The second of two "major" earthquakes that have occurred this week, the one in Indonesia which was measured as 7.6 may be the worst. Apparently there are thousands of people trapped under rubble from the destructive force of the quake. We need to pray for these people. The death toll will most likely rise significantly as bodies are found under the buildings and homes which collapsed.
An interesting and ominous article was published yesterday, which described how major earthquakes can weaken seismic faults on the other side of the world. "Major quakes can weaken seismic faults far away, scientists say".
"The study, published by the British weekly science journal Nature, provides compelling support for a novel theory that very big quakes can have a cascade effect elsewhere, sometimes months afterwards, say the researchers."
"This hypothesis appears to be supported by the unusually high number of quakes of magnitude eight or above occurring in the three years after the 2004 event, it said."
In other words, large earthquakes tend to trigger additional earthquakes in other parts of the world, in a "cascade" effect.
The earthquake story, just like all of the "birth pains" signs that we see, will increase in frequency and severity from now throughout the Tribulation. The detailed descriptions of the Tribulation, as found in the book of Revelation, describes great earthquakes, the largest of which occurs at the final stages of the Tribulation, just before the Second Advent:
"The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne saying, "It is done! Then there came flashes of lightening, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since man has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the the cup filled the wine of the fury of his wrath. Every Island fled away and the mountains could not be found." (Revelation 16:17-20).
Earthquakes will continue to increase; its one of the signs of our times.