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ZetaTalk: Reno Swarms
written April 26, 2008

4.7 Quake Rocks Reno as Area's Seismic Activity Continues [Apr 26] Another earthquake struck the Reno area, dumping cans off shelves, knocking pictures off walls and sending rocks off hillsides. The U.S. Geological Survey reported the 4.7 magnitude temblor hit at 11:40 p.m. and was centered six miles west of Reno near Mogul, where a swarm of more than 100 quakes had rattled the area. The biggest of those was a 4.2 event. A 3.5 aftershock followed at 12:29 am, followed by at least 30 smaller ones, the USGS said. Local television stations reported the temblor cracked walls and broke lawn watering lines in the northwest Reno. It was the strongest quake to shake the city since hundreds of much smaller events have been recorded in the area since the end of February.

We have spoken at great length about the stresses on the N American continent as the day of the pole shift approaches. It is being pulled diagonally, the New England area pulling east while Mexico is being held back, pulled toward the west. This tends to pull lands to the east of any fault line toward the northeast, while shifting lands to the west of any fault line toward the southwest. Since rock resists breaking, and friction exists along fault lines, this is hardly a smooth process. Weak points break, at first. Tension builds, accompanied by quake swarms which are, as we have explained, like a trembling before a snap. For the N American continent to adjust as it must during the rapid expansion of the Atlantic would require a major quake through the center of the continent, along the New Madrid Fault line, a widening of the St. Lawrence Seaway to the extent that it becomes a new inland bay filled with sea water, and a significant slide of land on either side of the San Andreas Fault line. Most of this adjustment will occur during the hour of the shift, but adjustments before hand will significantly reshape the N American continent and will, as we have stated, precipitate emergencies within the US that will require that the troops in Iraq be brought home to attend to disasters in the homeland.

We have described a temporary bowing along the West Coast as the stress on the N American continent builds. Rather than tear along the New Madrid and related fault lines, Mexico at first is pulled toward the west, creating a bow that forms around California and stresses the rock along the West Coast all the way from the tip of Mexico to Alaska. The Crandall Canyon mine disaster in Utah was due to bowing stress, and the recent quakes near Reno, NV are likewise due to this same bowing stress. Note that the current spate of quakes near Reno is almost in an exact line from the California coast inland to the Crandall Canyon mine disaster east of Salt Lake City.

Take a board and cause it to bow, and watch the fractures. The compression side of the board certainly has compression stress, but the side of the board asked to stretch will start to fray and snap. As with the Utah mine disaster, the fraying and cracking are occurring to the east of a solid block of rock that is resisting any change. The mining accident in Utah in 2007, just to the east of the Salt Lake flats, is in rock that fractures more readily than the rigid Salt Lake flats to the west, which show no evidence of being affected during past pole shifts while the mountains on either side of these flats are rumpled. This is also the case with the recent Reno quakes. An examination of fault lines in California and Nevada show that the great inland valley of California has no fault lines. Like the Salt Lake Flats, this area retained water in the past that evaporated slowly, allowing a slow settlement that formed a very solid rock base. It does not bend or break. Thus, the bowing pressure in both cases is transferred to the more vulnerable rock to the east. In the case of the Reno quakes, they are taking the hit for the inland valley of California.

Where does all this lead? We have stated that major adjustments in the New Madrid and associated fault lines will occur before major adjustments along the San Andreas occur. The bowing will force this, as at some point the rock will refuse to bow further and the stress along the weak points in the center of the continent will give. The fact that there is a bow along the West Coast is what in fact prevents a major adjustment along the San Andreas until the New Madrid adjusts. This rock is in compression now, along a curve, and the slip slide of the San Andreas has more friction than usual to prevent any movement. Will more bowing stress appear? Undoubtedly. Clearly the line of stress has been drawn, between the Utah mining disaster and Reno, so that vulnerability can be computed.

We are often asked how to determine safety in mountain building areas. Should one stand on a peak, or seek shelter in a valley? This is not a simplistic matter, and it is impossible to state general guidelines or even to give advice for a particular area. Hidden weak spots in the rock layers below might exist, undetectable even for ourselves, the Zetas, and suddenly allow a cave-in or shift. This is what occurred at the Crandall Canyon mine. The great salt flats in Utah show that they can withstand buckling, and have done so through several pole shifts. Mountain ranges in the western US are termed new mountains as their edges are sharp rock, showing recent fracturing. Rock layers that are compressed, in the compression zone, will do one of two things. If hard enough, they will remain as flat land, as the salt flats have done, forcing the compression onto the surrounding areas. If able to be fractured, the weak link, they will fracture and throw portions of the layer up on top of other parts of the layer, thus creating mountains from flat land. Crandall Canyon lies to the east of the Great Salt Lake Desert, and passes on any stress created due to the bowing of land in the southwest we have predicted to the mountains to the east of these salt flats. The weak link gives. The New Madrid Fault adjustments we have predicted to occur soon will not just suddenly happen one day. They will be preceded by minor adjustments in the stressed rock. Weak points snap, one after the other, until such minor adjustments no longer suffice. The bridge collapse in Minneapolis, and this mine cave-in, are just a small preview of what is to come!
ZetaTalk: Live Chat, written Aug 11, 2007