Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Earthquakes in Diverse Places

"And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven." Luke 21:11

There have always been earthquakes, but the number of major earthquakes seems to be increasing yearly over the last decade. This was noticed by seismologists back in 2002.

Are Earthquakes on the Rise?

This report does point to lower number in the nineties and increased sensitivity of seismographic equipment. However, the article mentions that they saw more in 2002 than ever recorded. So what has happened since 2002?

After hearing someone discussing the rise of major earthquakes in recent years, I had to check the numbers for myself. I went to the USGS site and counted the 6.0 and higher earthquakes by decade. I may be off one or two per year as I was counting fast so here is the site.

Let's Start with the number of 6.0 in 2002 and work forward to today.

6.0+ by Year
2002-- 21
2003-- 37 31,00 killed in Japan
2004-- 35* This includes a 9.1 off and that killed 225,000+ people
2005-- 33 Pakistan quake kills around 86,000
2006-- 26
2007-- 47
2008-- 48 Sichuan, China quake kills around 87,500
2009-- 56
2010-- 5 in the first 26 days including the killer Haitian quake that rivals the death toll of the 2004 quake.

Nearly 650,000 have been killed by earthquakes since 2002. *see below*

Maybe we need to pay close attention to the church's instructions when these type signs increase? "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." Luke 21:28

*Largest and Deadliest Earthquakes by Year

2010 rate--If the rate of five continues per 26 days, divide 365 days in year by 26 days so far and you get around 14. 14 x 5 quakes=70 potential 6.0+ quakes at this rate. (taught math for years:)

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