Disaster returns to the Indian Ocean.

The Moon again?

As another disastrous earthquake hits the Indian Ocean we explore whether it was triggered by celestial forces, and what the future holds for this troubled geological region.

     

Another incredible Earthquake hits South East Asia.

Rare combination.

Just over three months after the devastating Tsunami of the 26 th of December 2004 another major earthquake was again struck South East Asia causing devastation and large loss of life . The epicentre of the latest quake measuring a colossal 8.7 on the Richter scale was barely 100 miles South East of the earlier one, situated along a portion of the same fault line adjoining the Sundra Trench. Initial figures spoke of around a thousand dead and many wounded.

Vulnerable area.

Once again nations bordering the Indian Ocean were plunged into chaos as worried citizens fled to higher ground. Fortunately in this instance the resulting Tsunami was too small to cause much damage but it revealed how vulnerable this area continues to be in the face of enormous subterranean forces that promise yet further disaster in the months and years to come.



Yellow star illustrates area of 26th of December earthquake. Red Star shows region of the 28th of March earthquake.

Picture courtesy of the USGS.

Obvious celestial link.

In our main feature which followed the December catastrophe we explained a likely link between the Tsunami disaster and celestial activity involving the Full Moon at Apogee just days after the Winter Solstice. Incredibly this latest South East Asian disaster also reveals a clear link to celestial forces. March 28th was just days after the Full Moon – five days from perigee (when the Earth is closest to the Moon)  and only a week after the Spring Equinox. In addition it came at the culmination of a series of very powerful planetary alignments. This involved the close alignment of the Sun, Mercury, Venus, the Earth, the Moon, and Jupiter. In other words an incredible alignment involving around 75% of the most powerful bodies in the Solar System.

At natures mercy.

As much as anything this earthquake confirms yet again that when the planets and the Moon align in a certain way at delicate and important times of the year we become more prone to the devastating forces of the natural world. Forces not defined by the upper limits of any human devised scale, but ones that operate to an arbitrary set of natural principles that take no regard of human plight and suffering and once again show just how vulnerable we really are.

Rare occurrence.

This latest disaster to hit South East Asia is all the more incredible when one realises that in the last 100 years there have never been two earthquakes of such magnitude – the December one, measuring 9.0 and this one at 8.7, so close together. This is an exceptional grouping which in turn hints at even more disasters to come and experts say that the sea bed in this area of the Indian Ocean is now coming under such phenomenal pressures that further catastrophes are inevitable.

Even more disastrous consequences.

Other experts believe a weakened sea bed could be the store for disastrous consequences on a scale far more enormous than we have ever dared imagine.They believe that weakening of the crust in this area could lead to a chain of volcanic activity with new volcanoes thrusting out at many different locations. This could have devastating consequences for nations surrounding the Indian Ocean and in particular Indonesia. Volcanic activity on this scale would even have a world-wide impact with large dust clouds circling the planet causing widespread disruption to agriculture and air travel. Experts warn that earthquake activity of these dimensions could also result in increased earthquake activity elsewhere as interconnected fault lines become even more stressed than usual.

Could an earthquake topple the planet?

An extraordinary feature of the December 2004 earthquake was that it actually shortened the length of the day, slightly altered the shape of the Earth, and caused the planet to wobble on its axis. Whether the latest South East Asian earthquake produced anything similar remains to be seen but as several of our features illustrate, our planet is far from being perfectly balanced and it is just conceivable that the jolt from a major earthquake – and remember there is no limit to how powerful an earthquake can be – could just topple the planet over on its axis. For more on this please see our link below:

Strange weather connected to Indian Ocean disaster.


Firm connection.

During the early weeks of 2005 many parts of the world experienced bizarre weather conditions. But is this a result of the Indian Ocean disaster?


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Strange weather of January 2005.

Was the South East Asian earthquake to blame?

In the immediate period following the South East Asia disaster a spate of highly unusual weather conditions that spanned the entire globe made many feel these events were in some way connected to the Indian Ocean catastrophe.

Unusual events.

