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Earth Quake Magnitudes
Great = > 8
Major = 7 to 7.9
Strong = 6 to 6.9
Moderate = 5 to 5.9
Light = 4 to 4.9
Minor = Less than 3.9


Strong and Major Quake Watch
(Please notify us if you have documented evidence of quakes 6.0 or greater)
Is the Frequency of Earthquakes Increasing?
"Earthquakes Are Indeed On the Increase"-This article By Gary Stearman comes from the October 1996 issue of "Prophecy in the News" and appears on the Trump of Maranatha Fellowship's Mini Site on the PZ Prophecy Alliance site.
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For balance on this issue, read also, Lambert Dolphin's article "Earthquakes and the Bible".

Unless otherwise noted, the source for the following information is:USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected])


12/30/99 - 6.0 magnitude- SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS

12/29/99 - 6.8 magnitude- SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS

12/21/99 - 6.4 magnitude- SUNDA STRAIT

12/19/99- 6.1 magnitude- MARIANA ISLANDS

12/18/99 - 6.1 magnitude- NEAR NORTH COAST OF IRIAN JAYA

12/15/99 - 6.3 magnitude- NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.

12/13/99 - 6.9 magnitude- NORTHERN MOLUCCA SEA

12/11/99 - 6.8 magnitude- LUZON, PHILIPPINE ISLANDS

12/10/99 - 6.2 magnitude- WEST CHILE RISE

12/9/99 - 6.0 magnitude- NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.

12/8/99 - 6.0 magnitude- SOLOMON ISLANDS

12/7/99 - 6.2 magnitude- TONGA ISLANDS

12/7/99 - 6.2 magnitude- KODIAK ISLAND REGION

12/7/99 - 6.8 magnitude- KODIAK ISLAND REGION

12/1/99 - 6.2 magnitude- CARIBBEAN SEA

11/30/99 - 6.6 magnitude- NORTHERN CHILE

11/29/99 - 6.5 magnitude- SOUTH INDIAN OCEAN

11/27/99 - 6.0 magnitude- CENTRAL PERU

11/26/99 - 6.0 magnitude- VANUATU ISLANDS

11/26/99 - 76.1 magnitude- VANUATU ISLANDS

11/21/99 - 6.1 magnitude- CHILE-BOLIVIA BORDER REGION

11/19/99 - 7.0 magnitude- NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.

11/17/99 - 6.1 magnitude- NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.

11/17/99 - 6.8 magnitude- NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.

11/15/99 - 7.0 magnitude- SOUTH INDIAN OCEAN

11/12/99 - 7.2 Quake in Turkey
Weather hampers quake search
Nov. 15, 1999 - The search goes on for victims of Turkey's latest quake. So far the official crisis centre says they know of 452 killed and 2,385 injured. Source: BBC News

11/12/99 - 7.2 magnitude- TURKEY

11/11/99 - 6.2 magnitude- NORTHERN SUMATERA, INDONESIA

11/8/99 - 6.2 magnitude- AFGHANISTAN-TAJIKISTAN BORD REG.

Powerful Quake Strikes Taiwan
11/2/99 - 6.9 magnitude- Pacific Ocean, 28 miles N.East of TAIWAN
Source: Earth Alert

11/1/99 - 6.1 magnitude- TAIWAN

1999: the year that seismic shifts killed 20,000 across the world
Oct. ,1999 - Six major earthquakes around the world have claimed more than 20,000 lives already this year.
Source:Electronic Telegraph

Recent Earthquakes in California

California Quake More Powerful Than Thought
Oct. 18, 1999 - Last Saturday's Southern California earthquake was upgraded from 7.0 to 7.1 magnitude. The quake, now called the Hector Mine earthquake caused 25% more shaking and released 40% more energy than previously thought, but because of its remote location, no death or serious injuries resulted. Source: Yahoo

10/18/99 - 6.1 magnitude- SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION

Powerful Quake Felt In Downtown Los Angeles
Oct. 16,1999 - Early reports of an approximate 7.0 magnitude earthquake in the Los Angeles area place the epicenter 35 miles north of Joshua Tree (near the 1992 Landers 7.2 quake). The quake was capable of doing widespread damage, but there were no immediate reports of collapsed buildings or injuries.
Source:Yahoo
YahooFull Coverage

