by Capt. David Williams
(deafwhale at gmail.com)
Things You Don’t Know About Seaquakes!
Most folks are skeptics. They don’t believe seaquakes can sink ships and submarines and cause whales to beach themselves because they don’t know the shocking truth about seaquakes. Nor, do they know a whole lot about whales or ships. I want to change all that and pass on what I learned as a sea captain with over 50 years of ocean-going experience. By the way, a cargo vessel I was running for Global Marine was hit by a seaquake off the coast of Puerto Rico in May 1978 so I know first-hand just how scary a seaquake encounter can be.
Starting in the 1700’s and ending in about 1940, newspapers around the world reported ships hit by earthquakes and other undersea upheavals. Online archives are filled with violent encounters such as the ones shown on this list (link). You can find another 2000+ eyewitness reports of submarine upheavals at this (link). Here’s a different (link) with over 12,000 reports from sailors telling you all about undersea earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. I have over 5,000 handpicked reports from other sources that I am slowing getting posted on the net (Ships Hit By Seaquakes 1700 – 1899) (Ships Hit By Seaquakes 1900s to present). This stuff is mind blowing to average citizen today because most have never read anything about seaquakes. Reading these reports will convince you that there must be some sort of cover-up in place today. There are just as many earthquakes at sea and 10 times more ship, but only rarely do we hear of a seaquake/vessel encounter. If there was no cover-up, we’d being hearing about some nasty seaquake almost every week.
Reading these old newspaper reports will convince you that there must be some strange cover-up in place. There are just as many earthquakes at sea and 10 times more ship today, but only rarely do we hear of a seaquake/vessel encounter. If there was no media cover-up, we’d being hearing about a nasty seaquake hitting a boat, submarine, or pod of whales almost every week.
The truth is that the awareness of the seaquake danger to shipping and whales is being purposefully suppressed. In fact, my new E- book, entitled “US NAVY COVER-UP” will be ready to distribute in a few months. It explains how a seaquake sank the USS Scorpion and why certain interest wants you in the dark. The truth is shocking. If you want to read it, send me an email. I’ll let you know when it’s ready to release.
The US, British, and Australian navies have been fully aware of the seaquake danger since the early 1800s. Several hundred US Navy vessels have encountered these events, including 40 to 50 submarines. One of the first encounters with a US Navy vessel in the public records occurred in 1852 off the coast of Vancouver Island (link). One of the most notable encounters happened in 1918 when a seaquake shook the entire sixth fleet of Admiral Rodman’s heavy dreadnaughts (link).
This much I can prove. The US Navy first started investigating the intensity of seaquake pressure waves in 1939 (link). In 1940, they wanted to set off a nuclear explosion just offshore and generate a monstrous tsunami wave to destroy enemy coastal cities. They want to know all about using explosives to mimic seaquakes. This effort was called Project Seal. The US Navy also released a news article in 1962 asking for scientists to help them create artificial undersea earthquakes to use to sink enemy ships so their adversaries would believe an earthquake sank it. This geophysical warfare effort was called “Blue Sky” research (link). This just the tip of the iceberg–there is so much information that it becomes overwhelming.
The Navy also knows that seaquakes cause whales to strand, but, as I say above, there’s a cover-up in place for many reasons. One reason is that seaquakes and military sonar cause the exact same type of disabling sinus injuries in diving whales. The resulting sinus barotrauma knocks out their biosonar and causes them to swim blindly onto a beach. This means that if you learn how seaquakes sink ships and induce sinus barotrauma in whales, you will then know that military sonar, air guns, and explosives do the exact same thing.
You’ll also come to know in due time that scientists have been lying to you for decades. Just don’t lock your brain and start thinking I’m some kind of nut. I’ve been studying mysterious ship losses and whale strandings for 50 years so just keep reading my words and you slowly become a believer.
It’s not so much that the US Navy is trying to cover-up whale strandings. The main reason the Navy does not want you to know about the dangers of seaquakes is to hide the stupid mistake they made in designing and building the six Skipjack-class nuclear attack submarines. In the 1950s, they wanted the fastest, quick turning, most silent attack submarine money could buy so they came up with the Skipjack design with its wide stern diving planes. The upper and lower external support struts that were normally used to hold such wide horizontal appendages during fast maneuvers were omitted from the design because they generated bubble noise (cavitation) and reduced the top speed by a few knots.
Removing these external supports was a monstrous mistake. The wide horizontal dive planes on the SkipJacks often flapped up and down slowly like some giant prehistoric bird lifting off the ground. The internal supports could not take the working stresses and started to show signs of metal fatigue in crucial areas. The Skipjacks also suffered a lot of shaft and propeller vibrations that added vibratory stress to the already fatigued internal support brackets. The more stress-weakened the internal brackets became, the more vulnerable the horizontal diving wings were to sudden shock waves generated by vertical-thrusting undersea earthquakes, especially an extremely shallow reverse-fault event near magnitude six.
