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World Report-2 - Earthquakes and Volcano's
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Of all the destructive phenomena of nature, the earthquake is most devastating. In just a moment of time entire cities have been leveled, courses of rivers have been changed and lives of thousands of people have been snuffed out.
An earthquake is a shaking of the ground caused by the breaking and shifting of subterranean rock, as far as 400 miles down, under tremendous pressure. The earth's surface is very mobile even though it appears solid and stable.
In 1935 Charles F. Richter devised a scale based on instrument records to measure the relative intensity of earthquakes. A small earthquake measuring 2.5 on the Richter Scale is called a micro-tremor and is very frequent. A more intense quake of 4.5 does minor damage, and any earthquake over 6 magnitude is potentially very destructive.
Approximately 80% of all earthquakes occur in the Pacific "Ring of Fire." The "Ring of Fire" is composed of those areas adjacent to the Pacific Ocean. One of the heaviest earthquakes in history occurred within the "Ring of Fire" when 25,000 square miles of Alaska lifted up causing $750 million dollars in damage and took 114 lives in 1964.
The Mediterranean area and lands eastward across Asia (including the Holy Lands) receives about 15% of all earthquakes. The remaining 85% is scattered throughout the rest of the world.
About 100 earthquakes of potentially destructive magnitudes of 6 or above occur each year and authorities agree that the number is increasing. Since 1968 fifteen major earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 6.2 to 9.0 have taken approximately 221,230 lives and caused untold billions of dollars of property damage.
Scientists are now trying to devise a method of predicting earthquakes. By predicting successfully an impending earthquake, they hope people can be warned and moved to safer areas until danger has passed.
Long ago John, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, predicted earthquakes that would affect all mankind. Four great earthquakes will occur during the seven year period of tribulation following the removal of Christians from the earth.
The Tribulation Period will be a seven year period during which the wrath of God will be poured out (Rev. 6:17) and during which Satan will move fully unto the stage of human events. Terror and tragedy will begin. John gave us a preview of this time in chapters 6 through 19 of Revelation. As God's judgement is poured out upon defiant and unbelieving mankind surely earthquakes will be one of his most dreadful means.
The first great quake will occur during the latter part of the first half of the Tribulation (Rev. 6:12-17) when the Lamb of God will pour out wrath on mankind.
Following a period of silence in Heaven, an angel (Rev. 8:5) will cause the second great earthquake when he hurls a fire-filled censer 'to earth. This could occur in the form of a great meteor falling to earth, but whatever the method it will happen and the earth will quake and tremble.
Seven thousand men will die in the third earthquake prophesied by John. During the last half of the Tribulation two witnesses (Rev. 11:3) will be killed by the beast. Following the resurrection of the two witnesses (probably Enoch and Elijah) after being dead for 31/2 days, they will ascend to Heaven (Rev. 11:7-13) and at the same time a giant earthquake will destroy a tenth part of Jerusalem. Those persons surviving will give glory unto God for what they have witnessed.
Quickly following will be the greatest earthquake in the history of man, and this fourth earthquake is foretold in Revelation 16:18, when Jerusalem will be divided into three portions. Mountains will be moved into the sea and new islands will appear. The entire surface of the earth will be changed as God destroys the works of man. The remains of this mighty shaking will be destroyed by giant hailstones weighing about sixty-five pounds. Read about it in Revelation 16:17:21.
That last great earthquake will be quickly followed by the return of Jesus to earth where he will fight the greatest battle of all time, the Battle of Armageddon. Jesus will win the battle, and with His saints will reign as the reconstruction process takes place. For one thousand years the earth will undergo a renovating process prior to the new Heaven and new Earth (Rev. 21:1).
The time of these cataclysmic earthquakes is fast approaching. There will be an increasing number of lesser earthquakes as God uses them and other signs to warn mankind of his soon return. Matthew, Mark and Luke tell us of the signs to watch for as Jesus prepares to return for his saints.
As all other prophecies in the Bible have come to pass, so will these. But God in His mercy has provided you with an escape plan for the terrible times to come. God gave his Son, Christ Jesus as a sacrifice. You must, Truly Genuinely Repent, be Genuinely Biblically Baptized and Truly believe on Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, for the remission of your sins and for the receiving of the True and Genuine Holy Spirit of God (Acts 2:37-39).
