Major Earth Changes Coming? Earthquakes Are Becoming Much More Frequent And Much More Powerful

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Are earthquakes becoming more frequent and more powerful?  With only two months to go, we are on pace to have more earthquakes of magnitude-5.0 or greater this year than we have had during any other year over the past decade by far.  In fact, as you will see in this article, since the year 2000 there has been a very clear upward trend in the number of major earthquakes.  So is this an indication that major earth changes are coming?  Is our planet becoming increasingly unstable?  We are currently witnessing tremendous political, social and financial upheaval all over the globe.  Every week the economic crisis in the United States and elsewhere seems to get even worse.  So what is going to happen if the shaking of the earth becomes even more intense and major cities all over the planet start getting leveled?  For most of human history we have seriously underestimated the awesome destructive power of natural disasters, and the fact that the number of earthquakes around the world seems to be going up consistently should be a huge wake up call for all of us.


These days powerful earthquakes happen so frequently that most people hardly notice them anymore.

The other day Oklahoma experienced a magnitude-5.6 earthquake.  It was the largest earthquake that has ever been recorded in the state.  It was so powerful that it was felt in Illinois and in Tennessee.  There were more than 30 aftershocks.  But it barely made a blip in the news and after a couple days everyone had forgotten about it.

A magnitude-5.7 earthquake just struck eastern Turkey.  The vast majority of people will have forgotten about it by tomorrow.

So why don’t people care about these huge earthquakes?

Well, it is because they are just so incredibly common these days.

In 2001, there were 1361 earthquakes of magnitude-5.0 or greater around the globe.  This year, we are on pace to have nearly twice as many.

In 2011, we are on pace to have more than 2600 earthquakes of magnitude-5.0 or greater.

As you can see from the following chart from, the number of major earthquakes has been rising steadily over the past decade, and the 2600 major earthquakes that we are on pace to have this year is going to far surpass all of the previous years on this chart….

So what do most geologists say about this data?

Well, most of them continue to make the “politically correct” claim that the number of earthquakes is not really increasing.  Instead, they say that what is happening is that our ability to detect earthquakes has gotten better.

Of course that is a bunch of nonsense.  Our ability to detect major earthquakes has not doubled over the past ten years.

Let’s take a look at another chart.

This next chart comes from, and it is a graph of the number of earthquakes magnitude-6.0 or greater that have occurred since 1973.  As you can see, the trend is clearly up….

If, as many geologists claim, the reason for the higher number of major earthquakes is our constantly improving ability to detect them, then why was the number of earthquakes magnitude-6.0 or greater fairly consistent between 1973 and 1999?

It has just been over the past ten years or so that major earthquakes have become much more frequent and much more powerful.

But it hasn’t just been earthquakes that have been increasing in frequency and intensity.

There have been more natural disasters that have caused more than a billion dollars in damage this year than in any other year in U.S. history.  The following short excerpt comes from a recent ABC News article….

From Hurricane Irene, which soaked the entire East Coast in August, to the Midwest tornadoes, which wrought havoc from Wisconsin to Texas, 2011 has seen more billion-dollar natural disasters than any year on record, according to the National Climatic Data Center.

And as America’s hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and wildfires set records this year, so too has President Obama in his response to them.

During the first 10 months of this year President Obama declared 89 major disasters, more than the record 81 declarations that he made in all of 2010.

Barack Obama has already declared more major disasters in less than three years than any other president has ever declared over an entire four year term.

So just what in the world is going on?

Is something going on that we should be alarmed about?

Well, nobody knows exactly what is going on, but clearly there has been an increase in seismic activity all over the globe.

Over the past few years, the “Ring of Fire” around the Pacific Ocean has become unusually active.  We have seen absolutely devastating earthquakes hit places such as Chile and New Zealand.  Earlier this year, Japan experienced the worst earthquake that it has ever seen and it produced a tsunami that was so devastating that it will never be forgotten.

The west coast of the United States also sits along the “Ring of Fire” and it is definitely overdue for a “killer earthquake”.

But that is not the only part of the country that should be concerned.

It is entirely possible that a massive earthquake could strike at any time along the New Madrid fault zone that would absolutely devastate major U.S. cities from Chicago all the way down to New Orleans.

It has happened before.

Back in 1811 and 1812 four mammoth earthquakes along the New Madrid fault shook the entire eastern half of the country.  These quakes opened up deep fissures in the ground, caused the Mississippi River to run backwards and they caused church bells to ring as far away as Boston.

