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Precursors Of The Pole Shift And
Earth Changes Of 2000 — 2001

Edgar Cayce readings 826-8, 3976-15, and 378-16, predict a sequence of geophysical events, beginning in 1958 to 1998, that culminate in upheavals in Earth's polar areas, increased volcanic eruptions in the torrid areas, and then, a shifting of the poles in 2000-2001. Here are the major geological events that fit with the 1958-1998, and later predictions.

Geological Precursor Events of 1958-1998

1958, 1963, and 1994: In 1958, a great (M8.3), deep, earthquake occurred near Etorofu (Itrup Island, Sakhalin Oblast, just northeast of Hokkaido, Japan). It originated within the Pacific crustal slab that is moving downward and to the west beneath northern Honshu and Hokkaido. This 1958 event resembles the 1963 Etorofu (M8.5) and the 1994 Shikotan (M8.2) earthquakes that followed. All of these three great quakes suggest that the Pacific plate is underthrusting northern Japan at a gradually increasing rate. If so, they are alerting us that "the greater portion of Japan must [soon] go into the sea" (3976-15).

May 1960: A giant, M9.5, earthquake hit southern Chile. This was the strongest quake in the entire world in the last century. Catastrophic changes ("upheavals") occurred to the land surface and sea floor. On May 23, the first of several huge movements along the coast of Chile sent waves of great destructive power all the way across the Pacific and caused serious damage to the Japanese east coast. Hilo, Hawaii, was devastated, as the ocean water in the City rose to a height of 37 ft. Sixty-one people were drowned. This giant earthquake represents a fearsome example of the "inundations due to the earthquakes' mentioned as to happen when the Earth changes begin; "but these, as we find, are to be more in the Southern than in the Northern Hemisphere" (see 270-35).

March 1964: The Good Friday earthquake and tsunami of March 27 devastated Anchorage and the surrounding region. At M9.2, this giant quake was the largest in North America in the last century, and the Earth's crust beneath Prince William Sound and vicinity was upheaved, twisted and broken.

1970-1971: These years bracket unusually frequent eruptions of the volcanoes Krafla and Hekla on Iceland (65°N), and Beerenberg on Jan Mayen Island (71°N) in the Arctic region. They can be considered to be precursor eruptions for "upheavals in the Arctic."

June 1994: The great (M8.2) Bolivian quake of June 9 occurred at an enormous depth of nearly 400 miles. It was felt throughout much of the western hemisphere, and even made the Earth ring like a bell, exciting modes of vibration never before seen. Also, in reading 3976-15, it is said that, "South America will be shaken from the uppermost portion to the end." Such shaking occurred during the Bolivian earthquake, which presages the future for South America as the Earth changes accompanying pole shift intensify.

1993-1996: Extremely strong seismic activity occurred in northern Honshu and Hokkaido, Japan, during this interval. Five M7.2-M7.5, and one M8.1 earthquake were accompanied by more M6 or larger quakes than at any time since 1926. Also, the land surface over a wide area on the Pacific side of northern Honshu was found to have been sinking over the 30-year period from 1966 to 1995. Such events describe what may occur as the greater portion of Japan sinks into the sea.

July 1996: Hawaii's Kilauea and Loihi volcanoes are two of the world's most active torrid-area volcanoes. Kilauea has erupted continuously since January 1983. Submerged Loihi -- just offshore of Kilauea -- has erupted almost continuously from 1982 to 1997. These volcanoes reflect the predicted worldwide increase in eruptions of torrid-area volcanoes, both on land and beneath the sea.

March 1998: The great Balleny Sea earthquake (M8.2) off Antarctica, was the largest ever detected within an oceanic crustal plate. It's location and strength were completely unexpected by the world's seismologists. Located near the South Magnetic Pole, the quake may be considered to be one of the "upheavals in the Arctic and the Antarctic" to occur just prior to pole shift.