In the USA floods caused widespread damage in numerous states including California where some areas witnessed 14 consecutive days of heavy rain. Eastern States including Maine saw their most severe winter weather for over 65 years and the state of Texas enjoyed its first white Christmas for 86 years. Astonishingly areas of desert in the United Arab Emirates recorded their first ever snow fall when temperatures plunged to an incredible – 5 degrees centigrade. Heavy snow also blanketed parts of Greece, and central Europe. Thick snow also fell in Hawaii, and in Brazil rare tornadoes struck the Southern State of Santa Catarina. In Northern Europe parts of Britain experienced their worst flooding for over a hundred years as hurricane force winds battered coastlines and inland areas causing widespread disruption.

Volcanic eruptions.

Meanwhile volcanoes began erupting in the Andaman and Nicobar chain and in Guatemala a state of alert was declared after three volcanoes began erupting for the first time in 31 years. In Mexico the massive volcano Popocatepetl sent a huge column of ash and smoke high into the sky.

A firm connection.

Although mainstream scientific opinion is very much against the idea of these events being connected to the South East Asia disaster we believe that extreme weather in the early weeks of January 2005 had but one origin – the catastrophe that so lethally battered coastlines on the Indian Ocean. Of course there can be no theory without proof and in this respect we believe that all the necessary evidence points to one conclusion – that these extreme weather systems were spawned by the Indian Ocean disaster.

Special relationship.

The fact is that sea and wind are intricately woven in a special relationship. The wind drives the sea to form waves, and it is well known that the main ocean streams that flow hundreds and even thousands of miles do so in harmony to the prevailing winds in those areas. The sea affects the wind and vice versa. For example it wasn’t too many years ago that parts of the South American coastline and even further afield were savaged by the effects of El Nino.

Yearly phenomenon.

El Nino is a yearly phenomenon where warm sea currents affect the coasts of Ecuador and Chile. Normally these currents only flow for a few weeks but every three to seven years these currents flow for many months and have a devastating effect not only on local economies but on world weather in general; changes which can be both dramatic and extreme, and showing great contrasts.

The El Nino of 1982 – 83 resulted in severe drought in at least 10 nations world wide, yet brought heavy rain and devastating hurricanes to others. Winds spawned by El Nino deviate from their normal path bringing unusual and extreme weather patterns. Similar problems also arise from La Nina which is characterised by unusually cold ocean temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific, compared to El Nino whose currents are unusually warm.

Extreme Effects.

We see then that Ocean currents can and do have extreme effects on our climate and weather. But how does this tie in with the South East Asia catastrophe? The answer is simple and relates to the topics we have already discussed.

Disturbed winds and currents.

The immense tidal waves consisting of  billions of tons of water  released by the scale 9 earthquake off the coast of Sumatra on the 26th of December would have stormed out across the Oceans and are even known to have reached the shores of Brazil – half a world a way. In turn this would have disturbed existing ocean currents, upsetting the vital balance of air, wind, and water to produce currents of unusual strength and power.

In the case of the Northern European storms ,  this warm air would then race northwards to clash with colder air coming down from the Arctic. And the result? A massive  and potentially highly destructive storm whose consequences were fortunately sparing,  undoubtedly because its worst track was over relatively unpopulated areas of northern Europe.




Computer enhanced images from satellite pictures showing the development of the storm as warm air from the tropics collides with cold air from the Arctic. From left to right 10 – 12th January 2005.

Incredible effects on the stability of the planet.

Convincing though it is, the above account is likely not the only cause for the amazing storms over northern Europe in the second week of 2005. Other reasons exist and once again the trigger is to be found in the incredible South East Asia disaster. The truth is this was a phenomenal event. Not just in the tragic loss of life but what it did to the planet. In fact the initial earthquake was so powerful that it altered the shape of the world, shaved time off the length of each day, moved the North Pole, and even increased the speed at which the Earth revolves on its axis.

This was a remarkable event and it is likely that the jolt to the planet was itself enough to increase wind speeds by an appreciable amount. If the jolt had been too great the Earth’s atmosphere could have been flung out into space putting an end to all life on the planet. As it was these winds swirled away from the Equator and powered northwards resulting in the scenario already described above.

A firm connection.

