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Being at the 15 week point on April 9, 2011, are we done sinking yet on the plate tongue holding Indonesia? This has not yet completed, though is at the point we anticipated for some regions on Java and Sumatra. The sudden sinking on the neck of the Thailand peninsula, the intractable flooding in Medan in Sumatra, and the clearly permanent flooding in the Lamongan/Rengel region of Java show the pace and result we anticipated. But additional sinking will occur, as these regions are still settling. That the ground is cracking and heaving has also been obvious from news reports, a result of the compression of the essential rubble that composes these large islands along the Indonesian curve. Some regions will sink further, and others, which have heaved, may settle, resulting in a lower elevation.

The primary issue, among those looking for closure on our prediction regarding the sinking of the plate tongue holding Indonesia, is the cities of Jakarta and Singapore. Where they have lost elevation, it is nowhere near the elevation loss we predicted. Both cities have established sea walls, particularly around their airports, but the sinking clearly has not reached the levels we predicted, particularly for Singapore. We predicted that the pace of sinking would accelerate as the process progressed, and this is still a nightmare pending for the region.

The tongue is under pressure pushing it down under the curve as well as crumpling it in an accordion manner from the side. When it slides under the curve, it fans out, relieving the accordion structure the land masses have assumed to accommodate the pressure. It flattens, those parts that have heaved dropping, and it is at this point that those cities anticipated to flood will catch up with other regions. It is the very pressure in the moments prior to the final push of the tongue under the curve that is deceptive, as this allows heaving, the accordion structure to be most extreme. Where there have been delays in the final outcome, geological processes involve thousands of factors, so precision is not always possible. Nevertheless, the result in all our 7 of 10 predictions will come about, in their time and in the sequence we have described.

ZetaTalk ™ April 9, 2011