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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

More or Mega?

Last Mega Update November 13, 2017



This website is dedicated to truth. The truth of Scripture. All of it, in full context, not just bits and parts in verse snippets.

Jesus said there would be an increase in the number of earthquakes as well as signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea.

So much of what we just take for granted from the voice of others about God's word simply may not always be the case, so in the end it is our job to dig into the word to seek truth and understanding. Something it seems is always lost in the translation if we don't do this.

Perhaps there's more shaking around the globe, but it seems that Messiah Yeshua speaks of "great" earthquakes, an increase in mega quakes striking around the globe:
And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. Luke 21:11
How do we know? The Greek word used here for "great" is "megas", it can mean more, yet it also means great as in "mega". Many also misinterpret the old English word "divers". The Greek actually does not mean "diverse" although many people misread it that way. It is the Greek word "topos" it means "separated place". People are now living in some serious earthquake zones that are widely separated in geography and religions specific to areas we've seen recently in Sumatra (Islam), Haiti (Voodoo), Japan (Buddha) and well as Chile and New Zealand (Christianity).


The Earth is shaking and groaning just as Paul declares in Romans 8:19-23.


Paul was referencing the words of the prophet Haggai:
"This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,' says the LORD Almighty." Haggai 2:6-7
In the past 10 years, the earth has shaken in:

• Iran, 2003: More than 26,000 people killed in 6.6 earthquake near the Islamic city of Bam
• Indonesia, 2004: Devastating 9.1 earthquake and ensuing tsunami off the Sumatran province of Aceh kills more than 230,000 people in a dozen countries pervaded by Islam
• Pakistani-administered Kashmir, 2005: 7.6 earthquake near Muzafferabad kills about 100,000 Muslim people
• China, 2008: Nearly 90,000 killed in 7.9 earthquake in eastern Sichuan province where Taoism and Buddhism exist
• Haiti, 2010: More than 220,000 people, many that follow voodoe were killed in 7.0 magnitude earthquake
• Japan, 2011: Many bodies have been found among 19,000 dead and missing as a result of this 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that struck the land of Buddha and Shinto.

The Smithsonian Institute provides a graphic a time-lapse animation of all global earthquakes, volcanic eruptions since 1961. SO2 emissions are provided since 1978. It is worth a close look.

In March of 2010, one year before the devastating earthquake and tsunami struck northern Japan, an article from BBC News reported on the unusual sightings of multiple deaths of giant oarfish found on the shores of Japan:
"In recent weeks, 10 specimens have been found either washed ashore or in fishing nets off Ishikawa Prefecture, half-a-dozen have been caught in nets off Toyama Prefecture and others have been reported in Kyoto, Shimane and Nagasaki prefectures, all on the northern coast."
While only 10 in number, this was very strange since many in Japan felt that the appearance of the dead oarfish mean't that an earthquake disaster was coming for Japan. Perhaps, ten of the oarfish may be significant as little is known of the great sea creatures other than they are thought to be the stuff of the legends of giant sea serpents sailors have described for hundreds of years.

Unusual too, because in Japanese lore, oarfish, which can actually grow up to 50 feet in length normally live at ocean depths of 3/4 of a mile and deeper are very rarely ever seen, but when they are found, it is believed that they are the harbinger of an oncoming earthquake.

Today, marine biologists believe that the Japanese oarfish sensed the coming changes and tectonic shifts in the Earth's crust and sought safety.

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which suffered a level 7 nuclear meltdown during the quake is still poisoning the Pacific and there is no way to stop the nuclear decay that is seeping into the sea. Today, we know that the 2004 massive 9.1 Sumatra quake was preceded by an 8.6 quake in 2005 and it has been followed by another 8.6 mega quake in 2012. Its resulting tsunami showed the power of destruction from the sea the day after Christmas 2004 as tragedy stuck the world.

On January 4, 2013, the latest movie starring Naomi Watts was released titled "The Impossible", it is a true life movie about the heroic Belon family that was engulfed in the tragedy of the Indonesian mega quake and it's ensuing horror wave, a tsunami felt around the world.

