Nuclear Tests and Earthquakes

On June 19, 1992, the United States conducted an underground nuclear bomb test in Nevada. Another test was conducted only four days afterwards. Three days later, a series of heavy earthquakes as high as 7.6 on the Richter scale rocked the Mojave desert 176 miles to the south. They were the biggest earthquakes to hit California this century. Only 22 hours later, an "unrelated" earthquake of 5.6 struck less than 20 miles from the Nevada test site itself. It was the biggest earthquake ever recorded near the test site and caused one-million dollars of damage to buildings in an area designated for permanent dispoasal of highly radioactive nuclear wastes only fifteen miles from the epicenter of the earthquake. Although the quake provoked renewed calls for a halt to plans for storing radioactive materials in such an unstable area, the larger questions have still not been raised in the United States: Do bomb tests actually cause earthquakes? Do nuclear tests make the planet more prone to geologic disruption?

An apparent correlation between nuclear explosions and earthquakes has been reported for the events between September 1961 and September 1966. When data from the events between September 1966 and December 1968 are examined, this correlation disappears. No relationship between the size of the nuclear explosions and the number of distant earthquakes is apparent in the data. Why?  Remember the Alaska earthquake of 1964. 

An unconfirmed report by the Russian Northern Fleets says the Haiti earthquake was caused by a flawed US Navy 'earthquake weapons' test before the weapons could be utilized against Iran. United States Navy test of one of its 'earthquake weapons' which was to be used against Iran, went 'horribly wrong' and caused the catastrophic quake in the Caribbean, the website of Venezuela's ViVe TV reported, citing the Russian report. After the report was released, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez also made a similar claim, saying that a US drill, carried out in preparation for a deliberate attempt to cause an earthquake in Iran, had led to the deadly incident in Haiti, claiming more than 110,000 lives.  It’s gets better, the day before the Haiti earthquake the United States government was preparing disaster relief.

The 2006 North Korean nuclear test was the detonation of a nuclear device conducted by North Korea on October 9, 2006.  On this day I waited for the earthquake(s).  The next day it began happened.  Off of coast of North Korea 25 earthquakes a day struck in the Kiril Islands.  Went on for a week 25 a day in the M 5.0 range. 

The February 1998 Afghanistan earthquake occurred at near the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border. The strike-slip shock had a moment magnitude of 5.9 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of VII. With several thousand dead and hundreds injured, the event's effects were considered extreme. It was felt at Tashkent and Dushanbe, and aftershocks continued for the next seven days. This happened 24 hours after a nuke test in Pakistan. 

The 1985 Mexico City earthquake struck in the early morning of 19 September at 07:17:50 with a moment magnitude of 8.0 and a Mercalli intensity of IX. The event caused serious damage to the Greater Mexico City area and the deaths of at least 5,000.  Less then 10 days earlier a nuke test was conducted in Nevada. 

The 2017 Central Mexico earthquake struck at 13:14 CDT on 19 September 2017 with an estimated magnitude of and strong shaking for about 20 seconds. Its epicenter was about south of the city of Puebla. The earthquake caused damage in the Mexican states of Puebla and Morelos and in the Greater Mexico City area, including the collapse of more than 40 buildings. 370 people were killed by the earthquake and related building collapses, including 228 in Mexico City, and more than 6,000 were injured.  North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test on 3 September 2017, stating it had tested a thermonuclear weapon (hydrogen bomb).  The earthquake followed the nuke test.  Aftershocks went on for weeks and the energy traveled east and set off more quakes in the Caribbean.  At this time Central America became active with quakes and erupting volcanoes and is still going on.  In September of 2017 the South Pacific became extremely active with deep big earthquakes.  The earthquake activity in the South Pacific is still active from this date and is running in a weekly cycle.   On another page of this site will explain why the cycle is happening week after week to this day. 

The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake occurred in Northern California on October 17 at local time. The shock was centered in The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park approximately northeast of Santa Cruz on a section of the San Andreas Fault System and was named for the nearby Loma Prieta Peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains. 67 people were killed and causing more than $5 billion in damages. September 14, 1989 U.S. performed a nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.  There were 5 more tests that were performed at the test site on 1989. 

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