So what would such an earthquake do today?

Well, one study by the University of Illinois found that a 7.7-magnitude earthquake along the New Madrid fault would leave 3,500 people dead, more than 80,000 injured and more than 7 million homeless.

So what would happen if a magnitude-8.7 earthquake struck?

Remember, an 8.7-magnitude earthquake would be ten times larger than a 7.7-magnitude earthquake.

That is something to think about.

We live in very unusual times.

It seems like everything that can be shaken is being shaken.

Let us hope that the earth calms down for a while and that the number of major earthquakes begins to stabilize again.

But there is no guarantee that is going to happen.

In fact, many believe that this is only just the beginning.

Fasten your seatbelts, because the years ahead could be very, very interesting.

  • KP

    To be honest, the answer’s not that complicated, but people simply will not listen.

    • A.S.

      It is obvious!

      People of America: stop your sins! G-d is tired of your idol-worship (e.g. worshiping t.v. idols), theft, murder, adultery, homosexual behavior (yes, I not afraid to say something politically incorrect), etc. If you want natural disasters to stop, follow the Bible to the letter! And for all of you ultra-liberals out there who are brain-dead and drugged, “your religion (e.g. belief if Obama) will not save you when things really get bad.”

      • JC Vaughan

        So we should be like the Mullahs and IRI of Iran, and start killing people, especially children, for any reason we can use a Bible verse (or Koran verse) to justify? Perhaps you would like to explain how this is different from Devil Worship? Or how it is that when humans like you take over, Devil Worship is ALWAYS what we get (in God’s Name, of course!). Here’s a plan: start serving the God of Mercy and Compassion, and leave the Satan-loving ways of Torture and Murder behind! Think you can manage that (just for the record, I don’t)?

        • Pauly

          The good old U.S.A. has killed more people/children than all of the worlds countries combined in the last ten years.

          • Guido

            Um, can you actually prove that? Because that’s a pretty bold claim. Got a citation for that anywhere?

        • A.S.

          Where did I say to kill people like gays? Nowhere! They must be healed and prayed for that they stop doing their sinful acts.

          • Gay Veteran

            whenever someone (usually a right-wing politician or preacher) goes on and on AND ON about Teh Gays, you know sooner or later they will end up in a public scandal after getting a ************** in their mouth

        • Romania

          @ JC Vaughan

          But you already killed tens of millions children. You made millions abortions. Check your statistic.

          But you will say that is right. Is ok to kill a child in the belly’s mother just because is not born yet. It doesn’t matter that is having heart and brain if is messing with the parents plans.

          God killed Onan instantly just for masturbation. Did you think God is easier now?
          Babies killing is very bad in His Eyes.
          And you killed millions as a nation.

          How you dare to see others’ sins if you can’t see yours? HOW?

          I am a Romanian and an orthodox-christian.
          I don’t want to offense you with my answer. Just think to have a relevant look at yourself as a nation before talking about others.

      • Gay Veteran

        blaming Teh Gays, eh? Wow, God must have an awful aim if he strikes Oklahoma, the buckle of the Bible Belt

        • A.S.

          Sometimes G-d punishes the righteous in order to wake up the sinful.

        • Aurelius 7

          You’re actually a troll yourself. You’re knowingly running around on this forum with a provocative name, hoping you’ll be discriminated against so you will have the excuse to pounce on whomever, call them a bigot and so on. I actually blame the gays for killing the family unit. They’re not asexual and cannot produce on their own. Argue that one. Either way, you proved KP’s original point: You don’t want to hear it.

    • Aurelius 7

      I already know where you’re going with that one, and I agree.

  • gary2

    Michael-I think you have a case of hyperbole. Earth quakes are a fact of life.

    • Gary you can say that anything happens regularly. However, you have to look for trends. You can say that people are murdered every year in New York City, but if that number suddenly increased 800%, you would need to know why.

      Everyone said earlier this year that tornadoes are a fact of life, but tripling the record for the number of tornadoes in a given 24 hour period and more than doubling the monthly record is a sign something weird is going on. I’m not jumping on the end of the world bandwagon, but I would like answers. May not be a permanent thing. Could be a temporary restructuring of the tectonic plates or something, but I would like to know what it is.

      • Gay Veteran

        and what about Climate Change?

        • Yeah!… Climate change. The Climate always changes. We once called that weather.

