Why is the planet being struck by so many large earthquakes?

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According to the USGS, the number of large magnitude earthquakes striking the planet doubled in 2014. The USGS is quite certain about the data but it is uncertain about the cause. 
April 2016 GEOLOGY – Seismic tension continues to mount in the volatile region of the planet known as the Ring of Fire, where more than 90% of the world’s earthquakes occur, and more than 81% of the largest magnitude earthquakes occur. The extraordinary and precipitous rise in the number of large magnitude earthquakes is both astounding and alarming. On average, only about fifteen 7+ magnitude earthquakes strike the planet each year. We’ve had 2 such earthquake in less than 72 hours.
This has continued to baffle many of the world’s leading geologists, who still attest the rise in the number of large earthquakes is merely a random natural occurrence. For instance, the number of large earthquakes doubled in 2014. However, here’s what scientists had to say about it: “If you think there have been more earthquakes than usual this year, you’re right. A new study finds there were more than twice as many big earthquakes in the first quarter of 2014 as compared with the average since 1979.
“We have recently experienced a period that has had one of the highest rates of great earthquakes ever recorded,” said lead study author Tom Parsons, a research geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Menlo Park, California. But even though the global earthquake rate is on the rise, the number of quakes can still be explained by random chance, said Parsons and co-author Eric Geist, also a USGS researcher. Their findings were published online June 21 in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. 1
The average rate of big earthquakes — those larger than magnitude 7 — has been 10 per year since 1979, the study reports. That rate rose to 12.5 per year starting in 1992, and then jumped to 16.7 per year starting in 2010 — a 65 percent increase compared to the rate since 1979. This increase accelerated in the first three months of 2014 to more than double the average since 1979, the researchers went on to report.

Ring of Fire April 17

Why is our planet having so many big earthquakes? It’s because big geological processes are driving the reactive seismic forces that create earthquakes along faults, trenches, and the planet’s many subduction zones. We don’t live on a perfect sphere. We live on a planet that more resembles a cracked egg. Cracked and badly fractured, partially due to its geology but mainly due to the intense heat rumbling within its interior (about 6,000 C and 10,800 F) and the geological dissipative features that try to regulate that heat and resulting kinetic energy. These geologic features include mantle plumes, faults, tectonic plates, submarine vents, and volcanic systems.  
In the last 24 hours, moderate earthquakes have struck regions in the far Pacific like Fiji and Tonga, while smaller earthquakes have rattled portions of Japan, Ecuador, Guatemala, El Salvador, Chile, Alaska, California, Indonesia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, the Adriatic Sea, the Strait of Gibraltar, the Hawaiian Islands, and Greece. Ecuador was struck with a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Ecuador’s antipodal point is the Sumatra region of Indonesia – which was struck with 5.0,  4.8, and 4.5 magnitude earthquakes in the last 24 hours. You might say the entire planet is now reeling from earthquakes from one end to the other. Where will the next big earthquake strike or how long will this current seismic episode last is anybody’s guess? About the only thing we can be certain of is there will be many more such events and they will increase in both severity and intensity. –Alvin Conway, TEP
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38 Responses to Why is the planet being struck by so many large earthquakes?

  1. Kenneth Heck says:

    Is it possible that heat rising from the core and mantle has temporarily increased, despite the long-term slow cooling trend?

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    • Earth

      That’s a reasonable assertion. Entropy would certainly accelerate all geological process on the planet. Albeit, according to the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics – heat always increases or remains relatively constant. When you speed up metabolic processes in the body – burning calories to produces energy – you’re actually causing cells to age. Since heat or entropy follows the Arrow of Time hypothesis, it stands to reason that the Earth – if it were 4.5 billion years old and had exhausted half of its primordial energy from radioactive decay, it shouldn’t be heating up at all but should be cooling down, as you mentioned.

      Not only is the planet’s interior not cooling down, it’s turning out to be hotter than scientists previously expected:
      https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130425142355.htm

      That could mean two things, the planet is not as old as we believed and we’re heading into another cyclical period of catastrophism that will define a new geological epoch.

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    • A major concern would be large tremors occurring on the Antarctic/Pacific Plate, because these may produce a shift of the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet, thereby causing an asymmetric rotation of the Earth (10 centimeters of shift would cause this outcome).
      “In a polar region there is a continual deposition of ice, which is not symmetrically distributed about the pole. The earth’s rotation acts on these asymmetrically deposited masses [of ice], and produces centrifugal momentum that is transmitted to the rigid crust of the earth. The constantly increasing centrifugal momentum produced in this way will, when it has reached a certain point, produce a movement of the earth’s crust over the rest of the earth’s body, and this will displace the polar regions toward the equator.” A foreword by Prof. Albert Einstein in The Earth’s Shifting Crust by Prof. Charles Hapgood.

