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Partial Verification Of A 1936
Edgar Cayce Psychic Reading
About A Huge Volcanic Eruption
And Follow-On Earthquakes


Many people encountering the Earth-change predictions found in Edgar Cayce's readings are puzzled by his extraordinary psychic abilities. And professional geoscientists are surprised by the global scope of the geophysical information that Cayce channeled from nearly a dozen or so different sources over a period of nearly 44 years.

When told that one of Cayce's best sources of Earth change information was an archangel known as Halaliel, for example, some would press for details, while others would simply turn away. Similarly, when told that the second best source was a reincarnated woman who was told in her reading from Cayce that she had been "...a daughter of the Inn Keeper, that stood by -- and was the second of those that took the Babe into their arms...," some people accepted the information while others rejected it.

Numerous geophysical predictions from the two sources just above were given which dealt with serious catastrophes like the destruction of America's west coast cities and New York City, the changing of northern Europe in the twinkling of an eye, the greater portion of Japan sinking into the sea, and the shifting of the poles of Earth's rotational axis, all to happen soon.

Now while all of these specific Earth changes have been described and evaluated as to their validity in our book, "Earth's catastrophic past and future," not a single one of them has actually occurred, until now. This particular Earth-change prediction was channeled by Cayce on January 21, 1936 and its realization took place - to a certain degree - during a three-month interval between February 11 through May 14, 2010.

Although the particular segment of the reading itself is given below, note that there is one caveat to the accuracy of the reading to consider. Sometimes, in the transmission of information from a psychic source to Cayce's voice box, factors - detailed in other readings - could cause a "wavering" of the truth of the words themselves. This apparently occurred, in the reading passage that follows.


A Predictive Passage in Cayce Reading 270-35
January 21, 1936

If there are the greater activities in the Vesuvius, or Pelee, then the southern coast of California - and the areas between Salt Lake and the southern portions of Nevada - may expect, within the three months following same, an inundation by the earthquakes.

But these, as we find, are to be more in the southern than in the northern hemisphere.

270-35; January 21, 1936

This reading was given for a 50-year-old male, a Protestant and an accountant. Present at the reading were Gertrude Cayce (the conductor of the reading), Gladys Davis (the stenographer), Estella Smith, Jack Tobin, Jr., and Hugh Lynn Cayce (Mr. and Mrs. Cayce's oldest son).

The requester, a Mr. 270, was in San Francisco, California for the reading.

The suggestion used by Mrs. Cayce for this reading asked Mr. Cayce to address the body and inquiring mind of Mr. 270. Written questions were available for asking. After answering 18 questions about Mr. 270's physical problems, business considerations, political matters, mining situations, and real estate deals, this final question of the reading was offered to the sleeping Edgar Cayce, as follows:

Q) What is the primary cause of earthquakes? Will San Francisco suffer from such a catastrophe this year? If so, give date, time and information for the guidance of this body, who has personal property, records and a wife, all of which it wishes safety.

A) We do not find that this particular district (San Francisco) in the present year will suffer the great MATERIAL damages that HAVE been experienced heretofore. While portions of the country will be affected, we find these will be farther EAST than San Francisco - or those SOUTH, where there has NOT been heretofore the greater activity.

The causes of these, of course, are the movements about the Earth; that is, internally - and the cosmic activity or influence of other planetary forces and stars and their relationships produce or bring about the activities of the elementals of the earth; that is, the earth, the air, the fire, the water - and those combinations make for the replacements in the various activities.

270-35; January 21, 1936

This reading then goes on to conclude with the fragment given at the top of this section.

Note that the predictions in the first two paragraphs of the answer proved to be accurate, as documented in 1996, in Hutton's book, "Coming Earth Changes," (A.R.E. Press).

Earthquakes are indeed caused by internal movements “about the Earth,” and no earthquakes affected San Franscisco in 1936. This suggests that the information for the entire reading fragment of interest is from a source high enough to make credible predictions. This source might even have been as high as the universal, or cosmic-consciousness source. We would not think of it as being lower than the archangel source level.

