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?