...and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in various places..." (Matthew 24:7)
March 27th, 1964. Alaska is devastated by a massive earthquake measuring 8.4 on the Richter scale. Amazingly, in the 30 years since the great Alaska quake, there have been as many major earthquakes as in the entire previous 2000 years of world history!
The World Almanac tells us that there were only 21 earthquakes of major strength between the years 1000 and 1800. But between 1800 and 1900 there were 18 major earthquakes. In the next 50 years, between 1900 and 1950, there were 33 major quakes, and between 1950 and 1991 there were 93 major earthquakes, almost tripling the number of the previous half century, and claiming the lives of 1.3 million people around the world.
This dramatic increase of severe quakes has led many scientists to predict that we are entering a new period of great seismic disturbances. The Bible also clearly predicts that the Last Days will be a time of great seismic activity, with the earth reeling to and fro like a drunken man & the towers & the cities of the nations falling!
January 17, 1994, an earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale causes $30 billion worth of damage in Los Angeles. Seismologists predict that California's imminent "big one" could be 50 times more powerful.
January 17, 1995, Over 5000 people are killed and 26,000 injured in the Great Hanshin quake in Japan. The port city of Kobe is devastated, its infrastructure destroyed, and over 300,000 people made homeless. Japanese scientists at the Earthquake center in Tsukuba predict a much stronger quake measuring over 8 on the Richter scale could hit the Tokyo area in the very near future.
When either the California or the Tokyo quakes inevitably occur, the death toll, the devastation, as well as the impact on the World economy, will be unimaginable!