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12/13/19: HOLEY WATER

MONOLOGUE WRITTEN BY CLYDE LEWIS

There is nothing more terrifying than knowing you live in an area of the world where a potential disaster is in the making. It is even more chilling to realize that the potential disaster sounds like something that would be found in a science fiction novel, something so unbelievable that if you warned people about it they would never believe you.

Last month, we kicked off our Halloween shows with a show we called Monster Monster: The Great Old Ones where we reported that there was some strange activity going on in the ocean some 200 miles off the shore of Oregon.

 

There were also reports of many earthquakes off the coast in the first weeks of October and immediately the internet was buzzing with reports of the Cascadia subduction zone kicking off a major earthquake.

Concerns about underwater volcanoes and even an eruption at the Axial Seamount has been the subject of many stories that deal with the deep abyss and what strangeness is going on some 200 miles off the coast.

The Axial Seamount has a base is so large it would cover the entire city of Austin, Texas.

Although not the biggest submarine volcanic mount around the world, the main magma reservoir is two-thirds of the length of Manhattan, the same width, and taller than any building in the city.

Axial seamount currently sits atop that hotspot and also astride the mid-ocean ridge separating the Pacific plate to the west and the Juan de Fuca plate to the east, which are moving apart.

These two forces help make Axial the most active submarine volcano in the region. So far, three eruptions — in 1998, 2011 and 2015 — have been documented as they occurred. It has erupted many times before, then, without incident.

However, recently some peculiar events have taken place in the region that has put a lot of people into a paranoid state of mind.

There has been an increase of strange creatures being seen in the waters around the area and this sparked my imagination to do a show on the subject – in fact a few people thought that the scenario reminded a lot of people of the movie, Pacific Rim, where there is a similar anomaly called “the breach” which opens at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, from which giant monsters, called Kaiju, emerge, destroying various cities across the Pacific Rim.

Now there are certainly no monsters in the pacific that we know of, at  least those large enough to take out a city – there is a danger that is lurking out there that no one could imagine – the danger is a bit complex to just identify.

It was around this time in 2004 that we were shown the wrath and devastation of Mother Nature.  It was December 26th, 2004 where an earthquake registering 9.1 struck Sumatra Indonesia and triggered a devastating tsunami. The tsunami was triggered in the Indian Ocean and was called the Boxing Day Tsunami.

 

The earthquake was caused by a rupture along the fault between the Burma Plate and the Indian Plate.

The tsunami had waves that crested at 100 ft high and were created by the underwater seismic activity. Communities along the surrounding coasts of the Indian Ocean were seriously affected, and the tsunamis killed an estimated 227,898 people in 14 countries.

This disaster was considered one of the deadliest in history.

If you can imagine the destruction and the loss of life this would be an unbelievable nightmare.

Every time I go to the beaches on the coast about 80 miles from where I live always see the Tsunami route signs that remind me that anytime a disaster like this can happen.

You never imagine a disaster like this can happen to you.

A tsunami of course is a normal occurrence but if someone were to report that a coastal area runs the risk of a Tsunami of fire – they would be laughed at or told they were crazy.

However events that have been reported in the news make the pacific coast vulnerable to a tsunami of fire something that hit Japan in 1993.

Following a magnitude-7.8 earthquake in the Sea of Japan on July 12 of that year, a tsunami wave barreled toward Okushiri Island in northern Japan. Suddenly, several boats in the port spontaneously burst into flames, and winds from the tsunami drove the blaze inland, to a devastating effect.

The 1993 Hokkaido earthquake was the strongest to strike Japan in 25 years, producing “scenes of utter devastation, with houses and Buddhist temples splintered in the mud, boats thrown far inland, and roofs of some homes floating out to sea,” The New York Times reported on July 14 of that year.

 

In the aftermath, rescue workers confirmed that 97 people were killed, as many as 190 were injured, and more than 160 people were missing, according to The Times.

However, what happened next was unbelievable – after the area suffered the  brunt of the waves, a wave of fire ripped through the harbor as if hell had opened up in the water.

Witness accounts from the island in the minutes before the fires flared up described mists rising and seawater “foaming,” witnesses say that the offshore area looked shining white and bubbling and then came the wave of fire.

Those bubbles might have been the result of released methane, which can be combustible under certain conditions. 

The Methane ignited and a Tsunami of fire was seen engulfing the boats and other areas.

It also happened during the 2011 quake in Tohoku Japan – the quake that triggered the Tsunami that it created that level 7 meltdowns at three reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant complex.

The media kept the fact that a wave of fire engulfed the area a secret thinking that it was part of the nuclear wave and at the time many things were covered up in the initial reporting of this disaster.

Methane that is in the ocean can be ignited electrostatically when the bubble collect in a certain area.

Certain conditions could generate an electrostatic charge. When electrostatic energy generates a charge of 0.28 millijoules, the methane can catch fire.

 If the charged air during a tsunami reached at least that level of electrostatic energy, it would be enough to ignite the methane bubbles.

These incidents sound like real horror anomalies that were flukes and that since the mainstream media did not report the incidents it could easily be shut down as a tall tale.

But incidents that have been happening in the pacific again point to the idea that there may be a Tsunami of fire that could hit the coast –and there are warning signs that we should be prepared for this possibility.

Just off the coast of California near Big Sur, an underwater survey has found thousands of small, round divots scooped out of the soft sediment on the seafloor.

