Signs of the Times


Jesus listed earthquakes as one of the major "signs of the times" leading to the End Times events. Earthquakes and related tsunamis seem to be getting larger and more frequent lately.
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains. - Matthew 24:7-8 (NIV)

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Prophetic Significance of Earthquakes

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Earthquake 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

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!"

Earthquakes in Various Places
- Ron's Blog 3/12/11

- From Lambert Dolphin's Library:
Earthquakes and the End Times.

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Significant Worldwide Earthquakes

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Expert: Big Fault-Line Earthquake Would Nearly Destroy LA

Dec. 12, 2013 - Dr. Lucy Jones, a representative from the U.S. Geology Service, warns that Southern California, and particularly Los Angeles, is not ready for the major impact of a high-magnitude earthquake along the San Andreas fault. If "the big one" hits, the area will not only suffer collapsed buildings and freeways, but the supply of necessities like food, natural gas and water will be cut off for an extended period of time. A USGS study called "The ShakeOut Scenario," predicts that it would take at least six months to repair the water supply mains that would be destroyed. It would also nearly destroy communications with the outside world. Fiber-optic cables to Los Angeles cross the San Andreas Fault. She said,
"So we expect at the time of the earthquake when the fault moves, we will break these fiber-optic cables and two-thirds of the data capacity between L.A. and everyone else will disappear."
Jones said that a major earthquake on the San Andreas fault would affect about 10 million Californians.
Source: NewsMax

Powerful quake strikes far south Atlantic

Nov. 18, 2013 -
A powerful 7.8 magnitude undersea earthquake struck in the Scotia Sea, a remote region in the far south Atlantic near Antarctica.
Since it was not near inhabited areas there is no report of damage. It did not generate a tsunami because the two tectonic plates are sliding past one another horizontally. It is not a subduction zone, where one plate drops below the other.
Source: Yahoo

Prophetic Significance of Earthquakes

Small tsunami reaches Japan after earthquake

Oct. 26, 2013 - A 7.1 magnitude earthquake occurred in the ocean near Japan's damaged Fukushima nuclear plant. Small (1 ft) tsunami waves reached the region but evidently caused no additional damage.
Source: BBC

Can oarfish predict earthquakes? Maybe it's not as crazy as it sounds

Oct. 22, 2013 - Two oarfish, one 18 feet long and another 14 feet long, were discovered on California beaches recently. There is some evidence that deep-sea creatures and other animals exhibit unusual behavior before a large earthquake strikes.
Kiyoshi Wadatsumi, a specialist in ecological seismology, told the Japan Times, "Deep-sea fish living near the sea bottom are more sensitive to the movements of active faults than those near the surface of the sea."
Source: NBC

Epicenter: Israel hit by four earthquakes in four days. “An earthquake in Israel is more dangerous than war."

Oct. 21, 2013 -
“Officials from the IDF Home Front Command and the emergency services held a status meeting Sunday night to discuss the readiness of the Israeli home front, following a fourth earthquake in northern Israel in just four days."
The meeting was attended by paramedic, firefighting and police services, and members of the Defense, Health and Education ministries. Some of the issues that were discussed were:
- Most buildings in the earthquake area were built before 1990 and are not properly reinforced.
- An earthquake emergency could require a great deal of assistance from around the world.
- A former chief of the Home Front Command has said, “An earthquake in Israel is more dangerous than war.”
Source: Joel Rosenberg's Blog
Fifth quake in six days rattles north - Times of Israel

More than 100 dead after earthquake hits the Philippines

Oct. 16, 2013 - A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck the central area of the Philippines yesterday. The death toll has risen to 144, and 291 injured.
Source: CNN

Massive earthquake hits southwest Pakistan

Sept. 24, 2013 - A magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck near the town of Khuzdar in Baluchistan province in Pakistan, the least populated portion of the country. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Powerful earthquake off east coast of Russia

Jun. 24, 2013 - A powerful earthquake struck offshore from Russia's Kamchatka peninsula. A tsunami warning was issued, but then lifted.
The US Geological Survey said the earthquake was of a magnitude of 8.3, but Russian authorities estimated the size of the earthquake at 6.7.
The tremors were felt 4,500 miles away in Moscow. Tremors have not been felt in Moscow for 30 years. The epicenter was 380 miles under the Sea of Okhotsk.
Source: BBC

China earthquake toll rises to 180

Apr. 20, 2013 -
Residents in China's southwestern Sicuan province huddled outdoors Saturday night in a town near the epicentre of a powerful earthquake that struck earlier in the day, leaving at least 180 people dead and more than 11,000 injured.
A massive quake struck the same region almost five years ago.
Source: CBC
From Prophecy Central Archives - May 12, 2005 - Thousands Dead After Magnitude 7.8 Earthquake Rocks Central China

Hundreds feared dead after strong earthquake hits Iran

Apr. 16, 2013 - A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Iran today, affecting Pakistan, Afghanistan and India as well.
An Iranian government official said he expected “hundreds of deaths” from the earthquake. “It was the biggest earthquake in Iran in 40 years and we are expecting hundreds of dead,” said the official
It is believed that Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant was not damaged. This was Iran’s second earthquake in the last seven days.
Source: Euronews
Iran claims nuclear reactor undamaged by quake - Euronews
US Geological Society Report on Iran Earthquake - USGS
Major earthquake strikes south-east Iran - BBC

Iran Earthquake Strikes Near Nuclear Plant

Apr. 10, 2013 -
At least 30 people have been killed and hundreds injured in a 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck near Bushehr in southern Iran. The epicentre of the quake was Kaki, 60 miles south of Bushehr - home to the country's only nuclear power station.
Source: Sky News

Fracking 'linked to biggest Oklahoma earthquake'

Mar. 27, 2013 - According to a new study published by the Geological Society of America wastewater injection from hydraulic fracturing was linked to a magnitude-5.7 earthquake that struck the US state of Oklahoma in 2011.
But seismologist Austin Holland of the Oklahoma Geological Survey said while the study showed a potential link between the earthquake and fracking, "it is still the opinion of those at the Oklahoma Geological Survey that these earthquakes could be naturally occurring".
Source: BBC
Potentially induced earthquakes in Oklahoma, USA: Links between wastewater injection and the 2011 Mw 5.7 earthquake - The Geological Society of America

Magnitude 8.0 earthquake generates small tsunami in South Pacific

Feb. 6, 2013 - A major earthquake struck near the Solomon Islands. It was a magnitude 8.0 quake and it generated two 4 foot, 11-inch waves that hit the western side of Santa Cruz Island. According to early reports it damaged at least 70 homes and properties, and killed at least four people.
Source: Fox

Magnitude 6.9 Quake Strikes Japan's Hokkaido Island

Feb. 2, 2013 -
A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck Japan's northern island of Hokkaido near the town of Obihiro on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
Source: NewsMax

Earth reeling from nine major earthquakes, striking in 5 days

Feb. 2, 2013 - Nine strong [magnitude 6.0-6.9] earthquakes have occured in just 5 days.
[Also} 44 volcanic eruptive events have already been recorded for the month of January; ...[there were] only 77 chronicled for the entire year of 2012.
Source: The Extinction Protocol

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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

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