Deadly earthquake rattles Mexico
Sept. 30, 1999 - A 7.5 magnitude earthquake, the strongest in Mexico in 14 years, struck 280 miles south of Mexico City. It lasted 42 seconds, and was felt from Mexico City to Guatemala. At least 12 people were killed according to early reports.
Source: CNN

9/28/99 - 6.1 magnitude- KOMANDORSKY ISLANDS REGION

9/26/99 - 6.8 magnitude- Central Taiwan (Aftershock) Source: CNN

Desperate search for Taiwan survivors
Sept. 23, 1999 - 48 hours after the 7.6 magnitude earthquake in Taiwan, the death toll had reached 2,042, with 6,537 injured and about 100,000 homeless! Source: BBC News

9/22/99 - Taiwan aftershocks: 6.8, 6.1 and 6.0 magnitude- These were the strongest of more than 2000 aftershocks from yesterday's quake.

Death toll tops 1,450 in powerful Taiwan quake
Sept. 21. 1999 - The death toll is rising dramatically in reports from yesterday's 7.6 magnitude earthquake centered 90 miles southwest of Taipei. Thousands are still trapped in buildings and hundreds of thousands are homeless.
Also:World hit by unlucky run of earthquakes, say scientists
Source: CNN

9/15/99 - 6.1 magnitude- SOUTHERN BOLIVIA

9/7/99 - 5.8 magnitude- GREECE
9/8/99 - Rain Hampers Quake Rescue
"Rescue efforts in the Greek capital Athens have been slowed down during the night by torrential rain, as the death toll in Tuesday's earthquake rose to 70. " - Source: BBC News

8/29/99 - 6.0 magnitude- CARLSBERG RIDGE

8/28/99 - 6.1 magnitude- ECUADOR

8/22/99 - 6.2 magnitude- NEAR N COAST OF NEW GUINEA, PNG.

8/23/99 - 6.5 magnitude- VANUATU ISLANDS

8/22/99 - 6.3 magnitude- OFF COAST OF SOUTHERN CHILE

Quake death toll set to soar
Aug. 20, 1999 -While the official death count for the recent earthquake in Turkey stands at 9,082, it is feared that the toll could eventually exceed 40,000, making it the country's worst this century. Source: BBC News
BBC Full Coverage

8/18/99 -7.8 magnitude- TURKEY

8/14/99 -6.4 magnitude- SUNDA STRAIT

8/1/99 -6.4 magnitude- KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND

7/29/99 -6.1 magnitude- KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND

7/28/99 -6.2 magnitude- KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND

7/26/99 -6.1 magnitude- NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.

7/19/99 -6.2 magnitude- KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION, NEW ZEALAND

7/11/99 -6.6 magnitude- HONDURAS

7/9/99 -6.3 magnitude- SOLOMON ISLANDS

7/7/99 -6.1 magnitude- KURIL ISLANDS (Thanks: Tom Jankowski)

7/3/99 -6.5 magnitude- BONIN ISLANDS REGION

6/18/99 -6.2 magnitude- MINDANAO, PHILIPPINE ISLANDS

6/15/99 - 6.7 magnitude- CENTRAL MEXICO
Mexico Counts Cost After Quake Kills 16 People
June 16, 1999 - A strong earthquake centered 135 miles southeast of Mexico City has killed at least 16 people and injured hundreds more. Source: Yahoo

5/17/99 -6.9 magnitude- NEW IRELAND REGION, P.N.G.

5/16/99 -6.2 magnitude- IRIAN JAYA, INDONESIA

5/16/99 -7.0 magnitude- NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.

5/1599 -6.0 magnitude- CALIFORNIA-NEVADA BORDER REGION

5/10/99 - 7.2 magnitude- NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.

5/8/99 - 6.1 magnitude - KURIL ISLANDS

Earthquake in SOUTHERN IRAN kills 26, flattens 800 homes
5/7/99 - A 6.3 quake, followed by a 5.8 and many smaller aftershocks has caused great damage to about 25 Iranian villiages, killing 26 --mostly children buried in the rubble of collapsed homes, and injuring at least 100 others.

