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The Zetas have described the scripted drama that occurs during the hour of the pole shift,
when the passing Planet X zooms over the head of the Earth on its way out of the solar system.
The N Pole of Earth is pushed away, the S Pole pulled along and up,
and the result is a globe tipped over on its side, a 90° turn, in the course of an hour.
The Earth has been put under stress for days prior to this,
forced to stop its rotation as the highly magnetized Atlantic Rift is gripped by the approaching Planet X.
During this stoppage, the core of the Earth tries to continue to turn.
This pulls the land EAST of the Atlantic Rift in the normal direction of rotation,
while the land WEST of the rift is piling up and pushing.
So what happens when this push and pull situation is suddenly aggravated by the motion of a 90° turn?

ZetaTalk: Scripted Drama, written on Apr 15, 2002.
1. Europe and Africa move east, allowing the Atlantic to rip apart.
2. the Himalayas are driven over India at this point.
3. this relieve tension along the African rift, such that this tears, promptly..
4. the St. Lawence Seaway tears further. Canada move north, while the rest of the Americas cling to the Atlantic Ridge.
5. Europe, Russia, and Asia move further to the east - ripping this plate along the Himalayas - creating an inland bay into Russian.
6. when the Bulge of Brazil reaches the North Pole, crust slippage stops. Central America and the Caribbean to crumble as South American slams into them.
7. there is then further subduction of the Indio-Australian plate.
8. Pacific plates are subducted under the Americas, Japan explodes, and Indonesia crumbles.
9. as the Pacific adjusts - new land pops up between the tips of South America and Africa.

With all of this going on, one would wonder, how can anyone survive?
We are here, today, because of course there were survivors, and to survive one only needs to consider the dangers and plan to avoid them.
The land plates are above water for a reason, they are lighter than the plates under the deep oceans,
and therefore, they continue to float on the sea of molten lava under the crust.
This is not unlike riding a raft through a storm,
as long as one does not get swept off by waves.
One of the largest dangers is being along the coastlines or in river basins,
where the water will either be a massive flood tide, or boring up hill sides, or in turmoil.

ZetaTalk: Climbing Water, written on Jun 15, 1999.
Those who have witnessed tidal bore roaring up a ravine are astonished that water does not seem to respect the relative sea level during those times. What makes the water climb? When the force of pressure is extreme, compressing the water a lower levels, the path of lease resistance is taken. During a tidal wave, this path is away from the bulk of water.

Where tidal waves meet mountains, this can result in tidal bore up ravines. Where tidal waves flow inland, this results in a flood tide going hundreds of miles inland. Where the tidal wave finds foot hills or barriers, the force of the wave is broken such that it is slowed. But where the tidal wave finds virtually no barriers, due to the land being flat, it becomes water on the move, and this very momentum carries it far inland, and above a height that would otherwise be expected.

Water on the move does more than just push forward, it also creates a void behind it. At first, this water is on the move because there is pressure behind it. But then, the force of this moving water takes on a life of its own. It has momentum, and moving forward, creates a void behind it, thus drawing the water in the direction of motion, thus continuing the motion.

This is the greatest danger to residents of Texas, per the Zetas,
who advise that because of the flat land there, the flood tide from the Gulf will just keep rolling inland,
and reach a height above sea level not believed possible.

For Texas, this means that the water will lap at the foothills of the Rockies, before dying back.

Being flat land, and low, the Gulf will roll over Texas without opposition, at a height of several feet. This water must go someplace, and will take the path of least resistance. If the water is flowing most rapidly as it moves over the flat land, then water that would normally move toward mountains or natural barriers will be diverted to a faster moving flow area - the Texas plains. Thus Texas, due to its flat terrain, will get more water overall than neighboring areas. Even the high plains will have several feet of water moving across it, where the coastal areas will have tidal waves hundreds of feet high.

With few tall trees and faced with the after effects of hurricane force winds and earthquakes that will flatten all but new steel skyscrapers, desperate survivors will have few places to go to escape the moving sheet of water, which will drag whatever it engulfs back out into the Gulf on its return.
Safe Locations, Texas

For those who doubt that water on the move can have this force and effect, there is evidence.
Such flood tides have carried whales onto mountain tops.
This is of record.