The above account makes a clear connection between the South East Asian catastophe and the storms that battered Northern Europe. The fact is that other disturbed and unusual weather patterns outlined at the head of this feature are likely to have resulted from a similar invasion of influence emanating from the Indian Ocean disaster. An influence that if other, less formidable events are anything to go by may well contribute to unusual and extreme weather for a good while to come.

Long term implications.

The Earth is very delicately balanced and when something as powerful as the South East Asia disaster comes along it effects it in thousands of different ways. Not all of these effects will be immediately obvious, but it is likely that the coming months will see even more unusually potent events. A very real test will come in around two weeks time when the Full Moon returns.

Full Moon brings more earthquakes.

An example of how potent an influence the Full Moon can be in sparking earthquakes can be seen from the Full Moon on the 24 th – 25th January. This was the first Full Moon after the South East Asia disaster and incredibly the area around the Nicobar Islands in the Indian Ocean – especially badly hit in the catastrophe – had at least 160 earthquakes above 5 magnitude in just 6 days. This included a particularly active period just after the Full Moon on the 27th of January when this vulnerable island chain was hit by over 60 earthquakes above 5 magnitude in just 24 hours.

The Day the Earth wobbled.


Massive disaster.

The South East Asia catastrophe actually caused the Earth to wobble on its axis.


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The day the Earth wobbled.

Massive disaster.

The South East Asia earthquake and tidal wave disaster of the 26 th December 2004 will undoubtedly go down as the largest catastrophe in modern times. There is quite frankly no precedent of a disaster visited upon so many nations, spread so far apart at the same time and with such great casualties. It shows just how awesome the powers of nature really are, and how powerless we are when confronted with the full force of the natural world.

Staggering explosion.

An example of how great the forces behind this disaster really were is explained by a prominent group of British geologists. They calculated that the forces involved in the original earthquake that spawned the deadly Tsunami’s measured 9 on the Richter scale. As a matter of comparison this equates to the total power of all the earthquakes to have taken place everywhere in the world for the last five years going off in just one place at the same time – a truly staggering explosion of power.




Amazing seismograph plot of the Sumatran Earthquake measuring 9 on the Richter scale that set off the whole catastrophe.

Caused the Earth to wobble.

What we now know is that this unprecedented eruption of energy actually caused the world to wobble slightly on its axis and may have come perilously close to toppling the world upside down – a catastrophe that would have come close to wiping out all life on the planet. There is more on the implications of this unsettling subject later in this feature. For the moment we shall investigate the probable causes of this unbelievable catastrophe.

No random occurrence.

While there is little we can do to prevent earthquakes and tidal waves from happening we can at least do something to understand why and how they happen in the hope we can predict when major events like this are about to occur. For make no mistake, the timing of the South East Asia catastrophe was no random occurrence. It happened at the very climax of a rare combination of astronomical events whose end result was disaster on a scale never seen in modern times. But just what were these events and why were they able to prove so deadly.

The Earth’s Achilles Tendon.

We believe that the key to understanding the causes of the South East Asia catastrophe are to be found in the Earth’s orbit around the Sun. Some imagine this to be perfectly round but it is in fact described as a slightly eccentric ellipse. This means that at some points in the year the Earth is either nearer or further away from the Sun. In December, which is winter in the Northern hemisphere, the Sun is actually closest to the Earth. Moreover towards the end of December, around the time of the Winter Solstice the Earth undergoes an important change in its Solar orbit. It is at this time that the Earth makes special demands on the gravity of the Sun and swings around in its orbit to begin another year long circuit. This is just as well. If not the Earth would just break free and head off into space where deprived of life giving light and heat it would quickly become a dead planet.

However we believe that the stresses imposed on the Earth at this time predispose it to disasters and catastrophes and make the latter part of the year one laden with hazards and dangers.






Not to scale.

Simple diagram showing the relative position of the Earth to the Sun at its maximum periods of stress. A stress that on the 26th of December 2004 was further increased by a Full Moon that was also at apogee – it’s furthest point from the Earth.

Simple argument.

