Current Events and Links
Earth Quake Magnitudes
Strong and Major Quake Watch
- 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
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".
See USGS Information About
Past and Historical Earthquakes
See the USGS Lists of
Significant Worldwide Earthquakes
Last 8 to 30 Days of Earthquake Activity - USGS
Government warns of "catastrophic" U.S. quake
Nov. 20, 2008 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency warns the American Heartland that a catastrophic earthquake could strike the New Madrid Seismic Zone like the devastating quakes of 1811 and 1812.
- FEMA predicted a large earthquake would cause "widespread and catastrophic physical damage" across Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee -- home to some 44 million people.
- Source: Reuters
Top 5 Ways to Cause a Man-Made Earthquake
June 4, 2008 - Man-made earthquakes might not be caused by nuclear blasts (time will tell), but there are five ways that man-made activity may cause earthquakes: building dams, injecting water into the ground (disposal, geo-thermal power), mining vast amounts of coal, draining oil wells dry, and building the world's tallest buildings.
- Source: Wired
Scientists: Gigantic Quake Would Devastate S. California
May 24, 2008 - There is a 46% chance that a 7.5 or larger quake will strike California in the next 30 years, and it is most likely that it will be in So. California. Such a quake could easily leave 1,900 dead and 50,000 injured.
- Source: NewsMax
China Says Death Toll Rises to 65,080
May 26, 2008
- Source: Newsmax
- Update 2009 - Over 80,000 dead or missing and millions homeless - CBC
China earthquake toll tops 40,000
May 20, 2008 - Chinese officials say that the death toll from last week's earthquake has reached 40,075.
- Another 32,361 people remain missing in the quake zone, the state council said. An estimated five million people have been made homeless.
- Source: BBC
China earthquake: 18,000 remain buried
May 13, 2008
- Source: Telegraph - UK
Thousands dead in Chinese quake
May 12, 2008 - The China quake toll is now at least 10,000
- Source: BBC
Thousands Dead After Magnitude 7.8 Earthquake Rocks Central China
May 12, 2008 - A massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake in China has destroyed 80 percent of the buildings in Beichuan county in Sichuan province.
At least 7,600 people have died and the number may rise dramatically. Another 10,000 people were believed to be hurt.
The earthquake shook skyscrapers more than 900 miles away in Beijing and was felt as far away as Pakistan, Vietnam and Thailand.
- The earthquake comes less than three months before the start of the Beijing Summer Olympics, when China hopes to use to showcase its
rise in the world.
- Source: Fox
- Sichuan quake death toll rises to 7,651 - Xinhua
Scientists: Big Quake Likely in Calif.
Apr. 15, 2008
Ned Field, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Pasadena, said:
- New calculations reveal there is a 99.7 percent chance a magnitude 6.7 quake or larger will strike in the next 30 years. The odds of such an event are higher in Southern California than Northern California, 97 percent versus 93 percent.
- Source: NewsMax
6.6 magnitude quake hits near Solomon Islands: USGS
Nov. 28, 2007 -
- Source: Reuters
Powerful 7.9 Magnitude Earthquake Kills at Least 337 in Peru
Aug 16, 2007 - A magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck Peru yesterday south of the capital city of Lima. In many communities there is no electricity or water, and most buildings were leveled.
- In the nearby town of Pisco, "the dead are scattered by the dozens on the streets" and at least 200 people were buried under the rubble of a collapsed church where they were attending a service, Juan Mendoza, the town's mayor, told Lima radio station CPN.
- Source: Fox
6.0-magnitude earthquake shakes Mexico
Apr. 13, 2007 - Temblor strikes north of Acapulco, knocks out power in parts of Mexico City
- Source: MSNBC
Study: Massive Southern California Earthquake Could Come Any Moment
- Source: Fox
Java Quake Toll- 5,400
Christian Relief Organizations React to Indonesian Quake
May 30, 2006 - The recent earthquake in Indonesia has been upgraded to a 6.3 magnitude, and the death toll has risen to 5,400. Over 100,000 are homeless. A variety of Christian relief agencies have already started giving assistance to the area. These groups include World Vision, Operation Blessing,
the Salvation Army, and others. At the end of this article there are links to relief agencies.
