Bog note: And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:11). Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. This verse from Luke is one of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor pains that occur in greater severity, frequency and occurrence prior to giving birth. End of note.
Another powerful M7.0 earthquake hits Lombok, Indonesia
Posted by TW on August 19, 2018. Watchernews.com.
Just two weeks after devastating M7.0 earthquake which killed more than 460 people, another powerful earthquake hit the same region at 14:56 UTC (22:56 local time) on August 19, 2018. BMKG is reporting it as M7.0 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). USGS is reporting M6.9 at a depth of 20.3 km (12.6 miles). This earthquake can have a high humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.
According to the USGS, the epicenter was located 4.5 km (2.8 miles) S of Belanting (population 0), 17.6 km (10.9 miles) NNW of Labuan Lombok (population 10,000), 55.8 km (34.6 miles) NE of Praya (population 34,183), 62.0 km (38.4 miles) ENE of Mataram (population 318,674), and 73.9 km (45.8 miles) NE of Lembar (population 10,000), Indonesia.
There are 3,670,000 people living within 100 km (62 miles).
Some 805,000 people are estimated to have felt very strong shaking and 2,662,000 strong.
This quake had no tsunami potential, BMKG said.
It was followed by M5.6 at 15:16 UTC, M5.8 at 15:28 UTC and M5.0 at 15:30 UTC.
The quake was felt hard in East Lombok, disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said. It was also felt in Bali, Sumbawa, East Java and Makassar.
The USGS issued a Yellow alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. Some casualties and damage are possible and the impact should be relatively localized. Past yellow alerts have required a local or regional level response. Estimated economic losses are less than 1% of GDP of Indonesia.
Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are vulnerable to earthquake shaking, though resistant structures exist. The predominant vulnerable building types are unreinforced brick with concrete floor and precast concrete frame with wall construction.
The quake hit some 10 hours after a shallow earthquake registered by the BMKG as M6.3 at a depth of 14 km (8.7 miles).
This report is based on preliminary data and is being updated.
Featured image credit: USGS, EMSC