Please Place Evidence of the 7 of 10 Plate Movements Here

Kojima had created small snips of Konstantin's animation of the 7 of 10 Plate Movements.

Here is the full 7 of 10 Animation by Konstantin.

This blog is the place to document ongoing earth changes related to the 7 of 10  plate movements as described by the Zetas.

ZetaTalk: 7 of 10 Sequence
written October 16, 2010

The 7 of 10 scenarios describe plate movements, and for this to occur something has to release the deadlock, the current stalemate where the plates are locked against each other. Once the deadlock is broken and the plates start moving, sliding past each other, new points where the plates are locked against each other develop, but these are weaker locks than the one at present. The current lock, as we have so often stated, is the Indo-Australian Plate which is being driven under the Himalayans. This is no small lock, as the height of the Himalayans attests. Nevertheless, the activity in this region shows this likely to be the first of the 7 of 10 scenarios to manifest. Bangladesh is sinking and the Coral Sea is rising, showing the overall tipping of the Indo-Australian Plate. Now Pakistan is sinking and not draining its floods as it should, while Jakarta on the tongue of Indonesia is also sinking rapidly, showing that the tilt that will allow Indonesia to sink has already started.

Meanwhile, S America is showing signs of a roll to the west. Explosions on islands just to the north of the S American Plate occurred recently, on Bonaire and Trinidad-Tobago, and the Andes are regularly being pummeled. There is a relationship. As the Indo-Australia Plate lifts and slides, this allows the Pacific plates to shift west, which allows S America to shift west also. This is greatly increased by the folding of the Mariana Trench and the Philippine Plate. But it is the Indo-Australian Plate that gives way to incite change in these other plates, and this is what is manifesting now to those closely following the changes. Once the folding of the Pacific has occurred, Japan has been destabilized. We are not allowed to give a time frame for any of these plate movements, but would point out that it is not until the North Island of Japan experiences its strong quakes that a tsunami causing sloshing near Victoria occurs. There are clues that the New Madrid will be next.

Where the N American continent is under great stress, it has not slipped because it is held in place on both sides. The Pacific side holds due to subduction friction along the San Andreas, and the Atlantic side holds due to the Atlantic Rift's reluctance to rip open. What changes this dynamic? When S America rolls, almost in step with the folding Pacific, it tears the Atlantic Rift on the southern side. This allows Africa freedom to move and it rolls too, dropping the Mediterranean floor above Algeria. What is holding the N American continent together has thus eased, so that when the Japan adjustments are made, there is less holding the N American continent in place than before, and the New Madrid gives way. We are also not allowed to provide the time frame between the Japan quakes and New Madrid. Other than the relationship in time between the New Madrid and the European tsunami, no time frame can be given. The sequence of events is, thus:

  • a tipping Indo-Australia Plate with Indonesia sinking,
  • a folding Pacific allowing S America to roll,
  • a tearing of the south Atlantic Rift allowing Africa to roll and the floor of the Mediterranean to drop,
  • great quakes in Japan followed by the New Madrid adjustment,
  • which is followed almost instantly by the tearing of the north Atlantic Rift with consequent European tsunami.



Tipping Indo-Australia Plate with Indonesia sinking,

Folding Pacific


South American Roll


African Roll


Japan Quakes

New Madrid

European Tsunami


Due to the slowing of the 7 of 10 plate movements by the Council of Worlds the impact of some of the events described above will be lessened.

The Zetas explain:

ZetaTalk: Pace Slowed

Written May 19, 2012

The effect of the thousands of humming boxes placed along fault lines and plate borders can be seen in several incidents that have occurred since the start of the 7 of 10 plate movements. The lack of tsunami during the 7 of 10 sinking of the Sunda Plate is one such example. We predicted at the start of the 7 of 10 scenarios in late 2010 that the Sunda Plate sinking would occur within 2-3 weeks, yet it dragged on through 2011. At the time we had predicted tsunami on the Sunda Plate, in general equivalent in height to the loss of elevation for a coastline. None of this occurred due to the slower pace. 

The pace of mountain building in S America, where slowed, has still resulted in rumpling up and down the Andes, and stretch zone accidents likewise in lands to the east of the Andes. The shape of S America has clearly changed. Will the islands in the Caribbean be spared? At some point, as with the magnitude 7.9 quake in Acapulco on March 2, 2012 a significant adjustment will need to occur, and this will include depressing the Caribbean Plate so it tilts, sinking the islands and lands on that portion of the plate to the degree predicted. But the S American roll will likely continue to avoid the magnitude 8 quakes we originally predicted in deference to slow rumpling mountain building. The African roll was anticipated to be a silent roll in any case, so the slowed pace would not affect the outcome.

Will the slowed pace prevent the 7 of 10 scenarios for the Northern Hemisphere? Bowing of the N American continent has reached the point of pain, with breaking rock booming from coast to coast, but still there have been no significant quakes in the New Madrid area. Yet this is past due, and cannot be held back indefinitely. What has and will continue to occur for the Northern Hemisphere scenarios are silent quakes for Japan, which has already experienced drastic subduction under the north island of Hokkaido where mountain building is occurring as a rumple rather than a jolt. However, the anticipated New Madrid adjustment cannot be achieved without trauma. But this could potentially occur in steps and stages such that any European tsunami would be significantly lessened.

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ZetaTalk , Written March 10, 2012

 What happens when the pace of plate movement is slowed? The likelihood of tsunami is definitely reduced, as can be seen in the sinking on the Sunda Plate. The sinking occurred, and is almost complete, yet the possibility of tsunami we predicted for various regions on the Sunda Plate were avoided. The height and force of a tsunami is directly related to the degree of displacement in the sea floor, and if this happens in steps rather than all at once the displacement will be less for any given step.

This bodes well for the European tsunami. If the Council of Worlds is still imposing a slower pace on the 7 of 10 plate movements, this tsunami will definitely be lessened. The tear in the North Atlantic will be slight, each time. The amount of water pouring into this void will be less, each time. And the rebound toward the UK will likewise be less, each time. But our prediction is the worst case situation, and it also reflects what the Earth changes, unabated, would produce.

But what does a slower pace do to land masses where jolting quakes are expected? Does this reduce the overall magnitude of the quakes anticipated? Large magnitude quakes result when a catch point along plate borders is highly resistant, but snapping of rock finally results. Usually there is one place, the epicenter, where this catch point resides and a long distance along the plate border where smaller quakes have prepared the border for easy movement. A point of resistance within the body of a plate, such as the New Madrid, can likewise resist and suddenly give.

There is no way to lessen the resistance at these catch points, though the tension that accompanies such points can be reduced so that the quake itself is delayed. What this means for a slower 7 of 10 pace is that large magnitude quakes will be spread apart in time, and their relationship to our predictions thus able to be camouflaged by the establishment. Where sinking (such as the Caribbean Island of Trinidad) or spreading apart (such as to the west of the Mississippi River) are to occur, these land changes will eventually arrive. But like the sinking of the Sunda Plate, a slower pace unfortunately allows the cover-up time to maneuver and develop excuses.

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Increase bow stress animation


Visualization of different generations of EarthScope Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO) network (consisting of over 1100 GPS stations, as well as other instruments) velocity solutions from UNAVCO using the Generic Mapping Tools (Wessel and Smith, 1989)

Image Credit: Thorsten W Becker, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Increase of earthquakes in United States

Cumulative number of earthquakes with a magnitude of 3.0 or larger in the central and eastern United States, 1973-2015. The rate of earthquakes began to increase starting around 2009 and accelerated in 2013-2014. Source:

Within the central and eastern United States, the number of earthquakes has increased dramatically over the past few years. Between the years 1973–2008, there was an average of 21 earthquakes of magnitude three and larger in the central and eastern United States. This rate jumped to an average of 99 M3+ earthquakes per year in 2009–2013, and the rate continues to rise. In 2014, alone, there were 659 M3 and larger earthquakes. Most of these earthquakes are in the magnitude 3–4 range, large enough to have been felt by many people, yet small enough to rarely cause damage. There were reports of damage from some of the larger events, including the M5.6 Prague, Oklahoma earthquake and the M5.3 Trinidad, Colorado earthquake. Source:

Within the central and eastern United States, the number of earthquakes has increased dramatically over the past few years. Between the years 1973–2008, there was an average of 21 earthquakes of magnitude three and larger in the central and eastern United States. This rate jumped to an average of 99 M3+ earthquakes per year in 2009–2013, and the rate continues to rise. In 2014, alone, there were 659 M3 and larger earthquakes. Most of these earthquakes are in the magnitude 3–4 range, large enough to have been felt by many people, yet small enough to rarely cause damage. There were reports of damage from some of the larger events, including the M5.6 Prague, Oklahoma earthquake and the M5.3 Trinidad, Colorado earthquake.

Cumulative number of earthquakes with a magnitude of 3.0 or larger in the central and eastern United States, 1970–2016. The long-term rate of approximately 29 earthquakes per year increased sharply starting around 2009. Source:

Saltwater injection-related Earthquakes over time. (Credit: Matt Weingarten/UC-Boulder)

Earthquakes associated with saltwater-injection in 1975 and 2015. (Credit: Matt Weingarten/UC-Boulder)

Earthquakes since 1975. Bars in red are associated in time with saltwater injection while those in gray are not. (Credit: Matt Weingarten/UC Boulder) Source:

Virginia Tech Seismological Observatory report. Source: Virginia Tech Seismological Observatory

Researchers at VTSO first developed an interest in induced seismicity after using the EarthScope transportable array (TA) of seismic stations to study wave propagation in the central United States. The TA is an array of 400 stations placed 70 km apart that started on the western side of the United States and has been leap-frogging across the country every two years. In 2010 and 2011, the TA was in the central US, where it collected data for many of the events in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas. The TA is providing a very unique opportunity to study seismicity in parts of the country that don't usually have enough seismic stations for very accurate research. With the TA now in the east, VTSO wanted to look at earthquakes in West Virginia and Ohio that seemed to be induced by wastewater disposal.

Fig. 4: Oklahoma earthquakes (red) and disposal wells (black)

Oklahoma earthquakes increasing induced seismicity man-made earthquakes
Fig. 5: The number of Oklahoma earthquakes increases dramatically after 2009 (graph is updated daily using ANSS data)
Fig. 10: Ohio and West Virginia earthquakes (red = USGS locations; green = VTSO locations) and disposal wells (black)
Fig. 11: Earthquakes in Ohio and West Virginia spiked in 2010, decreased in 2012 and spiked again in 2013 and 2014 (graph is updated daily using ANSS data)

Arkansas Earthquakes

Kansas earthquakes
Fig. 12: Arkansas earthquakes (red) and wastewater disposal wells (black).
Arkansas earthquakes
Fig. 13: Earthquakes in Arkansas spiked in 2011 and then again in 2013 (graph is updated daily using ANSS data)

Kansas Earthquakes

Kansas earthquakes
Fig. 14: Kansas earthquakes (red) and wastewater disposal wells (black). Click here for an interactive map of Kansas earthquakes and wells.
Kansas earthquakes
Fig. 15: Earthquakes in Kansas have been increasing in number and magnitude since late 2013 (graph is updated daily using ANSS data)

Colorado Earthquakes

Fig. 16: Colorado earthquakes (red), but no wastewater disposal well data.
Fig. 17: Earthquakes in Colorado (graph is updated daily using ANSS data)

New Mexico Earthquakes

Fig. 18: New Mexico earthquakes (red), but no wastewater disposal well data.
Fig. 19: Earthquakes in New Mexico (graph is updated daily using ANSS data)

Texas Earthquakes

Fig. 20: Texas earthquakes (red), but no wastewater disposal well data.
Fig. 21: Earthquakes in Texas spiked in 2011 and then again in 2013 (graph is updated daily using ANSS data)


A study of the recent earthquakes that occurred in Ohio from 1990 to 2011 shows that the number has been increasing since the turn of the century and continues to do so. The data can be found on the Ohio Department of Natural Resource website:


Man-made earthquakes increasing in central and eastern U.S., study finds

For the first time, the U.S. Geological Survey has unveiled a map of earthquakes thought to be triggered by human activity in the eastern and central United States.