- Source: Crosswalk
Nearly 3,000 dead in Java quake
May 27,, 2006 - A magnitude 6.2 quake in Indonesia has flattened buildings in the heavily populated area south of Yogyakarta on the Island of Java.
- More than 2,700 people have been killed and thousands more injured by a strong earthquake that struck the Indonesian island of Java, officials have said.
- Source: BBC
Major quake jolts Russian Far East
Apr. 21, 2006 - A 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula today, but no injuries or fatalities have been reported from the sparsely populated area.
- Source: CNN
South Asia Quake Toll Nears 80,000
Oct. 20, 2005 - Two strong aftershocks of the 7.6 killer quake that struck Pakistan/Kashmir/India on Oct. 8th have caused new panic there. A new total of dead so far is approximately 79,000, and may rise much higher since some half-million survivors have not yet received any help and the weather is becoming very cold.
- Source: Fox
- Quake 'is UN's worst nightmare' - BBC
- Nov. 2, 2005 - Official toll in Pakistan quake rises to 73,276 - Yahoo (Story no longer online)
Magnitude 6.5 quake rocks Tokyo
Oct. 20, 2005 - Japan was shaken yesterday by a 6.5 earthquake centered 30 miles below the sea, about 70 miles northeast of Tokyo. There were evidently no deaths, and no danger of a tsunami.
- Source: MSN
New figures put quake toll at more than 79,000
Oct. 10, 2005 - A 7.6 magnitude earthquake devastated large areas of Pakistan, Kashmir, India, and Afghanistan on Oct. 8th. The death toll is over 20,000 and climbing.
- The United Nations said more than 2.5 million people were left homeless by Saturday’s monster 7.6-magnitude quake, and doctors warned of an outbreak of disease unless more relief arrives soon.
- Update: Oct. 11 - Weather hampers quake aid effort - BBC
California Earthquake Could Be the Next Katrina
Sept. 9, 2005 - In 2001 a FEMA emergency training session proposed three disasterous scenarios: terrorist attack in New York. Second was a super-strength hurricane hitting New Orleans. Third was a major earthquake on the San Andreas fault. Two months later, 911 Attack occured in New York. Since Katrina has fulfilled the second scenario, U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones, is concerned that the L.A. area is still unprepared for the big earthquake!
- "We aren't anywhere close to where I wish we were" in terms of seismic safety, Jones said.
- Source:Los Angeles Times (Story no longer on line)
Researchers Outline Impact Of Rupture In Puente Hills Fault
May 25, 2005 - Scientists say the Puente Hills fault, which was not previously thought to be a major threat, is capable of a rupture generating up to a 7.5 magnitude quake and causing thousands of deaths in the Los Angeles area.
- The Puente Hills fault largely runs in an east-west direction. On the western end, it is a couple miles underground, almost directly under USC, said Jordan. The fault continues eastward, dipping under the San Gabriel Mountains.
Sumatra Quake Shook Earth's Total Surface
May 20, 2005 - The gigantic earthquake in Indonesia last December was the strongest in the past 40 years. Sophisticated new monitoring equipment has revealed that it actually shook the entire Earth, and continued to cause the planet to tremble for weeks.
176,000 people in 11 countries were killed by the quake and tsunami.
- The quake resulted from the longest fault rupture ever observed - 720 miles to 780 miles, which spread for 10 minutes, also a record. A typical earthquake's duration would be 30 seconds.
- Source:My Way (Story no longer on line)
Rescuers dig through quake rubble
Mar. 29, 2005 - Indonesia was hit with an 8.7-magnitude eartquake near the area of December's tsunami disaster. One devastated area was the island of Nias. Death toll estimates ranged from 330 to 2,000. A tsunami watch was issued, but no killer waves materialized.
