Shift in Earth’s Crust: From the previous descriptions on the potential for a “magnetic” pole shift and/or a “geographic” pole shift, you can see that Earth’s crust could be in for events that would most certainly be considered cataclysmic. Either of these events would occur quite quickly in geological terms, and therefore, the shifts in Earth’s crust would also occur quickly. If there was any good news, it's that these events would most likely be over quickly.
Before we discuss the potential and possible shifts in Earth’s crust from these events, let’s first discuss the fluidity and rigidity of this crust. The image below provides a visual representation of how Earth's crust moves across the mantle or magma.
We’re all aware of the continental drift and that continents fold over and under each other at specific locations around the globe. We’re also familiar with the concepts of fault lines under the ocean and on land where movement in one direction causes huge crevasse or valleys to be created while movement in the other direction causes mountains to be created. One other consequence of any of these geological actions is the movement of magma or lava either closer or farther away from Earth’s surface.
One global example of this activity is around the Pacific Ocean, better known as the Pacific Rim and a region which is also known as the “Ring of Fire”. The following map displays the locations of volcanoes (black triangles) along with earthquake activity (colored by depth) along the Ring of Fire.
Over 75 percent of the world’s volcanoes fall within this so-called “Ring of Fire,” circling from South America, to Alaska, to Japan, and on to New Zealand. This region is called the “Ring of Fire” because it has the highest concentration of active volcanoes and earthquakes in the world. This is a prime example of what happens when tectonic plates are in motion.
Most volcanoes are located at the boundary of tectonic plates, which are massive slabs of the Earth’s crust that move slowly over what is called the asthenosphere. In the Pacific Rim region, a great number of volcanoes occur where one plate dives below another. As the plate drops deeper it sets in a motion the process that creates lava. The molten lava then begins to rise through the solid rock above and create volcanoes.
Earth’s crust is quite thin as compared to the depth of the mantle, but its still up to 30 kilometers (18 miles) thick under most continents and 5 to 10 kilometers thick under most oceans. Underneath this crust is several thousand kilometers of mantle or asthenosphere which is full of magma, also known as lava. As you can imagine, it would take quite a force to move the crust up or down, left or right, or in both directions at the same time. Such events are known to most of us as earthquakes.
Once a crevasse or crack is opened in the crust that is large enough for the magma to come to the surface, it tends to stay volatile for long periods of time, in extreme cases maybe even thousands of years. You can visualize the crust and magma relationship of Earth much like a cherry pie where the pie filling is the magma. If you poke holes in the pie crust, the pie filling seeps to the surface. If you cut the pie and remove a piece, the filling flows into the vacated space, but what happens if you slide that same pie across a table at high velocity and let it collide with a solid object? Of course something very catastrophic happens.
In this case, the pie crust slides off the filling and onto the wall with the pie filling sprayed all over everything. Although only a metaphor, this is the concept that we’re talking about when we consider either the “magnetic” or “geographic” pole shifts. Even though Earth’s crust is quite thick, it’s also brittle. And like the pie crust, once the Earth’s crust is torn, it has much more mobility. It generally takes a lot of force from underneath the crust in order to open up new fissures for lava to flow or to raise mountains more than a few inches or feet in any single event.
Now imagine the force of rotational movement that would be put on the Earth’s crust from either type of pole shift event. Basically, the affect of these forces is not entirely predictable, but will most certainly be devastating. The affect will be a buckling where the crust will push up and down as it crashes into itself. And the weakest locations, those that have moved in the past events, will likely be the points of the greatest buckling. Does this sound like what could have happened when mountain ranges were raised or lowered between 3,000 to 8,000 meters in a single event? Absolutely! The geological evidence also proves that locations on the ocean floor were once above water before this event.
The geological evidence for such an event is staggering. Entire continents, portions of continents, and islands have risen or fallen in a single event. And the geological and archeological evidence does not stop there. Did you know that there are sunken cities under virtually every ocean on the planet? Some of these locations reveal entire sea ports with harbors and mooring posts for boats to dock. Some locations include solid stone walls that stretch for miles, stone temples, and other structures.
Could such an extreme geological event be the reason why many regions of the planet have been submerged under oceans only to re-emerge from that same ocean at a different time and event in geological history? Absolutely! Could this be what happened to Atlantis, Lemuria, the Middle East, or even the Western United States? Absolutely!
There is no question that Earth will shake and the crust will tear during such an event. Some believe that portions of continents will be submerged much they way they have been in past geological history. There are also some who believe (new or ancient) continents will emerge from the ocean depths such as Atlantis and Lemuria.