Oklahoma is by far the worst-hit state recently, according to the USGS study released Thursday. The state last year had more earthquakes magnitude 3 or higher than California, part of a huge increase recorded in recent years.

Seismic activity in Texas near the Dallas-Fort Worth area has also increased substantially recently. Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico and Ohio have all experienced more frequent quakes in the last year.

All of the areas highlighted on the map “are located near deep fluid injection wells or other industrial activities capable of inducing earthquakes,” the study said.

Mark Petersen, chief of the USGS' National Seismic Hazard Project, said the pattern of increased quakes is troubling.

“These earthquakes are occurring at a higher rate than ever before, and pose a much greater risk and threat to people living nearby,” Petersen said.


How Virginia is preparing for the next quake

State geologists compiled historical accounts of earthquakes recorded before 1964 and data from modern seismometers to compose an earthquake history of Virginia. Source:

USGS. 2013. “Earthquake Archive Search & URL Builder.” On this data portal, I searched for magnitude 2.0 or greater earthquakes using 1980-01-01 12:01:00 as the starting time and 2013-12-31` 11:59:59 as the ending time. I searched for a rectangle that approximated the State of Missouri, using 40.4891° as the northern boundary, 36.4985° as the southern boundary, -91.6478° as the western boundary, and -89.0994 as the eastern boundary. I selected this eastern boundary, even though it included some of Illinois, because I wanted to capture the portion of the New Madrid Zone in Missouri. I selected this western boundary, even though it omitted portions of Northwest Missouri because I wanted to omit the recent earthquake swarm in Oklahoma. I omitted the Illinois earthquakes from the data reported above, though they are shown on the map. Source:

Alaska shook from record number of earthquakes in 2014

13 January, 2015. Alaska experienced a busy year underground in 2014, according to experts who record the state's earthquakes.

The Alaska Earthquake Information Center detected 40,686 quakes in the state and bordering parts of Canada, significantly more that the previous high of nearly 32,000 in 2003, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.

In 2013, 28,000 earthquakes were detected with the center's seismometer network.

"We've blown away those benchmarks," said state seismologist Michael West. "There's never been a year where we identified 40,000 earthquakes in a year." Source:

Time-lapse video animation of earthquakes in and around Arizona from 1852 to 2011. The apparent increase in seismic events in the latter part of the 20th century and early 21st century stems from improved seismic monitoring.  It is interesting to see where the most earthquakes occur.

Arizona earthquake numbers saw a large increase in 2011

11 April, 2011. According to the Arizona Geological Survey, 131 earthquakes were detected in 2011 compared with 53 in 2010. That was twice as many as in 2009 and about a third more than in 2008. Most of the earthquakes were in the northwestern part of the state. The Yuma area was also shaken by earthquakes associated with the Gulf of California Rift Zone. <...>


Increase in earthquakes may be tied to groundwater pumping

For years, scientists have wondered what are the forces that keep pushing up California's mighty Sierra Nevada and central coast ranges, causing an increase in the number of earthquakes in parts of Central California.

On Wednesday, a group of scientists offered a new intriguing theory: that the quakes are being caused in part by pumping of groundwater in the Central Valley.

“These results suggest that human activity may give rise to a gradual increase in the rate of earthquake occurrence,” said the study published in the journal Nature Wednesday, written by scientists at Western Washington University, University of Ottawa, University of Nevada, Reno and UC Berkeley. <...> Source:

Earthquake possible along new fault zone near Victoria say scientists

9 March, 2016. The Devil's Mountain Faults, indicated here by a red line, is actually made up of a series of faults that run from Washington to Victoria.

B.C. megathrust earthquake could rupture like a zipper, expert says

Seismologists in B.C. have confirmed the existence of a fault only five kilometres south of Victoria, giving South Coast residents one more thing to worry about when preparing for earthquakes.

It's called the Devil's Mountain Fault Zone and it's actually made up of a series of faults that run from Washington state to Victoria, running much closer to the B.C. capital than the point where the Juan de Fuca plate meets the North American plate, which scientists have predicted for decades will result in the 'Big One.' Source:

Risk of big earthquake on San Andreas fault rises after quake swarm at Salton Sea

1 October, 2016. The rumbling started Monday morning deep under the Salton Sea. A rapid succession of small earthquakes — three measuring above magnitude 4.0 — began rupturing near Bombay Beach, continuing for more than 24 hours. Before the swarm started to fade, more than 200 earthquakes had been recorded.

The temblors were not felt over a very large area, but they have garnered intense interest — and concern — among seismologists. It marked only the third time since earthquake sensors were installed there in 1932 that the area had seen such a swarm, and this one had more earthquakes than the events of 2001 and 2009. Source:

USGS: New fault zone discovered following 2011 earthquake

11 February, 2015. The Aug. 23, 2011 Virginia earthquake may have been felt by more people than any other quake in U.S. history, and has led to the discovery of a new East Coast fault zone.

The magnitude 5.8 temblor marked the first time that a fault zone in the eastern United States produced a magnitude 5 or higher earthquake “clearly delineated by aftershocks,” according to a new report by the U.S. Geological Survey.

All those rattling aftershocks following the 2011 quake helped the USGS locate the new fault zone, which scientists have named the “Quail” fault zone.

“Most of these aftershocks were in the Quail fault zone, and outlying clusters of shallow aftershocks helped researchers to identify and locate other active faults,” the USGS said in a news release this week.
• New geologic mapping and trenching reveal previously unknown faults and evidence that the faults were active more than once in the past . Source:

Comment by Stanislav on October 22, 2016 at 6:43pm

Southeastern US sinking

[1] 25 May, 2015, Texas Flooding Called The Worst Ever By Governor. Source:

[2] 29 May, 2015. Latest on flooding: Texas rain brings no major new problems - Article Photos. Source:

[3] 1 June, 2016. Record floods hit US state of Texas again. Source:

[4] 15 March, 2016. Texas governor visits communities engulfed by floods - Article Photos Source:

[5] 27 June, 2016. West Virginia flood was ‘one in a thousand year event' Source:

[6] 25 June, 2016. Death Toll Rises to 24 in Devastating West Virginia Floods Source:

[7] 28 December, 2015. Historic and unseasonable flooding overwhelms Central U.S., Mississippi River. Source:

[8] 30 December, 2015. Record Floods Affect Millions in the Midwest Source:

[9] 31 December, 2015. Shocking aerial photographs show devastation caused by historic Mississippi flooding that has killed at least 20 - and officials warn there are more deaths to come Source:

[10] 5 October, 2015. Historic, 1,000-year flood ‘like nothing South Carolina has ever seen’ Source:

[11] 6 October, 2015. Fourteen dead as South Carolina gripped by historic flooding Source:

[12] 1 August, 2016. Deadly Maryland flood a '1-in-1,000' year event. Source:

[13] 30 July, 2016. Video and photos: Horrific flooding in ‘ruined’ Ellicott City, Md. Source:

[14] 24 January, 2016. Mid-Atlantic coastline flooded by blizzard’s storm surge. ‘This is worse than Sandy.’ Source:

[15] 10 March, 2016. Historic flooding leaves parts of Louisiana under water. Source:

[16] 16 March, 2016. Floods in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Oklahoma Leave 4 Dead, 2 Missing and 1000s of Homes Damaged Source:

[17] 16 August, 2016. Louisiana’s 1,000-year floods inundated 80,000 homes and businesses. Worst Louisiana flooding since Katrina. Source:

[18] 17 August, 2016. Louisiana Flooding: Scope of Deadly Disaster as Told by the Numbers. Source:

Coastal floods in US

[1] 2 October, 2015. Source:

[2] 4 October, 2015. Six dead and hundreds stranded as dams break and cause 300 road collisions in ONE DAY during 1,000-year record rainfall across the Carolinas Source:

[3] 10 June, 2015. Weekend Storm Soaks, Batters Coast Source:

[4] 6 June, 2016. Tropical Storm Colin leaves flooded streets in Tampa Bay Source:

[5] 29 October, 2015. Your photos of Tybee Island flooding — and some heavy reading Source:

Are Houston’s Sinking Suburbs Suffering Worse Flooding?
After the flooding last month in Houston, a local geologist noticed something that looked suspicious: some of the areas of Houston hit hardest were also areas where the land is sinking. The sinking is called “subsidence”. But there’s a debate over whether it’s actually making flooding worse.

Top map shows worse subsidence in blue since the 1990s. Bottom map shows it moving northeast in 2011. Source: Journal of the International Society for the Prevention of Mitigation of Natural Hazards

23 May, 2016. What made last month’s flooding, especially in north Harris County, so bad?

Simple: a whole lot of rain says Mike Talbott, executive director of the Harris County Flood Control District.
“It has a lot to do with this phenomenal rainfall … people don’t want to talk about the rainfall,” Talbott tells News 88.7.
But people are talking about how other factors, besides the massive rainfall, may have made things worse. And one those people is a professor of geology at the University of Houston, Shuhab Khan.
“It’s making it worse,” says Khan.
What Professor Khan believes is making flooding worse in certain neighborhoods is a geological condition Houston and many cities suffer from and have for decades: subsidence. It’s where many acres of ground sink.
Historically in Harris County, subsidence has been worse in areas where over the decades, groundwater and oil and gas have been sucked out from under the ground, causing the land to sink by fractions of an inch a year, in some places by feet over many years.
Could it be that today, the ground that homes are built on is sinking in different places than it did decades ago and thus, could this make flooding worse in places where people say, “It never flooded like this before.”
When Professor Khan looked at maps showing where last month’s flooding damaged the most homes, those maps looked eerily similar to ones he’d drawn as part of a study two years ago, maps showing where subsidence was happening in Harris County.
“Those are the areas that are areas that are subsiding very rapidly. North and northwest. It used to be Jersey Village. (Now) it’s moving northeastwards, north and northeast these days. But it is the same area where the flooding was,” Khan tells News 88.7.
Khan says one subsidence zone is drifting northeast towards the Woodlands and seems to be affected by fault lines that traverse the area. Khan is not saying that subsidence alone is why there’s flooding.
“Of course there would be flooding. But maybe not huge,” says Khan. Source:

Kasmarek, Mark. 2013. Hydrogeology and Simulation of Groundwater Flow and Land-Surface Subsidence in the Northern Part of the Gulf Coast Aquifer System, Texas, 1891-2009. Scientific Investigations Report 2012-5154, Version 1.1, December 2013. U.S. Geological Survey. Figure 32, p. 47. Source:

Caption: A map created using data from the United States Geological Survey shows how far Harris County has dropped in elevation since the 1920s. Though most of the region to the east has stabilized, areas to the west continue to subside at an significant rate, according to the agency. Remove the map to see which areas of Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery County are experiencing decreasing aquifer levels. Source:

Sinking Atlantic Coastline Meets Rapidly Rising Seas


14 April, 2016. Geological changes along the East Coast are causing land to sink along the seaboard. That’s exacerbating the flood-inducing effects of sea level rise, which has been occurring faster in the western Atlantic Ocean than elsewhere in recent years.

