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The Big One? Large-Scale Motion Detected at San Andreas Fault: “The Build-up Is Causing Movement”

Mac Slavo
June 21st, 2016
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As if California doesn’t have enough problems already…

The big one is believed to be due every century or so along major fault lines – and California is long overdue. Eventually, there is just too much built up pressure that must be released.

Although experts don’t know when a major earthquake may hit the San Andreas fault, they expect that it is simply inevitable and have warned for years about mitigating the disaster to come.

Sadly, few of those warnings have been heeded, and major destruction is likely to someday affect, directly or indirectly, most of the tens of millions of residents who live in or near Los Angeles and the surrounding area.

Here are some of the simulations of what they officially say could happen. In reality, the damage and the secondary effect on social order could have an even greater impact:

And the real world data is troubling as well.

Now, researchers have been able to model that build up of pressure along the tectonic plates of the San Andreas using new GPS techniques that have allowed more information:

Analysis of GPS data has revealed new areas of motion around the San Andreas Fault System.

Using data collected by the EarthScope Plate Boundary Observatory’s GPS array, researchers identified 125-mile-wide “lobes” of uplift and subsidence. Over the last several years, the lobes, which straddle the fault line, have hosted a few millimeters of annual movement.


Lead author Samuel Howell, a researcher at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, explained in a news release. “Using this technique, we were able to break down the noisy signals to isolate a simple vertical motion pattern that curiously straddled the San Andreas fault.”

Researcher Bridget Smith-Konter said: “The powerful combination of a priori model predictions and a unique analysis of vertical GPS data led us to confirm that the buildup of century-long earthquake cycle forces within the crust are a dominant source of the observed vertical motion signal.

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As SHTF recently reported, the news is not good.

According to the leading scientists in the study of tectonic plates and movements, earthquakes must periodically relieve plate pressure (about 16 feet worth of movement every century), but that has not happened on the San Andreas fault during that time period – in fact, the event is overdue.

Scientists have renewed their warnings that the faultline “looks like it’s locked, loaded and ready to go.” As the L.A. Times reported:

Southern California’s section of the San Andreas fault is “locked, loaded and ready to roll,” a leading earthquake scientist said Wednesday at the National Earthquake Conference in Long Beach.

The San Andreas fault is one of California’s most dangerous, and is the state’s longest fault. Yet for Southern California, the last big earthquake to strike the southern San Andreas was in 1857, when a magnitude 7.9 earthquake ruptured an astonishing 185 miles

[…] “The springs on the San Andreas system have been wound very, very tight.

If/when a major earthquake does hit the L.A. metro area, there will be a significant danger of societal collapse – with every major service from water, food, gas, electricity, transportation, sewage and more under threat of severe – and potentially prolonged – disruption.

Read more:

Massive Earthquake Looming As Pressure Builds On San Andreas Fault: “Wound Very, Very Tight”

San Andreas for Preppers: 12 Essential Survival Lessons from the Movie

Simulation: New Madrid Quake Would Kill 100,000 Instantly; Displace 7 Million

Report: LA Quake Would Cause “Significant Disruption of Inter-Dependent Infrastructure…Transportation, Gas and Electricity Supplies, Sewage Systems, Water…”

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Author: Mac Slavo
Date: June 21st, 2016
Website: www.SHTFplan.com

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  1. TnAndy says:

    Just think of all the 2bdrm, 1 bath, 800sqft, $750k homes that will get flipped.

    • Wilson says:

      Your humor is on par with Smokin Okie.

    • Burt Gummer says:

      Good One!

    • Muddy says:

      If these big earthquakes have been happening every century or so there should be recorded documents telling of big quakes considering how long California has been lived in.

      On a happier note, Mexico is determined to occupy California again via the Reconquesta. Maybe the timing will be Mexican occupation followed a few days later by the big one. Then the Mexicans can pay to clean up the rubble. That’ll give all of the Mexicans a job cleaning up the mess and they won’t be coming to Aerica.

  2. sodbuster says:

    Big housing BOOM coming. Living in TX, I’ll take our tornados and hurricanes any day, we can see them coming.

  3. Will Phoenix be forced to take in all the “refugees”? Not my house..!

    • durangokidd says:

      “Refugees” will be herded to FEMA camps in the area for those without family or friends who can take them in. Just hop on the bus Gus. Make a new plan Sam.

      Make shift facilities, think tent cities, will be erected; the stadiums will be used; red, white, and blue FEMA buses will route non-citizens to condos in Miami where they will be given a check for $20k and a key to the city.

