Posted by Michael J. Fawkes
Video by Dutchsinse
This screenshot below shows the past 48 hours of earthquakes in the continental United States and Canada … alongside there is a diagram of the North American Craton.
Clearly, heavy activity building upon the Western portion of the plate, and we’re seeing a massive area become displaced — from Southern California, to Yellowstone — from Yellowstone to Oklahoma.
The entire displaced area having moved on a mid 4.0M range (or GREATER) in the past 24 – 48 hours.
In other words, over the past two days, the entire western portion of the plate has moved on a 4.0M basis across 1000+ miles.
This means we can expect a major strain to be currently building upon the “edge” of the craton. Also areas meeting the Western and Eastern edges of the plate (British Columbia to the West, and Quebec Canada to the East) MUST be building stress to the point of release at some point soon.
All this would be near term , 3-5 days at the most… if we can get past the next few days without any event along the edge of the craton greater than a 5.0M , we’ll be in the clear for a minute.
For the next few days, be aware of the massive amount of pressure building (and showing) along the Western portion of the North American plate.
The pressure will continue manifesting as earthquakes along the edge of the craton — areas such as Yellowstone, Oklahoma, and Southern California . Some of these release events could be rather noticeable (sizable greater than the previous events over the past few days, i.e. greater than 5.0M).
New Madrid, and East Coast United States — particularly along the craton edge, be aware of possible movement. Not the “big one” , but maybe something similar to the 2011 Virginia earthquake (5.9M).
We saw this kind of buildup along the plate during 2011 before the East Coast earthquake.
Below is a screenshot of the past 7 days of 2.5M and greater earthquakes in the United States, compared to a diagram of the craton, clearly the edge is being pushed:
It appears the Volcanic earthquakes the days before all of this did indeed have a hand to play in all of the unrest:
If you are worried about an earthquake striking your area, it is best to have a plan in place. Get together with loved ones and even neighbors in your area to formulate a strategy. Major earthquakes can strike without warning but often give telltale signs beforehand, such as small tremors, volcanic eruptions, etc.
Visit the AA Earthquake page for links, up to the minute quakes and more. Also notice our sidebar contains many RSS feeds from around the web that deal with earthquakes and other weather related events. Stay safe everyone.
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