So, what is considered a ‘bad’ earthquake?
According to the Richter Scale, an earthquake in the magnitude of 6.0 to 7.0 is considered strong.
With each increase in magnitude, is a thirty-fold increase in severity.
I have hypothesized in an earlier blog that the great earthquake (none that ever has been on the earth for as long as men have walked it) could be of a magnitude 10.0 (or greater) earthquake. Ten (10) in God’s divine mathematics, denotes His divine completion or fullness of his plan with anything having to do with the earth. A 10.0 magnitude earthquake would literally be off of the Richter Scale! Would an earthquake of this magnitude be great enough to remove mountains and islands out of their places (found no more)?
Blog 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, size and duration prior to giving birth. End of note.
Ring of Fire rocked by 19 earthquakes in a DAY: Tremors up to 5.8 magnitude hit Pacific
THE Ring of Fire, which stretches the length of the Pacific basin, has rumbled back in life with 19 quakes in the space of just 24 hours – and a scientist has said we can expect plenty more before the end of 2018.
By CIARAN MCGRATH PUBLISHED: 22:18, Tue, Sep 18, 2018 | UPDATED: 22:45, Tue, Sep 18, 2018
Yesterday witnessed 19 tremors, including one 30 miles east-southeast of the Solomon Islands with a magnitude of 5.8, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported. Another measuring 5.5 was recorded 31 miles east-northeast of Fiji’s Ndoi Island.
Ben van der Pluijm, a geologist at the University of Michigan, told Express.co.uk: “On a yearly basis we have roughly 1500 magnitude 5-5.9 earthquakes around the world.
“So far we are at roughly 1100 for 2018.”
Mr van der Pluijm said it was important to keep recent events in context. He explained: “It’s worth remembering that one magnitude 6.5 earthquake releases the same amount of energy as 30 magnitude 5.5 earthquakes.
“So, having 20 magnitude 5.5 EQs is the same as having one magnitude 6.3.”
He said experts predicted in excess of 100 quakes per year in the 6 to 6.9 range, with the figure for 2018 currently standing at 75.
He added: “So from a tectonic energy standpoint, we are expecting a lot more earthquakes in the magnitude 5-7 range, and maybe half a dozen more magnitude 7-plus in 2018.” He said the activity was within normal range – but “in a very active and potentially dangerous region of tectonic activity”. The ring stretches a total of 25,000 miles from New Zealand to the tip of South America in a horseshoe shape which is characterised by high levels of seismic activity.
Towards the end of last month, 25 quakes were recorded in a 24-hour period, including one measuring 7.1 off the coast of New Caledonia in the South Pacific – vastly more powerful than anything seen yesterday. Speaking after those tremors, Mr van der Pluijm said: “The ring is a huge geological feature and the primary source of major earthquakes and volcanoes in the world.
“For example Japan is in the Ring of Fire and Japan is basically one giant volcano.”
In 2011, an earthquake measuring 9.1 off the coast of the Japanese island of Tohaku, the most powerful ever recorded in the country, resulted in the deaths of almost 16,000 A tsunami with waves of up to 133 metres travelled up to six miles inland. At the Fukushima Daichi Nuclear Power Plant, three reactors went into meltdown, with hundreds of thousands of people evacuated. The World Bank put the total cost of the damage at more than £180billion, meaning it was the most costly natural disaster in history.
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