May 17th, 2012 Quake in East Texas: Update to “Are Dreams Able to Predict the Future?”

Recent Florida Sinkhole

Recent Florida Sinkhole

For those of you who follow my blog, you’ve seen an earlier post on here (March 1, 2012) about two dreams I had which centered around a loud cracking noise under the land and a ghost revealing to me that an earthquake was to hit Texas.  Not knowing at that time about fault lines running through the state, I set about researching them.  I have since uncovered a great deal of information concerning Texas Fault Lines and the New Madrid Fault which is under the area of the Mississippi River going north towards the Great Lakes.  What peaked my interest again, was the fact that last week on May 17th, 2012, a 4.3 earthquake hit East Texas, and hits on my blog rose.  Previous to this date of about a week, I noticed a steady trend in people finding my blog by the key words “Texas Fault Lines.”  Were there others who were dreaming about the same thing? 

I thought I would share what I found out and my thoughts concerning this information, and an analytical study and assessment of this information. 

In Texas there is a large area called the Balcones Fault Zone which runs approximately from the southwest of the state near Del Rio to the north central region near Waco along I-35.  It’s location could be related to Ouachita Mountains which formed about 300 million years ago during a continental collision.  According to the Texas State Historical association there have been about 110 recorded earthquakes between 1847 and 1994 along that line. 

This is a list of the most common fault lines which run through Texas: Rio Grande Rift Belt, the Panhandle, the Ouachita Belt and the Coastal Plain. 

According to a Science Daily article, there was a university geologist who reported that there exists about 300 surface faults in Houston.  (Not called the Bayou city for nothing.) After Tropical Storm Allison hit, there was a call to begin re-defining the flood plain.  In doing this they discovered the fault lines.  Many of them are associated with the salt domes in the southeast part of Harris County.  Others are located in the northwest part of the city near Highway TX 6 (Sam Houston Parkway) and I-10 where there is currently an ongoing subsidence, or sinking, of the ground.

Another great fault area in the southern United States is called the New Madrid Fault which is a series of fault lines known as the Reelfoot Rift.  It covers 150 miles south from Cairo, Illinois through New Madrid and Caruthersville, Missouri, down through Blytheville, Arkansas to Marked Tree Arkansas, then dips into Kentucky near Fulton and into the state of Tennessess near Reelfoot Lake, extending southeast to Dyersburg.  What is noteworthy about this system is that it trembled violently in the winter of 1811-1812 with about three (3) magnitude 8 quakes.  People speculate that we are due for another one.  Eyeing both the fault line of Texas and that of the New Madrid Fault Line, they meet, making  a large pie wedge of the southern United States. 

What is similar between the fault lines in Houston and the New Madrid Fault is that both are in areas which could liquify because of the soil conditions above them.  I believe, and these are my thoughts, this liquification is already happening.  Evidence of large sinkholes in the United States may be a precursor for this large quake I dreamed about as the southern portion of the US is slowly sinking below sea level and splitting.  (Just my speculation.)

There is evidence that sinkholes could be related to earthquakes as seen with the December 26, 2004 quake and resulting tidal wave which killed hundreds of thousands of people.  After the December quake, near Bernama and Perak, about 14 sinkholes appeared. The State Mineral and Geoscience department head Mohamed Noor Ayoob did not rule out the fact that the sinkholes were related to the quake.  Also in 2003 an earthquake of about 4.9 hit Dekalb County, Alabama which triggered an incidence of a large 29 foot sinkhole close to Ft. Payne, Al. 

Florida is especially noteworthy with sinkholes.  According to recorded insurance claims, from 2007 to 2012, sinkholes claims by Florida residences in the Tampa Bay area have tripled.  This also corresponds to the increase in seismic activity during this same period of time in the areas from Texas to the East Coast.  It was reported in Odessa in January 2005, several small sinkholes have now radiated out and have grown larger. It is interesting to note that in September 2011, earthquakes were reported by Channel 11 in Lubbock, Texas to be happening with more frequency in Snyder, Texas.  The town is in between Lubbock and Sweetwater along a fault line in the Panhandle.  (Llano Front)  November 20, 2011 a sinkhole opened up in the middle of a field in Beckham County, Oklahoma.  

 May 8, 2008, a rather large sinkhole appeared one day in Daisetta, Texas, which is a suburb of Houston and another one  more recently on July 10, 2011.  The July 10th sinkhole was  260 ft deep, the length of 3 football fields.  Doing a map quest I found that Daisetta, Texas is about 144 miles directly south of Timpson the epicenter of the May 17th quake, along the border of Texas / Louisiana. (This is freakishly similar to the name I heard in my dream - “Tipton”.)  According to news reports the May 17th is the second one in that area this month.  The first was on May 10th and registered a 3.9.   

As I gathered this information, a nagging thought formulated itself.  Could this pie wedge portion of the southern US be splitting?  Could the sinkholes be appearing because the land is opening up as the Eastern part of North America is separating from the Western half, and bayou areas like Florida, the Houston area, Louisiana, the Gulf Coast Region be sinking?  It brings to mind the large quake which happened in Washington, D.C.   Is the East Coast on the move? It is notable to say that the recent large quake of Japan moved the island 15 miles closer to the Western part of North America.   Where is all this going?  Can dreams predict the future?

Are Dreams Able to Predict the Future?

Texas Fault Lines

Texas Fault Lines

This question about dreams predicting the future has been on my mind all day.  I guess it’s because I had two similar dreams this morning that pretty much scared the crap out of me.  The first one happened after I got up at 3:00 am to get a glass of water.  Going back to sleep, I suddenly slipped into a “fight for your life” dream in which a deluge of water was inundating this city and people were climbing up overpasses to escape the incoming water.  I was trying to help these children climb up onto the sloping concrete, and just about the time I got the last one up, I heard this large crack, like the snapping of a land mass underwater. (In my dream I seemed to understand that is what the sound was.) It echoed so loudly that it woke me up.  It was now 3:58 am.

Breathing heavily, I looked up at the ceiling.  Kevin’s “Quack-Quack” alarm (yes it sounds like a duck) went off about 15 minutes later.  As he was getting ready to leave I tried to convey the emotions and sounds of the dream, but I really couldn’t make him understand. Feeling like my words were just muddled in a sleepy haze, I went back to bed after he left, and that’s when I had the second dream.  This time I was helping some neighbors (who I didn’t know) with the estate sale of their brother who was an ex-military man.  As I was digging around in a tin box, I pulled out all these metals and patches that once belonged to him.  Suddenly his ghost appeared and told me his name was Randall, and that he had a warning.  He showed me a mirror and I could see land,  like coastal land, and it was bubbling with large pools of water.  Then the land began to break apart and a flood began.  I turned to him and asked where this was taking place, because I’ve already had a dream about it?  His words were diluted but I understood “Tipton or Tip of” and “Texas.”

That same cracking noise from the first dream happened in this one and woke me up with a start!  I couldn’t shake the images and certainly the sound of the land cracking.

So I did a little research about fault lines in Texas, and to my horror, and I mean horror I found that there is fault lines which go through Texas, some of them down in Houston, which is kind of on the tip of Texas.   I also found an article about small earthquakes in Cleburne, Texas a couple of years ago, 3 within 6 days.  But to make it worse, my youngest daughter lives in Houston with her father.  Should the tip  of Texas go crashing into the sea so would she! That is not something I want to even consider.  While this was just a series of dreams, it makes me pause to think.  I never knew anything about the fault line in Texas before this.  So how did my sub-conscience?  It really makes me wonder, are dreams able to predict the future?  Tell me some of your weird ones and if anything came true from them.  Inquiring minds want to know.