We all live on a giant rock that is flying through space, and the truth is that this giant rock is not very stable. There are dozens of significant earthquakes around the world each day, and as I write this article volcanoes are erupting all over the planet. In addition, scientists are starting to detect a lot of very unusual activity on the floors of our oceans. Hydrothermal vents can heat water to temperatures greater than 600 degrees Fahrenheit, and a team of researchers recently discovered a “sprawling field” of such vents in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean…
On March 12, a team of scientists gathered in the control room of the RV Falkor (too), an oceanographic research vessel operated by the Schmidt Ocean Institute. They watched the monitor of a camera-wielding underwater drone, or ROV, as it explored the deep sea 2,000 meters (6,600 feet) below the ship. When the screen showed a plume of black smoke, the scientists cheered.
The video showed a sprawling field of hydrothermal vents — fissures in the seabed where seawater mixes with magma — on the Puy des Folles Volcano on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Some of the vents, known as “black smokers,” had formed tall “chimneys” of iron sulfide deposits that gushed out dark, sulfurous plumes with temperatures up to about 340° Celsius (644° Fahrenheit), hot enough to melt lead.
There is much more going on under the water than we realize.
According to Newsweek, “over 19,000 new underwater volcanoes have been discovered”, and we are being told that thousands more could still be found because most of our ocean floors have not been mapped yet.
Could all of this seismic activity be the reason why ocean temperatures have been rising so rapidly?…
Scientists are alarmed as sea surface temperatures stubbornly maintain record-breaking highs for more than a month, pushing the state of Earth’s oceans into uncharted territory.
Starting in mid-March, data from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) leaps dramatically from earlier recordings, following lows of both Arctic and Antarctic sea ice this year.
As a consequence, a large number of ocean heat waves are emerging around the globe, putting untold pressure on wildlife.
Something unusual caused ocean temperatures to jump “dramatically” beginning in mid-March.
Is it possible that we are being cooked from underneath?
50 miles off the coast of Oregon, scientists have discovered a giant hole that is “spewing hot liquid” into the Pacific Ocean like a firehose…
EXPERTS are on high alert amid fears a crack at the bottom of the ocean could trigger an apocalyptic earthquake.
The hole, just 50 miles off the coast of the US state of Oregon, is spewing hot liquid that scientists warn could spark a magnitude-nine earthquake with the potential to devastate the west coast.
Unlike hydrothermal vents, this giant hole is actually leaking “tectonic lubricant”, and the loss of this “tectonic lubricant” could easily become a major issue…
Therefore, the more fluid that is in the cracks of the faults, the less pressure there is between the two tectonic plates.
Without it, pressure beneath the earth’s crust can grow, leading to an unbelievably powerful quake.
This leak is happening right along the Cascadia Subduction Zone, and “an unbelievably powerful quake” in that area would have the potential to create a very large tsunami…
The sliding-under movement of subduction is very different from the side-to-side grinding of the San Andreas Fault to the south. There, frequent movements, experienced as earthquakes, release tectonic tension before it builds to catastrophic levels. Along the Subduction Zone, however, this tension builds for hundreds of years and releases with explosive force. When the Juan de Fuca Plate jams farther under the North American Plate, it will push it up 30 feet or more and displace vast quantities of seawater. And a tsunami will be born.
Do you remember the enormous tsunami that hit Japan a number of years ago?
Well, we are talking about a tsunami that would absolutely dwarf that one.
A magnitude 9.0 earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone could cause a tsunami that would be up to 100 feet tall and that would travel at speeds of up to “600 miles an hour”…
When it does, it will send waves surging outward at initial speeds of up to 600 miles an hour. Less than an hour after the quake, they will inundate the coast up to an elevation of 100 feet above sea level in some spots, more typically 30 to 60 feet, depending on bathymetry, tides and other factors. They will sweep up buildings, trees, vehicles, people.
If you live directly along the west coast when that day arrives, there will be no escape.
So let us hope that day does not come any time soon.
Of course we have been seeing quite a bit of seismic activity along the west coast recently.
About a week ago, there were two swarms of earthquakes in the Salton Sea area…
Two swarms of earthquakes reaching up to 4.5 magnitude rattled the Salton Sea region of Southern California, the U.S. Geological Survey reports. The first swarm began at 12:08 p.m. Saturday, April 29, in Heber near the U.S.-Mexico border, about 60 miles south of the Salton Sea, the USGS reported. It included nearly 50 tremors reaching up to 3.7-magnitude, felt by about 60 people.
And one team of scientists in southern California claims that they have “detected more than 1,200 shallow quakes in the past eight months”…
Los Angeles could be at risk of a major earthquake, a study suggests.
Scientists from the California of Institute of Technology (Caltech) have detected more than 1,200 shallow quakes in the past eight months.
These shallow quakes were detected about one mile below the surface, which can build up and create pathways for more significant ruptures on the surface.
Experts assure us that it is just a matter of time before “the Big One” strikes California.
And experts also assure us that it is just a matter of time before a giant tsunami caused by an earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone absolutely devastates much of Washington, Oregon and northern California.
In fact, in each case we are being told that we are way overdue.
So the clock is ticking, and one of these days our good fortune is going to run out.
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