October 24th, 2011 • 2:42 PM
2011: A Dangerous Year for Quakes is a Dangerous Year under Obama

by Meghan Rouillard

A friend and collaborator recently forwarded a study done by Irish Weather Online, using USGS data, showing that the number of 6-9.9 magnitude earthquakes in 2011 has reached it’s highest level in 20 years.

Roughly 30 more quakes of magnitude 6-10 have been experienced during the January-October interval of 2011 than during the same interval of 2010, and roughly 60 more than during the same interval of 2009. The total number of earthquakes during this time interval, however, was reported as being much lower than in recent years.

Keep in mind, since this study was published, and specifically just over this weekend, we have experienced 4 quakes over magnitude 6, and 2 over magnitude 7: a 6.1 on the Japanese island of Hokkaido, a 7.4 near the Kermandec Islands and New Zealand, and the deadly 7.2 quake and 6.0 aftershock (among 200 aftershocks) affecting eastern Turkey, near the Iranian border. Already the death toll from this earthquake is at 280, and is expected to rise.

This study, and the facts of recent days, point to the stark reality: First of all, it is imperative to accelerate the study of earthquake precursors, as we’ve outlined on the site; even the work that is currently being done indicates that earthquakes are forecastable, as this video featuring Sergey Pulinets makes the case. Anatoly Perminov, the former head of the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, also recently stated this in an interview with EIR, even saying that the Russians had an advanced warning before the Tohoku, Japan quake of March 2011, but that there were no systems set up through which they could issue a warning (see our video on the Tohoku quake precursors). In addition to the recent Russian call for an SDE, which calls, among other things, for joint U.S.-Russian collaboration on monitoring various space weather threats, Perminov has supported international collaboration which would make earthquake forecasting a shared mission of utmost importance, through the Global International Monitoring System proposal, which fits with our call for Operation Kepler, the extending of our sensorium for the purpose of geting readings of the maximum number of precursors to such events as earthquakes.

The IGMASS would also deal with coordinated emergency response to such events. The nature of such response is extremely important in areas affected by strong, destructive quakes. The infrastructure in many parts of the world must also be upgraded. Turkey had previously announced plans to build an entirely new city near Istanbul, for fear that a large and deadly earthquake would rock that city--in 1999, two quakes of greater than mag. 7 hit Turkey, killing 18,000 people. Istanbul, a city of 12 million people, could see tens of thousands of deaths if a major quake were to hit there. The area around the recently hit city of Ercis, far from Istanbul, had low construction standards, and this has much to do with the high death toll. 80 buildings collapsed. But if the threat of such a quake had been publicly forecast, the story might also have been much different.

We’ve documented on our site the threat which is posed by a quake of similar or greater magnitude to hit here in the U.S., be it the San Andreas fault, the Cascadia Subduction Zone, or the New Madrid Seismic Zone, which can all be found on our Forces of Nature page. When such a disaster hit nearby Haiti, Obama did nothing. He still has blood on his hands for that. He’s on record as saying these events can’t be forecasted. May this recent study, and the recent days’ events serve as a clear message to us: the science behind earthquake forecasting which must be advanced, and the needed commitment to rebuild weak infrastructure in quake prone regions, are incompatible with an Obama Presidency.

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