Short-Story Sequel Post November, 2024:
A UC Santa Barbara student does indeed sustain a laceration to his neck while diving into the waves at Haskell’s Beach. First responders find the victim deceased amongst a pool of outflowing blood. Congressional investigations are soon commenced shortly thereafter to determine who is criminally responsible for this brazen and arrogant act of negligence.
When the Pitas-Point ruptures, it directly effects the Red Mountain due to the laddered geomorphology. The Ventura fault can cause a much stronger shaking and much more damage–perhaps even an M7, exacerbated by the declining volume in the oil fields. As stated earlier, it is not a matter of “if,” but simply, “when.”

Finally, let us address ourselves now to the Ventura Pitas-Point fault running under the city of Ventura and out into the Santa Barbara Channel parallel to Santa Barbara. Running parallel to Pitas-Point is the Red Mountain Fault closer to SB underneath the Dos Cuadras oil fields, The Pitas-Point line is deeper, but there is a paralleled laddered succession of faults graduallly running successively higher to Red Mountain.
Now then, hear me out on this… The very same compression forces that formed the present hydrocarbons from the plant life hundreds of millions of years ago are still very much active today! The oil fields thus act as a “lubricant” so to speak amidst the very real ongoing tectonic interplays. The fault line underneath can move both horizontally and obliquely upwards as a thrust fault and sometimes also, at the same time; creating that upward pressure point at the very top. I sorry to give you the bad news at this time- the Dos Cuadras oil platforms can thus act as a “trigger mechanism” precipitating a major earthquake and perhaps magnifying the quake’s intensity 100-fold. There is no escape from these facts; try as you may to venture forth into the diaspora to dispel your fears. It’s not a question of “if” at this point; it’s simply a matter of “when.”
Next, please Google: what fault lines are in the Santa Barbara Channel. Upon further analysis, one can see that there exists a major fault line running directly under the oil platforms situated on top of the anticlinal strata in the Dos Cuadras oil fields! In fact, one of those platforms, I believe it is Platform A, if my memory serves me correct, was the famous platform involved in the blowout of l969! Now herein lies an important ongoing metric in the oil fields–presently the fields have been pumped out of about approximately 75% of their volume. Only 25% of the volume of the pool remains. It has created a cavity, a void, so to speak!
Next, I cite this source: “Understanding the Controls of Earthquake Slip Vectors Along Mountain Range Fronts”:
First, and most importantly, an earthquake is an “event.” It is neither a scalar nor a vector. Tsunami, however, is a vector quantity. In the best interests of brevity, please Google: what vectors are in play in an earthquake.
Let me just say this at the outset. We’re going to take a keen eye to the Dos Cuadras ongoing metrics interplay within these anticlinal strata.
Please bear with me. This is going to take an extensive amount of preparation for a proper presentation. Rest assured I shall return here in the most propitious of moments.