5/7/99 - 6.1 magnitude- KODIAK ISLAND REGION

4/23/99 - 6.0 magnitude- REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA

4/20/99 - 6.5 magnitude- KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION

4/13/99 - 6.6 magnitude- FIJI ISLANDS REGION

4/8/99 - 7.2 magnitude- RUSSIA-N.E. CHINA BORDER REG.

4/8/99 - 7.2 magnitude- RUSSIA-N.E. CHINA BORDER REG.

4/6/99 - 6.4 magnitude- EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG., P.N.G.

4/5/99 - 7.4 magnitude- NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.

4/4/99 - 6.2 magnitude- NEAR COAST OF PERU

4/2/99 - 6.2 magnitude- VANUATU ISLANDS

3/31/99 - 6.0 magnitude- SOUTH OF PANAMA

3/28/99 - 6.6 magnitude- XIZANG-INDIA BORDER REGION

3/27/99 - 6.0 magnitude- SOUTH OF JAWA, INDONESIA

3/20/99 - 6.8 magnitude- ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS.

3/8/99 - 6.7 magnitude- OFF EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA

3/7/99 - 6.1 magnitude- FIJI ISLANDS REGION

3/4/99 - 6.5 magnitude- CELEBES SEA

3/4/99 - 6.5 magnitude- SOUTHERN IRAN

3/3/99 - 6.0 magnitude- NORTHERN CHILE

2/21/99 - 6.4 magnitude- LOYALTY ISLANDS REGION

2/13/99 - 6.3 magnitude- NEAR N COAST OF NEW GUINEA, PNG.

2/7/99 - 7.3 magnitude - SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
No damage reported.
Details from Earth Alert:
The quake struck Sunday morning near the Santa Cruz group of islands, about 180 miles (290 km) north of Santo Benuatu Island and about 1,330 miles (2,150 km) north of Brisbane, Australia. Its origin was 55 miles (90 km) beneath the seabed.

2/4/99 - 6.1 magnitude - NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA

2/2/99 - 6.2 magnitude - TONGA ISLANDS

1/28/99 - 6.4 magnitude - FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS

Colombia quake toll rises
Jan. 26, 1998 - Yesterday's 6.0 quake in Columbia was closer to the surface than usual - about 20 miles - and may be Columbia's "worst quake ever." The city of Armenia, high in the Andes, seems to be hardest hit, with reports of the extensive destruction and death, but there are approximately 20 other cities and towns which have also sustained serious damage. Source: BBC
Later assessment by CNN:
magnitude: 6.2
death toll: At least 1200
( 9/30/99)

1/24/99 - 6.3 magnitude - TONGA ISLANDS, about 40 miles (60 km) E of NUKU'ALOFA.

1/24/ 99- 6.1 magnitude - KYUSHU, JAPAN.

1/18/99 - 6.4 magnitude - NEW IRELAND REGION, P.N.G.

1/16/99 - 6.1 magnitude - GULF OF ALASKA

12/26/98 - 6.0 magnitude - FIJI ISLANDS REGION

12/5/98 - 6.5 magnitude - NORTHERN MOLUCCA SEA

11/29/98 - 7.6. magnitude - SOUTHERN MOLUCCA SEA

11/25/98 - 6.0 magnitude - SOLOMON ISLANDS

11/9/98 - 6.2 magnitude - BANDA SEA

11/9/98 - 7.0 magnitude - BANDA SEA

10/28/98 - 6.3 magnitude - NORTHERN MOLUCCA SEA

10/10/98 - 6.1 magnitude - MINAHASSA PENINSULA, SULAWESI

Eastern Cities Rattled By a Series of Earthquakes...
Could an `Earthquake in New York' Be Next?
Oct. 9, 1998 - Since a recent 5.2 earthquake affected many major cities in the East (Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Buffalo), the question is asked, could a large earthquake actually hit New York? Fox plans to air a world premiere movie on TV this Sunday, Oct. 11, called "Earthquake In New York." The article points out that the largest quake recorded in the United States was in Missouri in 1812. The largest in New York State was a 6.0 in 1944. (Source: Yahoo / Fox Family Channel)

