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

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Significant Worldwide Earthquakes

Real-Time Earthquake Map - 7 Days
USGS Earthquake information for previous years

Last Real-time Earthquake Map- USGS

See more recent articles: After Dec. 31, 2016

Major quake of magnitude 7.6 strikes Chile, tsunami warning lifted

Dec. 25, 2016 -

Officials removed a tsunami warning after a major 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck southern Chile on Sunday, prompting thousands to evacuate coastal areas.

Source: Reuters

Prophetic Significance of Earthquakes

Massive 7.8 earthquake shakes the Solomon Islands in southwest Pacific Ocean

Dec. 8, 2016 -

Thursday’s earthquake is tied for the strongest on Earth in 2016 with the Ecuador, New Zealand and Indonesia quakes. More than 650 people died when the 7.8 earthquake rocked Ecuador on April 16.

Source:Washington Post
Realtime Coverage - Google

6.5 quake strikes off the coast of Humboldt County

Dec. 8, 2016 -

A 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck Thursday morning off the Northern California Coast in Humboldt County that was felt in the Bay Area, officials said... on the Mendocino fault, 6 miles beneath the ocean floor and about 100 to 110 miles of west of Eureka.

Source: SF Gate

At least 97 dead after magnitude-6.5 earthquake rocks Indonesia

Dec. 7, 2016 - A 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia's Aceh province early today.

At least 97 died while four people were pulled from the rubble alive... 273 people were injured, about a quarter of them seriously.

Source: Fox

Tsunami advisories lifted after Japan earthquake

Nov. 22, 2016 - A strong earthquake and tsunami struck Japan near Fukishima, and was considered an aftershock of the devastating 9.0 quake in 2011.

The magnitude 7.4 earthquake occurred at 5:59 a.m., local time, [yesterday] off the coast of Fukushima prefecture. No deaths or major damage were reported, but transportation was disrupted and residents of low-lying areas were advised to evacuate.

Source: USA Today

New Zealand earthquake: Tsunami follows powerful tremor

Nov. 13, 2016 - A magnitude 7.8 quake struck just after midnight about 59 miles from Christchurch, New Zealand. It was followed by an 8-foot high tsunami.

The highest waves, which could be as tall as 5m [16-feet] are expected between Malborough, the north-eastern tip of the South Island, and Banks Peninsula, just south of Christchurch.

Source: BBC

Italy rocked by strongest earthquake to strike the country in 36 years

Oct. 30, 2016 - A magnitude 6.6 earthquake rocked areas of southern Italy that were affected by the quake in August that left thousands homeless. The ancient city of Norcia, the birthplace of St. Benedict,, was the closest city to the epicenter.

The earthquake was believed to be the strongest to strike the country since 1980. A 6.9-magnitude quake in southern Campania that year killed some 3,000 people and caused extensive damage.


Risk of big earthquake on San Andreas fault rises after quake swarm at Salton Sea

Oct. 1, 2016 - Starting last Monday, more than 200 earthquakes occured at the southern end of the San Andreas fault in 24 hours. Thre of them measured above magnitude 4.0. Thomas H. Jordan, director of the Southern California Earthquake Center said that the quake swarm was alarming:

“Any time there is significant seismic activity in the vicinity of the San Andreas fault, we seismologists get nervous, because we recognize that the probability of having a large earthquake goes up.”

Source: Los Angeles Times

At least 159 reported dead after strong earthquake rocks central Italy

Aug. 24, 2016 - A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has totally devastated the Italian town of Amatrice, and was felt strongly in Rome.

At least 37 people were killed in hard-hit towns where rescue crews raced to dig survivors out of the rubble, but the toll was likely to rise as crews reached homes in more remote hamlets.

Source: Fox
"It's Like An Apocalypse" - at least 159 people dead - PRI
Update 8/25/16 - Italy quake death toll rises to 247 -BBC
Live Updates - BBC

1 Dead, 2 Seriously Injured After 2 Powerful Earthquakes Shake Ecuador

May 18, 2016 -

A magnitude 6.7 foreshock shook northern Ecuador early Wednesday morning followed by the 6.8 magnitude main event around midday.

Source: The Weather Channel

Toll Expected to Rise Further After 272 Killed in Ecuador Quake

Apr. 17, 2016 -
Ecuador's president rushed home Sunday to coordinate rescue and recovery efforts after a giant 7.8-magnitude earthquake killed at least 272 people and injured thousands more.
Source: NBC

7.8 Ecuador earthquake kills 77, more than 570 injured

Apr. 17, 2016 -

The strongest earthquake to hit Ecuador in decades [7.8] flattened buildings and buckled highways along the country’s Pacific coast, sending the Andean nation into a state of emergency... Officials said Sunday at least 77 people were killed, over 570 injured.

Source: Washington Post

7.3 magnitude earthquake - landslide rips a Japanese mountain apart: Death toll rises to 40

Apr. 16, 2016 - See the picture of the second earthquake in two days.

The exact number of casualties remained unclear as rescue efforts in southern Kyushu island continued, but they were hampered by the landslides that destroyed bridges and roads.

Source: Dailyl Mail

Search continues for survivors after biggest Japan quake since 2011

Apr. 15, 2016 - A magnitude 6.2 quake struck at 21:26 on Thursday (12:26 GMT), near Kumamoto city, on the Japanese island of Kyushu. No tsunami warning was issued.

At least nine people died and more than 860 were injured, officials said, as shaking toppled buildings... shaking at some places to be as intense as the huge earthquake that hit the country in 2011.

Source: BBC

Aftershocks rock Indonesia after massive quake, calls for calm

Mar. 2, 2016 - a massive 7.8 undersea quake In the Indian Ocean sparked fears of a region-wide disaster similar to the 2004 tsunami.

Within two hours of the quake striking the tsunami warnings were cancelled. USGS said the epicentre was 808 km (502 miles) southwest of Padang.

Source: Reuters

See older Articles: Before Jan. 1, 2016

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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Earthquakes and the End Times.

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