Monday News – Big Quakes Globally

There is a big 7.2 earthquake north of New Zealand, half way to Tonga. It was at 2:20 p.m. CST.

Lake FUBAR over-reacts

LA10_03_Jun23_2014

Around 8:45 p.m. something splashed at the bottom of LA10 – 03! It shows even better on LA12 monitor. Another huge SLOSH at 11 p.m..

7.9 quake Alaska

Followed by

6.9 quake nearby (Alaska)

Two 7.2 quakes near each other in Tonga area.  #1   #2

Dutchsinse sees a HAARP connection.

Texas – More than a half-dozen Union Pacific tanker cars have derailed in Central Texas and some are leaking a chemical used in natural gas processing. . . .

Texas Brine put out a fact-sheet. This one has a graph showing what a good job they are going with gas mitigation. They don’t mention all the earthquakes.
Yellowston Updated

 NOTE: Having great difficulty with extra slow internet Monday eve. It may be because of all these earthquakes!

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55 thoughts on “Monday News – Big Quakes Globally

  1. I hope someone at Bayou Corne is keeping an I on LA 10-3, because it’s been jiving for an hour, and really doesn’t look ready to stop.

    This deserves a ‘code 3’ at least.

  2. Lake Fubar is definitely a game girl, she’s STILL dancing 4 hours after the first NZ quake…

    That salt-dome must be like Swiss-cheese with all the hits it’s been getting. And yes, I know that the salt itself doesn’t actually move ( much ), but it will, and does vibrate with ever hit it takes. It must be full of fractures, both large, small and micro by now.

    I suspect the only reason it hasn’t come crashing down is the surrounding rock that’s holding it up, and if THAT rock moves… Game Over.

    And ‘Game Over’ seems to be getting more and more likely every day. I hope you all have you plans sorted out, this isn’t going to be a ‘last minute’ sort of deal.

  3. 1964 Quake: The Great Alaska Earthquake
    It knock off the earthquake recorder in Oak Ridge Tennessee.
    In the lakes in East TN there was feet to two feet waves.
    In Louisiana it sunk boats

    40th Anniversary of “Good Friday” Earthquake Offers New Opportunities for Public and Building Safety Partnerships
    Released: 3/26/2004
    The effects of the earthquake were also felt worldwide — boats off the Gulf Coast of Louisiana sank from the sloshing of water resulting from the quake’s force, and the earthquake was recorded on tide gages in Cuba and Puerto Rico. Even wells in Africa sloshed from the reverberating seismic waves.
    http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=106

  4. TB spent a lot of money having the helicorder signals scaled down vertically, so that mountains became molehills…

    Mother Nature comes along and builds BIGGER mountains…

    Thanks TB… Without you we would NEVER have been able to see the detail on those big quakes. Definitely money well spent in my opinion 🙂

    P.S. TB… Your STILL a bunch of venal, arrogant, stupid A******S !!!

  5. Link from drudgereport. com.
    USGS Scientist Says Alaska, New Zealand Quakes Might Be Linked « CBS San Francisco
    Excerpt:
    Oppenheimer said it is possible the New Zealand quake triggered the Alaska quake.

    “The timing of it is such that we call the surface waves, the waves that travel around the circumference of the earth, arrived about the time the earthquake occurred, Oppenheimer said. The USGS scientist said more study would be needed.
    http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/06/23/usgs-scientist-says-alaska-new-zealand-quakes-might-be-linked-ring-of-fire-earthquake-aleutian-islands-pacific-ocean-david-oppenheimer-usgs/

  6. Thousands of fracking wells in Pennsylvania ‘may be leaking methane’

    Study finds abandoned wells could be bigger climate change contributor than thought,

    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jun/20/fracking-wells-pennsylvania-leaking-methane

    A study of abandoned oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania finds that the hundreds of thousands of such wells in the state may be leaking methane, suggesting that abandoned wells across the country could be a bigger source of climate changing greenhouse gases than previously thought.

    The study by Mary Kang, a Princeton University scientist, looked at 19 wells and found that these oft-forgotten wells are leaking various amounts of methane. There are hundreds of thousands of such oil and gas wells, long abandoned and plugged, in Pennsylvania alone, and countless more in oil and gas fields across the country. These wells go mostly unmonitored, and rarely, if ever, checked for such leaks.

    A growing list of studies conducted over the past three years has suggested that crude oil and natural gas development, particularly in shale formations, are significant sources of methane leaks — emissions not fully included in US Environmental Protection Agency greenhouse gas inventories because they are rarely monitored. Scientists say there is inadequate data available for them to know where all the leaks are and how much methane is leaking.

    Methane is about 34 times as potent as a climate change-fueling greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide over a span of 100 years. Over 20 years, it’s 86 times more potent. Of all the greenhouse gases emitted by humans worldwide, methane contributes more than 40 percent of all radiative forcing, a measure of trapped heat in the atmosphere and a measuring stick of a changing climate.