      Under an Obola Administrationm, White Americans will be left in Quartzsite to fend for themselves. 🙁

  4. Old Guy says:

    Where did BI disappear too? Im thinking the San Andreas and Cascadia first then the new Madrid. I would like to live long enough to witness it. It would be quite a adventure.

  5. Braveheart1776 says:

    “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and “Shake, Rattle, and Roll”

  6. May be another great crayon being formed. no one can really say… If it is God’s Will then what ever happen will happen . May be forcing Israel to divide it’s land, God is dividing USA land

    • Old Guy says:

      Dumbest post ever. Its not gods way of punishing for some supposed sin. Its a natural occurance. The planet is not static. There is not any normal or optimal climate. There isn’t anyone who has any authority to decide what a optimal or normal climate or state of the planet should be. The politics of Israel have absoultly nothing to do with a possible earthquake in calif. Its plate techtonics that are the cause. These events would still be happening even if man had never walked on the planet. There is no such thing a the balance of nature. The only constant is change.

  7. Jim in Va. says:

    Drop California into the Pacific or let mexico have it. Its not worth saving.

  8. Yes, through no FAULT of my own, I’m on shaky ground. So, with the millions of immigrants who have flooded into this accident waiting to happen, I suppose the millionaire “progressives” who lobbied for open borders, will be acting as Red Cross nurses and opening their mansions, if they are still standing, to the wounded and displaced.
    Tents are the safest places during an earth quake. Those homeless living in tent cities will be spared, as long as they are not directly on the fault when it fissures.

    • Since we are discussing natural phenomenon I would like to remind you to take a moment to reflect upon the fact that the sun is at the closest distance from the earth in the entire year. Starting tomorrow it will begin to move away from earth again. The summer solstice is today. So Happy Summer Solstice you sun lovers. Go get some Vitamin D. It’s free. It’s actually a hormone. It can prevent depression and has no side effects. It is vital and necessary to human health and a strong immune system. Plants need sunlight and we need sunlight. “And then there was light.”

      • sience says:

        summer solstice has nothing to do will how close the earth is to the sun…it’s whether the northern or southern hemisphere is pointing closest to the sun. It’s the shortest day of the year down under…derp

        • Science:

          Yes. It is a kind of optical illusion. In December in days past, people thought the sun was floating away and when it appeared to be returning they celebrated The Winter Solstice.

          Thank you for the clarification.

  9. Mclovin says:

    Whatever happened to our resident earthquake expert BE INFORMED?

  10. Nam/redux/amsoil says:

    Ever notice that some of the residence seem to shrug when warned about the possibility of a big quake and when something happens always accuses others of not warning them. Fact remains there are multiple fault lines that can and do go at any moment and when it happens those that have prepared can deal with the aftermath, those that didn’t will go bug shit crazy.

    • TheGuy says:

      Yeah ya wanna know why that is?

      Lemme inform you.

      It costs about a gajillion dollars to live in this little slice of “heaven”. Add to that a lot of the people that DO live here came here in the 60’s when this was (actually, really) the place to be.

      The only thing you got is your equity in your house and your ultra-stupid=-low property taxes that by the way never change (ever wonder why our infrastructure sucks such donkey balls? Well wonder no further).

      If you sell you will never come back. It’s not possible. You are priced out and your taxes will be based on that price.

      And that’s kind of a scary thing when on the one hand you see the price of fucking everything, everywhere… going to the moon… while on the other hand your equity is beating Case-Schiller by about 2.5x. “I’ll leave in 10 years, by then I’ll be older and will die sooner, and also I’ll be richer when I sell”… la la la la la.

      This is one of those deals that’s too sweet to be true. Sort of like a stock market crash but in real life.

      Heh better, imagine turning your place into a rental AND moving. Still the low property taxes. Still the appreciation. PLUS income stream. PLUS cheaper house somewhere… SANE… for a change… liiiiiike Nebraska for instance.

      And then this shit happens. If we’re not radioactive we’ll be rubble… but then again why choose? We can be both at the same time…

      But seriously if you looked at a spreadsheet and you were beating Case-Schiller by 2.5x and you looked at the projected value in 20 years… would you leave???? You’d have to be fucking stupid, right?

      It’s kind of a trap like that…

  11. TheGuy says:

    Oh great.

    No no that’s… just fucking wonderful. Right NOW of all fucking things. When I’ve got someone old and home-bound to take care of. Good. Fucking GOOD. AHHH!

