When Joel showed up around noon yesterday I was ecstatic. He brought our fixed fridge and two panel doors I had picked out in San Jose at EPA hardware store on a previous trip. He also had some coconut seedlings and ten bags of chicken shit for the garden. We unloaded it all and then decided to drive up the road 4 Km to Zapotan village, which I had never been to. Katie came along for the ride, neither of us knowing what to expect. When we pulled up to a tiny market at the edge of the road we both were thinking, wow, this is it? The village is larger than Mastatal by 6 or seven houses, for a total of maybe 15. I asked Joel if they had an ATM, to which he laughed heartily. It’s perched at the top of a ridge like a tightrope walker, steep slopes on either side and make it quite obviously a death zone in a powerful earthquake.
Earthquakes are on my mind so much lately. Of course due to the correlation I am researching between (Earth directed) Coronal Mass Ejections (CME’s) or Solar Flares and two to three days later major geological plate shifts on Earth. It is true the 9.0 off the coast of Honshu, Japan was preceded by an X1.5 CME that was earth directed two and a half days before:
FAST CORONAL MASS EJECTION: A coronal mass ejection (CME) exploded from the vicinity of sunspot 1164 during the late hours of March 7th. It leapt away from the sun traveling ~2200 km/s, making it the fastest CME since Sept. 2005. A movie of the cloud prepared by Karl Battams of the Naval Research Lab shows a possibly substantial Earth-directed component. This CME and at least one other could brush against Earth’s magnetic field on March 9th or 10th. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras.
– from spaceweather.com on march 9, then on March 10th:
CME IMPACT: A coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth’s magnetic field on March 10th around 0630 UT. The impact, albeit weak, did provoke geomagnetic activity around the poles. High-latitude sky watchers should remain alert for auroras.
impact images: from Zoltan Kenwell near Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; from Warren Gammel of Fairbanks, Alaska; from Joseph Shaw of Poker Flat Research Range, Alaska; from William Helms of Fairbanks, Alaska;
X-FLARE: March 9th ended with a powerful solar flare. Earth-orbiting satellites detected an X1.5-class explosion from behemoth sunspot 1166 around 2323 UT. A movie from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a bright flash of UV radiation plus some material being hurled away from the blast site:
Theoretically the solar wind and charged particle or plasma blast hits the electromagnetic torus that protects us from such events and warps the field, compressing the lines of gravity and creating anomalous fluxes in geomagnetism, effecting the mantle of the earth’s molten iron, altering the flux, causing plate tensions and shifts, including releases of built up pressures via major earthquakes…We are witnessing the escalation of solar activity as the Sun moves into it’s phase of hyperactivity known as Solar Maximum. It should peak in late 2012. So watching these events are tied to my interest in any validity to the 2012 Mayan Calendar predictions. Anyway…
I frequently visit spaceweather.com and correlate CME events reported there by SOHO live feed data and the USGS.gov earthquake map. Spaceweather.com a couple days after the Japan quake addressed concerns from site viewers that there was a correlation, stating that there was none. I disagree with that assessment.
Interestingly, I recently watched an X2 class CME that was earth directed case a ripple of geological activity starting in the Aleutians near the Arctic Circle and flowing down the perimeter of the Pacific Rim (The Ring of fire), ending in New Zealand and then rippling back up, petering out in Japan and California simultaneously. None of the earthquake events were greater than 5.4, and most were in the 3.0 range but there were a host of them, enough that hour by hour, there was a visible flow of events north to south and then north again. Fascinating if you ask me. This occurred just 6 days before the Christchurch, New Zealand quake. And a friend of mine , Crystal Nikita Summer linked a report by the Russian Institute of Physics that stated a warning about a cataclysmic quake coming to the Americas, North or Central or along the Andes faults that could come in the next two weeks.