Scientists find tsunami produced 90-foot wave
Feb. 18, 2005 - An American team of scientists have discovered one remote section of Indonesia's island of Sumatra where wave from December's earthquake and tsunami must have been more than 90 feet high! Whole villages were swept away by the wave. Fortunately there were not many villages there.
- USGS oceanographer Guy Gelfenbaum said that debris left high in hardwood trees that survived the tsunami provided evidence of the height of the gigantic waves in Indonesia.
- Source:San Francisco Chronicle
Tsunami Aid Operations Saved `Second Wave of Deaths'
Jan. 27, 2005 -
Rapid massive relief operations have evidently stopped the development of a second round of deaths that was expected in the wake of the disasterous earthquake and resulting tsunami. While there are pockets of Aceh province in Indonesia where relief groups are still having problems reaching, the U.N. Web site claims that all major affected groups or communities have received life-saving assistance, including food and medicine.
- Aid operations in the 12 Indian Ocean countries hit by the Dec. 26 tsunami that left more than 280,000 people killed or missing have prevented a ``second wave of deaths'' from disease, the United Nations said.
Muslims and the tsunami
Jan. 14, 2004 - Radical Islamic leaders in Indonesia are demanding that the U.S. relief effort there be terminated by Mar. 31. There is no thanks for the help, but plenty of hatred for the U.S. Commentator Mona Charon says, "Indonesia can now assume first place in the pantheon of ingrates."
- Source: Townhall.com
Tsunami death toll rises to more than 150,000
Jan. 8, 2004 - The death toll from the Asian tsunami is now above the 150,000 mark, and thousands of bodies are still being found in remote villages.
- In a rare positive note, the World Health Organization said no major disease outbreaks have been reported in the crowded camps where millions have sought refuge after losing everything.
- Source:MSNBC (Story no longer on line)
Strange Theories About The Earthquake/ Tsunami
Was the earthquake a purely natural solution or was it the result of God's direct action? Could it possibly have been caused by terrorists?
In our article,2004 In Review- The Year In Prophecy, we assume it is a natural phenomenon, but it is a stark reminder that Jesus said earthquakes would be a sign of the times.
Popular science novelist Michael Crichton's latest book,"State of Fear," is based on a plot about eco-terrorists who try to create four "natural disasters" (including a tsunami) in order to alert the world to the dangers of global warming.
It is theoretically possible to create electromagnetic activity to release the gravitational effects. This, in turn, could cause massive earth movements.
- Human Hand behind earthquake and Tsunami? It is time for Indian Navy to investigate! - India Daily (Story no longer on line)
- Egyptian paper: Israel-India nuke test caused tsunami - Jerusalem Post (Story no longer on line)
- Fear and fear mongering, by Debra J. Saunders - San Francisco Chronicle
- A secret project in India’s Defense Research Organization that can change the world as we know it – anti-gravity lifters tested in Himalayas? - India Daily
- Homosexuality, fornication cause of tsunami? - Saudi professor says sinful acts at Christmastime caused disaster - WorldNetDaily
The Earthquake In Biblical Perspective
How do we reconcile our faith in God with a disaster of this magnitude? Here are some articles that deal with this subject.
- 2004 In Review- The Year In Prophecy - Ron Graff
Tsunami toll tops 156,000
Jan. 3, 2005 - The total of tsunami-related deaths now tops 156,000, and there are tens of thousands of others missing. Relief efforts are going strong, but there are many areas where food, water and medicine can not be delivered because of washed out roads and bridges. Helicopters from many countries are trying to get supplies into these areas. More than $2 billion has been pledged toward the emergency relief effort.
- Japan is the largest contributor, pledging $500 million; the United States was second, with $350 million committed.
President Asks Bush and Clinton to Help Raise Funds for Tsunami Relief
Jan. 3, 2005 - President Bush has enlisted the leadership of the two previous presidents, His father George Bush, and Bill Clinton, to head an effort to raise the necessary funds to help victims of the earthquake/ tsunami.
- Source:USA Freedom Corps
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