By Diane Tessman
On May 29, 2012, an unusually shallow earthquake shook northern Italy again. This quake was 5.8 on the Richter Scale and apparently was an aftershock of the 6.0 quake which hit the same area on May 20th. Nostradamus seems to have predicted a large quake for May 20th but let’s stick to science for a moment.
These quakes were the strongest to hit northern Italy for centuries – some reports say they were the strongest to hit in recorded history in this particular region of northern Italy just north of Bologna.
Seismologists are surprised at the May 20th quake because it was a thrust quake only three miles deep. A thrust quake is the type of devastating, sometimes shallow earthquake which happens when two tectonic plates grind and collide. Thrust quakes usually occur directly above the two grinding plates. However the May 20th and May 29th quakes occurred approximately 470 miles from the boundary area of the two tectonic plates. This baffles seismologists as it has seldom, if ever, happened.
Underneath the sole of Italy’s “boot,” the African plate crushes its way northward, but alas, the Eurasian plate is already there, and so they collide. When the pressure grows too great, a quake occurs. Earthquakes caused by actual tectonic quake collisions are usually large quakes.
On May 24, 2012, there was a 6.2 earthquake which hit an area of the Norwegian Sea in the Arctic. It was shallow, too, 5.5 miles deep. Also in the Arctic, Planet Earth’s magnetic north pole has continued to gallop toward Siberia as it becomes weaker.
Magnetic North is a wanderer these days, with less magnetic strength to “stay put” – balance between the two poles is wavering. The magnetic strength of the two opposing poles has kept the plates securely “packed” with little leeway to violently bang into each other in years past. Of course Earth, being a living planet, has always had earthquakes, but there has been a change which can be perceived as a growing imbalance.
Like the canary in the coal mine, the Arctic area is especially impacted by the weakening, wandering North Pole and the area will likely become more unstable, with more quakes.
The powerful undersea earthquake off the Indonesian island of Sumatra in April 2012, was a once in 2,000 years event, according to seismologists. Luckily the epicenter was not on land and it was a horizontal quake which means, no huge tsunami resulted.
The 8.6 magnitude quake and a powerful aftershock were “strike-slip” quakes – the largest of that type ever recorded. Kerry Sieh, director of the Earth Observatory of Singapore, said, “It’s really an exceptionally large and rare event which also had the biggest after-shock recorded for a strike-slip quake.
A magnitude 9.1 quake in roughly the same region in December 2004, decimated Aceh province on Sumatra and killed over 230,000 people in 13 countries around the Indian Ocean. It was not a strike-slip and it moved vertically. However, seismologists agree that the chances of another killer non-strike-slip quake like the one which generated the giant tsunami, are much greater now that the recent strike-slip quakes have occurred.
Sumatra, the western island in the sprawling Indonesian archipelago, has a history of powerful quakes and tsunamis, most triggered by an offshore zone along its entire length, where the Indian-Australian tectonic plate is forced under the Eurasian plate. This creates a deep ocean trench as one plate slides under the other at a rate of several centimeters a year. In this zone, called the Sunda megathrust, stress builds up when the subducting Indian-Australian plate bends the Eurasian plate like a spring board as it moves down into the Earth’s crust.
Eventually enough stress builds up that the edge of Eurasian plate suddenly jolts upward, triggering an earthquake. The sudden uplift of the seafloor and huge pulse of seawater triggers a tsunami. Over the centuries, repeated magnitude 8 and 9 quakes have struck along portions of the megathrust zone off the coast of Sumatra, flattening towns and killing thousands of people.
The April 2012, strike-slip quake like the two Italian quakes, happened outside the expected zone for megathrust quakes in Indonesia. This strike-slip fault involved a sudden horizontal movement of the Indian and Australian plates along hundreds of miles. After studying this quake, seismologists decided, “This earthquake shouldn’t happen more than once every 2,000 years.” Some feel a rupture occurred.
Ironically, because of this unusual situation, the stress on faults and boundaries was not alleviated; there is now increased stress on the plate boundaries near Aceh, increasing the risks of another major earthquake in the same area as the 2004 disaster. In addition, research published in 2010 showed that the 2004 Aceh quake only relieved about half the stress that has built up over the centuries along the megathrust faultline.
That makes another major quake in the area a matter of time.
To sum it up, the Sumatran quake seems to indicate a tearing – a rupture – in the middle of an oceanic plate rather than the usual event, which occurs at the boundary of two plates. We wonder if something similar is true for the Italian situation. The shallowness of these quakes also is strange going by past history.
“This isn’t supposed to happen,” muttered one seismologist.
A red flag must go up for our friends (or “friends” depending on your view point), in those incredible UFOs, when a planet which is teeming with life, suddenly experiences a weakening of its magnetic field. It is believed that Earth’s magnetic field has weakened quickly and dramatically. It would seem likely that space-going aliens would flock to such a planet to observe and possibly to help where they can.
Or if you are skeptical, perhaps as life disintegrates on Earth with the magnetic field ripping violently away as happened on Mars, the aliens wish to plunder what is left of Earth resources, or somehow set up hardship colonies on what remains. Life could on for a few hundred or thousand years if you had the ability to build domed or underground shelter, and assigned a small population of your own “people” to the planet.
And what would happen to beings of other dimensions around or on Earth as the planet’s magnetic field falls apart?
Of course no one knows the answers, but it seems a large coincidence that UFO sightings have increased dramatically right as hard, solid evidence occurs that Earth’s magnetic poles are weakening and shifting position. The house of cards is quivering on the brink, and the two polar book-ends are breaking apart.
Finally, a word on predictions: No one knows if all or most predictions for these upcoming years (2012, 2013, 2014), will come to pass but “increased earthquake activity” and “shifting poles” have been predictions for many years, from Nostradamus right up through, yes, Diane Tessman. Now, in 2012, science agrees with us. Unfortunately, it turns out that we spiritual intuitives are right – at least on that. Stay tuned to Planet Earth!
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