Summary Evaluation for Reading 270-35

The predictions of Earth changes given in the reading fragment under analysis seem to be reliable and with but one example of wavered truth. (The use of the name Soufriere Hills for Pelee in the reading.) This reading fragment, however, is believed to have true predictive capability.



Here is a December 2009 activity report for Soufrière Hills volcano on the Caribbean island of Montserrat, prior to its catastrophic eruption of February 11, 2010. This report indicate something of the increasing activity of the volcano as Soufrière Hills volcano approached February 11, 2010.

23 December-29 December 2009, as reported by Montserrat Volcano Observatory

MVO reported that during 11-19 December activity from the Soufrière Hills lava dome continued at a high level. Observations with a high-resolution thermal camera revealed multiple rockfall channels on the W, NW, N, and NE flanks of the lava dome. Frequent pyroclastic flows were noted on the northern flank; pyroclastic flows traveled 3 km W down Gages Valley into Spring Ghaut, as far as 4 km NE down the White River valley, and as far as 2 km in Tyers Ghaut (NW). Occasional pyroclastic flows descended Gingoes Ghaut (S) and Tar River valley (E). Heavy ashfall was reported in many inhabited areas of Montserrat. Ashfall also occurred on many other Caribbean islands, as far as Puerto Rico (400 km ENE). The Hazard Level remained at 4. According to a news article on 29 December, about 45 commercial flights scheduled to arrive at or depart from Puerto Rico were cancelled due to ash in the area.

The Hutton Commentaries (THC) addressed this increasing volcano activity in bulletins of July 3, 2005, and January 17, 2007. Both of these bulletins indicated that the "greater activities" at Mt. Pelee in Martinique, required by the prediction of Cayce reading 270-35, were to occur before "inundations of earthquakes" from Salt Lake City, to southern Nevada, to coastal southern California that were to take place sometime in the three months following Pelee's greater activities. But no special notice was made about the additional prediction about "...But these, as we find, are to be more in the southern than in the northern hemisphere."

Recall here that Mt. Pelee had erupted in 1792 and 1851. Then, in May, 1902, it suddenly erupted again when masses of lava, pumice, and hot ash burst from the south side of the volcano. In one day 30,000 people died. Oddly, it seems, in that same year of 1902, 15,000 people lost their lives in the eruption of Soufriere volcano on the nearby island of St. Vincent: that is, not at Soufriere Hills on Montserrat. The last eruption of Mt. Pelee occurred in 1929. It remained active for three years, but no lives were lost.

One can conjecture that once pole shift begins, and Earth's tectonic plates and mantle bulges get moving, Mt. Pele will once again begin to respond with "greater activities" than those that occurred most recently, in 1929.

Then again, perhaps the current greater activities of Soufriere Hills volcano is taking the place of that predicted for Mt. Pelee, lying just 150 miles northwest of Martinique. We know that psychic data from Cayce's sources were sometimes "wavered." This was indicated in our book on page 484, where we explored two early readings on Cayce's psychic sources.

(Q) Explain: "By the suggestion the subconscious may be wavered by the forces that are brought to bear on the subconscious to reach conscious mind, just as we have in a purely mechanical form."

(A) In the wavering of forces as applied from the subconscious to the conscious mind, first we must take into consideration that conscious mind is of the material world a part. The subconscious mind may only be fully understood when viewed from the spiritual viewpoint or aspect. The conscious mind rarely gains the entrance to truth in the subconscious, save in rest, sleep, or when such consciousnesses are subjugated through the act of the individual, as in the case of Edgar Cayce, through which the subject matter was given. The illustration as given of mechanical way, that is as appearance of stick in water appears bent. When the consciousness views subconscious forces they appear wavered or bended, when viewed from wholly a material viewpoint, whether from the dream in sleep, or viewed by a conscious mind or material mind of truth from trance or from the subconscious condition. Hence in the sleep we may have the superseding appearance of the consciousness and thus waver the appearance of truth obtained, or we may have the suggestion as is given to a mind directing the truth to be obtained from subconscious forces bended in such a manner as to give the wavered aspect to the truth as given. In such a manner, or in one of such manners, then do we see the wavering often (not always) of truths obtained by a consciousness from the subconscious forces. Just as illustrated in the mechanical manner as given in subject matter.

