What in the world is up with all the earthquakes that we have been seeing lately? Earthquakes are up dramatically in 2010 and there are no signs that the rate of large earthquakes is slowing down. So is this increase in earthquakes significant? Of course many of you already know that Jesus warned us in Matthew 24:7 that earthquakes would be one of the signs of the end times: "For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places." In addition, many who have studied the 2012 phenomenon are warning that we will be seeing increased geological instability as we approach that date. So should we be bracing for the end of the world as we know it? Well, not yet, but certainly the dramatic increase in earthquakes in 2010 has got to be a real concern for all of us.
The reality is that it seems like there is a major earthquake somewhere in the world almost every single day now....
*According to a preliminary report by the U.S. Geological Survey, a magnitude 5.1 earthquake shook British Columbia, Canada on Monday.
*A strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, around 30 minutes after a similar quake shook the same area.
*A magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck off the coast of Northeast Taiwan’s Ilan County on Sunday.
*The U.S. Geological Survey says that a 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck near Alaska at 9:56 p.m. Saturday and was centered in the Bering Sea about 930 miles west of Anchorage.
*The largest earthquake ever recorded near the capital rattled Washington, D.C. early last Friday.
*It was reported that a magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit near the coast of central Chile last Wednesday.
Are you starting to get the picture?
Magnitude 6 earthquakes are happening so frequently now that they don't even really make headlines anymore.
The truth is that 2010 has been a really extraordinary year for earthquakes.
The massive quakes that caused so much damage in Haiti and Chile have captured most of the headlines this year, but those quakes are far from alone. In fact, it was recently reported that earthquakes are up 151 percent in 2010.
That is a very substantial increase. Earthquakes have been popping all over the "ring of fire", but they have also been occurring in some very unusual and diverse places around the world as well....
-A massive 7.5-magnitude earthquake recently struck under the Indian Ocean near India's Nicobar and Andaman Islands.
-At least 400 people died and thousands were injured by a huge magnitude 6.9 earthquake that hit western China's Qinghai province earlier this year.
-Thousands of unsettling "ice quakes" have been detected on Washington's Mount Rainier in 2010.
-A tsunami warning was issued for Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands and New Caledonia in the Pacific Ocean after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck the area earlier this year.
-In just one week alone, there were over 2000 earthquakes in the region around California.
-There was one point when more than 100 earthquakes rattled the California-Mexico border region in just a few hours.
So could the "big one" strike the United States soon?
That is a legitimate question.
The truth is that scientists have been expecting the "big one" to hit California for a long time. In fact, they say that California is actually overdue.
Other scientists are warning that we could soon see an absolutely massive earthquake along the New Madrid fault line in the center of the United States.
For much more on the threat that earthquakes pose to the U.S., please read the following articles that we published previously....
Many skeptics are dismissing all of these earthquakes as a "coincidence" and are insisting that things will get back to "normal" very soon.
But will they?
Feel free to leave a comment with your opinion....