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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The_Prisoner's picture

Time for Las Vegas Dave, Sheldon Adelson's butt-budy, to fuck off to Israel.

Freddie's picture

Stevie Wynn and a bunch of others too.

God punishing Las Vegas for stealing all the little people's money including many goyim.

PS: I am not one of those Bibi loving evangelicals like Congress who gives him 500 standing ovations during his 2 minute speech.

If the evengelicals were paying attention - they would remember that Jesus threw these people (like Bibi et al) out of the temples for being slime.  Jesus did not like them.   They also cruxcified him and blamed the Romans.

earleflorida's picture

New England 'RE' should be on one`season' outliers agenda[?],... having all '4' seasons guarantees a good nite sleep.

Crocodile's picture

Ever been to California?  Hope it rains and rains and rains, for the last thing the country can take is a mass exodus of Californians polluting their ideology or lack of thought processes onto the already dumbed-down nation.  Save the children!

NOTfromSanFrancisco's picture



I upvoted you and I am a Calif resident...

Buster Cherry's picture

I was born there only because my Dad was in the Navy.

redd_green's picture

Barrump bump!  Show at 11, please tip your bartenders...

Kprime's picture

earthquake adjusted water levels.   Mother earth must be pissssed at CA

Gerb00's picture

Seasonaly adjusted the water level is 18' higher, nothing to see here, move along.........

oncefired's picture

It's Bush's Fault! We can still blame him right?

WillyGroper's picture

It's pissing down where I live for the last 2 weeks. Forecast for 10 more days with maybe a 1 day break.

Ground can't hold anymore. Bye bye bye vege garden & my guess is the wheat harvest will be glue.

henry chucho's picture

The drug smuggling tunnel from Tiajuana was supposed to terminate in San Diego,unfortunately,the cartel overshot the mark by 200 miles,and ended up under the Hoover Dam

Hovel Downs's picture

record rainfall and flooding in Oklahoma.  Try to keep up, that was last years EOTW climate change scenario.

kchrisc's picture

Las Vegas has some of the most brutal gun and badge thugs in the DC US occupied American country. Another great reason why I will never go there.

I wonder when the thug raids for water will begin?!

"Mam, I pulled you over and tazed you and your son because I need to check that that bottle of water is within your ration parameters."

Liberty is a demand. Tyranny is submission..

Freddie's picture

Oh it is worse than that.  I went there for a business meeting. I never wanted to go there and tried to get out of it.  The casinos have their own security like secret police.  I saw them visiting a hotel room.  Two of them.  It looked like a gambler was getting a margin call or something.

Las Vegas is like hell on earth where the whole city reveolves around fleecing the suckers who go there.  In the summer - it is almost as hot as Dante's Inferno.  And the reality of Vegas is as scary and creepy as Dante's book.  

DutchBoy2015's picture
DutchBoy2015 (not verified) Freddie May 25, 2015 12:53 AM

Gambling is a mugs game.  

Yen Cross's picture

   I hear Davie Jones, oopss.... Jimmy Hoffa, resides under lake Mead.

grunk's picture

Harry Reid and John Boehner are already selling the water to the Chinese under the TPP.

oooBooo's picture

The most likely problem would be a measurement issue. The water sloshes in the quake or other issues cutting the sensor communication or causing inaccuracy due to the reference wires breaking/shorting etc. The only reason the water actually drops would be the dam cracked or a hole opened up under the lake.

Freddie's picture

California really needs 50 million more illegals to fix their water problem.  Sick.  The old Sierra Club predicted all this before it was taken over by the progressive marxists who pushed open borders. 

Capt. Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Society tried to fight against this because he was on the Serra Club board but he failed.

Pomkiwi's picture

Earthquakes can accompany uplift in the terrain. As they measure the lake by its height above sea level it is quite easy for the depth of the lake to be unchanged whilst the terrain has uplifted. Eyesight and a measuring stick are a handy back up in such cases.

NoWayJose's picture

The Earth sucks!

zelator's picture

Why is space a vacuum?

Because the Earth....

Oswald did it's picture

Just think how many viable planets there could be in the known universe (billions by some estimates) - you woke up on this one!   congratulations don't forget to tip the staff

DontFollowMyAdviceImaDummy's picture

we updated a few folks....

windcatcher's picture

I go swimming in the pure, clean Colorado River below Davis Dam almost every day except for the month of January; flow rates and height of the water on the river very greatly. This last month the water level has been at full capacity. I am just saying that outflow of water has been maximized and not reserved which would result in higher water levels in the dams.

Lake Mead has been desperately low on water for years largely due to over usage of the water. With the California drought the demand for water has increased, so, more water is released. Not one gallon of Colorado River water reaches the ocean, it is aquaducted to California.

The theory of the crust opening up and swallowing the water is an interesting theory but has no empirical fact; there would be sinkholes in the shallow lake to indicate the water was displaced.

LongOfTooth's picture

I know Las Vegas dumps their sewage into the Colorado.  I wonder how many others....


jim249's picture

If you look at the 5::00 to 7:00 period, the water level has changed drasticly again. Maybe the China men have hacked in?



MansaMusa's picture

The banksters stole Lake Mead?

KuriousKat's picture

I dont believe a gosh darn word of this. My area 51 contact, who is right in the middle of this action,  sent me a photo taken within the last 24 hours..I don't care what sensors or censors are at work here.

This picture says a lot more to me than a rusty dry boat on a lake bed.. and animated gifs.


If water is missing look for it on the Walmart shelves at a $1.50 a pop.

Everyone stay frosty.




orangegeek's picture

MOAR QE will make lake Mead rise again, right yellen? You asshole!!!!

venturen's picture

must be a big wave sloshing around lake mead from the quake! Anyone surf it?

silverer's picture

Now it shows an increase in level.  Wow.  Can of worms.  Now they can claim that earthquakes are good for raising water levels, and let the frackers loose, triggering small earthquakes that are sure to fix the water problems and bring prosperity back to CA.  Gets better all the time, this stuff...

TheGreatRecovery's picture

Let's talk about SOLUTIONS!   :-)

When in Vegas, don't take a shower.  This is okay, because what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

When in Vegas, don't pee in the toilet, because it takes several gallons of water to flush the toilet.  Pee in a cup with a lid, and save up your cups, and, every morning, take the cups down and water the plants with them.

When flying to Vegas, bring a suitcase full of full water bottles.  Trade them to the natives for "chips" or whatever it is they produce there.

redd_green's picture

Naahh.  The Fed's just have to reboot the 386, the old software just glitched again.  

bentaxle's picture

Anybody unlucky enough to have a boating accident in Lake Mead?

TheGreatRecovery's picture

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