New research using GPS and prehistoric data has shown that nearly the entire coast is affected, from Massachusetts to Florida and parts of Maine.

Land subsidence and sea level rise are worsening flooding in Annapolis, Md., and elsewhere along the East Coast.

The relatively fast rate of rise in sea levels along the East Coast may have been a blip — for now. The rate of rise recorded so far this century may become the norm during the decades ahead. “Undoubtedly, these are the rates we’re heading towards,” said Simon Engelhart, a University of Rhode Island geoscientist.

Engelhart drew on data from prehistoric studies and worked with two University of South Florida, Tampa scientists to combine it with more modern GPS data to pinpoint the rates at which parts of the Eastern seaboard have been sinking.
The data suggests that some land in coastal Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, on the other hand, is rising slightly, although not quickly enough to keep up with the global rate of sea level rise.

The study shows that subsidence is occurring twice as fast now than in centuries past in a hot spot from Fredericksburg, Va. south to Charleston, which the scientists mostly blame on groundwater pumping.
Even without future warming, high tide flooding is already getting worse along the East and Gulf coasts, where subsidence and erosion are rife. The problems become most plainly clear during king tides.

“We can have up to 4-foot tides,” said Christine Voss, a University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill ecologist involved with a project that’s documenting the effects of king tides. “People are noticing that these flooding events are occurring more frequently, and perhaps with greater depth of inundation.” Source:

Comment by Stanislav on October 22, 2016 at 6:42pm

Chesapeake Bay

Source: Land Subsidence and Relative Sea-Level Rise in the Southern Chesapeake Bay Region (By Jack Eggleston and Jason Pope)

Land subsidence can also increase flooding in areas away from the coast. Low-lying areas, such as the Blackwater River Basin (fig. 2), can be subject to increased flooding as the land sinks. Locations along the Blackwater River in the city of Franklin and the counties of Isle of Wight and Southampton have experienced large floods in recent years (fig. 5; Federal Emergency Management Agency, 2002). Land subsidence may be altering the topographic gradient that drives the flow of the river and possibly contributing to the flooding.

Source: Land Subsidence and Relative Sea-Level Rise in the Southern Chesapeake Bay Region (By Jack Eggleston and Jason Pope)

Gulf of Mexico sinking

Top maps show vertical and horizontal velocity vectors in (a) southeastern Louisiana and (b) Houston. Bottom plots show vertical positional time series of subsiding stations in (c) southeastern Louisiana (> 1.5 mm yr?1) and (d) Houston-Galveston (>4.5 mm yr?1). The reference frame is SGOMRF.

Source: Yu, J., & Wang, G. (2016). GPS-derived ground deformation (2005–2014) within the Gulf of Mexico region referred to a stable Gulf of Mexico reference frame. Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci16, 1583-1602. CC Attribution 3.0 License

Vertical velocity vectors of 148 CGPS stations (> 4 years) in the Gulf of Mexico region. green dots represent the 13 reference stations. The blue vectors represent the average velocities referred to SGOMRF. 

Source: Yu, J., & Wang, G. (2016). GPS-derived ground deformation (2005–2014) within the Gulf of Mexico region referred to a stable Gulf of Mexico reference frame. Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci16, 1583-1602. CC Attribution 3.0 License

Locations of three CGPS stations and cities within the greater Houston area. Black and blue velocity vectors represent horizontal and vertical velocities with respect to SGOMRF, respectively. Red lines are growth faults and yellow dots are salt domes (Garrity and Soller, 2009). Contours lines are subsidence rate from 2005 to 2012 (Kearns et al., 2015) 

Source: Yu, J., & Wang, G. (2016). GPS-derived ground deformation (2005–2014) within the Gulf of Mexico region referred to a stable Gulf of Mexico reference frame. Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci16, 1583-1602.  CC Attribution 3.0 License

Houston-Galveston area, Texas

Map showing contours of the average subsidence rate (mm/year) during the time span from 2006 to 2012. The contours are derived from subsidence observed from 72 GPS stations and 13 borehole extensometers. The red lines represent the locations of about 150 principle faults mapped by USGS in the Houston area using airborne LIDAR data collected after tropical storm Allison in 2001

 Source: Yu, J., Wang, G., Kearns, T. J., & Yang, L. (2014). Is there deep-seated subsidence in the Houston-Galveston area?. International Journal of Geophysics,2014. Source:  This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited

Recent horizontal and vertical ground deformation velocity vectors in the Houston-Galveston area derived from extensometer and GPS observations (2006–2012). The horizontal velocity vectors have been transformed to the stable Houston reference frame (SHRF). The red lines represent the locations of about 150 principle faults mapped by USGS in the Houston area using airborne LIDAR data collected after tropical storm Allison in 2001. 

Source: Yu, J., Wang, G., Kearns, T. J., & Yang, L. (2014). Is there deep-seated subsidence in the Houston-Galveston area?. International Journal of  This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited

[1] Yu, J., Wang, G., Kearns, T. J., & Yang, L. (2014). Is there deep-seated subsidence in the Houston-Galveston area?. International Journal of Geophysics,2014. Source:  This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited

New Orleans is sinking faster than previously thought


When a city already sits below sea level, any additional sinking is cause for concern, says the Weather Channel. This is especially true of New Orleans, a major U.S. port with the largest metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana.
Scientists have known for some time that the "big easy" is sinking, but a new study has found that New Orleans and the surrounding metropolitan area is losing elevation at a faster rate than previously thought, says the Weather Channel.
The sinking is a process called subsidence, and with the use of satellite mapping, it was found that different areas of the city are sinking at varying rates, some as much as two inches or more a year due to a combination of natural geologic and human-induced processes Source:

Making sense of senseless sea level scares in Norfolk Virginia – 60% of the rise is from subsidence, the remainder from landfill settling (show PSMSL)


No solid ground

19 February, 2015. In the Raton Basin on the Colorado-New Mexico border, the U.S. Geological Survey has found evidence of subsidence in satellite images that is connected to underground water or gas withdrawal. The area had experience induced seismicity — increased seismic activity that was caused by wastewater injection in the area — and had begun to study surface deformation that followed a magnitude 5.3 earthquake that occurred there in 2011, which U.S. Geological Survey research had determined was induced.

In the satellite images used to study the ground surface deformation — which was occurring in the range of 5 mm to 10 mm per year — researchers could also see substantial ground subsidence that was likely tied to extraction of natural gas, says William Barnhart, a former research geophysicist for the U.S. Geological Survey and lead author of a study on the area that was recently released in the Journal of Geophysical Research. Source:

‘Nuisance flooding’ exceeds trends, breaks records in the United States: NOAA

8 June, 2016. Source:

West US some sinking areas

San Joaquin Valley is sinking

28 October, 2015. Land all over the San Joaquin Valley is sinking. In some spots, the elevation has dropped more than two stories - mainly through the pumping of water from underground aquifers.

The sinking, or subsidence, occurs at different rates in different places. In some places, sinking has reached a rate of a foot a year. Source:

2 inches a month: California sinking faster than ever, infrastructure in danger

20 August, 2015. The rate at which land across vast areas of California are sinking due to overconsumption of groundwater is higher than ever, with some places subsiding two inches a month, a new NASA report says. It comes as the state’s farmers pump water faster amid the historic drought.

While California has been sinking for decades, the current rate is among the highest ever measured around the world. The alarming findings of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab are based on satellite and aerial photos and measurements of land subsidence in the state.

An area near Corcoran, in the Tulare basin, sank 13 inches in one recent eight-month period, according to the study conducted for the State Department of Water Resources. A stretch near the California Aqueduct, a key leg of the state canal and pipeline system that brings freshwater from the Sierra Nevada Mountains, sank 8 inches in just four months last year.

The problem is not limited to the San Joaquin Valley, the most arid part of the Central Valley of California. Land near Arbuckle in Colusa County sank five inches during the last half of 2014, the NASA report said.

Heavy pumping of groundwater causes clay between water pockets to collapse and ground to sink. This may damage critical infrastructure and also makes it harder for groundwater reservoirs to replenish. It may also hinder water from flowing through its natural underground pathways.

“Roads can be broken by fissures, pipelines have been exhumed, and the slope of the land can be altered, changing drainage patterns,” the NASA report warns.

Groundwater consumption remains at a historic high amid the drought, while its levels are dropping to record lows of up to 100 feet below previous measurements, says Mark Cowin, head of the California Department of Water Resources. Source:

GNSS (green points)-derived vertical displacement rates (negative of subsidence rates) in the Central Valley (includes the San Joaquin and southern portion of the Sacramento Valleys inside the boundary in purple), California, (Sec. S1, SI).

The planned California High-Speed Rail (CHSR) is red alternating with white line. GMT36 V5.1.3 is used to plot Fig. 1 ( Overlapped are TOPEX/POSEIDON (red line) and ENVISAT (orange line) satellite ground tracks (labeled as satellite abbreviation-pass number), where vertical displacement rates at a 1-km interval are derived from the two altimeters (see Fig. 3). The topography is from the digital elevation model of SRTM15_PLUS37.

Near Hanford, California, subsidence rates reach 18cm yr1 with a cumulative subsidence of 206cm, which potentially could adversely affect operations of the planned California High-Speed Rail. 

Hwang, C., Yang, Y., Kao, R., Han, J., Shum, C. K., Galloway, D. L., ... & Li, F. (2016). Time-varying land subsidence detected by radar altimetry: California, Taiwan and north China. Scientific Reports6This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

GPS data: 

Blewitt, G., C. Kreemer, W.C. Hammond, J. Gazeaux, 2016, MIDAS robust trend estimator for accurate GPS station velocities without step detection, accepted for publication in the Journal of Geophysical Research, doi: 10.1002/2015JB012552. geodesy.unr.edudata

Subsidence area in Arizona data. Source: azwater.govCracks, earth fissures in Arizona data. Source:

Is the recent sinkhole in Mexico City an effect of the stretch zone? I assume that it is based on reports on its size and appearance. [and from another] Massive Sinkhole Opens in Mexico City [July 9] Even in a city where historic buildings regularly lean, crack, collapse or sink below sidewalk level due to excessive water extraction and unstable soil, the 45-foot-deep sinkhole - which measures about 15 yards in diameter - came as a shock.

We have mentioned that N America is being bowed and pulled on a diagonal, and at some point large quakes along the New Madrid will occur. Mexico is being pulled to the West, while New England is being pulled to the East. In addition, the West Coast is being pulled into a bow near the Southern California area, which will create cracks in the Arizona area. The recent sinkhole in Mexico is only more evidence of this. 

ZetaTalk: GodlikeProduction Live written July 14, 2007

ASU study: Parts of metro Phoenix area are sinking

12 August, 2015. Ground elevation levels in Apache Junction are seeing the fastest drop, followed by Sun City West, Peoria and the north Valley, ASU researchers say.

