Many people see an increase in natural disasters as a sign of the end times coming. As floods, earthquakes and hurricane traumatize peoplearoundthe world, there are those who ascribe these events to a time of Armageddon. And as many end-time enthusiasts have noted, the frequency of earthquakes the world is experiencing are increasing.
Their proof is in the increased number of earthquakes that they are being made aware of when compared to the number they were aware of in past times. But the facts do not support this thesis. In fact, according to geological societiesfromseveralnationsaroundthe world, the number of earthquakes happening each year is decreasing.
This is in line with what is known about tectonicplates. These massive plates beneath the earth’s surface shift every now and then, which causes earthquakes to occur. But manyof them, once they shift, settle into place, never to shift again. There are volatile areas such as the San Andreas Fault that are prone to constant shifts. But for the most part, earthquakes are appearing less regularly.
The reason some people may believe their frequency is headed in the other direction is because of the prominence and ubiquity of international news sources. Now earthquakes and other phenomena can be reported on more easily. The information is more available to the public, and it may see like many natural disasters are more rampant.
This would be like saying more bathrooms are disrepair than ever before because of the increase in bathroom renovations. But the fact is, this service is now more commonly available and cheaper than it has been in the past, thanks to technological advances. Bathroom renovations are not a sign that houses are being made more poorly.
And an increased awareness of earthquakes does not reveal that they are becoming more frequent.…