Posts Tagged ‘magnetosphere’

Significant Alaska Earthquake Accompanies Solar Storm Warning

Friday, June 24th, 2011

A 7.4 quake struck the Aleutian Islands of Alaska a few hours ago, boosting evidence that links intense solar weather with seismic activity.   It was centered nearly 40 miles below Earth’s surface, and there are no early reports of significant damage or injury.

Having been quiet for weeks, Alaska has been due for a big quake.  Solar wind from a large coronal hole on the Sun and an incoming particle stream from a big CME from the solstice flare on the 21st are both stirring up the magnetosphere, providing a trigger for the unleashing of tectonic stresses.

What other vulnerable spots may be in the line of fire this time - or next?


Quick Start to 2011’s Strong Earthquakes

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

With five mag 7+ earthquakes in less than a month, here’s another look at correlations between an active Sun and seismicity here on Earth:

The current auroral oval is bright and lopsided.  Image from Spaceweather.

Large earthquakes of magnitude 7 and above have been increasing dramatically since the Haiti quake of 12 January 2010, with three occurring in just the first couple of weeks of 2011.  While I don’t believe these large quakes will continue at the current rate, early indications suggest we could be on target to see record numbers as the year progresses.

(Update 18 January 2011:  Today’s quake in Pakistan, which again just precedes the incoming solar wind due to arrive on the 19th or 20th, brings us to 4 mag 7+ quakes in 2011, and 6 in less than a month. )

A list of yearly magnitude-7+ earthquakes since the last solar minimum in 1996 can be found in the article More Links Among the Sun, Earthquakes, and Mine Explosions.  As predicted in that article, published 17 June, we were on target to see more than 20 quakes in excess of mag 7 by the end of the year.  In fact, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), 22 mag 7+ quakes were recorded during 2010.

Today’s quake in the Loyalty Islands, variously reported at between mag 7 and 7.3, directly precedes the solar wind that is set to hit Earth in the next day or so.  I’ve noted before that that incoming solar wind effects geomagnetic changes, often resulting in earthquakes, when it impacts our planet’s magnetosphere just prior to the wind’s actual arrival on Earth.

Each earthquake is different and may be precipitated by any number of factors aside from solar activity; however, evidence for a causal relationship between the Sun and some seismic activity continues to emerge.  Aside from large coronal holes and solar eruptions, other indicators I monitor at the Spaceweather website include:  1) solar wind, which tends toward high speed and low density just before and during many seismically-active days, and 2) the auroral oval, which is often thick and strongly-lopsided on approach of solar wind and CMEs, predicting geomagnetic disturbances.


NOTE:  Depictions of the auroral oval from several key earthquake dates in 2010 are currently missing, for unknown reasons, from the Spaceweather archives.

Sun’s Link to Earthquake Risk Grows Stronger

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Active Sunspot Group 1117.  Image: Solar Dynamics Observatory.

Several prior posts here at IIC have explored the correlation between solar activity and earthquakes.  Although evidence for the link continues to build, some mainstream denial remains.  I feel that if the link is more than mere coincidence, we should do whatever we can right now to address the risks of increased seismic and tectonic activity as we approach 2012 - the expected peak of the coming solar maximum.

On 17 June, I posted an article here detailing the number of magnitude 7+ earthquakes each year since the lowest point of the last solar minimum of the last century.  Between 1996 and 2010, from 10 to 18 such large earthquakes occurred in a given year, averaging about 13 magnitude 7+ quakes annually.  My prediction that we were on target to exceed 20 mag 7+ quakes this year remains sound, as we just hit 20 with the 7.7 quake that struck Indonesia today.

Remember, many of the largest quakes of 2010 have occurred just prior to Earth entering a solar wind stream.  Charged solar particles bombarding the magnetosphere seem to be perpetuating radical planetary changes such as the creation or activation of new fault lines, as we’ve seen this year in both the southern United States and in Haiti.  With this trend in mind, we should be mindful of the possibility of larger and more frequent earthquakes and increased volcanic activity.


Recent Earthquakes Linked to Solar Effects on Earth’s Magnetic Field

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Beautiful graphic of solar wind impacting the planetary geomagnetic field.  Source: unknown.

Sunday, April 4th of this year, would’ve been like any other day - except that there was an unusual earthquake under West Virginia early that morning.  The next day an explosion rocked the coal mine in the near-quake zone, possibly caused by built-up toxic gasses enriched by the quake.  Twenty-nine miners lost their lives.

As far as blame goes, all eyes are on the mining company.  Yes, Massey Mining carried some violations, and those violations - specifically those related to gas venting - may have played a role in the mine tragedy.  But why no mention in the mainstream media of the earthquake near Gassaway and the Massey mine the day before the explosion?  Is the correspondence between seismic and solar activity being deliberately ignored or downplayed, despite spikes in seismic activity around 4 April 2010, the day of the West Virginia temblor and the Baja California quake?

