JUNE 9, 1998, BIG MAMA AWAKES
The Long Valley Caldera was formed some 700,000 years ago by an eruption
600 times the size of the one at Mount St. Helens.
Mammoth Lakes Swarm Continuing
The earthquake swarm at Mammoth Lakes [Long Valley Caldera] that kicked off with the 5.1 earthquake overnight is still going strong late this morning. Since that original quake, there have been over 200 tremors reported... five of which were 3+. This is by far the greatest activity observed in the Caldera region so far in 1998.
For those who are not familiar with it, Mammoth Lakes also known as Long Valley Caldera... is a large volcanic caldera [collapsed cone] along the California-Nevada border region. It has not erupted in 500 years, but geologists have constructed a map based on sedimentary rock samples that shows that one eruption long ago was massive enough to have covered the western third of the United States in volcanic ash. I have a copy of this map if anyone would like to receive it via email.
In the few years that I have been monitoring it's activity, it has produced large swarms before, but the magnitude of the first quake of this swarm [5.1] and the volume per hour of subsequent tremors makes this one of the greatest swarms in recent years. Swarms are often, though ~certainly~ not always, indicators of an oncoming eruption.
Chief Dan Evehema's
MYSTERY 8.4 MAGNITUDE SEISMIC EVENT IN BALTICS
The DRUDGE REPORT is monitoring information on what appears to be an 8.4 magnitude seismic event that occurred in the BALTICS-BELARUS region in NW RUSSIA. The magnitude is the largest seen in 1998.
The U. S. Geological Survey is currently not acknowledging the event that was captured by the International Data Center, an automated system that alerts the world to nuclear testing.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Looks like the URLs above are incorrect or have been yanked.
UPDATE: June 7, 1998, 5:36 PM PST
"Check on my website message board on "Reporting Quakes". I think it is a phony report for many reasons. Probably somebody misstyped 4.8M. It would be reported on all of the lists available on internet and on the tapes recorded at various institutions. I see no verification of a great quake in such an unlikely place." by JOB (James O. Berkland Geologist)
UPDATE: June 9, 1998, 2:33 PM PST
BERN, June 9 (AFP) - Radioactivity in the southern Swiss Alps registered a temporary and non-dangerous increase from May 26 to June 8, the Federal Public Health Office said in a statement Tuesday. Reasons for the increase, also registered by the European Research Center at Ispra, Italy, were not known, but "an emission from a nuclear reactor is excluded by the fact that only cesium-137 was detected," said the statement.
The amount of cesium-137 found was 150 microbecquerels per cubic meter, 100 times the amount usually found in the atmosphere, but 10,000 times less that the level observed after the Chernobyl nuclear plant explosion in Ukraine, it said.
EDITOR'S NOTE: MAY 6, 1998: still puzzled by lack of response to this URL as listed in Metacrawler:
International Data Center
Pages at this site with the same name: http://www.cdidc.org:65120/~burlacu/lib_top.html
National Data Center
U.S. host for the International Data Center for the exchange of geophysical data, primarily seismic, used in the future implementation of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
"The KOLA Peninsula is more than just a Sub Dump site. It is also home to two of the oldest and most dangerous Nuclear Power Plants in Russia, The KOLA Nuclear Power station. This event is located extremely close to these plants, however I have been unable to get exact lat & long for them. If anybody can find the exact location of these plants I would appreciate the info. The reason the links no longer work to the cdidc.org system is simply because access to this system has been cut at inge.css.gov. This sudden stop in routing occurred shortly after drudge reported the event. I still have the original two pages from the www.cdidc.org site that refers to this event."
IMPORTANT: MAY 7, 1998, complete data here now:
Once I was finally able to get into the IDC site I decided to see what else has been going on in the area. Here below are the quakes in the region for the last 2 weeks from today. The 8.4 was listed on 6/5 continued
Date: 98-06-07 22:32:35 EDT
We are engaged in the research of transients and electromagnetic pulses traveling through the earth using an underground detection method. Tonight (06 08 98 UTC) at precisely 00:00:01 we detected a very unusual signal. It looked like a very strong EMP and repeated itself every 15.5 seconds. Preliminary analysis shows that it is not a naturally occurring phenomena. The signals were transmitted for a duration of 10 minutes.
Here is my question. Do you know or have heard of anyone that may be conducting experiments that would cause this type of pulse.
Subj: [TheEagle-L] [Fwd: Re: Earthquake?]
Date: 98-06-08 02:23:52 EDT
"Since my family is from Latvia which in the Baltics, and because I still had some distant relatives there, I of course was concerned about this supposed event. I sent at least 8 e-mails to various people including a radio station in Latvia yesterday. It has been at least 27 hours since I did, yet I have not received even one reply as yet to confirm or deny event. This of course does not prove that the event occurred, but it is somewhat disturbing. Hopefully, the silence is due to it being Sunday. I will let you know if and when I find out more."
Note From: Russian Astrophysicist in U.S.:
Follow this one very carefully- Please keep me informed to the minutest detail.will contact Russia--you have something big here! I'll explain what later---I think that I know what it is.
Possible Disclaimer from Russia
Mon, 8 Jun 1998 09:13:58 +0300 (EET DST)
From: Ieva Krumina firstname.lastname@example.org
Probably you've been misinformed. It is not very believable, that this kind of earthquake has been, and haven't noticed it !
Ieva Krumina, APOLLO
EDITOR'S NOTE: Still tracking: a nuclear meltdown may not be widely dispersed info, and Russia is a big place. Likewise we might be dealing with exotic EMP weaponry here that might have uncommon seismic signature.
China Lake Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division shows jolts again
Monday, June 8, 1998, 10:25:20 PDT
SEE ARTICLE: "Not So Surprising Nuke-Earthquake News"
Anchorwoman: "A Moscow newspaper reports that Russian scientists tried to harness earthquakes as a means of mass destruction, and the research continued under the new Russian government long after the Soviet Union collapsed."
Breaking News!!! An 8.4 Earthquake has hit the Baltic Region. Now confirmed by USGS. Thanks to Peter P. for bringing this report to my attention. More to come. Mitch Battros Producer - Earth Changes TV
I have not been able to confirm the report of a 8.4 Earthquake in the Baltic region near Russia. Therefore, I am retracting the original report. However, at this point, I am not ruling out other phenomena that could have a large seismic result. This could be the result of a meteor or a nuclear test. If you have any reports from family or friends in theregion, please forward ASAP for confirmation.
KOLA NUCLEAR POWER PLANT . (image)
RUSSIA: NUCLEAR REACTOR MAPS . (detail)
The KOLA Nuclear Power Station is a potential place for unintentional release of radioactivity, and it is proposed to install the MEMbrain Emergency Field Station in Kola, being a regional center for Nuclear Emergency at the Kola Peninsula.
PLEASE RETURN FOR UPDATES
98-06-09 08:31:54 EDT
Automatic processing sometimes produces errors. There was no 8.4 earthquake. One way to tell if it is probably a system error is to look at the number of phases. If the event is above 4.5, it will be recorded at 15-20 stations. but this event (At the idc) was recorded at one or two stations.
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