Magnitude 7.2 temblor caused by same tectonic shifts that created Baja Peninsula.
Published April 5, 2010
Centered on Mexico’s Laguna Salada Fault in Baja California, the earthquake was triggered by the same processes that drive temblors on the San Andreas Fault, which runs all the way from Southern California to north of San Francisco. (See a California map.)
“On the scale of the Earth, it’s all one fault zone: the plate boundary between the Pacific plate and the North American plate,” said Mark Benthien, communications director for the Southern California Earthquake Center in Los Angeles. (Find out more about plate tectonics.)
As the Pacific plate grinds northward against the western edge of the North American plate, most of the motion occurs along the San Andreas Fault. But the plate boundary doesn’t create a single, tidy fault line. (Related: “Deadly San Andreas Fault Longer Than Thought.”)
“Southern California [and northern Mexico are] a whole series of blocks sliding past each other,” Benthien said.
The same motion also caused the Baja Peninsula to start rifting away from mainland Mexico about five million years ago, subsequently opening up the entire Gulf of California. (See a Mexico map.)
“This is one of the classic places to study the early stages of the opening of ocean basins,” said Seth Stein, a geophysicist at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
Mexico Earthquake’s Aftershocks Raise “Some Concern”
The Baja California earthquake killed at least one person but did relatively little damage, because the epicenter was in a lightly populated area 38 miles (60 kilometers) south-southeast of Mexicali, Mexico.
Aftershocks, however, are propagating into the U.S. along the Elsinore and San Jacinto Faults, the California earthquake center’s Benthien said.
These weaker aftershocks don’t necessarily mean that a big temblor is brewing along those fault systems, Benthien said, but they do raise “some concern.”
Small earthquakes can sometimes precede larger temblors, because the little ones can cause a fault to slip until it reaches a point where a major slip releases a “Big One.”
In fact, a magnitude 4.4 temblor had rocked the same region in Baja California about a day before yesterday’s earthquake, and there had been other rumblings in the region “in the threes and fours all week,” Benthien said.
In addition, a separate magnitude 4.4 temblor had jolted the Los Angeles Basin on March 16, centered near the northern end of the Elsinore Fault system. But that earthquake was probably unrelated to yesterday’s temblor, Benthien said.
“A 4.4 is a pretty run-of-the-mill earthquake that we can have at any time in Southern California,” he added.
Source: National Geographic
- 10/3/2012 By Margaret Hartmann
Cross section of one possible fault track
These areas are undercut with mining.
With minimal blasting………..
from Department of Natural Resources – Louisanna
JOHN ROGERS SMITH
Randall J. Charbeneau, Ph.D.
Professor – Jewell McAlister Smith Professor in Engineering – Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research, UT System
More sinkhole methane safety precautions ordered
November 13, 2012
In another attempt to protect security human rights of Assumption Parish people in the vicinity of the Louisiana state emergency sinkhole disaster, Louisiana state officials on Monday issued more orders to Texas Brine Co. LLC to minimize risks of potential exposure to natural gas under the Bayou Corne community where the large sinkhole has reached the size of seven football fields.
“The steps outlined in this directive will give us an added layer of protection in ensuring public safety and move the response effort closer to bringing the lives of the residents of the Bayou Corne area back to normal,” Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Conservation Commissioner James Welsh said in a news release about the unprecedented sinkhole disaster event.
The community, increasingly plagued with methane gas leaks and earthquakes, has been under a mandatory evacuation order for over 100 days. Louisiana is under a declared state of emergency due to the Bayou Corne sinkhole disaster.
Also last week, a new published report showed the drilling wells can cause earthquakes, human-made quakes, and the strongest of such quakes are associated with deep-injection wastewater disposal wells.
Few experts dispute that this oil and gas industry-related disaster is a man-made one. The state office that issues oil and gas drilling and storage permits, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), blames Houston-based Texas Brine company for the sinkhole, methane leaks and seismic activity.
Mystery explosion shatters windows, lights sky in Louisiana
Published October 16, 2012
Story updated: An editor’s note appears at the end of this story.
Meteor or munitions? What happened in Webster Parish?
According to numerous reports, a loud boom was heard in a secluded area of the Louisiana parish, leading Sheriff Gary Sexton to tell a local television station that they “definitely had something happen” Monday night.
