Is This The Big One? Large-Scale Motion Detected Near San Andreas Fault

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As if California doesn’t have enough problems already...

The big one is believed to be due every century or so along major fault lines – and California is long overdue. Eventually, there is just too much built up pressure that must be released.

Although experts don’t know when a major earthquake may hit the San Andreas fault, they expect that it is simply inevitable and have warned for years about mitigating the disaster to come.

Sadly, few of those warnings have been heeded, and major destruction is likely to someday affect, directly or indirectly, most of the tens of millions of residents who live in or near Los Angeles and the surrounding area.

Here are some of the simulations of what they officially say could happen. In reality, the damage and the secondary effect on social order could have an even greater impact:


And the real world data is troubling as well.

Now, researchers have been able to model that build up of pressure along the tectonic plates of the San Andreas using new GPS techniques that have allowed more information:

Analysis of GPS data has revealed new areas of motion around the San Andreas Fault System.


Using data collected by the EarthScope Plate Boundary Observatory’s GPS array, researchers identified 125-mile-wide “lobes” of uplift and subsidence. Over the last several years, the lobes, which straddle the fault line, have hosted a few millimeters of annual movement.




Lead author Samuel Howell, a researcher at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, explained in a news release. “Using this technique, we were able to break down the noisy signals to isolate a simple vertical motion pattern that curiously straddled the San Andreas fault.”


Researcher Bridget Smith-Konter said: “The powerful combination of a priori model predictions and a unique analysis of vertical GPS data led us to confirm that the buildup of century-long earthquake cycle forces within the crust are a dominant source of the observed vertical motion signal.

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 "Using this technique, we were able to break down the noisy signals to isolate a simple vertical motion pattern that curiously straddled the San Andreas fault."

As SHTF recently reported, the news is not good.

According to the leading scientists in the study of tectonic plates and movements, earthquakes must periodically relieve plate pressure (about 16 feet worth of movement every century), but that has not happened on the San Andreas fault during that time period – in fact, the event is overdue.

Scientists have renewed their warnings that the faultline “looks like it’s locked, loaded and ready to go.” As the L.A. Times reported:

Southern California’s section of the San Andreas fault is “locked, loaded and ready to roll,” a leading earthquake scientist said Wednesday at the National Earthquake Conference in Long Beach.


The San Andreas fault is one of California’s most dangerous, and is the state’s longest fault. Yet for Southern California, the last big earthquake to strike the southern San Andreas was in 1857, when a magnitude 7.9 earthquake ruptured an astonishing 185 miles

[…] “The springs on the San Andreas system have been wound very, very tight.

If/when a major earthquake does hit the L.A. metro area, there will be a significant danger of societal collapse – with every major service from water, food, gas, electricity, transportation, sewage and more under threat of severe – and potentially prolonged – disruption.

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Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Russian hackers will be blamed.

J S Bach's picture

"If/when a major earthquake does hit the L.A. metro area, there will be a significant danger of societal collapse"

The illegal aliens will have a field day.

Skiprrrdog's picture

At least many of them know how to swim...

santafe's picture
santafe (not verified) Skiprrrdog Jun 21, 2016 9:18 PM

Well, get READY for when BAD THINGS Happen.

DeadFred's picture

When the Big One hits it will take out the derivatives and pull down the house of cards. Really, if it hits put on shorts for an end of world scenario. You will be the richest guy in the world until the zombies eat your brains.

RafterManFMJ's picture

Can we not bomb the fault line? Or station a battalion or two on the fault border?

DeadFred's picture

You will notice the article is short on time lines. Predicting a quake in Cali is child's play, as long as you don't say when.

stinkypinky's picture

It's clickbait bullshit fluff

Four chan's picture

eric dollard is the only one who will know.

H H Henry P P P Paulson's picture

With his earthquake detection device, he'll find out when first.  Then our pet dogs find out second. 

JRobby's picture

Some say a comet will fall from the sky.
Followed by meteor showers and tidal waves.
Followed by faultlines that cannot sit still.
Followed by millions of dumbfounded dipshits.

Some say the end is near.
Some say we'll see armageddon soon.
I certainly hope we will cuz
I sure could use a vacation from this

Silly shit, stupid shit...

One great big festering neon distraction,
I've a suggestion to keep you all occupied.

Learn to swim.


vegan's picture

"You will notice the article is short on time lines. Predicting a quake in Cali is child's play, as long as you don't say when."


Which is no different than predicting a collapse in markets.

Fester's picture



Anyone with two brain cells knows that HAARP is for reals and can trigger any earthquake, volcano, thunderstorm anywhere in the world.  Crayz what those CIA/NSA BOYZ can do.

NoDebt's picture

Doing a little research this very evening about welding wire.... which apparently has little to do with earthquakes until you dig deeper.  Many modern MIG welding wires got a designation of "NR" stuck somewhere in their part numbers starting maybe 10 or so years ago.  Didn't know it had anything to do with earthquakes until I learned that "NR" stands for "North Ridge", after the earthquake that hit the area in 1994.

I won't bore you with the details, but it involves having less hydrogen in the welding metal that makes for stronger but MORE BRITTLE welds.  

Here's a typical spool of "NR" MIG welding wire that a home-gamer like me would use:

Fuckin' freaky, huh?


NidStyles's picture

What's really concerning is that you're still using MIG when TIG is so cheaply available these days....

o r c k's picture

Whether mig or tig, whatever your gig, it fits nicely on my big rig, you dig?

de3de8's picture

Each have their best uses as does stick and O/A, just sayin.

Toonces McGraw's picture

On the 31st floor, a gold plated door, won't keep out the lords burning rain.

Oleander's picture

I was curious so I looked up the weld failures from the earthquake.

