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Earthquake Magnitudes
Great = > 8
Major = 7 to 7.9
Strong = 6 to 6.9
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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".

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Last 8 to 30 Days of Earthquake Activity - USGS

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2010's World Gone Wild: Quakes, Floods, Blizzards

Dec. 20, 2010 - Experts say that the year 2010 brought the greatest mix of natural disasters in more than a generation.
A record amount of earthquakes, heat waves, floods, volcanoes, super typhoons, blizzards, landslides and droughts killed at least a quarter million people this year, compared with just 15,000 in 2009.
Some of the biggest events were the Haitian earthquake, Russian heat wave and Pakistani flooding.

Some analysts say that the death toll from disasters is increasing because of unwise decisions about where to build cities and poor construction practices. Others claim it is a result of global warming because of many heat records set during the year, but that is confusing in light of the severe blizzards at the beginning and end of the year.

Source: CBN
2010's world gone wild: Quakes, floods, blizzards - AP - Yahoo

Indonesia Tsunami Kills At Least 272; Aid Finally Arrives

Oct. 27, 2010 - Rescue teams were hindered from reaching Indonesia's Mentawai island chain after a devastating earthquake and tsunami. The death toll stands at 272 and climbing.

Within a 24 hour period a second major disaster occured.

The country's most volatile volcano, Mount Merapi, 800 miles to the east, erupted at dusk Tuesday, sending up searing ash clouds and killing more than two dozen people.
Source: Fox
Update 10/28/10 - Indonesia Tsunami Toll Hits 343 as Bodies Found - Fox

Deadly Tsunami Strikes Indonesia, Scores Missing

Oct. 26, 2010 - A 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck 13 miles beneath the ocean floor near Western Indonesia. It generated a powerful tsunami that pushed 10-foot waves into remote islands, killing at least 23 people and leaving more than 160 others missing. The death toll is expected to climb.
About 3,000 people were seeking shelter Tuesday in emergency camps. Crews from several ships have yet to be unaccounted for in the Indian Ocean, according to disaster management agency officials.
Source: CBN

Earth's surface 'lurches 11 ft to the right' as New Zealand earthquake rips new fault line

Sept. 6, 2010 - The 7.1-magnitude quake that hit Christchurch. New Zealand on Sept. 3 was the result of the continuing collision between the Pacific and Australian tectonic plates, according to Professor Mark Quigley, of Canterbury University. He said,
‘One side of the Earth has lurched to the right ... up to 11ft and in some places been thrust up,’ he said. ‘We went and saw two houses that were completely snapped in half by the earthquake.’
Source: Daily Mail - U.K.

New Zealand earthquake: state of emergency declared

Sept. 4, 2010 - A 7.1 earthquake struck the New Zealand city of Christchurch yesterday, destroying hundreds of buildings.
Christchurch Hospital was inundated with casualties, mainly cuts and fractures, although at least two people were in a serious condition...No deaths were reported, which John Key, the Prime Minister, described as "a miracle".
Source: Telegraph - U.K.
New Zealand earthquake 'damaged 100,000 homes' - BBC

China earthquake kills hundreds in Qinghai

Apr. 14, 2010 - A magnitude-6.9 struck western China's Qinghai province today about 500 miles south-west of the provincial capital Xining. So far, 400 deaths have been reported and about 10,000 were injured.
Source: BBC
History of deadly earthquakes - BBC
Update 4/17/10 - China earthquake: death toll could reach 10,000 - Telegraph - UK

California sees increase in earthquakes; seismologists fight Twitter rumors

Apr. 13, 2010 - Southern California might be entering a more active seismic period. It is only April, and there have already been 70 magnitude 4.0 temblors in Southern California and Baja California. There were 30 such quakes in 2009 and 29 in 2008.
Scientists said the increase does not mean the Big One is any more imminent, but it could mean more significant quakes are on the way.
Source: Los Angeles Times

