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Salton Sea plagued by rotten eggs sulfur smell

Abandoned, salt-encrusted structures
on the Salton Sea shore at Bombay Beach. Wiki photo
The Salton Sea is a weird place. I think I have written about it before. I visited there when my husband and I were traveling across country in our VW van. It is strange, creepy and spooky. The place is definitely an anomaly.

Interestingly, it was the one place we felt the most unsafe. We had camped in remote areas many times. We camped at the Mexican border, we camped in cities such as Miami and New Orleans. At the Salton Sea, we felt acutely uncomfortable, and the feeling worsened as night fell. We tossed and turned and remained in a fitful state until finally at 3AM my husband said, "Are you awake?" I said "Yes." He asked me if I felt creepy. What we were actually feeling was frightened, a supernatural kind of fear when the hairs on the back of your neck raise up and your heart is pounding a little. We decided to close up shop and race outta there. We made LA by dawn.

I read in the news last night of a terrible rotten-egg smell that has been wafting from the Salton Sea all the way to LA. Initially, Los Angelenos did not know it came from the US's largest inland sea, because it is so far away from LA- about 150-195 miles.

"A strong Rotten Egg Smell had Southern Californians plugging their noses and crying foul Monday as air quality investigators scrambled to determine if the sulfurous scent was coming from the Salton Sea."

Today they have made that confirmation.

Rotten egg smell traced to California's Salton Sea
"After a day of "odor surveillance" and other scent-based sleuthing, Southern California air quality investigators confirmed Tuesday what they had already expected — that a pungent, rotten-egg aroma that stretched across the region came from the Salton Sea. Investigators from the South Coast Air Quality Management District collected air samples, modeled weather patterns and measured hydrogen sulfide levels to determine that Monday's stench came from the saltwater lake 150 miles southeast of Los Angeles, as strong winds from a storm churned the water and stirred up foul-smelling gasses from the lake bottom, where they normally are trapped."

They don't know why the smell escaped the lake bottom. The scientists said the "likely" cause was a fish-die-off. LOL, there's that word "likely" again, which I read more and more often when scientists are quoted in attempting to explain the inexplicable.

The smell issue was unusual. The LA Times reports, "We now have solid evidence that clearly points to the Salton Sea as the source of a very large and unusual odor event," said Barry Wallerstein, executive officer of the South Coast Air Quality Management District. How unusual? As late as Monday night, AQMD officials weren't even sure it was scientifically possible for a malodorous scent to trek the distance the Salton Sea's fumes did. So they asked an air quality modeler to use sophisticated computer modeling to find out if it was "theoretically possible" for a stench to fly that far. "I think we've shown it was theoretically possible," said Sam Atwood, an AQMD spokesman. "But this is just something we did not expect."

"Atwood said AQMD inspectors collected air samples that contained hydrogen sulfide."

Hydrogen sulfide is part of the sulfur cycle. Sulfur is also known as brimstone.

Wikipedia explains: "sulfur (Latin sulphur) was known in ancient times and is referred to in the Torah (Genesis). English translations of the Bible commonly referred to burning sulfur as "brimstone", giving rise to the name of 'fire-and-brimstone' sermons, in which listeners are reminded of the fate of eternal damnation that await the unbelieving and unrepentant. It is from this part of the Bible that Hell is implied to "smell of sulfur".

So the weirdest and demonically spookiest place on earth I've ever visited smelled of brimstone so bad that it wafted almost 200 miles, and still smelling strongly, plagued the residents of the city where Hollywood is.


There IS evidence of geothermal activity that's also visible. There are mudpots and mud volcanoes on the eastern side of the Salton Sea. Right, mudpots at Salton.

Today the Ukrainian city of Lviv was in the news. Residents there are complaining of a rotten egg smell. It is really pungent, apparently. "The smell has gotten so bad that many residents have begun wearing face masks and keeping children and asthma-sufferers indoors when the odor grows particularly ripe'.

Residents in Point Place in Ohio reported a month ago about a rotten eggs smell. "For over a year, District 6 City Councilman Lindsay Webb said, she's been getting regular calls, emails, and social media messages from constituents concerned about a smell emanating from the direction of the city's Hoffman Road Landfill, which is just northwest of Point Place. Most of those people, including Ms. Webb, believe the landfill is responsible for what's been described as a stench of garbage or rotten eggs."

In Revelation 9:2 we read that hell will literally be on earth. "He opened the shaft of the bottomless pit, and from the shaft rose smoke like the smoke of a great furnace, and the sun and the air were darkened with the smoke from the shaft".

The verse doesn't say anything about a smell but I am sure that a sulfurous smell will accompany the demons' release along with all that smoke.

God's signature use of hail, famine, pestilence, earthquakes, and "brimstone" (sulfur) are well-known throughout history.

The KJV of the Bible offers many examples of the phrase "fire and brimstone." Brimstone is sulfur (British spelling, sulphur). In Genesis 19, God destroys Sodom and Gomorrah for their immoral homosexuality via a rain of fire and brimstone. In Deuteronomy 29, the Israelites were threatened with the same punishment if they abandoned their covenant with God. Divine judgments involving fire and sulphur are prophesied against Assyria (Isaiah 30), Edom (Isaiah 34), Gog (Ezekiel 38), and all the wicked (Psalm 11). The ultimate book of wrath, Revelation, shows God using the punishment with fire and brimstone throughout. Here is one example...

"And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever" (Revelation 20:10, KJV)

In Ezekiel 38:22-23 the Gog-Magog war, God saves Israel by raining down brimstone. "With pestilence and bloodshed I will enter into judgment with him, and I will rain upon him and his hordes and the many peoples who are with him torrential rains and hailstones, fire and sulfur. 23So I will show my greatness and my holiness and make myself known in the eyes of many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord."

