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Earthquake means seismos, sice-mos'; from Greek (seio); meaning a commotion, i.e. (of the air) a gale, (of the ground) an earthquake :- earthquake, tempest. So this could mean not only an earthquake, but a tsunami, a hurricane, a tornado, etc.
Earthquakes have been recorded as early as 1177 B.C. in China. A tsunami is often the result of an earthquake.
In Europe, the earliest recorded earthquake occurred in 580 B.C.
In North America the great earthquakes of 1811-1812 occurred near New Madrid, Missouri. The magnitude of the quakes are not known, but they are estimated to have been about 8 on the Richter scale. There were actually three large quakes with aftershocks between and for months after. The quake was so wide-spread it was felt as far away as Boston.
The most destructive quake in U.S. history occurred in San Francisco in 1906, it caused the deaths of over 700 people.
The great Alaskan earthquake of 1964 was twice as powerful, but less destructive because of the low population of the area struck.
The Chilean quake of 1960 was the biggest quake ever recorded. It came in at 9.5 on the Richter scale.
The study of earthquakes is called seismology. The earliest seismologists were the Chinese who worked hard to record their quakes in detail. They even developed a means to predict earthquakes by filling a ceramic jar to the brim with water and leaving it set. If the water overflowed the jar, then an earthquake was imminent. This was not reliable nor certain.
It is thought that some animals may feel vibrations from a quake before humans, and that even minutes before a quake dogs may howl and birds fly erratically. Evidence for such sensitivity by animals has not been proven.
In the 1820's Chile became an area of interest to seismologists. After an earthquake there, it was noticed that the elevation of the coastline had changed. This was substantiated by the Captain of the H.M.S. Beagle, Robert Fitzroy.
In 1872 a U.S. scientist named Grove Gilbert figured out that earthquakes usually center around a fault line. It was after the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco that Harry Reid hypothesized that earthquakes were likely the result of a build-up of pressure along these faults.
Seismologists today have instruments, computer models, theories and forecast to study the causes and effects of earthquakes.
ALL natural disasters: earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc. are completely under control of Almighty God.
Psalm 48:7 Thou breakest the ships of Tarshish with an east wind. (KJV) . . . God can cause a wind so great that it can break a ship in half.
Psalm 104:3 Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind: (KJV) . . . God lays out the rafters of His home in the rain clouds. He makes the clouds His chariots; He rides upon the wings of the wind.
Psalm 135:7 He causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings for the rain; he bringeth the wind out of his treasuries. (KJV) . . . God causes the clouds to rise over the earth. He sends lightning with the rain and releases the wind from His storehouses.
Psalm 147:18 He sendeth out his word, and melteth them: he causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow. (KJV) . . . God commands snow to fall, then at His command, it all melts. He sends His winds out of his treasuries, and the ice thaws.
Proverbs 30:4 Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell? (KJV) . . . Who but God goes up to heaven and comes back down? Who can hold the wind in His fists? Who can wrap up the oceans in His cloak? Who has created the whole wide world? What is His Name, and His Son's Name? Do you know?
Eccles. 1:6 The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits. (KJV) . . . The wind blows south, then north, here and there, twisting back and forth, getting nowhere.
Jeremiah 10:13 When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures. (KJV) . . . When God speaks, there is thunder in the heavens. He causes the clouds to rise over the earth. He sends lightning with the rain and releases the wind from His storehouses in His own timing, whenever and wherever He chooses!
Do you think that with the frequency of the storms in recent years, that perhaps God is trying to tell the world something? For instance, the United States began with God-fearing people. In God we trust was the motto! It is NO longer that way! People do NOT fear God today, they ridicule and blaspheme Him! Trying times are ahead for unbelievers! The 24th chapter of Matthew clearly tells us some things to look for, what we can expect!
Are you really listening to what God is saying???
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