Could the U.S. Government be Causing Strange Earthquakes?

I'm definitely not a person who normally spends time trying to dispute conspiracy theories. I don't believe the U.S. Government was secretely behind 9/11, I don't believe the Illuminati killed Michael Jackson or Tupac Shakur, and I'm highly sceptical that there is any connection between the CIA and the origin of HIV/AIDS. However, the recent string of middle to large-sized Earthquakes in North America has caught my attention. Many people believe the U.S. Government is responsible for some of these incidents, including Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who publicly stated that he believes the U.S. Navy accidently caused the 2010 Haiti Earthquake using experimental weapons. I realize the relationship between the U.S. and Chavez has been a very rocky one, with lots of finger-pointing from both sides over the years. But being a California resident myself, and noticing the strange happenings in my area in correlation with quakes elsewhere, I thought I should dig a little deeper and at least give Chavez a few minutes of my time to see if there could possibly be any weight to his accusation.

I've been living in the San Francisco Bay Area for about 7 years, since 2003. Up until 2010, the only time I had ever experienced an earthquake was in San Jose on October 30, 2007. On the week of January 3, 2010, we experienced a string of earthquakes in this area that I had never experienced before. The first one was a 4.1 on the Richter Scale and occured in Milpitas, just outside of San Jose. The second one was a 2.5 on January 9th, which also had it's epicenter in Milpitas. The third one happened on January 10th and was much larger, measuring at 6.5 on the Richter Scale and occuring north of the Bay Area in Eureka, near Humboldt County. This one left significant damage, last estimated to be around $28 million.

On January 12th, just two days later, the 2010 Haiti Earthquake occured. This was the one Hugo Chavez claimed the U.S. Navy had caused. It was a 7.0 with massive damage occuring and a huge loss of life. The death toll numbers range between 100,000 and 250,000.

On January 14th, less than two days later, a series of quakes occured in the southeastern California desert region, with an initial 3.5 sized quake, followed by a 3.2, another 3.2, and then a 3.4. Then a day later, on January 15th, it happened again in the same exact area. The second time, the initial quake was a 4.4, which was followed by three more quakes of 3.5, 3.0, and 3.6. On the first day the earthquakes were centered 6 miles outside of Coso Junction in Inyo County. On the second day they were centered a little closer to Coso Junction, about 75 miles to the northeast of Bakersfield, California.

But the California desert wasn't the only place earthquakes occured on January 15th. On the same day, Venezuela suffered a 5.6 earthquake, which was unusual since Venezuela doesn't have earthquakes very often. I decided to do a little research and discovered that the last earthquake Venezuela had was a 6.9 on September 12, 2009, in which 7 people were injured. The news articles I read stated that it was the largest earthquake in Venezuela in recent years. Oklahoma also had a shaker on January 15th, registering as a 4.0. These quakes were overshadowed in the media by the Haiti one, due to the loss of life that occured in Haiti.

Then, on February 27th, only a month after the Haiti Earthquake, both Chile and Japan experienced earthquakes on the same day. In Japan, a 7.0 quake hit the coast of Okinawa, though little damage occured. Japan was put on a Tsunami warning, which was later cancelled. In Chile, a massive 8.8 tremblor struck, killing over 700 people and making it the largest one to hit Chili since 1960.

The same day, Oklahoma had another one about 44 miles Northeast of Oklahoma City, measuring as a 4.4 on the Richter Scale.

Japan then experienced another earthquake on March 14, 2010, in which a 6.6 quake occured off the coast again, this time it was centered near Fukushima, 130 miles northeast of Tokyo.

After that, a month had passed, and there was some relative peace and quiet for awhile. At least until a giant 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit along the Mexico-California border, which became known as the 2010 Mexicali Earthquake. It was the largest earthquake to hit California since 1992.

Now many will say that earthquakes are common around the world. As a Californian myself, I'm well aware of this since I've visited the USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) site many times to see how many quakes happen in California every week. However, majority of the quakes that occured in early 2010 were rare for the sheer sizes they were. We can't feel majority of shakes that occur beneath our feet, but most of the ones that hit in 2010 were felt.

I decided to do a little investigating after all of this, and came across many conspiracy theorist websites in relation to the U.S. Government and earthquakes. There seems to be a lot of conspiracy theorist groups focusing on a particular government program called HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program), which is based out of an isolated area in Gakona, Alaska. The program apparently began in 1990 and it's supposed purpose is to study the electrical properties of the ionosphere, a layer of the atmosphere just before you reach the exosphere or outerspace. Interestingly enough, the program was setup by the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy, and they openly admit this on their website's homepage. Their reasons for creating the program and for studying the ionosphere are all militarily-focused. They state one of their reasons for having the program is to find ways to use the ionosphere's electrical energy to wipe out radio communications over a large area. Another purpose would be to use it to probe the surface of the earth using tomography to find natural resources such as oil, gas, and minerals.

Now I'm no scientist, but I don't see how conspiracy theorists are connecting this program to earthquakes. It seems to be focused on radio waves and electrical pulses, not seismic activity. I've even read many articles where theorists are stating they believe the Government wants to use HAARP to affect the weather and jetstreams. I think some of this is really over the top, and I see no relation between these accusations and the Government's explanation for having the program. So after reading all of this, I couldn't confirm any connections between the U.S. Government and earthquakes. But then I started to dig around some more on the internet, and what I found was particularly interesting.

DARPA (The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) is the Research and Development agency for the U.S. Military. This is the agency that researches and designs most of the U.S. Military's top secret weapons. I decided to google a bit more to determine what relationship, if any, HAARP and DARPA share. HAARP apparently receives much of it's funding from DARPA, for a side project called HAND (High Altitude Nuclear Detonations). So there does seem to be a connection between HAARP and land weaponry in relation to the ionosphere. In addition to this, DARPA specifically has a branch that is dedicated to studying earthquakes, the Center for Seismic Studies, located in Arlington, Virginia. Now I'll say it again, I'm not one who normally gives credit to conspiracy theorists and their wacky accusations, but it does seem peculiar that the U.S. Government specifically assigned a branch of DARPA to study earthquakes, when they already have the USGS to do that. Could the Center for Seismic Studies be supplying information about earthquakes to HAARP, specifically for military purposes? You be the judge.





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