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Quakes Too Many

April 14, 2010

I am no scientist. Nor do I believe that man could be so stupid as to try and create artificial calamities. However, the recent earthquake in Quinghai province in China has made me ask a fundamental question: why so many earthquakes in recent times. From the one in 2005 that led to a tsunami in the Indian ocean to the one in Sumatra to Haiti and Cocepcion in Chile and now in China. In fact it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep track of the earthquakes that are occurring across the globe. There is one another fundamental difference – the strength of the earthquakes is generally so strong that it is above 6 on the Richter scale. This means massive destruction and loss of lives and property. Below is a chronology of earthquakes from 1980’s onwards – while there were one or two quakes in any given year now the frequency has increased.  A glance at the data below makes it amply clear:

April 13, 2010: A strong earthquake has rocked the Tibetan plateau in China, killing at least 67 people and leaving many others trapped in collapsed mud-built homes.

The magnitude 6.9 tremor shook the town of Yushu in northwestern Qinghai province this morning and was followed by a series of large aftershocks that destroyed low-rise brick and mud buildings in the Tibetan county.

27.02.2010: Concepcion, Chile: One of the world’s most powerful earthquakes in a century battered Chile on Saturday, killing at least 214 people, knocking down buildings and triggering a tsunami that threatened Pacific coastlines as far away as Hawaii and Russia.

Jan 12, 2010: A powerful 7.0 magnitude quake rocked the impoverished Caribbean nation of Haiti, toppling buildings and causing widespread damage and panic.

September 30, 2009: A 7.6-magnitude earthquake strikes the Indonesian island of Sumatra, killing more than 1,100 people.

September 29, 2009: A massive tsunami sparked by an 8.0-magnitude earthquake flattens villages and resorts in Samoa and the neighbouring Pacific islands of American Samoa and northern Tonga, killing 186 people.

September 2, 2009: A 7.0-magnitude quake rocks Indonesia’s main island of Java, killing 123 people and triggering landslides.

April 6, 2009: A quake with a magnitude of 5.8 on the Richter scale kills almost 300 people in the Italian town of L’Aquila and its vicinity.

October 29, 2008: A 6.4-magnitude quake strikes southwest Pakistan killing up to 300 people and leaving tens of thousands homeless.

May 12, 2008: An 8.0-magnitude quake hits China’s southwest province of Sichuan, leaving more than 87,000 people dead or missing.

February 3, 2008: A quake with a magnitude of 6.1 on the Richter scale strikes eastern Congo and western Rwanda, killing 45 people and leaving thousands homeless.

April 2, 2007: An 8.0-magnitude quake in the Western Solomon Islands triggers a tsunami that kills more than 50 people and displaces thousands.

March 6, 2007: A 6.3-magnitude quake hits the Indonesian island of Sumatra, flattening buildings and killing at least 70 people.

July 17, 2006: A 7.7-magnitude undersea quake strikes off Indonesia’s Java island, unleashing a tsunami, killing at least 596, injuring more than 9,500 and displacing around 74,000

May 27, 2006: A 6.3-magnitude quake in Indonesia’s Yogyakarta region kills 6,000 and leaves 1.5 million homeless

October 8, 2005: A 7.6-magnitude quake kills more than 75,000 people, most of them in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province and the Pakistani-administered zone of Kashmir state. Some 3.5 million are displaced

March 28, 2005: An 8.6-magnitude quake on Indonesia’s Nias island off Sumatra leaves at least 900 dead

December 26, 2004: A 9.1-magnitude undersea quake off the coast of Sumatra island triggers a tsunami that kills 220,000 people in countries around the Indian Ocean, including 168,000 in Indonesia

December 26, 2003: A 6.7-magnitude quake hits the Iranian city of Bam, killing at least 31,884 people and injuring 18,000

January 26, 2001: A massive quake hits the western Indian state of Gujarat, killing 25,000 people and injuring 166,000.

Jan. 13, 2001 – EL SALVADOR – An earthquake centered off the Pacific coast about 65 miles (105 km) southeast of the capital, San Salvador, killed more than 1,000 people and measured 7.6 magnitude. A second quake struck the region one month later, killing hundreds.

Sept. 21, 1999 – TAIWAN – More than 2,000 people were killed and 12,000 buildings toppled island-wide in a massive quake that measured 7.6.