10/8/98 ( 4:51 utc) - 6.3 magnitude - Southern Peru

9/28/98 (13:34 utc) - 6.3 magnitude - Java, Indonesia

9/3/98 (17:37 utc) - 6.5 magnitude - Near Coast of Central Chile

9/2/98 (8:37 utc) - 6.7 magnitude - Mindanao, Philippine Islands

8/30/98 (11:33 utc) - 6.0 magnitude - Queen Charlotte Islands Region

8/29/98 (1:48 utc) - 6.2 magnitude - Mariana Islands

8/28/98 (12:40 utc) - 6.4 magnitude - Minahassa Peninsula, Sulawesi

8/27/98 (9:03 utc) - 6.4 magnitude - Southern Xinjiang, China

8/23/98 (13:57 utc) - 6.2 magnitude - Near Coast of Nicarauga

8/20/98 (6:40 utc) - 6.2 magnitude - Bonin Islands Region

8/20/98 (15:00 utc) - 6.0 magnitude - Rat Islands, Aleutian Islands

7/29/98 (18:00) - 6.6 magnitude - Irian Jaya, Indonesia

7/29/98 (7:14 Origin Time) - 6.2 magnitude - Near Coast Of Central Chile

7/24/98 (22:26 MST) - 6.2 magnitude - Vanatu Islands

Tidal Wave Toll May Hit 3000
July 20, 1998 - Estimates of the number of people killed in last week's tidal wave in Paupa New Guinea now stand at 3000 plus, and the disease which will come in the wake of the disaster may drive the number higher yet. (Source: Infoseek/ Reuters)

7/18/98 (16:41 utc) - 6.0 magnitude - Vanatu Islands

7/17/98 (8:49 origin time) - 7.0 magnitude - New Guinea, Papua New Guinea
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected])
July 18, 1998 - Reuters FOCUS- Papua tidal wave kills 70, hundreds feared dead
70 people are confirmed dead after at least ten villiages were swept away by a massive tidal wave. Between 300 and 500 others are missing. Three waves were generated by the 7.0 earthquake at the bottom of the sea. The largest was between 20 and 30 feet high.

7/16/98 (11:56 utc) - 6.6 magnitude - Santa Cruz Islands
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected])

7/9/98 (14:19 origin time) - 6.2 magnitude - Armenia-Azerbaijan-Iran Border Reg.
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected])

7/9/98 (5:19 origin time) - 6.0 magnitude - Azores Islands
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected])

6/27/98 (13:52 origin time) - 6.2 magnitude - Turkey
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected])

6/18/98 (4:17) - 6.0 magnitude - Ascension Island Region
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected])

Update on Afghanistan Earthquake
June 3, 1998 - Information from Phil Goodwin Associated Press Writer
SHARI BASURKH, Afghanistan (AP) -- Rescue workers scrambled today to reach survivors cut off from food supplies since an earthquake struck northern Afghanistan four days ago. ..
The quake killed as many as 5,000 people, wiping out entire villages and leaving as many as 60,000 people homeless.
The United Nations and the Red Cross have been making several helicopter runs a day from Faisabad, the provincial capital, to remote villages to pick up the injured and drop off food, blankets, plastic sheeting and tents.
``We are trying to get in more helicopters ... this is where the bottleneck has been,'' said Philip Spoerri, a Red Cross spokesman in neighboring Pakistan.
He said the priority has been to bring out the injured and send in medical supplies. About 3.5 tons of medical supplies were to be sent to Faisabad from Pakistan today.
The United Nations issued an appeal for helicopters, saying it has aid to distribute, but limited means to get it to survivors. ...
More information: Afghanistan Online

6/1/98 (5:34) - 6.2 magnitude - Off East Coast of Kamchatka
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected])

5/30/98 (6:22 - origin time) - 6.9 magnitude - Afghanistan- Tajikistan Border Region
Initial report: ...this earthquake may have caused substantial damage and casualties due to its location and size. On February 4 a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in this same area killed more than 2,300 people and destroyed over 8,000 houses in the Rostaq area, Afghanistan.
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected])
Later Information:

