Hal Lindsey vs Gordon Franz on the frequency of earthquakes

(quoting Hal Lindsey)

The 20th century, however, has experienced an unprecedented increase in the frequency of these calamities. In fact, the number of earthquakes per decade has roughly doubled in each of the 10-year periods since 1950.

(quoting Gordon Franz)

The geologist who developed the Richter scale apparently had some contact with prophecy teachers. In 1969 he wrote, “One notices with some amusement that certain religious groups have picked this rather unfortunate time to insist that the number of earthquakes is increasing. In part they are mislead by the increasing number of small earthquakes that are being cataloged and listed by newer, more sensitive stations throughout the world. It is worth remarking that the number of great earthquakes from 1896 to 1906 (about twenty-five) was greater than in any ten-year interval since” (Richter 1969: 44).

My two cents

Graph showing frequency (per century; blue lin...
Graph showing frequency (per century; blue line) and energy (brown bars) for the Richter scale. The graph is doubly logarithmic and both axes are numerically identical. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I hadn’t thought of it that way. I’m glad that Charles Richter said ‘certain’ religious groups (i.e. those of Lindsey’s persuasion), rather than all. I’ve always wondered what it would be like experiencing an earthquake (I live less than 3 kilometres from a fault line). When a small earthquake happened a while back, I slept right through the whole thing! I wonder that if I was awake during it, whether I would interpret earthquake prophecies and seismic data differently.

Quote sources

  1. Lindsey, H (1982). The 1980′s: Countdown to Armageddon. Bantam rack-size ed. New York: Bantam Books. p. 29
  2. Franz, G. (2010). Earthquakes on the Increase? Or Warning of Judgment to Come? Available: http://www.biblearchaeology.org/post/2010/04/16/earthquakes-on-the-increase-or-warning-of-judgment-to-come.aspx. Last accessed 8th Jan 2012.
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