A rare M3.1 earthquake has struck the volcanoes next to the famous “AREA 51” base in Southern Nevada.
by Michael Janitch
Do not confuse this with a “UFO crash” (lol!) or a bombing range test — the depth of the earthquake was at over 8km / 5 miles below the surface.
This movement at the ancient volcanic complex next to Area 51 is part of a much larger seismic event underway (currently) on the West coast of the United States.
In addition to the long dormant (extinct) volcanoes next to Area 51 showing activity, we see that the ONLY other locations to have M3.0+ activity are other volcanic locations to the North and South.
The swarm of earthquakes to the North struck Challis Idaho, which is the Westernmost portion of the Yellowstone Magma chamber, and a location where a man was almost killed in geothermal activity a few months ago.
Challis, ID is also the location where the USGS went to install new monitoring equipment after a M5.0+ earthquake struck the location 2 years ago.
To the South of the Area 51 earthquake location , Cerro Prieto volcano showed up with an earthquake swarm as well, topping out at M3.1 in power.
This dormant volcano was forecast to show movement in the most recent earthquake forecast video issued on December 8, 2015.
See the forecast calling for Cerro Prieto volcano to show movement here:
Overall, this seismic unrest at the dormant volcanoes along the West coast was expected.
The locations which are showing movement were all named out in the above forecast video, literally called out each location by name , Central Idaho (Challis), California border (Cerro Prieto), and Western Nevada near the California border.
Information on the AREA 51 earthquake from the USGS:
|Magnitude/uncertainty||3.1 ml± 0.3|
|Location/uncertainty||37.199°N 115.884°W± 1.0 km|
|Depth/uncertainty||8.4 km± 1.7|
|Number of Stations||34|
|Number of Phases||52|
|Minimum Distance||15.92 km (0.14°)|
|Travel Time Residual||0.1868 sec|
|FE Region||Nevada (41)|