Lake Mead Water Level Mysteriously Plunges After Nevada Quake

Tyler Durden's picture

A 4.8 magnitude earthquake (originally reported 5.4) shook Las Vegas and surrounding areas Friday morning causing roads and bridges to be closed. The quake went little-reported outside of local news (since there was at first glance minimum damage caused) but, since the quake's occurrence, something considerably more worrisome has occurred.

In the 36 hours since the quake's occurrence, water levels at Lake Mead have plunged precipitously. While we know correlation is not causation, the 'coincidence' of an extreme loss in water levels occurring in the aftermath of one of the largest quakes in recent Vegas history does raise a suspicious eyebrow - especially when there has been no official word on the precipitous decline.

The earthquake hit mid-morning on Friday:

A 4.8 magnitude earthquake shook Las Vegas and surrounding areas Friday morning, forcing loose a rubber casing on a bridge and leading state officials to close Spaghetti Bowl interchanges for several hours.


After the Nevada Department of Transportation inspected bridges for possible structural damage, they deemed the roads safe for travel and reopened them just before 5 p.m. Traffic had backed up for miles during the closures, which came at the start of the Memorial Day weekend.


The quake, which hit at 11:47 a.m., was centered about 23 miles south-southwest of Caliente, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The magnitude was originally reported as 5.4, but the official number was lowered twice Friday.


The ramp from southbound U.S. Highway 95 to southbound Interstate 15 was closed about 12:20 p.m. Friday, officials said.


“The joint damage was pre-existing. The tremblor simply dislodged the protective rubber encasing the bridge seam making it look much worse than it was in reality” and prompting an immediate shutdown of the ramps, NDOT engineer Mary Martini said in a news release about 3:45 p.m.

Since then, official water level data shows an incredible 8 foot plunge in water levels since the earthquake.

considering the (average drop in the last 10 years is 1 inch, this is a troubling outlier.

Source: Lake Mead Water Database,  h/t Professor Doom and Quasar

There is , of course, a possibility that the drop is the result of broken sensors and we will be following up during the week to see if levels normalize.

This is crucial since, as we noted previously,

If the water level drops below 1,075 feet elevation by January 1, 2016, it will trigger a federal water emergency. And water rationing.


Las Vegas Review Journal reported that forecasters expect the level to drop to 1073 feet by June, before Lake Powell would begin to release more water. Assuming “average or better snow accumulations in the mountains that feed the Colorado River – something that’s happened only three times in the past 15 years,” the water level on January 1 is expected to be barely above the federal shortage level.


Even with these somewhat rosy assumptions of “average or better than average snow accumulations,” the water level would begin set new lows next April. But if the next winter is anything like the last few, all bets are off.


If the level drops below 1050 feet, one of the two intake pipes for the Las Vegas Valley, which gets 90% of its water that way, will run dry.

As Roman Catholic Imperialist notes, this is quite unprecedented... For a sense of just how bad things are gettiing, the following images will help...





Update: moments ago the Lake Mead National Recreation Area officially denied that the online reading was accurate blaming the water level collapse on inaccurate water levels as of this morning.

Dare we say it: double seasonally-adjusted water levels?

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glenlloyd's picture

Hmmm...inaccurate data you say. Is the corrected data coming from the BLS?

hibou-Owl's picture

I have a couple of questions:

1. the data is actually quite important as it affects many lives. So why post such a dramatic change without first verifying it. Smells of someone not caring about their job.

2.Is there any redundancy in the sensors to show possible faults.

They Might be better with a rock on the end of a knotted rope.

onthesquare's picture

The reference is to the level of the sea or ocean.  Has anyone checked to see if the ocean level has come up.  Hmm?  Well?  

GeezerGeek's picture

The ocean level in Nevada may have risen, but it's still the same in Florida.

kchrisc's picture

Quick, mail Gore another check.

Liberty is a demand. Tyranny is submission.

TheReplacement's picture

Obviously you did not read the entire post and you did not have your decoder ring.

What you think happened:  Obviously they did make the payment and Mr. Gore restored the water to its rightful levels.  Obama will take credit tomorrow after he blames Bush for the whole thing to begin with.

What really happened:  Nothing happened but a mistake due to either a typo or a broken sensor.  Mr. Gore or some other likeminded criminal made a buttload.  Obama will take credit tomrrow after he blames Bush for the whole thing to begin with.

HolyfieldsOtherEar's picture

If I pay my carbon taxes to the Rothschilds right away, will it go back up again pretty please?

Dig Deeper1's picture

No try Zorin Industries.

CHC's picture
CHC (not verified) May 24, 2015 4:49 PM

They have a problem, not a situation.

RaceToTheBottom's picture

Damn Chinese, always stealing our stuff.

TheReplacement's picture

That would explain the drilling noises coming from the center of the earth.

Divine Wind's picture




They.... they stole our water.

knukles's picture

I todja the Annanuki were gonna be pissed about what happened to their gold.

TeethVillage88s's picture

The water had to disappear so that the Indians can go back to living under the earth.

The area is well known for a system of caves or caverns where the water flows.

The Darwin Mode's picture

"The water had to disappear so that the Indians can go back to living under the earth." --TV88s

Also Dude, "Indian" is not the preferred nomenclature. Injun-American, please.

