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August 24, 2014

One day. Forty earthquakes. One story.

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Christopher Bellavita on August 24, 2014

Here is a map of the magnitude 2.5 or greater earthquakes reported by the United States Geological Survey on August 24, 2014. (The red lines are the plate boundaries.)

Global earthquakes 2.5+ August 24, 2014

And here’s a list of those earthquakes:

list of 8.24 14 earthquakes

And here’s a picture of a fire in the Napa, California mobile home park where my mother-in-law lives.

napa mobile home park

Her home did not burn. But almost everything inside was treated the way you might expect a 6.1 earthquake would treat the contents of a mobile home.

One story of one earthquake on one day.


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Comment by Christopher Tingus

August 24, 2014 @ 10:36 pm

Psalm 18:7

Then the earth reeled and rocked; the foundations also of the mountains trembled and quaked, because he was angry.

Luke 21:11

There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.

Mark 13:8

For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines.

Psalm 60:2

You have made the land to quake; you have torn it open; repair its breaches, for it totters.

Hebrews 12:26

At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.”

Job 9:5-6

He who removes mountains, and they know it not, when he overturns them in his anger, who shakes the earth out of its place, and its pillars tremble;

Isaiah 13:13

Therefore I will make the heavens tremble, and the earth will be shaken out of its place, at the wrath of the Lord of hosts in the day of his fierce anger.

Psalm 45:7

You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions



Christopher Tingus
“Main Street USA”
Harwich (Cape Cod) MA 02645

Comment by William R. Cumming

August 25, 2014 @ 12:50 am

A mobile home park in NAPA? I thought they only existed in floodplains and tornado belts and hurricane paths!

Comment by Christopher Tingus

August 25, 2014 @ 6:31 am

The following article very interesting for all to read and think about w/a reader suggesting the following:

“Only a fool, would deny the amazing effectiveness of a solar stills to desalinate sea water, treat sewage, and gray water, with very little material cost, and the energy provided by the sun. It’s the most simple basic system of producing clean fresh water, natures own rain making technique. Massive screens stretched out across the hills catching the prevailing winds are already providing water for farmers, in the Atacama, and Altiplano deserts. Hardly costs anything, and provides hundreds of thousands of gallons ‘drop by drop by drop’.”

Severe Drought is Causing the Western U.S. to Rise
Scientists use GPS technology to track uplift from recent massive loss of water, estimated at 63 trillion gallons

Aug 21, 2014
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The severe drought gripping the western United States in recent years is changing the landscape well beyond localized effects of water restrictions and browning lawns. Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have now discovered that the growing, broad-scale loss of water is causing the entire western U.S. to rise up like an uncoiled spring.

Investigating ground positioning data from GPS stations throughout the west, Scripps researchers Adrian Borsa, Duncan Agnew, and Dan Cayan found that the water shortage is causing an “uplift” effect up to 15 millimeters (more than half an inch) in California’s mountains and on average four millimeters (0.15 of an inch) across the west. From the GPS data, they estimate the water deficit at nearly 240 gigatons (63 trillion gallons of water), equivalent to a four-inch layer of water spread out over the entire western U.S.

Results of the study, which was supported by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), appear in the August 21 online edition of the journal Science.

While poring through various sets of data of ground positions from highly precise GPS stations within the National Science Foundation’s Plate Boundary Observatory and other networks, Borsa, a Scripps assistant research geophysicist, kept noticing the same pattern over the 2003-2014 period: All of the stations moved upwards in the most recent years, coinciding with the timing of the current drought.

Agnew, a Scripps Oceanography geophysics professor who specializes in studying earthquakes and their impact on shaping the earth’s crust, says the GPS data can only be explained by rapid uplift of the tectonic plate upon which the western U.S. rests (Agnew cautions that the uplift has virtually no effect on the San Andreas fault and therefore does not increase the risk of earthquakes).

For Cayan, a research meteorologist with Scripps and USGS, the results paint a new picture of the dire hydrological state of the west.

“These results quantify the amount of water mass lost in the past few years,” said Cayan. “It also represents a powerful new way to track water resources over a very large landscape. We can home in on the Sierra Nevada mountains and critical California snowpack. These results demonstrate that this technique can be used to study changes in fresh water stocks in other regions around the world, if they have a network of GPS sensors.”

The study was supported by USGS National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program

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Christopher Tingus
“Mainstreet USA”

Comment by William R. Cumming

August 25, 2014 @ 9:11 am

Thanks Chris for the uplift story!

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