Scientists at ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration say ground-elevation levels in Apache Junction are seeing the fastest drop. Sun City West, Peoria and the north Valley are also descending.

<...> State officials have been aware of what’s called “land subsidence” — where the earth collapses and drops —for years. The Arizona Department of Water Resources is working with NASA to collect radar data to compliment the department’s data and maps on where land has subsided. The department has been collecting and processing data since 2002 to monitor land subsidence, which is occurring over 2,800 square miles in Arizona. The department says land subsidence has been happening in Arizona since the early 1900s with parts of Maricopa and Pinal Counties subsiding more than 18 feet since then. In Arizona, land subsidence in so-called geographical basin areas like the Valley is usually due to a lowered water table, according to the department.

But not all areas of the Valley are sinking, the ASU study found. Parts of Scottsdale, Chandler and Mesa have risen by as much as half a centimeter. ASU scientists say they did not observe a change in most of the city of Phoenix.


But even with the reduced groundwater pumping — and subsequent increase in the groundwater level — research published in 2005 and 2011 found the ground continued sinking and cracking in parts of the Phoenix metro area and other locations, including Tucson, Casa Grande and Eloy.

<...> The ground sinking is not unique to the Valley. It’s also occurring in southwestern Arizona and agricultural valleys in California.

Land subsidance also has been identified in Denver, Colo., the New Jersey coast, Savannah, Ga., and New Mexico’s Albuquerque Basin. The U.S. Geological Survey has identified more than 17,000 square miles of land subsidence in 45 states, an area equivalent to the size of New Hampshire and Vermont combined.

<...> Source:

New fault near San Diego (ZetaTalk) 

Should california expect much in the way of volcanic activity. I live near Mammoth Mountain,and am very worried it could errupt due to the influences of PX.

We have chimed in with Scallion on suspecting that a rip will occur from San Diego up toward Yellowstone, as there is a fault line there. Why would this rip, in a manner that would disrupt Mammoth? As we have stated in detailing the Earth Torque, wherein New England is pulled toward the East and Mexico toward the West, pulling the N American continent in a diagonal, fault lines will not be stressed in their traditional ways, but in new ways, during the coming months. New Madrid is an example. East of the Mississippi, going up, West of the Mississippi, going down. In a similar manner, the fault line from San Diego to Mammoth, and on up toward Yellowstone, will find the land South going West, with Mexico, and North staying with the land above this fault. Thus, should such rupture take place, in stages, evacuate Mammoth Lake!

ZetaTalk: GodlikeProduction Live written Sep 9, 2006

Baja earthquake. An unknown fault

20 November, 2011. After the El Mayor-Cucapah earthquake, scientists compared ascending (left) and descending (right) tracks from Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite images from the Advanced Land Observing Satellite to map how the land surface changed. The rupture did not occur on any of the region’s three main faults, indicated by red lines. When scientists looked at where the most earthquake displacement happened, they discovered a previously unknown fault in Mexico’s Cucapah Mountains, indicated by the blue shaded area. (Courtesy M. Wei and D. Sandwell)

Immediately after the El Mayor-Cucapah earthquake, scientists set out to find the fault that may have caused it. They suspected that the earthquake originated on one of two faults, the Cerro Prieto Fault or the Laguna Salida Fault, because the earthquake was centered between the two.
The resulting InSAR maps helped field scientists searching for the fault to navigate the rugged mountain terrain. “Field geologists took the InSAR maps and knew exactly where to go in the field to measure the fault lines,” said Sandwell. As Mexican researchers followed the fault lines and examined the freshly fractured landscape, they realized they were tracing neither of the suspected faults. They had discovered an entirely new one.

This new fault, named the Indiviso Fault after the nearby Mexican town of El Indiviso, provides scientists a piece of California’s tectonic puzzle. “The fault that caused the El Mayor-Cucapah earthquake was not where anyone expected a fault,” Sandwell said. “The faults that have the high slip rates are where you’d expect all the big earthquakes. But that’s not where we’ve had the big earthquakes over the last forty years. That’s sort of scary,” Sandwell said.

Geologists measure the surface rupture caused by the El Indiviso Fault, which shifted the land surface as much as 1.2 meters (4 feet) in this location. (Courtesy C. Crosby)


New analysis reveals large-scale motion around San Andreas Fault System

20 June, 2016. An array of GPS instruments near the San Andreas Fault System in Southern California detects constant motion of Earth's crust—sometimes large, sudden motion during an earthquake and often subtle, creeping motion. By carefully analyzing the data recorded by the EarthScope Plate Boundary Observatory's GPS array researchers from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa (UHM), University of Washington and Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) discovered nearly 125 mile-wide "lobes" of uplift and subsidence—a few millimeters of motion each year—straddling the fault system. This large scale motion was previously predicted in models but until now had not been documented. Source:

Comment by Stanislav on October 22, 2016 at 6:41pm

Mexico stretch zone

Land subsidence in central Mexico detected by ALOS InSAR time-series

Yellow, red ares sinking

Averaged 2006-2011 LOS velocity map of central Mexico, from ALOS InSAR time series analysis. Insets: zoom into the 21 subsiding areas, black diamonds

Similarly in central Mexico, massive groundwater extraction result in land subsidence. We identify land subsidence in 21 areas, including 17 cities. Linear subsidence rates of 30 cm/yr are observed in Mexico City, while in the other locations rates of 5-10 cm/yr are detected. 
In Mexico the limits of the subsiding areas are typically characterized by high velocity gradients often coinciding with existing faults, motion on these faults being driven by water extraction rather than by tectonic activity. 
Land subsidence directly threaten the protection of multiple sites of the UNESCO World Heritage list and indirectly threaten people lives due to the decrease in the water quality. The integration of InSAR with other monitoring techniques is necessary to mitigate ground failure hazards and improve sustainability of groundwater resources at regional scales.

Chaussard, E., Wdowinski, S., Cabral-Cano, E., & Amelung, F. (2014). Land subsidence in central Mexico detected by ALOS InSAR time-series. Remote sensing of environment140, 94-106.

Why This City of 21 Million People Is Sinking 3 Feet Every Year

5 March, 2016. Mexico City is sinking. Home to 21 million people, who consume nearly 287 billion gallons of water each year, the city has sunk more than 32 feet in the last 60 years because 70 percent of the water people rely on is extracted from the aquifer below the city.

"There's no fixing it," journalist Andrea Noel told producer Alan Sanchez in the video below from Fusion. "Once land is subsided, it's subsided."

The water table is sinking at a rate of 1 meter (3.2 feet) per year. As the city population grows and water demand increases, the problem will only get worse.

"It needs to be stopped because it's too late to be remedied," Noel said. "The city needs to find a way to figure out their water problem. They really need to look into alternatives like collecting rainwater, which makes so much sense in a city like this, which gets so much rainfall every year." Source:

Mexico city sinking cm/month



Ring Of Fire Tectonic Plate Is Cooling - And Shrinking

27 August, 2014. The tectonic plate that dominates the Pacific "Ring of Fire" is not as rigid as most assume, and it's getting less fiery. according to researchers at Rice University and the University of Nevada.

Rice geophysicist Richard Gordon and Corne Kreemer, an associate professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, have determined that cooling of the lithosphere -- the outermost layer of Earth -- makes some sections of the Pacific plate contract horizontally at faster rates than others and cause the plate to deform. <...>

A map produced by scientists at the University of Nevada, Reno, and Rice University shows predicted velocities for sectors of the Pacific tectonic plate relative to points near the Pacific-Antarctic ridge, which lies in the South Pacific ocean. The researchers show the Pacific plate is contracting as younger sections of the lithosphere cool. Credit: Corne Kreemer and Richard Gordon

The researchers saw hints of deformation in a metric called plate circuit closure, which describes the relative motions where at least three plates meet. If the plates were rigid, their angular velocities at the triple junction would have a sum of zero. But where the Pacific, Nazca and Cocos plates meet west of the Galapagos Islands, the nonclosure velocity is 14 millimeters a year, enough to suggest that all three plates are deforming.

"When we did our first global model in 1990, we said to ourselves that maybe when we get new data, this issue will go away," Gordon said. "But when we updated our model a few years ago, all the places that didn't have plate circuit closure 20 years ago still didn't have it."

There had to be a reason, and it began to become clear when Gordon and his colleagues looked beneath the seafloor. "It's long been understood that the ocean floor increases in depth with age due to cooling and thermal contraction. But if something cools, it doesn't just cool in one direction. It's going to be at least approximately isotropic. It should shrink the same in all directions, not just vertically," he said. Source:

As the seas rise, a slow-motion disaster gnaws at America’s shores

4 September, 2014.  <...>

In many places, including much of the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, an additional factor makes the problem worse: The land is sinking. This process, known as subsidence, is due in part to inexorable geological shifts

<...> The rise is two to three times greater in spots along the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean because of subsidence, a process whereby natural geological movements and extraction of underground stores of water, oil and gas cause the ground to sink.

<...> About one-third of that rise was from oceans rising globally as water warms and polar ice melts. The remaining two-thirds resulted from land sinking due to subsidence, which happens when the removal of underground water, oil and gas causes the land to pancake.

<...> Around the world, the biggest increases were in Asia, reflecting the greater impact in that region of subsidence, the process by which geological forces and the extraction of groundwater cause the land to sink

<...> Source:

The quiet sinking of the world's deltas

More than 500 million people live in the world's river deltas, yet new research shows that these population magnets are under increased pressure from human activity.

He might well be forced to do that. Deltas – some of the most densely populated areas in the world – are sinking and becoming harder to live on. In Ca Mau, groundwater exploitation and deforestation have eroded the coastline by between 100 and 1400 metres over the past 13 years, according to a recent satellite-based study by Norway’s Geotechnical Institute (NGI) and Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The land surface has fallen by up to 70 centimetres in places, they found.

Many of the world’s deltas are subsiding by 10 cm or so a year – far faster than the 3 mm or so annual rise in sea levels – causing the sea to swallow up dozens of metres of land each year. In the past decade, 85% of the world’s major river deltas experienced severe flooding, killing hundreds of thousands of people. Source:


The data taken directly from the plot graphic, as it's long to process data!

India has already moved to Northeast around 1,2 metres since 1994 (960^2+800^2=c^2)




Ganga inundates Sangam

25 June, 2011. <...> Similarly, Jayant Kumar Pati another associate professor of the department said that plate tectonics owing to the fallout by the construction of Tehri Dam. "Our observations show that the course of Ganga is shifting towards the north side of Allahabad i.e. towards the Jhunsi side. As a direct implication, it is more unlikely that the annual phenomena of the inundation of the temple would cease to occur. But things do not remain constant, as far as level of water in any given river in concerned and if it has inundated the temple, there is no reason to get surprised," added Pati.

Sharing his view on the issue, Prof S S Ojha of the department of Geography, AU had also said that because of the Plate Tectonic theory, the western part of India is in the on the rise, while the eastern part (lying towards Bay of Bengal), is getting submerged. As an impact, the gradient of rivers flowing in west-east direction will become steep and vice-versa. Source:

US to help Bangladesh study earthquake risks

9 December, 2011. <...> Previous studies by Steckler’s team have shown that the region was the site of major temblors and shifts in plates that caused major Himalayan rivers — Brahmaputra, Ganges and Meghna — to shift course suddenly, inundating vast areas.

