Today we see this quake in Japan - the largest in their recorded history.
Major tsunami after 8.9 Japan quake
A powerful tsunami spawned by the largest earthquake in Japan's recorded history slammed the eastern coast Friday, sweeping away boats, cars, homes and people as widespread fires burned out of control. Tsunami warnings blanketed the entire Pacific, as far away as South America, Canada, Alaska and the entire U.S. West Coast.
Magnitude 8.9 Quake, Tsunami Strike Japan
This quake is one of the five biggest in history:
The most devastating earthquake to hit Japan in at least 300 years rocked the country on Friday afternoon, triggering a 10-meter tsunami that violently engulfed cars and other objects in its path in northern Japan, forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate their homes and setting off tsunami warnings for 53 countries around the world.
The quake, one of the five biggest in history with a magnitude of 8.9, caused mass panic around Tokyo, where workers evacuated their buildings and power was cut off at 4.1 million households in Tokyo and neighboring prefectures.
A tsunami warning issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii included Japan, Russia, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Guam, the Northern Marianas, the Marcus Islands and the Wake Islands, and extended across the Pacific Ocean to include Central and South America. New Zealand also issued a tsunami warning. Austraia said there was no threat of a tsunami on its coast. In Hawaii, a tsunami alert was issued at about 10 p.m. local time.
Aftershocks are already a problem as well:
Aftershocks were continuing, with one hitting magnitude 7.1, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Tall buildings swayed violently in central Tokyo as the aftershocks hit.
And the tsunami:
NHK Television reported that water could be seen rising over cars and pouring into warehouses at Onahama port in Fukushima Prefecture; in Iwate Prefecture a building was washed away, with boats and cars swirling around in the rising waters
Two nuclear plants on the Pacific coast in Fukushima Prefecture were automatically shut down, according to Kyodo.
Quake, Tsunami Hit Japan Causing 'Major' Damage; 26 dead
The Philippines, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea were among more than 20 countries bracing for a possible tsunami, after the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center raised an alert. The West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning for the entire U.S. west coast. Sirens were sounded and coastal areas evacuated in Hawaii, the Associated Press reported.
“Major damage occurred in the Tohoku area” north of Tokyo, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said in a nationally televised address after convening an emergency response team. “I call on citizens to act calmly. Especially those who are near a beach, please evacuate to higher ground to avoid the tsunami.”
Today’s temblor was the biggest since a 9.1-magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami off northern Sumatra, Indonesia in December 2004 that left about 220,000 people dead or missing in 12 countries around the Indian Ocean.
Deaths, tsunamis feared as massive quakes hits Japan
Earthquake Map I
Earthquake Map II
There will be much more news on this topic as the day progresses. Aftershocks and the tsunami fears will continue.
As mentioned before - this generation - the same generation which has seen "war and rumors of war" in unprecedented numbers (just compare the number of deaths from WWI and WWII as compared to any other wars in world history, not to mention the vast array of other conflicts in the last 7-8 decades, and not to mention the ability of WMDs to destroy the world in a matter of minutes).
Jesus stated that this generation would also see earthquakes, famine and pestilence - and indeed, this generation has seen these signs in unprecedented numbers over the course of this last generation.
It is also of great interest that warfare and earthquakes both set off a chain reaction that ALWAYS leads to famine and pestilence. Note how these signs are all interrelated. Haiti's quake reveals the scenario:
After the massive destruction from warfare or earthquakes - we see a refugee problem immediately arise (and we will see this in Japan within days) - and that always leads to pestilence and famine (because of the enormous logistical problems with getting food into these refugee areas that will arise), and the living conditions with refugee and refugee camps always leads to pestilences. We are still seeing this sequence of events in Haiti and Japan will be the same.
Jesus knew exactly what this generation would see, and those with open eyes can see it.
Don't let anyone argue that "we've always had earthquakes...this is no different" - because the facts do not support such a casual dismissal of these signs. Just over the past 10 years alone, we have seen world-wide quakes rise from an annual number of 20,000 quakes to 30,000 earthquakes. Thats a 50% increase in a decade alone - as we approach the end of this generation.
Earthquakes are undeniably a sign of our times.
The signs are right there for anyone to see - and for anyone with a Bible. Jesus made sure that His signs would be readily apparent -one doesn't have to search to find the signs - the signs are in the headlines every day. There is no excuse for one to miss the signs or to ignore the signs.
We're getting multiple warnings that we are rapidly approaching the end of the generation. Don't let anyone tell you differently because the facts clearly support the fact that quakes have been increasing dramatically:
Earthquakes: Long Term Trends
Is anyone listening?
UPDATE: I originally wasn't going to post this article (from yesterday), because it seems a bit too 'sensational' and perhaps hard to believe, but after today's quake it may be worth posting (this was published before the Japan quake):
March Mega Quake Warning Issued For United States
A new report released today in the Kremlin prepared for Prime Minister Putin by the Institute of Physics of the Earth, in Moscow, is warning that the America’s are in danger of suffering a mega-quake of catastrophic proportions during the next fortnight (14 days) with a specific emphasis being placed on the United States, Mexico, Central America and South American west coast regions along with the New Madrid Fault Zone region.
This report further warns that catastrophic earthquakes in Asia and the sub-continent are, also, “more than likely to occur” with the 7.3 magnitude quake in Japan today being “one of at least 4 of this intensity” to occur during this same time period.
Raising the concerns of a mega-quake occurring, this report says, are the increasing subtle electromagnetic signals that are being detected in the Earth’s upper atmosphere over many regions of the World, with the most intense being over the US Western coastal and Midwest regions.
Important to note are that Russian and British scientists are at the forefront of predicting earthquakes based on these subtle electromagnetic signals and have joined in an effort to put satellites in space to detect more of them.
This model has already been successful:
More ominously in this report are Russian scientists confirming the independent analysis of New Zealand mathematician and long-range weather forecaster, Ken Ring [photo], who predicted the deadly Christchurch quake and this week issued another warning of a quake to hit on or about March 20th.
That’s why there were several 7+ earthquakes around, it wasn’t just us. For instance there was one in Pakistan on the same day as Christchurch. This Jupiter/Saturn alignment continues until about May, and the Earth comes back into line as well in March. It is why there may be an extreme event, perhaps a large earthquake, around 20 March, which is when the Moon may be again in a trigger position.”
Most ominous in this report, though, is its warning that the fault-riddled State of California may be about to suffer its most catastrophic earthquake in decades as new reports for this region show the mass death of millions of fish [photo] is now occurring, and just like the mass stranding of whales on New Zealand beaches days prior to the February 22nd destruction of Christchurch.
As this report concludes, that as of yet, “no firmly reliable” method for predicting earthquakes has been scientifically recognized, it is well worth noting the too many to be ignored anomalous coincidences leading up to catastrophic mega-quakes are breaking out all over the World and should only be ignored at ones peril.
In other words, it is always best to be prepared should disaster strike, wherever the warning comes from.