Parts Of California Are Actually Falling Into The Ocean

Pacifica Erosion

Why would anyone want to live in the state of California at this point? Not only do you have to deal with unbearable traffic, insane politicians and unchecked illegal immigration, but now the weather itself seems to be going crazy. A very strong El Nino has been sending destructive storm after destructive storm barreling into the west coast, and this is causing tremendous flooding, dangerous landslides and unprecedented erosion in coastal communities all over the state. As I mentioned the other day, a state of emergency has just been declared in the coastal city of Pacifica due to the incredible amount of erosion that is happening there. Now, incredible footage has been released that actually shows the coastline crumbling. Small parts of California really are falling into the ocean, and meteorologists are warning that the worst may be yet to come.

When I was younger, I always dreamed of owning a home on a cliff overlooking the ocean. It was part of my “California dream”, but now that dream is turning into a nightmare for many that live along the California coast. In Pacifica, many homes that directly overlook the ocean are being hastily evacuated due to the extreme erosion caused by these storms…

Several homes and apartment complexes in Pacifica, California, have been deemed uninhabitable due to rapidly eroding cliffsides creeping closer to the dwellings.

The residences, just a few miles from San Francisco, are teetering on the edge of the cliffs and most have already lost their backyards to erosion blamed on storms from El Niño, authorities said.

Pacifica city officials have declared a state of emergency and have asked residents of three apartment complexes to evacuate. The most recent evacuation came Monday, with 20 residents being told to leave.

You can view some stunning footage of this erosion right here. At this point some of the apartments are in so much danger that the police are actually forcing people out of their homes. The following comes from Fox News

Police fanned out to post yellow tags on 20 apartment doors, giving residents access to move their belongings out.

“That’s scary,” Pacifica Police Chief Daniel Steidle told KTVU, referring to the eroding cliffs out the apartment windows. “I wouldn’t want to be in those buildings right now. It’s very scary to look at that.”

But when most people see a headline like I put on this article, what do they think about?

Of course they think about the day when large chunks of the state of California will fall into the ocean due to some sort of major catastrophe.

You probably already know that the coastline of California sits directly on the “Ring of Fire” which runs roughly along the outer perimeter of the Pacific Ocean. Approximately 81 percent of all large earthquakes occur along the Ring of Fire, and virtually all scientists agree that the state is way overdue for a major quake.

And without a doubt, we have seen activity heat up in almost every other area along the Ring of Fire in recent years. In fact, there was a 7.1-magnitude earthquake in Alaska just a few days ago.

Even more unsettling is what has been happening just north of the California coast. A very alarming series of “slow earthquakes” started hitting the Cascadia Subduction Zone beginning on December 22nd

The tremors are once again on their migration south.

The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network reports hundreds of tremors were reported in the Puget Sound region as recently as Sunday.

Also known as “slow earthquakes,” the tremors are a phenomenon that occur along the Cascadia Subduction Zone every 12-15 months. The latest began Dec. 22, 2015, according to the seismic network. They subsided for a time, but resumed in the past several days.

There are many people that have moved away from the west coast entirely because they are fully convinced that seismic activity will one day cause a catastrophe of unprecedented magnitude. There are even some that believe that we will actually see large portions of California fall into the ocean.

So what do the scientists say about this?

Most of them tell us that this is impossible, although they do admit that Los Angeles and San Francisco will be directly next to one another someday. The following comes from the official website of the U.S. Geological Service

Will California eventually fall into the ocean?

No. The San Andreas Fault System, which crosses California from the Salton Sea in the south to Cape Mendocino in the north, is the boundary between the Pacific Plate and North American Plate. The Pacific Plate is moving northwest with respect to the North American Plate at approximately 46 millimeters per year (the rate your fingernails grow). The strike-slip earthquakes on the San Andreas Fault are a result of this plate motion. The plates are moving horizontally past one another, so California is not going to fall into the ocean. However, Los Angeles and San Francisco will one day be adjacent to one another!

Of course the “experts” have been wrong many times before. They told us that the tsunami that hit Indonesia in 2004 was impossible, and they also told us that the tsunami that hit Japan in 2011 was impossible.

Personally, I expect the shaking of our planet to continue to increase, and I believe that we will eventually see seismic activity on the west coast that will shock the entire world.