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    • so many smart people, the answer is biblical. man spends so much time and effort trying to find out why these things are happening and the answer is right there. I have a simple faith I don’t go to church and I don’t preach my beliefs to others but I believe the universe is an art at work, obviously there are many changes happening, I don’t need to know why . I hope you find the answer as to why these events are happening to bring ease to your minds,but if u do find out, what can be done about it? no doubt in my mind that man has done so many harmful things to this once beautiful world that something has to give at some time. to me its simple and not complicated. all the very best to you, jen.

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  2. charlotte King says:

    Since I forecast quakes I too had questions about the number of major quakes and was receiving so many emails about ” we are going to have a major quake/ The Big One or the USGS is keeping information from us or even all the conspiracy theories that run rampant on the internet so when I sent out my Quake Update to my subscribers today I included this information.. USGS is right the quakes have in some years been higher but the highest I found was 2010..
    I have the data for quakes from 2002 thru 2016 * 15 years *
    2002- 12 quakes over 7.0
    2003- 14 quakes over 7.0 and 1, 8.0 or greater
    2004- 12 quakes over 7.0 and 1, 8.0 or greater and 1, 9.1 * Indonesia *
    2005- 10 quakes over 7.0 and 1 8.0 or greater
    2006- 9 quakes over 7.0 and 2, 8.0 or greater
    2007- 17 quakes over 7.0 and 4, 8.0 or greater
    2008- 12 quakes over 7.0
    2009-17 quakes over 7.0 and 1, 8.0 or greater
    2010- 22 quakes over 7.0 and 1, 8.8 * Chile * note there were 3 in August and 4 in July in 2010 over 7.0
    2011-18 quakes over 7.0 and 1, 9.0 * Japan *
    2012- 14 quakes over 7.0 and 2, 8.0 or greater
    2013- 19 quakes over 7.0 and 2, 8.0 or greater
    2014- 12 quakes over 7.0 and 1, 8.0 or greater
    2015- 21 quakes over 7.0
    2016- 5 quakes over 7.0 so far this year….
    You can easily see that what is happening now, regardless of what USGS is saying is not all that unusual.

    Charlotte

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    • Nice, Charlotte. Thanks for the information.

      A.

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      • charlotte King says:

        Not a problem… I have been forecasting all the major quakes to a professional for over 2 years and I have not missed one.. I have had several that did not happen but there were instead events in the 6.8-6.9 range but based on my own criteria I will not count anything that is not at least a 7.0 and within my 7 day timeline, so even if I have one 6 hours later, I can’t count it.. the biggest issue is where I use ‘ symptoms ‘ to forecast most my quakes, these are 99% forecast by precursor activity and events I watch for but not symptoms, because most often there are no symptoms, why? Because these are caused or induced quakes. Perhaps not intentionally, * the jury is still out on that one * but they are definitely being caused. I have been doing this for over 27 years and when one of the early pioneers of quake prediction research was alive, I would notify him when I thought something had changed and a big quake was on the way, this was before computers or at least the http://www.. so he said in every single event that I notified him ahead of time, that the exact same precursor signal showed up for up to 8 hours before the major quake hit. That can’t be a
        Natural Event, it has to be caused by someone or something. Not into conspiracy, as I said I am not sure who is doing it.. I do know how or believe I do but will not go into that at this time I am working on a presentation to challenge them to prove they are not causing the quakes, and too much information would take away my element of surprise.

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    • Johanne Gregoire says:

      Charlotte, I’ve been looking for your website and can’t find it. Do you still have one?

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    • Kim says:

      It’s on the upper trend. What about data before 2000. Then we can really see whether it’s on the upper trend or not.

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  3. Yellow Bird says:

    on Earthquake Tracker, there is an option to filter recent earthquakes by intensity… so i thought, i will look at 5+ for the last few days.
    their mapped results i thought were interesting…
    http://earthquaketrack.com/recent?mag_filter=5

    its like SfY said just the other day- the really disturbing part of the picture is the LACK of anything much happening on the North American coast…
    why is US & Canada being spared this far? certainly NOT because our garments are so clean…

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    • sharilynne says:

      I know Yellow Bird. I’m very nervous about North America’s lack of activity. I do not think this is a good sign.

