Why Earthquakes Are Earth’s Heartbeat

All ancient cultures believed that Earth is a living organism. We seemed to have lost this idea. But if Earth is indeed a living organism it could have a heartbeat. Is there any evidence to find which supports this idea? Yes, it seems so.
Fig. 1: If Earth is an organism, it must have a heartbeat. Is it observable in any way?

Life Produces Life

Some people feel intuitively that Earth is a living being. Say for yourself, how can something which is dead sustain life? Wouldn’t that violate all logic? Many native peoples, like the Indians and the Aboriginals knew that Earth is a living organism. It appears as the years go by, and fundamental science progresses, we discover that most of what the natives had to say was actually true.

Opponents of that idea would argue that if we would travel to Mars, and grow plants on board of a spaceship, these plants would grow as well? After all a spaceship is a dead thing. If that would actually work, which we yet don’t know for sure, this plant life would be sustained by us, living beings, only with this difference that we’ve outsourced our care with technology which we’ve invented for that specific purpose.

These artificial plants will most probably be unable to reproduce themselves, i.e not able to produce fertile seeds, due to the genetic modifications to get these plants to grow in an artificial environment in the first place.

And one of the elementary key features of life is reproduction (note: the Moon is an offspring of the Earth). It could mean that artificial plants on board of a spaceship wouldn’t meet all requirements to be called alive. Maybe an interesting topic for a debate.

The basic argument is that something which is completely dead cannot sustain life. It’s hard to believe the Earth is not alive, and I will show you why it is alive with mathematics.

Earth and the Gaia Theory

Fig. 3: Lovelock’s shows in another way that Earth is alive.

The Gaia theory of James Lovelock proposes that organisms like plants, bacteria, animals, fish, etcetera form together with the inorganic substances a self-regulating system. All parts in this system work together to maintain the habitability on Earth.

All lifeforms on Earth are considered to be part of one single living planetary being, called Gaia.

The energy produced by the Sun, for example, has increased with 30% since the Earth is believed to be formed 4.5 billion years ago, but the temperature on Earth didn’t seem to have risen with 30%. How did Earth manage to keep its temperature steady? There must a very complex, active feedback loop at work on Earth, through an interactive collaboration between all organic life which includes the Earth itself.

What follows from the Gaia theory is that if Earth would work together with all the organisms on it, the Earth would be an intelligent organism itself. Like already said, how can a dead thing sustain life, and have an active feedback system?

The question is: if Earth is an organism, does it have a heartbeat?

Heartbeat in Relation to the Size of Animals

The heart rates of animals depend of their size, weight, and metabolism. This all boils down to basically the same thing: small animals have high metabolisms and low weight, and large animals have low metabolisms and high weight.

That results into a distinct relation between two characteristics weight and heart rate.

If Earth is a living organism, it could have a heartbeat. If so, at which frequency would it beat?

Heart Rates From Small to Large

Average Weight (Kg)
Average Heart Rate (beats per minute)
Rabbit 2
Small dog
Medium dog
Large dog
Blue Whale

 Graphical Representation

Fig. 4: Relation between weights and heart rates. Note: both X and Y-axis are logarithmic, which results into a straight line.

What Happens If We Extrapolate That Line?

The formula which is derived from the graph above can be used to calculate Earth’s theoretical heart rate.

  • heart rate (n/min) = 213.7 × weight(kg)-0.271

The Earth weighs 5.97×1024 kg. When we perform the math correctly it results in 1 beat per 42.2 years.

When we round that number to an integer according to the rounding rules we end up with: 42. Many people believe there is something magical with the number 42.

Some say that 42 is the ultimate number of the universe and the answer to everything. If that is really true will remain the question. Of all possible numbers we ended up with this number as the heart rate of Mother Earth, based on the heart rates of the organisms that live on it. An interesting observation and so a good reason to look deeper.

Fig. 5: The pattern of an electrocardiogram (PQRST) of a human has one major peak (R) and two minor peaks before (P) and after (T) the major peak. The T peak is always stronger than the P peak. Earthquakes show exactly the same pattern: the T earthquakes are always stronger than the P earthquakes.

The Heart Rate of the Earth

Earth’s alleged heart rate has similarities with Earth’s recurring earthquake history.

The two most heavy earthquakes over the last decades, Chile 1960 and Sumatra 2004, had 44 years in between them, which is close quite to the calculated 42.2 years. Would that be coincidence? Or are there more patterns to find that reinforce this observation?

Of all possibilities are both peaks (Chile and Sumatra) almost each others antipodes.

When we take a look at all significant earthquakes from 1900 till 2014 and convert them into an energy pattern, we see a more consistent pattern occur.

When we measure our own pulse, we do that at least during a longer period, and not just between two heartbeats, because heartbeat rates vary. So we have to measure over a longer period of time.

