Although there have been several periods of increasing earthquakes over the past several months, I haven't covered the news as other things were going on, and the periods were brief.
Obviously quakes are back in the news - one might refer to them as "noteworthy", which was the essence of the signs given by Jesus in the Olivet Discourse.
"Major quake hits Haiti; many casualties expected".
"Quake slams Haiti; thousands feared dead".
From these articles we see that this 7.0 quake hit Haiti hard - very hard. Stated as the strongest earthquake in 200 years, many buildings collapsed including hospitals, the National Palace, UN Headquarters and there was extensive damage in Port-au-Prince. Like most natural disasters, more news will come out when power and communications begin to come back on line. The death toll is already estimated in the thousands.
This is, of course, in addition to the 6.5 earthquake which hit northern California just a few days ago:
"6.5 earthquake strikes off California coast".
These are just the regional quakes. Only a few days prior to the Northern California quake, we saw two consecutive quakes hit the Solomon Islands, measured as 7.2 and 6.5, respectively. These are not small earthquakes. A quick glance at the usual earthquake map reveals the world-wide activity:
Earthquake Map Here.
Just like all of the other signs, earthquakes are very much in the news. More signs = more warnings from God. He has given the world plenty of time to accept His plan for salvation through Christ Jesus. The signs have been present and increasing for an entire generation, and like birth pains, we are seeing the "contractions" occurring at an increasing rate.
I was watching Hal Lindsey's weekly show, and towards the end of the show he made a statement that I completely agree with. To paraphrase, he basically stated that we have been watching the signs for years now, and as amazing as they are - the most notable aspect today - is the rate at which the signs are progressing around us.
The speed at which world events are taking place now - from the revived Roman Empire (aka EU) and its progress, the Mediterranean Union formation and growth, Israel, Iran, Russia, world governance, world financial system, earthquakes, war and rumors of war, Gog-MaGog's alignments, terrorism, pestilences, famine, bioterrorism, spread of nuclear weapons, radical Islam, Israel surrounded by her enemies, Jerusalem as the focus of negotiations, China's rise to power, and on and on it goes. None of the signs are slowing down, in fact they are all accelerating.
Any day now, the prophecy from 1 Thessalonians will be fulfilled.
"For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command...the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet with the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words." (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
And the apostle Paul also informed us that we wait. We wait for Jesus:
"...and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead - Jesus, WHO RESCUES US FROM THE COMING WRATH."
(emphasis mine). (1 Thessalonians 1:10).
Its a promise and its coming soon.