Area resident Shana Levick told KSLA 12 that she saw the sky light up a bright orange color, and observed “fire sparks” above the tree line. The boom reportedly shook trees and citizens out of bed and shattered windows during the night as well, leading to speculation that it was the sound of impact from a meteor.
This was no meteor, however. The National Weather Service branch office in Shrevesport, La., said the sound was a massive explosion at a munitions recycling factory.
“Monday night at around 11:26 pm, a large explosion occurred to the southwest of Dixie Inn, in Webster Parish, approximately 4 miles southwest of Minden, or 28 miles east of Shreveport … in the borders of the Camp Minden Army ammunition plant,” the weather service said.
The Weather Service captured images of the staggering explosion on its Doppler Radar system, and posted a report about it online. “Based on radar analysis, the plume was initially as high as almost 7,200 feet above ground level.”
The agency said the radar imagery is similar to that usually seen with smoke plumes associated with wildfires.
Due to an editing error, a previous version of this story incorporated information from a wire service report about a similar explosion that occurred several years earlier. The incident on Monday, which occurred at night, did not impact the Webster Parish Schools, or the students of the schools.
Sinkhole: H-Bomb explosion equivalent in Bayou Corne possible
A possible breach of a butane-filled well 1500 feet from Bayou Corne’s sinkhole, the size of three football fields, is so “very serious,” it has Assumption Parish sheriff and local residents ordered to evacuate worried about a catastrophic explosion, one according to scientists in an Examiner investigation, would be in the range of one and a half B83 thermonuclear (hydrogen) bombs, the most powerful United States weapons in active service.
“The disaster is made all the more worrisome because the hole is believed to be close to a well containing 1.5 million barrels of liquid butane, a highly volatile liquid that turns into a highly flammable vapor upon release,” CNN reported Friday about Louisiana’s declared State of Emergency.
Reports about East Coast meteor flood in, setting off a media scramble
March 23, 2013 at 12:09 AM ET
A Friday night flash of light in the skies over the East Coast sparked a rash of meteor sighting reports, followed by a mad dash to track down photos and videos of the event.
The American Meteor Society logged more than 800 reports from a region ranging from North Carolina to Washington to New York to New England to Canada. Hundreds more registered their observations on Twitter. One Twitter user, known as @Married2TheNite, reported from New Jersey that he saw — and heard — the object pass by. “It was making almost a hissing noise as it flew brightly overhead,” he wrote. “I saw it around 7:55 p.m. EDT.”
That time frame meshed with the many other reports. Some witnesses said they saw flashes of green, red and blue as the object streaked past.
The reports were consistent with a fireball — similar to the one that flashed over Russia on Feb. 15, but much, much smaller.
“It’s not an incredibly rare event, but it is very unusual to have that many people observe it, and also it was unusually bright,” Ron Dantowitz, director of the Clay Center Observatory,told NBC station WHDH-TV in Boston. “These types of meteors happen once or twice a year. The unusual thing is that it was so well observed not so long after sunset.”
Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environmental Office told The Associated Press that the flash appeared to be “a fireball that moved roughly toward the southeast, going on visual reports.”
“Judging from the brightness, we’re dealing with something as bright as the full moon,” Cooke said. “The thing is probably a yard across. We basically have (had) a boulder enter the atmosphere over the Northeast.”
For a while, Twitter buzzed with tweets and retweets highlighting pictures that falsely purported to show the Friday night light — but eventually, bona fide views surfaced. The paucity of honest-to-goodness meteor shots contrasted with the wealth of dashboard videos that came to light after last month’s Russian meteor blast.
“The meteor has taught us one thing tonight,” Cara Lynch tweeted, “the East Coast needs more dash cameras.”
One of the most widely distributed videos of Friday night’s flash came from someone who didn’t actually see it when it happened. “I wish I would have seen it for real,” said Kim Fox, a first-grade teacher from Thurmont, Md.
Fox told NBC News that she checked her security-camera system after hearing about the meteor. At around the time that news reports said the meteor was widely sighted, she saw a bright flash on one of the camera views. She took out her mobile phone, recorded a video of the video, and posted it to her Facebook page. From there, the video went viral on the Web and on TV newscasts.
“The phones have been ringing all night,” Fox said.
Did you see the flash? Add your sighting report to the American Meteor Society’s log, and tell me about it in the comment space below. Got pictures? Feel free to post them to the Cosmic Log Facebook page.
