Tonopah Earthquake

The morning of May 14th I woke up at 4am for no apparent reason.  I do that sometimes and then usually go right back to sleep.  I was just trying to get settled when I felt the bed moving.  I thought my wife was stirring but then I heard the blinds rattling against the window.  As if someone were rocking them.  I looked at my wife and she was sound asleep and the bed was still moving.  This went on for 10 seconds or so and then stopped.

It was an earthquake.  I immediately recalled the last earthquake I had felt.  You see earthquakes are rare in my part of California.  When we feel them, it’s because a strong one has struck elsewhere.  The last one we felt was the Loma Prieta earthquake which was a magnitude of 6.5 on the Richter scale.  This one felt similar so I estimated it was at least a 6.0 earthquake… somewhere.  I thought it was going to be in the San Francisco Bay Area but it turned out to be in Tonopah Nevada, and it was magnitude 6.5.

Interesting.  Tonopah has certainly had some seismic activity over the years but not much.  When the ground moves near Tonopah it’s usually due to the bombing range just to the south of Tonopah at the Tonopah Test Range.  The area is pockmarked with bomb craters.  Including some really big ones caused by ground subsidence from underground nuclear bomb tests.  It’s interesting to note that a hydrogen bomb detonated underground will cause Richter scale readings in the 6.0-7.1 range.  A recent North Korean earthquake was the result of a nuclear test.   These tests can be detected all over the earth since they make the earth’s crust ring like a bell.

I just find the timing of the “earthquake” highly suspect.  The US imposes trade tariffs.  China’s economy starts to collapse.  China somehow becomes the source of a strange new virus.  Now the rest of the world’s economy is in shambles levelling the playing field for China.  Now we have an “earthquake” which can be detected all over the world in a place that is known for testing nuclear bombs.  If you look at the location it’s a perfect place to test one.  Could it be our government sending a message to the world?  If you don’t abide by our treaties then neither will we?

Or it could have been just an earthquake.

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