We’re slowly beginning to return from hiatus and we have some important developments to share with our readers! The Japanese built on JPL’s ionospheric tsunami discovery with the GDGPS system and claim that they have discovered spikes in ionospheric Total Electron Content (TEC) before the disastrous Tohoku quake last March. Smack dab above the epicenter.

Analyzing data from the Japanese GPS network, he detected an increase in the total electron content (TEC) in the ionosphere above the focal region of the earthquake beginning about 40 minutes before the quake. The TEC enhancement reached about 8% above the background electron content. The increase in TEC was greatest above the earthquake epicenter and diminished with distance from the epicenter.

http://www.agu.org/pubs/crossref/2011/2011EO450010.shtml

Now scientists from the University of Virgina have reported that the fracturing of rocks may release large amounts of Ozone gas into the atmosphere before quakes also.

We report the production of up to 10 ppm ozone during crushing and grinding of typical terrestrial crust rocks in air, O2 and CO2 at atmospheric pressure, but not in helium or nitrogen.

http://apl.aip.org/resource/1/applab/v99/i20/p204101_s1?isAuthorized=no

Meanwhile John Cassidy of the Geological Survey of Canada has warned Canada to expect a major earthquake at any time and asserted that there is as of yet no reliable method available to predict earthquakes.


“Certainly we could expect an earthquake at any time and should be prepared for a large earthquake at any time in Canada,” Cassidy said in an interview prior to delivering a lecture at Carleton University.

“We’ve seen many over the years, going back in time.”

“Unfortunately, we cannot predict earthquakes, either here or anywhere,” he said. “There’s no consistent, successful way to predict exactly when earthquakes will occur and how large.”

http://www.vancouverobserver.com/world/canada/2011/11/09/west-coast-canadians-must-prepare-major-earthquake-geophysicist-says

Here’s hoping that in the next decade an early warning system is developed! Hopefully during this time of global economic hysteria our leaders can be advised of these recent discoveries and make the correct decision to invest in further research and R&D to develop this technology that could potentially save tens of thousands of lives.

If only TEPCO had 40 minutes of advance warning it may have been enough time to shut down the Fukushima plant.