Sprat Issue 20 - Mystery Cracks In The Earth
By James Donahue
Something recently happened in Michigan. A large crack stretching several hundred feet
in length and about five feet deep appeared in the ground. That the event occurred in a rural area and far from major news
outlets probably accounts for the fact that it gained little public attention.
The Michigan crack occurred Monday, October 4, 2011, on property occupied by Eileen
Heider on Bay de Noc Road in Menominee County, near the Wisconsin State line not far from the Western shore of Lake Michigan.
Heider said she was sitting in a recliner watching television at about 8:30 a.m. when
the recliner shook. "I thought a spring in the chair went," she said.
Neighbors reported hearing a boom, like a clap of thunder. There was no seismic activity
in the area so an earthquake was ruled out.
The next day a friend stopped at the house and noticed something had changed. There
was a 15-foot-high mound where the earth had been flat. The mound was separated by a 600-foot-long crack, five-feet deep and
twisting through a wood lot. The trees along the crack that once stood vertical, were tipped about 30 degrees left and right
away from the crack.
Authorities have not explained the crack. They say there was no record of an earthquake.
There is no gas line running through the area so an underground explosion was ruled out. So what caused this strange upheaval?
Back in June, 2005, in another isolated area hear Claude, Texas, another crack in the
earth, even more dramatic than what happened in Michigan, also appeared in much the same way. There were no reports of an
earthquake. The crack just appeared overnight.
The Texas crack was so massive it stretched hundreds of yards in length and one report
said it measured from 30 to 50 feet deep. A nearby pond was completely drained of its water. Geologists tried to explain it
by suggesting that the crack was caused by a shifting joint in the plates under the Earth’s surface. But that suggests
an earthquake fault, and no quakes were recorded.
Some noted that the Claude crack, located in the Texas Panhandle near Amarillo, is not
far from the Palo Duro Canyon State Park. That canyon is 120 miles long, about 20 miles wide and has a depth of more than
800 feet. It is believed to have been cut by water erosion from the Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River.
While moving water can be marked as the cause of the many strange cuts and canyons covering
the dry lands of our planet, the cause of sudden appearances of the cracks in Michigan and Texas has baffled the people who
are trained to know and understand the things going on under our feet.
Our Godlike Productions soothsayer Jack Sprat lists tears in the earth among his list
of concerns. Fractures in the ground often occur during earthquakes so they happen frequently and their origin is not a mystery
in most cases.
When the Puyehue volcano recently erupted at Santiago, Chile, a strange six-mile-long
rift occurred just over two miles away. The tear was so massive they said it was three miles wide.
Long fractures have been recorded in the ground along California's infamous San Andreas
fault when those plates move. The ground tore apart during the Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964.
Tears in the earth like the ones recorded in Michigan and Texas, not associated with
known earthquake movement, are relatively rate, however.