Matthew 24 Fulfilled!

nd Earthquakes (and other natural disasters) in many places…

Matthew 24:7

The Universal Almanac tells us:

• There were only 21 quakes between the years 1000 and 1800.

• There were 18 major major seismic tremors between 1800 and 1900.

• There were 33 instances of major seismic activity between 1900 and 1950-so there were almost as many in 50 years as the number in the preceding 850 years!

• There were 93 major quakes between 1950 and 1991 (almost triple the number of the previous half century) which claimed the lives of 1.3 million people around the world.

ccording to Wikipedia, from 1992 to May 2008, there have been over 50 major quakes many with extremely high fatality rates.

Just think back to December 26th, 2004 in Sumatra, where 230,000 people lost their lives due to the tsunami caused by underwater seismic activity; and to the nearly 70,000 dead, hundreds of thousands injured and homeless, and tens of thousands more missing, due to the May 12th, 2008 quake and aftershocks in the Sichuan province of China.

Sichuan Earthquake

Image Courtesy of The New Yorker

he US Geological Survey National Earthquake Information Center reports that there are over 3.3 million quakes occurring annually throughout the world. Around 140 of them are magnitude 6.0 or greater on the Richter scale.

There is no reliable predictor of when major seismic activity will occur and they occur over widely scattered areas of the world.

ecause of declining soil fertility, drought, flooding or deforestation, some 25 million "environmental refugees" were driven from their homes in 1999. Six years after that, the number of people needing assistance from the Red Cross and Crescent alone due to floods and major tremors has risen from less than half a million to more than 5½ million.

Scholars are predicting that about 50 million people worldwide will be displaced by 2010 because of rising sea levels, desertification, dried up aquifers, weather-induced flooding and other serious environmental changes.


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