Quotes on Earthquakes

That God is in control of the elements has been attested to by the scriptures and modern prophets.  Elder Bruce R. McConkie wrote about the Lord’s control of earthquakes:

“Since the earth has been in its present fallen or telestial state, it has been subject to earthquakes.  These are part of the Lord’s plan; they come by his power and fulfil his purposes.  By them he delivers his servants from perils, destroys the wicked, and leaves a sign that his hand has been in transcendent events.  (Hel. 12:7-17)

“Earthquakes attended the delivery from prison of Paul and Silas in the old world, of Lehi and Nephi in the new.  (Acts 16:25-26; Hel. 5:27)  Both the crucifixion and the resurrection of our Lord were attested by earthquakes.  (Matt. 27:54; 28:2)  Among the Nephites the quakings and destructions at the time of the crucifixion were so extensive that the whole face of the land was changed and the wicked and rebellious were destroyed.  (3 Ne. 8; 9:1-14; 10:9-10)

“Earthquakes are given as one of the signs of the times; they foreshadow the Second Coming.  (Matt. 24:7; Mark 13:8; Luke 21:11; D&C 45:33; 87:6)  By them the testimony of the Lord’s power is borne to the people of the earth.  (D&C 43:25; 88:89), and when the glorious Second Coming itself arrives there will be ‘a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.’ (Rev. 16:18-20; 6:12-17; 8:5; 11:12-15, 19; Zech. 14:4-5; D&C 133:22-25)”  (Mormon Doctrine, pp. 211-12) Book of Mormon Student Manual, pp. 114-15

“QUAKE COMMUNITIES ALSO EPICENTER OF PORN”

The triangle formed by Chatsworth, Northridge and Canoga Park – encircling the epicenter of last week’s powerful quake – contains nearly 70 companies that crank out more than 95 percent of the roughly 1,400 pornographic videos made every year in the United States.

Probably the most devastated has been the giant of the industry, VCA Pictures, a Chatsworth company that normally releases more than 100 videos a year.

According to several sources, VCA’s DeSoto Avenue office building was totaled.

Other companies report a range of lesser damage. — From The Orange County [CA] Register newspaper a few days after the Northridge-centered earthquake in January 1994

Statistics from the U.S. Geological Survey indicate that earthquakes around the world are increasing in frequency and intensity.  According to the article, only two major earthquakes, earthquakes measuring at least six on the Richter scale, occurred during the 1920s.  In the 1930s the number increased to five, and then decreased to four during the 1940s.  But in the 1950s, nine major earthquakes occurred, followed by 15 during the 1960s, 46 during the 1970s, and 52 during the 1980s.  Already almost as many major earthquakes have occurred during the 1990s as during the entire decade of the 1980s.  — Ensign, November 1992, p. 31