by Capt. David Williams
(deafwhale at gmail.com)
Some Strange Things You Don’t Know About Seaquakes!
Most folks don’t believe seaquakes cause whales to mass beach because they don’t know much about seaquakes. Nor, do they know a whole lot about whales. I want to change all that and pass on what I learned as a sea captain with 50 years of ocean-going experience. By the way, a cargo vessel I was running was hit by a seaquake off the coast of Puerto Rico in 1978 so I know first-hand the powerful shock a pod of whales might have to deal with.
The word seaquake was first coined in the early 1800’s and used to describe violent shaking felt on board a vessel during an earthquake at sea. German Professor Emil Rudolph was the first scientists to study these ship-shaking events in great detail. His research, much of it written in the German language, gives the best accounting of how earthquakes in the seafloor can injure whales and sink ships (1887-part-1) (1887-part-2) (1887-part-3) (1887-part-4) (1895) (1898).
In 1906, after the Great San Francisco earthquake, the newly formed California Earthquake Investigation Commission developed a Seaquake Questionnaire to be used by Captains to report seaquake encounters (link). Newspapers around the world reported ships hit by earthquakes. Online archives are now filled with encounters such as the ones show 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 are about undersea earthquakes. I have over 5,000 handpicked reports stored and am slowing getting them posted on the net (Ships Hit By Seaquakes 1700 – 1899) (Ships Hit By Seaquakes 1900s to present). This stuff is mind blowing. Reading these reports will cause you to wonder just how a pod of diving whales might survive a seaquake. You’ll also be left wondering why such reports are no longer common.
The truth is that the awareness of the seaquake danger is being suppressed. So is the clear association between whale strandings and seaquakes. In fact, I’m almost ready to release my new Ebook entitled US NAVY COVER-UP. It’s is all about how and why the true cause of whale beachings is being kept secret from the public. It’s shocking. If you want a copy, send me an email.
The US Navy has been aware of the seaquake danger since the early 1800s. Several hundred Navy vessels have encountered these events, including 40 to 50 submarines. One of the first encounters with a 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 heavy dreadnaughts (link).
The US Navy first started investigating the intensity of seaquake pressure waves in 1939 (link). They also released a news article in 1962 asking for scientists to help them create artificial seaquakes to use to sink enemy ships and cause the enemy to believe an earthquake sank it. The effort was called “Blue Sky” research (link). 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 is that seaquakes and military sonar cause the exact same type of disabling sinus injuries in diving whales. The resulting barotrauma knocks out their biosonar and causes them to swim blindly onto a beach. This means that if you learn how seaquakes induce sinus barotrauma in whales, you will then know that military sonar, air guns, and explosives do the same.
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 is that seaquakes and military sonar cause the exact same type of disabling sinus injuries in diving whales. The resulting barotrauma knocks out their biosonar and causes them to swim blindly onto a beach. This means that if I teach you how seaquakes induce sinus barotrauma in whales, you will then know how military sonar, air guns, and explosives do the same.
You’ll also come to know in due time that whale 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 whale strandings for 50 years so just keep reading my words and you slowly become a believer.
Another big reason for the US Navy to cover-up 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 supports was a monstrous mistake. The wide horizontal dive planes of the SkipJacks often flapped up and down 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 to the stress placed on the fatigued internal support brackets. The more fatigued the internal supports became, the more vulnerable the wide horizontal dive planes were to the sudden shock waves generated by vertical-thrusting undersea earthquakes, especially extremely shallow reverse-fault events near magnitude six.
The US Navy’s worst nightmare happened 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 US Navy 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 into the propeller, breaking off two blades, and snapping the drive shaft where it connected to the main drive. The 99 US sailors on board were helpless. The sub rolled over several times and continued to spiral to the bottom. The admirals in charge had to lie to the families of the dead 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 hold on to 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 is lots of reasons to think this is just more Navy propaganda.
The Navy, master’s 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 would 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 and 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 Jewish grandmothers are going to 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.
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 grandmothers are going to 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 a quake 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.
Now You’re Ready to Read How Seaquakes Cause Whales To Strand (link).