Bones of whale have been found 440 feet above sea level, north of Lake Ontario; a skeleton of another whale was discovered in Vermont, more than 500 feet above sea level; and still another in the Montreal- Quebec area, about 600 feet above sea level. Although the Humphrey whale and beluga occasionally enter the mouth of the St. Lawrence, they do not climb hills.
Earth in Upheaval, by Immanual Velikovsky

And the Zetas explain:

ZetaTalk: Flood Tide, written on Jun 15, 2001
This is a flood tide, with the lip of the water being its highest point, rising like a silent tide endlessly on the rise, the wave rolling inland without a crashing back and forth, just a steady progressive inundation. To those at the mercy of such a flood tide, their first thought is to climb above the tide. Soon they are standing on the highest point they can reach, and still the water, flowing inland steadily, rises.

When the flood tide recedes, those afloat are in danger of being dragged far out to sea with the flow, as the water will rush to its bed unevenly, more rapidly where it can recede the fastest.
Whale bones on mountain tops well inland were not lifted by Tsunami waves, nor carried inland atop such a wave. A whale would not be close enough to the shore to be caught in such an occurrence. They arrived at these inland mountain tops because the entire ocean was moving, and they could not escape the momentum. Thus caught, they were deposited in rocky crags where fast flowing waters moved quickly away from them through cracks, too tight a squeeze for the hapless whale left floundering behind.

The greatest pressure will be in those areas where new land rises and the water has no place to go,
or where land drops and the water rushes into the void.
Brazil is an example of new land rising, nearby, popping up between the tip of South America and the tip of Africa.

Brazil suffers during the coming pole shift due to inundation from the south as a new land mass situated between the tip of South American and Africa emerges from under the waves. All that water must go somewhere, and will rush north into every low lying ravine that lies in its path. This massive wave will run up and over bluffs along the seashore, pouring water into low lands thought protected from the sea, which will then become an inland sea for a time.

Those along these bluffs should anticipate water rushing inland from the sea to this extent, and to escape tidal bore be inland and seeking shelter out of the wind along the highest points, staying out of the ravines normally draining to the sea, as this is the course that inbound waves will take during the hour of the shift, and out of the ravines normally draining inland, as this is the course that the water will take to escape back into the sea.

During the hour of the shift, survivors will find themselves in a terrifying position, with water rushing up and over the bluffs, coursing through the ravines on its way inland to pour back out via the inland rivers and marshes.
Safe Locations, Brazil

Where Brazil will have water pouring over its coastal mountains from the South because a plate popped up,
India will have an inundation for an opposite reason.
Its plate will dive down, pushed under the Himalayas, essentially plunging all of India under the waves in the wink of an eye.
This also affects the western 2/3's of Australia.

India is forced under the Himalayan highlands, with a violent thrust of the Indo-Australian plate, which is strong enough to remain whole, yet the edges of which will separate from the surrounding plates so that it is free to move and slide under the Himalayas. Those in India will find, after the first strong jolts, that water is rapidly rising, coming in from the coast for those who live there, and coming from whatever area might be considered the lowland for those inland.

Giant waves will not occur, just a rapid rise in the water, which will force man and animal alike to tread water for as long as possible, then drown. Those in boats will find a different scenario when the water reaches a height, as then vortexes, created by adjustments in the water, will capsize small boats and large alike. Those who would survive the coming cataclysms are advised to leave the lowlands, which in the case of India as well as western Australia, means leaving the country. Go high into the mountains, and out of reach of the turmoil that mountain building in the Himalayas will present.
Safe Locations, India

This is already happening in India, high tides giving evidence that it is submerging,
particularly in the months after the Dec 26, 2004 tsunami quake that loosened that plate in a 700 mile rip near Sumatra.

At least 15,000 villagers were evacuated after a freak tide caused a surge of seawater in the southern Indian state of Kerala, triggering memories of December´s devastating tsunami. Seawater crashed into fishing hamlets. Meteorologists did not say what caused the tide. District officials with the help of the police shifted people living in the coastal belt into 16 makeshift camps as seawater swept into their homes. The high tide has started receding, but people have been asked not to go out into the sea in their fishing boats. May 22, 2005

The rapid compression of the Pacific during the time when all the plates of the globe are crashing into each other
like cars in a massive freeway pileup
will affect those lands around the Ring of Fire.
Where this water will bore over coastal hills and mountain ranges to pool inland, in California.

As California's geography attests, water has often been trapped in the inland valleys, behind the mountain barriers along the coast, and slowly drained. During the compression of the Pacific, water will wash over these mountains, where ravines or foothills allow the press of water tidal bore, and push up the rivers to flood the inland valleys, which will become an immense flood plain. After the shift, survivors afloat will paddle about in desperation, as rescue by man will not be forthcoming. The valleys will not drain for some years, by then afloat with the dead bodies of those who were trapped there.
Safe Locations, California

But California will fare well compared to Indonesia,
Which stands in the way of water rushing from the Pacific to the Indian Ocean.