Another thing is, when we examine earthquakes over a longer period of time we’re seeing similar patterns as in an electrocardiogram of Humans. There’s a major peak (R), and two minor peaks before (P) and after (T) the major peak. The P is smaller than the T. Earthquakes follow a similar pattern.

An Electrocardiogram of the Earth?

Fig. 6: This graph shows an interesting pattern. We’re seeing that every very large earthquake (R = 1922, 1960, 2004) which has an average frequency of 42 years, is accompanied with a group of minor earthquakes. Are these the Ps and Ts like we see in a cardiogram? Another pattern we’re seeing is that the larger the earthquakes become the longer it takes to complete the PRT cycle. 

The Earth Shows a similar PQRST Pattern

Like already said, when we look at earthquake energy releases, we’re seeing similar peaks as in the PQRST cardiogram of a Human being. The large peak, the large earthquake, is preceded by a minor earthquake (P) and is also followed by minor earthquake (T). The T quake is in all cases larger than the P quake. This is also similar as in electrocardiograms of Humans.

The similarities are adding up. Is the Earth really alive? How does it react to nuclear tests and fracking operations? Probably not so well.

Showing a PQRST Pattern

Fig. 7: In this animation we’re seeing that earthquakes follow the same cardiogram pattern as that of Humans. The events follow always the same pattern: first a minor quake, then a large quake, followed by a quake of a strength which is in between the two. Note that because we have converged the earthquakes into energy (similar as in a cardiogram) to make the pattern more distinguishable, the quake of 1960 in Chile is towering above them, as well as the afterquake (which is a T) in Alaska of 1964.

Does This Pattern Continues to Go Back?

Before 1900 there are no official records of magnitudes. Based upon the recorded damage reports, were seismologists able to estimate the magnitude on Richter’s scale. Each locality for which information is available is assigned a score on the so called Mercalli Scale.

We’ve carefully checked all registered earthquakes before 1900 and putted them in a graph. Then we’ve made the most probable fit onto this pattern. Of all possibilities the number 42 resurfaced again, but now from a totally different angle.

An interesting result.

Top 10 Earthquakes before 1900

Location Year Magnitude
Sumatra 1833 9
Chile 1868 9
Peru 1746 8.8
Portugal 1755 8.8
Chile 1877 8.8
Japan 1498 8.6
Japan 1707 8.6
Sumatra 1861 8.5
Japan 1854 8.5
Chile 1751 8.5

The Most Likely Pattern From 1498 Till Now

Fig. 8: This graph contains the major earthquakes from 1498 (Japan) up to 2004 (Sumatra). The Earthquake of Japan in 2011 is also present in the graph and is regarded as the T event after the big R event of Sumatra. Measured is the distance in time between the major events R. What we see is a varying frequency between the major earthquakes and a varying time distance between the alleged P, R, and T events. The towering earthquakes of Chile in 1960 and Alaska in 1964 could be related with the peak amount of atomic tests between 1958 and 1962. (Note: There were 13 major events, hence 12 periods. You must distinguish these two, like with fence poles. When you’ve 13 fence poles, you have 12 distances in between them.)

More About the Largest Earthquakes Before 1900

The magnitudes of the whole list of earthquakes before 1900 is unverified and based on observations of damage reports. The amount of very heavy earthquakes are higher after 1900 than before 1900. We could draw the fast conclusion that earthquakes are increasing but that is probably not true.

A more reliable conclusion is that damage reports underestimate the real magnitude. Some on this list could been heavier than we think. The magnitudes are not accurate enough to withdraw a reliable PQRST cardiograph pattern from it. But it seems to be reliable enough to listen to the heartbeat rhythm, the big R beat, of Mother Earth.

Underground Atomic Tests

Fig. 9: Because Earth seems to be alive as everything else on it, are underground atomic tests not the wisest things to do. The Earth will react to that like any other living being would do: agitated. Only because it reacts so very slowly we don’t recognize it as cause and effect.

The Prediction of the Next Trinity

We can predict with a high degree of certainty that, based on the above shown patterns, between 2040 and 2055 a series of 3 very heavy earthquakes will strike. The first will be the least heavy (P), than followed by the heaviest (R), and than followed by the last median heavy earthquake (T).

Maybe is the Q a deep earthquake which always precedes the large earthquake R. An interesting thought. It could be a warning.

The location will probably be the antipode of the last big quake in Sumatra, and most likely strike in Chile. It will be a heavy one. Investments in buildings and infrastructure are done for depreciation periods of many decennials. Better be prepared than surprised.

Earthquakes in between this period are just “rumbles” of Earth’s heart. Depending on how we treat the Earth in the mean time will the Earth react on this, like we’ve seen during the period of underground atomic tests. Fracking operations and deep mining operations make the Earth feel agitated. It will react. Earth is alive.

Now you know.

© 2018 by Mario Buildreps


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