THE MONTH THAT SHOOK THE WORLD 05-2014
The month that shook the world:
Incredible time-lapse reveals planet as it was rocked by record-breaking earthquakes in April
- Earth shown as calm until April 1 when huge earthquake rocks Chile
- Another huge earthquake shakes Solomon Islands in the South Pacific
- The activity doesn’t let up all month with larger-than-normal quakes all in Nicaragua, Mexico, Canada, and even an unusual one in the South Atlantic
- According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, which issues alerts for tsunamis, there were 13 major earthquakes in April
Published: 14:16 GMT, 2 May 2014 | Updated: 14:18 GMT, 2 May 2014
The 6.0-magnitude earthquake that jolted parts of Indonesia today served as a reminder of just how active the seemingly-solid ground beneath us can be.
And these reminders have become increasingly frequent. On average, the world only sees one or two earthquakes per month that are 6.5-magnitude or higher.
But April produced a higher-than-normal number of the major seismic events, as revealed in this incredible time-lapse video.
Earthquakes happen every day, and as this animation shows, small ones happen at least once an hour.
According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC), which issues alerts for tsunamis, there were 13 major earthquakes in April. Five were higher than 7.8, which prompted tsunami warnings.
Moderate-to-large earthquakes are less common, but last month was ‘easily a record for this institution,’ according to the PTWC.
The time-lapse takes you on a journey of all recorded large and medium-sized earthquakes that took place from January through to April of this year.
Jesus said there would be "... great earthquakes in divers (many) places..." (Luke 21:11) as one of the signs of the Last Days before His Return to Judge the World in Righteousness. While Jesus warned us that this sign along with other world problems facing man in the last days - Luke 21:26 26 "Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth..." And while we should be aware of this he said we should rejoice at such signs as "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." Luke 21:28.