Rock movements have caused some areas of Bangladesh to sink faster than the others, affecting river course. "If a river is close to switching, then the uplift and subsidence caused by earthquakes may cause it to shift," Steckler said. Source:

South Asia landslides 'on the rise'

Earthquakes are one cause of landslips, but there are many others
Most South Asian countries are witnessing an increasing trend in landslides in recent years and scientists say extreme rainfall patterns, seismicity, and uncontrolled human activities are to blame.

Authorities have said the number of people killed and displaced and properties destroyed by the disaster are also on the upward trend.
Landslides are common in the region, particularly in the Hindu-Kush-Himalaya foothills, during monsoon that lasts for around four months until September. But, authorities say their frequency and intensity are on the rise.
"There has been an increase in the events of landslides in the region in recent years," says Mriganka Ghattak, a specialist in geological disasters with the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC's) Disaster Management Centre in Delhi.
"We have noticed the rise particularly in northern parts of India, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan and some areas of Bangladesh," said Ghattak.
"Broadly the main affected areas are in the Hindu-Kush-Himalaya (HKH) region where the geological conditions are quite dynamic."
According to the centre, of the total landslides that happened across the globe in 2009, nearly 60% was in South Asia where around 280 people died because of the disaster that year. Source:

Himalayan 'drop after Nepal quake'

8 May, 2014. The height of a swathe of the Himalayas has dropped by around one metre as a result of the devastating Nepal earthquake, scientists say.
But they add that the drop will roughly be balanced by slow uplift due to tectonic activity.
And they have yet to analyse satellite images of the region in which the most famous Himalayan peak - Everest - is located.


However, there continues to be debate over exactly how tall Everest is.

"The primary stretch that had its height dropped is a 80-100km stretch of the Langtang Himal (to the northwest of the capital, Kathmandu)," said Richard Briggs, a research geologist with the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
The Langtang range is the region where many locals and trekkers are still missing, presumed dead, after the avalanches and landslides that were triggered by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake on 25 April.
Scientists believe the height of a handful of other Himalayan peaks, including the Ganesh Himal to the west of the Langtang range, may also have dropped.
The satellite images they have analysed so far have focused on central Nepal, which was the hardest hit by the quake. Everest is to the east of this main shaking zone.
Scientists say whether or not the world's highest peak saw a change in its height by few centimetres will have to be further confirmed by ground survey and GPS or an airborne mission.
"But what we see in the data that we evaluated further away from the plate boundary, to the north of the capital Kathmandu, is a clearly identifiable region with subsidence of up to 1.5m," says Christian Minet, a geologist with the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), which processed the Nepal earthquake data sent by the Sentinel-1a satellite. Source:

45% of India's coastline facing erosion

12 August, 2015. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands face the most erosion, with close to 89% of the shoreline eaten away by the Bay of Bengal

As much as 45% of India’s 8,414-km long coastline is facing erosion, according to a new study based on satellite data over 15 years, published in the Indian Academy of Science’s journal Current Science.

The study–the most detailed thus far–also reports that close to 19% of the coastline is stable and about 36% is showing accretion, or expansion. The Indian coast has lost a net area of about 73 sq km.

Scientists from Space Application Centre (SAC), Ahmedabad and Central Water Commission, Ministry of Water Resources, compared satellite images from two time periods–1989-91 and 2004-06–to measure the changes to India’s coastline. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands face the most erosion, with close to 89% of the shoreline eaten away by the Bay of Bengal.


Land subsidence confirmed

18 November, 2012. A spell of heavy rain that followed the Neelam cyclone which resulted in heavy damage to agriculture fields, particularly paddy, has confirmed that exploitation of natural gas has caused land subsidence in the Krishna and Godavari deltas, says a former professor of geology of Andhra University and member of Movement for People Centred Development G. Krishna Rao.
Coastal area is getting water logged even with a rainfall of 5 cm to 10 cm and for several days. Severity of this situation will increase in the next few years as the land is sinking, Prof. Krishna Rao warned.

Sea water is encroaching on the deltas with further sinking of the land and they would turn into wet lands, a stage preceding complete submergence into sea. Source:

Comment by Stanislav on October 22, 2016 at 6:39pm



As noted in our explanation of the Hangzhou UFO sighting, which was seen from the airport at Hangzhou and down along the China coastline all the way to the Vietnam Sea, this coastline can anticipate participating in the 7 of 10 sinking of the plate tongue holding Indonesia. This is what is emerging. As we pointed out at that time, these regions were being warned about tsunami and a suddenly rising sea level as the plate tongue holding Indonesia is bent and pulled down. Note the path of the quakes you delineated, and they are along this path that was warned. This area of China is also subject to being bent, as the crust is not as thick as further inland, and as is known is having horrific sinkhole problems

ZetaTalk Chat Q&A for January 22, 2011

Land subsidence hits 50 cities

21 February, 2012. More than 50 cities in China have wide-spread land subsidence, China Central Television (CCTV) reported Monday.
As large as 79,000 square kilometers of land has dropped more than 200 millimeters, Zhang Zuozhen, vice-president of China Geological Environmental Monitoring Institute, told CCTV.
The subsidence mainly occurs at the Yangtze River Delta, North China and plain areas covering North China's Shanxi province and Northwest China's Shaanxi province, he said.
In Xi'an, capital of Northwest China's Shaanxi province, more than 1,000 wells have been sealed after 150 square kilometers of land dropped more than 200 millimeters since 1959.
Shanghai, located at the Yangtze River Delta is recharging underground water through 121 wells with more than 60,000 tons every day. Source:

Beijing has fallen: China's capital sinking by 11cm a year, satellite study warns

Chen, M.; Tomas, R.; Li, Z.; Motagh, M.; Li, T.; Hu, L.; Gong, H.; Li, X.; Yu, J.; Gong, X. Imaging Land Subsidence Induced by Groundwater Extraction in Beijing (China) Using Satellite Radar Interferometry. Remote Sens. 20168, 468. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0).

China’s capital is known for its horrendous smog and occasional sandstorms. Yet one of its major environmental threats lies underground: Beijing is sinking.

Excessive pumping of groundwater is causing the geology under the city to collapse, according to a new study using satellite imagery that reveals parts of Beijing – particularly its central business district – are subsiding each year by as much as 11 centimetres, or more than four inches.

The authors of the study warn that continued subsidence poses a safety threat to the city of more than 2o million, with “a strong impact on train operations” one of the predictions. Source:

Time-varying land subsidence detected by radar altimetry: California, Taiwan and north China

Vertical displacement rates derived from ENVISAT (Jul 2002–Oct 2010) where croplands constitute greater than 50% of land use in the NCP.

Radar altimetry also reveals time-varying subsidence in the North China Plain consistent with the declines of groundwater storage and existing water infrastructure detected by the Gravity Recovery And Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites, with rates reaching 20 cm yr^1 and cumulative subsidence as much as 155 cm.

The cropland cover is from Global Land Cover (GLC)-SHARE38, beta-release 1.0. Red symbols represent Beijing, Tianjin, Jinan and Shijiazhuang and empty circles represent other major cities. Rates with standard error greater than 5.00?cm yr?1 or with a signal-to-noise ratio <1.50 were rejected. Along-track locations without rates are over foothills, such as eastern Shandong Province. Two regions of major cropland subsidence (greater than 2?cm yr?1) are within the red-lined polygons. Letters A-D show the locations of TP-EN-J2 time series of height changes in Figs S11–14, with the cumulative subsidence values given. GMT36 V5.1.3 is used to plot Fig. 6 (

Vertical displacement rates in the croplands of the North China Plain from (a) TP (Aug 1992 – Jun 2002) and (b) J2 (Jun 2008 – Aug 2014). The cropland cover (shaded areas) is from Global Land Cover (GLC)-SHARE38, beta-release 1.0. GMT36 V5.1.3 ( is used to plot the land cover, ground tracks and all the features

Hwang, C., Yang, Y., Kao, R., Han, J., Shum, C. K., Galloway, D. L., ... & Li, F. (2016). Time-varying land subsidence detected by radar altimetry: California, Taiwan and north China. Scientific Reports6. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Linear deformation trends along line of sight (LOS) direction. Three major subsiding centers are located in A: Wangqingtuo Town, B: Dongguguang Town, C: Shengfang Town, D: Nanhe Town. (a) Linear deformation trend of TSX using PS analysis. The colorbar ranges from ?90 to ?10 mm/year; (b) Linear deformation trend of ALOS-PALSAR using the QPS technique. The colorbar ranges from ?190 to ?10 mm/year.

Luo, Q.; Perissin, D.; Zhang, Y.; Jia, Y. L- and X-Band Multi-Temporal InSAR Analysis of Tianjin Subsidence. Remote Sens.20146, 7933-7951. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

Mean velocity of the Linfen–Yuncheng basin derived from the InSAR time series. 

Yang, C.-S.; Zhang, Q.; Xu, Q.; Zhao, C.-Y.; Peng, J.-B.; Ji, L.-Y. Complex Deformation Monitoring over the Linfen–Yuncheng Basin (China) with Time Series InSAR Technology. Remote Sens. 20168, 284. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons by Attribution (CC-BY) license (

Linear subsidence rate over the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region from 2012 to 2014 observed by time series RADARSAT-2 images.

Zhang, Y.; Wu, H.; Kang, Y.; Zhu, C. Ground Subsidence in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region from 1992 to 2014 Revealed by Multiple SAR Stacks. Remote Sens. 20168, 675. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0).

Petar Marinkovic and Yngvar Larsen, (2016). Subsidence of Beijing (China) mapped by Copernicus Sentinel-1 time series interferometry. Zenodo, DOI: 10.5281/

Sinking North China Plain threatens development

2 November, 2011. Land subsidence, or the downward shift of land, in the North China Plain is not a new problem. Since the 1950s, constant land subsidence has occurred across nearly 70,000 square kilometers there, with some places sinking 3.18 meters and at an annual rate of more than 100 millimeters

Beijing, Tianjin, Tanggu and Cangzhou are the most affected areas – Cangzhou has sunk about 2.4 meters since the 1970s, said Wu Aimin of the Chinese Academy of Geological Environment Monitoring.

<...> As land subsidence increases, so will the economic losses.

In Beijing, the land is sinking at a maximum rate of 137 millimeters a year in economic and cultural boom areas such as Haidian and Chaoyang districts, said Yang Yan, a professor at the Beijing Institute of Technology, in an article.

The impact of land subsidence on buildings, roads and infrastructure in Beijing has become increasingly apparent. Since 2000, one third of Beijing's water pipeline damage was caused by land subsidence. Underground pipelines face the biggest challenge because land subsidence causes the pipelines to bend, deform or even break, while causing gas pipelines to fracture or roads to collapse.

Beijing's subway lines 10 and 13, as well as the Daxing and Yizhuang lines, all run across or near the subsidence area. Land subsidence constitutes to be a potential threat to railroad track. In 2005, a hole 3 meters wide and 2 meters deep formed 20 to 30 meters from a subway station. And in 2009, settlement of 1.85 centimeters near Xidan station affected nearly 40 square kilometers of road surface on Chang'an Avenue. <...> Source:

Subsidence brings down Yangtze River Delta

Shanghai has sunk by nearly 3 metres over the last 80 years, causing damage worth 14.5 billion yuan (US$1.7 billion), according to a report.
The report also shows that 16 provinces and regions in China, and 46 major cities also suffer from subsidence.