          • Gay Veteran

            one of the biggest Climate Change denialists recently reported that Climate Change is indeep happening

            just facts please

          • Guido

            Also a good comment, Perdavid.
            Climate Change is BS because it presupposes that somewhere, sometime there was a perfect static climate and any deviation from that model is wrong and, therefor, a crisis. Climate has never stopped changing throughout Earth’s history and it never will.

          • James Brenner

            Exactly! It used to be global warming – until a cooling trend started 12 years ago. Now it’s just climate change – because why should there ever be any variations in weather – right?

      • Guido

        Kalen-Well put, Sir!

    • ScoutMotto

      Look at the chart, Gary.

  • vancouver mark

    “There shall be earthquakes in diverse places.”

    The meaning seems pretty clear. As fearful as the judgment of God shall be to the unbeliever, to those who know the truth it shall be like birth pangs, a pain to be endured before the dawn of Christ’s reign.
    I live in a particularly seismic area at risk of a massive quake, with dormant (for now) volcanos nearby, so the short-term prospects aren’t particularly pleasing, but I don’t fear.

    It’ll all get worse before it gets better, but ultimately it will all get better than we can possibly imagine.

    • justamom

      Vancouver Mark,
      Thanks for this important reminder. Birth pangs increase in frequency and intensity over time. As Christians we must remember that His coming is soon!
      Also, we must pray for the Northwest of USA plus Vancouver, B.C.

      If you have a moment, I encourage you read and prayerfully consider the following link
      Google “Terry Bennett Ministries” and click on “Revelations”. Then read what he has seen re September 15, 2011.
      God bless you!

  • D

    Keep your eyes open on 11-11-11.

  • When’s Dinner?

    I got one comment for this article. “Matthew 24:8”

  • California Prepper is another source for lists of earthquakes both here in USA and globally; the numbers speak for themselves. However what contributes to some quakes being so deadly is inferior buildings, built with materials that can’t withstand severe quakes, such as Haiti; or tsunamis that are generated; or homes built on faultlines by greedy contractors. Nevertheless, the number and intensity of earthquakes is increasing. The USGS site shows the ‘ring of fire’ activity too. Good post, very timely.

  • John Smith

    Take a look at where fracking has been taking place and they line up with where earthquakes have been happening.

    For example, San Antonio, Texas.

  • John

    Could HARP be responsible?

  • mondobeyondo

    Matthew 24:7-8

    Just sayin’…..

  • jackier

    Lots of ‘FRACKING’ going on around the New Madrid area.

  • Paul

    Everything that is happening has been Biblically stated in very clear terms. These are the labor pains that will increase until the day of the Lord. The time of the Kingdom has come! Repent and be saved. Jesus Christ is God in the flesh.

  • BraneFrees

    Just a small, semi-related sidetrack here.

    In early 1970 I was working on an earth grading project south of Colorado Springs. The purpose of the project was to reshape an area in the mountains for a planned housing tract.

    To accomplish this, scrapers (VERY large earth-moving machines) were cutting down some of the surrounding hills and depositing the soil in the adjacent valley to create enough flat surface for a large housing development.

    Mind you now, this was being done in an area that is approximately 7000 feet in elevation. Over 1.3 miles above sea level.

    What was fascinating to me was that the thousands of cubic yards of soil being excavated from the hills contained HUGE quantities of fossilized sea shells.

    At one time, this mountainous region was the bottom of the ocean floor.

    Also noteworthy – it was eons before the “Doom and gloom, hang on for the Second Coming” crowd ever existed.

    Folks, sometimes nature just does stuff. Enough with the thumping already.

    • Randome-11

      The reason why? The Earth itself is growing.

    • James

      Right wing religious extremists went to his dig site one night and dropped in a bunch of fossils. Isn’t that obvious?

      Or magic. It could have been magic.

      • Asad

        You sound like a unemployed weed-smoking loser.

    • Gay Veteran

      mountains rise and fall over 100s of millions of years

      or do you believe the Earth is only about 6000 years old?

    • Justanotherson

      Hey, I’ve got this theory, ok here it goes.

      once, a long time ago, There were evil people on this earth, I mean REAL EVIL, like they were killing each other, having same sex relationships, raping, stealing, murdering innocent babies, etc. etc.
      anyways so then some “Higher Being” sent a world wide flood that covered the ENTIRE world!!! wiping out every one and every thing except a few people who were righteous and faithful to him. They were preserved by listening to him, collecting 2 of every living animal, and building a giant floating box.

      pretty far fetched right? well, it just so happens that millions of people share this belief.