The US Navy’s worst nightmare come true in May 1968.
The USS Scorpion, a Skipjack with 107 unfilled repair orders and long overdue for her major overhaul, disappeared while sailing a few miles south of the Azore Islands, near the Azores Triple Junction, one of the most seismically-active areas on Earth. It didn’t take long for the admirals to figure out that Scorpion was hit by a seismic shock wave that smashed into her wide stress-weakened diving planes, snapping the internal supports holding the starboard plane. Once loosened, the plane was then washed by the rushing water back into the propeller, breaking off two blades, and snapping the propeller shaft where it connected to the main drive. The 99 US sailors on board were helpless. The sub rolled over several times and spiraled to the bottom. The admirals in charge had to lie to the families of the dead sailors and to the public. The main reason was because they had five other Skipjacks in service that would have to be decommissioned if their vulnerability to seaquakes ever became public knowledge. Under no circumstances could the Navy’s top brass keep their jobs with such embarrassment.
To make matters even worse, the wreckage was likely leaking radiation onto the fishing grounds of the Azores and probably still is today. The Navy says this is not true, but there are lots of reasons to think otherwise.
The Navy, masters at press manipulation, pumped out confusing news reports left and right and stalled around until they finally came up with a job-saving plan. In case the truth came out, they would pretend that they did not know that a seaquake could snap off a wide diving plane that was almost ready to fall off on its own. They didn’t want to sound completely stupid about seaquakes so they decided to kick off a new research program to supposedly discover how seaquakes could sink nuclear submarines. But they would also continue to cover-up the seaquake connection. If they could keep it quiet, then there’d be no reason to reveal the seaquake research project. In other words, if the truth leaked out, they’d say they didn’t know the real danger. It was a weak excuse, but it was all they could think up. If the seaquake connection never leaked, they’d bury the unclassified seaquake research in the basement of the Pentagon and no one would ever know the truth.
In December 1968, after examining 10,000 photographs of the wrecked Scorpion lying on the bottomed, the US Navy initiated a $2.7 million dollar study called OVERPRESSURES DUE TO EARTHQUAKES PROJECT (link). The pictures of the wreck sitting on the bottom revealed that the wide, unsupported starboard diving plane was missing and they knew why. This meant the other five Skipjacks needed to be decommissioned. But taking an entire class of submarine out of services was just too much for the admirals to swallow. Instead, they came up with a second backup plan. They paid Scripps Institution in San Diego to develop a Seaquake Hazards Chart so that the other five Skipjacks could avoid earthquake-prone areas. They’d known for decades where the earthquake danger zones were located so this was just more cover-up in case the admirals were called in front of Congress. The OVERPRESSURES PROJECT was finished in 1972 but not distributed. Bottom line, the US Navy does not want you to know that a major seaquake could sink a modern nuclear attack submarine loaded with nuclear weapons. In fact, they want you to believe seaquakes are harmless to submarines, surface ships, and to pods of diving whales.
And, neither does the oil industry want you to know that an undersea earthquake could snap one of a thousand large pipes that carry crude oil from several hundred miles offshore to refineries on land. Just such a pipeline burst only a few days ago and in now spreading oil all over Southern California beaches (link).
One seafloor upheaval in the wrong place could coat a hundred miles of pristine beach with black crude and cost a billion dollars to clean up. A strong quake under a loaded oil tanker or natural gas carrier could be even worst. In fact, seismic shock waves sinking oil tankers is nothing new. Here’s a (link) to a report about how a seaquake turned an oil tanker into scrap metal. Naturally, the oil industry and the Navy want you in the dark, even about why whales mass strand. And so does the cruise ship industry. How many people will not take a cruise if they think a seaquake can sink their ship? Even the owners of cargo vessels have ordered their captains to stop reporting seaquake encounters because they could be sued if they sold the boat a few years later without disclosing the prior run-in with a seaquake. Just like with a building hit by an earthquake, the resale/loan value of a ship plummets if there’s a public record that it was hit by an earthquake at sea.
And just in case you still think I’m off my rocker, read this report (link) released by top NASA physicists at Goddard Space Flight Center. They studied two 7.5 mag. seaquakes and determined the shock front from both events approached 100,000 pounds per square inch (6000 kilobars). A shock wave of that magnitude is enough to sink any nuclear submarine even with strong supports on her diving planes. On the other hand, a 1971 study financed by the US Navy (link) estimated shocks of an average seaquake at about 250 pounds per square inch. There’s a big difference between 100,000 psi and 250 psi. Read both and tell me whether you believe the physicist paid by the Navy or the ones working for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
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