5/23/98 (17:44) - 6.6 magnitude - Mindanao, Philippine Islands
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected])

5/22/98 - Powerful Earthquake In Bolivia
May 23, 1998 - The 6.8 magnitude quake, which occured yesterday , was centered approximately 250 miles southeast of the capital city of La Paz. The death toll has reached 47 and more are sure to be found as they dig through rubble of collapsed buildings in the towns of Aiquile and Totora looking for about 100 missing people. 140 others have been reported as injured. The time of the earthquake was 4:48 GMT, which was shortly after midnight in Bolivia. (Source: Reuters)

5/21/98 (5:34) - 6.3 magnitude - C Minahassa Peninsula Sulawesi
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected])

5/3/98 (23:30 origin time) - 7.3 magnitude - Southeast of Taiwan
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected])

4/27/98 (18:40 origin time) - 6.1 magnitude - Irian Jaya, Indonesia
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected])

Los Angeles Quake Could Damage Hundreds of Thousands of Buildings
April 8, 1998 - If the Elysian Park Fault, which runs through downtown Los Angeles, would have a 6.5 to 6.8 magnitude quake, it could damage hundreds of thousands of older buildings. This fault is 11 miles long and about 10 miles deep. It is one of about two dozen faults in the Los Angeles area. (Source: Philadelphia Daily News)
[Maybe Prophecy Central should have a mirror site ouside of the Los Angeles area?]

4/3/98 (22:01 origin time) -6.0 magnitude - Peru-Brazil Border Region
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected])

4/1/98 (22:43 origin time) -6.3 magnitude - Southern Chile
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected])

4/1/98 (17:56 origin time) -6.8 magnitude - Southern Sumatera, Indonesia
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected])

3/29/98 (19:48 origin time) -6.4 magnitude - Fiji Islands Region
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected])

3/25/98 (12:17 origin time) -6.1 magnitude - Balleny Islands Region
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected])

3/22/98 (16:33 origin time) -6.2 magnitude - Greenland See
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected])

3/22/98 (1:08 origin time) -6.2 magnitude - Mid-Indian Ridge
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected])

3/22/98 (18:22 origin time) -6.0 magnitude - Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected])

3/22/98 (21:08 origin time) -6.1 magnitude - Aukland Islands Region. Region
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected])

Five Killed, 50 Injured in Iran Quake
3/15/98 - (19:40 Origin Time) 6.9 magnitude - Southern Iran
This is the largest earthquake in this area since a magnitude 7.1 event which occurred July 28, 1981 and killed 1,500 people.
(Sources: Yahoo News- story no longer on line, and USCS Global Current Earthquake Information

2/19/98 (14:14 origin time) - 6.5 magnitude - Banda Sea
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected])

2/17/98 (18:06 MST) - 6.6 magnitude - North Atlantic Ocean
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected])

2/7/98 -6.6 magnitude - Ocean South of Tokyo
(Source: Washingtonpost.com)
AP -TOKYO (AP) -- A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 hit deep below the ocean south of Tokyo today, but there were no reports of damage or injuries.
The morning quake was centered 310 miles beneath the floor of the Pacific Ocean near the island of Chichijima, 620 miles south of Tokyo, the Meteorological Agency said.

2/4/98 (14:33 origin time) -6.1 magnitude - Afghanistan-Tajikistan Bord. Region
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected])
4,000 Reported Dead in Afghan Quake
Jan. 7, 1998 -AP ``The hills collapsed into each other, making a huge crater in the earth,'' said Sher Mohammed, a spokesman for the military alliance that controls the area.
If the estimated death toll is accurate, the article says, " the quake would be one of the world's most devastating this decade. A temblor in Iran in June 1990 killed an estimated 50,000 people. In India, a quake killed 9,700 in September 1993, and in Kobe, Japan, 5,500 were killed in an earthquake that struck in January 1995."
Feb. 9 - 1997 - Aftershocks - Increased Death Toll
Later assessment (See 5/30 above): killed more than 2,300 people and destroyed over 8,000 houses in the Rostaq area, Afghanistan.

