fracking is going to bring on "the big one" then they either have no idea of what fracking is, or they have no understanding of how large tectonic plates are.

The amount of geologic "damage" that fracking does is the equivalent of a flea tripping over a hair on your dogs ass.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:24 | 5149237 Four chan
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tell that to oaklahoma.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:54 | 5149373 Bunghole
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They are fracking the shit out of the Utica and Marcellus in Eastern Ohio without a rise in earthquake activity.

I guess those frackers in Oklahome are better than our frackers in Ohio.


Wed, 08/27/2014 - 13:50 | 5149995 gmrpeabody
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You two make quite a pair...

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:20 | 5149214 oldmanofthesee
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Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:24 | 5149244 Freddie
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Yeah they need to stop all that fracking in San Francisco and North Bay.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 13:30 | 5149856 MalteseFalcon
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Krakatoa = FrackatoaTM.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:28 | 5149259 deadelephant
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Yes.  Because fracking in the United states must be behind a worldwide trend as demonstrated by a volcano in Europe and Earthquakes worldwide.  Why is it so hard to admit that there are cycles to nature that we do not cause, control, or understand?

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:42 | 5149043 Dr Strangemember
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If everyone just drove an Elio Automobile this would never happen.  Come on guys, the future is Elio.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:46 | 5149338 rubiconsolutions
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It'll be Bush's "fault".

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:57 | 5149380 Kirk2NCC1701
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Actually, if you're Religulous, it's... God's 'fault'.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:05 | 5149417 dontgoforit
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It your fault; it my fault; it everybody's fault.  Who is it that don't have a crack or two?

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:42 | 5152404 GuyJeans
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Whether or not you are "Religulous", God is responsible for them.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:57 | 5149393 Grimaldus
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Cue the progressive eco-criminal "earthquake tax" in 3, 2, 1,........




Wed, 08/27/2014 - 15:21 | 5150658 drendebe10
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It's Bush's fault.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:31 | 5148998 ArmyofOne
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If Yellow Stone goes up then consider the entire planet one big city. 

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:33 | 5149008 Dr Strangemember
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That would be glorious indeed!

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:50 | 5149074 Hippocratic Oaf
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Yellowstone is no f-in joke


Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:03 | 5149142 espirit
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Maybe this explains Obomba's obvious disinterest of US affairs in-country, Yellowstone about to climax.

Not a damn thing he can do to alter the outcome, except run when told to do so.

You can bet the sheeple will be the last to know, no panic dontchaknow?

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:05 | 5149422 dontgoforit
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That 747 has to land sooner or later.  Unless it's engines get ashed out.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:46 | 5149060 duo
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"rivers and seas boiling, earthquakes, volcanoes"

"The dead rising from the grave."

"Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!"

Our future is foretold in Ghostbusters

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:30 | 5149267 New World Chaos
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"... you will hear of wars and rumors of wars.  See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.  All these are the beginning of sorrows".  -Jesus  (Matthew 24)

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:09 | 5149168 DOT
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That would make three..... Bloomberg seems not to know what a city is.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:32 | 5149003 Hal n back
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actually, I laugh at this internally but with all the barrels of oil sucked out of the earth over time, when do we collapse like a beach ball letting the air out.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:08 | 5149434 dontgoforit
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And you have to wonder if all that oil isn't a lubricant for many of the plates that are shifting?  Nah.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:33 | 5149005 Dr Strangemember
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I hate when we get a hot day in summer because that means earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, droughts, floods and falling satellites.  

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:57 | 5149107 Hal n back
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the plagues in the movie ten  commandments

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:34 | 5149006 Maplehood
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Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:40 | 5149010 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Supposedly this sort of stuff has to do with shifting magnetic fields.

Think of the earth like a magnet/nail and the magnetic field as the coils. The orbit is not stable it is also varies as far how close it moves towards and away the sun at any given point in the orbit. The more it moves the more the electromagnetic field gets disturbed. That movement creates energy and all energy creates heat in the process and in turn more heat since things are moving through friction. You rub things together long enough they heat up and after awhile something gives.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:53 | 5149084 espirit
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Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:28 | 5149261 Pure Evil
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Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:34 | 5149289 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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You are on the right track.

Why do you think all this shit coincides with these once in a couple of thousand year alignments of planets and stars. It has an amplying effect on forces like gravity pushing and pulling on the planet. When the magnetic fields get disturbed you see animals and everything that uses them (like birds for example since they use magnetism to navigate the skys with built in magnets in their brains) act all wonky.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:12 | 5149456 dontgoforit
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Just this morning on the way to work I saw a large and confused flock of Canada geese trying to aim.  Some groups were flying east, some west, some north and some south.  I couldn't figure it out until at one vantage point I could read what they were saying, "CBO is F'd" - then it all made sense somehow.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:06 | 5149424 Kirk2NCC1701
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Stay calm and just BTFD.