3744-3; October 9, 1923


Thus, a slight wavering of Cayce's perception of the location of greater activities occurring at a Caribbean volcano, as given in reading 270-35, might have been wavered and what was given as Mt. Pelee might really have been Soufriere Hills on Montserrat.

The Greater (Explosive) Activity of Soufriere Volcano, Surrogate For Pelee, And The Beginning of The Three-Month Interval To Include "Inundations By the Earthquakes"


Here begins our narrative of the predicted beginning of the three-month period in reading 270-35, as related in our THC bulletin below of February 22, 2010.

Was Soufriere Hills Activity Of February 11 THE Signal?

February 22, 2010 The massive eruption of Soufriere Hills Volcano on 2/11/2010, as seen from a jet plane full of holiday travelers.


THC is still waiting for a signal for the beginning of a sequence of earthquakes and their effects predicted to occur in the western states, and also elsewhere in the southern hemisphere.


If there are the greater activities in the Vesuvius, or Pelee, then the southern coast of California - and the areas between Salt Lake and the southern portions of Nevada - may expect, within the three months following same, an inundation by the earthquakes.

But these, as we find, are to be more in the southern than in the northern hemisphere.

(270-35; January 21, 1936)

And considering that the volcanoes of Vesuvius and Pelee (on the Caribbean island of Martinique) are dormant, perhaps Soufriere Hills volcano, about 140 miles from Martinique, is a surrogate for Pelee.

Was the recent strong activity of Soufriere Hills the signal that THC has been anticipating? Maybe not.

The activity on February 11 was related mainly to a collapse of the volcano dome on Montserrat. But this collapse was produced by the extreme activities of the vulcanian eruptions of the day. What produced them? Deeper magma-flow activities. What could such deeper flows imply? That Earth's crust at the eastern edge of the Caribbean tectonic plate is beginning to respond to deep magma flow, and that such flow there might lead to deep magma flows and earthquakes along weak spots in the crust elsewhere. Thus, this volcano may be a sign for the reactivation of Earth's magma-surge channels, as discussed on pages 98-102 of our book, Earth's Catastrophic Past and Future.

Here below is the latest on the degree of "greater activities" at Soufriere Hills.

Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO)

Extent of Devastation on 11th February Becomes Clear

One week after the events of February 11th 2010, the MVO now has a good understanding of what happened and the areas that were affected.

The large and extensive pyroclastic flows that moved to the northeast extended the original coastline by a maximum of 650m. Pyroclastic flow deposits are approximately 15 m thick in the Trants region on the northeast coast. There were a number of explosions and pumice flows and ballistic pumice clasts were formed during the event.

Violent northward-directed pyroclastic flows razed many buildings in both Harris and Streatham down to their foundations, and trees have been felled by pyroclastic surges in the Gun Hill area and at the head of Farm River in Bugby Hole.

There is a large crater in the summit of the dome and a deep collapse scar in the northern side that is separate from the crater. It is currently unclear whether there is a new dome growing inside the crater. However seismicity is low and small, occasional rockfall signals and hybrid earthquakes are being recorded which could be consistent with moderate dome growth.

We move now to the first "inundation by the earthquakes" that occurred in the southern hemisphere, 16 days after February 11, 2010 -- the date of Soufriere Hills' greater activity.

Chile's Follow-on Great (M8.8) Quake Of February 27

This great, southern hemisphere earthquake, with its many powerful aftershocks and Pacific basin-wide tsunami, represents a perfect fulfillment of one of the predictions of Cayce reading 270-35.


Los Angeles M 4.4 Quake of March 16, 2010


This light earthquake was in the right place and time for the prediction, but there were no follow-on quakes whatsoever.
The 16 March 2010 Pico Rivera M4.4 earthquake shown as a red filled circle. The 1987 ML5.9 Whittier Narrows earthquake shown as a red star. Historic seismicity shown as yellow stars. Figure prepared by Bob Dollar.

Papua, New Guinea M6.6 of March 2

This strong earthquake occurred 29 days after the explosion of Soufriere Hills volcano.


