The Japan earthquake that struck March 11, 2011 along with the resulting tsunami and the damage to some of the nuclear reactors might go down as the worst earthquake in human history so far! How is the Japan earthquake of March 11, 2011 different from all previous earthquakes?
1) The economic factor! While the Japan earthquake is certainly not the earthquake that has caused the most human deaths, so it is not the worst in that category. One of the big differences of the Japan earthquake when compared to previous ones is the economic factor. Previous earthquakes have not caused suchgreat economic consequences to the whole world but only to the area or country affected. It is the worst because it struck Japan which is a major economic world power, ranked as number three after the United States and China. The economic ramifications will be hard and long. It will have a ripple effect upon the whole world in the days to come.
2) The nuclear reactor problem! Since the earthquake and resulting tsunami damaged some of the nuclear reactors, this too has become a major problem for Japan and the rest of the world as far as present and future contamination to the environment and the food chain is concerned. While serious contamination has been incurred so far, just how serious the damage to the environment will only be understood as the days go by.
3) Short-sighted planning and defences! It is also a great defeat for human ingenuity and it shows that we cannot plan or foresee everything. We think that we can do anything. We think that we can play with anything, including nuclear power. We might
4) This earthquake more than any other seems to fit the description found in the Bible! Consider these verses and what it has to say: Luke 21:11 (New International Version, ©2011) “There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.” Matthew 24:7-8 (New International Version, ©2011) “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.”
Here is a list, in the order of the number of deaths caused, of the deadliest earthquakes:
27 July 1976, Tangshan, China: est 655,000 killed, 7.5
26 Dec 2004, Sumatra, Indonesia: 9.1 quake and tsunami kills 227,898 across Pacific region
12 Jan 2010, Haiti: 222,570 killed, 7.0
12 May 2008, Sichuan, China: 87,587 killed, 7.9
8 Oct 2005, Pakistan: 80,361 killed, 7.6
31 May 1970 Chimbote, Peru: 70,000 killed, 7.9
20 June 1990, Manjil, Iran: 40,000 killed, 7.4
26 Dec 2003, Bam, Iran: 31,000 killed, 6.6
26 Jan 2001, Gujarat, India: 20,023 killed, 7.7
17 Aug 1999, Izmit, Turkey: 17,118 killed, 7.6
30 Sep 1993 Latur, India: 9,748 killed, 6.2
16 Jan 1995, Kobe, Japan: 5,530 dead, 6.9
Source: USGS (US Geological Society)
Time will tell just exactly what happened on March 11, 2011 and how mankind will be affected now and in the future. It is possible however, that in the distant future; historians and mankind will look back at the recent Japan earthquake and dub it as one of the worst and most significant earthquakes to strike the earth and mankind in all of human history so far.