Indonesia fares poorly during the coming pole shift, but most of the residents will already be dealing with disasters by the time the shift arrives. As low-lying land, in the main, the steadily softening polar ice will create inundation that the country is poorly prepared to deal with. Now and then a hurricane ravages a coastline and dumps rain inland; now and then a volcano goes into an active burping stage; but overall, most of Indonesia during these times - functions.

With low-lying land consistently flooded throughout Indonesia, there will be an impact on the industries in the country, and migrations of displaced citizens to the cities remaining above water. Indonesia is run by the wealthy elite, who rape the poor and the land without government oversight. With industries shut down, the wealthy will attempt to escape to Australia or any other country that will have them.

They will be running from what they will view to be a sinking ship, leaving the poor behind them with scarcely a backward glance. The government will become even less responsive to the poor, who will be allowed to crowd into the cities but be kept in camps where disease will run rampant and starvation be the norm.

Increasing activity in the many volcanoes that dot the region will only increase these migrations to the death camps. Thus, by the time the shift hits, most citizens of Indonesia will already be in a desperate live-and-death struggle. Those living on high ground away from volcanoes will be washed over by the large floodtides that will move from the Pacific to the Indian Ocean, and back again, during the shortening of the Pacific and subducting of the Indio-Australian plate under the Himalayas.

Survival will occur for a small percentage, but only because the islands are many and cover a vast area. Survival will be by accident, in these cases, not by design.
Safe Locations, Indonesia

Water on the move does more than slope over the coastlines along oceans or great lakes,
it also clashes when draining rivers meet an incoming tidal wave.
Take the case of the draining Mississippi and Missouri rivers, during a Gulf slosh.

The Mississippi River will rise during the drenching rains that follow immediately after a pole shift, the ocean waters evaporated into the air during the worldwide hurricane that occurs during each pole shift condensing out of the air in a fury. Rivers that feed into the main rivers emptying a continent will be affected by several factors that will cause flooding beyond what those living along their banks suppose could ever happen.

Flooding today is a comparatively local affair, in the US affecting several states at most. Where one river swells, another is not so affected, and thus the drainage happens more rapidly than it would if all the rivers were swollen. During the pole shift, there will be torrential rains everywhere, on and off, as the clouds are dropping water whipped up from the oceans.

The Mississippi will drain a wide area experiencing torrential rainstorms, and will put any bordering land at risk of flood surges, no matter how high the hill. Large amounts of water may pass though, at great speed, and when encountering an obstruction such as a hill, rise up as the path of least resistance. These flood surges will not be gentle, so escape in a boat, which would capsize and tumble in the roistrous waves, is not likely.

The horrific backwash caused by a Mississippi unable to empty into the sloshing Gulf will reach as far inland as Missouri and Kentucky, increasing the flooding along the rivers that drain into the Mississippi. Low lying states along the Gulf such as Mississippi and Louisiana, which border the Mississippi where it drains into the Gulf, can expect to be under water.
Safe Locations, Mississippi River

Those in the Mississippi Valley are advised to be well into the hills for safety from moving water during the shift,
and by hills I mean the Appalachian Mountains, the Rockies, or the Ozark Mountains.
This is not to say that all else will drown, but the picture the Zetas paint is pretty scary.

During the torrential rain that accompanies the pole shift hour and the hours following, all major rivers will flood their banks to a degree not in the memory of man. When the banks have been crested, the surrounding land becomes the river, with he water moving across flat land in a sheet, toward whatever is the drainage point.

When the press of water upstream or upland is extreme, from a large amount of water, then flood waters are not stationary but move rapidly, tearing structures off their moorings so that more than the water is on the move. Trash of all manner will be in the swirling waters, headed for the sea across flat land not accustomed to floods at all! The flood will be a moving rush of water, not in its designated place within river banks, but across miles of land so that the whole state of Missouri, with the exception of the Ozarks, may become a river at flood tide.
Safe Locations, Missouri

Another key factor in safety during the coming pole shift is where the new poles will be located.
Where now tropical, the ocean off the Bulge of Brazil and India will become the new poles.

All in Nepal who do not move inland after the shift will freeze. During the shift itself, the population of India will drown quickly, under a steady flood tide engulfing the country in the span of an hour. Washing inland, this flood tide will carry many afloat to what will be the shores of Nepal, where they will cling.

