The massive 9.1 earthquake that struck Japan's northeastern part moved the coast of Japan 8 feet and shifted the earth's axis 4 inches. While it has been written that scientists have long expected a major earthquake to strike Japan, many of them are stunned by the power of Friday's earthquake. "It’s hard for us to grasp just how big an earthquake this is," said Tom Brocher, an earthquake specialist at the U.S. Geological Survey. "This is just ginormous."
The quake was the most powerful to hit the island nation in recorded history and the tsunami it unleashed traveled across the Pacific Ocean, triggering tsunami warnings and alerts for 50 countries and territories as far away as the western coasts of Canada, the U.S. and Chile. The quake triggered more than 160 aftershocks in the first 24 hours -- 141 measuring 5.0-magnitude or more.
The quake occurred as the Earth's crust ruptured along an area about 250 miles (400 kilometers) long by 100 miles (160 kilometers) wide, as tectonic plates slipped more than 18 meters, said Shengzao Chen, a USGS geophysicist. More
Earthquakes are terrifying events, and when one occurs, we on earth are reminded again that we are at the mercy of the creator, Jesus Christ, [John's Gospel Chapter 1] who, even though it may look as if the earth is out of control, has his creation completely under his control and knows exactly what is going on upon His earth, and that God has made him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou has put all things under his feet. Psalm8:6
This means that the Lord Jesus Christ has perfect knowledge and power over which he controls everything, including the earth, which He made, and we who believe upon him need not fear at the terrifying events taking place upon the earth in the last days. The psalmist wrote:
O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the deep places of the earth:the strength of the hills is his also.
The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.It is during times such as the great earthquake that occurred in Japan Friday, that Jesus wants all of His creation to cry out to him for comfort in this terrifying storm. He is the only one that can give us the peace we long for.
Jesus knows that we mere humans are fearful of such events. We are no different than those fishermen of Galilee who looked to him for comfort during a great sea storm recorded in Matthew's Gospel, when the boat he and his disciples were on suddenly became overcome with the raging waves. Jesus was asleep on the boat, but was awakened by his disciples because they were fearful for their lives and they were about to perish at sea, and urged Jesus to save them. Having been with Jesus for some time and having witnessed His miracles, they looked to Jesus to save them.
- Jesus said to them, 'Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith'. Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was great calm.
- His disciples marveled saying, "What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him"?
When the storms of this life, such as this most recent terrifying earthquake in Japan that has affected the Japanese people and the entire world so severely with shock and fear, look to Jesus to calm your storm. No storm is too big for the creator Jesus Christ to handle. Talk to Him and trust Him to see you through it. He longs to help you through the storm.
"Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger."Isaiah 13:13Related Story: Shocking New Footage Shows Tsunami Wave As It Engulfs Port of Miyako And Kamaishi City
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