I have heard America called "a Christian Nation" -- the Right-wing Republicans who now rule then legislatures of various states are "Tea-Party" and the same Right-wing which, when in control under Reagan & Bush, has twice doubled the National Debt -- and now uses the result of their fiscal destruction of the nation as an excuse to destroy its social institutions.
Curiously, Medical Care is a prime target -- its destruction, along with the undermining of education, supported by Right-wing Fundamentalist Christians. This is curious, because Jesus commanded his followers to tend the sick. But America is a "Christian Nation" ... just as Europe was when the Black Plague settled there and found a welcome home. One must wonder how America rates against other nations when it comes to Cancer, Heart attacks, and other preventable health risks.
AND now to Japan and its earthquake. Pick a Ricter number 8.8, 89. 9.0 -- there is an intensity difference ... but all at at the maximum end of the scale. The power of the earthquake was midigated by the fact it was off the coast and out to sea -- the water cushioned the force ... though by converting it into a tsunami wave. What would happen if it had been on land? Or well inland? What if it had been on the San Andres Fault or in New Madrid Missouri?
Never heard of an earthquake at New Madrid Missouri? It was in 1812 ... Check the map for the range of damage caused by a quake in the middle of the scale -- 6.5+/1.
Earthquakes at New Madrid
• December 16, 1811, 0815 UTC (2:15a.m.); (M ~7.2-8.1) epicenter, northeast Arkansas.
• December 16, 1811, 1415 UTC (8:15a.m.); (M ~7.2-8.1) epicenter, northeast Arkansas.
• January 23, 1812, 1500 UTC (9 a.m.); (M ~7.0-7.8) epicenter, in the Missouri Bootheel.
• February 7, 1812, 0945 UTC (4:45 a.m.); (M ~7.4-8.0) epicenter near New Madrid, Missouri.
Seven Weeks, Four Earthquakes -- none below 7.0.
Christians like to say the deity punishes evil … which is why the Black Plague struck Europe and spread worse than it did elsewhere in the world. Radical Islamists refer to America as “The Great Satan” – wouldn’t a divine earthquake be a great way to defeat Satan?
Look at the maps (above). Imagine what would happen if a 9.0 struck either Los Angeles, San Francisco, or, even better, New Madrid Missouri.
The area of impact from a 6.7 at New Madrid Missouri would – given today’s demographics – impact the lives of fully half the American population … the majority of whom live in the “Christian Bible Belt” … just as the Black Plague affected those in the “Holy Roman Empire”.
A Pattern to note:
1. December 1811 New Madrid earthquake; 2. 1906 San Francisco earthquake; (1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Fire vs 2001 WTC); 3. 2011 Japan … December 2012? … we are in countdown, though not too many have come forward with their doom&gloom predictions (based on the Mayan Calendar & Hindu Ages).