"The best time to buy is when there's blood in the streets"  -Rothschild motto

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:14 | 5149470 dontgoforit
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Lo ciento mucho, mi amigo.  No dinero.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:43 | 5153970 detached.amusement
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dingdingdingding   winna chicken dinna



 frackin idiots keep forgetting about 99% of the mass involved here and the magnetic phenomena thereof...

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:35 | 5149013 Sudden Debt
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Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:37 | 5149015 The Merovingian
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"Something is happening that scientists don't understand, and that is a little scary."

Cue Al Gore to explain it in 3, 2, 1 ...

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:08 | 5149432 ThirdWorldDude
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They surely know what's afoot, but won't tell you in order to prevent panic. (As is the case with every Gubbermint clusterfuck like 3 Mile Island, Fukushima, WIPP,,,) (a well-done analysis of recent geological events in Pacific & Indian ocean)

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:36 | 5149017 Boomberg
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Memphis, St. Louis area due for a big one. The last one in 1812 caused the Mississippi River to run backward for a few days. 

Increase in east and central US likely due to fracking:


Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:24 | 5149242 Oldballplayer
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Fracking might be causing the little, rumblings.  Kind of like a big dump truck going over a metal cover placed in your street during construction.

The amount of liquid injected into a relatively shallow part of the entire earths crust is not going to cause a shift in tectonic plates.  Not only does this assumption indicate the populations ignorace of geology, but of geography--these plates are HUGE.  A few hundred thousand gallons of whatever injected into the equivilant of the top layer of skin means nothing.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:05 | 5149418 Bunghole
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Maybe when you learn that the earth's continental crust is between 20-30 miles thick and the deepest borehole ever was approximately 5 miles deep (most oil and gas wells are less than 2 miles deep), you might lay off the bong.

Fracking causing earthquakes is equivalent to manmade CO2 causing globull warming.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:37 | 5149020 Ancona
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It's Bush's fault!

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:37 | 5149021 Azannoth
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"So what do you think is causing all of this?" - Mother Earth has had enough of Humanity, can't blame Her for that

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:41 | 5149034 lakecity55
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Including cave paintings, writing hasn't been around that long.

I am sure geologists could tell us there are giant upheavals every few million years.


Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:37 | 5149022 Dr Strangemember
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This statement is ridiculous:

That means that the shaking in California (and in much of the rest of the world) may soon get a whole lot worse.


Ummmmm, sure it can.  To be honest it's not like we're waking up on a daily basis to huge quake news.  So a few more quakes and BINGO, it's a "whole lot worse".  Better go strap on your foil helmet for protection!

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:40 | 5149023 Mike Masr
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It's Putins fault! He must have turned on his HAARP and aimed it at the US!!!


Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:38 | 5149024 lakecity55
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Tylers, any of us could predict 'earthquakes' as well as the snyder guy.

I hope you are not paying him big buck$.

-concerned poster.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:40 | 5149028 Schmuck Raker
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"So what do you think is causing all of this?"



just kidding

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:41 | 5149033 BlackVoid
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Well, a big one can come tomorrow or a 5000 years from now.

Yes, seismic activity may be rising, but we have no idea how bad it will get or even if it will get worse or not.


Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:12 | 5149463 Bunghole
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Seismic activity may be rising?

We have less than 200 years of seismic data and over 5,000,000,000 years of seismic actvity here on Earth.

Lets make a case for a rise in activity based on the data which covers 0.000000004% of our history.

F'ing retards.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:41 | 5149037 williambanzai7
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Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:42 | 5149042 RaceToTheBottom
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I wonder if the Tylers know almost half of the presentation is NOT visible because of the stuff on the RHS part of the screen obstructs the video?  Or is that just Chrome?

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:10 | 5149169 andrewp111
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It isa Firefox too, unless you reduce the scale so much that the text is hard to read. What I always do is right click on the picture, save it, and then click on the saved filename. You can also right click and "view image".

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:14 | 5149185 konputa
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Hold down CTRL and move the scroll wheel on your mouse. CTRL and - or + will produce the same results.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:45 | 5149052 loregnum
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Obviously this is climate change or more specifically certainly just the fault of humans. Clearly no earthquakes have ever happened in the planet's billions of years of existence before humans and especially before the last 120 or so years.

Seeing increasing rates of earthquakes clearly means it is the humans at fault rather than it was bound to happen and humans today just happened to exist during it. All the people blaming humans for all things nature have this secret alternate universe where there are no humans and everything else is the exact same and they were able to prove it is indeed the humans that are to blame.  

It'd be really swell if the day came where humanity as a whole doesn't think it is the center of the universe and that everything that happens on this planet is because of or is under humanity's control. 


Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:00 | 5149122 TrulyStupid
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Yes, its Mother Nature fracking in Oklahoma and through the shale gas regions. Her hairspray was the cause of the ozone layer depletion and volcanoes are solely responsible for the increased CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:19 | 5149210 DOT
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In Florida they have been pumping sewage into the ground for decades.


Look out it's gonna blow !

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:09 | 5149438 Grimaldus
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A tax will fix it! Just tax poor people to death and everything will be ok!



Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:28 | 5149260 percyklein
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Ubelievable! Someone had to come up with climate change, I guess -- even when it's obvious that the real reason is fracking in Peru.  

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:53 | 5149374 wisefool
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The question is, who shall we send our global earthquake taxes to? Al Gore is semi-retired.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:46 | 5149057 RagnarDanneskjold
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Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:47 | 5149062 SpanishGoop
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Who cares.

America let's the world shake by dropping bombs everywhere so now the world shakes America.


Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:00 | 5149067 anonymike
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Isn't it obvious? So many sheeple have stuck their head in the sand that its causing increased stress on the fault lines. All the neocon sheeple in Oklahoma, where I live, are no doubt causing the problem. California has a different variation of the head-iin-sand problem, with a lot more sheeple, which explains why they can expect a "big one". Just follow the geo logic/political "science".

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:51 | 5149077 Gamma735
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Shake rattle and roll.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:59 | 5149082 Colonel Klink
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Doom porn click bait, there's nothing you can do to prevent this.  All one can do is have preparations in case of an event.  Provided your house is still standing.  Best thing one can do is move away from danger zones.

/kill joy

EDIT:  The cause of this, we live on a geologically active planet with plate techtonics.  This will not stop until the planet is cold and dead or we vaporize after our sun becomes a red giant.  Humans will be long gone before this happens.  Either through man made causes (nuclear war, nuclear accident, human cause pandemic, etc) or natural selection (asteroid strike,  other causes outside man's control), regardless Earth doesn't really care about the virus (humans) scurrying about its surface.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:08 | 5149162 andrewp111
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There is nothing we can do to prevent it, but if we develop the means to send signals backward in time, we could get a means of early warning. We need a Manhattan scale project to develop cross-temporal communication.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:09 | 5149167 Colonel Klink
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But that would prevent Krugman style economic stimulus because of far fewer broken windows.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:55 | 5149098 SpanishGoop
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People are stupid.

They are spending enormous amount of money trying to build earthquake resistent buildings on a fault line.

I never saw a bird build a nest on a half snapped branch.

"Move away from the fault, nothing to see here".


Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:57 | 5149108 Watson
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To me, every time there is an earthquake, stress is released.

So there is a problem only when earthquake frequency falls, not rises.


Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:59 | 5149112 GOLD AND SILVER...


Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:58 | 5149113 bullchit
Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:59 | 5149121 Rastadamus
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BULLISH on bottled water and toilet paper.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:02 | 5149131 Colonel Klink
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BULLISH on clean water sources (regardless if bottled) and food.

FIFY, toilet paper is a convenience after those two.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:16 | 5149195 SpanishGoop
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You always carry toiletpaper with you in your wallet, or are you totaly on plastic ?


Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:08 | 5152656 IndyPat
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Water is for toilets.

Bullish on Brawndo.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:02 | 5149130 Duude
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California earthquakes are little league to what Chileans live with.  A 6.0 on the richter scale releases 10 times as much energy as a 5.0.  Last year Chile had an 8.2 hit just off the coast, and that degree of intensity is not an outlier in Chile.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:45 | 5149627 espirit
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Here in the CONUS, we had to remark the airfields due to magnetic north deviation as a result of the Chilean quake.

At least that's what I was told.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:45 | 5153978 detached.amusement
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or vice versa, as the case may be

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:04 | 5149143 astoriajoe
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Bush's Fault?

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:05 | 5149154 andrewp111
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The only way anything is "Bush's fault" is if we name a geologic fault after Bush.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:37 | 5149296 Pure Evil
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Its always Bush's fault, The Magic Mulatto said so.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:05 | 5149150 andrewp111
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The earth has its own geologic cycles that have nothing to do with man. Our own presence is insignificant in the greater scheme of things. The Earth has been geologically active since its formation. Great earthquakes and eruptions, similar to what is in the geologic record, will happen again. We just don't know when.


So what do you think is causing all of this?

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:06 | 5149151 Sophist Economicus
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Fracking!   Global Warming!   Abiotic oil!   Cheney!   Joos!


Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:21 | 5149226 Colonel Klink
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Ok you may be on to something with the Joos.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:05 | 5149155 vegan
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In addition to "just" blaming weather for revenue misses, now earthquakes and volcanoes can be mentioned.

Soon we can also add Ebola to the list.