We were reminded of this just three weeks ago as a massive 8.0 undersea quake struck the "Solomon" Islands on February 6, 2013 when the "Santa Cruz" Islands were identified to be at risk by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii.

According to NASA, and other scientific sources the February 2010 8.8 Chile mega earthquake that stuck "Conception" altered the tilt of the Earth's axis and shortened the length of a day by speeding up our planetary rotation. The Chilean quake which is the 5th largest to ever be recorded within the USGS list that includes the 9.5 1960 Valdivia, Chile mega quake, the 9.0 Kamchatka, Russia mega quake of 1952 and the 9.2 Prince William Sound, Alaska mega quake of 1964, resulted in massive destruction as the coastal city of Conception as the city was moved by some 10 feet toward the Pacific.

All church buildings in the disaster zone were either badly damaged or destroyed. One report stated: "It was if a giant hand had stretched the land along an almost directly westward line (slightly downward) for ten feet at Conception, while adjacent ground moved only a tenth that distance - indicating considerable "shearing" of the land mass both north and south of Conception." As if a mirror to North America, the quake occurred just above Los Angeles, Chile.

The same axis shift occurred in the Tōhoku region of Japan as the 9.0 Richter magnitude scale mega quake that caused $235 billion in property damage and untold nuclear damage again shifted the planet's axis and sped up the Earth's rotation. The shaking moved the Earth's axis by an estimated 10 centimeters and according to Kenneth Hudnut of the U.S. Geological Survey, the island of Japan shifted about 2.4 meters (that's 8 feet).

Pakistan's mega quake hit in 2005 and in 2008 a mega quake hit Eastern Sichuan, China as churches were damaged and destroyed. Only a cross was left standing at Sacred Heart Church in downtown Port au Prince, Haiti in 2010 in which 316,000 souls lost their lives.

Soon, we may see the 2014 West Coast arrival of the 1,000 mile wide by 2,000 mile long mass of debris to be delivered by ocean currents from the Sendai Bay area of Honshu, Japan's horrific mega quake and wave roaring tsunami that the world witnessed in 2011 that left 28,000 dead that we know of. Due to the impending nuclear death toll from Fukushima, sadly we will see many more as the tragedy continues to release untold levles of radioactive cesium that is headed to the USA.

Scientific studies state that the floating debris will likely be carried by back in a never ending cycle of circular currents from Washington, Oregon and California before turning back toward Hawaii and again toward Asia, circulating in the North Pacific Gyre which is now infamously called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The California Coastal Commission has already issued hazardous material handling guidelines. It seems that anyone with a television has seen the roaring of the great waves that perhaps caused the greatest known wave destruction since Noah's flood. The Pacific tsunami even caused significant damage in Crescent City and Santa Cruz, California above Los Angeles, the home of earthquakes here in the United States.

We have seen earthquakes cause distress around the world that also shake the headline news. The locations must be considered. Did you notice the names of these places?

What is it with earthquakes and the cities?

It seems that across the globe places like Santa Cruz, which means "holy cross" are stuck by earthquakes. The horrible 1971 earthquake in Bolivia is just one example. The USGS earthquake map for Santa Cruz, California has so many epicenter markers, it looks like a pin pillow. Six died there in the 1989 quake that flattened many downtown areas. The same is true for Santa Cruz, Chile.

Columbus reached Haiti in 1492 and just a year and a half after the magnitude 7.0 Haiti destruction, in our own Federal "District of Columbia" (named after the discoverer), the Washington National Cathedral, which is an Episcopal Church landmark in Washington DC, experienced significant damage including fallen broken angels from the church's roof when disaster struck in August 2011. The spire of the National Cathedral "crashed onto the steps" as the 5.8 quake cracked the church's foundation as it shook the Capitol area. The earthquake badly damaged the steeple and bell tower at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in nearby Fells Point.

A spokesman for the archdiocese there said the church was unsafe to occupy as building inspectors condemned the building... Earlier, in February, a 6.3 quake devastated Christchurch, New Zealand and destroyed the Christchurch Cathedral and according to the Brisbane Times "the crumbling spire at Christchurch Cathedral is one of the starkest images to emerge from today's devastating earthquake." Police in Christchurch reported that the bodies of some victims may never be recovered because they were pulverized by the buildings that collapsed around them.