In simple terms the above situation can be illustrated quite graphically. It is like a heavily laden lorry attempting to turn a tight bend while travelling at speed – in the Earth’s case around 50,000 miles of speed. The lorry struggles to stay on the road with brakes screeching, until momentum restored it continues peacefully along its way. We believe the Earth does exactly the same, with the Winter and Summer Solstices forming decisive periods when through the stresses of its orbital procession the Earth is more vulnerable to catastrophic disasters. Indeed it was almost at the exact point last year that a fearful Earthquake in Iran wiped out the historically important city of Bam and with it around 50,000 lives. This was again a disaster just a few days after the Winter Solstice and almost exactly on the Full Moon.

Of course not every Winter Solstice ends in a disaster of the sort witnessed in Iran and the South East Asian catastrophe. So what then makes the vital difference?

The Earth/Moon system.

As it turns out the South East Asian catastrophe happened on the 26th December – exactly the day of the Full Moon, and this is fundamental to our theory. Many more disasters happen around the Full Moon, and this was not just any Full Moon. It coincided with the Moon at apogee, which is when the Moon is at its furthest reach from the Earth. It is vital to understand this because at this time the Earth undergoes special strains to hold on to the Moon and restrain it from breaking free into space. This is similar to the way the Sun holds on to the Earth preventing it from wandering off towards the stars.

Two separate forces.

We see then that on December 26th 2004 the Earth was subject to intense forces from two separate directions. One from the Sun holding it on its yearly orbit, the other from the Moon at its furthest reach at a phase when its earthquake potential is at its highest. We must also remember that the centre of balance in the Earth/ Moon system is not some invisible point in space but a point deep beneath the surface of this planet. At certain Lunar cycles this is bound to create enormous stresses and we believe that the combination of the Full Moon, the Moon at apogee, and the Winter Solstice caused stresses that eventually gave way to one of the biggest Earthquakes ever recorded and consequently the largest humanitarian disaster of modern times. It has to be said that the combination of all these events occurring at the same time is extremely rare as is the nature of the catastrophe unleashed.

Fundamental influence.

But as if these forces weren’t enough there was also another source of celestial influence which we believe is fundamental in making the last weeks of December unduly prone to disaster and thus another factor in the South East Asian disaster. This time the answer lies with forces that come from the very depths of our Galaxy and even the Universe beyond it.

Helium rich stream.

In December the Sun begins to appear against the background of the centre of our Galaxy, The Milky Way. In turn this means that the energy given off by the Sun is also combined with cosmic energy coming from the concentrated centre of the Galaxy. Indeed astronomers have discovered that as the Earth enters the 13th constellation of the Zodiac (yes there are 13 constellations) it encounters a stream of cosmic energy emanating from the constellation of Ophiuchus. This immense cloud of helium rich material is immensely hot, around 6000 degrees centigrade, but also very diffuse so it cannot penetrate the atmosphere. However it still in some way interacts with the atmosphere and we believe this can bring small but significant changes to the Earth’s magnetic field.

Barely understood.

The magnetic field is a mysterious quantity that is still far from fully understood. What we do know is that the magnetic field may be connected to magma fields below the surface of the Earth so that changes to the field from celestial sources may lead to corresponding changes in magma flows. It is no coincidence that when high Solar winds cause severe geomagnetic storms there is almost always an increase in volcanic activity. Hence we believe that below ground activity with tectonic plates is heavily influenced by celestial phenomenon and also the different phases of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun which in turn cause turbulent volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.

Important clue.

The period leading up to the Indian Ocean eruption also gives us one more important clue. It is the alignment of the Interplanetary Magnetic Field. It is not necessary to explain what this really is. All that needs to be known is that the  IMF is like a trapdoor through the Earth’s atmosphere. When it is Northwards orientated barely any Solar particles can penetrate to the atmosphere. However when a Southwards orientation takes over more particles penetrate the atmosphere where they cause noticeable phenomena like attractive displays of aurorae or the Northern Lights.

What interest us is that on 7 consecutive days between December 6th and Dec 12th 2004 the Interplanetary Magnetic Field was orientated South, with stellar debris able to penetrate the atmosphere over a comparatively long period of continuous exposure. This resulted in mild to moderate geomagnetic storms – nothing exceptional – but certainly in conjunction with all the other forces at play may have combined with already stressed geological conditions  to produce the extraordinary disaster of the 26th of December.

