Natural gas basins as a danger during earthquakes


If you look at where the methane gas basins are, and where the earthquake centers could be, it is something to think about.

Natural gas is a gas consisting primarily of methane, typically with 0-20% higher hydrocarbons(primarily ethane). It is found associated with other hydrocarbon fuel, in coal beds, as methane clathrates, and is an important fuel source and a major feedstock for fertilizers.


What is shale gas and why is it important?

Shale gas refers to natural gas that is trapped within shale formations. Shales are fine-grained sedimentary rocks that can be rich sources of petroleum and natural gas. The production of natural gas from shale formations has rejuvenated the natural gas industry in the United States.

Maps of methane basins in the USA:




If either the Yellowstone super volcano (Caldera) or the Madrid Fault line is disrupted, these are the areas affected (notice the overlap of the initiation points and the gas basins): :


1. Volcanologists from the National Park Service and the U.S. Geological Survey have predicted that the next major Yellowstone Super Volcano eruption would make Mt. St. Helens look like a mere geologic hiccup. The 1980 St. Helen’s eruption sent 1.25 cubic miles of ash into the air;

In comparison the next Yellowstone "event" could potentially produce approximately 500 times that output volume (or 625 cubic miles).

Crop failures resulting from the cataclysmic event could last for years as a consequence of that much particulate and sulfur dioxide content in the air.

2. Madrid fault line earthquake could disrupt the methane gas basins in the areas shown, and there could be fires associated with the methane.

From 1959 earthquake in Yellowstone:


Map of oil reserves in USA:


If too much oil drilling is occurring in areas with deep methane basins, the drilling could disrupt the earth surrounding the methane, in a process calling fracturing,, and the methane could leak out.

Gas is flammable.

There could be fires all over, if disruption in the earth surface or deeper layers caused openings and let the gas out.




This is just looking at the USA so far.

Look at the gas deposits around the world.

Imagine what would happen if earthquakes or other disasters caused methane to explode from underground basins.

Map of world gas reserves:


Map of natural gas production in cubic meters per year from CIA factbook figures accessed 30 March 2006. Grey means no data.

Earthquake zones around the world:


Gas Basins and Earthquake zones overlapped:



Marianne’s Thought:

God put the oil and the gas in the ground for a reason.

Maybe they serve as a lubricant or other support for the earth’s crust.

Since God put these substances UNDER the ground, maybe it was meant that they stay there.

By drilling for these resources, we are destroying the earth’s crust.

We want prosperity and convenience.

We do not want to live naturally on the earth as it was created.

Harming the earth’s crust leaves us open to the consequences of the harm.

We have harmed creation.

Man needs to not only repent of his sins against God, and other men, but also repent of sins against creation itself.

Final note:  We may experience dangers from all this reckless activity. 

If so, there is only one place to hide, and that is in Jesus.  

If we do this, there is nothing to fear.

Material things will mean nothing.

We need to be honest, repent of our sins, and trust in Him for salvation and protection. 

Those who do not seek His face may suffer in the days ahead.


30 Responses to “Natural gas basins as a danger during earthquakes”

  1. Dear Marianne,
    Do you remember what God said to Adam in the garden of Eden? He said to take dominion over everything in and on the Earth! He gave it to us to use, not sit there and waste it! It’s all part of his plan. Remember, all things work together for good for all those who love him and are called according to his purpose! Just some thoughts!

    • hi Phil,

      Technically it is “over” not “under”.

      Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

      Gen 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

      God was giving us the responsibility to take care of nature, not to destroy it, which is what we are doing now. Right now, fish and birds are dying because of man’s negligence.

  2. With all this speculation about what will happen in the next month, year or near future i am getting a little tired and weary as well very depressed .i suggest that instead of concentrating on what will happen, to start doing something about it ,like repenting for our sins ,love one another as God commands as to do; and do good instead of evil. After all what can we do to alter the future? I think that we should first start changing our selves and who knows some of us might even survive.

    • hi Rosa

      I agree with you. But some people are very stubborn. It will take something dramatic or frightening to make people wake up.

      For those of us who have already repented and are in God’s care, we have security. We do not need to be afraid if we belong to Jesus.

      We need to pray that when God sends his warning, that people repent.

  3. Marianne,

    Well I suppose there is much to be said about both Phil and Rosa’s statements.

    I had the same thought as Phil when I first read it a couple of hours ago and I am now back to write something regarding my thoughts.

    I know you aren’t putting this on the site to bring people into fear but to bring knowledge to those who study the word with you.
    I must say you do an acceptional job.