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      • maidservantofyahweh says:

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        Michael Murphy

        Message body
        I have been checking the Ring of Fire for over 2 weeks “daily” a few times. The visual I use is the IRIS seismic monitor, and the blank on the West Coast stares me in the eye every time I check it. That “emptiness” concerns me very much. I think a release should happen, and that is not going on (beside the Yellowstone rumbles).
        And like Yellow Bird said, ‘our garments are anything like clean’ – especially over there on the West (Hollywood, Disney, etc.).
        I had a dream, and 2 visions (really just pictures so to speak) that keep me on edge about the whole thing. The map in my dream was the Santa Barbara area down to San Diego (including LA, Hollywood, Disney, etc.) – colored in a semi purple circle (haven’t figured out yet what the color means). The one vision had disturbed water, a ring (for the Ring of Fire), and a bigger orange spot on the right side of the ring. Last vision was a volcano with a lot of lava!!! I made a video with a lot of physical signs as well (since Jan. 2016). This one might be weird to most people (but I am a child like person and believe that is the reason GOD speaks to me so simple), but I heard the song “The Final Countdown” twice in very out-of-the-ordinary circumstances – that got my attention. I am thinking when I hear that song a third time (out of the ordinary) – time is up for the West.
        Not sure why GOD is holding the Big One back, HE is certainly speaking to the West for years (fires and Fukushima). I know HE is long-suffering, and it might be HIS mercy to others here in the USA. If this part of the nation goes down, a lot of infrastructure/economy is going too (food, silicon valley, etc.) – everybody in the US will suffer, and probably parts of the whole world. I ordered David Wilkerson’s book “The Vision” today. He mentions a devastating earthquake, economic collapse, etc.
        That was rather long, but I always appreciate the comments and get nuggets of knowledge from others.
        I am glad Alvin is back🙂
        And here is the video in case somebody would want to watch it:

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      • Glenn A. Mettlen says:

        God has only given me a handful of experiences, that is what I call them anyway. But the ones He has given me were very powerful. I feel like He did this because my life has been so bad that I would’ve lost my faith if He hadn’t. Praise Jesus He is so wonderful. He has saved me in so many ways. When he gave me the dream about Planet X ,He was standing behind me off to the right side and I was looking down at the objects in our solar system. A arm in a white robe reached over my right shoulder and pointed at this red spot off in the distance ,His voice said ” see there it is, its real “. Then I woke up and told some family and friends about the dream. They didn’t take me for real so I was very discouraged, I went and picked up my Bible and prayed that God would lead me to what He wanted me to read that would confirm the dream. He led me to Hebrews 11:7. That told me it is what He used too cause the flood of Noah.

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  4. mmfurlow says:

    I know you got this article but those words, “a random chance” we’re not the right words to say. Ummm stand by to stand by. Father is gonna make it to where they will think otherwise

    Sent from my iPhone

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  5. K Drake says:

    A recent article in Scientific American relates the shifting location of the north pole to ice melt due to climate change. The melting ice results in redistribution of mass as the water moves away from polar region, resulting in a rebound of earths crust as the weight of the ice is removed. The redistribution affects the earths axis of rotation leading to shift of the pole. This would conceivably lead to changes in the stress fields in the areas where the changes take place, possibly leading to increased seismic activity.

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    • charlotte King says:

      I know the ice is melting but in reality the ice is forming much faster than its melting. So the redistribution of the mass doesn’t hold water * no pun intended * From NASA

      “At the end of the last Ice Age, the air became warmer and carried more moisture across the continent, doubling the amount of snow dropped on the ice sheet,” Zwally said.
      The extra snowfall that began 10,000 years ago has been slowly accumulating on the ice sheet and compacting into solid ice over millennia, thickening the ice in East Antarctica and the interior of West Antarctica by an average of 0.7 inches (1.7 centimeters) per year. This small thickening, sustained over thousands of years and spread over the vast expanse of these sectors of Antarctica, corresponds to a very large gain of ice – enough to outweigh the losses from fast-flowing glaciers in other parts of the continent and reduce global sea level rise.
      Instead of warming some climatologists believe instead of getting warmer, we are heading into a mini Ice Age.. that we will cool every year for the next 15+ years.. resulting in a mini ice age.

