California fault lines are "steaming" - EQ imminent?

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PostTue Sep 11, 2012 4:19 am » by Malogg



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WARNING FOR PACIFIC NORTHWEST. New information out this week. The 9.0 Earthquake in Japan last year should be a wakeup call for those of us that live in the Pacific Northwest. The Juan de Fuca plate off the coast of Washington Oregon and Northern California is an geological copycat of the Subduction Zone in Japan except that Japan is actually being subducted while Cascadia is being pushed upward...

Quake experts warn next 'big one' could be worse than first thought

SEATTLE -- Experts agree that it's not a matter of if, but when the Pacific Northwest is rocked by an enormous earthquake, but new information shows that the "big one" could be even bigger and badder than first thought.

Scientists say when the next big one hits, it could be something straight out of your nightmares.

"Right now, technology is telling us we should be prepared, we should prepare for something like we saw in Japan," said Dr. Eddie Bernard, a Tsunami Expert and former NOAA Director.

Like Bernard, University of Washington seismologist Bill Steele said hidden under the Pacific Ocean is a ticking time bomb just waiting to go off.

"There will be a lot of destruction," Steele said.

Because Washington, Oregon and California are sitting against a huge subduction zone, the area could see see an earthquake and tsunami similar to the one that hit Japan last year.

And now new data just collected from Japan's damaged coastline warns seismologist that the next mega quake to hit the Pacific Northwest could be ever bigger than first thought.

"It means we'll probably get a little more shaking the next time there is a great earthquake here," said John Vidale, a UW professor and the state's seismologist.

Vidale said researchers were surprised to learn this week that the strongest shaking in Japan's quake came from the deepest part of the subduction zone and not the shallow region as scientists expected.

"That's more of a problem for us than Japan because the deeper part of our fault is under the land, under the cities, in Japan the action was mostly off-shore," he said.

Vidale said it's too soon to say how much of an affect that extra shaking will have, but he insists regardless of the strength, our preparation doesn't change.

The "Cascadia Subduction Zone" is about the size of Maine. It's a geological copycat of the zone that ruptured in Japan. Experts believe 90 percent of the damage and 99 percent of the deaths in Japan were caused by the Tsunami.

"The consequences of Cascadia will be more than a city, they will be across a region that could potentially affect 10 million people," said DNR geologist Tim Walsh.

If power isn't lost in the quake, blaring tsunami sirens might offer a roughly ten-minute warning that a monster wall of water is coming.

A tsunami could carve thru the Strait of Juan De Fuca, flooding everything from the Pacific to Bellingham, including rivers that connect to the ocean.

The Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound "choke points" protect cities like Seattle from the worst of tsunamis generated offshore. But Dr. Bernard said the energy could bring enormous waves into the sound, destroying Seattle's waterfront, flooding terminal island and bringing down the viaduct

If the quake doesn't get the viaduct, Walsh said something called "liquefaction" might. That happens when water pressure builds up in soft soil because of violent ground shaking.

Walsh says a big quake will trigger landslides across the region, sheering homes right off their hillside perches.

Even the initial quake itself will feel like an eternity, nothing like the 2001 Nisqually quake that rocked Seattle. And that's most dangerous for tall buildings, long bridges and the above-ground pipelines that won't be able to survive the prolonged tremors.

"We will see shaking well in excess of the force of gravity in horizontal shaking, you won't be able to stand," Steele said.

Japan's quake and tsunami may have been a wake up call, and the new research suggests now more than ever is the time to prepare.

"When you start to feel the earth shake you have to spring into action, this isn't something you wait on and get confirmation," Bernard said. "You just take off cause the consequences of not taking off in this type of phenomenon is you die."

Vidale said he believes the new data regarding the intense action coming from the deepest part of the fault is reliable, because scientists found the same pattern in deadly quakes in Chile and Sumatra.

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PostTue Sep 11, 2012 4:53 pm » by Ruquick


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PostTue Sep 11, 2012 6:35 pm » by Kinninigan


Malogg wrote:9/10/2012 -- Strange Sulphur smells coming from Southern California :nails:



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Mysterious 'rotten egg' smell wafts over San Fernando Valley -- if you smell it, let us know on our interactive map ~
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You are onto something malogg, this is all over the news. They said the sea bed may have broken up with the last couple of earthqaukes and released sulfar type fumes

Could be a pre-curser to a quake :nails:






Rotten smell reeks havoc across Southern California


A massive fish die-off in the Salton Sea is the prime suspect in a rotten smell that swept the region, but experts can't recall a bad odor ever traveling so far.


By Hector Becerra, Phil Willon and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times

September 10, 2012, 10:31 p.m.

When the rotten egg smell wafted into the Santa Clarita United Methodist Church in Saugus on Monday morning, Kathy Gray thought the church's sewer pipe had burst.

More than 70 miles to the east, steelworker Chris Tatum's nostrils got the punch in Riverside. He assumed a brush fire had just broken out.

