Very strong M7.3 earthquake hits Venezuela at intermediate depth
A very strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.3 hit near the coast of Sucre, Venezuela at 21:31 UTC on August 21, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 123.2 km (76.5 km). EMSC is reporting M7.3 at a depth of 112 km (69.6 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was located  20.9 km (13.0 miles) NNW of Yaguaraparo, 38.4 km (23.9 miles) ENE of Carúpano (population 112 082), 69.4 km (43.1 miles) WNW of Güiria (population 40 000), 107.6 km (66.9 miles) ESE Porlamar (population 87 120) and 109.1 km (67.8 miles) ESE of La Asunción (population  35 084), Venezuela. There are 560 000 people living within 100 km (62 miles). Based on all available data, there is no tsunami threat, PTWC said. Some 52 000 people are estimated to have felt very strong shaking, 2 089 000 strong, 2 587 000 moderate and 3 928 000 light. Buildings were evacuated in the capital Caracas and people fled homes. Shaking was felt as far away as …

Many people now claiming they are able to actually smell Chemtrails

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Newer chemtrails may have a static electricity or metallic smell, similar to the scent that hits you when you walk into a hospital. Google searches for the term chemtrails have skyrocketed after the easily observed an increase in spraying activity arising that has a distinct, sharper smell. It has other characteristics as well; it also seems to cause flu-like symptoms.

There is a possibility of biological agents and other chemicals being hidden in the mix of chemtrails used for weather modification and geoengineering. There is a long history of biological warfare experiments on US citizens, therefore the great possibility exists that we are still being sprayed with the materials. Some people can smell the new chemtrail smell prior to opening any of their home doors or windows in the morning, while others aren’t capable of detecting the smell at all.

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What gets sprayed in the sky falls to the ground. The same toxins that have been detected during direct chemical aerosol sampling from plumes in the sky have made its way into rainwater, soil, and blood tests that show contamination from aluminum, barium, and strontium among other toxic substances. These are the chemicals responsible for burning holes in leaves. Sensitive people have the ability to detect when these metal particles fall to the ground.

Chemtrails are a likely culprit for sudden migraines, joint pain, and fatigue. Mercury contained in chemtrails can also interfere with thousands of the body’s chemical processes, preventing Gamma-Amino Butyric acid (GABA) from binding to their receptors in the body. GABA is an amino acid in the body used to regulate the conductivity of nerves. Without GABA regulation, your thoughts will race uncontrollably and you will become extremely sensitive to sound, light, scents, and tastes.

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The loss of essential active GABA results in racing thoughts, which is also common today with mercury toxicity. Short-term memory may suffer as your ability to concentrate diminishes. Sensitivities to sounds, lights, and scents will heighten. The loss of essential active GABA will also induce sensitivities to emotions, which could result in depression, moodiness, irritability, and rage. Some fears may also arise as a result, which makes some people petrified of the dark, car crashes, and confrontation.

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The mercury in chemtrails also binds to zinc rendering it useless. A zinc deficiency is the most common reason people lose their senses of smell and taste. Seniors with dentures often suffer because dentures commonly contain red colorings made with cinnabar, which is the red ore of mercury. After denture placement, many seniors will experience dementia and hearing loss as a result of the exposure. Cinnabar is also present in lipstick and tattoo ink.

What is Cinnabar?

Cinnabar is a toxic mercury sulfide mineral with a chemical composition of HgS. It is the only important ore of mercury. It has a bright red color that has caused people to use it as a pigment and carve it into jewelry and ornaments for thousands of years in many parts of the world. Because it is toxic, its pigment and jewelry uses have almost been discontinued.

cinnabar in sediment porosity
Cinnabar in sediment porosity: Cinnabar sometimes precipitates from fluids moving through the porosity of a sediment or a sedimentary rock. In those cases, it can infill the pore spaces as a weak "cement." Photo copyright iStockphoto / only_fabrizio.

Geologic Occurrence of Cinnabar

Cinnabar is a hydrothermal mineral that precipitates from ascending hot waters and vapors as they move through fractured rocks. It forms at shallow depths where temperatures are less than about 200 degrees Celsius. It usually forms in rocks surrounding geologically recent volcanic activity but can also form near hot springs and fumaroles.
Cinnabar precipitates as coatings on rock surfaces and as fracture fillings. Less often, cinnabar can be deposited in the pore spaces of sediments. It is usually massive in habit and is rarely found as well-formed crystals. Other sulfide minerals are generally found associated with cinnabar. These can include pyritemarcasiterealgar, and stibnite. Gangue minerals associated with cinnabar include quartzdolomitecalcite, and barite. Small droplets of liquid mercury are sometimes present on or near Cinnabar.
cinnabar crystals on dolomite
Cinnabar crystals: Bright red cinnabar crystals on a dolomite matrix. Crystals are about 1.3 centimeters in height, from Hunan, China. Specimen and photo by Arkenstone /

Properties of Cinnabar

The most striking property of cinnabar is its red color. Its bright color makes it easy to spot in the field and is a fascination for those who discover it. It has a Mohs hardness of 2 to 2.5 and is very easily ground into a very fine powder. It has a specific gravity of 8.1, which is extremely high for a nonmetallic mineral.
The luster of cinnabar ranges from dull to adamantine. Specimens with a dull luster are usually massive, contain abundant impurities and do not have the brilliant red color of pure cinnabar. Adamantine specimens are usually the rarely-found crystals.

