Saturday, October 16, 2010

Earthquakes in Diverse Places

For some reason, this story is getting very little publicity, even in prophecy circles but we have seen some highly unusual earthquake activity in the middle of America. While our favorite earthquake map isn't very remarkable, on a world-wide basis (map here), the earthquakes in Arkansas and Oklahoma, especially in such close proximity are very unusual:

Series of Earthquakes Hit Central Arkansas

Central Arkansas has been hit by a series of earthquakes recently, the biggest so far was a magnitude four that shook the town of Guy, about 150 miles west of Memphis.

A research scientist from the University of Memphis, Dr. Steve Horton said Arkansas is getting a lot of unusual earthquakes, more than 60 in the last month.

Its nice to have an independent ("non-prophecy") scientist contend that these quakes are "unusual".

That part of central Arkansas isn't even part of the New Madrid Fault Zone, so researchers are trying to figure out what's causing all those earthquake

Even though the two areas are not connected, Horton's biggest worry is along the New Madrid Fault where he said damage from a magnitude six earthquake could be catastrophic to Mid-Southerners.

4 quakes recorded in Faulkner County, Ark., Friday

A number of small earthquakes in the area have been reported for months, and geologists have installed sensors to better understand why the quakes are occurring.

Officials have said the cause is unclear.

Thats just Arkansas. Now we turn to Oklahoma:

4.5 magnitude earthquake rocked Oklahoma Wednesday morning

Oklahoma Earthquake

Again, like the Arkansas earthquake, scientists are scratching their heads over what is causing these unusual quakes:

The Oklahoma Geological Survey said continued analysis of Wednesday's earthquake data shows the source likely was natural and occurred on a previously unknown fault line.

The quake likely was along a "strike-slip" fault line unknown to scientists before Wednesday, Holland said. Tectonic plates underground move past each other laterally along strike-slip fault lines. The well-known San Andreas fault in California is a strike-slip fault.

Also of potential interest:

3.1 magnitude earthquake strikes east of San Jose

Any time I see earthquakes in "unusual" places it gets some attention. After all, Jesus stated that we would see earthquakes in diverse places in these last days. It will be interesting to see if the U.S. has any further quakes in the middle of the country - an area that isn't known for earthquakes on a regular basis.

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