Earthquake Information For the World
Understanding Earthquake Hazards Around the World
An essential role of the Federal Government is to minimize loss of life and property that results from natural disasters such as earthquakes. The U.S. Geological Survey, through its National Earthquake Information Center, helps fulfill this responsibility.
Since 1973, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has provided up-to-date earthquake information to scientists, government agencies, universities, private companies, and the general public. This information includes determinations of the locations and severity of seismic events in the United States and throughout the world, including the rapid analysis of significant earthquakes on a 24-hour basis. Seismologists around the world use this information to increase their understanding of earthquakes and to better evaluate earthquake hazards.
The USGS National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC) in Golden, Colorado, operates a 24-hour-a-day Earthquake Early Alerting Service. This service rapidly and accurately determines the location and magnitude of significant earthquakes throughout the world.
The NEIC immediately sends this information to key civil defense and public safety agencies, including railroads, powerplants, and pipeline companies, and Federal and State emergency service agencies. The information also goes to National and international news media, to scientific agencies (including groups involved in aftershock studies), and to private citizens who request information. The facts about a damaging earthquake abroad are also relayed to staffs of the American Embassies and consulates in the affected countries, and to the United Nations Department of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva, Switzerland.
The NEIC issues rapid reports for earthquakes of magnitude 4.5 or greater in the United States, 6.5 or greater anywhere in the world, and other earthquakes of lesser magnitude that are potentially damaging. The NEIC relies on the cooperation of many seismic- reporting networks throughout the world to gather data. More than 3,000 seismic stations report data to the NEIC.
Of the many millions of earthquakes estimated to occur each year, the NEIC staff presently locates and publishes information for approximately 20,000 events. The NEIC and its cooperators have located more than a quarter million earthquakes since 1973.
The NEIC is open to the public and provides daily tours to both individuals and groups. At the facility in Golden, Colorado, USGS/NEIC spokesman Waverly Person explains earthquakes to the media, students, and other visitors from around the world.
Worldwide seismicity map for 1995 showing about 17,000 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 and greater.
NEIC Products and Services:
Quick Epicenter Determinations: Updated daily, this is a preliminary list of earthquakes available for computer access by modem and over the Internet. This list includes about 350 events.
Preliminary Determination of Epicenters: Published and distributed weekly to those contributing data to the NEIC; includes about 850 events each month. A Monthly Listing version is also available to the general public on a subscription basis through the Superintendent of Documents in Washington, D.C.
Earthquake Data Report: Published electronically on the World Wide Web. Daily Earthquake Update! This provides detailed information on about 1,600 events each month. Information is intended for use by seismologists who provide data to the NEIC.
State, national, and global seismicity maps: Earthquake data are also made available on CD-ROM's.
Earthquake Information Line: (303-273-8516) Offers, on a 24-hour basis, a recorded message about earthquakes throughout the world with magnitudes 5.5 or greater,and earthquakes that are felt and (or) cause damage in the United States. The line is updated twice daily or whenever a significant earthquake occurs.
Through the NEIC, the USGS continues to develop new technologies to monitor, analyze, communicate, and respond to earthquake hazards. In this role, the USGS/NEIC during the past quarter century has become the global leader in providing timely, reliable earthquake information to the citizens of the United States and to people with interest in earthquakes throughout the world.
The USGS/NEIC cooperates with institutions and observatories in about 80 countries.
For more information contact:
National Earthquake Information Center
U.S. Geological Survey
Denver Federal Center
Mail Stop 967
Denver, CO 80225-0046 USA
U.S. Geological Survey
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Page URL: http://geohazards.cr.usgs.gov/factsheets/html_files/eq/fs125-97.html
India death toll estimates jump: Defense minister says as many as 100,000 may have died
BHUJ, India, Jan. 31 A 24-year-old man and a 14-month-old infant were among the handful of survivors dug from the wreckage of Indias devastating earthquake Tuesday. Despite such heart-warming stories, the death toll from the natural disaster continued to rise, and one government minister suggested it could soar as high as 100,000.
IF MY WORST fears come true, the death toll could be in six figures, quoted Defense Minister George Fernandes as saying after visiting the quake-stricken areas of Bhuj, Anjar, Rapar and Ahmedabad in Gujarat state.
