Terror Threat Could Dwarf 9-11

It would start simultaneously at four locations on the San Andreas Fault plus one each on the Puente Hills Thrust Fault (which runs under the skyscrapers of downtown Los Angeles) and the Hayward Fault in the San Francisco Bay area.

Earthquakes are naturally occurring events. So, is this the smiting of us sinners that fundamentalist Christians have long prophesized? An “act of God” of unparalleled ferocity?

But, what if it wasn’t? What if the state-wide quakes and conflagration were triggered events by terrorist’s intent on inflicting death and destruction of unimagined proportions?

That’s what Tolman Geffs, an ex-missile engineer (BS, MS, PE), successful entrepreneur (Harvard MBA, 21 years as CEO), and author of the novel being released this May, The Unsung Patriots, from Trabuco Press (www.theunsungpatriots.com), believes could happen.

On November 13, 2008, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) held the cautionary ShakeOut Scenario earthquake drill in Southern California. The Southern section of the San Andreas Fault is overdue for a major seismic event by a factor of more than 2. Mere nudges could break it and the other faults free.

The scenario in his book details how those nudges can be delivered and be made to appear to be “acts of God.” The key is the use of small diameter, tactical A-bombs (equivalent to the U.S.’s now retired 40 kiloton yield W-33) not as weapons, but as energy sources to create massive steam explosions deep within faults thus triggering the release of orders of magnitude greater natural forces that have been quietly accumulating for centuries.

“Six deep wells will be sunken (8 inch inside diameter oil well casings) and then flooded for up to a year. Two bombs will then be inserted in each. Upon simultaneous detonation, the upper and lower blast fronts will collide producing horizontal pressure waves (ultra high-pressure steam and vaporized rock) propagating in opposite directions. As the pressure waves pass they will reduce the force pressing the opposing faces of the fault together, thus causing the lockups to rupture which will trigger a multi-epicenter series of earthquakes. Although, not of greater magnitude than naturally occurring quakes, the prolonged duration will multiply the destruction.” Mr. Geffs explains.

“Unfortunately, there is an unrelated hazard also possessing the potential for great carnage. It is the surreptitious oxygenation and subsequent detonation of the abandoned, early oil fields underlying downtown Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, the Port of Los Angeles, and numerous other communities. When these shallow wells were abandoned, the oil-string casings were not pulled up; the well heads were simply cut off and caps welded on. Oxygenation of these fields will turn the hydrocarbon gases in the voids and the substantial remaining oil into bombs.

“To maximize carnage, these events will be initiated simultaneously during peak traffic at the onset of a major Santa Ana wind event. Flames from the subterranean explosions will shoot from newly opened fissures. That which wasn’t obliterated will be incinerated in the following hurricane force conflagration. As was the case following September 11th, fundamentalist Christians will proclaim the devastation to be their long predicted wrath of an infuriated God, and the flames shooting from the ground will be their irrefutable proof. That this was an ‘act of war’ can never be proven to those who choose to believe otherwise. Being aware of these views, those fanatical Islamic leaders who believe the USA to be ‘The Great Satan’ may convince themselves that they can get away with such an attack. What they believe is the crucial factor.

“What I am seeking is the unbiased, independent analysis of the threats delineated. This will require the cooperative efforts of scientists from several disciplines and extensive computer simulations. If the hazards are validated, protective measures must be adopted.”

Mr. Geffs concluded, “Unfortunately, there is a near universal flaw in the human psyche; we do not take threats seriously until after they have occurred. My quest is to ensure that I’m never the in position to say, ‘I told you so.’ Meanwhile, we remain a nation of sitting ducks.”

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