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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

This weekend's Midwest rumbles


Photo: Oklahoman newspaper, Jim Beckel

It has been, without question, of one of the strangest years ever. Not saying that means the end times are falling upon us or even the the new Madrid Fault is ready to give way, but news that occurred overnight can make one sure think that.

Original news accounts of a record 5.6 quake in the Midwest seemed frightening. That strong? Oklahoma? ..where the winds blow through the prairies? 

It happened late Saturday night, centered four miles east of Lincoln County.. 10:53 pm, and it lasted almost a full minute until 10:54 pm--45 seconds according to geological experts..

The other amazing factor in this earthquake is that it was felt in Illinois, Kansas, Arkansas, Tennessee and also in Texas..

Numerous local reports are now existent of buckled roads, cracked sideways, homes with large messes of broken dishes and shattered plaster.. and rattled nerves in a nation that saw a major quake in the summer on the East Coast that was felt all the way to Canada..

The other factor that makes the Oklahoma shake more alarming: Eight earthquakes have been reported in 24 hours now.. the US Geological Survey is still unclear of the source of the quake, since Oklahoma is not near a plate boundary..

According to a CNN report on the quake this morning, the shake has rattled Oklahoma to the point where a highway has buckled.. one person has been injured. 

This weekend's Midwest rumbles


Photo: Oklahoman newspaper, Jim Beckel

It has been, without question, of one of the strangest years ever. Not saying that means the end times are falling upon us or even the the new Madrid Fault is ready to give way, but news that occurred overnight can make one sure think that.

Original news accounts of a record 5.6 quake in the Midwest seemed frightening. That strong? Oklahoma? ..where the winds blow through the prairies? 

It happened late Saturday night, centered four miles east of Lincoln County.. 10:53 pm, and it lasted almost a full minute until 10:54 pm--45 seconds according to geological experts..

The other amazing factor in this earthquake is that it was felt in Illinois, Kansas, Arkansas, Tennessee and also in Texas..

Numerous local reports are now existent of buckled roads, cracked sideways, homes with large messes of broken dishes and shattered plaster.. and rattled nerves in a nation that saw a major quake in the summer on the East Coast that was felt all the way to Canada..

The other factor that makes the Oklahoma shake more alarming: Eight earthquakes have been reported in 24 hours now.. the US Geological Survey is still unclear of the source of the quake, since Oklahoma is not near a plate boundary..

According to a CNN report on the quake this morning, the shake has rattled Oklahoma to the point where a highway has buckled.. one person has been injured. 

It's only a test..


The Emergency Alert System is going to scare lots of people today around 2pm, but the government is trying to limit the impact of fear by telling Americans it's just a test. Don't panic. What is a bit troubling though is the length of time the test will last--three and a half minutes.. If it was a real emergency I'd assume it would be 24/7 broadcasting with the same exact computerized voice and very few details. The real details would come online, unless of course the government snatched control with a kill switch at the last minute and shut down all net connections and took them over for themselves and the military..

Today's potentially frightening test has been planned out for some time.. But the reasoning for it? The disasters the United States and world forced in 2011 make it more clear that this system must be test.. So they say. And disasters did occur a'plenty.

Not to sound the conspiracy alarm or panic button, but this test is intriguing when coupled with a summer announcement from NASA's head telling his employees to prepare for disasters.. Not mentioned of course was what disaster, when, and how bad.. if NASA knew..

Strange year indeed.. 
Earthquakes in the East.. West.. Midwest.. Floods.. Droughts.. Tornadoes.. Tsunamis.. Disease outbreaks.. Hurricanes.. Blizzards in October.
Ok.. I get it,  TEST THE ALERT SYSTEM.

It's only a test..


The Emergency Alert System is going to scare lots of people today around 2pm, but the government is trying to limit the impact of fear by telling Americans it's just a test. Don't panic. What is a bit troubling though is the length of time the test will last--three and a half minutes.. If it was a real emergency I'd assume it would be 24/7 broadcasting with the same exact computerized voice and very few details. The real details would come online, unless of course the government snatched control with a kill switch at the last minute and shut down all net connections and took them over for themselves and the military..

Today's potentially frightening test has been planned out for some time.. But the reasoning for it? The disasters the United States and world forced in 2011 make it more clear that this system must be test.. So they say. And disasters did occur a'plenty.

Not to sound the conspiracy alarm or panic button, but this test is intriguing when coupled with a summer announcement from NASA's head telling his employees to prepare for disasters.. Not mentioned of course was what disaster, when, and how bad.. if NASA knew..

Strange year indeed.. 
Earthquakes in the East.. West.. Midwest.. Floods.. Droughts.. Tornadoes.. Tsunamis.. Disease outbreaks.. Hurricanes.. Blizzards in October.
Ok.. I get it,  TEST THE ALERT SYSTEM.

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