      Genesis 6-8

      • BraneFrees

        Thump. Thump. Thump.

      • Gay Veteran

        millions of people also believe in Santa Claus

    • Sherry

      So how does “…sometimes nature just does stuff” negate Bible prophecy? God knows the end from the beginning. He knows whatever it is that’s causing the earthquakes, nature or man, and He still warns of its increasing frequency.

      • BraneFrees

        So, Sherry – how does “Bible prophecy” (which comes long after the millions of years that the Earth has been shifting its crust around) always have to work its way into discussions on political and social websites.

        Seriously, you can’t post an article stating that the sun comes up in the east without somebody jumping onto their soapbox pulpit and zealously quoting scriptures.

        It does get a bit tedious after a while.

    • Guido

      Sure, take a look at Worlds in Collision by Velikovsky.

      • Guido

        Velikovsky postulated the Earth has seen world-shattering disasters periodically throughout its history and the last few thousand years are the exception, not the rule, when it comes to stability. He was frowned on by the establishment, but very popular 60 years ago.


          No Guido, the last two thousand years are also part of the “rule.” Velikovsky was wrong.

          A 2000+ year period of relative stability always occurs somewhere between the 3661 year cyclical upheavals (in the Ancient Sumerian’s sexagesimal system the number 3661 is represented as “666.” Sound familiar?)

          Some upheavals were benign, others were catastrophic, like the one in 12,632 B.C.E. (3 X 3661 years ago) when the Great Flood decimated most of the Earth.

          What do YOU think?

  • Joe

    You can feel it, I can feel it. Something BIG is getting ready to happen to earth and all its creatures. The ancients call it the 4th turning or some such thing. Several civilizations have existed on earth prior to this modern world and were wiped off the planet (without warning) and was rebuilt again over the centuries by the inhabitants that were left. As has happened in the past, it will surely happen again. Get ready, prepare, but most of all, trust in GOD.

  • B

    I’m a Physical Oceanography major with a minor in Geophysics and Mathematics, and I will simply say that all systems are normal and all systems are a go. The increase in seismic activity is not out of the ordinary. It is not coincidental either. This has nothing to do with God, Allah or the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Don’t get me started on the close-mindedness and ignorance of the religions in regard to science…

    The theory surrounding Plate Tectonics and Sea Floor Spreading is both incredibly vast, and a relatively new science. There are many things that are not yet fully understood. What is understood well enough to explain is the build up of potential energies along slide/slip (transform) faults (cause for Haiti earthquake and California earthquakes) and major areas where there are convergent plate boundary, such as the “ring of fire” as mentioned in this uneducated article (Japan earthquake and Chile earthquake). The Pacific plate is the fastest moving plate along the earths surface and moves primarily in a North-Westerly fashion. Because of this rapid movement, there is the high probability for potential energy to be built up along the fringes of the Euro/Asian plate that is less dense and riding above the Pacific plate. When the stress becomes too great, something gives and the earth generates an earthquake as the less dense plate springs back up. This is nothing new. When energy is released in one area, there is energy increasing along another part of the plate boundary in an entirely different area. Haiti as an example experienced an earthquake that rocked that island, but the stress was released from a relatively small portion of the Caribbean plate. What is known is that all that this earthquake did was release some energy while increasing it over a much larger area of that transform plate. Haiti has yet to see the worst of it.

    The times of less frequent activity will be negated by times of higher activity. If those two graphs provided had data that went back hundreds of thousands of years, I would bet my lunch money that there would be very little anomalies within the graph to cause any sort of panic. Earthquakes (and volcanic eruptions) have been happening for billions of years on earth.

    • Frunobulax

      @B: What about the tremedous shift in weight as water moves towards the equator when the polar icecaps melt. Wouldn’t the rotation of the Earth cause a gyroscopic effect, forcing tectonic plates to shift more than usual?

  • Guido

    I think we have to be careful we don’t read too much into this stuff. I remember reading a lot of stuff prior to 2000 about how end of the century, end of the millennium, you got lots of people who are sure it is the end of the world. Then, when nothing happens, we all get to move on-aside from the hard-core folks who just change their chosen catastrophe.

