The New Yorker recently discussed the potential of a major earthquake in the Cascadia Subduction Zone—between northern California and Vancouver Island (July 20, 2015). The Zone packs far greater energy than the famous San Andreas Fault to the south. The author writes “An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when” (ibid.). This overdue quake could range in magnitude from 8.0-9.2. According to a FEMA director, when the fault gives way, “Our operating assumption is that everything west of Interstate 5 will be toast” (ibid.). “The area of impact will cover some hundred and forty thousand square miles, including Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, Eugene, Salem… Olympia… and some seven million people” (ibid.). “OSSPAC estimates that in the I-5 corridor it will take between one and three months after the earthquake to restore electricity, a month to a year to restore drinking water and sewer service, six months to a year to restore major highways, and eighteen months to restore health-care facilities” (ibid.). For more, see Shepard Smith’s report “Mega-quake would destroy big portion of the northwest.”
These doomsday predictions based on scientific studies also fit with Bible prophecies. Jesus foretold that just before His return, “there will be… earthquakes in various places” (Matthew 24:7). Later prophecies in Revelation 8 indicate that a major cataclysmic event will occur that destroys one-third of the sea’s ships (v. 9). Future global catastrophes are not just “the stuff of Hollywood movies,” they are really going to happen!
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