I just can't help but also be reminded of the word from our Messiah recorded almost 2,000 years ago:
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

The Global Seismographic Network (GSN) is a 150+ station, globally distributed, state-of-the-art digital seismic network providing free, realtime, open access data. The Network is a cooperative partnership between IRIS and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), they offer an interactive map that not only shows the latest earthquakes but allows you to display thousands of quakes from an archive of 3.4 million spanning from 1970 to minutes ago through the IRIS Earthquake Browser, and one of many features is that you can view and rotate earth quakes in 3D!

You can vary the 3-D view. I like this version.

A new report on mega quake activity leads me to believe that perhaps geologists from Menlo Park, California have unwittingly discovered what the Savior of the world is taking about in Luke 21:11.

It certainly appears that the Scripture is warning us of a mega quakes. It may even be a global quake event.

If we just look at what we already know today we can interpolate that 'The Ring of Fire' is the area where a global quake could occur in alignment with a series volcanic eruptions along the perimeter of the Pacific Ocean. 'The Ring of Fire' is associated with a host of oceanic trenches and volcanic belts and continental plates. The 'Ring of Fire' has 452 volcanoes and is home to over 75% of the world's volcanoes. Some 90% of the world's earthquakes occur along the 'Ring of Fire'.

You can view the new and existing volcanic activity at the Smithsonian Institution USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report. If you have visited this important website, you should.


A great earthquake is defined globally by scientists as one in which fifty thousand or more people are killed. This is what they have said this month, that they expect three times more mega quakes in the 21st century than occurred in the last 100 years of the 20th century. When you think about it, outside the devastation of a following tsunami from the roaring of waves from the sea, the way so many die is the fact they live in a city. This is exactly what happened in Port au Prince, Haiti.

Here's an excerpt of the February 2013 professional journal of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute:
MENLO PARK, Calif. — "Predicted population increases in this century can be expected to translate into more people dying from earthquakes. There will be more individual earthquakes with very large death tolls as well as more people dying during earthquakes than ever before, according to a newly published study led by U.S. Geological Survey engineering geologist Thomas L. Holzer."

Holzer and his USGS co-author James Savage studied earthquakes with death tolls of more than 50,000, which they define as catastrophic, and reported global death tolls from roughly 1500 A.D. to the present. Comparing those events to estimates of world population, they found that the number of catastrophic earthquakes has increased as population has grown. After statistically correlating the number of catastrophic earthquakes in each century with world population, they were able to use new (2011) 21st-century population projections by the United Nations to project that approximately 21 catastrophic earthquakes will occur in the 21st century, a tripling of the seven that occurred in the 20th century. They also predict that total deaths in the century could more than double to approximately 3.5 million people if world population grows to 10.1 billion by 2100 from 6.1 billion in 2000.

Four catastrophic mega quakes have already struck since the beginning of the 21st century, including the 2004 Sumatra-Andaman earthquake (and tsunami) and 2010 Haiti earthquake that each may have killed over 200,000 people.
Their study explains the population based increase in lethal earthquakes and in my view this is the focus of the prophecy from Jesus. I have no doubt whatsoever. I hope this study gives you some insight as to why you need to dig into the meaning of the words that you read in your Bible. You have to go back to the original language to get a clearer picture.

In the United States, we have all been concerned about a potential devastating mega quake in the Los Angeles area. Hollywood producers have made a number of movies about it that grabbed our attention, a least for a short while. In March 2011, following the Japan quake, ABC News reported about the New Madrid fault: Little-known U.S. Fault Lines Cause For Seismic Concern About Potential Earthquakes and that report states:

"There are 15 nuclear power plants in the New Madrid fault zone -- three reactors in Alabama -- that are of the same or similar design as the site in Japan experiencing problems.

The USGS report predicts that a major quake would create horrific scenes like something out of a science fiction movie, potentially cutting the Eastern part of the country off from the West in terms of vehicular traffic and road commerce."