These notable earthquakes were accompanied by an exceptionally strong solar wind which impacted Earth’s magnetosphere just before daylight hours on the 5th in North America, and “sparked the strongest geomagnetic storm of the year,” according to’s archives.  Might this strong solar wind have precipitated seismic activity by its impact on the planet’s geomagnetic field and kinetic molten magnetic core?

Spaceweather’s auroral oval graphic makes it easy to observe the gyrations of Earth’s fluxing magnetic fields and make connections between Sun and Earth activity.  The northern auroral oval was both inflamed and lopsided around the time of the West Virginia and the Mexicali quakes.  The bright orange stretching equatorward indicates that our planet’s magnetosphere is being pommelled with solar wind.  I suspect Earth’s iron core is spinning more freely due to its recent relative slumber, and reacting more vigourously to the Sun’s magnetic influences than a decade or two ago.

In other words, the planet’s poles have limbered up to the point that humans - among Earth’s most notorious freeloaders - may be thrown from the surface by a sudden worldwide jolt that one-ups recent seismic outbursts.   Readily available numbers give a general feel for what’s going on.   While I’m unsure of the implications of all the information I gather, I’m finding that increased solar wind combined with lower particle density seems to create marked instability in Earth’s crust and correspondingly-increased seismicity.

Now for some technical information, which needs to be understood in a certain context, which I’ll explain briefly: The US Geological Survey posts magnitude 1+ USA quakes for the past week here, and world quakes of 4.5+ (including US quakes 2.5+) on a separate map here.

A few weeks ago, on the morning of 25 March, 2010, there were 850 quakes on the US map, and 212 on the world map.  At the same time, I noticed Yellowstone was acting up again with a minor swarm.  By the 5th - the day after the West Virginia quake associated with the underground explosion at Massey Mine near Gassaway - the US registered a pretty strong 1313, and the world number jumped to 638.

During the last week, with Earth in the path of a strong solar windstream, the number of earthquakes grew remarkably:  2965 in the US and 1269 on the world map, as of 9 PM on Thursday, the 8th of April, 2010.  Friday the 9th I saw there are 3091 earthquakes on the USA map and 1307 on the world map.  While some of these represent aftershocks from the Mexicali 7.2, that’s still a pretty rapid jump.  Numbers continued to grow daily until the past 24 hours or so.

Observing a trend between the intensity and irregularity of the auroral oval, combined with solar activity and Earth’s seismic activity, may lead to better predictive capacities toward what seem to be Earth-based phenomena, but is really the result of a blending solar and planetary energies.  Of what value, however, is the prediction if most people can’t comprehend it, let alone feel compelled to take action? Even if forewarned of the possibility of massive, imminent Earth changes linked with flaring outbursts of 2012-era Sun rhythms, would most people have the capacity to process that information?  Might panic ensue?

A CME impacted Earth a couple of days ago, and the Sun is growing quiet once again.  This evening, Tuesday 13 April 2010, earthquake numbers are gradually receding like the tide from the shore.

As Spaceweather frequently advises, “Monitoring is encouraged.”


Here’s a link to an abstract investigating a possible connection between earthquakes and explosive gas emissions into coal mines.

Link Between Solar Activity and Earthquakes

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Current solar activity related to Haiti earthquake?

The Sun is erupting; Earth is reeling.  And we had better brace ourselves.  With the increase in sunspots since December, we’re seeing more earthquakes around the world…and it’s no mere coincidence.

The surge of sunspots over the past month has culminated in the relatively behemoth 1040, actually the remains of sunspot 35, which traversed the Sun’s face about a week ago and was expected to dissipate quickly.  Instead the churning magnetic field made it all the way across the Sun’s backside and, in rare fashion, turned back into a raging sunspot again, stronger and more defined than ever.

And so it appears that the long and rather strange hibernation of the Sun is coming to an end.

Our magnetosphere is being battered by particle-charged streams coming from the Sun as well as galactic cosmic rays being propelled into our solar system.  Earth is like the ball in a cosmic tennis game.  Her crust can bear so much buffeting.  Nebraska and Oklahoma recorded earthquakes in the past month, just two odd spots along shuddering fault lines all over the planet shifting as Earth entrains with the fiery rhythm of the Sun.

In the first two weeks of the year, an active sunspot region and an equatorial, Earth-facing coronal hole have developed and become prominent, if transient, features.  Geomagnetic effects are jarring Earth’s crust and weakening the supports we depend on.  As solar activity grows, as it will, the quantifiable link between solar activity and earthquakes predicts that we’ll see more extremes:  more earthquakes, more floods. Because of the tectonics involved, more active volcanism is likely too.

The devastation might take many by surprise, as it did a few days ago.