Long: Flashlights, batteries, and canned food
Short: Residential real estate (especially beach-front)


Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:12 | 5149156 luckystars
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Pfft....Scientists don't know when or where. This is just distraction from this!

exactly what has been going on



DHS Warns of “Domestic Violent Extremists”


ahh shut up!

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:16 | 5149197 djsmps
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George Bush

edit: Sorry. That was meant for the HuffingtonPost

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:17 | 5149198 Consuelo
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"You're all gonna DIE...!!!"



Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:17 | 5149201 SpanishGoop
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Well duh, i knew that at birth.


Wed, 08/27/2014 - 13:34 | 5149911 luckystars
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But before that you will OBEY!

I think Ferguson freaked them a bit, hauled out the National Guard and they still came out.

uh oh.........

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:20 | 5149218 BandGap
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Earth Magnetic Field flip time

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:22 | 5149225 LetsGetPhysical
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One event doesn't make a trend, but it does produce clicks for your advertisers. 

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:30 | 5149266 q99x2
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Son of a bitch, just when I'm about to return to LA.

I don't care earthquakes are exciting. In' 1994 I remember driving across the 210 to the 134 into the Van Nuys at 5:30 in the morning. Concrete debris was covering some place on the freeway and I was not sure if overpasses would not be collapsed so I had to slow down for fear of driving off of a cliff. It was fun. Reminded me of my motocross days.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:33 | 5149278 I Write Code
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Must be jelly cuz jam don't shake like that.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:57 | 5149392 Oquities
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a walk on a pristine sandy beach.....a day of kayaking on a solitary earthquakes.   Pure Michigan

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:59 | 5149400 malek
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 According to the USGS, the frequency of earthquakes in the central and eastern U.S. has quintupled

Well then Commiefornia is safe!

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:02 | 5149401 teslaberry
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the problem with a massively growing global population, much of which lives in cities on coastlines or near them is that dramatic natural phenomena like earthquakes, hurricanes, tidal waves, and extreme events of all types, suddenly become a hell of a lot more destructive in absolute numbers.


the proper darwinian perspective however acknlowledges that the escalating destructiveness that rises in proportion to the population and frequency of cities is ITSELF exceeded in geometric proportion by the number of cities and population overall that remains unaffected. humanity is like a massive swarm of cities and regions. the bigger it all gets, the more powerfully destructive any single extreme naturally destructive event becomes. however, due to the nature of the growing swarm, these increasingly destructive events actually have LESS AND LESS of an effect on the collective overall because they are faster at rebuilding and faster at reproducing to replace the people killed and cities destroyed in the event.

we are the locust swarm. all 7 billion?! how many shall we be in 10,20,30,100 years 1000 years? time will tell. but the biggest determinant of our fate is now ourselves and our collective choices. the human species has more freedom now than ever it had in the past , from the dictates of mother nature. we shall be gods! golden gods!


read this , read the historical knowledge of what we believe to be the past extremes in destructiveness. think about the context of our species when those events occured.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:14 | 5149421 UrbanBard
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You are being hysterical. Get a grip.

One facet of modern life is that we have much better reporting than ever before. Hence, we live in a age of hypochondriacs.

Our understanding of what is normal is lacking. This means that we can obsess about inconsequential quakes below 4 on the Richter scale. Oklahoma is probably exhibiting normal behavior. Californians would think the people in Oklahoma are acting like wusses to worry about a 5.6.

The earth is under stress which must be released. It is better to have a series of small quakes than letting the stresses build up. It is speculation that hydraulic fracturing causes quakes or increases their severity. There is no proof.

We live on a dangerous planet. There is nothing we can do but prepare. The earth will move according to its timetable. The probability of a major quake in California is low as is the Yellowstone Caldera exploding. Both are going to happen, but we don't know when.

Getting our panties in a wad won't change anything.


Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:07 | 5149431 Amagnonx
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Earthquakes are due to an increase in current in the earth-sun loop. This causes internal heating, and buildup of pressure.

Basically, we have an excess of interplanetary plasma floating around which is improving the current flow, if the current stays high - then we will get earthquakes.

Its possible to avoid the internal heating by adjusting the atmosphere to be more conductive, so the current flows preferentially through the air, rather than making magma.

Of course, if you make the atmosphere less conductive, then internal pressures increase.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:09 | 5149433 alexcojones
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I love how Michael Synder always aks

At the end of his parable: "So what do you think etc etc?"

Most People - Friends & Family - prefer NOT to think, Mike.

ZH is my Thinking Family.

Of misfits that is.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 13:48 | 5149984 Westcoastliberal
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If you want to hangout with misfits try Quinn's "The Burning Platform". .  Self-described as a bunch of "shit throwing monkeys".  Lotsa fun!

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:18 | 5149483 Jim Shoesesta
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booga booga booga BOO!

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