"It reeks," he said. "It smells like rotten mush."

Southern California awoke Monday morning to a foul odor that wouldn't go away.

Residents clogged 911 lines with calls, prompting health officials from Ventura County to Palm Springs to send investigators looking for everything from a toxic spill to a sewer plant leak.

The prime suspect, however, lay more than 100 miles away from Los Angeles. The leading theory is that the stink was caused by the annual die-off of fish in the Salton Sea. Officials believe Sunday evening's thunderstorms and strong winds churned up the water and pushed that dead-fish smell to points west overnight.

Officials from the Air Quality Management District and other agencies said they have never dealt with a stench quite like this. Although the fish die-off usually causes foul odors in parts of the Inland Empire, officials cannot recall it traveling this far.

"It's very unusual that any odor would be this widespread, from the Coachella to Los Angeles County," said Sam Atwood, spokesman for the South Coast Air Quality Management District. "We're talking well over 100 miles. I can't recall ever confirming an odor traveling that distance."

The Salton Sea did track 40-mph winds Sunday night, and officials said that probably served as a trigger.

"The winds could have stirred up the water," said Bill Meister, president of the Sea and Desert Interpretive Assn. "Because the lake is so shallow, and there is 100 years worth of decayed material at the bottom, you'd get that rotten egg smell."

At its deepest points, the Salton Sea is only about 50 feet, said Andrew Schlange, general manager of the Salton Sea Authority. The 360-square-mile body of murky, highly saline water is also receding into the desert. More water is evaporating from the sea than is flowing in from agricultural runoff. In some places the falling waterline has uncovered thermal fields studded with features like geysers and boiling mud pots spewing clouds of steam and sulfur dioxide gas that smells like rotten eggs.

The "accidental sea" was created in 1905 when the Colorado River jumped its banks during a rainy season and gushed north for months, filling an ancient salt sink. It's 35 miles long, 15 miles wide and 227 feet below sea level.

Schlange said it's a common occurrence for fish populations to explode and then suffer die-offs when oxygen is depleted from the sea.

"The problem is [the odor] would have to have migrated 50 to 100 miles, without it being dissipated by mixing with other air. It doesn't seem possible," he said. "I've been in Southern California my whole life, and I'm not aware of any time in the past where the odor from the Salton Sea has migrated as far as people are telling us."

Schlange said several factors could explain the far-traveling smell. In the last week, the blistering heat reduced oxygen levels in parts of the Salton Sea, causing fish to die and settle to the bottom, where they decomposed with other organic material.

Then a thunderstorm barreled through the area Sunday night, churning moisture-laden air counterclockwise and pushing it from the southeast.

"That atmospheric flow would bring the smell up from the Salton Sea into the L.A. Basin here," said Bill Patzert, a climatologist for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge. "This was an ill wind that dropped from the Coachella Valley into the Inland Empire cul-de-sac and boogied west … into the San Gabriel Valley and L.A. County. The stink is normal around the Salton Sea. The strong winds are the unique occurrence that moved it into our 'hood.' "

Whatever its provenance, the stench made the rounds.

Pacoima comedian Jose Chavez said at first he thought some eggs he bought had gone bad.

"When I realized it wasn't the eggs, I thought it must be me, so I changed my clothes," Chavez said. "Finally I saw the reports.... With the weather the way it is, the smell was awful."

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PostTue Sep 11, 2012 8:02 pm » by Richc


Sorry to go slightly off topic but is it possible for an EQ to be at a depth of ZERO.? :?

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PostWed Sep 12, 2012 3:19 pm » by Starphazer


Evildweeb wrote:BREAKING NEWS - CALIFORNIA FAULT LINES ARE "STEAMING" EARTHQUAKE ABOUT TO HAPPEN



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on Sep 7, 2012 by PropheticSeer


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I think we are looking at satellite image of the Mexicali, Baja California Earthquake Easter 2010.


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PostMon Sep 17, 2012 7:10 am » by Malogg


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PostMon Sep 17, 2012 9:11 am » by *WillEase*


Malogg wrote:HUGE VOLCANIC STEAM PLUME ERUPTION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA -

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Why post a picture from two years ago, and from Iceland? :hell:

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PostMon Sep 17, 2012 10:00 am » by *WillEase*


Malogg wrote:HUGE VOLCANIC STEAM PLUME ERUPTION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA -

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At least YOU didn't use the picture that was on the blog...it's from Alaska...in 2006...
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PostTue Sep 18, 2012 6:53 am » by *WillEase*


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Malogg wrote:HUGE VOLCANIC STEAM PLUME ERUPTION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA -

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Why post a picture from two years ago, and from Iceland? :hell:

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PostTue Sep 18, 2012 8:22 am » by Malogg


Pmsl the image has been changed it was the pic that I posted whoever created the blog must have changed it not my fkn fault maybe it is something you can bring up with the creator of the blog because I sure as HELL do not give a feck .

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