Not only that, but most people think that the present danger on the west coast is related to the San Andreas fault but perhaps the truth is that the fault that poses the greatest danger to Los Angeles is the Puente Hills fault zone. Check out this March 20, 2010 report from the Los Angeles Times... Puente Hills fault focuses shaking toward downtown Los Angeles:
"Seismologists say one reason why the Puente Hills thrustfault is so dangerous is that it focuses shaking toward downtown Los Angeles, rather than away from it."
Below is a Puente Hills Earthquake Visualization of ground motion during a magnitude 7.4 earthquake on the Puente Hills fault:


It seems that it is not that we are having more earthquakes; but quakes are getting bigger and more people are living in seismically active areas and within vulnerable buildings in the world's earthquake zones. You can search any geographic region on earth for yourself at the USGS Search Earthquake Archives.

The new report "Global Earthquake Fatalities and Population" can be purchased online as it appeared in "Earthquake Spectra", Volume 29, Issue 1 (February 2013).

What does all this mean?

If you do not know your Messiah, it is now time for you to return to God's covenant, return to hear and do His word and walk in the faith of His Kingdom path so that you can ready your lamp and teach others to do the same.

God is a sovereign God. He is a loving God and He has provided a way to offer His salvation and eternal life to you and those that you know. You can accept His gift of eternal life now. Consider carefully what your life consists of, look at it and repent of any willful sin, ask God's forgiveness and accept His gift of love and life through Jesus, Messiah Yeshua - King of the Universe.

And by the way, during the week long fall Feast of Tabernacles, there can be no doubt God's instruction to sleep outside in a Sukkah in heavenly advice. Take notice!! Do you think a crumbling building can fall on you if your not in it?

Could the word of God be this simple?

God is about life. If you consider it, the instruction of Tabernacles may in an elegant, mysterious way be the way God preserves those that patiently honor His words of instruction in the end days.

After all, the prophet Zechariah describes that an earthquake will split Mount of Olives in two parts, south and north, and he also describes the horrors of that day which will be followed by salvation.
Zechariah 14): "...and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. And ye shall flee ... like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee".
Revelation gives us a warning of a coming megaquake that will awaken many to recognize the signs of the times as by a seal, a token or proof:
Revelation 6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood.

Revelation 8:5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.

Revelation 16:18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.

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Mega Quake Updates

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November 13, 2017: Over 400 dead from earthquake in Iran-Iraq border area

"Rescuers dug with their bare hands Monday through the debris of buildings brought down by a powerful earthquake that killed more than 400 people in the once-contested mountainous border region between Iraq and Iran, with nearly all of the victims in an area rebuilt since the end of the ruinous 1980s war.

Sunday night's magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck about 19 miles (31 kilometers) outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja, according to the most recent measurements from the U.S. Geological Survey. It hit at 9:48 p.m. Iran time, just as people were going to bed.

The worst damage appeared to be in the Kurdish town of Sarpol-e-Zahab in the western Iranian province of Kermanshah, which sits in the Zagros Mountains that divide Iran and Iraq.

Residents fled into the streets as the quake struck, without time to grab their possessions, as apartment complexes collapsed into rubble. Outside walls of some complexes were sheared off by the quake, power and water lines were severed, and telephone service was disrupted.

Residents dug frantically through wrecked buildings for survivors as they wailed. Firefighters from Tehran joined other rescuers in the desperate search, using dogs to inspect the rubble.

The hospital in Sarpol-e-Zahab was heavily damaged, and the army set up field hospitals, although many of the injured were moved to other cities, including Tehran.

It also damaged an army garrison and buildings in the border city and killed an unspecified number of soldiers, according to reports.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei immediately dispatched all government and military forces to aid those affected.

Many of the heavily damaged complexes in Sarpol-e-Zahab were part of construction projects under former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The newly homeless slept outside in cold, huddled around makeshift fires for warmth, wrapped in blankets — as were the dead.

The quake killed 407 people in Iran and injured 7,156 others, Iran's crisis management headquarters spokesman Behnam Saeedi told state TV. Most of the injuries were minor, he said, with fewer than 1,000 still hospitalized.

