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san_andreas.gif (84218 bytes)An earthquake is the sudden vibration of the earth's surface that follows a release of energy in the earth's crust. Earthquakes can be caused by sudden movement of parts of the earth's crust or by volcanic eruption or by manmade explosions. The most destructive quakes are caused by movement in the earth's crust. Earthquakes occur at a rate of several hundred a day around the world. Most go unfelt. Seismograph machines which record movements of the earth detect about one million small earthquakes each year. Moderate earthquakes occur about twenty times a year.

turkey.jpg (51003 bytes)Earthquakes can cause great loss of life and destruction of buildings, highways, bridges, and dams, and can trigger massive landslides. Earthquakes can also generate seismic sea waves, called tsunamis. In 1995 an earthquake in Kobe,turkey2.jpg (34958 bytes) Japan killed more than 4000 people and left 275,000 homeless. An  earthquake in Turkey in August 1999 killed at least 15,000 people and caused 5-7 billion dollars in damages. The century's most powerful earthquake occurred in Chile in 1960.

If you every find yourself in an earthquake the Red Cross suggests that you:

What a dreadful thing it must be to be in an earthquake where everything around you quivers and shakes. Things that seem solid and dependable sway and fall. A man who had been in an earthquake said he found comfort and strength in looking beyond the shaking earth to the stars of the sky which remained constant and still.

Sometimes the problems and pressures and difficulties of life cause us to quake and tremble. Sometimes there are problems with health or wealth, problems with people, separations, divorce, or even death. We have need to turn our eyes from the worries and fears around us to the God of heaven Who is as a solid rock which cannot be moved.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.                                     Psalm 46:1-3

Be still and know that God is God.

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