Lethal combination.

Either alone or in any other combination perhaps these individual elements would not have resulted in the catastrophic forces that were eventually unleashed. However in tandem with one another, the combination of an Earth stressed to keep in orbit while struggling to prevent the Moon breaking free into space, along with the forces of the Full Moon and the contributing elements of Cosmic particles, all came together in a rare but deadly accumulation of force that as well as causing a catastrophe of unparalleled proportions may also have come close to tipping the world on its axis.

Click here for one mans nightmare scenario of a disaster that he believes will hit the world in 2012.

Polar Reversal.

People often laugh at the idea of the Earth turning turtle on its axis. However the forces required may not be that great as the Earth is hopelessly unbalanced and would not require much to flip over altogether. For more on this topic please see our separate features:

Polar reversal.

Unbalanced world.

An even greater disaster.

The reality is that the South East Asian disaster did not tip the world over. However it cannot be assumed that no damage has been done to the planet. These were titanic forces at play. There is likely to be huge damage to the sea bed in the vicinity of the Earthquake. Already weakened, this may at some point rupture the Earth’s crust which at Ocean bed level is much thinner. This in turn could unleash truly apocalyptic powers with a wall of flame and gas  that could break out across the entire fault line, letting loose a catastrophe that would make even the current disaster pall by comparison. A disaster that in one way or another would surely involve the whole of the planet.

Long term consequences.

A suspicion remains that the South East Asian catastrophe has not fully run its course. The immediate effects may be over, but that does not mean the disaster has exhausted its deadly compendium of surprises. And we are not just talking of the likelihood of disease that may yet involve casualties in excess of those caused by the deadly Tsunamis. Nor are we talking of after shocks from the same vicinity. In fact we are talking of a world geology fundamentally changed towards a more disastrous aspect.

Even conservative estimates say that in the December earthquake of 2004 the whole island of Sumatra was picked up and physically moved by a staggering 40 metres!!! Such movements are impossible without some counter movement elsewhere on the globe and seismologists believe that around the world fault lines have been weakened to the extent that the coming years will see a whole series of major earthquakes and volcanic eruptions that would not otherwise have happened so quickly. In turn these earthquakes will precipitate yet further quakes, setting loose a chain of events whose catastrophic outcome no one can dare predict.

Energy Stream circles the planet.

Incredible though it may seem the energy from the South East Asian disaster was still circulating the globe well over two weeks after the initial catastrophe. Scientists from the Earth Sciences Research School at Australian National University said the planet “is still ringing like a bell”. According to Dr Herb McQueen this relates to a 1mm upward movement over the entire Earth. Even as far away as New Jersey in the United States the shock wave is believed to have raised the ground level by about an inch.

This may not seem like much. but just imagine the forces required to move the Earth at all. It would seem impossible – yet the South East Asian Earthquake was still having this effect right across the planet fully two weeks later. Says Dr McQueen: "The early signals were much stronger. The Earth is regularly deformed by the daily passage of the sun and moon, raising a tide in the earth of about 20 cm, and the vibrations we saw on Boxing Day ( 26th of December 2004 ) shortly after the earthquake off the Indonesian coast were of a similar magnitude on our instruments." He admitted it was a rare seismic event that could go on reverberating over this long period of time and believed that the Earth would still continue to buzz from the energy of this earthquake for at least several weeks.

For more on this please refer to the link below:

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=28043

Colossal effects just becoming known.

In data released from NASA it was revealed that the magnitude 9 earthquake that devastated the Indian Ocean also had measurable effects on the shape of the Earth and also the length of each day. According to NASA the effects of this Earthquake were to say the least “not usual”. It shifted Earth’s mean North Pole, slightly altered the shape of the planet, and again slightly decreased the length of each day making the Earth spin just a little faster.

For the whole of this amazing story please turn to the following link:

http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2005/10jan_earthquake. htm?list142035

Animals escape disaster.