Thus, in addition to concerns the survivors of the shift in Nepal will have, they will bear the burden of many newly homeless from India. All who wish to survive should then migrate inland toward the former China coastlines, where the climate can sustain life.
Safe Locations, Nepal
Used to the tropics, those survivors living close to the Bulge of Brazil will be shocked to find themselves shivering, as their homeland moves from a subtropical land to land within a polar region. The climate will change from tropical or sub-tropical to near polar, as the new North Pole will be situation in to Atlantic Ocean off the Bulge of Brazil. Take a globe in your hands, and plot the distance from the North Pole to such lands as Alaska, or Siberia. Plot this same distance from a point just off the Bulge of Brazil. This is your new climate! Survivors unprepared for this climate change will soon die from exposure.
Safe Locations, Brazil

Such sudden cold is of record, in the frozen mammoths discovered under the permafrost in the Aartic.

In 1797 the body of a mammoth, with flesh, skin, and hair, was found in northeastern Siberia. The flesh had the appearance of freshly frozen beef; it was edible, and wolves and sled dogs fed on it without harm. The ground must have been frozen ever since the day of their entombment; had it not been frozen, the bodies of the mammoths would have putrefied in a single summer, but they remained unspoiled for some thousands of years. In some mammoths, when discovered, even the eyeballs were still preserved.

(All) this shows that the cold became suddenly extreme .. and knew no relenting afterward. In the stomachs and between the teeth of the mammoths were found plants and grasses that do not grow now in northern Siberia .. (but are) .. now found in southern Siberia.
Earth in Upheaval, by Immanual Velikovsky

Where the Bulge of Brazil and lands near India will be plunged into cold,
Alaska suffers the opposite fate, suddenly tropical!

The mild climate will encourage vegetation on the former tundra to grow. However, other than moss and lichens, there is little in the natural vegetation to eat, since the climate was harsh formerly and the native seed stock does not include variety. Danger will exist for survivors from the large bears that roam Alaska, both Grizzly and Polar Bears, which will be starving and aggressive until the battle between man and beast is resolved. One will eat the other, in the end. The key point in locating safely in Alaska is to have solid granite or rock underfoot, as all else will be awash and unpredictable when the permafrost melts.
Safe Locations, Alaska

Next, as a safety factor, one should consider safety in a densely populated city vs being in remote or rural areas.
Consider, as an example, New York City:

However well prepared a given family may be, they are never prepared for what their neighbors will bring to them. For many in New York City, on islands along the coast supported by a system of bridges that have been torn apart, they will have no escape. Tall buildings will bash into each other during the seemingly endless earthquakes, which they were scarcely designed to withstand. Fires and the howls of the injured and desperate make travel through such a devastated area literally life threatening. Those who stay in New York City during the coming cataclysms are either ignorant of what is about to occur, courageous, or harboring a death wish!
Safe Locations, New York City

And LA

Los Angeles, the City of Angels, will not fare well during the coming earth changes. Long before the actual shift troubles will beset this city, situated on the Pacific coast and atop many active fault lines. The increasingly severe quakes racking the Earth during this time will escalate to include quakes of a high enough Richter to bring down buildings and bridges in this city dependent upon its freeway system.

Broken gas lines, polluted water lines, and the smog situation made worse by fires in the city will cause a return to riots and police brutality of the past. As the elite in the US are anticipating mobs from LA invading their enclaves higher in the mountains and inland, roads blocked by the military, protecting the elite, can be expected. Anyone not out of LA by the week of rotation stoppage can anticipate being entombed there, as once the shift starts the flood tide will wash the entire city against the mountain backdrop.
Safe Locations, Los Angeles

Mountain building, where sheer rock can be snapped and thrust as outcropings suddenly, to relieve stress,
makes riding out the pole shift in areas subject to mountain building iffy.
Where mountains are old, such as the Appalachian Mountains or Balcans, this is not a factor.

The foothills and mountains to the east of the Balkans, including inactive volcanoes have not experienced problems during recent prior shifts, however, nor will they this time. It is safer to move to the East, as this also removes one from the larger volcanoes in the Mediteranean
Safe Locations, Balcans
But where mountain building has obviously recently occurred, rock and roll during the hour of the shift should be anticipated.
For safety, the central part of the Himalayas will be the easiest place to ride out the shift, as where jolts will be experienced, the rock depth is deep and the rock long ago locked into firm positions unlikely to be the weak point during compression.
Safe Locations, Himalayas
The Alps have steadily grown during the periodic cataclysmic geological changes that pole shifts produce, due to the nearness of the fault line that runs through the Mediterranean. Where the Atlantic widens, stretching the lands in western Europe away from the Alps, and where the African Rift Valley pulls Arabia away from the African mainland, it would seem that anything but mountain building would occur in the Alps. But just as ripping cloth causes wrinkles just above the top of the rip, the separating Rift Valley in Africa causes pressure in the Mediterranean on either side of the rift. Thus, land is pushed up, north of the Mediterranean and into the Alps.
Safe Locations, Alps
The mountains on the West Coast of the US in general will be hot and rugged, with much upheaval, during the shift. The Sierras have been created because of subduction of Pacific plates under the lighter land mass, and these matters are never a gentle process. Snapping, sudden jolts, and bouncing rock stratas reacting to a sudden release of pressure can be expected all along the Sierras.

The mountains and valleys have been formed because of crumpling, horizontal pressure, and this will happen again during the forthcoming shift. What happens to rock when it is asked to compress, to fold? It breaks, and moves into the point of least resistance which is upward into the air. Thus, jutting peaks of sheer rock with the rock strata going almost vertical. It crumbles, with a jumble of rock rolling over each other as the mass is pushed upward. Thus, anyone or anything on top of that spot will be subject to being ground up in the tumbling process.

Compressed rock can also drive horizontally, into nearby soil or space not occupied by anything as dense as itself. Thus, those in a valley can find rock shooting out of a hillside, or rock spear shooting under their feet, unexpectedly. Surviving the mountain building process while in the mountains is precarious, and not advised.
Safe Locations, Sierras

There is a difference in being on this or that side of a Continental Divide, on what to expect.
On the far side of the push, hills and mountains can be pushed over plains, riding several miles further inland.
This is of record.

Chief Mountain in Montana is a massif standing several thousand feet above the Great Planes. It has been thrust bodily upon the much younger strata of the Great Planes, and then driven over them eastward, for a distance of at least 8 miles. Chief Mountain in Montana traveled across the plains and climbed the slopes of another mountain and settled on top of it. By similar thrusting, the whole Rocky Mountain Front, for hundreds of miles, has been pushed up and then out, many miles over the plains.

Such titanic displacement of mountains have been found in many places on the earth. The entire length of the Norwegian mountains showed a similar overthrust. The displacement of the Alps is especially extensive. During the building of the Alps gigantic slabs of rock, thousands of feet thick, hundreds of miles long, and tens of miles wide, were thrust up and then over .. the rocks beneath. The direction of the relative overthrusting movement was from Africa toward the main mass of Europe on the north. The Alps were shoved a hundred miles to the north.
Earth in Upheaval, by Immanuel Velikovsky

On the other side of a Continental Divide, where rapid subduction of plates under the mountains occurs, hot earth in low lying areas can be the result,
something reported in legend on the West Coast of America.

The traditions of the Indians retain the memory of boiling of the water in river and sea. The tribes of British Columbia tell: "Great clouds appeared .. and such a great heat came, that finally the water boiled. People jumped into the streams and lakes to cool themselves, and died". On the North Pacific coast of America the tribes insist that the ocean boiled: "It grew very hot .. many animals jumped into the water to save themselves, but the water began to boil". The Indians of the Southern Ute tribe in Colorado record in their legends that the rivers boiled.
Worlds in Collisions, by Immanual Velikovsky

Central America and the Carribean will suffer during the shift, being on small plates that will be crushed when South American crashes into North American when the crust shift STOPS.
It is, after all, not the fall that hurts as the pain comes when one hits the ground.
Likewise, during the shift, it is not the crust slide that hurts, it is when the plates stop moving and start crashing into each other.

During the time when the plates are slamming into each other, Central America and the Carribean will suffer, as the weak link. These small plates will crumble and be crushed, creating such instability that anticipating a land ride in any of these locations is an extreme toss of the dice. When the Americas move into the Pacific, shortening the distance around the Pacific Rim and widening the Atlantic, the giant continents of North and South America will not simply drift evenhandedly westward. Moving plates move in the direction of least resistance, which in this case is toward the middle of the Pacific hole. Central America loses in this crunch, as do the smaller plates supporting the Caribbean islands. Going to sea in boats will scarcely be an answer, as the turmoil the water will be undergoing will create vortexes that will capsize large and small boats, and even dash well built submarines in deep water.
Safe Locations, Carribean
So if so many places have dangers, in one form or another, just where should people go to be relatively safe during the hour of the shift?
Well inland from coastlines, off land that is mountain building, not near where rain swollen rivers will flood, and not on one of the new poles.
This actually includes the majority of land on the globe.
And remember that even if an area carries cautions, that does not mean that survival there is not possible.
Even among these relatively safe places not likely to experience mountain building or tidal waves, they all have some sort of caution, be it sociological cautions, indigenous disease, or the likelihood of being inundated after the shift as the old poles melt.
Even their relative attractiveness as a Meca for those wanting to escape danger is a caution, as the mob will go there.
ALL parts of the globe will be experiencing hurricane force winds during the hour of the shift.
ALL will be experiencing Richter 9 force earthquakes.
ALL will be experiencing a deluge of rain.