2/3/98 (03:02 origin time) -6.1 magnitude - Oaxaca, Mexico
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected]) )

1/30/98 (12:16 origin time) -6.4 magnitude - Northern Chili
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected]) )

1/14/98 (17:24 origin time) -6.5 magnitude - Fiji Islands Region
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected]) )

1/12/98 (16:36 MST) -6.7 magnitude - Fiji Islands Region
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected]) )

1/12/98 (10:14 MST) -6.2 magnitude - Near Coast of Cental Chile
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected]) )

China Quake Survivors Brace for Icy Night
Jan 11, 1998 - Following a 6.2 magnitude quake in China, near the Great Wall, at least 47 people were killed, more than 11,000 injuries have been reported, and an estimated 100,000 buildings destroyed. Survivors face sub-freezing temperatures.

1/10/98 (08:20 MST) -6.4 magnitude - Guatemala
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected]) )

1/4/98 (2:22 MST) -7.0 magnitude - Loyalty Islands Region
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected]) )

1/4/98 (2:01 MST) -7.0 magnitude - Loyalty Islands Region
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected]) )

1/1/98 (1:31 MST) -6.5 magnitude - Volcano Islands Region
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected]) )

12/22/97 (11:16 MST) -6.7 magnitude - Papua, New Guinea
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected]) )
12/17/97 (11:16 MST) -6.5 magnitude - Rat Islands, Aleutian Islands
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected]) )
12/5/97 (1:58 p.m.) -6.5 magnitude - Near East Coast of Kamchatka
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected]) )
12/5/97 (1:36 p.m.) -6.5 magnitude - Near East Coast of Kamchatka
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected]) )
12/5/97 (1:30 p.m.) -6.0 magnitude - Near East Coast of Kamchatka
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected]) )
12/5/97 (6:21 a.m.) -7.7 magnitude - Near East Coast of Kamchatka
Tsunami warnings also
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected]) )
11/28/97 -6.3 magnitude - Peru-Bolivia Border Region
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected]) )
11/21/97 - 6.0 magnitude - India-Bangladesh Border Region
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected]) )
11/18/97 - 6.4 magnitude - Southern Greece. The earthquake was felt from Athens to Crete.
No reports of damage or casualties have been received at this time. (Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected]) )
11/15/97 - 6.6 magnitude -Vanatu Islands, about 30 miles (50 km) NNE of Santo (Luganville)
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected]) )
11/8/97 - 7.9 magnitude -Xizang
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected]) )
11/3/97 - 6.2 magnitude -Near Coast of Central Chile
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected]) )
10/28/97 - 6.5 magnitude -Northern Peru
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected]) )
10/14/97 - 6.0 magnitude -Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Is.
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected]) )
10/14/97 - 6.8 magnitude -Near Coast of Central Chile.
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected]) )
10/14/97 - 6.5 magnitude -South of Fiji Islands.
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected]) )
10/13/97 - 6.6 magnitude -Southern Greece - The earthquake was felt strongly at Kalamata and Pirgos. It was felt from Athens to the island of Crete. No reports of damage or casualties have been received at this time.
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information andSource: Bigquake list - [email protected]) )
10/5/97 - 6.1 magnitude -SMindanao, Philippine Islands, about 25 miles (40 km) SSE of General Santos, Mindanao
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information) MINDANAO, PHILIPPINE ISLANDS
9/30/97 - 6.4 magnitude -South of Honshu, Japan. About 135 miles ESE of Hachijo-jima, Japan.
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information)
9/21/97 - 6.2 magnitude - Lake Tanganyika Region
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information)
9/20/97 - 6.9 magnitude - Kermadec Islands Region
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information)
9/10/97 - 6.1 magnitude - Tonga Islands
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information)
9/3/97 - 6.1 magnitude - South of Fiji Islands, about 305 miles (490 km) NW of Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information)
9/3/97 - 6.0 magnitude - Pacific-Antarctic Ridge, about 2810 miles (4520 km) SSE of Papeete, French Polynesia
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information)
9/2/97 - 6.4 magnitude - COLOMBIA, about 50 miles (80 km) SW of Ibague, Colombia
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information)
8/29/97 - 6.7 magnitude - N. Coast of New Guinea, PNG.
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information)
8/29/97 - 6.3 magnitude - Tonga Islands
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information)
8/20/97 - 6.0 magnitude - Northern Sumatera, Indonesia
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information)
8/20/97 - 6.4 magnitude - Mid Indian Ridge
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information [thanks Nancy Sewell]
8/8/97 - 6.6 magnitude - Fiji Islands Region
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information)
8/4/97 - 6.0 magnitude - Tonga Islands
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information)