One of the most astonishing features of the South East Asia disaster is the comparatively few number of animals that fell victim to the rampaging floods brought on by the tidal waves. Millions of animals are known to have fled to safety well ahead of the devastating waves, confirming established accounts that animals draw on some innate natural sense that warns them of impending disaster. This seemed to be especially true in Sri Lanka’s Yala National Park where initial investigations showed no signs of any dead elephants, leopards, deer, jackals and crocodiles, the species that have given the conservation reserve world-wide fame.

For more on this story please turn to the following link:

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/ 0,5744,11848908%255E1702,00.html

Full Moon brings more earthquakes.

An example of how potent an influence the Full Moon can be in sparking earthquakes can be seen from the Full Moon on the 24 th – 25th January. This was the first Full Moon after the South East Asia disaster and incredibly the area around the Nicobar Islands in the Indian Ocean – especially badly hit in the catastrophe – had at least 160 earthquakes above 5 magnitude in just 6 days. This included a particularly active period just after the Full Moon on the 27th of January when this vulnerable island chain was hit by over 60 earthquakes above 5 magnitude in just 24 hours.

Danger period ahead ( issued 14th June 2005 )

Mars, Earth, and Jupiter are now aligned and will remain so for nearly a month. The alignment will be at its closest from around the 20th of June to around the 1st of July. This will likely bring added friction and the risk of contentious encounters particularly around the time of the Full Moon on the 22nd of June. At this time the Moon will also be closest to the Earth and this makes this period one of enormous risk in spawning major earthquakes and volcanic activity. It is also the time of the Summer Solstice which is known for its own separate tensions. Put this all together and you definitely have a period to watch out for.

Three major quakes already

Already since making this announcement there have been at least three major earthquakes in various parts of the world. These include a magnitude 7.9 earthquake in Chile. A magnitude 7 earthquake off the coast of California, and a magnitude 6.9 earthquake in the Aleutian islands.

However the biggest quakes may yet be to come in what is sure to be an exciting week ahead.

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Did human activity contribute to the South East Asian disaster

Searching for the reasons and the meaning.

In the aftermath of the South East Asian catastrophe some have sought to lay blame in familiar places. The usual questions of why God did not stop the disaster were quick to surface and were responded to with the same well worn platitudes. Then there were accusations that people who knew the disaster was about to happen did nothing to warn those most vulnerable. It seems that these claims and counter claims are destined to form yet another sub culture of conspiracy theories similar to those that proliferated after 9/11.

Who, or what is to blame?

In our blame culture there has to be a scapegoat where nothing happens without someone or something being to blame. If so then who or what is responsible for the South East Asian catastrophe? Is it just a straight forward random act of nature or is there a clear trail of evidence that makes this appalling disaster more than it seems. We believe that there is. In fact we are convinced that enough evidence exists to say that this catastrophe may well turn out to be a product of global warming. This is very likely to be a hugely contentious theory but we believe it deserves to be taken seriously because it could hold the key to much more devastating disasters in the near future.

So what then is the evidence that links global warming to one of the most destructive catastrophes of modern times?

The world beneath us.

The answer begins with an appreciation of the world that lies beneath our feet ( see pic below) We stand on a world that feels solid yet no more than 30 to 40 miles beneath the surface – far less at sea bed level -  we come to molten layers of the Earth called the Mantle. Here large streams of magma flow in convection currents between the lower levels of the Mantle where temperatures are around 4000 degrees centigrade and the upper Mantle where temperatures are at least several thousand degrees cooler. These hot magma streams then cool and dive back down again to recommence the cycle. We believe it is in these swirling streams of magma that we can find the answer to what may come to be a recurring source of major disasters.

Colossal weight.

To a degree this convection process of underground magma streams is likely to be well ordered and stable. However just like any other process difficulties arise when some major change impinges upon the overall rhythm. In this case we believe the change is our fast warming climate and its effects on Polar Ice and in particular the ice at the South Pole. As frozen ice the South Pole contains 70% of the Earth’s fresh water. This ice averages 1.6 miles in thickness and covers nearly 98% of Antarctica. The sobering truth is that if all this ice melted sea levels in the world would rise by about 200 feet – although this is unlikely to ever happen.