Update for 3:44 p.m. ET March 23: In one reference, I mistakenly placed Thurmont in New Jersey rather than Maryland. And it’s WHDH, not WDHD. Sorry about that! Also, more video views of the flash have come in. Hopkins Automotive Group posted this flashy security camera video on its Facebook page. There’s also this dashcam view from WUSA9 photojournalist Kurt Brooks.
More about meteors:
- Russian meteor lurked for thousands of years
- Geminid meteors sparkle like gems
- Next big meteor shower? Lyrids in April
Source: Nukes Go Missing in Mix-Up
Source: “Missing” Nuclear Weapons?
Source: North Dakota Nukes on the Loose?
“Just after the last nuke drill in Montana…”
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January 25, 2011 Brazil
Yet another Oklahoma induced seismic event.
An injection well / fracking earthquake swarm — happening inside a working operation embedded in a residential setting.
Beginning with a 4.3M quake, followed by subsequent 3.0M, 2.0M, and 1.0M earthquakes in the region (within miles of each other)… I would expect to see several more earthquakes here before all is said and done.
In the two hours since making this video.. a 6.8M earthquake struck Papua New Guinea (west pacific)
The excessive “induced seismicity” continues —- same general location for all of the Earthquakes… all inside another fracking / injection / pumping operation.. multiple frack wells, oil wells, and injection wells surround each Earthquake epicenter..
April 20, 2013 , another earthquake strikes at the Colorado / New Mexico border. The area in question is actually the location of a large oil/gas pumping operation.
During 2011, going through 2012, the same area produced multiple earthquakes — the largest of which was in the 5.0M range.
I have documented movement in this area going back almost 2 years now…. link to past Colorado events here:
The earthquake swarm inside the Oklahoma City frack operation carries on…
Still yet another noticeable earthquake near the Oklahoma City pumping / drilling / frack operation :
May 6, 2013 — North Central Texas — a 2.6M earthquake struck an oil / drilling / frack well operation. Could be fracking related, however other oil wells, pipelines, compressor stations are also present.
5/8/2013 — Texas pumping / drilling / fracking Earthquake — 2.5 magnitude part of larger plate movement
“Fracking is not just about separating fractures.
They also repair fractures at incredible depths.”
River Water Loss Due to Fractures:
Skipped a few steps but filled all the fractures…
The fracking operation surrounding Oklahoma City is STILL in a state of unrest — going back almost 2 years now, several earthquakes occurring across the state , at frack wells / injection wells / drilling operations — upward end in the 5.0M range.
A 3.1M earthquake struck South Central Oklahoma a few minutes before 3am CST , May 27, 2013.
The earthquake epicenter resides inside a large drilling / pumping / injection operation (frack wells). Nearest frack well is 0.57 miles away (2,900 feet).
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By Mary Wisniewski
CHARLESTON, Missouri | Tue May 3, 2011 6:40pm EDT
(Reuters) – The effort to protect river towns in Illinois and Kentucky from rising floodwaters by blowing open a levee and inundating more than 100,000 acres of Missouri farmland appeared to be slowly working on Tuesday.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
An explosion lights up the night sky as the the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blows an 11,000 foot hole in the Birds Point levee in Mississippi County, Mo. on Monday, May 2, 2011. Army Corps of Engineers’ Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh gave the order to blow a two-mile hole into the Birds Point levee in southeast Missouri, which will flood 130,000 acres of farmland in Missouri’s Mississippi County but protect nearby Cairo, Ill.
(AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson)
When the levees broke following Hurricane Katrina, many looked at the Army Corp of Engineers and wondered why they hadn’t upgraded the levees over the years. A report found the Corp responsible for their failures and they apologized.
At the same time, outside engineers reported the Army Corp of Engineers was “dysfunctional and unreliable.” Their dysfunction resulted in massive flooding and death in New Orleans.
Yesterday, a levee was breached in Atchison County, Missouri which will result in the flooding of Hamburg, Iowa. At this time, Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant near Omaha, Nebraska has over 16 inches of water across its protected area. The Missouri river is expected to continue to rise because Gavins Point Dam in Yankton, South Dakota is releasing a record 150,000 cubic feet per second. Read more…
May 2nd, 2011
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will blow up a levee at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers due to record high-water levels in both rivers, with work beginning Monday night, said Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh, president of the Mississippi River Commission.