    I think we may see a lot of this doomsday stuff start to clear up after 2012 passes by without the end of the world. Yep, I don’t think it means anything except as a number that seems to look significant to our pattern-alert brains. (The brain is programmed to look for patterns, even when they aren’t really there. That’s why we can see faces and symbols in nearly anything, such as a Virgin Mary on a toasted cheese sandwich or suspect something creepy will happen on 11 November 2011.) Those misunderstood Mayan calendars don’t help, either.

    Then again, if many of us are absolutely convinced (and I’m not one of them) the world will end in 2012, could that belief affect the rest of us? If large groups of us believe this is the last year of the world, I suspect that could lead many of us to make choices we ordinarily wouldn’t.

    If you believed, really believed, this was the last year of the world (and some do), what would you do differently? Some folks might run up their credit cards, figuring they won’t have to pay the balance. They might decide to walk away from their mortgages, too. Others might adopt risky behaviors, reasoning it doesn’t matter, anyway. I wonder if religious extremists will be more likely to commit suicide or even conduct suicide attacks to push their point? No reason not to go out with a bang if it’s the end of the world, right? And what point is there in perpetuating social norms and avoiding taboos if the end is nigh? Oh, what a surprise some of them will have on 1 January 2013. Then again, being the dreaded ’13, they’ll have a new terror upon which to be fixated.

    Oh, 2012 is going to be an exciting year!

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  • Mary O

    Check our USGS Earthquakes Hazard Program. See the ring of earthquakes connection volcanoes from Yellowstone, Utah, Nevada, California, Oregon and Washington. And yes, over quite a few years of observance I’ve witnessed an increase of earthquake activity all over the world consistent even more now at the 5+to6+ levels. However, what has held my interest most is the growing number of earthquakes forming a ring in connection to all the major volcanoes as mentioned above, especially now with the connection being ever more complete cutting through the state of Utah. Does anyone have anything to share in this light? Anyway, check out the site.

  • Squire

    I have just finished reading a new book titled ‘Ztingar’, that I downloaded from Some of what it has to say in the last half of the story blew my mind away and I’ll never look at Life in the same way again. It sheds new light on almost everything, including the reason for quakes etc. The story is presented in a “The Simpsons” sort of way, so you need to be a bit young at heart, but the theories and suggestions in it are extraordinarily profound. I strongly recommend it.

  • Ray

    We’ve been cursing the nation of Israel, and all I’ve got to say is we will be cursed. If we pray for the peace of Jerusalem we will be blessed.

  • Not Sure

    Someone else may have already suggested this but, maybe a useful way to look at the data is to look t the number of M5+ quakes as a function of the number of detectors in the world. sort of like normalizing the data on a “per capita” basis. “Capita” being a detector, of course.

  • Perhaps something to think about if called.

    it’s ALL related. ALL of it. One big weave that is losing it’s center. Ripping outward…


  • Lorraine

    A.S, you profess to not being ashamed to say anything like “politically incorrect” against homosexuality but you seem to forget that Father in heaven is also GOD, not G-d. I hope you are not ashamed of saying His name.

  • Lorraine

    every knee will bow and this is to the true Christ and not the one that comes to rapture you away, so if you don’t believe this then get some good knee pads and always be prepared! the false one comes at the 6th trump, to the end with the final one of the 6th vial. that is when God pours out His wrath. what is wrong with people who hate people who love our Christ and His Father? is it because they are only lefties?

  • ToHellWithTheDevil

    Now READ THIS COMMENT ALL THE WAY THROUGH……no matter what you believe, The bible clearly told us these things were coming. believe it or not….its true. read matthew chapter 24, mark chapter 13, and luke chapter 21, and 2nd timothy chapter 3 not olnly earthquakes have drastically increased, but ALL of the sighs Jesus said would mark the end times,,…(wars, disease, famine, people becoming worse and more wicked than ever before,,,,,,etc. i STRONGLY encourage EVERYONE to at least read what the book says and ponder on it. no matter what your belief is.

    • ToHellWithTheDevil

      and also……..things may look bleak now…..but after the end, jesus CAN and WILL bring the human race back to perfection, peace and harmony. which man has failed miserably to do.

  • jo blo

    Oh please… the numbers of earthquakes in this article and the charts has been pulled out of thin air. You will find NO factual basis for these anywhere. Yes, Jesus said there would be wars and rumors of wars and earthquakes, etc., but these always have and always will exist. This is a warning for all people of all ages to be ready for The Day. No one knows when that day is, or for that matter what day you will pass on, so just be ready every day. Live each day in obedient service to Him, in ways that are pleasing to Him. Don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. (Matt. 6:34)