Careful! — You might cause an earthquake!

The following comes from an article done by the U.S. Geological Survey…titled “Man-Made Earthquakes Update”:

The number of earthquakes has increased dramatically over the past few years within the central and eastern United States. Nearly 450 earthquakes magnitude 3.0 and larger occurred in the four years from 2010-2013, over 100 per year on average, compared with an average rate of 20 earthquakes per year observed from 1970-2000.

This increase in earthquakes prompts two important questions: Are they natural, or man-made? And what should be done in the future as we address the causes and consequences of these events to reduce associated risks? USGS scientists have been analyzing the changes in the rate of earthquakes as well as the likely causes, and they have some answers.

This is as big a load of crap as the notion of man-made climate change. To take something that the earth has been doing on its own for 4.5 billion years before human existence and call it “man-made” is ridiculous. It’s a thinly disguised attempt to scare people into giving up their liberty and their fortunes to those who would like to lord power over us in all things. It’s an attempt to turn us all into Winston Smith in an Orwellian totalitarian state. I refuse to submit to this narcissistic exhibitionism.

Earthquakes are going to happen. Seismologists can sometimes predict when and where they will likely occur, but trying to pin down the exact location and date of occurrence is still a pretty risky business. Only people with absolutely nothing else to do with their time worry about such things.

I spend a lot of time each year within the area that will be completely obliterated when the next big volcanic blast comes out of Yellowstone. Scientists say it’s already 30,000 years overdue. I couldn’t care less. I know there is absolutely nothing I or anyone else can do about it. I think the odds are excellent that everyone alive today will be long gone before it happens.  Sue me if I’m wrong.

Small earthquakes that can shake things up will occur and building codes in areas where it’s prevalent require special precautions. That’s a good thing. The big one that is going to destroy us and everything we own is not something we can protect against if we choose to live near the fault line. So be happy, don’t worry. You’ll probably die of something else. In geologic time, every landscape on earth is temporary.  The earth will abide.

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