Aug. 17, 1999 – TURKEY – More than 17,000 people were killed when a devastating earthquake measuring 7.4 hit Turkey, its worst natural disaster in 60 years.

Jan. 25, 1999 – COLOMBIA – A powerful earthquake ripped through Colombia’s central coffee-growing region, killing at least 1,170 people. It measured 6.3 and the provincial capital of Armenia, nestled high in the Andes mountains of Quindio province, was the worst-hit spot.

July 17, 1998 – PAPUA NEW GUINEA – An undersea earthquake created three waves, which struck the PNG coast near the town of Aitape, wiping out entire villages. The quake, which measured 7.1, killed at least 2,100.

May 30, 1998 – AFGHANISTAN – A powerful earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale hit northern Afghanistan killing up to 4,000 people and destroying 50 villages in Takhar province.

Feb. 4, 1998 – AFGHANISTAN – At least 4,500 were killed in an earthquake in the Rustaq district of Takhar province. The quake measured 6.1 on the Richter scale.

May 10, 1997 – IRAN – 1,560 people were killed and 2,810 injured when an earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale rocked rural areas of eastern Iran. The quake leveled 11 villages and inflicted heavy damage on the towns of Qaen and Birjand near its epicenter about 90 miles (150 km) from the border with Afghanistan.

Feb. 28, 1997 – IRAN – An earthquake killed about 1,000 people and injured 2,000 in northwestern Iran. The quake, measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale, hit the city of Ardabil and the town of Meshkinshahr.

May 28, 1995 – RUSSIA – Russia’s worst-ever earthquake killed 1,989 people in the Far East Russian oil-producing town of Neftegorsk, on the north of the remote Sakhalin Island. The quake measured 7.5 on the Richter scale.

Jan. 17, 1995 – JAPAN – 6,430 people were killed after a strong earthquake ripped through central Japan. Measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale, the earthquake, centered on the port of Kobe, was the biggest quake to hit Japan in half a century.

June 6, 1994 – COLOMBIA – Some 1,000 killed in an earthquake and mudslide disaster in the Paez River valley in southwestern Colombia.

Sept. 30, 1993 – INDIA – Thousands were killed in 36 villages destroyed after a series of powerful earthquakes that rocked western and southern India. The first of the five tremors measured 6.4 on the open-ended Richter scale. The epicenter was in the region where the states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka meet near Latur. (NOTE: On Oct. 14, 1993 – two weeks after the earthquake, the number of bodies recovered was just under 10,000 – officials say the true death toll may never be known).

Dec. 12, 1992 – INDONESIA – A string of islands in the province of East Nusa Tenggara was hit by an earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale. At least 2,200 people were killed, with 1,490 dying in Maumere on the island of Flores that took the brunt of the quake. A further 700 were confirmed dead in Babi island.

Oct. 20, 1991 – INDIA – 1,600 dead, at least 2,000 injured. Richter scale 6.1, close to Uttarkashi, 190 miles (306 km) northeast of Delhi.

Feb. 1, 1991 – PAKISTAN/AFGHANISTAN – About 1,200 dead (Pakistan 200, Afghanistan 1,000), many hundreds injured. 6.8 on Richter scale in Pakistan, shook large areas of both countries.

July 16, 1990 – PHILIPPINES – 1,620 killed, 3,500 injured. Richter 7.8, epicenter the city of Cabanatuan. About half the deaths were around the tourist center of Baguio. An estimated 148,000 were displaced or made homeless.

June 21, 1990 – IRAN – 35,000 dead, 100,000 injured, The worst recorded disaster in Iran. Registering 7.7 on Richter scale, devastated Caspian regions of Gilan and Zanjan. Some 500,000 were made homeless.

Dec. 7, 1988 – SOVIET UNION – More than 25,000 killed, 18,000 injured. 6.9 Richter, 10 on Soviet 12-point scale. NW Armenia. The town of Spitak almost totally destroyed and Leninakan half destroyed.

March 5, 1987 – ECUADOR – Over 1,000 people killed and several thousand missing. The epicenter of the quake was El Reventador, 50 miles (80 km) east of Quito. It measured 7.0 on the Richter scale.

Oct. 10, 1986 – EL SALVADOR – 1,500 people killed, 20,000 people injured. 5.5 on the Richter Scale. The earthquake occurred in San Salvador and six buildings collapsed leaving over 300,000 homeless.