The report shows that south of the Yangtze River, the land has sunk by an average of more than 20 centimetres over an area of almost 10,000 square kilometres.

The most serious ground subsidence occurs in the urban districts of Shanghai Municipality and Suzhou, Wuxi and Changzhou in East China's Jiangsu Province, and Jiaxing in Zhejiang Province. Subsidence here can reach 2.63 metres.

Suzhou, Wuxi and Changzhou have lost 2.575 billion yuan (US$310 million) because of subsidence that affects both urban and rural areas.

It causes damage to buildings and problems such as floods on farmland. Source:

Canada earthquakes increase

Figure 1. Alberta earthquake locations from 1985 through 2011, 2013, and 2014. Events prior to 2006 were obtained from Earthquakes Canada.

Figure 2. The total number of earthquakes in Alberta per year from 1965 to present is shown as green histogram bars; earthquakes with a magnitude greater than 2.5 ML are shown with red. The blue line shows the number of seismic stations available for analyzing Alberta earthquakes for a given year.

Figure 3. Earthquake locations that occurred up to 2010, showing the Rocky Mountain House and Brazeau River Clusters.


582px version of Earthquakes in NEBC and NW Alberta

With the advent of hydraulic fracturing in western Canada, the number of reported earthquakes has jumped in northern B.C. and Alberta. Source: 

Japan uplift

Land rising out of the sea in Hokkaido Japan - rose 50 feet (over 1,000 feet long)

25 April, 2015. A massive sudden (1 day) collapse and rise of land has occurred along the coast of Hokkaido Japan.

Major global earthquake activity is taking place, and serious crustal movement is obviously underway in the region around North Japan.

The new land began rising from the sea yesterday morning (April 24, 2015) with just a 1 meter rise (3 feet), then began rising rapidly, the event is still ongoing as of April 25th into 26th 2015. At the same time of the land rising, the area around the rise began to subside.

One area displacing the other.

The new land mass has now risen over 50 feet above the water (near 1,000 feet long), and near 10 meters wide (30 feet)! Not ‘small’ by any means, and a very rare occurrence to top it off. Source:

Atlantic stretch and Medditterean sinking


During each Pole Shift, each passage with consequent crustal shift, the UK experiences sinking on its western side. Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and even England will experience drastic sinking during this pending passage. That this has happened in the past can be seen by looking under the waves, and seeing ocean bottom that has recently been land, below. England will not only be pulled down, on its western side, it is also obviously being torn in two at the River Humber. The establishment will come up with an excuse, as they always do, for the Earth changes in process, no matter how absurd their excuses become. The Eurasian Plate is being pulled apart, while the Atlantic is spreading apart. Rock layers get torn apart in this process, so the loose ground shifts as the base upon which it lies gives way. This process will continue and accelerate. 

ZetaTalk Chat Q&A for February 16, 2013

Estimate of the vertical land motion across the UK derived from a GNSS solution provided by the NERC British Isles continuous GNSS Facility (BIGF). Dots indicate the positions of the GNSS stations that contributed to the solution. The map of vertical land motion is an interpolation from the estimates at these sites.

Tamisiea ME, Hughes CW, Williams SDP, Bingley RM. 2014 Sea level: measuring the bounding surfaces of the ocean. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 372: 20130336.

Published by the Royal Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, provided the original author and source are credited. 

Comment by Stanislav on October 22, 2016 at 6:38pm

Netherlands parts sinking

1 June 2016. For a low-lying, densely populated country like the Netherlands, monitoring subsidence is critical. Until recently, tiny displacements in the ground beneath our feet couldn’t be mapped nationally but, thanks to the Sentinel-1 mission, this is now possible.

Focusing on the Netherlands and Denmark, scientists have been using radar images from the  Sentinel-1A satellite to pinpoint where the ground is stable, where it is rising and where it is sinking – and, importantly, by exactly how much. Images from November 2014 to April 2016 and 2.5 million measurement points were used to compile the map above, which shows subsidence and uplift in the northeast of the Netherlands. Most of these measurements were made around buildings and constructions such as dikes.

Remarkably, these measurements are accurate to a few millimetres. However, within a couple of years this accuracy will improve further, approaching 1 mm/year over the entire country.

Vulnerable shores

<...> The map at the top shows that some areas, particularly along the western shore of the Ijsselmeer, along the lower causeway that crosses this manmade lake, and some areas close to Groningen in the east, are sinking by as much as 20 mm a year. <...>.

Subsidence in Denmark

Understanding land deformation is important for investing in renovations. Source:

Spain parts sinking

The Valley of Guadalentin in Lorca, the deepest in Europe according to research in collaboration with the University of Alicante

Image from: Boni, R., Herrera, G., Meisina, C., Notti, D., Bejar-Pizarro, M., Zucca, F., ... & Fernandez-Merodo, J. A. (2015). Application of multi-sensor advanced DInSAR analysis to severe land subsidence recognition: Alto Guadalentin Basin (Spain).Proceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences372, 45.  CC Attribution 3.0 License.

Guadalentin slumps at 100 milimeters per year, raising the risk of economic impact, flooding and infrastructure of the area. <...>

Researcher Roberto Tomas Jover, from the University of Alicante Polytechnic School Department of Civil Engineering warns on the risk for Spain of this land subsidence. <...>

The lifting off the ground, however, leads to other problems. Tomas Jover explains that a ground settlement over 2.5 centimetres is already a problem; another one is the fact of this settlements being irregular>> with the consequent height deviation from one facade to the other on the same building. The aforementioned study analyses the recovery of groundwater that has occurred since 2008 and then determines the cause of the land deformation.

The researcher cites the case of the church of Santa Justa and Rufina in Orihuela as an example, which had to be underpinned>> due to this problem of subsidence.

The research group with Tomas Jover as the main researchers are studying the land subsidence or progressive surface collapse in medium and lower basins of the Segura river. There are many regions affected by land subsidence in Spain, especially in southern and southeastern regions, where water demand is higher that water resources and, therefore, water shortfall is supplied with groundwater. In all cases studied, the most alarming is the Guadalentin valley in Lorca where the largest land subsidence in Europe occurs due to water extraction. In 2015, Tomas Jover and his reserach team have published the article Twenty-year advanced DInSAR analysis of severe land subsidence: the Alto Guadalentin Basin (Spain) case study on the scientific journal Engineering Geology, and they are now working on a Spanish Ministry project on this. Murcia is next with registered values up to 7 millimetres a year <...>

Other case studies being developed by this multidisciplinary team are Orihuela, with values registered of 5 millimeters per year; north of Madrid, where subsidence occurs during periods of extraction, which is almost fully recovered when pumping ceases; and parts of Barcelona, such as El Valles and Santa Perpetua de Mogoda, with maximum rates of 6-10 millimeters per year. Also, this UA expert stresses that they are collaborating with international reserach groups in Leeds, Glasgow, Newcastle (as a result of this collaboration the Beijing work was drafted), Federico II di Napoli, Florencia, Padova, Liverpool, etc., and a good number of national reserach works (Granada, UPV, UPC, UPM, Zaragoza, CSIC, Oviedo, etc.)>>. Source:

Greece parts sinking

Example of wide-area mapping of terrain deformations over mainland Greece. This GPS-calibrated deformation map covers 65 000 sq km – approximately half of the country’s territory. This map was created using 10 individual ERS-1/2 stacks, each stack being a time series of 58 to 76 SAR images acquired from 1992 to 2003 for a total of 671 images. © ZKI/DLR.


In one of its first trials, the WAP identified over a million persistent scatterers over half of Greece’s mainland. In rural areas, there was an average of 10 scatterers per sq km, while urban areas, like Athens, saw up to 200 scatterers per sq km.

Using about 360 gigabytes of raw radar data from the ERS-1 and -2 satellites, the WAP mapped terrain deformation over more than ten years, finding that some areas are sinking by about 10 mm per year.

High subsidence was detected in Athens, Larissa and around the Gulf of Corinth among other places. Both subsidence and uplift were detected in and around the city of Thessaloniki. Source:

Dead sea sinkholes



[courtesy of J.M. Sholan]

Sana’a Basin Subsidence

  • High coherence in the Sana’a city allows us to derive a detailed land deformation evolution from November 2003 to December 2008.
  • The subsidence rate within the Sana’a city was approximately 1 cm/year in the radar line-of-sight (LOS) direction between 2003 and 2008.
  • The main subsidence was found in the center and southern parts of the city, while deformation in the northern part is less obvious.

  • The subsidence rate here was much faster than within the city: it exceeded 14 cm/year. The local water wells have been drying up according to the well data.
  • Time evolution of surface deformation and a series of profiles and points reveal spatially and temporally variable aquifer compaction

Mabar Basin Subsidence

  • The subsidence rate exceeded 30 cm/year in the agricultural area north of the town of Mabar during 2007 – 2011 according to ALOS PALSAR L-band data.
  • The southern part of the Mabar basin also experienced high subsidence rates, although somewhat lower than to the north – 5 cm/year.
  • The seasonal fluctuations of ground deformation show that the subsidence rate in summer is faster than in winter.

Two smaller agricultural basins to the west of the Mabar basin experienced subsidence with rates of about 37 cm/year according to ALOS PALSAR amplitude range offset calculations and difference between SRTM and Tandem-X DEMs.

Two smaller agricultural basins to the west of the Mabar basin experienced subsidence with rates of about 37 cm/year according to ALOS PALSAR amplitude range offset calculations and difference between SRTM and Tandem-X DEMs

Abdullin, A., Xu, W., Kosmicki, M., & Jonsson, S. (2015, April). Rapid groundwater-related land subsidence in Yemen observed by multi-temporal InSAR. In EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts (Vol. 17, p. 13844).


Mountains in Masafi 'rise by 4 cm'

The Masafi earthquake on March 10 last year might have caused the mountains of east Ras Al Khaimah to uplift by up to four centimetres, according to geoscientists.
Studies conducted by scientists from the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi and the Japan Oil Development Company showed that the Masafi earthquake had caused the Musandam mountain area of east Ras Al Khaimah to uplift by up to four centimetres while the Musandam peninsula in the Khasab area went down by up to three centimetres, said Dr Karl Berteussen, acting director of Petroleum Geosciences Engineering at the Petroleum Institute. Source:

South America Roll

Chilean earthquake moved entire city 10 feet west, shifted other parts of South America

8 March, 2010.

The massive magnitude 8.8 earthquake that struck the west coast of Chile last month moved the entire city of Concepcion at least 10 feet to the west, and shifted other parts of South America as far apart as the Falkland Islands and Fortaleza, Brazil. These preliminary measurements, done by researchers including geophysicists on the ground in Chile, paint a much clearer picture of the power behind this temblor, believed to be the fifth-most-powerful since instruments have been available to measure seismic shifts.

This is the preliminary solution obtained by Project CAP (Central and Southern Andes GPS Project) for the coseismic displacement field associated with the recent M 8.8 Maule earthquake in south-central Chile. Peak measured displacement is 3.04 m near the city of Concepcion, Chile. Significant displacements are evident as far east as Buenos Aires, Argentina (2-4 cm) and as far north as the Chilean border with Peru.

The massive magnitude 8.8 earthquake that struck the west coast of Chile last month moved the entire city of Concepcion at least 10 feet to the west, and shifted other parts of South America as far apart as the Falkland Islands and Fortaleza, Brazil.