As surprising as it may sound, when Iceland rides on a fault line and today has active volcanoes melting the glaciers with their increasing eruptions, Iceland will not suffer unduly from earthquakes and volcanoes during the shift. This is due to the spread of plates, rather than compression, in Iceland's part of the world during the shift. Thus, Iceland will be no more troubled by volcanoes than today, and the earthquakes expected to be a few singular jolts, rather than the endless jiggling that compression areas experience. Used to garnering a living from the sea, icelanders will fare well both in surviving the shift and in the Aftertime. Danger will lie in sudden release of melted ice water from mountain lakes. Survivors should take care not to be located in gullies, or potential gullies, between such lakes and the sea.
Safe Locations, Iceland
Sweden does well both during and after the coming pole shift, due primarily to its high altitude and lack of volcanoes. Facing a large ocean bay, and buffered from direct assaults from the Atlantic, the waves sloshing on her shores will not be monstrous, but will tend to ride up into the ravines with a tidal bore. The higher points toward the middle of the peninsula, and those point further inland along the peninsula, will be safest from wave action. The general advice to be inland by 100 miles, and be 200 feet above sea level, is a good guide.

The Swedes are a hardy folk, used to living in an inhospitable climate, so will take the jolts and sloshing in stride. It will be a pleasant surprise to find their land warmer, with the summers lasting almost all year long. Gloom is no stranger to the Swedes, so the overcast skies will not come as the shock they will to others in sunny parts of the globe. Thus, with fewer adjustments and more pleasant surprises, this land and its quiet and intelligent folk should fare well! Sweden's main concern, as the shift approaches, will be her very attractiveness to neighbors and others around the world looking for a safe place to ride out the shift. She will have many suitors, coming forward with money under the guise of investing in the country, or coming forward requesting immigration status. In the weeks prior to the shift, they will also come forward disguised as tourists.
Safe Locations, Sweden
Morocco will continue to be a tropical country after the shift, lying along the new equator. Africa as a continent will find itself above the new oceans after the poles have melted, in the main, being on remarkably high ground throughout the continent. Morocco's most serious danger comes not from nature but from man, as after the shift desperate survivors from Europe will try to ford over into Africa for food and land. As that the region, today, is primarily desert, there will be many battles over food, and pending starvation can make those who are starving vicious as well as desperate.
Safe Locations, Morocco
The existing vegetation will do well in the continuous drizzle that occurs for years following a shift, but the lack of sunlight will change the dynamics. Hungry predators will take out man, in attacks unlike any in the memory of the horrified tribes. They will be relentless. Creatures normally kept to the swamps, some even unknown to man, will emerge to slither about the villages, eating all they can wrap around or swallow, including small adults as well as children. Hunters will be eaten, those waiting for their return not finding them even if a rescue party is sent forth. In time all life forms will either consume their food sources or be killed, resulting in a diminished population, both human and animal. Thus living in the drizzle, the survivors will eventually emerge into sunlight., where vegetation flourishes and the ever present smell of rot is lost in the breeze.
Safe Locations, Congo
South Africa will fare well after the pole shift, due to it's close location to the new equator and high ground. Being relatively remote as an industrialized country, it may also fare well in retaining some of its technology, being used to relying upon itself rather than others. Some electricity will most likely be generated, and road repairs done. Imported food stuffs will stop after the shift, but with an improved climate and distance from volcanoes, some crop growing will succeed. South Africa's largest problem will be during the shift itself, as it lies between the Atlantic and Indian Ocean.

During India's subduction, an actual suction will occur there, drawing water. When the Atlantic widens, a similar situation will occur. Those wanting to survive the shift should move well inland and return only after water sloshing has stopped, a period of several days, to be safe.
Safe Locations, South Africa
Russia, which is in the main in frozen northlands, will be pleasantly surprised to find itself in a warmer climate. In the center of a plate, the earthquakes will not be as long lasting as along faults, and the aftershocks minimal. Thereafter, the real threat for Russia will creep up upon the survivors. Siberia is low land, and the melting poles will swallow this land within months.

Russia, in the main, is lowland which will shortly be flooded after the shift. Those hapless Russians who have not heard of the pending pole shift, and the melting of the poles to shortly follow the shift, will find themselves getting soggy, then flooded, with rain waters and overflowing rivers and streams that simply do not drain any longer.

