Earthquakes update

Earthquakes in the Kermadecs – another M6.3 hits the area, what you need to know, New Zealand

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 woman 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, growing in intensity, frequency, size and duration.

Earthquakes in the Kermadecs – another M6.3 hits the area, what you need to know, New Zealand

Posted by Teo Blašković on June 27, 2019

Another strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit Kermadec Islands region at 11:04 UTC on June 27, 2019. The quake follows M7.2 on June 15, M6.3 on June 16, M6.0 on June 17, M6.4 on June 19, M6.2 on June 21 and dozens of moderately strong earthquakes.

Like the previous M6+ events, today’s M6.3 was located about 120 km (75 miles) NNW of L’Esperance Rock at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).

There is no tsunami threat from this earthquake.

Earthquakes in the Kermadecs

The Kermadec Trench extends from the Hikurangi Subduction Zone off the east coast about 1 300 km (807 miles) towards Tonga. Because it is almost continuous with the Tonga Subduction Zone, it is often referred to as the Tonga-Kermadec Subduction Zone. This trench is a subduction zone where the Pacific Plate is diving westwards under the Australian Plate, just like what is happening below the North Island, GNS scientists explained.

The region hit by M7.2 (USGS, M7.0 GeoNet) on June 16 is subducting faster than that of the Hikurangi Subduction Zone – about 60 mm (2.3 inches) each year, likely making the Kermadec Trench more active than the Hikurangi Subduction Zone.

It generated a very small tsunami at Raoul Island – about 0.1 m (0.3 feet) at the two tsunami gauges operated by GeoNet on the Island. This is not large enough to be regarded as a threat. An earthquake in a similar location would probably need to be in the high M7s, close to M8, to produce a tsunami large enough to be a land threat to New Zealand.

“Our magnitude for this quake is M7.0, however these events are outside the GeoNet network so our magnitude is less than the international agency estimates of around M7.2. We are planning to put out some information soon explaining what different magnitudes mean and why they often differ,” GNS Science duty seismologist John Ristau said.

The most vulnerable parts of New Zealand would be the areas along the upper North Island nearest to the epicenter, i.e. parts of Northland/Auckland/Bay of Plenty/East Cape. If the earthquake is large enough, the entire coast of New Zealand would be variously affected by tsunami inundation.

Travel time would be affected by the location of the earthquake. At the southern end of the Kermadec region, it could be less than an hour. If the quake originated further north, it could take about two hours for the first waves to hit the New Zealand coast.

Staying safe – what should we be aware of?

It is important to remember that in seismically active zones, large earthquakes can occur at any time. It is well known that earthquakes occurring in the Kermadec region have the potential to generate tsunamis.

Kermadec earthquakes are not likely to be strongly felt at all of New Zealand’s tsunami-prone coastlines, so it’s important that people know the correct actions to take for a tsunami and how to stay informed – via radio, Emergency Mobile Alerts, social media, and the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) website.

New Zealand’s entire coastline is at risk of tsunami inundation – it’s part of the risk of living on such an active plate boundary in the middle of the ocean. Make sure you follow all instructions in official warnings, and if an evacuation warning is issued, get to higher ground immediately.

You can check out Civil Defence’s website for tsunami safety tips –

How will you know to evacuate?

If you feel a long or strong earthquake, or receive a tsunami warning alert, get to higher ground immediately. Walking or biking is the best mode of transport following a tsunami warning to avoid road congestion.

Featured image credit: Google, TW/SAM

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