7/20/97 - 6.0 magnitude - Jujuy Province, Argentina
(Source: Bigquake list - [email protected])
7/19/97 - 6.2 magnitude - Off the coast of Guerrero, Mexico
(Source: Bigquake list - [email protected])
7/14/97 - 6.0 magnitude - Kuril Islands, about 100 miles (160 km) ENE of Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan
(Source: Bigquake list - [email protected])
7/9/97 - 6.8 magnitude - Near Coast of Venezuela
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information [thanks Nancy Sewell]
7/6/97 - 6.5 magnitude - Near Coast of Chile
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information [thanks Nancy Sewell]
6/26/97 - 6.0 magnitude - Southern East Pacific Rise
about 880 miles (1420 km) NW of Swain's Island:
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information [thanks Nancy] and Bigquake list - [email protected])
6/25/97 - 6.1 magnitude - Halmahera, Indonesia
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information [thanks Nancy] and Bigquake list - [email protected])
6/17/97 - 6.6 magnitude - Andreanof Islands, Alelutian Is
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information [thanks Nancy] and Bigquake list - [email protected])
6/10/97 - 6.1 magnitude - Southern East Pacific Rise
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information [thanks Nancy])
5/29/97 - 6.1 magnitude - Southern Pacific Ocean - about 730 miles (1180 km) SSE of Hanga Roa, Easter Island
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information [thanks Nancy] and Bigquake list - [email protected])
5/27/97 - 6.3 magnitude - Tonga Islands
About 140 miles SW of APIA, Western Samoa. (Source: Bigquake list - [email protected])
5/25/97 - 6.1 magnitude - Kermadec Islands
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information - thanks Nancy)
5/22/97 - 6.0 magnitude - Guerrero, Mexico
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information)
5/21/97 - 6.1 magnitude - Southern India
At least 38 people were killed and more than 1,000 injured. The quake was near Jabalpur City in Madhya Pradesh state.
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information and article by Khalid Wasi Ullah for Reuter - Thanks Marsh...)
5/21/97 - 6.4 or 6.5 magnitude - Vanuatu Islands
(Source: 6.4 - USCS Global Current Earthquake Information - thanks Nancy; 6.5 - Bigquake list - [email protected])
5/13/97 - 6.1 magnitude - Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information - thanks Nancy)
5/10/97 - 7.1 to 7.3 magnitude - Northern Iran
As many as 200 villages leveled, at least 2400 dead, 6000 injured.
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information and AP article from America On Line 5/11/97)
5/9/97 - 6.1 magnitude - Mariana Islands
(Source: USCS Global Current Earthquake Information - thanks Nancy)
5/6/97 - 6.8 magnitude - Kermadec Islands
(Source: Perilous Times Earthquake Page - "Record of the Day")
5/3/97 - 6.5 magnitude - Kermadec Islands, north of New Zealand
(Source: USGS Earthquake Bulletin- thanks C. Balsam)
5/1/97 - 6.7 magnitude - Off coast of Jalisco, Mexico
(Source: USGS Earthquake Bulletin- thanks C. Balsam)
4/24/97 - 6.3 magnitude - Guam and Saipan
No injuries reported. (Source:Earthweek 4/25/97 from Bible_Prophecy-L)
4/22/97 - 6.5 magnitude - Trinidad and Tobago
Buildings were damaged and three people were injured. (Source:Earthweek 4/25/97 from Bible_Prophecy-L)
4/21/97 -7.9 magnitude - beneath the South Pacific near the Solomon Islands
This is this year's srongest quake (more powerful than the 1906 San Francisco earthquake). It generated a tsunami that swept onto the south-facing beaches of the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, damaging several houses. (Source:Earthweek 4/25/97 from Bible_Prophecy-L)
4/15/97- 6.3 magnitude - near the city of Jashi in China's Xinjiang region
People already sleeping outdoors - no further injuries or casualties. (Source:Earthweek 4/18/97 from Bible_Prophecy-L)
Week of 4/11/97 - Two large temblors - 6.3 and 6.4 magnitude - western China's Xinjiang region
These quakes damaged or destroyed thousands of structures and injured 17 people in the same region devastated by killer quakes in January and February. (Source:Earthweek 4/11/97 from Bible_Prophecy-L)
4/9/97 - 6.0 magnitude - northeast of Laoag City, Philippines
There were no reports of injury or damage. Source:Earthweek 4/11/97 from Bible_Prophecy-L
3/26/97 - 6.2 magnitude - Kyushu
22 people were reported injured on Japan's main southern island of Kyushu at 5:31 p.m. local time. (Source: Earthweek 3/28/97 from Bible_Prophecy-L)
3/26/97 - 6.4 magnitude - Rat Islands, Aleutian Islands
2:08:57 51.26N 179.58E 33.0 (Source: USGS Earthquake bulletin. Thanks: CBalsam)
3/23/97 - 6.0 magnitude - Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge
20:48:48 30.82N 41.51W 10.0 (Source: USGS Earthquake bulletin. Thanks: CBalsam)
3/17/97 - 6.0 magnitude - Java
Hundreds of houses and school in Indonesia's West Java Province were damaged or destroyed by a magnitude 6.0 earthquake that was centered beneath the Indian Ocean southwest of Jakarta. Buildings in the capital were rocked by the intense seismic shaking, sending tens of thousands of workers rushing into the streets in panic.
The quake occurred at 3:05 p.m. (0803 GMT) on Monday 195 miles (300 km) southwest of Jakarta at a depth of 20 miles (33 km)
(Source: Earthwatch 3/21/97 - via BIBLE_PROPHECY-L)
3/12/97 - 7.0 magnitude - Mindanao, Philippines -
damage to a hospital in the city of Cagayan de Oro. No significant injuries reported. (Source: Earthwatch 3/14/97 - via BIBLE_PROPHECY-L)


