In the News...Earthquakes: Coming to a Continent Near You?

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Last December's undersea earthquake in the Indian Ocean measured 9.3 on the Richter scale and spawned the tsunami that killed more than a quarter of a million people. It was one of the four largest earthquakes measured since 1900 and the most devastating natural disaster of them all. It left tens of thousands of children either separated from their parents or orphaned. Relief workers are calling these kids "the Tsunami Generation."

What are the chances an earthquake will strike where you live? Surprisingly, the National Earthquake Information Center ( measures an average of 50 earthquakes a day. Most of them are small or happen in remote areas. Still, major quakes (those measuring 7.0 or greater) happen on average 18 times each year.

The largest recorded earthquake in the United States was a magnitude 9.2 that struck Prince William Sound, Alaska, on March 28, 1964. The largest recorded quake in the world was a magnitude 9.5 in Chile on May 22, 1960.

The Bible foretells that earthquake activity will increase before the second coming of Jesus Christ and will culminate at His return with "such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth" (Revelation 16:18).

For more information about what to expect, read our booklets Are We Living in the Time of the End?, The Book of Revelation Unveiled and You Can Understand Bible Prophecy.

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