At first, in the lowlands, residents will move to hill tops, then tree tops, and then fashion boats out of anything that can float. However, given the broad expanse that will be inundated, there will be nowhere to go! Survivors will step away from the rising water into higher and higher ground, but find themselves eventually stranded on a diminishing island, with no land in sight! Without a sense of direction, and with north and south now west and east, compasses will be no guide, and the stars will not be visible in the main due to volcanic dust.

Those who would survive for the long term are advised to position themselves near high land. We would advise those who are not near mountains or highland, such as the Urals, to fashion boats early and plot a course, sighting familiar landmarks as the move on houseboat or whatever they have devised prior to a full flooding of the lowlands.

Being afloat, they can move from community to community, if compatibility is not established, until they arrive at a site where they are welcome and the land is clearly going to remain above ground. The waters can be expected to rise for 2 years after the shift, but during this time, a floating group can fish or harvest from the sea.
Safe Locations, Russia
Kazakstan will become immensely important to the Russian people after the shift, as it is high country, and well connected to parts both north and south by culture, commerce, and tradition. Drowning Russians from the north will arrive at what will be the new shorelines, when the lowlands of Siberia go under water. They will bring with them few possessions, but humility will not be among them. Kazakstan is not considered the home of the elite in Russia, but any elite not scrambling to the Urals will try to set up shop in Kazakstan. Thus, in preparation for this arrival, residents of Kazakstan should mentally prepare their stance toward such a take-over attempt. Guests are welcome but are expected to work alongside their hosts, and no new leadership is desired.

Kazakstan today has both summer and winter, and is agricultural. After the shift, it will find itself closer to the new South Pole, and colder. This will change the culture into one of fishing in the ocean to what will become the new south, over former Siberian lands, where fish and all they feed upon will migrate to eat the rotting material that has gone under the waves. There will be other outlets to the oceans, as the continent will rip and create a rift above the Himalayas, but being centered in the new Polar Circle, this will freeze and not allow ready access to ocean fishing. Inland lakes without an outlet may temporarily rise, due to the continuous drizzle that follows the shift, so residents along the shorelines of such lakes should anticipate moving up into the hills if need be. The jolts from the shift, which will drive the Himalayas higher, will shatter any housing not flexible, so that structures of brick or stone or mortar will fall upon the hapless residents huddled there. Best to weather the hour of the shift outdoors, in ravines, and remake housing afterwards.
Safe Locations, Kazakstan
The vast reaches of mainland China will fare well during the coming pole shift for several reasons. Geographically, the land inland lies well above sea level and its moderate climate will in the main continue, but being closer to the new South Pole, India, than the previous North Pole, the climate will have shorter summers and longer, more bitter, winters. The primitive lifestyle of the majority of the people, who have learned to adapt stoically to harsh conditions both economic and political while living in what is essentially mud and straw houses or tents, will allow most to survive the pole shift and to adjust to difficult growing seasons afterwards.

China's greatest worry comes from rain, the continuous deluges that will occur during the days that follow the pole shift. Denuded of forest during centuries of overpopulation, and having cultivated the wetlands so they no longer act as a sponge, inland China will find itself washed away into flooded and raging rivers. The water will spill over, creating vast moving bodies of water which will carry away all but stone structures, and cover those in wave after wave of muddy water. Few will survive these floods, leaving only those who have managed to cling to hill tops to survive not only these floods but also the high winds that occur during the shift itself. Starvation, already an problem China struggles with, will decimate survivors, but due to the tenacity of the Chinese people, those who survive these times will from communities that will participate in the transformation of the Earth into better times in the future.
Safe Locations, China
Where New Zealand lies along a fault line, and thus has active volcanoes and geothermal area, due to the tipping up of the plate New Zealand lies on, pressure will be reduced during the hour of the shift, not increased, and the incidence of exploding volcanoes and the like lessened for this reason. In essence, there will be a new space under the tipped plate for lava to fill during the shift, which will reduce the press of lava upward.