These preliminary measurements, produced from data gathered by researchers from four universities and several agencies, including geophysicists on the ground in Chile, paint a much clearer picture of the power behind this temblor, believed to be the fifth-most-powerful since instruments have been available to measure seismic shifts.

Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina and across the continent from the quake's epicenter, moved about 1 inch to the west. And Chile's capital, Santiago, moved about 11 inches to the west-southwest. The cities of Valparaiso and Mendoza, Argentina, northeast of Concepcion, also moved significantly.

The quake's epicenter was in a region of South America that's part of the so-called "ring of fire," an area of major seismic stresses which encircles the Pacific Ocean. All along this line, the tectonic plates on which the continents move press against each other at fault zones.

The February Chilean quake occurred where the Nazca tectonic plate was squeezed under, or "subducted," below the adjacent South American plate. Quakes routinely relieve pent-up geologic pressures in these convergence zones. Source:

Venezuela, Bogota

Bogota lose 80 cm, Source: sideshow.jpl.nasa.go

Comment by Stanislav on October 22, 2016 at 6:37pm


BanD-AID: Mitigating Bangladesh Delta Coastal Vulnerability Due to Sea-level Ruse, & Integrated Naturak & Social Framework
C.K.Shum (1), Craug Jenkins (1), Monowar Hossain 8, Zahir Khan 8, Jurgen Kusche 2, R.Ahmed 3, V.Ballu 4, A.Bernzen 5, B.Braun 5, S.Calmant 6, J.Chen 1, J. Guo, F. Hossain, M Kuhn, F.Papa, P.Valty, L.Testut, K.H. Tseng, and the rest of the Belmont Forum BanD-AID Project Team

Rates of subsidence recorded from the literature for the GBM delta and parts of the interior of the basin

Source: S. Brown , R.J. Nicholls (2015) Subsidence and human influences in mega deltas: The case of the Ganges–Brahmaputra–Meghna; (Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ, United Kingdom; Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, United Kingdom)  Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (

The DELTAS project will work toward a science-based GBM-customized integrative modeling framework which will be implement, in collaboration with regional experts, to assess delta vulnerability to current and future conditions and guide sustainable management and policy.  At the heart of the GBM sustainability lies the question of how patterns of flooding and sediment aggradation offset delta sinking due to rising sea level and subsidence. This is a first order question to sustainability of the landscape, regardless of land use and management decisions. For the GBM delta specifically, the immense population and associated pressures on natural resources brings to the forefront the question of how environmental changes are affecting the socio-ecosystem services in coastal Bangladesh. The integrated assessment of these circumstances will aim to reveal whether there are management alternatives that will more effectively sustain ecosystem services, and populations and their livelihoods in coastal Bangladesh. Source:

Floods: Holding back the tide
With the Ganges–Brahmaputra delta sinking, the race is on to protect millions of people from future flooding.

Sources: Satellite: Ref. 1; Temples: M. H. Sarker; GPS: M. Steckler; Tide: Ref. 2; Kilns: Ref. 3; Salt: Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan 2009; Schiermeier, Q. (2014). Holding back the tide. Nature, 508(164166), 5.

In the wake of Cyclone Aila in 2009, swollen seas washed over the delta of the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers. The storm surge breached the embankments surrounding a small island that was home to 10,000 families, turning the land into a muddy hell. The deluge of salty water washed out fields, homes, roads and markets just as people had begun to recover from the damage caused 18 months before by Cyclone Sidr. Many migrated to nearby cities. And thousands more took shelter on what remained of the embankments, where lack of sanitation and privacy would soon spur disease and crime.
When Steven Goodbred, an Earth and environmental researcher at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, came across this site during a field trip in 2011, he and his students were shocked to find the land still badly flooded and thousands of families living in tents and ramshackle huts. The broken embankments had been poorly repaired and the homesteads that they were supposed to protect remained uninhabitable. “It looked as desolate as the Moon — mud everywhere,” says Goodbred. “I'd never seen anything like it.” He made it his mission to determine how the embankments around the island, called Polder 32 after the Dutch word for land protected by dikes, had been eroded and undermined enough for a relatively small storm to wreak such havoc.
<...> That only adds to bigger problems in the Ganges–Brahmaputra delta, which is sinking so rapidly that the local, relative sea level may be rising by up to 2 centimetres each year. And Bangladesh's population of more than 150 million people is projected to grow by a further 50 million by 2050, putting more people in harm's way.
For subsidence rates in Bangladesh, he says, “depending on how and where you measure, you might get 15 different values”.
Things are dramatically different between the west and east sides of the delta, for example. Over the past several centuries, geological forces and erosion have shifted the lower stretch of the Ganges steadily to the east, leaving the western parts of the delta especially starved of sediment. That makes the southwest particularly vulnerable to both seawater flooding and intrusion of salt into groundwater, which can make the water unfit to drink.
Syvitski's work with satellite data1 suggests that the delta is sinking below sea level by between 8 and 18 millimetres per year. But those numbers need to be checked against ground-based measurements — which are now on the way. Michael Steckler, a geologist at Columbia University's Lamont–Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York, has been installing a network of Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers to monitor subsidence since 2003. He currently maintains around 20 sites, including one established on Polder 32 last year. So far, the results suggest subsidence rates of some 9 millimetres per year in the southwest, and just 2–4 in the southeast. But the sites are still few and far between, and there are not many in the most vulnerable locations.
<...> Tide-gauge records from three locations in the southwest suggest a mean rate of relative sea-level rise of about 5 millimetres per year over the past 30 years, but some local spots have experienced an average annual high-water-level increase of 15–20 millimetres.

Source: Schiermeier, Q. (2014). Holding back the tide. Nature, 508(164166), 5.

‘Sunderbans sea level rising at an ‘alarming’ rate’

31 March, 2015. The sea level in the Sundarbans is rising at an “alarming” level, endangering the habitation, said a World Bank report.

The report stated that the sea level could witness an estimated 3 to 8 mm rise per year and mainly attributed it to land subsidence caused by various natural and anthropogenic processes, NDTV reports on its online site.

The report, titled “Building Resilience for Sustainable Development of the Sunderbans - Strategy Report” said, “Parts of the coast in the south were rising because of uplift which illustrates that impacts were not homogeneous and differ according to varying geological processes.” Source:


Vertical land motion trend colour map derived from GPS data over Peninsular Malaysia and, Sabah and Sarawak. Units are in mm/yr. 1999-2011

Source: Jebur, M. N., Pradhan, B., & Tehrany, M. S. (2014). Detection of vertical slope movement in highly vegetated tropical area of Gunung pass landslide, Malaysia, using L-band InSAR technique. Geosciences Journal18(1), 61-68.


.How accurate a guide are the current elevation maps provided by Google and GPS? If they reflect land that lies on solid rock, on a plate that will remain level and not tilt, accurate enough. But as we have explained, Java and Sumatra are land that is rubble, scrapped up as the plate tongue has been pushed down in the past. It is an illusion of solid land when rubble can jumble and toss. The placement of Jakarta in the past involved some logic, as tests were made to determine if the rock beneath could sustain buildings. But sinking is occurring there, not admitted in the press. At some point the airport will become unusable. In addition to the issue of solid rock vs jumble, there is the issue of the accordion folding of the plate tongue. Some parts will rise, others sink, and this will not be an even process nor even predictable. Thus Google will not be a certain guide to what lands will sink or stay above the waves.

ZetaTalk Chat Q&A for January 22, 2011

Yellow, red area sinking. Yellow areas 4-2 cm/year sinking

Chaussard, E., Amelung, F., Abidin, H., & Hong, S. H. (2013). Sinking cities in Indonesia: ALOS PALSAR detects rapid subsidence due to groundwater and gas extraction. Remote Sensing of Environment128, 150 161.

[1] 8 June, 2016. Hundreds of Houses in Probolinggo Awash Flood Rob. Source:

[2] 9 December, 2012. Anticipate Flood Rob. Source:

[3] 31 May, 2013. Rob seawater flooding in the port of Semarang. Source:

[4] 7 June, 2016. Tidal flood in the Port of Muara Baru Source:

[5] 8 September, 2015. Flood Rob Still a Major Problems in Semarang Source:

[6] 20 June, 2016.

Land subsidence magnitudes as derived by GPS surveys from 1998 to 2014 (Wibowo, 2014).

Abidin, H. Z., Andreas, H., Gumilar, I., & Wibowo, I. R. R. (2015). On correlation between urban development, land subsidence and flooding phenomena in Jakarta. Proceedings of IAHS370, 15-20. CC Attribution 3.0 License

Impacts of land subsidence on flooding phenomena.

Abidin, H. Z., Andreas, H., Gumilar, I., & Wibowo, I. R. R. (2015). On correlation between urban development, land subsidence and flooding phenomena in Jakarta. Proceedings of IAHS370, 15-20. CC Attribution 3.0 License




Comment by Stanislav on October 22, 2016 at 6:36pm


This handout photo taken on August 8, 2012 and released by the Department of National Defense (DND) shows an aerial shot of floodings around Malabon town, suburban Manila. More than a million people in and around the Philippine capital battled deadly floods August 8, as more monsoon rain fell, with neck-deep waters trapping both slum dwellers and the wealthy on rooftops. AFP PHOTO/DND. Source:

Results of DInSAR and InSAR time series analysis by using ENVISAT/ASAR, ALOS/PALSAR and TerraSAR-X data.

Deguchi, T. (2014, October). Deformation monitoring in the metro Manila using ALOS/PALSAR. In SPIE Remote Sensing (pp. 924315-924315). International Society for Optics and Photonics.

Profile of surface displacement in line of sight

Source: Deguchi, T. (2014, October). Deformation monitoring in the metro Manila using ALOS/PALSAR. In SPIE Remote Sensing (pp. 924315-924315). International Society for Optics and Photonics.


Land subsidence occurs in municipalities and counties throughout Taiwan, including Taipei and Yilan in the north, and Changhua, Yunlin, Chiayi, and Pingdong in Central and Southern Taiwan as shown on Map. Maximal subsidence ranges from 1.2 m to 3.2 m, affecting an area of 2000 km2. The most severely affected areas are located in Yunlin County. Their effects include dike failures, seawater encroachment in coastal aquifers, coastal inundation, and salinity intrusion.

Distribution of land subsidence in Taiwan from 1972 to 2012 (adapted from the Water Resources Agency, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taiwan).

Source: Hsu, W. C., Chang, H. C., Chang, K. T., Lin, E. K., Liu, J. K., & Liou, Y. A. (2015). Observing Land Subsidence and Revealing the Factors That Influence It Using a Multi-Sensor Approach in Yunlin County, Taiwan. Remote Sensing, 7(6), 8202-8223. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0).

Cumulative land subsidence obtained by leveling data in Yunlin County from 1992 to 2013. The figure shows various time spans of cumulative land subsidence from (a–g): (a) 1992–1999; (b) 1992–2003; (c) 1992–2005; (d) 1992–2007; (e) 1992–2009; (f) 1992–2011; (g) 1992–2013.

Source: Hsu, W. C., Chang, H. C., Chang, K. T., Lin, E. K., Liu, J. K., & Liou, Y. A. (2015). Observing Land Subsidence and Revealing the Factors That Influence It Using a Multi-Sensor Approach in Yunlin County, Taiwan. Remote Sensing, 7(6), 8202-8223. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0).