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      • Dennis E. says:

        Read excepts from John L. Casey” book, “Cold Sun” and recently read Dark Winter, How The Sun is causing a 30-year Cold Spell and according to this writer, The Government as far back as The Bush Administration in the 90’s were made aware of this problem that we face a mini ice Age in where there will be a great decrease in crop production, especially in The USA and that the ice sheet could come as far as 200 miles into the USA,something like that…Very interesting reading

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  6. Denise says:

    Didn’t I just read where the polar ice caps are larger than ever?

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  7. Sun Watcher says:

    might want to take a look at our solar system’s star (aka the sun). The solar flares have been raging recently and they do affect the Earth. We just had a large flare this morning and although not Earth directed, it will cause more quakes in the next 3 days.

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  8. Beano McReano says:

    One word SIN! Sodomites want to rule the world and the earth is spewing them out.

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  9. Hashimoto says:

    Apparently nobody here has noticed that there was a gigantic solar flare right before these earthquakes. The timing of solar flares and earthquakes has been the subject of debate and study for a very long time; some have even used solar flares to predict earthquakes, with relative success.

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  10. jardalkal says:

    It is too bad you did not post me comment because the meteorite storm is in 2 weeks and will blanket 1/3rd of the earth which is North and South America. I am a Seer and Prophet of God and He has given me God dreams since the age of 8 and number 32-36 will be fulfilled next week which will be a global earthquake. Here is my dream that I had 3 years to 5 years ago.
    I am standing in my empty driveway talking to my walking neighbor and I am facing East. Behind him I see water coming out of the ground on a clear blue day around noon (No shadow from him). My water table is 500 feet down and I live in the moutains where we get no earthquakes. I also notice in that part of the dream that my red landscape bricks are gone and it is clean of all trash.
    The next part of the dream, I see in the back of my house a field and I am running towards it and I see a man (boy and girl) mid twenties running towards me from the West.

    So here is the fulfillment of the dream
    My caregiver Ray has a motorhome and it is presently broken down in Albuquerque and won’t get fixed for at least a month. He is using my truck that day. The trash is the corner is now gone. here were two plastic barrels which I took back to the original owner. The steel garbage can was either picked up by the original owner on a Sunday or was stolen. The plastic can is in my garage. Two sawhorces is by my woodshed. A 5 by 6 pallet is being used as a floor in a partially underground 2 room structure I am putting together and the landscape bricks are being used on the outside entry to the structure to keep the 7 feet of dirt back from ciming in the entry. We dug the hole last year, built the structure partially last year but a rainy season caused some walls to cave in so I began to rebuild it again back in this February.
    The day it is most likely to cave in and burn be between April 23rd and April 30th. Presently, there are 50 trees surrounding it and it will burn because the roof and some walls are wood. It is a wood structure.
    5 years ago I did not even know Ray existed. Two years ago I received 100,000 dollar gift and used it to build the structure and buy Ray his motorhome. I also used the money towards taxes for last year but I forgot to do this years tax with that money. In 2015 my income was 4000 dollars and in 2016 it is 4000 dollars but thanks to Obamacare I owe 6000 in taxes for 2015 and 7000 for 2016.

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    • jardalkal says:

      Why Passover Week will be the rapture of the children from the globe, the earthquake and the Meteorite storm. and revelation 6th seal.
      Isaiah 46:9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
      Isa 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
      Deu 19:15 One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.
      2Co 13:1 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

      1) Noah’s Ark landed on Mount Ararat on Passover.
      2) Tower of Babel was destroyed at Passover.
      3) Sodom and Gamorrah was destroyed at Passover
      4) Yeshua/Jesus death occurred at Passover
      5) While researching articles on Planet X, 4 suggested Passover.
      6) The first shofar sound (Trumpet sounds the earth is mking right now) occurred at Passover in Israel in 2014 and two Messianic Teachers heard it that day coming out of the East and it lasted six minutes.
      The culprit of all these events was Planet X which is here and will be effecting the Trumpet and Bowl judgments over this year and most of them in 2017.
      July 20-23rd, 2017 is 3 days of darkness according to a researcher in Italy.

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      • Glenn A. Mettlen says:

        Wow , I hope your right jardalkal. I’m a Christian too and I’m so ready too go with Jesus !