The semi-official Tasnim news agency reported 445 dead and 7,370 injured. There was no immediate explanation of the discrepancy, although double-counting of victims is common during such disasters in Iran."

October 26, 2017: ‘Really Big’ Earthquake Is Coming, Striking 7 Million People in the Worst Natural Disaster in North American History


"The last time the Juan de Fuca oceanic plate jolted under the North American plate, unleashing a 9.0 earthquake, was in 1700. With the event scheduled to happen once every 500 years or so, we are due for another any day now. Although it's not clear what will happen when this mega quake does hit, researchers at the University of Washington recently presented 50 possible scenarios of how the event might unfold."

October 4, 2017: EARTHQUAKE SWARM AT YELLOWSTONE SUPERVOLCANO NOW ONE OF THE LONGEST EVER RECORDED

"Updated | The ongoing earthquake swarm at the Yellowstone National Park supervolcano is now one of the longest ever recorded, having started on June 12. Over the past three and a half months, almost 2,500 earthquakes have been recorded in the western part of the national park. This puts it on a par with the biggest swarm ever recorded, where more than 3,000 earthquakes took place over three months.

The swarm in no way signals an impending eruption, and it appears now to be coming to an end. However, experts at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) say it has been “fascinating” to monitor and are eager to learn more about it in their analysis of the event.

In a monthly update about activity at Yellowstone, the USGS said 115 earthquakes had been reported in the park during September. Of these, 78 were part of the ongoing swarm 6 miles north of West Yellowstone. The biggest event in the swarm last month was magnitude 2.3."

September 10, 2017: USGS says 260 earthquakes have struck Southeast Idaho since Sept. 2


"Both USGS and University of Utah reported that the most powerful quake in the swarm was a 5.3 magnitude temblor that occurred at 5:56 p.m. on Sept. 2. It's been years since Southeast Idaho has experienced a 5.0 or greater magnitude quake. Such temblors can cause damage to buildings.

Authorities have not reported any damage to structures or injuries to people as a result of any of the recent quakes.

Authorities said that Southeast Idaho has never experienced so many quakes in such a short time frame, though the region does experience some seismic activity especially in the Caribou County area."

December 9, 2016: Radiation from Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster detected on Oregon shores

"SALEM, Ore. - Seaborne radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster has been detected on Oregon shores, researchers say.

Seawater samples from Tillamook Bay and Gold Beach indicate radiation from the nuclear disaster but at extremely low levels not harmful to humans or the environment.

Citing the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Statesman Journal newspaper reports the samples were taken last winter and later analyzed.

Massive amounts of contaminated water were released from the crippled Japan nuclear plant following a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

Woods Hole chemical oceanographer Ken Buesseler runs a crowdfunded, citizen-science seawater sampling project that has tracked the radiation plume as it makes its way across the Pacific Ocean."

November 20, 2016: San Andreas fault 'locked, loaded and ready to roll' with big earthquake, expert says



November 1, 2016: This morning from the LA Times... Nearly 20 'micro-quakes' hit near the Salton Sea

"A series of small earthquakes struck near the Salton Sea area overnight.

Nearly 20 micro-quakes — the strongest measuring magnitude 3.3, with others much smaller — struck the town of Niland near the eastern shore of the Salton Sea, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A magnitude 3.6 quake was recorded near Salton City on the west side of the Salton Sea.

In September, a series of more than 200 small quakes hit the area. That prompted scientists to say for several days that there was an elevated risk for a big San Andreas fault earthquake. Many of the minor quakes were located under the sea itself.

The Salton Sea is one of California’s most seismically complex areas. It is located on a web of faults that scientists fear could one day wake up the nearby San Andreas from its long slumber."

Update October 30, 2016: Italy earthquake: 6.6-magnitude tremor rocks nation's center

"(CNN)A powerful 6.6-magnitude earthquake rocked central Italy on Sunday morning, injuring at least 20 people, in the strongest tremor to hit the country in more than three decades.


The earthquake follows tremors last week and comes on off the heels of a devastating quake in August, which killed nearly 300 people and flattened entire villages.