 

While it’s not clear how the holes formed, they seem to have quickly become popular among seafloor creatures as desirable shelters.

Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute found roughly 15,000 of these holes, averaging 36 feet in diameter and 3 feet in depth. 

They are calling them micro depressions.

While scientists are looking at these depressions and noticing how fish have adapted to them there are others that are worried that methane bubbles that explode underwater are creating these holes.

While most people know that carbon dioxide CO2 is a greenhouse gas, most don’t realize that methane CH4 – the “active ingredient” in natural gas is massively more powerful at trapping atmospheric heat, and when oxidized or metabolized its carbon atom most frequently ends up in a molecule of CO2.

There are tens of thousands of billions of tons of methane that is stored in the sea floor most of it is frozen in the arctic.

There is a slurry that can be found called Methane Hydrate or Methane Clathrate that clings to the ocean floor.

Most of the methane is kept in a molecular “cage” of frozen water molecules. When the water warms above 32 degrees Fahrenheit, the frozen-water clathrate “cages” dissolve and methane gas is released.

A massive methane release is the absolute worst-case scenario for life on Earth. 

While we hope that there is no massive methane release into the atmosphere – and immediate worry is whether or not an electrostatic charge from an earthquake or volcano in the ring if fire could release methane into the ocean and then an electrostatic charge or even magma could ignite a fire Tsunami.

It was just reported that something is causing the waters just off the west coast to heat up dramatically, fish are dying off in staggering numbers, and birds that feed on those fish are also dying off rapidly.

What we are facing is extremely serious. In fact, officials have taken the “unprecedented” step of shutting down the federal cod fishery in Alaska for the year because of the lack of fish. We are seeing things happen that we have never seen before, and this is definitely going to affect our food supply.

According to a report from Alaska Public Media, the federal cod fishery in the Gulf of Alaska is closing for the 2020 season because stock is low.

 Of course they are linking this strange heat wave to Climate Change but there are conditions that are pointing to seismic changes in the ocean floor and possible underwater volcanoes that may be forming deep in the ocean floor.

A stock assessment this fall put Gulf cod populations at a historic low, with “next to no” new eggs, according to NOAA research biologist Steve Barbeaux, who authored the report.

At their current numbers, cod are below the federal threshold that protects them as a food source for endangered Steller sea lions. Once below that line, the total allowable catch goes to zero — in other words, the fishery shuts down.

The birds that feed on those fish are also dying off in large numbers.

Because of a severe lack of fish, they are literally dropping dead from starvation, and at this point there isn’t much that officials can do about it.

According to The Australian Big Wobble website:

In November 2019, thousands of short-tailed shearwaters birds migrating from Alaska were washing up dead on Sydney’s iconic beaches and the bird deaths had nothing to do with the massive wildfires in the area, thousands more, short-tailed shearwaters were dying out at sea, in what was confirmation of the incredible fish shortages in the Pacific Ocean. The corpses had been spotted at several shorelines including Bondi, Manly and Cronulla. The birds were migrating back to southern Australia to breed after spending the summer in Alaska. But, according to experts, a higher number than usual are dying on the way due to a lack of food. 

They can call this an event related to Climate Change but I tend to think that this is a seismic apparition and that the instability of the core of this planet has resulted in magnetic filed slow down, depletion, earthquake and volcanic activity.

Here was another major volcanic eruption in New Zealand and earthquake activity continues to rise to very troubling levels. In fact, it was recently reported that there have been almost 60,000 earthquakes of at least magnitude 1.5 around the world over the last 12 months. Where there are seismic faults there are methane pools. All the methane pool needs is to somehow be charged an ignited and boom you have these unexplained holes.  If it heats up enough to thaw we have methane released into the atmosphere.

Now consider the unthinkable.

What do you get when several hundred million tons or more of super heated methane hits the surface of the ocean when an underground volcano goes off?

A wall of fire that would explode like a super bomb that would suck out 1.8 trillion tons of oxygen from the atmosphere.

A “Tsunami Bomb” – a wave of fire that would wipe us out just like the dinosaurs.

 

Five times in the Earth’s history, most of the life on our planet has died off. And an explosion in the amount of methane released into the atmosphere was the “final straw” event in most, if not all, of these events.

In two extinction events, the Permian Mass Extinction and the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum methane was almost certainly the final nail in the atmospheric coffin for this planet.

On Earth, the presence of frozen methane is still dwarfed by water and other elements but the quick heating of the water and the prior methane tsunamis are really something to think about as we are seeing a lot of it appearing in the waters of the Arctic Circle.

Russian scientists studying Arctic waters are already finding the most powerful ever methane jets shooting up from the seabed to the water’s surface.

 

Igor Semiletov, the chief scientist aboard a vessel carrying 65 scientists on a 40-day research voyage, told CNN via satellite phone that he found amounts of methane in the air over the East Siberian Sea up to nine times the global average.

When the plumes of methane reach the surface, the water looks like it’s boiling. The researchers take samples of the air above the bubbling columns to determine how much methane is coming out of the sea, and its potential to alter the atmosphere.

The methane emissions, which look like torches or flares, are “all increasing.”

I mentioned on my show the other night during an argument about Climate Change that if Mother Nature wanted us off the planet – she would find a way.

This pretty much explains how.

If you want to worry about CO2 emissions and march for changes, keep in mind that methane may beat you to the punch and with a wave of fire and gas Mother Nature can shake off those who have offended her fragile ecosystem.