How Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Global Warming are Connected – A Plausible Theory

The recent volcanic eruptions in Indonesia and March 11th’s massive earthquake in Japan (and the ensuing tsunami) may have a simple rational scientific explanation: land ice melt.

The oceans have risen 4 inches in the last 50 years (wikipedia.org/Current sea level rise). Two inches of this rise is due to thermal expansion (the oceans have warmed over the same period). The other two inches of rise comes from land based ice melt; this is new water that has been added to the oceans.

A cubic foot of ocean water weighs 64.1 pounds. A 2 inch rise over one square mile (27,878,400 sq. ft. in a square mile) works out to 4,646,400 cubic feet of additional water which, when multiplied by 64.1 equals 297,834,240 pounds and then divided by 2,000 (lbs per ton), is 148,917.12 tons. Or very nearly 150,000 tons of increased water weight per square mile of ocean.

The Pacific Ocean covers 69,375,000 square miles (35% of the earth’s surface). The increase in weight of the Pacific Ocean over the last 50 years due to freshly introduced water from land ice melt is 10 Trillion 331 Billion 125 Million 200 Thousand TONS (69,375,000 X 148,917.12 = 1.03311252 × 1013).

The Queen Mary II (one of the largest ships afloat) weighs 150,000 tons. Imagine almost 70 MILLION Queen Mary IIs evenly distributed over the entire Pacific Ocean (one for every square mile).

The Pacific Tectonic Plate lies beneath the Pacific Ocean and at 39,758,000 square miles is the largest of all tectonic plates. Now mentally “sink” the 40 Million of your Queen Mary IIs floating directly above the Pacific Tectonic Plate onto the seafloor.

The earth is not “solid” . . . the tectonic plates float on top of a molten interior. If you push downward evenly across the entire surface of a tectonic plate stress is introduced along the margins. The westward margin of the Pacific Plate is a subduction zone; the Pacific Plate is “diving” beneath the Eurasian Plate . . . as it plunges downward (under increased pressure from 40 Million QM IIs) it only stands to reason that lava from below is going to be vented upward, hence the recent Indonesian volcanic eruptions. (“Like popping a pimple,” commented a friend.)

The Earth is a closed system. Beside the occasional meteorite and continual sunlight nothing new is being added. This geologically rapid shifting of large amounts of water weight from the land masses to the oceans is creating an accumulating “out-of-balance” effect on the oceanic tectonic plates. The Earth’s tectonic plates will compensate for this “out-of-balance” condition by “adjusting” their boundaries.We are experiencing these adjustments as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and associated tidal waves.

And as a footnote, this huge increase in ocean water weight may be the contributing factor in the unusual intensity of this year’s earthquakes in Chili and Haiti and probably has had an influence in the ongoing Icelandic eruptions.

(This article has been written by Doyle Doss, our new contributor and also a practical scientist and inventor. He owns heatstick.com. We hope you enjoy his theory as much as we did. Ovidiu Sandru, GreenOptimistic.com)

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  • JOHN L. PIKE JR.

    3/2/2012

    A CHANGE IN THE CONFIGURATION OF THE OCEANS BOTTOM WOULD DO MORE TO CHANGE THE OCEAN LEVEL THAN A MINOR THERMAL VARIATION IN OCEAN TEMPERATURE.

    WHAT ABOUT THE THERMAL HOT SPOTS LOCATED AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEANS OF THE WORLD?

    YOU SAY THAT THE EARTH IS A CLOSED SYSTEM, WHAT ABOUT THE SUN?

    SOLAR OUTPUT, THE DISTANCE FROM THE SUN, THE DISTANCE FROM THE MOON, THE LENGTH OF A DAY ON EARTH, AND, THE ORIENTATION OF THE EARTH TO THE SUN ARE CONSTANTLY CHANGING.

    THE HEIGHT OF THE OCEANS MAY CHANGE, HOW EVER; THERE IS ONE SIMILARITY THAT ALL OF THE OCEANS ON EARTH SHARE. THEY ALL HAVE DIFFERANT CHEMICAL CONTENT WHICH MEANS THE WATERS SPECIFFIC GRAVITY IS DIFFERENT.

    THE EARTH, AND, MOON HAVE A SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIP WHERE THE DISTANCE OF THE MOON FROM THE EARTH CONSTANTLY CHANGES.

    THE EARTH IS MORE LIKE A GYROSCOPE WITH A LIQUID MOLTEN CORE, AND, A FREE MOVING CRUST THAT IS CONSTANTLY CHANGING ORIENTATION IN RELATION TO THE BALANCE OF THE SURFACE WITH THE EQUATOR AS THE COMPRESSION CENTER.

    RATHER THAN THE MOON WHICH IS MORE LIKE A PENDULOM ON A CLOCK, AND, INFLUENCES THE LENGTH OF A DAY ON EARTH BY THE AVERAGE ORBITAL SPEED.

    WHEN THE MOON MOVES CLOSER, THEN THE LENGTH OF THE DAY IS SHORTER, AND, IF THE MOON MOVES FURTHER AWAY THE DAY IS LONGER.

    THE CYCLE OF THE MOON CREATES A WAVE ON THE SURFACE OF THE EARTH WHICH INFLUENCES BOTH TECTONIC PLATES, AND, OCEAN HEIGHT.

    IF THE LENGTH OF A DAY ON EARTH BECOMES LONG ENOUGH, THEN, YOU WILL HAVE GLOBAL WARMING.

  • JOHN L. PIKE JR.

    WHAT HAPPENED TO MY COMMENT?