Lincoln Electric was responsible for the failed welds, (99% were Lincoln wire), but Leon Panetta lobbied for them.  They never had to accept responsibility.

It seemed better to get the Federal gov't to pay for the retro fitting of the welds.

FEMA Grants -$126 million for the mayors office.

How many of these welds still have not been fixed?

The more you know...

Nexus789's picture

The War on Earthquakes. 

Dude-dude's picture

Need to build a wall.  Seriously.

AGuy's picture

Meh. Nothing a roll of Duct Tape can't fix /sarc


Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Does it work for eternal damnation? Wow. And I thought I wasted my money on that case to ward off anthrax!


cats rule's picture

James 1:13 when under trial let no one say "I am being tried by god"

for with evil things god cannot be tried nor does he himself try anyone

your idea of a God who picks who to torture with earthquakes, illnes or other 

bad things is sad

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

This will provide justification for a retaliatory attack against Syria.

TBT or not TBT's picture

WMD this time.  Or the Kraken.  This aggression will not stand, man.  

thinkmoretalkless's picture

Maybe the whole west coast will break off and float down to Mexico, could be a good thing.

vegan's picture

Keep laughing, but it won't be so funny when everything east of Las Vegas falls into the Atlantic, and the West Coast is all that's left.



Freddie's picture

Can it please take Zollywood and Sacremento?

PlayMoney's picture

First call won't be for fire trucks, law enforcement or medical will be to ban guns

GeezerGeek's picture

HRC: "Donald Trump Caused The Earth To Tremble!"

NY Times: "Women and Children Hardest Hit"

Obama: "We need to suspend the 2nd Amendment."

Bill Nye: "I warned you about global warming!"

Bill Clinton: "Hi, sweetie, like my cigar?"


MrTouchdown's picture

I was going to vote giant meteor for president, but now I'm thinking catastrophic fault line.

Fish Gone Bad's picture

As the earth moves through space, it will come into contact with an asteroid of dark matter, causing an extinction event, long before the sun expands and bakes everything.

11b40's picture

So, you mean on a long enough timeline the survival rate for everyone drops to zero?


you enjoy myself's picture

Dear god isn't this the depressing truth.  You forgot to add:

Krugman: Yes!!! This is just what we needed.

S&P: up 50 points.

Yellen: Due to concerns (or better yet, "uncertainty") as to whether the 8th largest economy in the world falls into the ocean, we will continue giving our member banks free money and buying up their garbage at face value.

CNN: "California's black box thought to contain last moments of 40 million residents: Wolf Blitzer is on the scene after this commercial break."



junction's picture

The real seismic danger is if there is a fracture of the plate now over the Snake River-Yellowstone "hot spot."  That plate prevents a mantle plume from forming, a mantle plume being potentially a climate destroying event, initiating the equivalent of a nuclear winter event.

froze25's picture

I have read about Yellowstone,  serious stuff.

DeadFred's picture

The real danger is that there are dozens of Yellowstone-like calamities-in-waiting around the world because for whatever reason earthquakes and volcanoes are going crazy. As with the BLS the USGS is fudging the data. Check out how many 5.9 and 6.9 quakes there are, statistically improbable, because 6.0+ and 7.0+ quakes are categorized differently. Still the numbers are quite striking. Yellowstone, Mt. Fuji, LA, SF, the New Madrid or Cascadia it won't matter. The first one takes out the derivative structure. This is the effect of Central Bank manipulation, they will keep the house of cards up until the first big insult then it crumbles.

espirit's picture

So what are the bookie odds that TPTB know about a world climate changing event and are willing to go for broke with Russia for a winner-take-all game?

That's my conspiracy theory, and I'm stickin' to it.

Surviving is gonna suck.

Tall Tom's picture





You need not concern yourself about Yellowstone.


Nine out of ten in the USA will not survive it.


Four out of ten will succumb in a matter of days.


Breathing in Volcanic Ash is like breathing in microscopic shards of glass that will shred your lungs.


You will not feel it as the Lungs have NO NERVE ENDINGS. You just hemmorage and suffocate.





You Only Live Twice's picture

That's true. The danger at the moment is quite severe. There are patches of heat in the Pacific along the coast all the way up to Alaska. The danger is that the pressure is so high, that if released it could trigger two things. First, a chain reaction that goes up all along the West coast up to Alaska. This potentially means that the plate's height changes, and sends the whole West coast under water. Secondly, a strong enough earthquake like you said, could trigger off Yellowstone. This is more serious stuff than most realize.

Castle Bravo's picture

Some say the end is near.
Some say we'll see Armageddon soon.
I certainly hope we will.
I sure could use a vacation from this

Bullshit three ring circus sideshow of freaks

Here in this hopeless fucking hole we call L.A.
The only way to fix it is to flush it all away.
Any fucking time. Any fucking day.
Learn to swim, I'll see you down in Arizona Bay.

Fret for your figure and
Fret for your latte and
Fret for your lawsuit and
Fret for your hairpiece and
Fret for your Prozac and
Fret for your pilot and
Fret for your contract and
Fret for your car.

It's a bullshit three ring circus sideshow of freaks

Here in this hopeless fucking hole we call L.A.
The only way to fix it is to flush it all away.
Any fucking time. Any fucking day.
Learn to swim, I'll see you down in Arizona Bay.

Consuelo's picture

You forgot the best line in the whole tune...


"Followed by millions of Dumbfounded Dipshits..."



Tall Tom's picture





The Mountains just East of Yuma will be prime beachfront.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Shemp 4 Victory Jun 21, 2016 10:49 PM

Obama will pull it with a small nuke in October to cancel elections.


Tarzan's picture

bingo, that or the Donald gets a bullet. 

No way the Globalist just lie down, before going absolute bat shit crazy, as if they haven't already.  We aint seen nothing yet, the worst of times are just ahead!