So what do you think?

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Wildfires And Tornadoes In December? Two More Major Disasters Hit America

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It is not normal for the United States to experience massive wildfires and giant tornadoes right around Christmas.  The huge wildfire that erupted northwest of Los Angeles on Christmas Day and the devastating tornadoes that ripped through the Dallas area on Saturday can be added to a growing list of freakish disasters that have hit the United States since the month of September.  So why in the world is this happening?  Many are blaming the worst El Nino pattern that we have seen in at least 15 years.  Right now we are witnessing very strange weather all over the world, including an unprecedented heat wave in Australia and the worst flooding in South America in 50 years.  And it is true that El Ninos have significantly disrupted weather patterns in the past.  But is the current El Nino really to blame for everything that we have been seeing?  Because without a doubt, the last few months have been truly bizarre.

For example, who has ever heard of a giant wildfire erupting on Christmas Day?

That is precisely what happened this year in southern California.  A mammoth blaze that quickly engulfed more than 1,200 acres erupted near Ventura, California, and it shut down both the Pacific Coast Highway and U.S. 101 for an extended period of time.

This was truly a frightening fire.  You can watch some amazing footage of a family actually driving through the wildfire right here.  Fortunately, firefighters seem to be getting the blaze under control at this point.

I have written repeatedly about how this was shaping up to be the worst year for wildfires in U.S. history, but just like everyone else I had assumed that wildfire season was over by now.  For a fire of this magnitude to erupt in southern California at this time of the year is definitely unusual.

The day after this fire erupted, at least 11 people died as 11 deadly tornadoes ripped through the Dallas, Texas area.

Isn’t it funny how “11” just keeps popping up everywhere?  I don’t know what it means, but I just thought that I would mention it.

Authorities have estimated that as many as 1,000 homes and buildings were destroyed by these tornadoes.  The tornado that shredded parts of Garland was categorized as an “EF-4”, and it had winds “of at least 166 mph”

The tornado that roared through Garland was rated an EF-4, with winds of at least 166 mph, the National Weather Service said Sunday. This is the USA’s first EF-4 tornado to strike in December in 15 years. It is also the farthest west a tornado of that strength has formed in December, according to the tornado research site U.S. Tornadoes.

For Dallas County, it’s only the second EF-4 tornado ever recorded since accurate records began in 1950.

Some news outlets are reporting that the tornado actually had peak winds somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 mph.  If it seems strange to you that something like this would happen during the month of December in the state of Texas, that is because it is very strange.  As the article quoted above noted, we haven’t seen any EF-4 tornadoes in the entire country in December in 15 years, and it was only the second EF-4 tornado to hit Dallas County since 1950.

Meanwhile, as I mentioned at the outset of this article, other areas of the planet are experiencing very bizarre weather right now as well.  For instance, just check out what is going on in South America.  According to the BBC, quite a few South American nations are currently being hit by the worst flooding that they have seen “in 50 years”…

Vast areas in Paraguay, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil are being hit by the worst flooding in 50 years, forcing the evacuation of more than 150,000 people.

Days of heavy rains brought on by the El Nino weather phenomenon have caused three major rivers to swell, and officials report at least six deaths.

A state of emergency is in force in Paraguay, the worst hit nation, where 130,000 people have fled their homes.

In northern Argentina, some 20,000 people have left their homes.

If you just look at one of these disasters in isolation, it may not seem like that big of a deal.

After all, there are significant natural disasters every year.

But collectively, all of these strange disasters seem to indicate that something truly unique is happening.  I cannot recall ever seeing the U.S. (and much of the rest of the world) being hit by so many wildfires, floods, historic droughts, earthquakes and major volcanic eruptions in such a short period of time.

Perhaps things will eventually settle down and this stretch will be considered a strange anomaly by this time next year.

Perhaps things will go back to “normal” very soon.

But what if they don’t?

What if they just keep getting worse?

Personally, all of this strange weather is something that I am watching very, very closely.  I am convinced that our planet is becoming increasingly unstable, and I expect weather patterns to become even more wild and even more unpredictable as we roll into 2016.

So what do you think?

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Why Is America Being Hit By So Many Fires, Floods And Earthquakes?