Rockin’ and Rollin’

Mar. 16, 2010 - Hal Lindsey points to an obvious increase in seismic activity during the first months of this year as a possible fulfillment of the last days prophecy that there will be an upsurge of earthquakes.
Source: Hal Lindsey
The Hal Lindsey Report - 3/12/2010

Dozens dead from earthquake in Turkey

Mat. 8, 2010 - A 5.9 magnitude earthquake in the mountainous region of southeastern Turkey has killed at least 51 people.
The quake struck in Elazig province, with the village of Okcular the worst hit, according to Ozcan Yalcin, the press secretary for the province's governor.
Source: CNN
Expert Says Chile Quake Part of New Activity Phase -
Chile Earthquake May Have Shortened Earth's Day - WJZ TV

Chilean earthquake hints at dangers of 'Big One' for USA

Mar. 2, 2010 - The massive quake in Chile is a reminder to residents of the U.S. that we are overdue for a "big one" here. The US is riddled with fault lines, and there is much concern about a California quake. But there are other areas that could also experience a powerful disaster.
One of the really "Big Ones" to shake the United States was a magnitude-9.0 earthquake along the Pacific Northwest coast more than 300 years ago, before the arrival of huge numbers of people and development, that sent a catastrophic tsunami to Japan.
Source: BBC
Over 250 Significant Earthquakes Shook the World in Past 7 Days - The Epoch Times

Death toll from Chile earthquake toll jumps to 708

Mar. 1, 2010 - Looting has hampered rescue teams that are racing to reach those still buried in the rubble of Chile's massive 8.8 earthquake. The mayor of Concepcion, Ms Bachelet said that at least 708 deaths have been recorded so far. She also said that food is running out and police used tear gas and water cannon against looters at a supermarket on Sunday.
Source: BBC

Big quake question: Are they getting worse?

Feb. 27, 2010 - Geologists tend to believe that the size and frequency of earthquakes is relatively stable. However, according to Stephen S. Gao, a geophysicist at Missouri University of Science and Technology,
[R]elative to the 20-year period from the mid-1970s to the mid 1990s, the Earth has been more active over the past 15 or so years. We still do not know the reason for this yet. Could simply be the natural temporal variation of the stress field in the earth's lithosphere.
Japan experienced a 7.0-magnitude earthquake after Chile's big one. Both areas are on the Ring of Fire, the zone surrounding the Pacific Ocean where the Pacific tectonic plate and other plates meet. About 90 percent of the world's earthquakes occur along the Ring of Fire.

Massive Magnitude 8.8 Quake Hits Chile

Feb. 27, 2010 - According to Chilean President Michele Bachelet, An 8.8 earthquake in Chile has created a "state of catastrophe" there. The quake hit during the night and there is little information about the extent of the damage, but at least 78 people were killed and the toll is expected to rise dramatically.
Tsunami warnings were issued over a wide area, including South America, Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand, Japan, the Philippines, Russia and many Pacific islands.
This earthquake is 500 times stronger than the one in Haiti.
Source: Fox
History of Deadly Earthquakes - BBC
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150,000 Haiti quake victims buried, gov't says

Jan. 24, 2010 - Mass graves in Haiti have been filled by more 150,000 quake victims so far. This number does not include those still under the debris, those carried off by relatives, or those in outlying areas. Haiti's Communications Minister Marie-Laurence Jocelyn Lassegue wondered if the real toll might be as high as two or three hundred thousand.

Aid workers are getting more food and water to the people, but are still not able to meet the need.