    What did I say? “Sell and move to Texas”. Yeah. That is what I said. About 150,000 times.

    RIGHT BACK TO POVERTY! FUCKING YAY. Because 20-something-odd years of it was just the fucking warm-up.

  12. Michael Gauthier says:

    If we are lucky, it will take a million liberals and illegals with it.

  13. Observer says:

    The demographics of California are a lot different since the last time a big quake hit there. And this one could be a lot bigger. Finally, it dies, along with it’s backward ideas. Twang your magic twanger, Froggy!

  14. Houston/Cypress/Katy/Shtf says:

    The environment is one of the biggest threat. Its not Gods punishment, it’s the way natural works, and we are facing a ma’s extinction.. the same thing happened to the dinosaurs.. except that we are not them, we are more phucked that ever. All my post, and comments and nightmares are commensing right in front of me, if I was a mental nut job, then we won’t have to worry this shit…

    Keep banging away and , breed like no tommorrow, and keep having more babies, the shit will hit the fan and we are all going to die in mass numbers, and when I asked the scientist about Trump getting in he told me that a Trump will not be able to stop any of this.. nor will a damn thing change when he gets in, that a change will go down and that change is war, collapse and us the one into SHTF… And the all the preps will be coming in handy.. he says not to even pay any attention to the politcal bullshit, but to pat attention to the false flags, EMP threats. The economic collapse betrays about, the next 50 days and other crap that greenspan warned us about that he and his buddy soros..will wipe out our our asses in the next 12 months from off the phucking map..it doesn’t matter what Trump says, what matters is than when the light go out, you have. MO food, no water, month guns, no ammo, and your ans arrogant stuck jot looking woman who disrespects men show like you.. you types will get in trouble with the men in your complex, the did lock, the Latino gangs. In fact during post collapse, male preppers will be able to pick from the cream of the crop..Let Frank tell you about post collapse and what happens to women..good luck everyone and get ready to the Living phucking hell on earth as we know it.. cliff High of halfpast human.com picked it in the email data sets. Its here, October l, November, it goes into high gear, the data sets show that if Trump wins or hillary wins, the results are the same, total collapse l, war and revolution. I can waste time posting and paying attention to grammar, jut get your asses ready because we are literally finished and dead..

    Type in realist news June 2016, and listen to a Cliff High of the webbots and listen to you demise unfold…



    Half way there, and fully phucked.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yep, Putin said he learned from WW2 that if the enemy is going to strike, its best to hit them first. Millions died in Russia during the war. Russia will never strike first… however, if they see we are about to strike, they will hit us first. It seems doubtful he will hit us with a nuclear strike– that would screw up the whole world! So, Russia or China will do am EMP over the US… knocking out all modern infrastructure.


      1-Water purification
      2-Food preservation– need food grade thermometer. (refrigerator kind)… food needs to be kept 40 degrees or cooler to avoid food poisoning.
      3- Some kind of ice chest
      4-Know how to build root cellars (all the details in your head in case someone steals your books!)
      5-Guns, ammo, self-defense
      6-Tribes (read “150 Strong” by Rob O Grady or go to Dmitry Orlov’s website and read his article, “Law of Attraction”… about tribes and the magic number of 150.

      • Anonymous says:

        In retrospect, I saw this Rule of 150 at work in the Army many years ago. The standard strength for an infantry company was around 150 men, maybe a little less. Your immediate “family” was your platoon and your extended “family” was the company. You knew your platoon mates very well, like brothers, and everybody knew everyone else in the company at least to the point that if you encountered them in town, you recognized them and knew their last name. At next level up, the battalion, that familiarity pretty much broke down.

        • Anonymous says:

          this is how we will defeat the NWO…

          In retrospect, I saw this Rule of 150 at work in the Army many years ago. The standard strength for an infantry company was around 150 men, maybe a little less. Your immediate “family” was your platoon and your extended “family” was the company. You knew your platoon mates very well, like brothers, and everybody knew everyone else in the company at least to the point that if you encountered them in town, you recognized them and knew their last name. At next level up, the battalion, that familiarity pretty much broke down.

      • TheGuy says:

        Nah I’m… reasonably sure he’d do nukes.

        EMP will take down the civilians. And that’s about it. The critical military shit is EMP hardened. Maybe not every last little bungalo and Humvee-laptop… but all the shit that matters. Like the silos. And the bombers. And the subs.

