Lake Mead: What is Known and What is not Known

Written by James Smith


"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics." -Mark Twain
Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.  -
Barack Obama
I think it's a good thing that there are bloggers out there watching very closely and holding people accountable. Everyone in the news should be able to hold up to that kind of scrutiny. I'm for as much transparency in the newsgathering process as possible. -Anderson Cooper

There used to be a time when we could trust our Government, and a time when we could trust the regular media. Nevertheless, that has been so long ago, I do not think most people remember that level of trust. We ask for openness and we get locked doors. We ask for honesty and the replies are nothing but lies.

Enough is enough! As Mr. Cooper has stated, bloggers should be holding people accountable for their actions. In addition, if the actions are lies and locking doors, then we should scream from the digital mountaintop about the offense. This is one man's tormented cry for honesty and transparency.

Let us review the facts, shall we. We know that the United States Geological Service (USGS) is deleting earthquakes that are well below the level of mining, and those under a lake, and those that are too shallow to register a depth.

Further, we know that area near the Colorado River did not start experiencing seismic events until after the construction of the Hoover Dam. Moreover, simply adding water to the lake does not increase seismic activity, but the creation of large reservoirs do cause seismic activity, a fact borne out all over the world. In fact, one scientist developed a saying, "Fill a lake, start an earthquake":

By 1969 the relationship between large dams and earthquakes came under renewed scrutiny, especially after the Fourth World Congress on Earthquake Engineering, in Santiago, Chile, in January of that year. At the conference a French seismologist, Professor Jean Pierre Rothe, at that time Secretary-General of the International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth’s Interior, presented a paper entitled ‘Man-Made Earthquakes’ in which he showed that the earthquakes referred to above – and a few less important ones as well – were definitely caused by the impoundment of reservoirs. J. P. Rothe, ‘Man-Made Earthquakes’, Tectonophysics, 1970, pp.215-238.

We also know that extinct volcanoes can become active again. I refer you to the Ballarat region in Australia where a University of Melbourne geologist, Associate Professor Bernie Joyce, has warned that new volcanoes can crop up around extinct volcanoes. Or how Lamington in New Guinea came back from the dead in 1951 after being extinct for 6,800 years, killing almost 3000 people. Alternatively, Fourpeaked Mountain in Alaska that many geologists would have told you was extinct until it started a new activity phase by erupting in September 2006.

However, here are a few things you did not know:

A very interesting find is that water temperature readings were taken off line on July 20, 2009, after being recording data since October 17, 2006.  Why? I have no idea, but it does add to the cloak of mystery and intrigue of missing data.

Many seismograph reporting stations providing online graphs to the public for Arizona, the Arizona Earthquake Information Center, has not provided any new graphs to the public since May 2011.



Here are two examples taken from the week of May 18, 2011. Do you notice the squiggly lines? Those did not even register as a possible seismic event in the eyes of the USGS.

The USGS did not report a SINGLE earthquake in the 10,000 plus quakes in the Canary Island region, even though several hundred in a day were recorded by their Spanish counter part. Oh, the USGS will record events in Uzbekistan, but not the Canary Islands where a massive tsunami generating potential lies. One man on YouTube claimed that the reason they are not reporting or recording these quakes were because stupid people may panic.

What else is not known, is the fact that many quakes have been deleted from the record in the area between Lake Mead and Las Vegas, as shown in this picture:

Red flames are deleted earthquakes. Green line is path to Long Valley Caldera


Furthermore, if you run a straight line from Hoover Dam to the Long Valley Caldera, North Las Vegas lies in the path, as well as the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Disposal facility. However, the facility is approximately 12 miles north of the line.  However, we do not need to worry about Long Valley Caldera. Or do we?

Overview of affected region. Red flames by Las Vegas are deleted earthquakes

During the early 1990's, trees began dying off at several places on Mammoth Mountain on the southwest edge of Long Valley Caldera. Studies conducted by USGS and U.S. Forest Service scientists show that the trees are being killed by large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) gas seeping up through the soil from magma deep beneath Mammoth Mountain. Such emissions of volcanic gas, as well as earthquake swarms and ground swelling, commonly precede volcanic eruptions. When these events precede an eruption of a "central vent" volcano, such as Mount St. Helens, Washington, they normally last only a few weeks or months. However, such symptoms of volcanic unrest may persist for decades or even centuries at large calderas, such as Long Valley Caldera. Recent studies indicate that only about one in six such episodes of unrest at large calderas worldwide actually culminates in an eruption.USGS

No to put too fine of a point on it, but there are similarities with the magma in the Long Valley Caldera and the Fortification Hill volcano - both had Mafic type magma (low viscosity that travels far), and the chemical composition have similarities with regards to radioactive isotopes of Strontium.

Now what are the headlines barking this week?

I have kept one of the worse unknowns for the last. The Government refuses to release the flood plain map to the public. Even with a FOIA request, judges are denying FOIA appeals on the bases that the information should not be released to the public. Such denials have been repeated all over the United States because of National Security. Now do you not feel more secure on how your nation is protecting you from that knowledge?

So what is the theory I am presenting?

I theorize is that the previously mellow magma chamber that feeds the Long Valley Caldera system has migrated 'rivers' over to the the region under Lake Mead. The stress of the water load has caused weak points under the lake and near Fortification Hill, setting up a potential site for more seismic activity. While the quakes in the lake have been small, damages to the underlying strata would be cumulative over the decades. As time continues, this sets up the possibility of small vents forming under Lake Mead, placing the Hoover Dam in peril. As more activity within the Long Valley Caldera occurs, this pressure may be transmitted along the magma 'rivers' like a elongated jello dish, ultimately affecting the Lake Mead Area.

This is just an idea on how a dam failure would look:


I have filed a request under the Freedom Of Information Act to be provided information about the deleted information, including surface deformations of the Lake Mead / Hoover Dam / Long Valley Caldera areas. When that becomes available I will publish my findings.

Socrates roamed the Greek countryside asking questions. Descartes would not accept anything at face value unless he could verify the claim.  Perhaps we should exercise these traits about our government’s accountability.

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