Satellites in orbit have detected a very large and unusual emission of carbon monoxide gas coming from the ground in eastern Pennsylvania and much of New Jersey along the Ramapo Fault Line and the North Fall Line, raising fears a major earthquake MAY be pending. Although there is NO WAY TO PREDICT AN EARTHQUAKE, and this article is not doing that, there are historical examples of similar events taking place globally after which major earthquakes did strike.
For the purposes of this story, it is necessary to get some underlying technical information to you so you can grasp the implications. So bear with us as we brief you on it . . .
In geology, a fault is a planar fracture or discontinuity in a volume of rock, across which there has been significant displacement as a result of rock-mass movement. Large faults within the Earth's crust result from the action of plate tectonic forces, with the largest forming the boundaries between the plates, such as subduction zones or transform faults. Energy release associated with rapid movement on active faults is the cause of most earthquakes.
A fault plane is the plane that represents the fracture surface of a fault. A fault trace or fault line is a place where the fault can be seen or mapped on the surface. A fault trace is also the line commonly plotted on geologic maps to represent a fault.
The Ramapo Fault Line is a very old, very stable geological feature which stretches about 70 miles from eastern Pennsylvania, through northern New Jersey and into Westchester County, New York. The map below gives readers a sense of its location:
Another Geological feature in the region is a part of what's called the North Fall Line. This line is the geologic boundary that separates the soft sediments of the Coastal Plain to the east toward the ocean, from the hard bedrock of the Piedmont to the west toward the inner portion of the north American continent. Interstate Route 95 generally runs along the north fall line in New Jersey.
East of Interstate 95, the soil of the Coastal Plain is sandy. Soil is light-colored (sometimes almost yellow or even white). Topography is flat; there are few hills in the Coastal Plain, and some cliffs have been exposed where rivers have scratched out their valleys. West of Interstate 95 in New Jersey and farther south is the solid, old, hard bedrock of north America.
The map below shows the "Fall Line" and it is the northern portion of that line, along with the Ramapo Fault, that is the topic of this story:
Orbiting our planet are a number of satellites designed to monitor the environment. Those satellites feed data into computer models, fed into the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office part of the Goddard Space Flight Center and NASA.
One such model is the GEOS-5, (Goddard Earth Observatory System) which takes the data from the statellites and generates imagery for humans to use to understand changes taking place in earth's environment.
COMPUTER ALERTS TO CARBON MONOXIDE
This morning, Saturday, June 8, 2019, the GEOS-5 model is showing a major event taking place along the north Fall Line and Ramapo Fault Line in eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey: Vast quantities of Carbon Monoxide Gas are spewing out of the ground into the atmosphere along both those geological lines!
The image below from the GEOS-5 Model shows the Carbon Monoxide very prominently:
Here's a closer look:
The lower section of CO gas (Shown in purple) aligns almost perfectly with the route of the North Fall Line.
The upper section of the CO gas aligns almost perfectly with the route of the Ramapo Fault Line.
So what is causing all this Carbonn Monoxide Gas to spew out of the ground? The earth moves! The continents move. and when these massive things move, anything underground which is caught in the movement gets utterly crushed.
When hydrocarbons in the ground get crushed, they heat up and turn to vapor. Most times, Carbon Monoxide vapor.
So these vast emissions of CO gas indicate the ground is moving, crushing hydrocarbons, vaporizing them, and then the CO gas is being squeezed by all that pressure, out into the atmosphere.
WILL THERE BE AN EARTHQUAKE?
There is no scientific way to accurately predict an earthquake. As technology exists today, no one can tell when or where an earthquake will strike, and this article cannot do so either. It is important to emphasize this, because one thing no one wants to do is to scare anyone with a story like this.
There is no cause for any reader to be scared or alarmed.
None of us can control any aspect of this, so being informed about it, and being made aware of what MIGHT happen, can allow mature adults to decide if they should make preparations or not.
Awareness is the sole purpose of this article. Once folks are aware of what is taking place, they can decide for themselves if they need to make any plans or preparations, just in case.
That said, we can look to history at things which actually took place, to draw inferences about this situation.
The Great China Earthquake 1976
The 1976 Tangshan earthquake, also known as Great Tangshan earthquake, was a natural disaster resulting from a magnitude 7.6 earthquake that hit the region around Tangshan, Hebei, People's Republic of China on July 28, 1976, at 3:42 in the morning.
In minutes the city of Tangshan, an industrial city with approximately one million inhabitants, ceased to exist.
Eighty-five percent of the buildings in the city collapsed or were unusable, all services failed, and most of the highway and railway bridges collapsed or were seriously damaged.
At least 242,000 people died (some have said three times that), making this the third (or possibly second) deadliest earthquake in recorded history.
Two weeks prior to that quake, residents in several nearby villages noticed strange things taking place. In one village, loud hissing noises began coming from water wells, and residents saw water from wells being forcibly sprayed out by what was described as high pressure "air."
In other villages, the water levels of wells suddenly changed, with some wells suddenly overflowing, while water dropped completely out of other wells.
Other villages noticed animals behaving very strangely, scores of ants coming out of the ground for no apparent reasons, frogs and turtles leaving local waters and coming ashore for no apparent reason. There were even reports of fish jumping up out of pond waters for no apparent reason.
These geological oddities caused local officials in China to issue warnings that an earthquake may be pending because it was clear to them that things were taking place underground that had to be caused by the ground itself moving. The warnings were not enough to save many lives. at least 242,000 died from that earthquake.
At present, there are NO SUCH REPORTS of any unusual hissing or water level changes or strange animal behaviors in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, but folks may wish to begin paying attention for such things.
Folks may also wish to make certain they have emergency food, water, medicines, flashlights, batteries and portable radios at the ready.
No one can predict an earthquake. But the space satellites reported above are seeing strange and large emissions of Carbon Monoxide coming out of the ground, and that means SOMETHING is happening to cause it. We should pay attention.
UPDATE 2:25 AM EDT --
On the satellite model images above, ONE other small area is showing a tinge of purple CO gas: Los Angeles, CA. You can see it on the images above.
Tonight, CBS News in Los Angeles is reporting that "Tar is seeping up through the street and a loud hissing noise is coming out of the ground" near the historic LaBrea Tar Pits in that city. They have video showing the tar (hydrocarbons) coming out of the ground between the cracks in the sidewalk and at the curb line where it meets the road.
So now we have another section of the country where space-based satellites are indicating CO gas coming up out of the ground, and in THIS location, there is also now tar and what seems to be natural gas "hissing" up from underground. Video Below:
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