Los Angeles, Tuesday, February 9, 1971: I was rudely awakened by a shaking unlike anything I had ever felt followed by my 80 pound German shepherd jumping on top of me virtually pinning me to the bed as he whined.
I got out of bed to see the damage and found three feet of water had vanished from my swimming pool.
I was especially concerned about it as we had repaired a vertical settling crack on one side and while the mason was very confident of his work it was still a repair. When I saw the crack was intact I realized we had been in a major quake as the entire hill had moved as a unit and this “hill” was a young mountain. We were one block from Mulholland Drive.
I had a court appearance scheduled and an attorney meeting one hour before that, so I had to be at the courthouse by 7:30 AM and would take Mulholland to the Hollywood Freeway. As I topped the hill I saw the sun and moon only a few degrees apart. It was a “New Moon” which meant there would be high tides and distortion of Earth due to gravity having both sun and moon on the same side of the planet and near being. I made note, but had other concerns until noon and after my court presentation went to L. A. Public Library not far from the L.A. County court house.
After a few hours of reading and calculating it was clear to me that a “new moon” had in ten cases, including the 1906 San Francisco correlated with a New Moon. There were others that occurred at other times, including a “Full Moon,” but more than not appeared to be triggered by a “New Moon.” That a new moon causes Earth to distort about three feet in its’ direction apparently can trigger earthquakes.
An eclipse is the strongest “new moon” condition and the path of this eclipse is over four of our greatest faults, all of which are long overdue for major calamities. They are (1) The Cascadia Subduction Zone which at sea, west of Seattle, Washington, (2) Yellowstone Park Supervolcano, (3) New Madrid Middle West and (4) East Coast Faultline, both inactive for long times.
The Cascadia Subduction Zone is where the North American Continental plate meets the Pacific Ocean sub-plate. It could produce very strong earthquakes and tsunami waves to do enormous damage to the west coast.
The Yellowstone Park Supervolcano is a disaster waiting to happen. It could explode any time and create a shock wave killing everything for a radius of 80 to 100 miles, then blacken the skies for years to create a world famine. It is thought certain to happen, but we know not if tomorrow or 100,000 years in the future, so it is ignored by the elected ruling class.
The New Madrid middle-western fault produced the three strongest earthquakes to ever occur in North America between 1811 and 1812. This fault will become active again at some point.
The East Coast Faultline has shown recent signs of activity indicating the long quiet strain has been building and may break out at any time.
The point of this analysis is that we have an event that could trigger any one, or several monumental events on the United States. Any one could kill millions of people and impact the economy greatly.
As they say in all the old, dumb medical movies, “All we can do is wait.”