        And what’s the first thing we’d do if we got EMP’ed?



        Mmmmm. Guessing nukes. Just saying.

  15. Enemy of the State says:

    well my laymens teachings have told me that movement is good.. its when it locks up , wont move.. pressure builds then WHAMO..!!!

    so as long as its moving I dont think theres much to worry about


    we can watch it on the 2 O’clock news together as the thugs steal those peoples guns

  16. Anonymous says:

    THIS IS OFF THE SUBJECT BUT VERY COOL ARTICLE: (at Dmitry Orlov”s wbsite):

    Negative interest rates are coming to America

    Well, that didn’t take long! Negative Interest Rate Policy appears to be a gift that keeps on giving.

    Just a little while ago I wrote that, in essence, if the Federal Reserve wants to keep the financial party going a little bit longer, it will have to continue lowering interest rates to below zero, as this is the only way to keep broke debtors alive and prevent the gigantic debt bubble from imploding. And now we find out that the Federal Reserve has resolved any legal impediments (such as the Federal Reserve Act) that have kept it from doing just that.

    To recap, negative interest rates are a way to pay debtors to hold onto their debt instead of defaulting on it or repudiating it, thus preventing the debt pyramid from pancaking and taking the entire financial system with it. But this effect is temporary, for at least two reasons.

    First, negative interest rates are essentially a tax on savings, causing people to think of other ways to store their wealth: land, precious metals, boxes of brass knobs, what have you. In due course, money stops being regarded as wherewithal and starts being regarded as an unreliable way to conduct business.

    Second, with a gigantic bubble in bonds now decades old and bond yields now going negative, it is a matter of time before the realization hits that negative-yield bonds are not any sort of safe haven. Their value is now strictly a matter of their market valuation, which can plummet the moment people decide to dump them, with no floor anywhere. After all, there are plenty of other ways to lose money, and negative-yield bonds are nothing special.

    And so, what the flashing neon words on the wall seem to be saying is this: negative interest rates are on the way throughout the “developed world.” In due course, they will demolish any remaining value of the US dollar (along with other NIRP currencies, such as the Euro and the Yen, to mention a few). Also in due course, they will blow up the bond bubble, and impair the debt financing function of Western and Japanese banks and corporations. And once this happens, obtaining new credit will become problematic.

    In turn, this financial collapse will cause problems with letters of credit and (see article)

  17. Anonymous says:

    That, in turn, will cause the tax base to shrivel and tax receipts to drop precipitously, impairing the ability of governments to continue to function. (Countries that insist on stationing their troops around the world for no good reason will be affected especially badly.) And this will bring on political collapse: governments will have a hard time pretending that they still exist, never mind being able to demonstrate that they still matter.

    At which point you will suddenly find yourself asking this: How far along are social collapse and cultural collapse where I am? Do I know who my people are, and will they stand up for me, and I for them, or is it every man, woman and omni/multi/homo/trans/nonsexual part-unicorn for him/her/itself? This is not some theoretical question, but a perfectly practical one.

    For example, last New Year’s eve in Cologne, Germany, a mob of around a thousand male migrants attacked and molested a large number of women. There were some German men on hand; did they defend their women? No, they didn’t. Or take the recent incident in Orlando. Conspiracy theories aside, there were over 100 people there against one gunman. Did any of them rush the gunman? The first 10 might have gotten shot; but the next 10 could have piled on, dropped him to the floor and stomped on his neck, ending the incident. But that didn’t happen, did it? Where was their killer instinct?

    By way of contrast, consider the incident that took place in Murmansk, Russia, where some migrants that had been expelled from Norway for bad behavior started behaving impudently toward some Russian women at a night club. The local lads didn’t like that at all. According to some reports, the police showed up when the situation was already well in hand, and did their best to show that they are no slouches either. Result: 18 rapey migrants ended up in the hospital, 33 in detention, all begging to be sent home. If you are thinking that these people aren’t quite civilized, then perhaps you are right, but we need to further process this thought.

    You see, when your civilization is collapsing, civilized people become a liability. It may not even be just a question of culture or society; it may be a question

  18. Anonymous says:

    please read: “150 strong” book advertised at Dmitry orlov’s website– also, his article.. “the law of attraction”/

  19. Old Guy says:

    It will become a stone age root hawg or die existence. only the very meanest will come out on top.

