“You frighten me, when you say there isn't time."
"I don't see why. Christians have been expecting the imminent end of the world for millennia.
"But it keeps not ending."
"So far, so good.”
― Orson Scott Card, ENDER'S SHADOW
“Don't wake me for the end of the world unless it has very good special effects.”
- Roger Zelazny, PRINCE OF CHAOS
“I hate people in general, but you guys are cool with me.”
- Abby, RETURN OF THE LAST SHAMAN
Did you know that the number of big earthquakes during the first three months of 2014
was more than double the yearly average of what we have experienced since 1979?
And did you know that the number of earthquakes in the central and eastern U.S. has quintupled in recent years?
For example, large holes are starting to mysteriously appear in Indiana near the New Madrid Fault Line.
A giant crack in the ground nearly a kilometer long has appeared in northern Mexico.
Back during the early part of the 19th century, a series of immensely powerful earthquakes rattled the entire eastern half of the nation.
Documents that we have from that era say that those earthquakes were so powerful that they were felt more than 1,000 miles away.
This fault is so dangerous that it could literally change the shape of the country overnight.
In addition, retail powerhouse Wal-Mart is so concerned about the potential for a major quake
that it “participated in an exercise to prepare for an earthquake on the New Madrid fault line” earlier this year.
What we are watching happen is truly unprecedented.
Oklahoma alone has experienced more than 2,300 earthquakes so far this year.
If the super-volcano underneath Yellowstone National Park ever had another massive eruption,
it could spew ash for thousands of miles across the United States,
damaging buildings, smothering crops, and shutting down power plants.
It'd be a huge disaster.
It would spew about 240 miles of ASH into the atmosphere,
effectively shutting down electronic communications and air travel throughout the continent
as it dispersed in what’s known as an “umbrella” cloud.
How it lands depends on wind conditions,
but cities closest to the eruption could end up blanketed in up to a meter of ash;
those on the East, West and Gulf Coast would get smaller, but still disruptive, ash deposits of their own.
Even in places where the ash layer is only millimeters thick,
water supplies and crops would be ruined;
it would be hard to drive, and people would develop respiratory problems.
In 1815 with a much smaller eruption, there followed a year without summer.
In essence, a Volcanic Winter.
Scientists assure us that Yellowstone will not blow.
That wild animals in the National Park
have been observed migrating AWAY from the area is just a coincidence.
Am I trying to scream, DOOMSDAY?
No, of course not.
But I notice so many grim faces in the stores and on the sidewalks,
ignoring the wonders of the Christmas Season.
We take for granted that TOMORROW is promised us.
But a drunk driver, a heart attack, or mugger may rob us of that false promise.
That the world as we know it will end is not an IF but only a WHEN.
Appreciate the people and blessings in your life while you still have them.