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Published:February 28th, 2010 09:34 EST

Massive Quakes In Chile & Japan: What's Going On?

By Robert Paul Reyes


"A massive earthquake has hit the coast of Chile, killing dozens of people, flattening buildings and triggering a tsunami.

The 8.8-magnitude quake, the country`s largest in 25 years, shook the capital Santiago for a minute and half at 3:34am (6:34am GMT) today." Read More


"A magnitude 6.9 earthquake hit off Japan`s southern coast early Saturday, shaking Okinawa and nearby islands, where a tsunami warning was issued, Japan`s Meteorological Agency said.

The quake occurred off the coast of the island of Okinawa at a depth of 10 kilometres at 5:31 a.m. Saturday, the agency said.

It predicted a tsunami up to 2 meters near the Okinawan coast, warning nearby residents to stay away from the coastline. The agency later downgraded the warning to an advisory after observing only a small swelling of tide." Read More

The images of the devastation wreaked by the earthquake in Haiti are still fresh on our minds, and now two major earthquakes have hit Chile and Japan. Fortunately no deaths or injuries have been reported in the tremor that struck Japan.

The average person will shake his head in despair, and check his savings account to see if he can spare any money to help in the relief efforts. Times are tough all over the world, but we must come together as a community of nations and help the devastated country of Chile.

The not so average person (religious kooks) will take advantage of these tragedies to preach their own brand of fundamentalist Christianity. Already I`ve had a couple of born-againers quote me Mark 13:8

"Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains."

When we witness the tremendous suffering in Haiti and Chile we shouldn`t rush to the Scriptures to see if prophecy is being fulfilled, we should rush to provide aid and sustenance to our fellow human beings.

There have been earthquakes since time immemorial, and they are not expressions of the wrath of God, they are simply geological forces at work. Let`s not waste our time pondering if earthquakes are signs that Christ will soon return, and let`s get serious about helping the poor souls in Haiti and Chile.

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