    • Old Guy:

      I’m NOT mean. I was being threatened by someone twice my size. Every time a walked by I would get knocked into seemingly by accident. I talked with a friend who had a lot of street smarts. He told me I was just going to have to fight. I argued that I would get my ass beat as I was no match. He responded that it was not a choice. If it continued, I would get beat down and after that every other dormant bully would take a shot at me, too. His logic was that if you fight you might get hurt but the bully gets hurt, too and he will not come back knowing that. He proceeded to tell me that if somehow I was victorious, I should make sure to let him know I had backup if he wanted to take it any further.

      Well, my point is, America, under the influence of the neocons, is a bully. Bullies eventually get there ass beat.

      • Kevin2 says:

        B from CA

        I seen a guy all of 5′ 6″ and 150 lbs max get into an altercation with a guy 6’+ and 220. They stepped outside the night club. The big guy said something on the order of, “what ya gonna do”? and like lightening I heard a thump and the big guy just crumbled. The little miniature John Travolta type from South Philly hit the guy square on the top of his head with a blackjack. He said, “This (pointing to his clothes) cost $200 (this was back in about 1976), you don’t think I was going to mess it up do you”? I thought, “I got to get me one on them”.

        I’m telling ya it was lights out.

        • Kevin:

          This happened around that time. I am very physically challenged. I was young, in shape, but too small. I had been taking martial arts class with my kid for about 18 months. Don’t know if I ever had mentioned this but I think so. All I did was go up and say, “I don’t want to fight, but if you want to fight, OK, I will fight you”. Then I stood there waiting while onlookers became silent. Then nothing. No fight. No problem. This turkey started following me around like I was Bruce Lee. Wanted to be friends. Damn people. Well, Happy Solstice.

          • Kevin2 says:

            I had an issue with a guy at work that threatened me if I ever, “Turned him in” as I was an acting supervisor. Give you three guesses what ethnicity he was. Our people made great money and everyone maxed out their savings plan. This guy had a good $150 – 200K at that point. I told him, “Touch me in here and your fired”. “Touch me out of here and you go to jail and I’ll grab your wallet and not let go”. It never came to any of that as the guy was a top operator anyway.

            The potential of a law suit generally keep the civilized civil.

      • Kevin2 says:

        B from CA

        Good luck if it goes down. Your no doubt the ultra minority in California, sane. I been there a few times in the Torrance area. Venice Beach was a literal eye opener. Got a parking ticket after walking around and smelling pot everywhere. Seen aliens that weren’t from earth as they were green, aging hippies, punk rockers and more studs, rings and safety tins on faces and ears than I had ever seen before or since. This was the early 80s. Jeff Spacoli of “Fast Times At Ridgemont High” would have been the most normal person I would have seen.

        “Narley, bitchin” tsunami. Shoot the curl.

  20. aljamo says:

    Yeah but many will miss all the fruits and nuts from California, the plant variety. They do produce a big part of the worlds output.

  21. skeptic says:

    I never fail to be amazed at the animosity of US citizens for each other. I live in a rural part of Oregon with clean running water, good physical barriers, great soil. We have preps and grow lots of goodies. You can just hear exhaust brakes from log trucks passing by on the nearest road. We are gunned up. The people around us are gunned up. It was 75 here today. We had heavy rains last week. We don’t vote the democratic ticket and are not on the dole. I have seen most of the Obamas(57) US states and enjoyed most of them. An earthquake might really fuck us but mostly if a tree fell on us. I’ve got my bug out location and I am sitting in it. I hate California’s politicians and politics but I know some Californians who are not gang members who you would not want to mess with. Just sayin– Your home is what you make it. I would be willing to bet that some of the shtf contributors are first rate stand up people and some are in the basement. I don’t think that character is determined geographically. There is my rant. Will now have my meds and sit in the tub.

  22. Thank you for this great article.

  23. Old Guy says:

    Yep character isn’t determined geographically. However those who think and do similar activities tend to congerate in the same place. Places like shitcago ,Detroit and southern calif ect. And the better class of folks usually try and leave when the bad element starts being dominate. Just like welfare moochers move to where the best benefits are paid. So heck yes it seems that lot of bad ideas and folks who promote them originate on the left coast. So yes I and many others would jump for joy if calif fell off into the deep ocean.

  24. Sammy Haagar says:

    And away goes a pool of debt, welfare recipients, Jerry the Moron Brown, 12 million mexicans, syrians and liberals, potheads, junkies, faggots and hopefully, the Clintons will be visiting. Break off a little of Arizona too if we can get rid of John McCain & his screwed-up daughter.

    Where’s the negative side to this?