For the several hundred feet that Indian will drop below its current sea level, there will be a commensurate raise at the far end of the plate shared with Australia and New Zealand, with the major benefit of this raise at the New Zealand end. New Zealand can expect, after all the sloshing about has stopped, to find itself 500 feet above the current sea level. With the melting poles expected to raise the sea level between 650 and 700 feet, this gain will disappear, but what the raised land does mean for New Zealand is that more of it's land will be above water after the poles melt, than elsewhere in the world.
Safe Locations, New Zealand
Mexico will in general do well during and after the shift, as subducting plates are more of a problem for the West Coast of the US and Canada than Mexico, there being more broken plates in the general area of Central America to take the shock. Stay inland, central to Mexico as a country, for best results. The inland desert or semi-desert regions of Mexico, which suffer from a lack of water when westerly winds dump their moisture when first coming inland, will find their climate changing. They will flourish in vegetation in the Aftertime, due to a changed climate, which will remain temperate and fairly close to the equator. With oceans to the new south and north, they will find rains plentiful, and these former deserts will bloom. As with any country, active or inactive volcanoes should be avoided, staying at least 100 miles from either.
Safe Locations, Mexico
All of Canada fares well during the coming pole shift, and depending upon its altitude will fare better after the pole shift than before, due to the climate changes. Canada in the main is not criss-crossed with earthquake faults or active volcanoes, and thus suffers less from the direct effects of earthquakes and exploding volcanoes during the pole shift. Canada will be positioned above the equator in a temperate zone after the pole shift, in a wamer strata than at present.

Where Canada is an ally of the US government, it is not all that comfortable with the giant to the south, and will rebel against any attempts to control Canadian lands after the pole shift. However, within Canada there are many factions that will battle with each other for resources. Where the Canadian people are resourceful and used to living in a harsh land deeply frozen during the long winters, in the cities as in all industrialized countries, the populace is soft and will be unprepared for Aftertime living when food stuffs are not imported. Religious factions, racial unease, and class differences will create tensions in tight times beyond what is already experienced, and should be anticipated.

The worry Canadians should be concerned about is one that will sneak up on them, in the days leading into the pole shift and in the two years following. Much of Canada has a low sea level, and where land lies lower than 650 to 700 feet, this will be inundated within two years due to the melting ice caps of the old poles. If situated in an area due to be inundated, survivors will have to repeatedly move ahead of the encroaching water, and take care they are not trapped on an island in the process!
Safe Locations, Canada

Migrations occur, among survivors, as all are seeking a better place.
Some locales, being relatively safe and thus populated with their own survivors,
will find their greatest problem the many people that will either migrate TO their locale, or be passing through.

Germany's neighbors to the east in Poland will find the higher land in the mountains attractive after the shift when the poles are melting and the waters rising. Being sea-going folk, they will have ships at their disposal and will take to these, arriving at the mountain peaks sticking above the water in large numbers.

Where the lands were formerly held by productive and efficient people, such as Germany has, and has hosted workers from many lands due to economic booms, these places will be remembered as welcoming. Germany's reputation, thus, will doom it to be remembered as a place to migrate to, with the potential of finding shiploads of survivors on the horizon.
Safe Locations, Germany
The Horn of Africa, Somali, is war-lord prone, given to the battle craze for many long years and will not give this stance up going into times of hardship. They will become mercenaries, on the rove. This will force their neighbors in Ethiopia and Kenya to defend themselves, and not in a polite manner. The outcome of these types of battles, in normal times, depends upon how well supplied an army is, but in lean times migrating mercenaries do not fare well.

They are used to living on looting, what they can commandeer with guns and by being ruthless brutes, their reputation pressing all who hear them coming to lay out the goods before confrontations emerge. But in lean times, where death is the outcome for those about to be looted, something else emerges - resistance. Communities and their livestock disappear, and the marauders find little to feed themselves and fall to infighting among themselves.

Thus weakened, they are picked at from the bushes along roadsides, until the remnants falter and fall. Such a process may take years, even decades, but the outcome is certain.
Safe Locations, Somalia
Colombia will stand as the high ground that frantic survivors in Central America will scramble toward during the shift. As Panama is the point where water today flows between the Pacific and the Caribbean, this is bridge to safety that will wash out early during the hour of the shift. However, any survivors clinging to floating material will wash up on Columbia's shores, wanting rescue to be fed and housed.

Thus, as with many other countries faring better, during the shift, than its neighbors, Colombia will find itself a hospital and refugee camp. From the Amazon basin, likewise, the press of populace seeking high ground will occur. As the Amazon floods during the two years following the shift, due to the melting of the existing poles, man and animal alike will be on the move.

Thus, the high grounds of Colombia will be an interesting place, with conflicts of all kinds abounding in the Aftertime. The drug wars, which often dominate the scene in Colombia, will become nonexistent, as the traffic cannot move. Colombia's drug crop will be used, rather, to dull the horrific reality among those who seek this route. Columbia will continue to be a country where guns rule, to some extent, for some time after the shift.
Safe Locations, Columbia