I had never heard of Jim Berkland until a friend from Malaysia posted the Fox News interview on FACEBOOK. So, I did some digging, and this is what I found (not many credible news sources out there have picked up this story).
Retired geologist Jim Berkland, who forecast the 1989 World Series earthquake in California, is one person who believes California is the location of the next big earthquake.
Berkland told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto on Tuesday that he looks at patterns like the appearance of dead fish can indicate an earthquake is due.
“There are many clues out there. Many of my colleagues have ignored these clues,” Berkland said.
In addition to nature activities, Berkland looks at tidal conditions as indicators of earthquakes.
“I see the highest tidal force on the 19th of this month,” he said. “And the next day is the Equinox.”
“Southern California just had an usual fish wash ashore,” he told Cavuto.
Jim Berkland on Fox News Video
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LOS ANGELES TIMES March 8, 2011
Redondo Beach awoke Tuesday to find a carpet of death laid atop the water, as if Davy Jones himself had burped up a couple hundred years worth of lunches. Thousands of silvery sardines floated atop the King Harbor marina fin-to-fin, with hundreds of thousands more, perhaps millions, piled on the coppery bottom, 18 inches deep in some spots.
Glen Thompson, 51, a local business owner and a King Harbor Yacht Club member for 25 years, dropped by the marina to check on work that was being done on his boats, a 27-foot fishing boat named Termite’s Delight and a 30-foot sailboat called Magic Carpet. He wound up, he said, “rubbernecking like everybody else.”
“Of course we’re concerned,” he said. “But it’s just a fluke. They happened to be out there, and like any smart animal, they sought refuge.… I’m a local boy. I’ve never seen anything like this.”
U. S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
RING OF FIRE
PACIFIC NORTHWEST AT RISK FOR A MEGA EARTHQUAKE
THE SAN ANDREAS FAULT
Of course, most scientists do not give credence to the notions that Jim Berkland is espousing. Are they right? Or is he right? If so, the US West Coast is in for a rough ride.
One thing is certain on this planet traversing the cosmos. Earthquakes happen daily from very mild to extremely severe on occasion. What happened last Friday, March 11 in Japan was a tragic series of events which resulted in untold damage and deaths in the thousands. Unfortunately, the misery and hardship continues in that beautiful country of the rising sun.
It is always prudent to be prepared for emergencies. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has vast amounts of information.
Always be prepared. Take dire, doomsday predictions with a grain of salt. Check and verify information that you hear, see, read, etc. Most of all, don’t panic.
Remain calm and use common sense. Be prepare to help those in your community. Get certified in CPR and first aid and other training offered in your communities.
In a disaster local, state, and federal authorities could use all the help they can get. Most of all do what they tell you. They have been trained for these events.
I truly hope you will never face anything like Japan has in your lifetime. However, unpredictability and disaster seem to go hand in hand on this orb.
G. D. Williams © 2011