    Today the news here in the St. Louis area said there had been 50 earthquakes in Arkansas in the past 3 days. Then tonight going
    to the earthquake information at the universities I found where
    there had evidently been an additional 10. That is alot and it is something they are calling swarms.

    Well what is happening is happening and not talking about it won’t make it go away. The Lord our God said he didn’t give us a spirit of fear. Revelations says; He who has ears, let him give ear to what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give of the fruit of the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of God.

    The word also says we perish for lack of knowledge. I want to thank you for your work and efforts you put forth to provide us
    valuable knowledge. When we have knowledge we can make a decision that is an informed decision.

    I do understand that some are going to be depressed by world news today. Actually for the past few years I didn’t even want to hear the news as it was so bad, but studying here I realized with the New Madrid fault that I was putting my head in the sand
    so to speak.

    I don’t feel so hopeless when I hear the negative thing as I know I can only do what I can do and my Father will have to make a choice in my life about the rest. We aren’t in the world alone.

    Everything being studied or reviewed is all relative to end time prophesy and relative to our lifes. If you share the stories and they scare one to repenting as Rosa put it, How wonderful could it be.

    If these were things we could do nothing about then the torment might not have an interest or a gain but I don’t think that is so here.

    Knowing things are so bad, one can prepare with emergency equipment, first aid kits, food preparations for several months.
    Prepare enough water to keep your family and loved ones and pets for 60-90 days as was suggested in the dreams.

    Unfortunately our lives maybe turned upside down, the Lord is coming back to earth again and things can’t remain status quo.

    Let us pray for the Nation of Israel, England and the USA and all of the people in general. We should always pray and lift up one another as the word says.

    Let us pray for all of our unsaved loved ones, and let us keep the hope that they will come to repentance before it is to late. The word says we should be always praying and thinking on the word and the Lord and higher things than ourselves.

    Thinking on others is an example that the Lord taught us. You were diffinately thinking of others, God bless you for your love and following the example of the Lord to Love your Brother and Sister as yourself.

    We are in the Lords hands and we don’t know how long he will terry after things are stirred up. God is the only one who knows the answer and he is the only one who knows the amount of wrath that is acceptable for the things we as people have done to others and against God.

    But he did give the earth and the resources there to man as Phil said, the question is are all of things going on today needed. When I say needed, Did God expect for man to do things that would destroy other human beings? The BP oil spill was it necessary? Is the drilling for shale gas necessary when you see that as many as 7 million people could die from an earthquake that could be brought on from the digging activity.

    It would seem to me that the scientist would have told everyone concerned that you take a gamble once you remove so much from under the earth. That the insides will have to quake as it colapses inwardly below to fill in its interior?

    But to worry is kind of silly because all is in the hands of God,he already saw the beginning to the end.

    It is like everything right now. You can’t be afraid, you have to walk the faith walk and trust the Lord. If God forbid some of us don’t make it God has a plan and purpose for all life and he provides us the greatest protection in all things.

    His love is more than we ourselves can comprehend at times. Look at the people making these decisions with dollar bills in mind. But the Lord still loves them so don’t be angry in judgment as the Lord said venegence is his and the wrath God has for the world that we are able to read about in the Bible is enough to take away your breath and dreams at this ends edge in our lives and time.

    Be blessed, be ready for all possibilities, be at peace in your heart if you are ready, knowing that all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord, as Phil reminds us.


  4. Marianne,
    have you ever heard that the oil under the earth may be a natural product of elements leaking from the earth’s core undergoing heat and pressure? If so then it is a myth that the oil supply is finite and took millions of years to form. Given the right environment you can produce oil in less that one hour. The oil may not be produced as quickly as consumed but I think this is more a way to get prices higher. However, when I see the way, oil is produced in third world countries, I get nauseated. They show a complete disinterest for people living there and for nature, just to make more profit.
    If that were so that the ground should be left untouched, shouldn’t have Solomon, the wisest man on the earth at his time know this and stopped all copper and gold production within his reach?

    • hi gyod

      Point taken. But I do think we have overdone it with the drilling.

      We have bigger equipment and drill deeper than Solomon could have done.

      We actually fracture the shale layer to get out the natural gas.

      • I see your point. In the dash for the cash they try things where they have no idea about the risks and consequences and do invest too little in security measures if there exists an enough at all. They do not ask, should we do this? They just do it. That is a total lack of reverence for God and His creation.

