Elaine Meinel Supkis
It is now quite clear that there will probably be a major earthquake event in the West. In the last 2 days, the Juan de Fuca Plate triple juncture with the Pacific Plate and the huge North American Plate has had a series of 4+ mag earthquakes and they are all definitely along the subduction complex lines. Since they are all at the same, very dangerous depths of 10 km and since they are all under 5 mag, this means there has been hardly any real movement, just creaking and shaking. These look increasingly, due to their uniformity and constant action, to be a precursor for a significant movement of the plates which are stuck, right now. Land masses can shoot in various directions quite suddenly, in a matter of seconds. These are the 9+ quakes we all must brace ourselves to expect. Pretending this is a remote possibility is not recommended.
Several things jump out from this chart: the massive number of earthquakes in the tri-focal point off the Oregon coast is moving relentlessly southwards towards the dangerous San Andreas fault system on land. Also, two 4 mag earthquakes occured in Nevada which is offset to the east, and Baja California where the San Andreas continues. Both of these were at only 5 km deep which is very shallow. Not as shallow as the 4 mags that hit Canada and the most geologically dangerous place on earth, Yellowstone Park. This mighty caldera is matched only by the super giants in Sumatra.
There now have been over 20 4+ magnitude quakes along the Pacific/Juan de Fuca/North American subduction zone juncture. This is very significant activity. Before the Great Boxing Day Quake, we saw a series of such 4 mag quakes along that subduction zone. The fact that these events are happening along a long line is very, very troubling. It means this is not a local adjustment and then all is well. It means that the entire length is under tremendous stress. The fact that these quakes are fairly uniform and at the same level is a sign that this sector will suddenly move. The quakes are NOT moving anything right now, this is like when we shove something until it snags on a rough spot on the ground so we redouble our pushing and it suddenly shoots forwards.
So the Juan de Fuca plate which has the longest name for the smallest plate on earth, this will continue to be shoved under the North American continent but we know it isn't that simple. It is riding SIDEWAYS and is being shoved NORTHWARDS as it is also being ridden over by the North American continental plate which is moving relentlessly eastwards as the Atlantic plate continues to grow in the center.
There are two major drivers in global plate tectonics: the fast moving Australian plate which is shooting northwards at a strange, mad rate and the Atlantic rift zone that runs from the north pole to Antactica. This is widening at a very fast rate compared to say, Africa's movements northwards. The oddity of the Indian/Australian plate that is wrapping itself around Asia is shoving the Pacific Plate northwards and is riding up over it rapidly. Eventually, Australia will cartwheel into Siberia crushing Japan and Manchuria and Korea into mountains even higher than the Himalayans.
Anyone living along the San Andreas complex must consult with government agencies to see what one should do in case of the inevitable. Reviewing civil defenses and preparing the National Guard for this situation is of high importance. Homeland Security, run by an alien Israeli who doesn't care if we die, should be working on this. But of course, our National Guard is in Iraq or in tatters. So I must warn everyone out West: you are on your own just like New Orleans. NOTHING has been fixed since that disaster. Nothing has been changed, Chertoff goofed off then and wasn't arrested. He is goofing off now. And so it Bush, our media and the candidates for President. Do NOT forget that while New Orleans was dying, McCain was celebrating his wretched birth with Bush and they were singing and laughing.
They don't give a hoot. And movie superstars won't save anyone, either. Conan the Barbarian is owned by Real Estate interests. Note how he protected California from the housing bubble.
Maybe we won't have a massive earthquake. Maybe Mother Nature will sit and wait patiently. She has all the time in the world. But we know this will eventually happen just as it always happens like clockwork in Asia.