Is There An Increase In Earthquake Activity?

The awful death and destruction caused by the earthquake in Haiti reminds us once again that we are very vulnerable to seismic disasters. And it reminds us that earthquakes are one of the Signs of the Times that Jesus mentioned.

Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. – Matthew 24:7-8

Ever since the monstrous 9.1 magnitude earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia in 2004, people have had a heightened awareness of the danger of seismic activity. That year, the great tsunami claimed 227,898 lives.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), more than a million earthquakes occur in the world each year, but many go undetected because they occur in remote areas or have very small magnitudes. The number of major earthquakes has been relatively stable during the past two decades– an average of 17 per year with a magnitude 7.0 or greater.

Prophecy students debate whether or not there really is an increase in seismic activity in our times. From some perspectives it certainly seems that there is, but scientists remind us that this could also be caused by better methods of measuring and reporting of events.

However, there are actually some new causes for earthquakes in our generation! By 2008 scientists were claiming that man-made earthquakes would be a problem. We have always wondered if nuclear tests could trigger quakes. But even if it turns out that these blasts don’t cause tremors, there are at least five other ways that man-made activity may cause earthquakes: by building dams, by injecting water into the ground (disposal, geo-thermal power), by mining vast amounts of coal, by draining oil wells dry, and by building super-tall buildings.

Last year, scientists in China and the United States blamed a 2008 earthquake that killed at least 80,000 people in Sichuan on construction of the 511 ft-high Zipingpu Dam, which lies just 550 yards from the fault line, and three miles from the epicenter of the earthquake. They believe that the weight of water, and the penetration of water into the rock, could have affected the pressure on the fault line underneath.

In 2004 a now-infamous geothermal project in Basel, Switzerland drilled three miles into Earth’s crust. The project set off a magnitude 3.4 earthquake that affected the whole town and caused the operation to be shut down entirely.

The Bible also teaches that the worst earthquakes ever will accompany the Battle of Armageddon.

Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since man has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. The great city split into three parts and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath. Every Island fled away and the mountains could not be found. -Revelation 16:18-20

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25 Responses to Is There An Increase In Earthquake Activity?

  1. Mantis says:

    I love haiti! I see hope and smile on so many faces today!

  2. Roger Callen says:

    Having lived through a number of hurricanes, the reality is that not only are these folks suffering now, but they will be suffering for many years to come.It will take years and an enormous amount of funds to rebuild the infrastructure, not to mention building dwellings, schools, and stores. One can only hope that the internatinal community continues to supprt the people in Haiti. Then, one can only hope that they will have leadership that supports the people of Haiti.

  3. golden rule says:

    What a great story of inspiration and survival. The real tragedy is how many survived, yet help was haulted because the US was squabbling over who would pay for their care? So they died. One day soon, people will be the focus of life rather than Cesar’s coins.

  4. You have to feel for these people. Perhaps now would be a good time to reflect on what has been the approach for the last few decades so as to determine what not to do there in the future.

  5. jody stewart says:

    why does everybody in the godless devil woshipping world think it it is usa resposibility to take care of the whole worlds problems? Where is china ,russia and all the oil money rich rag heads help every time there is a disaster in the world?

  6. Leo Giampietro says:

    The end is very Near look up the King is coming.

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  9. Look this is dumb… The end of the world isn’t going to happen soon … Were not that screwed up yet… Were not that immoral yet. But I do like this alot though excellent 5/5

  10. Lisa says:

    I would tend to agree with scientist who state that we are enduring about the same number of earthquakes in a given year. However, in past years most earthquakes occurred around the Pacific Rim, with occasional quakes along other faults. Recently though, quakes seem to be occurring on all fault lines. Also notably, that for every major quake on the west side of the Pacific Rim, there follows, within days a corresponding major quake on the east side of the rim. If you look at the world chart for the last 30 days, you can see multiple quakes have occurred on every fault.

  11. ronnie says:

    I would like to update your last posting dated Jan. 13, 2010. Since the Haiti earthquake, Chile got hit by an 8.8m earthquake last Feb. 27, 2010 and since then, huge aftershocks were felt almost everyday up to today. Also, Indonesia got 6.8m March 5, Turkey got 6.1m March 8, Japan got 6.5m March 14 and Philippines got 6.0m March 25.

    According to, there is an increase in seismic activity and earthquakes with >mag. 6.9 in the last 38 years. Please check this out.

    Prophecy unfold….Watch and Be Prepared.

  12. Joshua says:

    The end is about as near as it was during the bubonic plague in Europe. Then again the “end times” would applicable to anyone experiencing death at any one time. I grew up on these spooky stories and folktales in my southern baptist home along with shame, guilt, and other stuff a young kid shouldnt be exposed to. Im sooooo glad that I took some science classes to exercise this superstitious garbage out of my mind. Sorry to be harsh, but religion has done far more harm in my life than I would like to share here.

  13. I have been lookin’ around for opinions on this. I am feeling good now that I found this site.

  14. Thank you for this. Was a good read

  15. Sharon Nichols says:

    I have had so many questions and today some has been answered. Alot of people live inside a box until its to late. Wake up the unfolding of the lord’s prophesy is at hand. Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess I am King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

  16. Such a large earthquake shocking! Sad for the dead, God bless them. Poor people on earth.Us all to pray for the Japanese people now!

  17. SuzieQ says:

    One sign of how serious Japan quake is: Nobody builds sturdier reactors and they’re still venting radioactive steam.

  18. Just observing here, I don’t believe people quite understand yet, the situation over in Japan is going to get much worse before it gets better – dangerous nuclear power problems, 20% permanent loss of electric power generation too as those stations probably won’t be coming back online ever again… Japan’s going to be feeling all these things and for a long time too.

  19. Erinn Yalon says:

    Oh, so many people died, nature is really heartless! Japan should take heart!

  20. This earthquake is really devastating.

  21. You cant compare New Orleans to Japan. The Japanese men and women are raised to have probably the most respect for their fellow man. They are taught that saving face is very essential. You wont catch then stealing and looting since they know that whatever you do there’s a price to pay and they wouldnt believe of stealing from their fellow man. They’re very bright men and women. God bless them and sorry for all those that lost their lives.

  22. absolutely horrible…our prayers should be with the survivors

  23. Review says:

    Global concerns remain focused on the crippled Fukushima number one plant, with radiation fears triggering an exodus of foreign nationals, particularly after Britain, France and others advised their citizens to leave Tokyo.

  24. If the fuel from the fuel storage tanks, or containment pools, is exposed to air, it could degrade further and emit dangerous levels of radioactivity.

  25. i feel so sorry for everybody in japan who have lost thier families

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