By Olivia Trani, American Geophysical Union
December 12, 2017
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-ancient-weakening-earth-crust-unusual.html
 Note from Pastor Kevin Lea:  Jesus said that in the last days there would be severe earthquakes in various places (Matthew 24:7).  Revelation records that in the future the earth will experience global earthquakes that will destroy every city, make the islands go away and lower the mountains (Isaiah 24:19-20, Revelation 16:18-21).  
However, scientists today say that a global earthquake is not possible.  As this article shows, they are grasping at straws just trying to explain why earthquakes happen in the middle of continental plates.  But their explanation is lacking because they are stuck with their evolutionary paradigm that refuses to acknowledge the biblical history of earth’s past.  Have you noticed how frequently seismologists are shocked and surprised at locations and intensities of earthquakes?  Italy at one time even convicted some seismologists for manslaughter because they misled the people with their false ideas.
There is scientific evidence found all over the earth which supports the premise that earth experienced a cataclysmic, global flood in the past (a few thousand years ago), just as Jesus and Peter said.  If you want to understand the New Madrid fault then you need to start with understanding the real reason earthquakes are part of our world, and a creation scientist named Dr. Walt Brown’s has an explanation which makes a lot more scientific sense than this article.
Dr. Brown’s discoveries on how the global flood occurred are completely consistent with the Genesis account and are consistent with the laws of physics.  You can read his account by going to his chapter on the Origin of Ocean Trenches, Earthquakes and the Ring of Fire (http://www.creationscience.com/onlinebook/Trenches.html).  You can also see a video teaching about the origin of earthquakes and why they will someday be global here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWUxW6B-5Ro&t=370s

The New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ) hosts a dense pocket of earthquake activity (red dots) in southeastern U.S., thousands of kilometers from the nearest tectonic plate boundary. A new study helps explain why these intraplate seismic zones exist. Credit: USGS

New research reveals that mysterious pockets of earthquake activity in the middle of North America all have one thing in common: Earth’s crust in these zones underwent significant deformation hundreds of millions of years ago, creating weak areas that are more susceptible to earthquakes. These fracturing features could help explain why some regions in central and eastern North America are more seismically active than others.

Earthquakes typically happen along fault lines, like California’s San Andreas fault, where the edges of Earth’s tectonic plates scrape against each other, releasing enough energy to shake the ground. Some seismic activity occurs in the middle of tectonic plates, but these earthquakes are generally random, occur rarely and are poorly understood.

But a few spots within the North American tectonic plate – thousands of kilometers away from the plate’s boundaries – experience earthquake activity frequently.

Seismologists have found geological evidence of past earthquakes greater than magnitude 7 in some regions in the eastern U.S. and Canada. For example, from December 1811 to February 1812, three magnitude-7 earthquakes shook southeastern Missouri, knocking down trees, damaging homes and disrupting the Mississippi River current.

Seismologists don’t know why these pockets of earthquakes occur in the middle of tectonic plates, but a new study suggests they happen in places where Earth’s crust experienced ancient fracturing events on top of old, buried fault lines.

It is important to better understand these intraplate seismic zones since the earthquakes associated with them have the potential to deal significant damage, said Christine Powell, a seismologist at the University of Memphis Center for Earthquake Research and Information in Memphis, Tennessee and co-author of the new study accepted for publication in Tectonics, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.

While California’s infrastructure is built to withstand large tremors, construction in central and eastern North America typically does not account for strong earthquakes. If a magnitude 7 earthquake happened within the North American tectonic plate today, communities would sustain serious injuries and face multi-billion-dollar damages to property, Powell said.

“We have to understand as much as we possibly can about why the earthquakes are here,” she said. “All of that information can then be used to help public safety and building construction.”

 Waking up ancient faults

Seismologists know that many intraplate seismic zones overlap with ancient fault lines. But only parts of old fault lines in central and eastern North America show frequent earthquake activity. Unlike California, where earthquakes occur along the entire San Andreas Fault line, central and eastern North America experience seismic hiccups on only specific segments of old faults. The rest of the inner-North American faults are

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