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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Earthquakes? Aliens? Or something else?

We've had a couple shakes recently including a 4.4 off the coast in far north California, along the Mendocino fault.

I thought I felt another one. So I clicked on my handydandy USGS map and nada.

I pulled up the larger look and ... What's that over there in Nevada? A 4.1? Followed by a flurry of aftershocks? Those are good shakes for an area where nothing ever happens, in an area where the nearest fault (the Furnace Creek Fault) is twenty-five miles or so away.

"Look at that," I said. "Weird."

His nibs looked over my shoulder.

"How close is that to Area 51?" he asked.

... or the Tonopah Test Range, for that matter.

Pull up the earthquake-Nevada map side by side with the Area 51 map.

Line them up. See what I see?

Those earthquakes (a 4.1, 3.2, 2.9, 2.6 &c., all clocking in at approximately 4 miles underground) are clustered off Hwy 95 between Goldfield and Scotty's Junction.

Close enough to spit on the end of the Nellis Air Force Range in Nye County, NV.

What's going on?

Art Bell and George Noory need a headsup, wouldn't you say?

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