(a) SAR mean LOS velocity map from 2007 to 2010; (b) raster map interpolated from (a)

Source: Hsu, W. C., Chang, H. C., Chang, K. T., Lin, E. K., Liu, J. K., & Liou, Y. A. (2015). Observing Land Subsidence and Revealing the Factors That Influence It Using a Multi-Sensor Approach in Yunlin County, Taiwan. Remote Sensing, 7(6), 8202-8223. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0).

Taiwan Continuous GPS Data Analysis and a Study on Earthquake Precursor Detection (PI: Yu, Shui-Beih) Source:

Cumulative subsidence derive from leveling over 1992–2013. 

Source: Hung, W. C., Wang, C., Hwang, C., Chen, Y. A., Chiu, H. C., & Lin, S. H. (2015). Multiple sensors applied to monitorland subsidence in Central Taiwan.Proceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences372, 385-391. CC Attribution 3.0 License.

(a) Distributions of continuous GPS stations in CRAF (b) Vertical displacement rate from GPS over April 2010–April 2011

Source: Hung, W. C., Wang, C., Hwang, C., Chen, Y. A., Chiu, H. C., & Lin, S. H. (2015). Multiple sensors applied to monitorland subsidence in Central Taiwan.Proceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences372, 385-391. CC Attribution 3.0 License.

Vertical displacement rate from TCPINSAR over 2007–2011. 

Source: Hung, W. C., Wang, C., Hwang, C., Chen, Y. A., Chiu, H. C., & Lin, S. H. (2015). Multiple sensors applied to monitorland subsidence in Central Taiwan.Proceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences372, 385-391. CC Attribution 3.0 License.


Maximum rate of hydraulic head decline (i.e., drawdown) among aquifers, interpolated from monitoring well data. Well locations are labeled alphabetically. (B). Compaction-based subsidence rates, interpolated from calculations at well locations. Subsidence is a function of both head decline and clay thickness. Dashed lines are interpreted outside of area of data coverage. (C). InSAR-based line of sight rates of land subsidence. Data © JAXA, METI 2011. All rates in panels A–C are annual averages over the period 2006–10.

Source: Erban, L. E., Gorelick, S. M., & Zebker, H. A. (2014). Groundwater extraction, land subsidence, and sea-level rise in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. Environmental Research Letters9(8), 084010. 

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Hanoi, Vietnam


(A) Averaged 2007 – 2009 LOS velocity map of nearly full Hanoi area, overlaying the topographic map of Hanoi.

(B) LOS deforming map of urban districts near the Red River and West Lake (Tay Ho).

(C) Land subsidence map of western Tu Liem and Eastern Hoai Duc, PS X and Y are two reference points to measure temporal evolution in Section 3.

(D) Land subsidence map of Ha Dong and southern Thanh Xuan.

(E) Land subsidence map of Hoang Mai.

(F) Land subsidence map of Luong Son.

(G) Ground deformation map of My Duc.

This study has presented the short-term ground deformation of nearly-full area of Hanoi, mapped by an ALOS PALSAR stack between 2007 and 2009. By using advanced InSAR time series technique, various subsidence areas were located and discussed, especially new subsidence region that has never been studied before in Luong Son and My Duc districts. For those deforming area in the center of the city, the results show great agreements with previous studies, confirming the subsidence rate of surrounding urban area including Hoang Mai, Ha Dong and Tu Liem is at high level (over 40 mm/year). Temporal evolution analysis was also performed to confirm the consistent of the results.

Le, S. T., & Chang, C. P. (2015, October). Surface deformation assessments in Hanoi, Vietnam using ALOS PALSAR interferometry. In Proceedings of the 36th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS 2015), Manila, Philippines (pp. 19-23).

North Vietnam

(A) Map of South East Asia fault zone; (B) Tectonic structures and fault zones in northern Vietnam (modified after Zuchiewicz et al., 2013). Song stands for river, FZ: fault zone.

The coverage and the average displacement velocities of the RRFZ from the boundary between Vietnam and China (Lao Cai) to the area nearby Ha Noi (Phu Tho), overlaying northern Vietnam topography map. Dark brown lines represent Red and Chay river fault.




(A) Averaged surface deformation map of RRFZ in Lao Cai area. The dark lines present faults system. LOS velocity ranged from -60 to 60 mm per year. (B) Averaged surface deformation map of RRFZ near Yen Bai city. (C) Averaged surface deformation map of RRFZ near Viet Tri city

Nguyen, Xuan Thi; Chang, Chung-Pai  (2015) MAPPING SURFACE DEFORMATION IN RED RIVER FAULT ZONE USING SPACEBORNE SAR INTERFEROMETRY In Proceedings of the 36th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS 2015), Manila, Philippines 

The vertical displacement history from 2006 to 2010. Positive velocities (blue colors) represent uplift; negative velocities (red colors) represent subsidence. The background is the average backscatter ALOS PALSAR data. 

The average velocity trend from 2006 to 2010. Positive velocities (blue colors) represent movement uplift; negative velocities (red colors) represent movement subsidence.  

Minh, D. H. T., Van Trung, L., & Toan, T. L. (2015). Mapping ground subsidence phenomena in Ho Chi Minh City through the radar interferometry technique using ALOS PALSAR data. Remote Sensing7(7), 8543-8562. Source:

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Averaged vertical subsidence velocity in urban region of Hanoi issued from InSAR processing for the period February 2007–February 2011

Dang, V. K., Doubre, C., Weber, C., Gourmelen, N., & Masson, F. (2014). Recent land subsidence caused by the rapid urban development in the Hanoi region (Vietnam) using ALOS InSAR data. Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci14, 657-674. CC Attribution 3.0 License.

Each year, Ca Mau sinks by 1.71 cm

Dr. Do Van Linh, Deputy Head of the Southern Region Geological Mapping Federation, said the deepest subsidence in Ca Mau was measured 1.71 cm a year, while the average subsidence due to groundwater exploitation was about 0.35 cm a year.

There are three reasons for this situation: subsidence due to young sediment and water exploitation, and by tectonic movements. This trend will continue in the coming years.

If the exploited water volume is divided for the total area of Ca Mau province (approximately 4,350 km2), the speed of subsidence is 1.9 to 2.8 cm a year. If the area of Ca Mau province is 5,300 km2 instead of 4,350 km2, the subsidence rate is 1.56 to 2.30 cm a year. Source:

Flooded Saigon - what are the causes?

26 September, 2016. <...> Many sunken areas have subsided as the silt foundation was suppressed by millions of tons of reinforced concrete, brick, mortar, and stone. In Thao Dien, District 2, in the 10 years from 1997 to 2007, subsidence was recorded of about 5cm - 7cm per year in some locations. Since then, flooding caused by high tides has occurred in the city’s low-lying areas. Source:


Study area

"The application of the technique on 10 Radarsat-1 satellite images covering the eastern coast of the inner Gulf of Thailand reveal fast subsidence in many areas, particularly at Golf course, Mueang Chon buri, Laem Chabang deep-sea port and Cape Sa-Mae-Saan."

Aobpaet A; Trisirisatayawong I; Hooper A (2011) Coastal zone deformation over eastern inner Gulf of Thailand using multi-temporal InSAR method, 32nd Asian Conference on Remote Sensing 2011, ACRS 20111, pp.120-125.




The Perth metropolitan region is subsiding, research suggests


21 October, 2015. Curtin University research indicates that large parts of the Perth Basin are subsiding due to groundwater extraction, which could make parts of Perth more vulnerable to the effects of rising sea levels.

Professor Will Featherstone and Dr Mick Filmer, from Curtin’s Institute for Geoscience Research (TIGeR) and the WA School of Mines Department of Spatial Sciences, completed the research as part of Australian Research Council grants issued to study subsidence in the Perth Basin, its effect on heights and how it impacts sea level change recorded by tide gauges.

Scientist warns Perth basin is subsiding

17 October, 2007. One of Australia's leading scientists says the subsidence of the Perth basin could have long term consequences for building and the supply of services to the city. Source:

Comment by SongStar101 on October 20, 2016 at 10:33pm

Massive and Mysterious Ice Fall in Tibet (Largest/Fastest Glacier movement ever recorded)

On July 17, 2016, a huge stream of ice and rock tumbled down a narrow valley in the Aru Range of Tibet. When the ice stopped moving, it had spread a pile of debris that was up to 30 meters (98 feet) thick across 10 square kilometers (4 square miles). Nine people, 350 sheep, and 110 yaks in the remote village of Dungru were killed during the avalanche.

The massive debris field makes this one of the largest ice avalanches ever recorded. The only event of a comparable size was a 2002 avalanche from Kolka Glacier in in the Caucasus , explained Andreas Kääb, a glaciologist at the University of Oslo.

A multispectral imager on the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2 satellite captured an image of the debris field on July 21, 2016. The Operational Land Imager, a similar instrument on Landsat 8, acquired an image on June 24, 2016, that shows the same area before the avalanche.

The cause of the avalanche is unclear. “This is new territory scientifically,” said Kääb. “It is unknown why an entire glacier tongue would shear off like this. We would not have thought this was even possible before Kolka happened.”

Kääb’s preliminary analysis of satellite imagery indicates that the glacier showed signs of change weeks before the avalanche happened. Normally, such signs would be clues the glacier might be in the process of surging, but surging glaciers typically flow at a fairly slow rate rather than collapsing violently in an avalanche.

After inspecting the satellite imagery, University of Arizona glaciologist Jeffrey Kargel agreed that a surging glacier could not be the cause. “The form is completely wrong,” he said. “It must be a high-energy mass flow. Maybe liquid water lubrication at the base played some role,” he said.

Tian Lide, a glaciologist at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, described the avalanche as “baffling” because the area where the ice collapse began is rather flat. “My team failed to reach the upper part of the glacier for safety reasons,” he said in an email, “but we will go the upper part [later] to see if we can find some more hints about what caused the glacier disaster.”

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Comment by SongStar101 on October 20, 2016 at 8:47pm

Hundreds of deep-sea vents found spewing methane off US coast

Methane is gushing forth from hundreds of newly-discovered deep-sea vents all along the US’s western seaboard.

It appears that the entire coast off Washington, Oregon and California is a giant methane seep,” says Robert Ballard, founder and director of the Ocean Exploration Trust in Connecticut.

In all, 500 new seeps were discovered by submersibles operated from the trust’s ship, Nautilus (see video below). The discovery will be presented this week in New York at the National Ocean Exploration Forum.

However, there’s still work to be done to pin down the exact composition of the bubbles coming from the seeps. “Members of our group are analysing the samples taken in June for a wide range of gases,” says Robert Embley, chief scientist on the Nautilus.

Embley says that previous samples from similar sites were mostly methane, but methane hydrate – made from water and methane – can form too.

Methane has the potential to accelerate global warming because it traps heat 40 times as effectively as carbon dioxide. Knowing how much is gushing out of the seeps and what amount makes it into the atmosphere should enable estimates of their impact on global warming in the future.

“The first step to finding out is getting a baseline of what’s coming out of the seafloor at present,” says Embley.

The team thinks it is likely that they will find yet more seeps on the seafloor off the eastern US. “We hope there will be opportunities for more mapping in the next couple of field seasons to get a more complete baseline of sites,” says Embley.

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