The year 2011 began with a flood in Australia so fast it turns in area larger than Texas into a disaster zone. Little did we know then, there was much worse to come. In January earthquakes hit Argentina, chile, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Tonga. In February they hit Burma, the Pacific Islands and the big one in Christchurch New Zealand. Buildings were toppled, scores buried, 181 died. Survivors who crawled from collapsed office buildings were stunned.
One woman who appeared dazed, said of her office building, “It just came down. Like, right down.”
The monster earthquake of 2011 was something out of a science fiction movie. The great Japan earthquake was one of the strongest in recorded history. From 20 miles underwater, it created a tsunami 130 feet high that traveled six miles inland, causing cars and boats to bob like toys.
It was a quake so powerful it moved the island of Honshu eight feet. More than 15,000 people died and almost 5,000 are still missing.
Then in a terrible twist, after the quake knocked out power at the Fukushima nuclear plant, the tsunami washed out its backup generators, the last line of defense against overheating. It would be the world’s first triple meltdown, spreading radiation over a wide area. It was the worst disaster to afflict Japan since World War II.
The world was still in shock when the southern and eastern United States experienced the worst rash of tornadoes in recorded weather history. The 2011 “Super Outbreak” it was called included four EF-5 tornadoes, and led to almost 350 deaths and more than $6 billion in insured losses.
Then just weeks later on a Sunday afternoon in May, a mile-wide multiple vortex EF-5 tornado plowed through Joplin, Missouri, obliterating whole section of the town, killing 159 people and causing an estimated $2 billion in insured losses. The insurance industry was left reeling. Americans were in shock.
I think, God is trying to tell us something. The bible clearly says in the very last days of the more and more natural disasters, earth quake in many places.” Dr. Vinson Synan, author of 19 books and the dean emeritus at Regent University says the unprecedented string of calamities is forcing many Americans to ask, ‘Why?’
“It’s a sobering thing, for even modern man to face up to natural disasters that don’t make any sense at all. And to hit randomly in the world, and may hit you,” Synan said. “And the question, in the back of their minds — ‘What does this mean?'”
And unfortunately, the world’s worst disasters could still be ahead, like a category five hurricane making a direct hit on a large American city. But experts also studied other scenarios many of us have never heard of.
Geologists have warned that heavy rains on Mount Rainier in Washington State could cause a deadly 40-mile mudslide moving at 60 mph, filled with rocks and trees.
Some fear the collapse of the giant volcanic mountain Cumbre Vieja in the Canary Islands could send an 80-foot high tsunami into the east coast of the United States at 600 mph. And along the Mississippi, a catastrophic quake at the giant new Madrid fault would cause utter devastation to America’s heartland.
“Christians have to have faith whatever comes, that we are more than conquerors and possibly none of this things move me. so you can be steadfast in your faith whatever comes.” Added Dr. Synan.
Many Americans might think they live in one of the safest periods in world history. But do they? Why have so many natural disasters struck the planet this year?
“It brings people to question the ultimate end of everything. Even the natural man who doesn’t even know God, is saying ‘Something bad is happening,’ ‘It’s getting worse and worse,’.
What are the ultimate reasons for this? What’s the ultimate answer from God or from somewhere?” he asked and told on CBN News.