REQUIEM FOR CHICKEN LITTLE
In the news clip files, I was reading stories that have been all about the possibility of impending natural catastrophes. While weather is not being kind in the south with boiling temperatures, Tropical Storm Cindy is responsible for some biblical like disasters – anything from menacing tornados, and to of all things, the pestilence of floating fire ants.
While that sounds nasty there have been at least 460 earthquakes that have been felt near the Yellowstone Super Volcano.
The University of Utah, whose seismography stations monitor the park’s quake activity, said Monday night that 464 quakes have been recorded since June 12, including a magnitude 4.4 earthquake near West Yellowstone on June 15, which was the largest of the swarm to date.
In addition, the swarm has consisted of five quakes in the magnitude 3 range, 57 quakes in the magnitude 2 range, 238 in the magnitude 1 range, 157 in the magnitude zero range and six weaker quakes. The quakes have ranged in depth from zero to 9 miles, relative to sea level.
In total, 115 people reported to the U.S. Geological Survey that they felt the June 15 earthquake near West Yellowstone.
In its report, the University of Utah noted that earthquake swarms are common in Yellowstone and make up about half the total seismic activity of the region.
According to the National Park Service, the largest swarm happened in 1985, when more than 3,000 quakes were recorded in a three-month period in the northwestern portion of the park.
No authority will say if these quakes signal the possibility of a volcanic apocalypse – but many people are starting to feel the cold edges of end of the world paranoia as we begin the Summer Solstice.
The Yellowstone Caldera super volcano last erupted 70,000 years ago but a spike in seismic activity around the national park has unsettled nerves.
If the Wyoming volcano were to erupt it would kill an estimated 87,000 people immediately and make two-thirds of the USA immediately uninhabitable. The as the large spew of ash into the atmosphere would block out sunlight and directly affect life beneath it creating a “nuclear winter” and threatening all life on Earth.
Not a pleasant thing to think about, but there is always the possibility that we are due for some sort of major catastrophe to immanenatize the eschaton.
As a matter of fact, back in April many of the fringe sites were talking about a catastrophic event that is supposed to happen on June 23, 2017 – by my calendar, that would mean tomorrow.
A video released last spring on you tube from an unidentified preacher called alleges that a space rock will land in the ocean off the coast of Puerto Rico at 2am local time on June 23.
There have been many predictions over the years that Puerto Rico would be the site of a major asteroid catastrophe.
If you recall, Reverend Efrain Rodriguez claimed to have written to NASA in 2010 warning of an impending asteroid that was supposed to hit the earth in September of last year.
His prophetic visions of doom have created a panic on the internet before, and each time I have received e-mails with regard to his prophecies and why I don’t bring them up?
Well basically because they don’t come true and well, I don’t think I would want to contribute to some unnecessary panic created by some religious Chicken Little that wants to increase numbers in his pews.
That is why I wondered if the video of the doom of June 23rd was his doing.
Risks of wayward asteroids and comets plummeting from the heavens suggest that all of Earth should be declared a hard-hat zone. You never know what will strike next.
You can keep predicting asteroid or meteor disasters all you like and perhaps one day you will get it right.
Or at least come close to being right.
Lest anyone think these concerns are merely a nervous case of Chicken Little-itis, be aware that there may be some validation to their claims and the window starts tomorrow and lasts through the weekend.
I can’t believe that what I am about to tell you is happening, especially when some crackpot prophecy has a chance at happening this weekend.
NASA has now reported that a 750 ft. rock from space is heading close to Earth and it will have a close brush with us on Saturday.
NASA tells us that we don’t have to worry about it hitting the planet, but if it did, it would make quite an impression – most of us would not be around to appreciate it.
The asteroid, named 441987 (2010 NY65), is marked as a concern because it’s 750 feet in diameter and travelling just 7.9 lunar distances or 1.8 million miles from us.
Last week, a leading astrophysicist warned the next asteroid strike is just a matter of time as thousands of potentially threatening objects are always circling the Earth.
Dr. Alan Fitzsimmons from Queen’s University Belfast Astrophysics Research Centre warned it is a case of when an asteroid collision will happen, rather than if it will happen, with more asteroids being discovered every day.
He says that an unexpected strike in today’s world could easily destroy a major city and a larger one could potentially wipe out humanity.
We have heard these warnings before and many times people take them with a grain of salt. We always take for granted that our world is safe and the chances of the planet being hit by an asteroid is slim to none.
However the facts remain that there are over 1,800 potentially hazardous near earth objects that have been discovered so far, but there are many more waiting to be found.
While NASA says that this particular killer asteroid won’t even hit us – we have seen in the past that a sweeper effect happens where potentially dangerous smaller rocks follow the big one and they have been known to explode while entering the earth’s atmosphere.