    So when abandoned oil and gas wells — possibly hundreds of thousands of them in Pennsylvania alone — that are not currently included in any federal estimate for total US greenhouse gas emissions are found to be leaking methane, the implications could be significant.

    Kang directly measured leaks from the abandoned wells and found that all 19 wells in the study tested positive for methane leaks, some more than others.

    She found that overall, the wells leak so much methane that if leaks from all the abandoned wells in Pennsylvania are added up, the leaks could account for between 4 percent and 13 percent of human-caused methane emissions in the state.

    But because of significant uncertainty about the total number of abandoned and plugged wells that exist in Pennsylvania, more study is needed to fully understand how common leaking abandoned wells are in the state and how much methane they may emit.

    Nobody knows exactly how many abandoned oil and gas wells exist in Pennsylvania, but the study says that historical records show there are between 280,000 and 970,000 abandoned oil and gas wells. Pennsylvania is the site of one of America’s earliest discoveries of crude oil, at Oil Creek in 1859, and the state is considered the birthplace of the petroleum industry in the US.

    Kang’s study found that state regulations do not appear to be effective at controlling methane emissions from abandoned wells because the rules focus on containing fluids, not gases, and the plugged wells are not required to be monitored closely over time.

    More study is needed of similar abandoned and plugged oil and gas wells in other states for scientists to be able to estimate methane emissions from similar wells elsewhere, Kang’s study says.

    Kang declined to comment because the study is currently under review by a scientific journal and may be published later this summer.

    “Measuring methane losses from abandoned oil and gas wells is important,” Robert Jackson, a professor of global environmental change at Duke University, said. Jackson’s own research has shown methane leaks are a hazard in natural gas distribution systems in the US. “The emissions from single wells were relatively small, but there are hundreds of thousands of such wells in Pennsylvania alone. The total emissions could be as much as one eighth of all methane released by human activities in the state.”

    He said the next step in this research is to obtain a larger sample size of oil and gas wells across a broader area.

    “That way we’ll obtain a better handle on losses across the state and country,” Jackson said.

    Kang’s is one of the few studies to clearly demonstrate and quantify methane leaks from abandoned and plugged wells, said Cornell University biogeochemistry professor Robert Howarth, who is known for his research into methane emissions from natural gas operations.

    When estimating greenhouse gas emissions in the US, the EPA estimates gas leakage from individual of oil and gas equipment during each step in the oil and gas exploration and production process. That method is called a “bottom-up” approach, which estimates emissions being emitted on the ground. The opposite method, called a “top-down” approach, estimates emissions based on aerial measurements taken from above sources of greenhouse gas emissions.

    A “bottom-up” approach is often flawed because it leaves out certain sources of greenhouse gases that may leak from unexpected places, Howarth said.

    “This new study shows one of these left-out sources: the plugged and abandoned wells,” he said.

    Kang’s study “supports what I and many others have been saying for many years, and that’s this: There is methane leaking from oil and gas wells. Period,” said Cornell University environmental engineering professor Anthony Ingraffea, who has collaborated with Howarth on methane emissions research and is currently analyzing Kang’s work.

    The study is further evidence that there is too little data available for scientists to fully understand how much methane is leaking from oil and gas fields in the US, both from producing wells and abandoned wells in addition to natural gas distribution systems, he said.

    Terry Engelder, a geosciences professor at Pennsylvania State University known for his controversial calculations of shale gas reserves existing in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale formation, said that while methane is clearly leaking from abandoned wells, it’s unlikely that all of the state’s abandoned and plugged wells are leaking.

    Leakage may depend on the specific geologic formation a well taps because wells in some formations would release much gas early in the drilling process and much less, if any, later on, he said.

    “(The) flaw in the Kang study is that she tells the reader nothing about the wells she is sampling,” such as the well depth and the formation into which the well was drilled to produce oil or gas, Engelder said.

    The idea that abandoned wells leak methane isn’t a new idea, but Kang’s work provides some new data for scientists to work with, said Lawrence Cathles, a Cornell earth and atmospheric sciences professor who is known for his criticism of Howarth and Ingraffea’s work.

    “I don’t think presently leaking wells will change our perspective on greenhouse warming because their leakage has already been accommodated by the climate system and methane is only 20 to 30 percent the total greenhouse forcing at present,” Cathles said via email. “What matters is how methane leakage changes in the future. If the well leakage is significant, reducing it in historic wells might reduce greenhouse forcing somewhat (and thus present a remedial opportunity).”

    He said it might be beneficial to minimize future methane leakage from abandoned oil and gas wells if Kang’s research holds up to scientific scrutiny.

    • I lift my leg and their greenhouse gases leaking from unexpected places.
      Let tax the people for all those unexpected gas releases.
      O yes a Carbon Tax on Breathing

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