October 1998 - October 1999: I noticed an extremely rare cluster of 17 light earthquakes (M4.5-4.9) and 23 moderate quakes (M5.0-5.5) that occurred in the high Arctic, north of Severnaya Zemlya, centered approximately at 85.7N and 81.4E. This cluster has now been tied to submarine volcanism in the Arctic by German researchers. C. Müller and W. Jokat (EOS, June 13, 2000, p. 265) measured more than 200 earthquakes between January and August, 1999, that originated along the submerged Gakkel Ridge. They state that, "The detection of this earthquake swarm and the evidence for its volcanic origin is the first direct evidence of recent volcanic activity in the high Arctic," that is, of upheavals in a portion of the northern polar region close to the North Pole.

Specific 1999-2000 Precursors Of The Pole Shift Of 2000-2001

Three earthquakes since the end of the 40-year, 1958-1998 interval, seem to fit the "upheavals" mentioned in 378-16, as being associated closely with the imminent "shifting of the poles." Northwest Turkey was shaken by an M7.4 earthquake on August 17, 1999. The magnitude of the tremor tied that of the 1912 Turkey temblor for the strongest quake of the last century in that country. Horizontal offsets along various segments of the North Anatolian Fault approached 16 feet and vertical upthrusts of up to seven feet were noted. Perhaps 20,000 people were killed, and considerable earthquake damage occurred in Istanbul. Then, on November 12, 1999, an M7.1 quake occurred 70 miles east of the August shock, on the same fault, producing additional vertical crustal changes. On September 21, 1999, the largest earthquake of the last century in Taiwan struck near Chi-Chi. Extensive surface ruptures occurred over 53 miles of the Chelungpu fault, and a maximum horizontal displacement of 32 feet was among the largest fault displacements ever measured in modern earthquakes. The Tachia River was cut by a 25-foot vertical upheaval that created a new waterfall.

Reading 3976-15, once again, states that

"there will be the upheavals in the Arctic and in the Antarctic that will make for the eruption of volcanoes in the torrid areas, and there will be a shifting then of the poles.."

Also beginning in 1999, there seems to have been a significant increase in the eruption of torrid-zone volcanoes, such as Galeras (3/99), Poas (late '99), Arenal (10/99), Mt. Cameroon (6/99), Taal (9/30/99), Telica (8/11/99). In 2000, many more erupted: Rabaul (early 2000), Fuego (7/26/00), Pacaya (3/2/00), Colima (11/4/00), San Cristobal (2/28/00), Popocatepetl (4/18/00), Mayon (2/28/00), Soufriere Hills, Montserrat (3/20/00), Nyamuragira, (1/31/00), and Guagua Pichincha and Tungrahua (both 4/18/00).

The Pole Shift and Associated Earth Changes

The distance of the readings'-predicted pole shift, its direction, its duration, and the location of the poles' ultimate resting places are unknowable. I think that the shift would probably be less than 10° because previous shifts inferred from the readings did not destroy the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets, over the last 100,000 years or so. The accompanying Earth changes, however, would be catastrophic. Initial days of the pole shift seem described in parts of 3976-15, as well as the Earth changes to follow. has been given of old, the sun will be darkened and the Earth shall be broken up in diverse places -- and THEN shall be PROCLAIMED -- through the spiritual interception in the hearts and minds and souls of those that have sought His way -- that HIS star has appeared....

The Earth will be broken up in the western portion of America. The greater portion of Japan must go into the sea. The upper portion of Europe will be changed as in the twinkling of an eye. Land will appear off the east coast of America.

The best guess as to the origin of "the darkening of the sun" is that this would be due to volcanic ash spewed into the atmosphere by an enormous eruption related to the beginning of pole shift. As reported in a spring 2000 PBS video1 -- a two-hour program on the origin, nature, and worldwide impacts of the climatic cooling of the mid sixth century due to the massive eruption of an Indonesian volcano -- a Syrian bishop, John of Ephesis, described the extraordinary events of 535-536 A. D., as follows:

"There was a sign from the Sun, the likes of which had never been seen or reported before. The Sun became dark, and its darkness lasted for about 18 months. Each day, it shown for about four hours and still this light was only a feeble shadow. Everyone declared that the Sun would never recover its full light again."

