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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Update 8-3-2011:Volcanic Plume Denial by USGS ... Could they be "Earthquake Clouds"? You Decide.

UPDATE: 8-3-2011
HERE MAY BE A GOOD SCIENTIFIC EXPLANATION FOR THE "PLUMES" OR THE "VENTING" THAT WE HAVE BEEN SEEING IN PLACES LIKE CALIFORNIA.  THIS COMMENT WAS GIVEN LAST NIGHT AND IT IS STILL IN THE COMMENT SECTION BELOW, BUT I THOUGHT I'D BRING IT TO THE FOREFRONT OF THE DISCUSSION...
 
Geoff Cole said...
"Read your reporting of plumes with great interest. The USGS is not lying when they say these are not volcanic in nature. These are classic "earthquake clouds" - water vapor produced from heat generated in active faults prior to an earthquake. I found an interesting article in The Times of India: "Philosopher,mathematician and astronomer Varahamihira (505-587 AD)is widely acknowledged. His works, The Five Astronomical Canons and Brihat Samhita (The Great Compilation), are considered seminal texts on ancient Indian astronomy and astrology. Now, maybe it's time to look at his work more closely. S N Bhavsar, a Vedic scholar associated with the Physics Department at the Pune University, is drawing the scientific community's attention to the elaborate references to earthquakes, their causes and predictability in Brihat Samhita. What has astonished scientists and Vedic scholars here and has renewed interest in the Brihat Samhita, are references to unusual "earthquake clouds" as precursor to earthquakes. The 32nd chapter of the manuscript is devoted to signs of earthquakes and correlates earthquakes with cosmic and planetary influences, underground water and undersea activities, unusual cloud formations, and the abnormal behaviour of animals. "I find it rather odd that the description of earthquake clouds in Brihat Samhita matches the observations made by Zhonghao Shaou at the Earthquake Prediction Centre in Pasadena, California," said B D Kulkarni, head of the National Chemical Laboratory's Chemical Engineering Division. Over the last ten years, Zhonghao Shou, a retired chemist based near Caltech in California, has been using satellite imagery and other scientific tools to fine-tune his theory of "earthquake clouds" as precursors to earthquakes. Shou who is attracting scientific attention, but is yet to be accepted by the scientific community, says he has predicted 39 quakes since 1990. Shou says that ancient Chinese and Italians also tried to predict earthquakes on the basis of peculiarly-shaped clouds. According to Shou, earthquake clouds are formed when underground water is converted into water vapour by the heat generated in the epicentric area of a fault rock, which is undergoing constant stress and friction. When this vapour escapes to the surface and rises through the atmosphere, it forms a cloud. "The shape of the gap and surface current may endow the cloud with a special configuration like a snake, a wave, a feather, or a lantern, which will be able to be distinguished from weather clouds," says Zhou. Zhou says that earthquake prediction is possible by identifying such clouds as "an earthquake generally occurs within 49 days of the first appearance of the cloud"."
EARTHQUAKE CLOUD (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earthquake_cloud): Earthquake clouds are clouds claimed to be signs of imminent earthquakes. They have been described in antiquity: In chapter 32 of his work Brihat Samhita, Indian scholar Varahamihira (505–587) discussed a number of signs warning of earthquakes, including extraordinary clouds occurring a week before the earthquake.[1] In modern times, a few scientists claim to have observed clouds associated with a seismic event, sometimes more than 50 days in advance of the earthquake. Some have even claimed to accurately predict earthquake occurrences by observing clouds.[2] However, these claims have very little support in the scientific community. HERE ARE SOME IMAGES THAT CLAIM TO BE EARTHQUAKE CLOUDS.  THEY BEAR NO RESEMBLANCE TO WHAT WE ARE SEEING IN THE "PLUMES".