Interestingly, in Isaiah 30:33, the breath of God is compared to brimstone: "The Breath of Jehovah, like a stream of Brimstone, doth kindle it."

"Brimstone," used to be the common name for sulfur. The word when used today is almost exclusively in allusions to God's fiery wrath. Sulfur is Brimstone. When the people of SoCal smell that distinctive "rotten egg" smell, it is sulfur, or brimstone. Brimstone is the language of God.

Are we listening?


  1. I've been to that part of California several times and have never felt the "demonic" feeling that you did. It's a strange place, no doubt about that. But so is Yellowstone and some other places I've been. (The smell of sulpher is present in many areas of Yellowstone, too, and over the years I've come to enjoy it because of what it indicates: God's creation doing what it's supposed to do in a mighty powerful, and sometimes dangerous-to-man way.)

    However - a place where I did experience what you wrote about is Mount St. Helens. A couple years after the volcano erupted my husband, kids and I visited a friend and her family who lived on the SW side of the volcano. They took us around on some back roads the husband has known since childhood. We decided that night to camp there on our way out of the state. About 3 hours after dark, we packed up our camper and headed out of there as fast as we could. A feeling that we needed to be gone.right.now!

    This also happened to my parents when I was a kid. Camping out near a large resevoir one night, my parents woke up, packed up our old van and we were out of there as soon as my Dad could get away. Dad said he'd never felt such a feeling of oppression before. Have been in the area since and have never felt it - and so have they.

    My husband and I were up at Mammoth Lakes, visiting the area for the first time. I noticed all the dead trees around one of the lakes and commented on them. Then we watched a Ranger hammer a post into the ground. Attached to it was a big sign telling people to be in the area at their own risk because deadly gases were being released from the soil and if they became strong enough, they would kill a human (as well as all those trees). Yikes! We didn't stay long - but it sure was a beautiful area, other than the dead trees.

    Part of the reason that I like California - the natural part of California, NOT the political part!

    I've often thought that the Holy Spirit tells his people to 'go!' to keep us from danger. Could be spiritual danger, or it could simply be a human with horrible intentions in the area.

  2. I thinks it's worth paying close attention to.It's been prophesied that Los Angeles is going to go down into the ocean. Many, many people didn't believe Noah in days of old, but we know he was right and all those people did to. The day it started raining. But unfortuneatley it was too late as the doors of the ark closed and only Noah and his family were saved. Noah knew.

    1. Hi Anonymous,

      God was amazing in Genesis 6, wasn't he. Noah sure did know, he had the MOST reliable source! LOL. But the people were not in the dark about the coming flood judgment. Answers in Genesis says the people knew

      --from the fact that Noah was actually building an Ark
      --from the warning of God’s Spirit (Genesis 6:3 says, “And the Lord said, ‘My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.’”)
      --quite likely, from the words of Noah himself. In 2 Peter 2:5, Noah is described as a “preacher of righteousness.”

      I do not believe the bible prophesies the destruction of Los Angeles in specific terms. It does prophecy in Ezekiel 38:20 that every city will be destroyed:

      "The fish of the sea and the birds of the heavens and the beasts of the field and all creeping things that creep on the ground, and all the people who are on the face of the earth, shall quake at my presence. And the mountains shall be thrown down, and the cliffs shall fall, and every wall shall tumble to the ground."

      If you're referring to a prophecy that is not in the bible, we can examine it from a curiosity point of view but it has no inherent truth to it. Only the bible's prophecies are accurate.

      I agree that LA is worth paying attention to. Between the earthquakes and the volcanic activity at the Salton Sea, there seems likely a soon-disastrous event that may indeed overtake the sinful city of angels. In my opinion, God cannot be that happy with Hollywood!

    2. The prophecy came from our Laodician prophet William Branham, whose prophecies never failed. Los Angeles going into the ocean is one that has not been fulfilled yet, but it will be. All this movement around Los Angeles is leading up to it. It's just a matter of time.

    3. Ah. William Branham is considered by some to be a prophet. Branham is the originator of a doctrine called serpent seed, whereupon Eve and the serpent had intercourse and spawned a race doomed to hell.

      Only the prophecies of the bible never fail. Branham has already failed. Branham declared himself the angel of Rev. 3:13 and 10:7 (false) and prophesied that in 1977, all denominations would be consumed by the Roman Catholics, (fail) the rapture would take place and the world would end. (didn't happen).

      Branham is (was) a modern day charismatic occultist.

      ALL cities will fall. The bible declares it.

    4. William Branham was an occultist who denied or altered the basic essentials of the faith; made failed prophecies and initiated other doctrines that are not in the bible. He consorted with demons and ascribed his theology to "divinely delivered' visitations. I am not going to publish anything about Branham, no matter how many comments you send. I pray that the Lord opens your eyes to his falsity and that you return to seeking prophetic understanding from the Holy Spirit inspired bible only...

  3. I think just south of the Salton Sea is a old volcano

  4. I live near the Salton Sea and there is so much paranormal activity here you would be amazed. People who don't believe do after I take them to certain places in this area. All my life here I have had this deep feeling that there is a lot of prophecies that will hold true here. I just hope everyone has the faith in God to make it to him when this happens.

    1. Anonymous, thanks for the iWitness review. I can't imagine what it wold be like to live there. Visiting for one day creeped us out.

      I don't want to get too New Agey but it seemed to me that in our travels we sensed that in some places there seemed more of a spiritual warfare than others. Some places in Scotland, too, seemed crawling with dark activity.

      In the Tribulation, ALL the world will be a manifestation of the visible evil in men's hearts AND the visible manifestation of the invisible evil spirits. The Lord is gracious to promise to take us out beforehand


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