Tuesday July 17, 2012 07:55 A CDT
The Biggest Problem In the World
May not be financial... I don't claim to be a geologist but there is something going on which is just below the public perception level and it has to do with global cataclysm which may be coming to our earthly future. Not that you'll see this on the news tonight - in fact your grandchildren's grandchildren might not live long enough to see it, but this is THE event which could account for all the "global coastal" language and may be what drives from the on ongoing Niburu speculation. I'll leave that for you to discern...I'll just give you the data to ponder.
The background: Just about every month I get an email from a reader who is kind enough to hook into the USGS earthquake data online, hit the magic macros he's developed, and give us some clear insight as to trends in earthquakes over time.
The most "grabby" number is the Magnitude 7.0 (+) chart because people relate to big, scary stuff. Going back to 1973, then, here's what this chart currently looks like:
Each of those lines vertically is a one year period and you can see, with a simple 5th order polynomial that the data is trending upward in a serious way.
Now, that's bad, but averaging two big quakes a month is not a life-stopper, unless, of course, you happen to be in a poorly engineered building or something like that. But since we have a longage of humans (the opposite of a shortage, right?) there's a boo-hoo factor, but no one in the MSM gets all worked up about it until a "breaking news" event like the Chilean, Japanese, Banda Aceh, or Haiti quakes, come along.
Then it's a genuine Big Deal, except that global building standards for quake resistance are still pretty lame and people have short memories. In Chile, for example, a 9,5 earthquake resulted in a heaping side order of dead people, but until the recent Chilean quakes, "free enterprise" has managed to slowly erode the country's stringent quake standards.
No news there - that's just how things work over time.
Now the part that should scare the living crap out of people: Look at the data for Magnitude 3.0 quakes: