Earthquakes. A clarification.
During my career as a physicist, I have done research on muon-catalyzed fusion and metal-catalyzed fusion (both of which are examples of cold fusion and are published in the journal NATURE), on the dust generated on 9/11, on solar energy and non-conventional alternate energy; and on earthquakes. I have and will speak publicly on all of these research areas, except that I decline to say much at all publicly on earthquake research. Recently I was asked why this is the case.
When confronted with an interesting claim, I generally ask – What is the physical evidence and what experiments have been done? And -- Has the claim reached the level of a peer-reviewed publication? Not that such a publication is a necessity prior to discussion, but if there is a refereed publication, I would start with that.
Now let me provide a recent example. In western Turkey in the past week, there has occurred a cluster of earthquakes that appear to be arranged in a distinct grid-pattern (see first attachment). Now, nature does not place earthquakes on a regularly-spaced grid like this, so several folks suggested to me that this might be “proof” of man-made earthquakes, perhaps testing of a quake-generating device (like HAARP, one suggested). Not so fast! Let's look at the data and not jump to conclusions, I said.
I went to the original site for the data, http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/index.php and looked at maps for other earthquakes in Turkey, going back as far as I could in the archival data at the EMSC site (Oct. 1, 2004) then plotting two-years of data to observe the clusters. In brief, I found that all the dense earthquake clusters in Turkey show the grid-pattern, along with quakes in Greece and Italy where there were dense clusters. (See attached.) You can go to this site and see the data that I observed; if you wish, do as I did and plot the data on satellite images of the earth using Google-Earth (see attached).
I spoke to a seismologist about apparent clusters, and he said that this can occur because the computer program which attempts to determine the location of quakes from the raw seismograph data, uses an algorithm that places quakes at certain N-S, E-W grid boxes. Ah! And he informed me that this has been the case for the quake near Reno, Nevada, in 2008 (for example).
So, after all this work, the puzzle is solved as we seek out available data and information – the grid pattern in Turkey last week has a prosaic explanation as due to computer processing.
It takes some time and effort, but digging into the actual data can often resolve questions like this. I have other secondary data and statements from people like Zbigniew Brzezinski and past Secretary of Defense William Cohen regarding the existence of earthquake-generating devices. That is worth pointing out, but it is not the same as doing hands-on experiments with state-of-the-art equipment as is the case with my 9/11 research and my fusion and alternative-energy work.
And this is why I do not say much publicly regarding earthquake-initiation devices. In particular, I do NOT say that earthquakes in Japan or Haiti or Chile were initiated by man-made devices such as HAARP. Nor do I think that the far-distant comet Elenin has anything to do with recent earthquakes on earth (see http://www.space.com/11617-comet-elenin-wimpy-solar-system.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A...).
My general advice: look at the available hard physical evidence and what EXPERIMENTS have actually been done to back up a claim. Check whether there are any peer-reviewed publications (or patents in the case of inventions) that back up the claims. These straightforward steps will help one sort out the wheat from the chaff.