At 4 p.m. Monday, water levels outside Cairo, Illinois, were 61.4 feet – well above the flood stage of 40 feet – according to the National Weather Service. Walsh ordered the intentional breach to alleviate pressure in the river system and to protect Cairo, even though it may lead to the flooding of 130,000 acres of mostly farmland in Missouri.
Missouri officials have been fighting the proposed levee breach.
Two dams have greatly affected the Missouri River in North Dakota since the expedition of Lewis and Clark. Those dams are Garrison Dam between Pick City and Riverdale, North Dakota, and Oahe Dam near Pierre, South Dakota.
The Missouri River drains one–sixth of the United States and flows 2,341 miles from its headwaters at the confluence of the Gallatin, Madison, and Jefferson Rivers at Three Forks, Montana, to its confluence with the Mississippi River at St. Louis, Missouri (U.S. Geological Survey, 2001).
One–third of the Missouri River has been transformed into lake environments, due to six dams built in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska (U.S. Geological Survey, 2001). Four of these dams, Fort Peck in Montana, Garrison in North Dakota, and Oahe and Fort Randall in South Dakota, are among the world’s largest dams in terms of volume (The Learning Network, Inc.). The remaining dams are Big Bend in South Dakota and Gavins Point on the South Dakota–Nebraska border.
Source: USGS Read More
BY VALERIE RAPPJuly 25, 2011
In 1910, Thomas Aldwell began building the first of two dams across the Elwha River on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. His dream was to provide clean, cheap hydropower to nearby Port Angeles. This September, the federal government will start to blow up those dams. Native Americans and fish biologists dream of freeing the river and seeing the Elwha’s legendary wild salmon runs return.
Bold, visionary action or federal boondoggle? You can find people who feel both ways about the biggest dam removal ever in the United States. Read More
Thursday, August 23, 2012 Mort Amsel
I have been following the efforts by the federal corporation that operates under fraud as the “federal government”, especially in the area of water. Water rights, water access and water availability are seriously threatened by both factions of the political crime syndicate that is the federal corporation a.k.a., “the Federal Government”. There is no such entity, only a massive and hostile corporation that is foreign and hostile to the states. At issue now is our water. Read More
Posted on: 9:54 pm, March 6, 2013, by Gia Vang
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – The 2011 flooding scarred thousands of acres and damaged countless businesses and homes and farms. But now the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers brace for a court fight.
Property owner Kenneth Reeder can point to how high the water got in his home next to the Missouri River. The water stayed there for several weeks and he is still recovering. Reeder puts some of the blame on the Army Corps for mismanaging the river.
“We helped solve far greater damage. Well in that case if you look at it, then maybe there should be a certain amount of compensation,” Reeder said.
He might get just that. Reeder, who also owns land along the river and serves on a federal study group for the corps, said he will be among hundreds of others treading the same water in a lawsuit against the corps for that flood season.
The effort is being handled by the St. Joseph law firm, Murphy, Taylor, Siemens & Elliott P.C. Nancy Potter, a lawyer with the firm, said they are still seeking clients, even with the hundreds they have currently.
“We have hundreds of clients up and down the Missouri River from South Dakota through Nebraska and Iowa, Missouri and Kansas,” Potter said.
The U.S Supreme Court ruled unanimously in an Arkansas case in December, saying under the Fifth Amendment, flooding there constituted a
“taking” of land for public purposes and warrants compensation.
Potter said the firm was watching that case closely. Now, they hope to have the same outcome.
“It’s a huge undertaking and I think that it will change a lot that happens a long the Missouri River,” Potter said.
But for Reeder, it’s not just about winning.
“At this point, it’s that that we have broken or cracked that bubble with the glass ceiling that the
Corps of Engineers operates unaccountable to taxpayers,” Reeder said.
A spokesperson for the area’s U.S Army Corps of Engineers said they’ve rehabilitated many levees in the area after the flood, but she could not comment on the possibility of a lawsuit over flood damage.
ABQ District Corps of Engineers and Army Divers work on the John Martin Dam
Published on Oct 18, 2012
The District employed an Army dive team to help us with operations and maintenance work on the bulkheads at theCorp’s John Martin Dam in southeastern Colorado.
Look at this water as only temporary.
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