"We wish we could do more, quicker," said U.N. World Food Program chief Josette Sheeran, visiting Port-au-Prince.
Source: Yahoo
A different Christian perspective on Haiti - Daily Press

Yellowstone hit by swarm of earthquakes

Jan. 20, ,2010 - More than 250 earthquakes have been recorded in in Yellowstone National Park during the past two days. This follows 11 months of quiet seismic activity in the park. The strength of the largest tremor in the series is a magnitude 3.1.
Source: Denver Post

Haiti Rocked by Powerful 6.1 Aftershock

Jan. 20, 2010 - Haiti suffered a 6.1-magnitude aftershock shortly after 6 a.m. this morning. Terrified residents fled into the streets.
There are no reports yet of major damage, but the area hit hardest today, Jacmel, sustained heavy damage from last week's earthquake.
Source: ABC

Prayer and praise to God rise from Haiti's ruins

Jan. 18, 2010 - Despite constant reminders of massive death and destruction, Christians in Haiti demonstrated their faith on Sunday. A crowd gathered on a tarp-covered patch of concrete heard the Rev. Joseph Lejeune say:
"Think of our new village here as the home of Jesus Christ, not the scene of a disaster," he called out over a loudspeaker. "Life is not a disaster. Life is joy! You don't have food? Nourish yourself with the Lord. You don't have water? Drink in the spirit."

Manuel Roig-Franzia of The Washington Post heard songs of praise in the streets and called them "a symphony of hope in a landscape of despair.

At the city's Ebenezer Church a member of the congregation had been crushed to death when its steeple fell in. The church's pastor, Lassin Emmanuel, was caught in the rubble but was able to climb out. On Sunday he led what the reporter called "a rousing celebration of faith on the church patio." He explained, "These people are so very poor. They have nothing but faith in God. All they can do is wait for the second coming of Jesus Christ to save them."

Source: USA Today
Survivors: Quake Was God's Blessing in Disguise - CBN
We Are In The Hands Of God Now - NY Post

How the U.S. Military Will Help Haiti

Jan. 16, 2010 - Read this inspiring account of the work being done by the U.S. military to evaluate the damage in Haiti and plan relief efforts.
As many as 2,000 Marines could soon be deployed to the island, General Douglas Fraser, U.S. Southern Command chief, told a Pentagon briefing on Wednesday.
Source: TIME

Aid for Haiti - How To Help

Jan. 14, 2010 - Everyone needs to help, but beware of scams. Pick your charities wisely.
Christian Aid Organizations Respond to Haiti Quake - Charisma
U.S. Mobilizes to Send Assistance to Haiti - N.Y. Times
Help for Haiti - The White House
How To Spot Dubious Haiti Charity Pleas - Forbes
Hundreds of Thousands of Haitians Helpless After Quake - CBN
Red Cross
donate $10 to Red Cross - To be charged to your cell phone bill by texting "HAITI" to "90999".
Samaritan's Purse
Mennonite Central Committee
World Vision
Habitat For Humanity
Operation Blessing - CBN

Haiti Earthquake Leaves Thousands Dead or Missing

Jan. 13, 2010 - in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake has left thousands of people dead or missing. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, at least 13 aftershocks with a magnitude above 4.5 have struck the area.
Port-au-Prince is in “total chaos,” with clouds of dust from collapsed buildings covering the city and fears that thousands may be dead, Robyn Fieser, a spokeswoman with the Catholic Relief Services in Baltimore, said.
Source: Business Week
Full Coverage - CNN
Twitter Reports- CNN Twitter
Tsunami Watch Cancelled and Call to Donate -
Haiti Death Toll May Top 100,000 - Sky News
Is There An Increase In Earthquake Activity? - Ron's Blog

Haiti earthquake feared to have killed hundreds

Jan 12, 2010 - Haiti has experienced its worst earthquake in two centuries. The 7.0-magnitude quake struck south of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, destroying numerous buildings, including the UN mission and the presidential palace. It is feared that hundreds of people have died. A tsunami watch is in effect.
The capital is now said to be in total darkness with many people sleeping outside amid fear of more aftershocks.

Describing the earthquake as a "catastrophe", Haiti's envoy to the US said the cost of the damage could run into billions.

Source: BBC

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