Nostradamus and Edgar Casey speak of such cataclysmic events in Earth’s future. They speak as if man, as a whole, is unaware and unprepared for these events when they arrive. They speak of the few who will survive and carry on life in a new consciousness. There are references from ancient cultures that describe the Atlantean’s as being wiped from Earth during some cataclysmic event. Edgar Cayce speaks of a time when Atlantis will re-emerge from the ocean.
The Bible and other prophecy often reference a “great earthquake” in reference to the “end times” or cataclysmic events. In fact a “great earthquake” is mentioned as one of the final events in the 7 Seals, 7 Trumpets, and 7 Vials. In each of these prophecies, the “great earthquake” is the final act of destruction on Earth. These passages speak of every mountain and island being moved, multitudes hid, the cities of nations fell, every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
The frequency and magnitude of earthquakes has increased across the planet in recent times. In fact, the following graph from the USGS (United States Geological Survey) shows that there has been a significant increase in earthquakes since the year 2000.
The following short film depicts the realistic outcome of a hypothetical, but plausible, magnitude 7.8 earthquake on the San Andreas fault in Southern California. Up-and-coming film director, motion graphics designer and Art Center College of Design alumnus, Theo Alexopoulos, takes you on a visceral journey through the USGS ShakeOut Earthquake Scenario. The film was created by the USGS Multi-Hazards Demonstration Project in cooperation with the Designmatters program at Art Center to depict the physical, social, and economic consequences of the most comprehensive earthquake scenario ever created.
Shifts in the Earth’s crust, better known as earthquakes, are often measured by the Richter scale. The Richter magnitude scale was developed in 1935 by Charles F. Richter of the California Institute of Technology as a mathematical device to compare the size of earthquakes. The Richter scale is a logarithmic scale, and thus, has a maximum value of 10. This means that all earthquakes are measured between the values of zero and ten.
From this image, you can get some idea of the relationship between Richter scale values and potential geophysical damage. Because of the logarithmic basis of the scale, each whole number increase in magnitude represents a tenfold increase in measured amplitude. As an estimate of energy, each whole number step in the magnitude scale corresponds to the release of about 31 times more energy than the amount associated with the preceding whole number value. In simpler terms, every one point rise in the Richter scale reflects an event which is ten times more powerful than the previous point.
Few people are aware that Charles Richter retired in 1970 and shortly thereafter, the Richter scale was reduced by one full point. This is a huge change in the Richter scale as it allows for another level which is ten times more powerful than the previous level of ten. Is it possible the USGS or U.S. Government believed the previous upper limit to the Richter scale could possibly be exceeded after the 1970’s? Or is it possible they didn’t want to explain why so many future earthquakes would be registering in the 8.0+ and 9.0+ ranges? Is it possible the U.S. government and scientists were seeing a pattern, know something was coming, or just taking precaution?
If the Richter scale hadn’t been reduced, then the magnitude 9.2 earthquake that struck off the west coast of the Indonesian Island of Sumatra on December 26, 2004 would have registered a magnitude of 10.
More recently and possibly as a result of the potential to exceed the Richter scales top limit of 10, geologists are moving towards a new scale for measuring earthquakes; the Moment Magnitude scale, or MW. The Moment Magnitude scale was developed in 1979 by Thomas C Hanks and Hiroo Kanamori. Scientists find this scale more useful as it measures the amount of energy released in the quake rather than the size of the seismic wave.
Is there a possible connection between earthquakes and solar events? According to Mitch Battros, Producer of Earth Changes Media and Author of 'Solar Rain - The Earth Changes Have Begun' and 'Global Warming: A Convenient Disguise' , the answer is Yes!
Mitch states that his research into past earthquakes reveals “a pattern of large earth changing events have occurred 14 days prior to, and or 14 day after a full solar eclipse”.
“In February of 2008, Earth Changes Media made headlines providing evidence of a connection between a Solar and Lunar Eclipse and catastrophic events. We displayed well documented evidence showing large earth changing events did occur within a 14 day window prior to, and 14 days immediately following an Eclipse”.
At Earth Changes Media, Mitch provides scientific evidence of "cycles" by listing the dates of 'full lunar eclipse' from 2001 to 2011 and the corresponding earthquake activity.
“Although earthquakes are certainly at the top of all emergency managements list, volcanoes are not far behind. I am most concerned with recent volcanic events in Northern and Central America which may be progress to full eruptions”.
Quotes from: Mitch Battros, http://www.earthchangesmedia.com/