The eruption of Krakatau (?) in 535 was hundreds of times greater than we know of, especially since the 20th century was one of the quietest on record for volcanic eruptions. The 535-555 interval began with significant solar darkening, a worldwide temperature decline and then led to floods and droughts, crop failures, and famines.

(Perhaps this is why Cayce readings 3620-1 and 257-254, respectively, say that "anyone who can should buy a farm, and buy it if you don't want to grow hungry in some days to come," for "the hardships for [America] have not yet begun, so far as the supply and demand for foods are concerned").

Bubonic plague occurred due to the cooler temperatures, which massively reduced populations. Traces of sulfate ions, from sulfuric acid produced by the eruption, are found in ice cores from Greenland and Antarctica, ruling out asteroid or comet impacts as the source of the sun-darkening dust. No wonder that the term Dark Ages is used to describe the physical and societal situations that developed beginning in 535 A.D.

Only equatorial eruptions can spread atmospheric dust in both hemispheres. Thus, the big Indonesian volcanoes like Krakatau are suspect for the 535 eruption. Today, we should watch the likes of Semeru (Java) or Kaba (Sumatra). Recall too that when Indonesia's Tambora erupted in 1815, it produced enough climate cooling to cause many New Englanders to move to the Ohio River Valley because they could grow no crops for two years and were concerned about the future. Most serious, however, was Mt. Toba's eruption, on Sumatra 71,000 years ago, that blew 800 cubic kilometers of ash into the air -- 4,000 times as much as Mt. St. Helens -- the largest eruption in 400 million years. Toba buried most of India under ash. This was a true cataclysm, inasmuch as an estimated 75 percent of the Northern Hemisphere's plants may have died. At the end of the first six years of climate cooling, a thousand-year ice age began. Perhaps only a few thousand people, living in isolated pockets in Africa, Europe, and Asia survived. Thus, it's just possible that the readings' predicted "darkening of the sun" may be severe enough that there will be no food to import from other countries, and it may take hundreds of years for the "new reality" to emerge.

While it sounds foolish to even think in such terms, Earth scientists are familiar with assessing such possibilities. Now, as the Hopi elder said, "When the changes begin, there will be a big noise heard all over the Earth." Note that the 535 eruption was heard as a low rumble thousands of miles away. If we hear such a rumble, should we drive as quickly as possible to the grocery and drug stores and load up on necessities? Well, as the saying goes, "Trust in God, but tie your camel first."

Once initiated by pole shift, the historically-unprecedented Earth changes described in 3976-15 above might occur over several hundreds of years. This is so because geological evidence of tectonic, volcanologic, and seismic activity during the period about 19,000 to 8,000 years ago shows that such pronounced Earth-change activity occurred many times in several-hundred-year-long intervals. That past activity was a follow-on, according to the readings, to the pole shift that began around 19,400 years ago, according to Cayce's readings (see p. 254).We could expect the same duration of continuing planetary effects to coincide with, and follow, the pole shift in 2000-2001. Such expected activity seems clearly referenced in the following reading.

Q. Please explain what is meant by 'He will walk and talk with men of every clime.' Does this mean He will appear to many at once or appear to various peoples during a long period?

A. As given, for a thousand years He will walk and talk with men of every clime. Then in groups, in masses, and then shall reign of the first resurrection for a thousand years; for this will be when the changes materially come.

364-8 (April 15, 1932).

Reading 5748-5 (June 30, 1932) suggests that this 1,000-year period began in 1998 with the "entrance of the Messiah in this period --1998." .

  1. Catastrophe! By David Keys. This is a 120-minute video and can be obtained from PBS Family Video Productions, P.O. Box 2284, South Burlington, VT 05407. <back>