When Christ’s disciples asked what signs they could expect leading to the Lord’s second return, in his response, recorded in by both Luke and Matthew, Jesus warned of earthquakes:
11 There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. (Luke 21:11 ESV)
7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. (Matthew 24:7 ESV)
Jesus described their appearance in two ways:
First, the Lord warned of ‘great’ earthquakes. The Greek word, megaloi, refers to the size in its widest sense. The word can also be translated as ‘loud’ and speaks of massive, violent earthquakes.
Secondly, Jesus said that they will be taking place around the world.
Jesus also likened the events leading to His return as being similar to birth pangs (Matthew 24:8), that start slow, then gradually increase in speed and intensity.
So, we will be seeing an increase in both the number and intensity of earthquakes, and that appears to be happening.
In 2015, two researchers with the US Geological Survey, Tom Parsons and Eric Geist, wrote in a report published in the Geophysical Research Letters that there has been a noticeable increase in the number of mega or large earthquakes.
“We have recently experienced a period that has had one of the highest rates of great earthquakes ever recorded,” the duo wrote.
In their study, reported by LiveScience, the two stated that between 1979 and 1992, the earth averaged 10 mega earthquakes (magnitude 7.0 or higher) a year. Since 2010, the number of mega earthquakes has increased to 16.7 a year, and they could provide no explanation as to why this is happening.
The Richter scale used to rate the magnitude of an earthquake increases by a rate of 10 times between each level. In other words, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake is ten times more powerful than a 6.0.
The following list provides a break-down of the type of damage associated with higher-level earthquakes:
- 6.0 magnitude: Walls can collapse. Fireplaces are particularly vulnerable. Depending on the quality of construction, damage can range from moderate to heavy.
- 7.0 magnitude: All buildings in the area will suffer major damage. There will also be cracks in the ground and potential for landslides.
- 8.0 magnitude: Destroys all buildings.
Unusual earthquake activity during a seven-day period in March
Israel365 recently posted an article on the unusual number of earthquakes reported around the world during a seven-day period in March, this year.
This included a flurry of 1,100 minor tremors ranging in size from 1.9 magnitudes to 3.6 that struck the Azores Islands, located in the Atlantic Ocean, during one week. There are concerns this could be the lead up to a volcanic eruption also prophesied in the Bible (Joel 2:30-31).
Other notable earthquakes reported during that week included:
- March 16, 2022: Fukushima, Japan was hit by a 7.4 magnitude earthquake, that resulted in four deaths and 100 injuries.
- March 19 and March 22, 2021: California was hit by a 3.6 on Saturday, followed by a 3.4 magnitude the following Tuesday.
- March 19, 2022: A 2.5 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada.
- March 19, 2022: A 6.5 earthquake shook the pacific island of Tonga.
- March 19, 2022: Waikoloa, Hawaii was hit with a 4.5 earthquake.
- March 21, 2022: A rare 5.1 earthquake shook Greenland.
- March 22, 2022: A magnitude 6.7 earthquake hit the Mid-Atlantic Ridge
- March 23, 2022: Two earthquake struck Taiwan, including one that registered a 6.7 magnitude and the second, 6.1.
According to the National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC) the earth averages about 20,000 earthquakes a year (55 a day), this includes what is described as 15 mega earthquakes that are 7.0 magnitude or higher.
And 2021 was an exceptional year in one regard, as the NEIC recorded 16,849 earthquakes with a magnitude of 6.0 or higher, second only to 2014 which registered 17,552 of similar magnitude.
Did Jesus warn of tsunamis?
One of the biggest fears associated with earthquakes, particularly if their epicenter is in the ocean, are tsunamis. The 9.0 magnitude earthquake that hit off the coast of Japan in 2011 resulted in a massive tsunami that resulted in over 18,200 deaths (killed or missing).
And in his birth pang warnings of the end times, Jesus hinted at tsunamis, when the Lord referred to roaring seas and waves that will distress the nations and even cause people to faint from fear:
25 “And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26 people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. (Luke 21:25-26 ESV)
One of the four individuals who died from the earthquake that struck Japan on March 16, 2022, was due to a heart attack.
READ: Ten earthquakes in one week; Is it an End-times omen? AND Big Earthquakes Double in 2014, But They’re Not Linked: Live Science AND Powerful quake in Japan leaves 4 dead, brings back memories of 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster