Friday, April 19, 2013

7.2 Earthquake at Kuril Islands, Oklahoma fault line discovered

There was another major earthquake overnight. It was located at Russia's Kuril Islands, 155 miles ENE of Kuril'sk, Russia and 323 miles NE of Nemuro, Japan.

The average number per year for occurrence of quakes in the 7.0-7.9 magnitude range is 15. Three of the quakes in the 7-point range have occurred during this month of April.

So with the year less than half over we are halfway to the yearly average of quakes in that range. It is hard to make statements on data that has more than half the year still to be gathered, and earthquakes seem not to occur on a steady trajectory so making projections is useless, however it is still interesting to look at the numbers.

In other earthquake news, I've been reporting on the number of quakes at Oklahoma. For several years there have been occurring clusters of quake swarms. Initially the scientists and officials thought they were due to fracking, a method of extracting oil from shale underground.

However this news article reveals the answer:

Oklahoma earthquake surge reveals previously unknown fault line, state agency trying to connect dots
A day after 10 mid-scale earthquakes rocked central Oklahoma, a series of smaller quakes shook the area Wednesday, with more likely to come. Five earthquakes ranging from magnitudes 2.5 to 4.4 occurred in a concentrated region of the state, just northwest of Oklahoma City. In the past 72 hours, 14 earthquakes of 2.5 or greater have originated in the town of Luther. The largest quake, registering a magnitude 4.4, was "felt throughout large portions of Oklahoma and into Kansas and Missouri," according to the Oklahoma Geological Survey. Austin Holland, with the agency, says there have likely been many more that were small enough to go largely undetected. According to the survey, the swarm of earthquakes that have occurred since Monday is in the "few hundreds." The survey reports the earthquakes have occurred along a previously unknown fault. The agency also predicts the quakes aren't over."

More at link.

The one thing the officials and scientists got right is that the quakes are not over.

I have written a series called The Language of God. In it, I explore ways that God used to speak to the population in various "natural disaster' ways, such as hail, earthquakes, fire, brimstone, etc. The writer of Hebrews wrote in verses 1:1-2, "Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world."

The bible shows that God has done mighty things through earthquakes. He has promised to speak to us again via earthquakes. The article below explores the ways the LORD shakes us when He wants our attention-

The language of God: earthquakes

It is worth a look-see, in my opinion.

1 comment:

  1. Our LORD is gracious loving and kind. Not wishing any to perish He bids us come.

    I pray that as the days grow darker many will come to accept the forgiveness and peace found only in Him.

    Facinating article - much to think about. Thanks.

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