Fernandes based his estimates on the populations of the two main cities destroyed: Bhuj, with 150,000 inhabitants, and Anjar, with 80,000.
In Ahmedabad, Gujarat states commercial center, an international aid worker said the estimate could be correct.
I really think one lakh is possible, Martin Kelsey, India program director for Save the Children, said using the Indian term for 100,000.
This is one of the severest earthquakes in history. It is absolutely devastating, as if villages had been hit by an atomic bomb. Village after village has been razed to the ground.
The state government had a more conservative estimate. Home Minister Haren Pandya said the number of dead would probably be between 15,000 and 20,000.
H.K. Dua, information adviser to Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, said it was too early to project a final toll but that it would certainly rise. These are just guesses. Bodies are under the rubble. Nobody can give the figure unless the bodies are counted, Dua said. Nobody disputes the 20,000 figure. It is bound to go up. Damage was estimated at up to $5.5 billion.
Major earthquakes around in the world since early last century:
- Jan 12 2010 - Haiti, magnetude 7.9, death toll set at 316,000
- Dec 26, 2004 - Sumatra/Indonesia, magnetude 9.0, deaths over 250,000 and climbing
- Dec 24, 2004 - Tasmania/Antartica, magnetude 8.1, no estimate of damage yet
- Dec. 26, 2003: Southeastern Iran, Bam, magnitude 6.5; More than 41,000 killed.
- May 21, 2003: Northern Algeria, magnitude 6.8; Nearly 2,300 killed.
- March 25, 2002: Northern Afghanistan, magnitude 5.8; up to 1,000 killed.
- Jan. 26, 2001: India, magnitude 7.9; at least 2,500 killed. Estimates put death toll as high as 13,000.
- Sept. 21, 1999: Taiwan, magnitude 7.6; 2,400 killed.
- Aug. 17, 1999: Western Turkey, magnitude 7.4; 17,000 killed.
- Jan. 25, 1999: Western Colombia, magnitude 6; 1,171 killed.
- May 30, 1998: Northern Afghanistan and Tajikistan, magnitude 6.9; as many as 5,000 killed.
- Jan. 17, 1995: Kobe, Japan, magnitude 7.2; more than 6,000 killed.
- Sept. 30, 1993: Latur, India, magnitude 6.0; as many as 10,000 killed.
- June 21, 1990: Northwest Iran, magnitude 7.3-7.7; 50,000 killed.
- Dec. 7, 1988: Northwest Armenia, magnitude 6.9; 25,000 killed.
- Sept. 19, 1985: Central Mexico, magnitude 8.1; more than 9,500 killed.
- Sept. 16, 1978: Northeast Iran, magnitude 7.7; 25,000 killed.
- July 28, 1976: Tangshan, China; magnitude 7.8-8.2; 240,000 killed.
- Feb. 4, 1976: Guatemala, magnitude 7.5; 22,778 killed.
- Feb. 29, 1960: Southwest Atlantic coast in Morocco; magnitude 5.7; some 12,000 killed, town of Agadir destroyed.
- Dec. 26, 1939: Erzincan province, Turkey, magnitude 7.9; 33,000 killed.
- Jan. 24, 1939: Chillan, Chile, magnitude 8.3; 28,000 killed.
- May 31, 1935: Quetta, India, magnitude 7.5; 50,000 killed.
- Sept. 1, 1923: Tokyo-Yokohama, Japan, magnitude 8.3; at least 140,000 killed.
Revealing Earth's Increasing Earthquakes: Foretaste of the Future?
Most of us viewed the deadly quakes in India, Iran, and the recent quake in Sumatra-Indonesia from the comfort of our living rooms. What would we do if we had to experience such a disaster? The Indian and Iranian, victims had no warning. Sumatra had no warning. We do..... We have been forewarned by God, in His Word The Bible.
Modern technology has again brought a crisis into our homes in real time and in living color. Perhaps you first saw scenes of the tragedy in India, Bam Iran, or saw the events of the Sumatra quake and the resulting Tsunami on the television in your living room. Or maybe you read an Internet report on your office computer. You could have heard a radio report, as you drove along a safe, modern highway. Or perhaps you read of it in your local paper over coffee and breakfast. In any case, you were probably warm, comfortable and safe-wherever you heard the news.