• The quake struck 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) north of Norcia, the US Geological Survey reported.
• Fire and rescue services said six people had been pulled from rubble in Norcia.
• There were no immediate reports of deaths -- many residents had not returned since a devastating quake in August.
• Some villages are cut off, so the impact there has not been assessed, said Fabrizio Curcio, the civil protection chief.
• Some 15,000 people are without electricity, according to Curcio.
• Much of the Basilica of San Benedetto in Norcia collapsed."

Update October 26, 2016: So very sad and praying for those in Italy: 2 powerful earthquakes rattle central Italy 2 hours apart

“It was a very strong earthquake, apocalyptic,” Marco Rinaldi, mayor of the small town of Ussita, told the ANSA news agency. “People are screaming on the street and now we are without lights.”

Rinaldi added, "Many houses have collapsed. Our town is finished."

Update October 2, 2016: Today, is the eve of the Fall Feast "Day of Trumpets" (Yom Teruah) begins at sunset as the 7th Biblical month new moon appears above.

It is the day of the shofar blast, a day of shouting and we might take note that rumors of war are raging as Russia warns US not to attack Syrian regime while Hurricane Matthew rages in the Caribbean Sea potentially threatening the U.S. Atlantic east coast with roaring seas and on the Pacific west coast an Earthquake Advisory Issued For Southern California After Salton Sea Quake Swarm

A graphic illustrating a swarm of earthquakes in the Brawley
seismic zone as of Monday evening. (courtesy USGS)

"LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A swarm of earthquakes that rattled the Salton Sea area earlier this week has increased the probability of a major quake hitting Southern California.

The California Office of Emergency Services (OES) issued an earthquake advisory warning residents and officials in Ventura, San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, Los Angeles, Kern and Imperial counties that there was a greater possibility of a major earthquake through Oct. 4.

More than 140 seismic events have been recorded near Bombay Beach beginning Monday ranging from magnitude 1.4 to 4.3, according to U.S. Geological Services (USGS) seismologists.

“California is earthquake country. We must always be prepared and not let our guard down,” said OES Director Mark Ghilarducci. “The threat of an earthquake on the San Andreas Fault hasn’t gone away, so this is another important opportunity for us to revisit our emergency plans and learn what steps you need to take if a significant earthquake hits.”

The swarm occurred in a region known as the Brawley seismic zone, which is located near a fault network that connects the southernmost end of the San Andreas fault with the Imperial fault."

Seismologists at the Southern California Earthquake Center are nervous about a big domino effect along the San Andreas Fault. Interestingly, two years ago at this same time around the Fall Feasts that year... an earthquake swarm hit the Mommoth Lakes region, far from the San Andreas fault in central California along the Nevada border.

The Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast Map


Update September 10, 2016 Thirteen dead and more than 200 injured in 5.7 Tanzania earthquake

"Tremors felt as far away as Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya after quake strikes near north-western town of Bukoba on Saturday.

At least 13 people have been killed and 203 injured in north-west Tanzania in a 5.7 magnitude earthquake, local authorities said.

“The toll has climbed from 11 people dead to 13 and from 192 injured to 203,” said Deodatus Kinawilo, district commissioner for Bukoba, the town close to the epicentre of the quake that struck on Saturday."

Update April 8, 2016: A new report published in Science Advances Vol. 2, no. 4, e1501693 DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1501693 today notes that the earth's rotational spin axis has been affected by ice melts in "southern Greenland, where pervasive thinning occurs" ... "explained by global-scale continent-ocean mass transport, with robust changes in terrestrial water storage (TWS) playing an unexpectedly large role."

The ice sheet mass changes are noted in a previous study A Reconciled Estimate of Ice-Sheet Mass Balance released in Science 30 Nov 2012: Vol. 338, Issue 6111, pp. 1183-1189 DOI: 10.1126/science.1228102.

These changes impact oceanic weight redistribution and may cause global scale tectonic shifts due to the earth's change in angular momentum and torque. This is fairly easy to conceptualize, just think of a spinning top that would be disturbed by weight redistribution that would affect torque acting on it.

A spinning top falls sideways. The effect is described as precession. A spinning top precesses slowly around a vertical axis through its point of support while it spins on its axis. The change in angular momentum is always affected by weight redistribution as its center of mass is changed.