TheReplacement's picture

How... do you do?

There was an old cartoon of an indian chief who meets the main character, holds up his hand, and says that line.  Wish I could recall it.

Adahy's picture

Just American is fine thanks.  You, on the other hand, if you live here on turtle island, can insert your region of ancestry or emmigration as a prefix.  Euro-American is the most common.
Oh, and don't feel the need to scold people on using "Indian" to describe people of the First Nations, it clearly shows their ignorance so that others can be aware and steer clear.  "Do I look like I'm from fucking India, moron?" is my internal dialogue though when I hear it, but then again, geography has never been the strong suit of the average U.S. citizen.

giggler321's picture

you never played cowboys and red-indians? in my games as a kid no one won bcos I'd get bored and move on to Lego...

holdbuysell's picture

Speaking of them, this video of a Michael Tellinger presentation at a conference was quite intriguing.

Ancient Breakthrough Energy Technology

starman's picture

Who needs  water when we can have QE'S foreva!

Will just buy the fucking thing and list it on S&P no wait Nasdaq no DOW?

q99x2's picture

No problem. Bama get the TPP through and Vegas can import as much as they want. Yellen print it all up, make it possible.

U4 eee aaa's picture

I still say those frackers cracked the rock basin that holds the water and now all the water has leaked down to a lower level

Headbanger's picture

That actually makes sense cause the oil previously trapped in rock layers now fractured prevented water from seeping lower

It will probably hit the hot mantle soon causing a massive tectonic explosion that flips the Earth's poles and all the continents to crash back into each other.

And Hillary will promise to put it all back to normal.

kchrisc's picture

"It will probably hit the hot mantle soon causing a massive tectonic explosion that flips the Earth's poles and all the continents to crash back into each other"

Please don't give the global warming scammers and Gore any ideas.

"We will need to double taxes so we can seal off all the subterranean cracks to prevent the "Continental Crunch." Gore will then be, "coincidentally," a principal in all subterranean seal and fill companies.

Liberty is a demand. Tyranny is submission..

didthatreallyhappen's picture

and Guam WILL tip over, lolololol

Infinite QE's picture

Yeah, fracking has made as much sense to me as turning over the money printing authority to a tribe of alien ashkenazi savages.

Totentänzerlied's picture

The article and all others fail to mention that at 1,050 feet, Hoover Dam hydropower goes offline. So there's that.

Fun Facts's picture

No water and no power. It's only a matter of when.

Add to the list of third world destinations in the USA.

DutchBoy2015's picture
DutchBoy2015 (not verified) May 24, 2015 5:02 PM

Collective Karmic retribution is a bitch

kill switch's picture

Another few feet and the generators at the dam will begin cavitation. Good bye Last Vegasas / Lost Angles...

DutchBoy2015's picture
DutchBoy2015 (not verified) kill switch May 24, 2015 5:07 PM

Kind of like Sodom and Gomorrah,  no big loss

daveO's picture

I'll do my part and adopt a show girl. 

kill switch's picture

I love it... your a fucking opportunist....


Calmyourself's picture

They start cavitating and they will destroy themselves in short order.

kill switch's picture

Your right and I'm sure the engineers are aware of contingency plans..If any....

Bollixed's picture

Cavitation? Not likely, those generators are driven by the water, they are not driving the water.

disabledvet's picture


The loss of weight might cause the Dam to "lean back" though. In theory it could pull away from the Canyon Walls.

Those Houseboats are hugely expensive btw...some upwards of a million plus. There was one up at Glen Canyon that had its own helicopter.

Water this low won't make fishing very easy.

I wouldn't be too worried about electricity issues.

kill switch's picture

I don't worry about anything in the exceptional world of Amerika,,,,Electricity for all forever not to worry...And water in Kalifornia they have plenty.....I don't worry about water issues....MUHAHAHAHAHA

kill switch's picture

 those generators are driven by the water

 When the water stops driving the blades the RPM diminishes and whats left of the water boils and back flushes..In any event no electricity....GOOD LUCK ALL!!


Bollixed's picture

In any event no electricity

Well, you got that part right.

In any hydro electric system such as the Hoover Dam they open and shut gate valves to start and stop the generators to meet demand or do maintenance. The lake running low will cause them to shut the generators down. Nothing out of the ordinary except the finality if it gets to that.

kill switch's picture

In any hydro electric system such as the Hoover Dam they open and shut gate vales to start and stop the generators to meet demand or do maintenance

 Under normal conditions the manipulations of spillways and valves are a function of the dam and I simply state that these are not normal conditions we face,,,fuck it nothing is normal in the empire...We are all going to check out soon..The further south you go the better your chances of prolonging your existence.


Good luck to you and yours




Bollixed's picture

Thank you. Good luck to you and yours, as well.

One wild ride coming up...

goldhedge's picture

Take all the piss from California and dump it back in the lake.


kill switch's picture

going back to williambanzai7's hillary number two graphic it would seem to me that just one of those could do the trick.

Meatballs's picture

Built in Prozac. Perfect.


Fred Garvin's picture

Just rehypothocate the water that is there now ten times over, just like gold. Now there is plenty of water...problem solved!