  5. Guys, I believe that Oil and Gas are natural resources put there by God to help us out, like plants or water. We use the Water to produce electricity and with trees we make paper and build houses, among other things. The problem may be in the abuse we do of these resources. Like Marianne says, we shouldn’t worry about these things because whatever is going to happen, has to happen for the glory of God. Natural events, wars and anything else that tribulation will bring, are part of our Lord’s prophecy.

  6. Hi Marianne, It certainly looks like our country is set up by God to potentially self destruct..How do other counties around the world look in terms of potential catastropic quakes, and volcanoes? Are there areas around the world that are movin’ and shakin’ like the Madrid fault?

    • hi Elle

      Yes, there are many other earthquake areas……a map is needed to show the comparison between gas pockets and earthquake zones.

      thanks, That was a good suggestion. I updated the page with this on it.

  7. Marianne, Thanks for the additional map.The situation is certainly global! I work on hiding in Jesus daily!! Hope to see you all in heaven! Blessings!

  8. The new madrid fault line has produced earthquakes with 8.0 plus and even without the problems of methane gas involved,…if another large earthquake were to hit in that area, many millions of people would be in great danger.

    The small 6.3 earthquake that just hit Christchurch, has caused tremendous devastation in that area and is believed to have killed sixty something people and others are missing.

    Dramatic aerial video: Strong earthquake hits Christchurch, New Zealand

    Massive 6.3 New Zealand earthquake kills dozens in Christchurch

    Major Earthquake has hit Christchurch, New Zealand

  9. If we are to worry about punishment from God for using these resources, it is simply that they have become mammon. Our pursuit of riches and comfort to the exclusion of our Creator will be our undoing. We are worshiping gold and sacrificing children to mammon and so are no different than pagan societies from centuries ago. The prediction of earthquakes has always been there. It’s one of the ways God can cut through the noise and hopefully wake people up. I am always praying that the victims of disasters past present and to come will turn to Jesus. Let’s not be fearful. Look at it as an opportunity to practice perseverance, endurance, patience, humility and faith.


    • hi Dave

      You seem to understand what I am saying the best.

      I am personally not concerned about using resources if we really need them to survive, but nations have now exploited the earth to an extreme, and much of it is a power play, to control the economies, and bring bout political scenarios that are ungodly. Much harm has occurred physically and spiritually.

  10. Pe 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
    2Pe 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
    2Pe 3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
    2Pe 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

    that last verse really sets it into the right perspective I think!


  12. Interesting read. Been busy all day with this tragedy; I switched to Spanish language and for whatever reason spreading information about today’s disaster doubled my hits. Mixed feelings about this issue of drillin/natural gas, since you know where my angle is 😉

    Thanks for sharing, and spread the message of Our Lady Of Akita, Japan.

  13. yellowstone. natural gas earthquakes.

  14. map of natural gas fracking sites in USA

    prophecy map of USA burn and flood

  15. buildings exploding….natural gas ?

  16. actually what it is happening is God getting all the evil and bringing them down .all satanic worshiperes will be killed and those that will oppose God’s messages from flourishing in the world as well the murders of the unborn.Please try and study where and to whom this explosions happen and you will find out , that I know what I am talking about ,because God has warned us in the messages.

  17. You all have to understand that the time of mercy is over .God is now saying to you this:You are either for Me :or you are against Me .there are no two ways about.and includes you all .You have to choose .you can no longer be separate from us .I urge you choose to join us in the fight or else.Suffer the consequences.

  18. This is all pure political bunk. It is disinformation from the EIA.
    Here’s a quote from July 2012:
    “Adam Sieminski began service today as the Administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). As EIA’s eighth administrator, Sieminski is responsible for directing the Nation’s primary energy statistical and analytical agency.”

    “EIA is truly fortunate to have Adam Sieminski as its new Administrator to lead the agency at a time when both domestic and international energy issues are at the forefront of the national discourse,” said Secretary of Energy Steven Chu.”

    Truly Mr. Chu? Truly? The one who would love to see our electric bills skyrocket and be cap and traded to death for emitting carbon dioxide. What shall we all stop breathing too?

    “I am grateful to the President and to Secretary Chu for their confidence in trusting me with this important assignment,” said Sieminski. “As a customer of EIA for virtually my entire professional career, I can attest to the fact EIA’s mission is as critical today as when it was created by Congress in 1977.”

    Get me a bucket. ASAP!
    Mission, mission indeed, mission to control the energy markets and making money on the ones you DON’t regulate to death. Too bad because they are going broke anyway. Maybe if you wind bags in DC all blow harder the wind could be a viable energy source!

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