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Earth Quake Links

Real-Time Earthquake Map - 7 Days
Information from last few days
Savage Earth: Hell's Crust: Our Ever-Changing Planet - PBS
History of deadly earthquakes - BBC
Top 10 Deadliest Earthquakes - Time



Excerpts from The Prophecy Puzzle

Is there really an increase in seismic activity? From some perspectives it certainly seems that there is, but scientists remind us that this could also be due to the increased effectiveness in measuring and reporting events. In any case, there is no doubt that this period of time qualifies as a fulfillment of the prophecy that "there will be earthquakes!"

For balance on this issue, read also, Lambert Dolphin's article "Earthquakes and the Bible".

In the actual software package, many key words would appear as colored hyperlinks to other articles. These links are not shown here.

Earthquakes

The current World Almanac lists known earthquakes from ancient times until the present. Obviously, they do not list all earthquakes because there are hundreds of little ones every year, and there is not as much scientific or historical data for events in the past as there is now. Some earthquakes have been very devastating. One in 526 AD in Antioch of Syria resulted in approximately 250,000 deaths.

It is interesting that there has been a constant escalation of the number of large earthquakes during this whole century, and especially since the middle of the century. There were about as many major earthquakes listed from 1900 to 1950 as there was in the entire period of time from 1525 to 1900. Then, from 1950 to the present there are more quakes listed than all the years before that. Before 1900 there was an average gap of 15 or 20 years between major quakes, but now there are several major quakes every year.

Earthquakes are caused by continental shifts, or movement of huge tectonic plates that "float" on the molten core of the earth. The Bible predicts that there will be huge earthquakes during The Tribulation period, leading up to one final upheaval that will literally reshape the geography of the earth, shaking down all the mountains, and sinking all the islands (Revelation 16:17-20). It is reasonable to expect a continual increase in seismic activity in the years leading up to "the big one."

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