Sept. 19, 1985 – MEXICO – 9,500 killed and 40,000 people injured. 8.1 on the Richter scale. The earthquake hit Mexico City and adjoining region.

Oct. 30, 1983 – TURKEY – About 1,300 people killed and 500 people injured. 6.9 on the Richter scale. The earthquake struck around the northeastern Turkish city of Erzurum. Over 35,000 people were made homeless.

Dec. 13, 1982 – YEMEN – 3,000 people killed and 2,000 people injured. 6.0 on the Richter scale. The earthquake devastated Dhamar province.

June 11, 1981 – IRAN – 1,027 people killed and more than 800 injured. The town of Golbaf in Kerman province was destroyed 500 miles (805 km) southeast of Tehran.

Nov. 23, 1980 – ITALY – 2,735 people killed and more than 7,500 injured in a 7.2 quake. The epicenter was at Eboli but damage was reported over a huge area to Naples. More than 1,500 people were reported missing.

Oct. 10, 1980 – ALGERIA – Provisional figures issued by the United Nations said 2,590 killed. It registered up to 7.3 and was centered on the town of El Asnam and left 330,000 people homeless.

If the assumption that there has been a marked increase in the number of earthquakes now than there were before is true, then the question is why? There are many theories doing the rounds. The one that is most commonly referred to is the one that a scientific installation near Fairfax, Alaska of the US government called the High Frequency Active Auroral Reasearch Program or HAARP is possibly behind the frequent earthquakes. There are others who say that HAARP is also the reason for extreme temperatures, hurricanes and even mood changes among human population (because of the ELF’s generated).

HAARP is an ionospheric research program jointly funded by the US Air Force, the US Navy, the University of Alaska and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Its purpose is to analyze the ionosphere and investigate the potential for developing ionosphere enhancement technology for radio communications and surveillance purposes (such as missile detection). The HAARP program operates a major Arctic facility, known as the HAARP Research Station, on an Air Force owned site near Gakona, Alaska.

The extremely high frequencies heat up the ionosphere and these high frequency waves then rebound on the earth as extremely low frequency (ELF) waves that can have catastrophic effect. When this heater, as it may be called is charged up, there is artificial aurora formation above it that can be seen by the naked eye. ELFs have frequencies between 0 to 50Hzs.  The ELF waves have extremely long wave lengths from 5000 to 6000 kilometers. ELF’s can go deep down the earth and are used by navies to track submarines and for other such uses. These are also being used to explore for oil and gas.  Because of the extremely long wave lengths sometimes the earth itself is used as an antenna to catch the ELF waves. There are scientists who believe that the US has mastered the technology of  creating artificial earthquakes and are using the HAARP to generate such massive calamities in countries that are not inimical to their interests. There are ionizers or heaters of the ionosphere in other parts of the world too. One in Puerto Rico, two in Alaska (including HAARP) and one in Norway being maintained by the European Union. There are twenty other ionizers that have been constructed by various countries including Japan and India. Scientists believe that all these countries have the capability to generate earthquakes as and when they wish. The hypothetical theory is that if there is a geological fault line and it is hit for a considerable time by ELF waves there is a chance that these fault lines may lead to a tectonic shift leading to earth quakes. If it were so it is a very dangerous development. The question is – is it true? Has man mastered a technology that can be used to create massive upheaval in the form of earthquakes? What if all these ionosphere heaters work in tandem to create disasters inadvertently? Scientists say that the use of HAARP and other ionizers to create earthquakes is a hoax. But what if all the ionizers were working at the same time and the resultant ELF’s hit back at the earth crust and disturb fault lines to cause earthquakes. Is the scientific community denying because they do not want to admit?

There could be another reason for disturbances in the earth crust resulting in earthquakes. The drilling for oil is being carried out brazenly and without any responsibility. Some of the oil wells that have been drilled have gone beyond 12000 meters or 12 kilometers inside the earth crust. Some have resulted in oil finds and many other times such drilling has yielded nothing and these wells have been left abandoned. Imagine, drilling 12 kilometers inside the earth crust. This means that rocks are crushed inside of the earth in the quest to find oil and gas. Could such massive holes in the earth lead to some rocks shifting just a bit, enough to cause an earthquake of the magnitude of 6 or more on the Richter scale?