Staggering rate of melt.

Nevertheless Antarctic Ice is melting at a staggering rate. In recent times most notably in 2002 prominent icefields such as the Larsen icefield have fragmented into the Ocean – in this case with a colossal break off weight of 500 billion tonnes. Although iceshelf break is a natural part of renewal it is the current rate of this break that is worrying scientists as it poses a threat to delicate weather systems and the way that oceans behave. The truth is that despite some indications Antarctica is warming up and its ice shelves are in danger of disintegration.

The North Pole and Greenland.

At the North Pole things are fundamentally different. Although ice is if anything melting at a faster rate it cannot raise sea levels since it doesn’t sit on a continental landmass and is already in the water. Its like the ice in your drink melting and not overflowing the glass. What is substantially more serious is ice meltage in Greenland. Once again this is taking place at a staggering rate and scientists are concerned. A BBC report in the summer of 2004 highlighted the concern that melting ice in Greenland is occurring much faster than expected. Travelling with the Danish scientist Carl Boggild of GEUS, the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, the evidence uncovered was of a disturbing rate of melting. Carl Boggild commented: "There is no doubt that something very major is happening here."

For the full story on this report please turn to the following link:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/3922579.stm

The answer is….

This is all very fine. We all know that global warming is a reality and most of us accept that Polar Ice caps are melting. But what has this to do with the South East Asia disaster. The answer is simply one of weight, and to explain this further let us return to the layers of the Earth that lie beneath us.

The asthenosphere.

One of these Earth layers is called the asthenosphere – or the weak layer after its direct Greek translation because this is exactly what the asthenosphere (see pic below ) is – it is weak and pliant – it bends and shifts and above it slide the lithospheric plates that carry amongst other things the slowly moving continents.

And here is the central part of our argument. Ice at the Polar Ice caps weighs many trillions of tons. This weight is pressing down on the continental crust and in turn the asthenosphere, which in turn affects the way that magma streams flow beneath it. When so much ice melts the compression of the magma streams is likely to change altering their flow and possibly adding extra pressure to major subduction zones where continental plates are carried down towards the mantle.

Changed magma streams.

It is our belief that changed magma streams are capable of raising or lowering land masses and thus trapping major plates together far more forcefully than before, culminating in much larger earthquakes. In addition it is thought that these magma streams are capable of a much much greater disaster – that of actually tipping the world on its axis. For more on this please see our separate theme on magma streams.

No random disaster.

In conclusion it is appropriate to say there is no such thing as a random disaster. Everything happens for a reason. The bigger the disaster the more we search for answers and in some cases those answers require us to look for explanations in areas never before considered. The fact is continental ice is melting. In turn the relaxed pressure on Earth layers such as the asthenosphere is bound to cause changes to the way the giant currents of magma are allowed to circulate.

Don’t forget there is nothing new to ice cap melting. It is just the present rate of it that is frightening. Such changes within such a short time are bound to lead to equally dramatic changes in the below ground currents of molten material transferring enormous pressures to places that were previously not so vulnerable and producing disasters of the sort witnessed in South East Asia.

Our activities.

If global warming really is to blame for the South East Asia disaster then we have to strongly consider our place in the world and the sort of planet we want for the future. This is after all one of the most disastrous of all periods since life first existed on the planet. We are already in the midst of the Sixth Extinction where countless species of flora and fauna have either perished or are marching headlong towards some not too distant demise. Now we see that our activities in feeding our lifestyle may be producing a blueprint for horrific catastrophes in the form of earthquakes that may one day wipe out all life on the planet. Certainly a cause for concern and certainly something that needs to be taken very seriuosly indeed.

To see how changed magma streams could threaten the entire planet please turn to the following link:

Unbalanced world.

The final trigger

We have seen the count down to the South East Asia disaster, but what is likely to have been the final trigger? We are strongly convinced that celestial factors feature very prominently on the list and our special feature on the subject goes into this in great detail showing precisely how this disaster happened at a period when the planet was under fierce celestial forces. Forces that at some time in the future will conspire to produce a similar if not far more deadlier catastrophe.

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