‘Megathrust’ moved island 8 feet, sped up Earth’s rotation
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Take the world’s most earthquake-prepared country, jolt it with one of the biggest quakes in history and add a devastating tsunami minutes later. In the classic battle of Man vs. Nature, Nature won again.
Hundreds if not thousands of people are dead in Japan. One of the world’s most technologically advanced and earthquake-prone nations is paralyzed by a 8.9-magnitude “megathrust.” It was the fifth-strongest quake in the world since 1900 and the most powerful on record ever to hit Japan, but not the deadliest.
And it could have been worse.
“No matter what we do, we’re not totally safe,” said disaster preparedness expert Dennis Mileti, a former California seismic safety commissioner. “Nature can always throw an event at us that exceeds what we’ve designed for.”
Numbers 16 “Korah Incites Rebellion”
“31 Just as he finished speaking all these words, the ground beneath them split open. 32 The earth opened its mouth and swallowed them and their households, all Korah’s people, and all [their] possessions. 33 They went down alive into Sheol with all that belonged to them. The earth closed over them, and they vanished from the assembly. 34 At their cries, all [the people of Israel] who were around them fled because they thought, “The earth may swallow us too!” 35 Fire also came out from the LORD and consumed the 250 men who were presenting the incense.
Father uses the Earth itself in helping rid creation of evil mankind and all of their possessions that Father wants no part of, because they bear the footprint of Her archenemy:
“The earth opened its mouth and swallowed them and their households, all Korah’s people, and all [their] possessions. 33 They went down alive into Sheol with all that belonged to them. The earth closed over them, and they vanished from the assembly.”
Vanished. Just as all evil will eventually be eradicated from existence. Fire came down to reveal that Father uses all of Her powers, whether they be nature or angelic to effect Her will taking place in the interest of salvaging Her remnant of people.