No question our Creator has always known that this change in the earth's angular momentum and torque from global-scale continent-ocean mass transport would occur. Perhaps Jesus referred to this when He said, "there will be anguish on the earth among nations bewildered by the roaring sea and waves." Luke 21:25

We can't doubt the Word of God even if we do not understand it. If God has said it, it will happen.
Abstract

"Earth’s spin axis has been wandering along the Greenwich meridian since about 2000, representing a 75° eastward shift from its long-term drift direction. The past 115 years have seen unequivocal evidence for a quasi-decadal periodicity, and these motions persist throughout the recent record of pole position, in spite of the new drift direction. We analyze space geodetic and satellite gravimetric data for the period 2003–2015 to show that all of the main features of polar motion are explained by global-scale continent-ocean mass transport.

The changes in terrestrial water storage (TWS) and global cryosphere together explain nearly the entire amplitude (83 ± 23%) and mean directional shift (within 5.9° ± 7.6°) of the observed motion. We also find that the TWS variability fully explains the decadal-like changes in polar motion observed during the study period, thus offering a clue to resolving the long-standing quest for determining the origins of decadal oscillations. This newly discovered link between polar motion and global-scale TWS variability has broad implications for the study of past and future climate."
Update October 2, 2015: Watch out for the MEGATSUNAMI

"The study appears today in the journal Science Advances, and revives the debate over whether sudden giant collapses present a realistic hazard today around volcanic islands or distant continental coasts.

'Our point is that flank collapses can happen extremely fast and catastrophically, and therefore are capable of triggering giant tsunamis,' said lead author Ricardo Ramalho, who did the research as a postdoctoral associate at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory."

Update July 15, 2015: Fox News Report: Mega-quake could kill 13,000 in Pacific Northwest


Update April 25, 2015: The BBC reports from Asia:
"Nearly 1,000 are known to have died in a powerful earthquake in Nepal, with many more feared trapped under rubble, officials say.

The 7.8 magnitude quake struck an area between the capital, Kathmandu, and the city of Pokhara, the US Geological Survey said.
Tremors were felt across the region, with further loss of life in India, Bangladesh, Tibet and on Mount Everest.

The government has declared a state of emergency in the affected areas."

"Major historic monuments in the Nepalese capital have been destroyed in the powerful earthquake, eyewitnesses and officials have said.
These include a nine-storey tower, temples and some parts of what was once a royal palace, all listed as Unesco world heritage sites.
Pictures posted on social media show some of the monuments have been reduced to rubble.
Eyewitnesses say several others now have cracks and could collapse."
According to EW Bullinger: The number nine is a most remarkable number in many respects. It is held in great reverence by all who study the occult sciences; and in mathematical science it possesses properties and powers which are found in no other number.

Nine is, therefore, THE NUMBER OF FINALITY OR JUDGMENT.

Yet, I received this text from a sister in Christ:
"Sharing this praise: Dawa sent me this text message, please read:

We were in the church this morning, When the massive quake came at 12 noon. At Bhaktapur Newari church. The building was so huge seven story. If it would have collapsed we all have died under that huge buildings. But we were given the enough time the lord to escape.
God saved us!"

In Nepalese, Bhaktapur means "city of devotees" newari means "a thought". The devoted Christians thought only of God's salvation today!

Seven is the number of perfection, the number of the Spirit of God.
"John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne." Revelation 1:4 referencing Isaiah 11:2

Update September 26, 2014: Mammoth earthquake swarm is the largest in nearly a decade

"More than 600 small earthquakes have rattled the Mammoth Lakes region in less than 36 hours as ripple effects continued across one of the most seismically active volcanic regions in California, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The swarm of quakes — ranging from magnitude 1.0 to 3.8 — began just before 5 a.m. Thursday, according to the USGS."

Update September 16, 2014: NBC News says... Expect the Unexpected: More 9.0 Megaquakes Are Coming, Study Says
"No one should be surprised if a magnitude-9 megaquake erupts off America's West Coast — or anywhere else around the Pacific Ocean's "Ring of Fire," for that matter.

