Earthquakes update

Alaska earthquakes today: MORE quakes hit Alaska

Blog note. Jesus indicated that ‘fearful sights’ (various natural disasters) would occur leading up to the time known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation (a combined seven year period of great destruction on earth). Although these types of things have occurred in the past for centuries and thousands of years, they could be identified as the ‘season of the times’ due to the ferociousness of these events. They would be occurring in greater intensity, severity, frequency, size, duration, scope … just like the pains that a women experiences in labor the farther along she is in the labor process. We are in the ‘season of the times’ that comes just before the seven (7) year Tribulation/Great Tribulation period

… 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).

… And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (Luke 21:25)

… Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken; (Luke 21:26)

… This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2 Timothy 3:1)

Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. These verses are several 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.

Alaska earthquakes today: MORE quakes hit Alaska

ALASKA has experienced daily jolts after a massive magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck on November 30. Here is the latest as more quakes hit Alaska – is the Big One coming?

By RACHEL RUSSELL. PUBLISHED: 14:59, Thu, Jan 10, 2019 | UPDATED: 15:08, Thu, Jan 10, 2019.

Alaska has already experienced 81 earthquakes this year, with six of them being at 4.5 magnitude or higher. Alaska is the most seismically active state in the USA, as it is located along the Pacific Ring of Fire. The region even experienced the second largest earthquake ever in the US, which was a 9.2-magnitude quake in 1964.

Will there be more earthquakes in Alaska?

Aftershocks will be normal following the huge quake back in November, California Institute of Technology seismologist Dr Lucy Jone said. She said the average sequence of aftershocks is a 5.8, but it may even be bigger than that average figure.  Dr Jones added: “We think the number dies off with time, but the relative distribution from large to small is constant.” The 1994 quake in Northridge, California, is an example of this, as the last 5-magnitude aftershock that followed this eruption was three years after the original event.

The US Geological Survey believes there could be between 22 and 120 more magnitude 3 or higher quakes over the next year in Alaska. Barbara Romanowicz is the former director of the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory and a professor at the University of California at Berkeley. She says Anchorage’s tremors will linger for the time-being.  She said to Oregon Live: “Lots of small non-damaging earthquakes – magnitude 3.0 or greater – are very likely to continue.”

Six earthquakes at magnitude 6 to 7 occur in Alaska every year, as well as forty five magnitude 5 to 6 earthquakes per year. 

The area also sees about 300 earthquakes at magnitude 4 to 5 per year, with an average of a 1,000 earthquakes located in Alaska each month. This is because one of the fastest moving underwater tectonic faults lies in southeastern Alaska, according to the USGS. USGS geophysicist Randy Baldwin said: “With a slip rate of more than 2 inches per year, this fault may be one of the fastest-moving strike-slip faults in the world.”  The huge 7.0-magnitude earthquake, which hit 30 miles south west of Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, in November with a depth of 17 miles, sparked fears that another Big One could occur.

A Big One is an earthquake that measures 7.0 magnitude or more.  But scientists are unable to exactly pinpoint when the next Big One will occur, as earthquakes are not easy to precisely predict. Since the main earthquake, there have been around 350 aftershocks of magnitude 3.0 or higher.  A 5.0 magnitude tremor stuck on Tuesday, January 1 this year, while another 4.2 occurred on Wednesday 2.

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