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What do you get when you add together one of the strongest El Ninos ever recorded, the worst year for wildfires in U.S. history, and unprecedented earthquake swarms in diverse places all over the country?  Since the end of the summer, America has been hit with a truly unusual series of natural disasters.  The state of Oklahoma has already set an all-time record for the number of earthquakes that it has experienced in a year, more acres have been burned by wildfires in the U.S. than we have ever seen before, and a “1,000 year rainfall” caused horrific flooding in South Carolina.  Those are just a few examples of what we have been seeing, and many believe that this is just the beginning.  So why is this happening?  Is there something that connects all of these natural disasters together?

Let’s start by talking about earthquakes.  In the past, we would expect to see earthquake activity along the west coast, but not much elsewhere.

Today, things have dramatically changed.  For example, this year the state of Oklahoma has seen nearly eight times as many magnitude three or greater earthquakes as it did just two years ago

As 2015 nears its end, 850 earthquakes of magnitude three or greater have stirred the state of Oklahoma. Compared to 584 of the same magnitude in 2014 and 109 in 2013, the trend is clear: earthquakes are on the rise.

Other areas of the nation are experiencing highly unusual seismic activity as well.  Just recently, east-central Idaho was hit by a swarm of more than 40 small earthquakes

More than 40 small earthquakes were recorded in east-central Idaho last week in what experts say is another earthquake swarm in the region.

Officials in the Challis area on Friday reported no damage from the micro-quakes that started Tuesday and have mostly gone unnoticed or unreported in an area with residents accustomed to more vigorous shaking.

But the temblors ranging up to 2.9 magnitude have perked up scientists trying to understand the fault system in the area where a 5.0 magnitude quake struck in January.

So why are we seeing so many earthquakes all of a sudden?

That is a question that none of the “experts” seem to have an answer for.

Meanwhile, we are currently on pace for the worst year for wildfires in the history of the United States.  Earlier in the year this was not the case, but in August and September there was a sudden explosion of massive wildfires, and now it looks like we are going to easily break the all-time record by the end of this month

The nation is closing in on its worst wildfire season in recorded history, with nearly 9.8 million acres already burned — the equivalent of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and part of New Hampshire going up in flames.

Two large fires and more than 160 smaller ones remain active, and more fires are expected to be reported before the month ends. Together, they’re likely to push the 2015 total past the record 9.87 million acres burned in 2006.

On top of everything else, we have witnessed a series of horrifying floods all over the nation in recent months.

It started in late September.  The storm that would later became known as Hurricane Joaquin formed into a tropical depression on September 28th, which also happened to be the date of the fourth blood moon. Hurricane Joaquin never made landfall in the U.S., but moisture from that storm dumped unprecedented amounts of rain along many parts of the east coast. In fact, at one point South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley came out and publicly said that it was the most rain that some areas of her state had seen “in a thousand years”.

Subsequently, other parts of the nation also got hit by dramatic floods.  We saw flash floods produce “rivers of mud” that completely buried vehicles on highways in southern California, and there was freak flooding in the state of Texas that derailed a train and caused several deaths.

And now, officials are telling us that one of the strongest El Ninos in history could bring record rainfall, flooding and mudslides to the west coast of the United States for months on end.  Due to horrible flooding that is already ravaging the region, a state of emergency has now been declared in several counties in the Pacific Northwest, and the experts are telling us that this is just the beginning.  The following comes from the Los Angeles Times

Of all the years in which there was a strong El Niño present in the tropical Pacific Ocean, this is the wettest start to any of those years that we’ve observed in the Pacific Northwest, both in Portland and Seattle,” said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at Stanford University.

Powerful rains have struck Oregon hard over the past three days, according to the National Weather Service. On Wednesday, one woman drowned when her car entered floodwaters, and another woman was killed after a falling tree crushed her Portland home, according to local news reports.

A photo published in the Tillamook County Pioneer showed the town of Nehalem covered in floodwaters. The newspaper reported that several families have been flooded out of their homes and U.S. 101 was closed there.

Yes, every year there are natural disasters that we must deal with.  They are simply unavoidable.  But in 2015 we have seen an extremely strange confluence of disasters that is unlike anything that we have ever seen before.  And in particular, this series of natural disasters seems to have intensified greatly since the end of the summer.

So what in the world is going on?

What could possibly be causing this to happen?

Please feel free to tell us what you think by posting a comment below…

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