12/30/2014 — Drilling on California fault lines? 3.9M earthquake strikes Los Angeles offshore drilling operation

A 3.9M earthquake struck in the late afternoon (December 30, 2014) near three offshore drilling rigs located due South of Los Angeles California.

Any time we see movement above 3.0M in the Los Angeles area, we need to make note of possible subsequent movement in the region.

california drilling rig earthquake dec 30 2014

 

These operations are being referred to as “beta” wells as they come from the “beta unit fields” South of LA.

Seen on this map here, the gas/oil plays are also along several fault lines.  Thus, they are drilling INTO FAULT LINES to extract oil, and natrual gas.  Not the smartest idea in my personal opinion.

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map-of-rigs


Three deep drilling platforms seen on google Earth near the earthquake epicenter  “Eureka, Elly, and Ellen” are the named drill locations.

There may be other drill sites closer to the earthquake epicenter, which have not been imaged on google Earth yet.  These wells are 8-9 miles from the listed USGS coordinates of the event.

http://www.boem.gov/BOEM-Newsroom/Offshore-Stats-and-Facts/Pacific-Region/Pacific-Platform-Operators.aspx

Pacific Platform Operators

 

 BETA OPERATING COMPANY, LLC

Beta Field/Beta Unit

Platform Ellen
District: California
Location: Offshore Long Beach, CA
Installed: 01-15-80
Lease OCS-P 0300
First Production: 1-13-1981
Distance to Land: 8.6 miles
Well Slots: 80
Water Depth: 265′
Cum. Oil Production: 43,923,263 bbls
Cum. Gas Production: 15,108,486 mcfNote: Platform Ellen is a production platform connected by a walkway to Platform Elly, a processing platform for both Ellen and Eureka.

 

 Platform-Ellen
Platform Elly
District: California
Location: Offshore Long Beach, CA
Installed: 3-12-1980Lease OCS-P 0300
First Production: None, Processing Facility
Distance to Land: 8.6 miles
Well Slots: N/A
Water Depth: 255′

Note: Platform Elly is connected by a walkway to Platform Ellen as shown in the photo above. Elly processes production from Platforms Ellen and Eureka.

 

 Platform-Elly

Platform Eureka

District: California
Location: Offshore Long Beach, CA
Installed: 7-8-1984

Lease OCS-P 0301
First Production: 3-17-1985
Distance to Land: 9.0 miles
Well Slots: 60
Water Depth: 700′
Cum. Oil Production: 37,940,390 bbls
Cum. Gas Production: 8,239,428 mcf

 Platform-Eureka

VENOCO, INC.

This image shows on google earth at the location.

oil eureka platform california

 


Overall, we can expect the movement to continue in the region, especially due to the movement occurring along the edge of the Craton, as well as the excessive movement happening around the Pacific plate.

Indeed it is not just the fracking / drilling operations we need to be watching, but also the dormant volcanoes (salton sea, mono lake, clear lake, mammoth mountain etc..) for movement in the near term.

48 hours earthquakes dec 30 2014


12/23/2014 — New Northrop Grumman Commercial — NORTHROP KLINGON? Star Trek tech on the horizon

A regular defense contractor promo right up until the end.

Then, something is hinted at – could ‘star trek’ be on the horizon?

In this video, next generation flight is not just on the horizon, but flying overhead.  Cheers to that!


After watching the video, I looked at the shape in the cloud, and listened closely — I thought I might have seen that shape before somewhere…

Then it dawned on me!

northrop klingon

Sounds, and LOOKS like “klingons” to me ! 🙂 LOL !


 

12/22/2014 — Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland could collapse — already subsided 56 Meters (183 feet)!

Iceland has been undergoing a long term powerful eruption occurring at Bardarbunga Volcano.

Here is video of the eruption from September, when the lava flow began in earnest:

Here is video of the Eruption from last month in November 2014, still going strong:


The Holuhraun eruption has produced some VERY impressive lava flows, and also has caused thousands of noteworthy earthquakes in the 4.0M – upper 5.0M range.

The earthquakes have been occurring along the new volcanic fissure, as well as areas around the deep lava chamber located below the Bardarbunga volcanic complex.

Here is a plot of the earthquakes from September to December 2014.

This animation below clearly shows the progression of the earthquakes along the fissure zone, and also shows the movement near the volcanic chambers directly:


On top of the above confirmed lava flow activity, a new report from volcanologists in Iceland states that the CALDERA IS COLLAPSING at Bardarbunga.

“19 December 2014 12:00 – from the Scientific Advisory Board

Yesterday, 18 December, scientists flew over Bárðarbunga. The data collected in the flight show that the subsidence of the caldera continues with similar rate as before and amounts to about 56 m in total from the onset of the unrest. The total volume of the caldera subsidence is estimated to be about 1.7 km³. Minutes from the meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board (pdf 0.4 Mb)

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The reports say that an area the size of 2km at Bardarbunga has “subsided” (collapsed) by 56m / 183 feet since the eruption began.  The caldera will reach a critical mass, once the weight above exceeds the support of the chamber below, then entire area will subside / collapse rapidly.
This is a huge area to collapse.   As we’ve seen in OTHER collapses, when the surface collapses into the emptying caldera, a large eruption ensues.

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Graphic released by the Icelandic government shows the area of collapse from September, to December. The collapse is picking up in pace as of the past few weeks.

http://en.vedur.is/media/jar/Factsheet_Bardarbunga_20141219.pdf

“The volcanic eruption has now been going on for over three months, the lava flow is still great in Holuhraun and the rate of the  subsidence of the Bardarbunga caldera is still significant.
Three scenarios are considered most likely:
1. The eruption in Holuhraun continues until the subsidence of the Bardarbunga caldera stops. The eruption can still go on for many months.
2. The volcanic fissure may lengthen southwards under  Dyngjujokull, resulting in a jokulhlaup (rapid glacier meltoff) and an ash-producing  eruption.  It is also possible that eruptive fissures could develop in another location under the glacier. If such an eruption would be prolonged it could eventually produce a lava flow.
3. Volcanic eruption in the Bardarbunga caldera. Such an eruption would melt large quantities of ice, leading to a major jokulhlaup, accompanied by ash fall”

See the 2011 collapse of Pu’u’ O’o’ caldera in Hawaii as an example of what can occur when the chamber below the volcano gives way to the weight above.

 

Keep in mind, Pu’u O’o is MUCH smaller in size compared to Bardarbunga in Iceland.  Hawaii’s volcano being just a few hundred meters across, whereas Bardarbunga is MILES across – literally 200  km (120 mi) long and 25 km(16 mi) wide.

2km of the 200km region is subsiding.