That's the upshot of a study in October's issue of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America: Researchers say that computer models of future seismic activity, plus a check of past activity going back thousand of years, suggest most of the Pacific's earthquake zones are capable of generating shocks at least as strong as magnitude 9 every 10,000 years on average."

Update April 19, 2014: IRIS is a consortium of over 100 U.S. universities dedicated to the operation of science facilities for the acquisition, management, and distribution of seismological data. The IRIS Data Management Center maintains an event datamap (Wilber) that tracks earthquake activity globally. It allows you to compare events by size and date range.

Update April 8, 2014: According the Smithsonian Institution's volcanic monitoring, volcanic activity is up. This is not a comprehensive list of all of Earth's volcanoes erupting during the week, but rather a summary of new activity and unrest:

Volcano Name & Its Location:

1. Copahue Central Chile-Argentina border
2. Karkar Papua New Guinea
3. Krakatau Indonesia
4. Merapi Central Java Indonesia
5. Poás Costa Rica
6. Reventador Ecuador
7. Shishaldin Fox Islands (USA)
8. Slamet Central Java Indonesia
9. Ubinas Peru

Update March 29, 2014: Yellowstone National Park hit by 4.8-magnitude earthquake after California is shaken by major tremor

"A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has shaken Yellowstone National Park and rattled observers of one of the world’s deadliest super volcanoes. The quake — the most powerful in 30 years — struck near the Wyoming border with Montana yesterday, almost in the center of the United States’ most famous national park. Since Thursday, there have been at least 25 recorded in the nation's first national park."

Late last year, a study into the super volcano found the underground magma chamber to be 2.5 times larger than previously thought, with the cavern spanning a 90km by 30km area and capable of holding tons of molten rock.

If the volcano were ever to erupt, observers say the outflow of lava, ash and smoke would likely devastate the United States and affect the entire world."

Update September 24, 2013: Pakistan earthquake creates new island, 'mud volcano' to blame

"Mud houses in the mountains crumbled as a 7.7-magnitude earthquake shook western Pakistan early on Tuesday. Meanwhile, on the coast, residents of Gwadar saw a solitary island rise from the sea."

Update: May 24, 2013: If you are wondering just how a worldwide quake might occur just take a look at the story below from LiveScience.com: Russian Earthquake Could Be Deepest Ever
"The massive, magnitude-8.3 temblor that struck today (May 24) near Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula could turn out be the deepest earthquake ever recorded.

At 378 miles (609 kilometers) below the seafloor, the quake could best the previous record set in Bolivia, in 1994. The initial depth may be revised as scientists collect more data. The Bolivian quake was a magnitude-8.2, and 392 miles deep (631 km), Nature News reported.

Why so deep? The Sea of Okhotsk sits above a subduction zone, where the Pacific Plate dives beneath the North America Plate. (Though some scientists think there is also a microplate, a small tectonic plate, beneath the sea.) The northwest Pacific crust is some of oldest, coldest oceanic crust subducting on Earth. It's also quickly rolling into the subduction zone, like a speedy conveyor belt, so the cold crust reaches deep into Earth's mantle before warming up.

This setting makes for deep earthquakes in the subducted Pacific plate crust. The extraordinary depth of today's earthquake also means the shaking traveled far across Russia, reaching Moscow and rattling the Kremlin 4,000 miles (6,400 km) away. The waves also crossed the United States, as seen in this video from the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology."
The USGS Earthquake Center says: "This deep section of the Pacific slab beneath the Sea of Okhotsk has hosted several large earthquakes in the past - four above M 6 within 200 km of the May 24 event since 1988."

What does this all mean?

It means that it is now time to repent and return to God's covenant, return to hear and do His word and walk in the faith of His Kingdom path so that you can ready your lamp for your coming assignment.

God is a sovereign God. He is a loving God and He has provided a way to offer you His salvation. You can accept His gift of life. Consider carefully what your life consists of, look at it and repent of your sin, ask His forgiveness and accept His gift of love through Messiah Yeshua.

Today is the time. If you know you need to get your life right with God, don’t wait for tomorrow, get it right with Him now!
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16-17
Shalom.