From a distance you can find a little comfort in the fact that various national governments and independent relief organizations were marshaling their forces to provide assistance.
What if, though, everything we described were reversed? Instead of most of us watching the events on television in comfort, what if most of us were experiencing the agony of a disaster? What if those nations that are now rushing to provide help were the ones in need of it? What if we could not turn off the sights and sounds of horror with a flick of a switch? Could that happen? And what would we do? Would there be anything we could do?
A few minutes of television is nothing like seeing, hearing, feeling and smelling such horrors in person. We know the same could be said about the difference between viewing the effects of a tragedy and experiencing it firsthand.
Wake up Call From God?
Why do natural disasters, disease epidemics and other tragedies strike certain places, while leaving others unscathed? Are there lessons to be learned? Certainly scientists have provided some geological, social and climatic reasons. Some in the world of religion wonder if it is the hand of God at work, punishing the wicked. Or perhaps earthquakes such as just struck India, Iran, and Sumatra are the first indicators of the fact that we are living in Last Days and the coming end of this world Age. Are we receiving A Wake Up Call From God?
What does the Bible say?
The disciples asked Jesus Christ about signs of His return, the time the Bible calls the Day of the Lord. In Matthew 24:6-8, He said, "And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. And there will be famines, pestilences, and EARTHQUAKES in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows."
On one hand, disasters and tragedies are regular events that come and go over the centuries. In some cases, of course, they are the result of human "cause and effect." Galatians 6:6-8 tells us that if we do wrong, we will reap disaster. If we do right, blessings will come. This is true for whole societies, as well as for individuals.
Christ warned us, though, not to become too comfortable, confident or cocky if such tragedies don't happen to us. The lack of natural disasters is not necessarily proof of righteousness. In Luke 13:1-5, Jesus warned all humans to repent, or face the consequences.
"There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answered and said to them, 'Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.'"
That should be a lesson for us, today. Punishment and destruction can happen to us. What would we do?
How to avoid divine punishment
Man's long history of disobedience to God will eventually result in a time when all will suffer unimaginable horrors, a period that the world has never experienced. In Matthew 24:21-22, Christ continues, "For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened."
Because of the righteousness of those who obey God, Jesus will return and eventually stop the destruction. His second coming will certainly be Good News for those who follow Him-but not for the vast majority of human beings who don't.
In verses 29 and 30, He says, "Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory."
Amos, an Old Testament prophet, was inspired to warn those who would hear that God's intervention in human affairs would be unmistakable. One will not have to wonder or speculate if a localized disaster signals that we are now living in the End Times or Last Days.
The extent, force and unrelenting duration of catastrophes will make the truth self-evident. Amos 5:18 states, "Woe to you who desire the day of the LORD! For what good is the day of the LORD to you? It will be darkness, and not light. It will be as though a man fled from a lion, and a bear met him! Or as though he went into the house, leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him!"
The wealthy Western nations remain relatively unscathed-for now. The Sumatra Earthquake indicates That this will not be the case for long. Isaiah 2 gives a sobering and frightening scenario of rich nations, descendants of ancient Israel, that will not be able to rely on their wealth in the Day of the Lord.
Verses 11 to 21 read in part, "The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. For the day of the LORD of hosts shall come upon everything proud and lofty, upon everything lifted up-and it shall be brought low. Upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up; upon every high tower, and upon every fortified wall; upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all the beautiful sloops.
"The LORD alone will be exalted in that day, but the idols He shall utterly abolish. They shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, from the terror of the LORD and the glory of His majesty, when He arises to shake the earth mightily. In that day a man will cast away his idols of silver and his idols of gold, which they made, each for himself to worship, to the moles and bats, to go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the crags of the rugged rocks, from the terror of the LORD and the glory of His majesty, when He arises to shake the earth mightily."
Another reference in Isaiah reads like a first hand description of the recent devastating earthquakes. Survivors in the Indian and Iranian quake zone wander about with a dispirited, unbelieving gaze in their eyes. That's a glimpse of what will strike the descendants of Israel-living today in the comfort and safety of the Western world.
Isaiah's words are similar to Christ's words quoted above: "Wail, for the day of the LORD is at hand! It will come as destruction from the Almighty. Therefore all hands will be limp, every man's heart will melt, and they will be afraid. Pangs and sorrows will take hold of them; they will be in pain as a woman in childbirth; they will be amazed at one another; their faces will be like flames.