On the afternoon of 12 January 2010, Haiti fell, collapsing in an unanticipated snapshot of time.  Port-au-Prince shook and tumbled and cried out from its deepest heart, brought down in seconds by the strongest earthquake the country has borne for two centuries.  My tears are meager offerings at this time.

The Sun was also speaking loudly that day:  a 15% chance of an M-Class flare was predicted (but didn’t occur), and the solar wind’s density was a relatively high 7.2 protons/cm3.  We still haven’t seen an M-Class flare yet in Solar Cycle 24, but the chance is higher now than in recent memory:  at the time of this writing, we face a 1-in-5 chance of experiencing an M-Class flare, and windstream density is currently just 1.6 protons/cm3.

When will the next big flare up occur?  Haiti’s the latest victim, but what other regions on Earth are vulnerable to seismic and volcanic activity?  What can we do to prepare?

All of this activity is conceivably leading up to a truly epic solar maximum, which should peak in the next few years - just in time for 2012.  If so, my friend, we either make peace with leaving or we try to save ourselves.  Therein lies the great question of our time - one we’ll surely ponder as we approach the horizon of an era.


See Also:
article by Alex Ansary
and this isolated abstract.

As the 2009 Crop Circle Season Winds Down…

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Wheat harvest is in full swing in Canada, and with only one confirmed crop circle in North America found two months ago at Wilbur, Washington, the prospect of my being able to get into one this year seems bleak.  I must admit I long for the old days when I’d hear of a new crop circle and at the drop of a hat be immersed in my research - even if it means driving 17 hours each way, as happened with the North Dakota circles in 2000.

The lack of circle activity within reach has been disappointing, yes - but my interest has thereby turned to the deep solar minimum in which we’re seemingly entrenched, and which I’ve written quite a bit about.  Interestingly, there’s an apparent connection with the 2009 crop circle season and solar activity.  What I’ve observed in the UK crop circles seems to reflect what’s going on with our Sun and its impact on our DNA.

Our DNA is intimately connected to the Sun, the most radical life source in our immediate galactic environs.  The heliosphere plays a critical role in our lives from the moment of conception, filtering incoming cosmic radiation and thus the number of muons penetrating our cellular structure and quite possibly impacting our unique DNA patterning.

With that I’ll go back, and back again, to the beginning of this train of thought:  to the summer of 1996, and the Double Helix formation found in East Field. 

It just so happens that the summer that bore the DNA spiral also ushered in the lowest point in our last solar minimum, along with Hale-Bopp along with its companion, which curiously was seen by many but mysteriously ignored or invisible to other comet observers. Whatever was accompanying the comet was gone by the time Hale-Bopp emerged from around the Sun the next spring.

Well, since the 1996 solar minimum, the Sun’s activity and its relationship to our consciousness are becoming more and more curiously intertwined, and I’ve come to think of two 2009 formations in particular that support the idea that something of unpredictable magnitude (outside of Mayan prophecy, etc.) is occurring with the Sun and DNA’s relationship to it and, on a larger scale, to our galaxy and indeed to the cosmos itself - and subtly (or not) transcribed in the fields of England.

Anyway, we’ve come full circle, and then some.  The summer of 2009 is stretched out so far ahead of 1996, yet here we are!

So back to the circles.  I’ve done some thinking on the UK formations this year, and yes, I feel there’s but a distant relationship between the early phenomenon and what’s going on today.  Okay, I acknowledge that most publicised formations these days are likely made by human teams - fine.  Many of these crop artists claim to be in contact with a higher consciousness, and who am I to argue?  I experienced communication with the circle makers in a different context, but it seems all of us who have had contact have no problem acknowledging the “other party.”

Beyond that, I sense a definite connection between the designs that were put in the fields this year and the exceedingly deep solar minimum in which we’re seemingly enmeshed.

That we’re transceivers of energy and information is a key to understanding the evolutionary leaps forward - and in many cases, the fallings back - that are occurring at seemingly increasing rates.  The message has been distilled for a roundabout presentation to humanity in many ways, quite attractively (to me anyway) in the form of the crop circles in England this year.  We saw the embryo of this concept in the season’s first formation, the Ridgeway “waveguide” near Avebury in April.

(diagram credit Andreas Muller - )

Certainly as the years have gone on the formations have become more deliberately representational - they’re much less abstract.  Perhaps this is so that the phenomenon can reach a wider audience.  Who knows?   The Ridgeway formation of April got the attention of many more people than the Thompson, North Dakota formation of 2000, into which only a handful of people stepped.  (Diagram by me.)

Ridgeway, which appeared to my friend Simeon and me to be a waveguide of sorts, could similarly be interpreted as a transceiver, just as biological entities such as ourselves are transceivers capable of absorbing and emitting electromagnetic radiation.  Each individual is a transceiver of energy and information, and this remarkable gift if you will is a key to understanding the witnessed evolutionary leaps forward - and in many cases, the fallings back - that have truly become prolific, yet almost obscure, as we’ve entered the 2012 era.

