Did NW Meteor Cause
Earthquake, Power Outage?
By Michael Goodspeed
On the evening of Saturday, March 12th, a fireball was seen in the sky by residents ranging from southern Oregon to Seattle, WA. The time of the sighting was a few minutes before 8 PM PST. At approximately the same time, a 3.3 magnitude earthquake occurred nearby Olympia, WA. Just a few minutes later, a large power outage left thousands of Seattle residents without electricity for approximately an hour and a half.
According to all mainstream news reports, the three events have no correlation. But interestingly, this is the not the first time I've noticed an earthquake occurring simultaneous to a meteor sighting.
On June 3, 2004, at 2:40 AM, a meteor exploded over Puget Sound, WA. At PRECISELY 2:40 AM on the same morning, a 1.6 earthquake occurred in the same area. Full story:
How can this be? Conventional science draws no correlation between these seemingly unrelated events. That is because they have yet to recognize that meteors and other bodies in space, including our Earth, are charged bodies. The critical question of how these bodies can interact has yet to be addressed.
As meteors move through the electric field of the earth, it is not unreasonable to expect that energetic effects could disturb both tectonic plates and electrical power systems. The intriguing "coincidences" cited above are not coincidences in the minds of Electric Universe proponents.
Here now are two exceprts from the Thunderbolts Picture of the Day that help shed light on these issues:
Feb. 9, 2005: Electric Meteorites?
We tend to think of the advance of scientific knowledge as a cumulative activity. A careless acceptance of this plausible thought will cause us to blink at the side steps that intermittently redirect the attention of scientists. There are times when the emergence of knowledge slows, and stops, and re-emerges some distance away in another form. New facts can transform old facts into different facts. New insights can transform old truths into falsehoods. We look at a familiar object and in the midst of our gaze it becomes strange.
Opportunity, one of the roving robots on Mars, discovered this meteorite lying on Mars' chilly ground. It looks like many similar meteorites discovered on the warm soils of Earth. It's familiar. We know nearly all that can be known about it. It's not scientifically interesting. Opportunity took a few photos and some samples for future analysis, and then it returned to its examination of the fallen heat shield.
But "all that can be known" depends not only on the nature of the object to be known but also on the awareness of the knower. The knowledge of meteors arises from an understanding of gravity and friction, of solids and gasses. As we become aware that 99 percent of the universe is plasma, the insight is born that astronomical bodies might obey the laws of electricity instead of gravity. When we become aware that plasma self-organizes into filaments and cells, the possibility is born that new knowledge might arise from the understanding of circuits and discharges. The question is no longer "Do we have an explanation?" but "Do we have an explanation that takes plasma into account?"
Plasma circuits flow between galaxies and within galaxies. The currents light the stars and energize phenomena in the sheaths around stars. Planets orbit within those sheaths and are coupled to the stellar circuits. How much of familiar planetary phenomena that have been explained with familiar concepts of gravity and mechanics are actually electrical? Only empirical tests can distinguish which is the case.
Do meteors burn up from air friction or from electrical discharges sparked by short-circuiting a double layer? Are the streaks of light hot air or lightning? Are the noises shock waves or electrically transduced sounds? Are meteorites etched by friction or by electrical discharge machining? Are they slowed to a soft landing by air resistance or by electrical forces? Why do we find meteorites where there are no craters and craters where there are no meteorites? Is "impact" an obsolete idea to be replaced with "arc scar?"
With the awareness of plasma, all phenomena become new and all explanations must be reconsidered. Meteors and meteorites again become interesting. And Opportunity will need to turn back to the lump of iron lying on Meridiani Planum with new questions to ask and new tests to perform. (Link: From
Mar. 2, 2005: The Electric Earth
The Earth is an electrified body, moving in a plasma. We who stand on its surface are seldom aware of its electrical properties. That's because we live in balance with the Earth's electric field. Similarly, a bird on an electric wire has no idea that high-energy currents of electricity are flowing beneath her feet. But she might notice the hums and crackles that are side effects of that current.
Like the high-tension wire, our Earth produces hums and crackles as it responds to surges of power in the electric currents of space. Perhaps the most obvious sparks are the auroras, as seen in the above picture taken from the International Space Station in April 2003.
The complex patterns of electric currents and magnetic fields surrounding the Earth are how the Earth's electric charge adjusts to the Sun's electric field. These electrical phenomena were a complete surprise, discovered by satellites launched by astronomers who expected to find the Earth isolated from the rest of the universe by featureless vacuum. Instead, they found the near-Earth environs alive with energetic activity.
Other electrical sparks that the Earth produces go unnoticed because we have lived with them so long that we think we know what causes them. Many meteorological phenomena are electrically driven. We've always thought of lightning as electrical, and now we're beginning to realize that we can think of tornadoes and hurricanes as electrical phenomena, too. But less spectacular weather conditions like dust devils and waterspouts are also electrically driven, as are larger weather patterns, the jet streams and El Niño.
Earthquakes can be induced by pumping electricity into the Earth, and natural quakes are often accompanied by or preceded by electrical glows called earthquake lights and radio frequency static. Volcanoes are often accompanied by copious amounts of lightning. No one died from the lava flows or cinder bombs during the decade- long eruptions of Paricutin in Mexico, but three people were killed by its lightning.
All of the Earth sciences could profit from asking the question: How do the discoveries of Earth's unexpected electrical environment affect our discipline? How many concepts have been overlooked because until a few decades ago no one suspected that Earth is an electrified body moving through a plasma?
From Michael Goodspeed
Dear Jeff,
I've received this email from Wal Thornhill (, offering some helpful feedback on my story, "Did NW Meteor Cause Earthquake and Power Outage?"
His comments below:
In my view, earthquakes are an electrical phenomenon. The Earth is electrified beneath the surface as well as at the surface and can suffer "underground lightning." That causes most earthquakes, I believe.
To have a good argument for the fireball as the cause of the other effects I would like to see the precise timing of each event. I would also be interested to see if any anomalous signals were picked up by sferics stations or any other electromagnetic monitoring of the atmosphere. I say that because to be the cause of the earthquake the fireball must discharge to the Earth in some fashion. That would result in a radio signal similar to that of lightning or sprites.
William Corliss in his Sourcebook Project collected reports of "Earthquakes and Electricity" which would be useful to examine. For example in an early report from the Journal of Science, 20:7, 1884, by Arthur Parnell we find that from 490 earthquake cases, 156 were associated with thunder, detonations and rumblings, 73 with meteors, and 15 with lightning flashes that had nothing to do with thunderstorms.
Ian Tresman, I think, hosts the Sourcebook project and may be able to dig up some useful info for you. I think the earthquake is a good candidate but the electrical outage would need to be looked at carefully.




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