California/Mexico Inundation of Earthquakes,
Kicked Off By An M7.2 Quake — on April 4 —
near The "Southern Coast of California"


This huge "inundation by the earthquakes" is seen in the following map's thousands of aftershocks. Again, we have another fulfillment of the Cayce reading.




Additional Southern Hemisphere Earthquakes

(And a Few Minor Quakes from Utah)

We follow now with a list of southern hemisphere earthquakes of M5.0 or greater that have occurred in the three-month window that started on February 11, 2010. These quakes are primarily singular events, not part of swarms. The Chile swarm that followed the M8.8 mainshock are presented in the third image above, between 2/27/2010 and 3/1/2010. Following March 1st up to April 2nd, there were 170 M5.0 and above earthquakes in the southern hemisphere. Additional earthquakes between April 2 and May 10 are presented in the list below, along with a few from Utah.


Date Mag Depth Lat Long   Location
2010 April 02 5.9 30.0 -36.194 -72.771   Bio-Bio, Chile
2010 April 10 5.6 274 -20.1 -176.2   Fiji Region
2010 April 11 5.2 10 -5.6 101.692   Southwest Of Sumatra, Indonesia
2010 April 11 5.5 86 -5.3 152.3   New Britain Region, P.N.G.
2010 April 11 6.8 60 -10.9 161.1   Solomon Islands
2010 April 11 5.7 10 -13.0 166.5   Santa Cruz Islands
2010 April 14 4.9 0 41.7 -111.1   Utah
2010 April 16 5.5 21 -37.4 -73.6   Bio-Bio, Chile
2010 April 17 6.2 66 -6.7 147.3   Eastern New Guinea Reg, Papua New Guinea
2010 April 20 5.3 39 -55.73 -27.12   South Sandwich Islands Region
2010 April 21 5.9 35 -15.33 -173.24   Tonga
2010 April 22 5.1 110 -4.54 144.74   Near North Coast Of New Guinea, P.N.G.
2010 April 22 5.2 75 -15.33 -173.18   Tonga
2010 April 22 5.1 35 -56.54 -25.73   South Sandwich Islands Region
2010 April 23 5.3 62.2 -6.738 147.415   Eastern New Guinea Reg, Papua New Guinea
2010 April 23 5.9 35.0 -37.415 -72.890   Bio-Bio, Chile
2010 April 22 5.4 120.3 -6.587 146.414   Eastern New Guinea Reg, Papua New Guinea
2010 April 24 6.0 35.0 -1.842 128.188   Kepulauan Obi, Indonesia
2010 April 24 5.6 10.0 -36.323 -99.481   Southeast Of Easter Island
2010 April 24 5.0 38.2 -1.329 -10.409   Solomon Islands
2010 April 24 5.6 28.0 -15.964 -172.339   Samoa Islands Region
2010 April 24 5.0 10.0 -13.670 -111.802   Central East Pacific Rise
2010 April 25 5.0 386.4 -5.483 127.780   Banda Sea
2010 April 25 5.7 10.0 -55.592 -27.636   South Sandwich Islands Region
2010 April 25 5.0 386.4 -5.483 127.780   Banda Sea
2010 April 26 5.1 10.0 -54.290 -22.900   South Sandwich Islands Region
2010 April 26 5.4 97.5 -55.987 -27.778   South Sandwich Islands Region
2010 April 27 5.6 10.0 -50.577 115.499   Western Indian-Antarctic Ridge
2010 April 28 5.1 134.7 -7.361 128.677   Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia
2010 April 28 2.9 1.6 38.037 -111.108   Utah
2010 April 28 3.2 5.4 38.035 -111.109   Utah
2010 April 29 5.1 200.4 -13.239 167.067   Vanuatu
2010 April 29 5.1 35.0 -36.794 -73.596   Offshore Bio-Bio, Chile
2010 April 29 5.7 10.4 -51.057 139.395   Western Indian-Antarctic Ridge
2010 May 01 5.0 164.5 -15.046 167.365   Vanuatu
2010 May 01 5.0 35.0 -33.185 -71.929   Offshore Valparaiso, Chile
2010 May 01 5.0 74.4 -21.126 -68.622   Antofagasta, Chile
2010 May 01 5.1 48.2 -9.085 117.458   Sumbawa Region, Indonesia
2010 May 01 5.1 35.0 -58.513 -26.222   South Sandwich Islands Region
2010 May 02 5.9 35.1 -34.212 -71.864   Libertador O'higgins, Chile
2010 May 02 3.6 0.1 38.045 -111.118   Utah
2010 May 02 5.9 35.1 -34.212 -71.864   Libertador O'higgins, Chile
2010 May 03 6.3 19.0 -38.053 -73.490   Offshore Bio-Bio, Chile
2010 May 04 5.4 92.3 -21.867 -68.235   Antofagasta, Chile
2010 May 05 5.3 10.0 -35.876 -102.998   Southeast Of Easter Island
2010 May 05 5.6 58.6 -6.259 154.825   Bougainville Region, Papua New Guinea
2010 May 05 6.3 18.1 -4.081 101.069   Southern Sumatra, Indonesia
2010 May 05 5.0 35.0 -35.472 -72.734   Offshore Maule, Chile
2010 May 05 5.3 10.0 -56.800 147.717   West Of Macquarie Island
2010 May 05 5.6 58.6 -6.259 154.825   Bougainville Region, Papua New Guinea
2010 May 06 6.2 35.0 -18.023 -70.533   Offshore Tarapaca, Chile
2010 May 06 5.4 31.5 -3.946 100.959   Kepulauan Mentawai Region, Indonesia
2010 May 06 5.5 10.0 -55.546 -127.935   Pacific-Antarctic Ridge
2010 May 06 5.0 66.6 -18.802 168.435   Vanuatu
2010 May 07 5.1 35.0 -10.474 123.498   Timor Region, Indonesia
2010 May 07 5.2 10.0 -24.892 69.977   Mid-Indian Ridge
2010 May 08 5.6 35.0 -0.715 122.522   Sulawesi, Indonesia
2010 May 08 5.0 10.0 -47.272 -13.471   Southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge
2010 May 08 5.0 10.0 -8.129 118.254   Sumbawa Region, Indonesia
2010 May 08 6.1 20.1 -8.122 118.238   Sumbawa Region, Indonesia
2010 May 09 5.0 35.0 -37.439 -73.543   Bio-Bio, Chile
2010 May 09 5.5 40.2 -8.181 128.929   Timor Sea
2010 May 09 5.2 10.0 -55.669 -26.840   South Sandwich Islands Region
2010 May 09 5.1 35.0 -55.852 -27.372   South Sandwich Islands Region
2010 May 10 5.1 46.7 -12.095 166.207   Santa Cruz Islands