Physical Properties of Cinnabar

Chemical ClassificationSulfide
ColorBright red to brownish red, sometimes gray
LusterAdamantine to dull
DiaphaneityTransparent, translucent, or opaque
CleavagePerfect, prismatic
Mohs Hardness2 to 2.5
Specific Gravity8 to 8.2
Diagnostic PropertiesSpecific gravity, color, streak, cleavage, association with volcanic activity.
Chemical CompositionMercury sulfide, HgS
Crystal SystemTrigonal
UsesThe only important ore of mercury. Its use as a pigment, gem, and ornamental carving material has declined due to toxicity.
Metacinnabar: Crystals of metacinnabar on a rock surface. The specimen is from the Mount Diablo mine, Contra Costa County, California. Specimen is about 3.3 x 2.1 x 2.0 centimeters in size. Specimen and photo by Arkenstone /


Metacinnabar is a polymorph of cinnabar. It has the same chemical composition (HgS) as cinnabar but a different crystal structure. Cinnabar is trigonal, while metacinnabar is isometric. The two minerals should not be confused with one another because metacinnabar has a metallic gray color, a gray-to-black streak, and a metallic-to-submetallic luster.
Chinese red (cinnabar) lacquer box
Chinese red (cinnabar) lacquer box: A carved wooden box with a red lacquer finish from China's Ming Dynasty Period (box c. 1522-1566). Boxes like this were frequently painted with a lacquer containing a cinnabar pigment.
still for producing mercury from cinnabar
Mercury still: Textbook sketch of a still used for the distillation of mercury from cinnabar. Public domain image from Alchimia, Anonymous, 1570.

Uses of Cinnabar

Cinnabar is the only important ore of mercury. For thousands of years, cinnabar has been mined and heated in a furnace. The mercury escapes as a vapor that can be condensed into liquid mercury.
People began using cinnabar for pigments thousands of years ago in Italy, Greece, Spain, China, Turkey, and the Mayan countries of South America. Through time, people in almost every country where volcanoes are presently discovered cinnabar and realized its utility as a pigment. Cinnabar is one of a very small number of minerals that was independently discovered, processed and utilized by ancient people in many parts of the world.
Cinnabar was mined at the volcano, ground into a very fine powder and then mixed with liquids to produce many types of paint. The bright red pigments known as "vermilion" and "Chinese red" were originally made from cinnabar.
Cinnabar has been especially popular for making red lacquer in China. Its use in lacquer has declined because of its toxicity, but some use of cinnabar in lacquer continues. Cinnabar has also been used in powdered form for ritual blessings and burials. Powdered cinnabar was used as a cosmetic in many parts of the world for thousands of years. Eventually, it was discovered that cinnabar is toxic, and its use in pigments, paints, and cosmetics began to decline.
Today most, but not all, items made and sold under the name "cinnabar" have been made with less toxic and nontoxic imitation materials. Antique items made with toxic mineral cinnabar are still found in the marketplace.
mercury switch
Mercury switch: Mercury has the ability to conduct electricity and flow under the influence of gravity. This switch is currently in the "off" position, but if it is moved so that the mercury runs to the right, surrounding the two wires, the circuit will be connected and the switch will be in the "on" position. Photo by Medvedev used here under a Creative Commons license.
Mineral collection
The best way to learn about minerals is to study with a collection of small specimens that you can handle, examine, and observe their properties. Inexpensive mineral collections are available in the Store.

Uses of Mercury

Because cinnabar is the only important ore of mercury, the demand for mercury has driven mining activity. Mercury has many uses, but its toxicity has reduced its use in any application where reasonable substitutes can be found. Large amounts of mercury are currently used in the chemical industry in the production of chlorine and caustic soda during the electrolysis of brine.
Mercury was widely used in temperature- and pressure-measuring instruments such as thermometers and barometers. It was often used in gravity switches because it flowed easily as a liquid and conducted electricity. Most of these uses have been discontinued.
Mercury is currently used in some batteries and light bulbs, but their disposal is often regulated. Because it is toxic, it was once widely used to protect seed corn from fungus and to deworm materials used to make felt. It was used in dental amalgam but is being replaced by polymer resins and other materials. In almost all of its use, mercury is being replaced with less toxic and nontoxic substitutes.
Mercury has been widely used in mining to separate gold and silver from ores and stream sediments. Large amounts of mercury were spilled during these operations, and today, mercury used in the 1800s is still being recovered from streams.

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