Earthquake data on a whole is extremely important, especially for those living near a highly active earthquake zone. Most of us rely on getting this data from several sources, the main one being USGS (U.S. Geological Survey).
I for one have been very interested in earthquake and volcanic activity for years and have started keeping my own records when I noticed a increase in seismic activity during 2009/2010. But how accurately can one chart these events? Is the information provided accurate and correct?
The reason for my doubts would be the numerous Earthquake recordings that are removed during a year; most are removed within 10 min of appearing and the reason cited for this is that the data is declared an "incorrect reading'.
While this may be plausible, during 2010 we noticed a pattern forming. The "faulty" recordings seemed to mostly come from Northern California. Does this mean they have faulty equipment? If so, why not replace them - or is there more going on than we are being told?
Our records of the earthquake also included quakes recorded under near or around Super Volcanoes, which since last week has taken a loss in information when the source site we collected the data from suddenly came under a DDOS Attack. Since its return, it has yet to show data of quakes happening near the Super Volcanoes.
Then, this Morning, I noticed an increase in activity in Northern California when 2 Quakes appeared in Yellowstone 10 min apart. I took a screen shot as I had a feeling they wouldn’t be there for long, and was proven correct - they have since disappeared.
Experts may be downplaying the increase in activity during 2010 and shouting everyone down that disagrees with them, but are they in a position to do this as during 1 day we counted over 60 quakes that had been removed during the swarm of quakes in YEMEN during 2010? So really, how can any of us be sure of anything when information is removed?
How can USGS or anyone else say there has been no increase during 2010 when its USGS has diluted figures that show a minimum 30% increase on large quakes 5 Mag. or higher during 2010. and that is even after the removed recorded quakes?