When a meteor enters the Earth’s upper atmosphere it excites the air molecules, producing a streak of light and leaving a trail of ionization behind it tens of miles long. This ionized trail may persist for less than 1 second up to several minutes, occasionally. Occurring at heights of about 50-65 miles, this trail is capable of reflecting radio waves from transmitters located on the ground, similar to light reflecting from a mirrored surface. Meteor radio wave reflections are also called meteor echoes, or pings.
A website called Livemeteors.com released a statement saying that a VHF transmitter that was in the Washington DC area picked up a huge number of meteor echoes and pings. Now this does not mean that they have detected the sound of catastrophic rocks, but the activity seems to have increased since June 21st.
The sounds that have been picked up sound like intergalactic police cars, but there are longer streaks that are seen and heard that send out a solid tone indicating that these rocks are closer.
Now, here is another weird bit of synchronicity – June 30th, has been declared Asteroid Day. According to its United Nation’s organizers, Asteroid Day is a global awareness campaign to help people learn about asteroids and what we can do to protect our planet from asteroid impacts.
Now isn’t this a huge cosmic joke?
I wish it was.
It is the anniversary of the Tunguska event. The Tunguska event was a large explosion that occurred near the Tunguska River, near Siberia on the morning of June 30th, 1908.
Scientists conclude that the event was a probable air burst of small asteroid or comet. The explosion flattened 770 square miles of forest.
While no one wants to shout “doomsday” and create a panic – it might be interesting to remember that Scientists gave us a warning about what might be lurking out in space after a 20 meter wide meteor exploded over Chelyabinsk on February 14th, 2013.
Two 15- to 20-gram samples of the Chelyabinsk meteorite that NASA obtained from Russia over a few years ago reveal a broad range of information about the meteor’s mineralogy, bulk composition and age, as noted at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston.
These same fragments came off the path of the fireball somewhere around the middle of its trajectory through Earth’s atmosphere.
This means it was a fragment that was pushed to earth in a sweeper effect.
Sweeper effects have been known to push space debris into earth’s atmosphere. There can be 300 to 400 pound pieces of space junk and rock that if they move fast enough can create several high level dangers forcing areas to go on alert.
The obvious observation that can be made is that the planet earth is like an ocean liner that travels in a very turbulent ocean called space. Everyone knows that the oceans on earth can be turbulent. Just think of it on a larger scale.
NASA has explained that there are many Apollo class asteroids lurking in places where they cannot always see and that many times they have to rely on amateur astronomers to get the word out. By then, it may be too late.
There are also the close calls that go unreported as well.
Last year, NASA failed to inform us that planet Earth was hit by a space rock estimated to be as wide as a two-story building. It exploded with the equivalent of 13,000 tons of TNT while entering Earth’s atmosphere.
The fireball fell over the Atlantic Ocean in a place we are told is 600 miles away from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Now there is increased activity of near earth objects that can be heard and seen by amateur astronomers.
It is times like these where we may feel a bit of space wind as large masses pass overhead quietly and without fair warning from NASA on the mainstream news. You just have to find out from Twitter if we are about to be brushed with an asteroid the size of a cross-town bus or one that is the spitting image of that rock in Gibraltar.
These are earth crossing asteroids that are just a little shy of becoming ‘potentially hazardous asteroids‘. While Potentially Hazardous Asteroids can be classified as such without even hitting the earth, the potential of doing so is far greater and the Asteroid cannot come any closer, if it does then we have a major problem.
If we manage to survive the weekend without having a direct hit ruin our day – there are other prophetic signs in the heavens that await us.
Religious skywatchers are claiming that a true apocalyptic fulfillment awaits us this summer as the Solar eclipse takes place August 21st and then an astrological event on September 23rd may be a fulfillment of prophecy that has been written in the book of the apocalypse.
In the Book of Revelation, Chapter 12 verses 1 and 2 we read of the great wonder in the sky.
“A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of 12 stars. She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth … She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod.”
On September 23rd the heavenly bodies will be lining up in a rare historical pattern to create the perfect prophetic fulfillment.
On this date the constellation Virgo, popularly known as “the woman” is clothed, or covered, by the sun. At the same time 12 stars and planets align to make a crown over her head.
The sun will be in the zodiac constellation Virgo, which is popularly tagged “the woman,” and the moon will be at her feet. The nine stars of the constellation Leo plus three planets — Mercury, Venus, and Mars, will be at her head, making up the crown of 12 stars.
In the past thousand years, this same event has happened at least four times already: in 1827, 1483, 1293 and 1056.
Spooky revelation was always programmed into me when I was a child. I always have said you may be man and try to take the religion out of you, but in times like these your childhood programming takes over and the promise that you will witness the ‘second coming’ becomes a very real possibility.
And, knowing the outcome is not at all comforting.
Like it or not, the Earth is always in the cross-hairs of an extinction level event. It is one big cosmic snow globe of death that is destined for a good shaking every now and again. No one knows when it will happen and if you keep saying the Earth faces an extra-terrestrial threat of extinction, and then you can always say “I told you so” when the sky really falls and we play a final requiem for Chicken Little.