Meanwhile the Sun lies in relative dormancy, its protective bubble shrinking and thereby allowing more galactic cosmic radiation into our solar system.  We’re being infused with more and more energetic, extraterrestrial particles that would generally be stalled out at the heliopause, out beyond Pluto.  With the influx of muons I would suspect that rapid untold effects on DNA are taking place as we speak.  Remember that while the emphasis in mass media is on the potential dangers of these persistent cosmic rays, instinct reinforces that positive transformations may be occurring simultaneously.

On to the dramatic “jellyfish” formation, which was widely seen as the aetherial sea creature.  The formation has also been interpreted as symbolic of Earth’s geomagnetic field deflecting solar radiation, which I find more compelling.  If viewed this way, the design seems to prophesy changes in Earth’s geomagnetic field as we are sandwiched between the sleepy Sun and the active cosmic rays entering from outside our solar system.  Such a deflection scenario would radically impact human electromagnetic fields and DNA.

Most of us, I think, don’t need an illustration on Wikipedia or elsewhere to conceptualise it.  But plainly, there it is, in the crop circle.  What do we make of this?

I suspect that DNA trends linked to individuals and the Sun’s activity immediately surrounding their conception will surely be understood by the scientific community soon, on the heels of the announcement that human DNA evolution is being actively tracked.  For now, I rely entirely on piecemeal knowledge of science combined with an expanding level of intuition, which are also, thankfully, connected.

In gratitude.


Heliospheric Ramblings, DNA, and 2012

Monday, September 7th, 2009

“Meaningful breakthroughs in science come through intuitive leaps.” ~ Itzhak Bentov in Stalking the Wild Pendulum.

In August 2007, according to NASA, a “dent” in the heliopause was detected by Voyager 2.  The dent, NASA stated, was caused by “the interstellar magnetic field.”  Clearly, since the Voyager went through a dent, we’re talking about an interstellar magnetic field with boundaries, a focused field of unknown origin as far as I can tell, and not just a general, uniform influence on the entire heliosphere.  Without more scientific knowledge, I can’t say for sure, but might an interstellar magnetic field capable of denting our heliosphere also have the capacity to breach it, thus intersecting with untold results our solar system and its inhabitants?

Brought closer to home, Earth’s magnetosphere is being impacted on some level by fluctuations in solar as well as galactic radiation, especially as we near the Milky Way’s equator, where the gravitational pull of the galactic centre would seem to be highest.

I believe the Sun is having curious affects on non-biological devices as well…

I’ve an aside for anyone who wants to dig a little deeper than I can right now.  What kind of effect might all the geomagnetic push and pull in which our planet is enmeshed have on the Large Hadron Collider, which was shut down soon after its reveal due to “magnet problems?”  A month ago we were told that the Collider would be restarted in November at half-power.  We’ll have to wait and see if that happens, or if the LHC’s restart is delayed yet again….and if so, why.

For now, as the heliosphere surely continues to shrink, the potential for extreme effects on consciousness - human and otherwise - could be cloaked and spun like another Roswell, and most “remote-controlled” humans (i.e., those wrapped up in the mass media cocoon) would be none the wiser.  But at this critical time, the “2012 era” in which we’re now very much immersed, our DNA is being sorted out.  Biologists have only very recently been able to calculate the rate of DNA mutations in humans; could this scientific advance, in and of itself, be related to the DNA mutations themselves?

Although in the popular media the emphasis is on potential dangers of genetic mutations, I suspect rather that some of them are coding for enhancements (e.g., light, fractal patterns, symmetrical waves, multi-resonance states) which may have the greatest impact on organisms already functioning at a high vibration.  If that’s true, then the human beings receiving the greatest benefits of the current evolutionary acceleration are those who are already emitting higher EM vibrations (waves), which entrain them to other entities, both human and non-human, biological and non-biological, that are vibrating at the same frequency, thus creating resonance.

Those who decades ago sensed the coming of the “new age,” now the 2012 era, and withstood ridicule from relatively-static or even devolving individuals are now realising the prophecy of positive evolutionary changes in the consciousness of all matter - not just in humans, but in animal, plant, and even mineral matter.  On the other hand, tendencies toward anger, distortion, and entropy tend to be amplified during geomagnetic storms, which easily target unstable frequencies.

A few days after a large coronal hole in the Sun that unleashes a strong solar wind aimed toward Earth, the resulting geomagnetic storm on Earth is also going to affect each person’s unique electromagnetic field.  Anyone can observe this phenomenon.  Simply track solar wind events and resulting planetary geomagnetic storms, and note the effects on human (or otherwise) behaviour and emotions.