"Behold, the day of the LORD comes, cruel, with both wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate; and He will destroy its sinners from it. For the stars of heaven and their constellations will not give their light; the sun will be darkened in its going forth, and the moon will not cause its light to shine. I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; I will halt the arrogance of the proud, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. I will make a mortal more rare than fine gold" (Isaiah 13:6-12).
Tragedy will strike "safe" sectors of earth
The time is indeed coming when tragedies like the one that happened in India and Iran, will be on our doorstep as indicated by the recent 8.9 quake in Sumatra. We will not simply be able to "change the channel" to a better picture. Our material wealth will not save us, nor will our insurance companies enable us to rebuild. No nation will come to our aid. What will we do? Jesus Christ said there is only one thing to do: repent.
Joel 2 describes the time of God's anger, and what humans should do. Verses 12-14 say, "'Now, therefore,' says the LORD, 'Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.' So rend your heart, and not your garments; return to the LORD your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness; and He relents from doing harm.
Who knows if He will turn and relent?"
Right now, distance shields us from the effects of most disasters. Besides giving monetary support, there is little we can do to help. It would be a real tragedy, though, if we ignorantly assumed that we will always enjoy such isolation. Experiencing suffering is a whole lot more agonizing than seeing a few pictures of it in wealthy comfort.
Could such calamities really happen on a worldwide scale? And what would or could we do if they did? Jesus Christ said they would happen. He also said what we should do. Unlike the victims in India, Iran and Sumatra, we are receiving advance warning. If we heed it, if we repent, a way of escape is possible.
Final Death Toll for Haiti Earthquake Upgraded to 316,000
(PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti) Haitis prime minister has told ABC News that the final death toll in last years earthquake in the country is higher than originally estimated.
According to Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive, the final death toll is 316,000, up from approximately 250,000.
The figure represents three percent of Haitis population and is equivalent to the entire city of New Orleans being wiped out in less than 60 seconds. Per capita, about twice as many Haitians died in the quake as did Americans during WWII.
Wednesday will mark the one-year anniversary of the disaster.
Earthquakes killed 780,000 in past decade
EARTHQUAKES claimed more than 780,000 lives in the past decade, accounting for nearly 60 per cent of all disaster-related deaths, according to a study published in The Lancet today.
"In addition to these deaths, earthquakes have directly affected another two billion people in this period," it added.
The deadliest quake was the January 12 2010 7.0-magnitude event in Haiti which killed 316,000 people.
This was followed by the December 26 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, generated by a 9.1-magnitude tremor, in which 227,000 people died.
Third-ranked was the May 12 2008 7.9-magnitude quake in south-western China's Sichuan province, which inflicted a death toll of 87,500.
The review study seeks to give emergency responders and policymakers a snapshot of the scale of earthquakes as a health priority, and to warn doctors about the kind of injuries they are likely to confront.
Massive earthquakes can result in casualty rates ranging from one to eight per cent of the at-risk population," it said.
The reported ratios of death-to-injury vary, but across many studies seems to be about 1-to-3."
The death toll unfurls in waves, starting with immediate fatalities from falling buildings, which is followed several hours later as people die from catastrophic injuries to internal organs, says the investigation.
A third wave occurs in the days to weeks afterwards among people with sepsis and multiple organ failure.
Among survivors, the main injuries are crush-related damage to the kidneys, liver and spleen, followed by spinal damage, bone fractures and lacerations.
Children are the most vulnerable group, accounting for between 25 and 53 per cent of earthquake patients.
Beyond immediate search-and-rescue operations, care workers must deal with problems of infectious disease in crowded shelters.
Contrary to popular perception, cadavers are not a risk unless there is an outbreak of cholera.
In the longer term, earthquakes also exert a heavy impact on mental health, with high prevalence of depression.
The study was conducted by Susan Bartels of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre in Boston, Massachusetts, and Michael van Rooyen of the Brigham and Women's Hospital, also in Boston.
The pair warned that the threat from earthquakes is set to intensify as the world's population grows and cities expand in vulnerable zones.
Cities in seismic regions include Tokyo (32 million inhabitants), Mexico City (20 million), Los Angeles (15 million) and Istanbul (nine million), the authors noted.
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