Are strong Earthquakes on the rise in 2016?

Are strong earthquakes on the increase in 2016?

There has been a notable worrying recent increase in strong earthquakes (Magnitude 6.0 and higher) especially in this month April 2016. The recent devastating Ecuador and Japan earthquakes being a case in point with the death toll topping 500 at the Ecuador earthquake. Earthquake swarms are another worrying trend, these are normally lower in Magnitude (5 or below) but are higher in number and striking at a similar time in a similar area. Earthquake swarms are one of the events that can typically precede eruptions of volcanoes, hence why these events are watched closely by seismologists and hence this article. Something is going on here!

I'm not a seismology expert by any stretch of the imagination but the recent strong Earthquakes from Ecuador and Japan seem to be played down by media as NOT connected in any way, but delve deeper and it looks possibly in seismology circles that they maybe in what is called the Ring of Fire?

But what causes these extreme earth movements, why are we seeing more of them recently and what scientific explanation and/or biblical explanation is there for this recent increase of these sort of events........ if any. This article will have a supporting Video from the Twelve Gates You Tube Channel which will be released a couple of days after this article VID: Recent Strong Earthquakes and Sinkholes. Is a Mega Quake on its way?
. Check the Twelve Gates Twitter or subscribe to the You Tube Channel to get the update as it is released. This article ties up with one of the early articles on Earthquakes called Increased Earthquake Activity. Fact or Fiction?

The recent earthquake news has seen an increase in stronger earthquakes but over a longer time frame has there really been an increase? With the increasing sensitivity of seismic technology and also the rise of Fracking states like Oklahoma are seeing a massive increase in smaller earthquakes which are being attributed to this new method of oil and gas extraction. Also Population increase and habitation spread, contribute to higher earthquake numbers being recorded over time BUT this does not explain away strong earthquakes!

What is an Earthquake?

An earthquake (also known as a quake, tremor or temblor) is the perceptible shaking of the surface of the Earth, resulting from the sudden release of energy in the Earth's crust that creates seismic waves. Earthquakes can be violent enough to toss people around and destroy whole cities. The seismicity or seismic activity of an area refers to the frequency, type and size of earthquakes experienced over a period of time.

Earthquakes are measured using observations from seismometers. The moment magnitude is the most common scale on which earthquakes larger than approximately 5 are reported for the entire globe. The more numerous earthquakes smaller than magnitude 5 reported by national seismological observatories are measured mostly on the local magnitude scale, also referred to as the Richter magnitude scale. The shallower an earthquake, the more damage to structures it causes, all else being equal

At the Earth's surface, earthquakes manifest themselves by shaking and sometimes displacement of the ground. When the epicenter of a large earthquake is located offshore, the seabed may be displaced sufficiently to cause a tsunami. Earthquakes can also trigger landslides, and can lead to volcanic activity. Earthquakes can causes shaking and ground rupture, landslides and avalanches, fires and soil liquefaction and if at sea Tsunamis, floods which all an have human impacts. Information Courtesy Wikipedia

Earth Quake Swarms:

Earthquake swarms are events where a local area experiences sequences of many earthquakes striking in a relatively short period of time. An event may be of the order of days, weeks, or months. They are different from earthquakes aftershocks as no single earthquake in the sequence is obviously the main shock.

Recent swarms include In the United States was the 2008 Reno earthquakes that began in February and ended in November. Between February and April the swarm produced more than 1,000 quakes of small magnitude, although the largest measured 4.7. Between February 2011 and December 2011 more than 500 earthquakes were recorded during the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes, with 31 of them greater than magnitude 5. Canary Islands during the 2011–12 El Hierro eruption. From July 2011 until October 2011, hundreds of small earthquakes were measured Information courtesy Wikipedia

Earthquake frequency ever since beginning of 2016?

Has there been an increase in strong earthquake activity in 2016 especially this month in April? Earthquakes with a Magnitude of M6.0 or more from January 2016-April 2016 are listed below in black and white.

January 2016: 13 February 2016: 10 March 2016: 5 April 2016: (up to 20 April) 17

What is the year on year Earthquake activity official numbers for comparison purposes since 2006?

[caption id="attachment_596" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Global Earthquake Statistics 2016 as at 21 April 2016 Mag 5.0 or higher Global Earthquake Statistics 2016 as at 21 April 2016 Mag 5.0 or higher[/caption]

On first viewing the stats above do not really show much of a difference over a 10 year time frame with just the odd drop here and there such as 2008, but if you take a look at a chart going back many years there has been a spike in earthquake activity and only recently and that spike seems to be maintained. Further details at a previous article Increased Earthquake Activity. Fact or Fiction?

List of Earthquakes 2016 as at 21 April 2016 in various categories at Wikipedia

Latest Earth Quake News

Some of the latest Earthquake news from around the globe with warnings from Seismologists that the recent activity signals a possible Mega Quake is on the horizon. Media seems to be denying that this is the case. I tend to listen to the experts!

5 Major Earthquakes In 48 Hours As A Seismologist Warns ‘Catastrophic Mega Earthquakes’ Are Coming End of the American Dream

Ecuador earthquake: At least 413 people confirmed dead via BBC

Drone Video Captures Deadly Earthquake Aftermath in Ecuador via ABC News

Japan earthquakes: thousands of troops pour in to support survivors via The Guardian

Japan hit by 7.3-magnitude earthquake via The Guardian

Are Earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador Related? The Science Says No The NY Times

The Predicted Great Earthquake on the US North West Coast?

Every 500 or so years there is a Mega Quake that occurs off the North West Coast of the US and the last one happened well over 300 years ago in 1700. The Quake is called the Cascadia Earthquake. It's one of those's not  question of if but when. They tend to be of a Magnitude 9.0 or above! The recent Ecuador earthquake of 7.4 killing over 500 is tame in comparison. Some scientists are predicting that a Mag 9.0 or worse is coming in the next 50 years or even less?

How do scientists know this. By soil and sediment samples taken that demonstrate this occurrence at those time intervals, right down to the last decade or so. If it is anything like the last one this quake would cause a Tsunami of horrific proportions with waves in the region 80-100ft tall and having a length of hundreds of miles. The North West Coast of the US as we know it would be pretty much eradicated. A Video and scientist that explains this theory and why if you are living in this region you should be worried. Best form of defence, get out of the area prior to the Quake or head to higher ground, higher than at least 100ft.

The predicted Great Earthquake on the US West Coast. The Really Big One via The New Yorker
An earthquake will destroy a sizeable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when. As always there are always two sides to every argument. Here's the opposition in the form of the Seattle Times. Aboriginal groups in the area including The Quileute people secured a land grant from the federal government of the United States in 2012 to move their settlement inland, both as protection from a future tsunami threat and because of more frequent flooding on the Quillayute River. As always with this website, form your own opinion

The predicted Great Earthquake on the US West Coast Video BBC 

The Latest Earthquake Forecast
4/20/2016 -- Global Earthquake Forecast -- Major Unrest , West Coast USA + Japan

Bible Quotes

Finally what does the Bible have to say about Earthquakes in relation to End Times Prophecy especially in relation to a Mega Quake or "Great Quake"?

Luke 21:11 - And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

Matthew 24:7 - For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

Mark 13:8 - For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.

Revelation 11:13 - And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.

Revelation 6:12-14
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;
13. And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
14. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

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.

Further related videos over at The Twelve Gates You Tube

Earthquake Statistics and Latest News Analysis

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