Quakes in Areas Between Salt Lake And The Southern Portions of Nevada


As for quakes in Utah, near Salt Lake, we have only one significant one to report. This was an M4.9 near Randolph, Utah on April 16. It was characterized as , "One of the strongest quakes in Utah in quite some time." (See the April 16 video narrative concerning the M4.9 Randolph, Utah quake.)

Magnitudes of quakes in southern Nevada during this period were trivial. For example, there was only a single M3.5 quake detected in Scottys, Nevada which is about 50 miles NW of Las Vegas.


During a three-month interval following increased activities at Soufriere Hills volcano on the island of Monserrat, two significant earthquake swarms ("inundations by the earthquakes") occurred as predicted in Edgar Cayce psychic reading 270-35. One of these swarms was in Chile, the other was in Baja California-Mexico. These events were foretold in a Hutton Commentaries bulletin to subscribers. That bulletin interpreted the Cayce reading in question by assuming that although Mt. Pelee on Martinique was mentioned by Cayce's source as being the offending volcano, some 74 years ago in 1936, geological events seemed to point to the Soufriere Hills volcano as the most probable one today.

Because the original Cayce prediction required that inundations by earthquakes should have occurred in Utah and southern Nevada -- which they did not do -- shows that that part of the prediction was not fulfilled. The reasons why this did not occur will be examined in a further study.