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      • The bride leaves October 3rd, 2016 and the rest September 23rd, 2017. The Barley Wheat harvest is October 3rd, 2016 and the grape harvest is September 23, 2017.
        Believers will be going through the Trumpet Judgments but not the Bowl Judgements.
        Due to the lies that Christians teach, they will be going through the Bowl judgments.
        The first century church kept the Sabbaths, did not do Christmas or Easter or Sunday Worship, and they did not eat pork and ocean bottom feeders and the others listed in Leviticus because these are abominations before God. It is either His Way or the highway, your choice. If you choose to do the abominations, then you pay the consequences. Yeshua/Jesus taught His disciples the Torah (613 laws of God–light in Genesis 1:3) so we follow the Commandments of God. If you don’t want to keep the Sabbaths which will be kept in the Messianic Kingdom, then you pay the consequences by going through the Bowl Judgments.

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      • Glenn A. Mettlen says:

        Please don’t date set. It may make The Father God make it take even longer. We wouldn’t want that , plus if it doesn’t happen then it will cause people too lose faith.

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    • Glenn A. Mettlen says:

      Well God Bless you , I don’t think you will have to worry about the taxes, Christians will be taken out soon. Just make small payments.

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  11. Jeni says:

    Hey! We live on a flat earth and the end of the world is coming, awaiting the Saviour’s return 😁

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  12. 16) increased seismic activity in number and in strength.
    17) more great and catastrophic earthquakes (Isa 2:19. 21=Rev 6:12-17; Isa 22:5,9; Isa 5:25; 29:6; Ezek 38:19; Rev 16:18=Isa 2:10-22).
    18) widespread volcanic eruptions that will also darken the skies (Ezek 38:22).
    19) mass animal deaths (Zeph 1:3; Jer 12:40; Hos 4:3).
    20) a radical tilting of the earth’s axis.
    21) a tottering/wobbling of the earth in its path of revolution around the sun (Isa 24:18; Isa 13:13; Psalm 46:2-3; Josh 10:11-13)
    22) a short duration stop of the rotation of the earth on its axis. Josh 10:11-13 (Joshua’s longest day) Second Exodus Day of Trumpet 2016.
    23) spectacular lights in our atmosphere from a hyper excitation of the magnetosphere. 2015 latter half
    24) major portions of the planet that experience complete loss of aquifer waters. Ps 46:3 Roar of icecaps (Joshua’s longest Day study)
    25) select parts of the planet that experience a building of aquifer waters and inner aquifer pressure. Lk 21:25 (roar); Nah 1:8 (flooding over); Josh 10:11-13; Gen 7:11.
    26) Change in Orbit around the Sun or Change in Polar Spin Axis (Isa 24:19-20).
    27) Fires (Isa 34:9; 37:7; Isa 25:4; Ps 46:6,8; 2 Sam 16:14-16; 1-4 Trumpet judgments Rev 8; Ezek 38:22; 2 Peter 3:10; Isa 30:30; Rev 16:8-9); Nah 1:5 (burned)
    28) Noise 2 Pet 3:10
    29) Shaken Heb 12:25-27; Isa 13:13; Hag 2:6-7; Ps 46:3; Quaking Jer 4:24; Isa 5:25; Jer 10:10; Ezk 38:20; Jer 50:46 cr Jer 10:10; 49:21; Ezk 26:18; 31:16; Isa 5:7; 15:5; Jer 46:12; 51:54; Ezk 27:28; Isa 2:10-21; 13:6-13; Isa 54:10 (Mountains shall depart); Nah 1:5
    30) a possible solar eclipse (Rev 6:12-17)
    31) a possible lunar eclipse (Rev 6:12-17)
    32) a day of darkness for the earth or even 3 days of darkness as the dwarf star blocks the sun (Exod 10:21; I Sam 2:9; 2 Sam 22:10, 12; Isa 5:30; 60:2; Amos 5:18, 20; Zeph 1:15; Rev 16:10). Dark (Ezek 32:7-8; Mic 3:6). Darken (Amos 8:9)
    33) Change in the Solar System (Ps 102:25-26; Isa 51:6; 2 Pet 3:12); also the heavens shall roll up as a scroll.
    34) Brimstone Gen 19:24; Deut 29:23; Job 18;15; Ps 11:6; Isa 34:9; Ezk 38:22; Rev 9:17-18; 14:10; = Rev 21:8.
    35) Drought/dry ? Isa 42:15; Jer 50:12; Lev 26:32-33
    36) Massive plant/tree dieoff (desolate (of people), waste?) Jer 8:13; Ezek 20:47; Hab 3:17 (Day of the Lord).
    37) Pestilence

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  13. Harris zulu says:

    shaaa ..are you sensitising the global citizens that they must prepare for the worse or we leave it to fate.?

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  14. tonic says:

    All the planets in the solar system are governed by the sun.

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