There is one another possibility and that is the possibility of testing nuclear fissile material inside the earth crust. It is established that any testing of nuclear bombs leads to earthquakes and the potency of the bomb is determined by the quake measured. For example when India tested its nuclear bombs in 1998 there was a theory that the explosion was not quite a success as the quake measured by the various agencies was of less intensity than should have been for the size of the bomb.

Be as it may, what we are witnessing is frequent calamities in the form of earthquakes. If such disasters can be engineered in laboratories and through science, then we are heading towards very unsafe times. I would have been impressed if science were used to make sure man could conquer disasters. What I am hearing is that man is trying to play God by manufacturing such horrendous cataclysmic events that lead to loss of life and property. Do I believe in these theories? I am not quite sure. But I would not rule them out. Will Obama call a summit to discuss a moratorium on creation of artificial earthquakes? Your guess is as good as mine.

Lastly, could it be that Mother Earth is wilting under the weight of billions of us humans belching out smoke and gas and keeps shifting from side to side trying to make herself comfortable under such massive weight and in the process making sure that our numbers are controlled? If it is so, we need to rethink the way we treat our planet.

Source: 1. High Frequency Active Auroral Reasearch Program, Wikipedia

2. Earthquakes worldwide in recent years, Sep 12, 2007, Reuters.

3. Search: Artificial earthquakes: Youtube.

Addendum: Records show that an earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale shook Quinghai, China in 1929 too. So this region is earthquake prone. However, the increased frequency of earthquakes around the world needs to be looked into.

Update 18.04.2010: Papua New Guinea has been hit by a quake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale. Reports of damage have not reached. CNN has reported the quake as follows:

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea Sunday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

There were no immediate report of injuries, damages or deaths.

The quake struck at 9:15 a.m. Sunday (7:15 p.m. ET Saturday), according to USGS.

The quake’s epicenter was 30 kilometers (20 miles) east of Lae, Papua New Guinea, and 300 km (185 miles) north of the capital, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

The quake had a depth of 66.2 kilometers (41.1 miles), USGS said.

Update 19.042010: There has been an earthquake in Afghanistan measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale. Loss of lives and property have been reported. The BBC has this to say:

An earthquake has shaken parts of northern Afghanistan, and there are reports of dead and injured.

Afghan officials told the Associated Press news agency seven people had been killed and 30 others injured in mountains north of the capital Kabul.

The Samangan province deputy governor said the 5.3 magnitude quake hit just before midnight local time on Sunday.

The shock was felt in Kabul and the neighbouring countries of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

Update 20.04.2010: It seems there is another reason for earthquakes. If we are to believe Iranian clerics the promiscuousness among women of our times is the cause of these frequent earthquakes. The way they dress, the way they behave in public and their uninhibited attitude all contribute to these massive earthquakes. SCHEHEREZADE FARAMARZI in Washington Post has reported that one Iranian cleric has actually blamed promiscuousness among women as the reason for earthquakes. It amazes me but this is what Faramarzi has reported:

Iran is one of the world’s most earthquake-prone countries, and the cleric’s unusual explanation for why the earth shakes follows a prediction by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that a quake is certain to hit Tehran and that many of its 12 million inhabitants should relocate.

“Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes,” Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi was quoted as saying by Iranian media. Sedighi is Tehran’s acting Friday prayer leader.

Sorry folks, missed out on the obvious one. Must consult the clerics before I get down to write even on such inane topics as natural calamities.

Update 26.04.2010: There is an earthquake reported off the south-east coast of Taiwan by Associated Press.  The earthquake measured 6.9 on the Richter scale. Buildings in Taipei swayed when the earthquake occurred at around 10.59 am local time.

This is the fourth recorded quake this month and all have been around 6 or more than 6 on the Richter scale.

Update 6.05.2010: CNN has reported a quake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale in Peru. Further details are awaited.

Update 09.05.2010: A tsunami alert was issued after an earthquake of magnitude 7.4 struck 140 miles (225 kms) south of Banda Aceh in Sumatra, Indonesia, the country’s quake agency and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported on Sunday.

“A destructive widespread tsunami threat does not exist based on historical earthquake and tsunami data,” the USGS said.

“However there is the possibility of a local tsunami that could affect coasts located usually no more than a hundred kilometers from the earthquake epicenter.”

