While most Americans remain completely fixated on the upcoming presidential election, large earthquakes continue to rattle the Ring of Fire at an alarming rate. On Monday, a magnitude 7.5 quake struck near the little town of Sand Point, Alaska, and it was felt over a very large area. In fact, it is being reported that shaking could be felt “as far away as Chugiak, Anchorage and Bethel”. Following the initial earthquake, there was a series of very large aftershocks. As I write this article, there have already been 19 aftershocks of at least magnitude 4.0 in the region. By the time most of you read this article, that number will almost certainly be higher. Sadly, even though we have been witnessing a lot of shaking along the southern coast of Alaska and the west coast of the continental United States in recent months, very few experts seem concerned about the possibility that a very large seismic event could be coming.
But they should be.
Before I get to that, let’s talk about what just happened. The magnitude 7.5 quake triggered a tsunami warning for almost everyone living along the southern Alaska coastline, and two relatively small tsunami waves were reported…
The magnitude 7.5 earthquake near Sand Point, Alaska, generated a tsunami, Scott Langley with the National Tsunami Warning Center said Monday afternoon.
Langley said the tsunami sent two waves, each measuring 130 centimeters (4 feet, 3 inches) high. But observers onshore reported the waves appeared to be 1.5 feet (45.7 centimeters) and 2 feet (61 cm) over high tide.
The good news is that this event did not do a whole lot of damage, but it definitely frightened many of the local residents. Here is just one example…
Candace Nelson, her kids and dogs hid under the table as the earthquake shook Cold Bay, about 90 miles west of Sand Point.
“My kids are all doing good. Brooke, Wilder and Scout all huddled under our kitchen table till the shaking stopped,” she told CNN as the family waited for more news about the tsunami. “The dogs were more concerned as to what the heck we were doing under the table.”
The location where this earthquake happened is not too far from where we witnessed a magnitude 7.8 quake back in July.
Could it be possible that all of this activity is building up to something even larger?
According to one expert, the area where these quakes have been occurring is right where “the Pacific Plate actually goes underneath the North American Plate”…
“This is an area where the Pacific Plate is subducting underneath the North American Plate. And because of that, the Pacific Plate actually goes underneath the North American Plate, where it melts,” Caruso said, noting that’s why there are volcanoes in the region.
Further south along the Ring of Fire, a swarm of hundreds of earthquakes in southern California was getting international attention just a few weeks ago…
Hundreds of small earthquakes continue to rattle southern California, sending light shaking into San Diego County, as experts raise the odds that a much larger tremor could strike in the coming days.
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported that hundreds of earthquakes had been reported by Wednesday night in the Salton Trough near Westmorland and more than a dozen more sizeable earthquakes on Thursday.
I have been warning over and over again that it is just a matter of time before “the Big One” finally hits California. Scientists have told us that the San Andreas Fault has the potential “to unzip all at once”, and if that happens it would be a disaster unlike anything that we have ever seen before in all of U.S. history. Experts have warned that some portions of southern California could sink by several feet “relatively instantaneously”, and that such an event “could plunge large parts of California into the sea almost instantly”.
Meanwhile, Steve Quayle and others have been relentlessly sounding the alarm about the Cascadia Subduction Zone. If a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck along the Cascadia Subduction Zone right now, it would only take 15 to 20 minutes for the very first tsunami waves to start hitting the coast of Washington. Oregon State University paleoseismologist Chris Goldfinger believes that such an event could produce a giant wall of water up to 100 feet high that would utterly destroy everything that it encounters.
If the entire zone gives way at once, an event that seismologists call a full-margin rupture, the magnitude will be somewhere between 8.7 and 9.2. That’s the very big one.
…By the time the shaking has ceased and the tsunami has receded, the region will be unrecognizable. Kenneth Murphy, who directs FEMA’s Region X, the division responsible for Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska, says, “Our operating assumption is that everything west of Interstate 5 will be toast.”
In the Pacific Northwest, everything west of Interstate 5 covers some hundred and forty thousand square miles, including Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, Eugene, Salem (the capital city of Oregon), Olympia (the capital of Washington), and some seven million people.
The phrase “everything west of Interstate 5 will be toast” has stuck with me ever since I first read that quote.
Scientists assure us that it is just a matter of time before this actually happens, but most people are not taking those warnings very seriously.
And let us not forget that there are several major volcanoes in the Northwest as well.
In particular, I have been deeply concerned about the potential for an eruption of Mt. Rainier for a very long time. I once wrote an article in which I dubbed Mt. Rainier “the most dangerous mountain in the United States”, and that statement is definitely still true today.
Scientists tell us that someday a massive eruption of Mt. Rainier will send super-heated tsunamis of hot mud known as “lahars” racing toward highly populated communities in the Northwest at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. For many, official warnings will come far too late and they will die before they even realize what hit them.
For the next several months, I will be watching seismic activity along the U.S. portion of the Ring of Fire much more carefully than normal.
There has been so much shaking going on already, and an unprecedented disaster could very literally happen at any moment.