Update 13.06.2010: A massive earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale struck the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on Sunday at 00.56 am with epicentre at 160 km west of Nicobar Islands at the depth of 35 km.

The Hyderabad-based Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) issued a ‘Tsunami Watch’ notice soon after the quake. Source: Indo-Asian News Service

15.06.2010: A quake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale struck the US-Mexican border.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered five miles southeast of Ocotillo in Imperial County – about 85 miles east of San Diego. It struck Monday at 9:26 p.m. PDT. Source: Associated Press.

16.06.2010: Three powerful earthquakes have struck Indonesia within half an hour of each other.

The two strongest occurred in quick succession near the coast of Indonesia’s Papua province, causing people to flee their homes. A tsunami warning was issued but it has since been lifted.

Another earthquake, of lesser magnitude, struck close to the Solomon Islands. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

A 6.4 magnitude quake was followed 10 minutes later by a 7.0 magnitude quake 18 miles (29km) beneath the ocean floor off the northern coast of Papua province, the US Geological Survey said on its website.

Hundreds of people ran out of their homes, Yan Pieter Yarangga, a resident from the town of Biak, told the Associated Press news agency.

Fearing a tsunami, people fled beaches and some raced for higher ground, he said. Sourced from: BBC

Update 18/06/2010: A powerful earthquake having a magnitude 6.3 hit the Pacific Ocean off northern Japan on Friday at about 11:23 a.m. It had the epicenter located about 280 km away from east of Hokkido and it had a depth of 10 km.

Update 26.06.2010: A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck near Kira Kira in the Solomon Islands on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Loreen Maina, a worker at the King Solomon Hotel in Honiara, Solomon Islands, said the ground shook, but there was no structural damage to surrounding buildings. No tsunami warning was issued. There were no immediate reports of damage. “A destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected,” the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. Source: CNN

Update 24.07.2010: A series of four strong earthquakes spanning just over an hour struck the Philippines’ Moro Gulf on Saturday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Three of the four earthquakes had magnitudes between 7.3 and 7.6; the other came in at a 5.4 magnitude. The first quake struck at 6:08 a.m. (6:08 p.m. ET Friday) and the fourth hit at 7:15 a.m. The last quake ran the deepest at 616 (382 miles) kilo meters. Source: CNN

Update 31.07.2010: A moderate earthquake struck northeastern Iran on Friday, injuring about 200 people, according to state-run media.

The 5.6-magnitude quake hit 715 kilometers (445 miles) east of Tehran and was centered 26.1 kilometers (16.2 miles) deep, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Source: CNN

Update 17.08.2010:A moderate intensity earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter Scale has hit Andaman Islands today, Meteorological Department said. The epicentre of the quake, that struck around 7.09 am at the depth of 10 kilometres, was centred at 11.7 degree North latitude and 95.0 degree East longitude in the Andaman Islands region – PTI

Update 24.08.2010: A strong earthquake rattled the Pacific coast of southwestern Mexico Monday evening, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
The 6.1 magnitude quake was centered about 185 miles southwest of Puerto Vallarta, according to the USGS. – Source: CNN

Update 3.09.2010:A 7.2-magnitude earthquake has struck near New Zealand, the U.S. Geological Survey said.  The quake struck at 4:35 a.m. Saturday (12:35 p.m. ET Friday) about four miles southeast of Christchurch, a major city in New Zealand, the survey reported. The quake was 10 miles deep. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The quake is not likely to generate a tsunami, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Source:CNN

28.09.2010: A 6.1-magnitude earthquake has rocked southern Iran. The Iranian Seismological Centre reported that the quake hit Konar Takhteh, a remote mountainous area in the southern province of Fars, at 11.22 GMT on Monday, Mehr news agency said. Konar Takhteh, 677 km southwest of Tehran, is a sparsely populated district located near the city of Kazeroun. A 6.6-magnitude quake flattened the southeastern city of Bam in 2003, killing about 26,000 people.

26.10.2010: A strong quake struck off the western coast of Indonesia‘s Sumatra island late Monday but there were no immediate reports of damage. The quake, measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale, prompted a tsunami warning, but the alert was lifted an hour later. The quake hit the Mentawai islands, off the western coast of West Sumatra province, at about 9.42 pm (1442 GMT), the Meteorology, Geophysics and Climatology Agency said.

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