Tsunami Facts. When is the next big one?

Tsunami Waves. When is the next big one?


Tsunamis or Tidal Waves and how they are revered as one of the most destructive natural disasters known to man. This article is a supplement to the recent article "Are Strong Earthquakes on the Rise in 2016?"  and features answers to many questions as to what causes them, how frequent they are, whether they are increasing in frequency, how big can they get, what their destructive power is equivalent too, past notable events, where they mainly occur and what the future holds in terms of Tsunami Prediction and finally how they relate to Bible Prophecy. Also a look at the glamourised Hollywood take and Tsunami

Giant Hail. Is it business as usual on Planet Earth?

Is Giant Hail on the increase?


A recent headline sparked this article it read "8 killed as severe storms lash northern Myanmar"?

On further investigation this is not the first time this has happened, although at present it is not a common occurrence. It seems with the recent change in the world weather verging on the bizarre, "massive hail" seems to be on the increase, not only in the places you would expect it, but increasingly around the world in places that you would not. It's not quite the headline grabber as say Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Earthquakes or Volcanic eruptions but with recent headlines it begs the question "How large can hail get?"

VID: Insane Giant Hail around the Globe. Is it getting bigger? via The Twelve Gates You Tube

Normal sized hail is the size of a pea or maybe marble sized in the extreme, but the latest hail seems to have jumped up in size with hail the size of a baseball or tennis ball being quite common and hail the size of a grapefruit in rarer cases. These sizes do occur but are more a rarity.

Something that size dropping out of the sky at a rapid rate of knots being rock solid in composition can easily damage vehicles and buildings but also when hail gets that size and travelling at that speed, has the potential to cave your head in and potentially kill people as the previously mentioned headline demonstrates! Walking around in a crash helmet whilst walking the streets becomes a rather mad, laughable but very feasable proposition when these sort of situations occur. With these sot of headlines those sort of thoughts start entering your head, you know that we are living in changing times and more to the point........ something is not quite righ here!

Massive Hail is the new Natural Disaster headline in terms of frequency and deadliness, starting to head up their with the other big natural disasters. Large Hail is nothing new, it's been around for a long time but the larger biblical/apocalyptic stuff is rare, that is until recently. Hail stones originate from a Hail Storm, but what exactly is a Hailstorm and what causes hail to form and why do you get these weird occurrences sometimes in the middle of summer?

What is a hailstorm?
Any thunderstorm which produces hail that reaches the ground is known as a hailstorm. Hail has a diameter of 5 millimetres (0.20 in) or more. Hailstones can grow to 15 centimetres (6 in) and weigh more than 0.5 kilograms (1.1 lb). Unlike ice pellets, hailstones are layered and can be irregular and clumped together.

What causes hail to form?
Hail is caused when raindrops are lifted up into the atmosphere during a thunderstorm and then supercooled by temperatures below freezing, turning them into ice balls, says Dr. Dick Orville of Texas A&M University. "The faster the updraft on these balls of ice, the bigger they can grow," he adds.

Vid: 10 seconds Hail Explainer from CBS11 Dallas Fort Worth from Chief Meteorologist Larry Mowry

El Nino is usually the explanation for such strange biblical or apocalyptic weather, but according to meteorologists we are heading out of El Nino?

What does The Weather Channel have to say? A comprehensive article delves a little bit deeper with some interesting facts:

When it comes to severe weather, tornadoes dominate the headlines and are generally the most feared. This is for good reason as they are one of the most violent weather forces on earth. That said, severe storms also come with other hazards that can be a significant threat to people and property. One of those "underrated dangers" is large hail.

The costliest hailstorm in U.S. history hit the Phoenix metro area on Oct. 5, 2010. As estimated $2.8 billion in damage was caused by that storm, according to NOAA's storm data. Hailstones up to three inches in diameter were measured in the West Chandler area.

Typical damage from hail-

Quarter-size (1 inch) - Damage to shingles
Golf ball (1.75 inches) - Dents on cars
Baseball (2.75 inches) - Windshields smashed
Softball (4.5 inches) - Holes in roofs

What sort of damage can a baseball sized hail do to a person?
According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL), a hailstone the size of a baseball falls at a speed comparable to a baseball thrown from a major league pitcher - near 100 mph. A good indication of why injuries to a person's body from large hail can be so severe.

Giant Hail Deaths
Deaths from Giant Hail are thankfully fairly rare. the deadliest hailstorm occurred on April 30, 1988 in India when 246 people were killed! But see the recent headline only days ago where 8 people died and another in South Africa in Feb 2016 that killed one.

More Hail Facts:
1. Hailstones 98% of the time are golf ball size or smaller
2. The largest ever Hailstone fell in Vivian, S.D. on July 23, 2010. It measured eight inches in diameter and weighed 1.93 pounds
3. Large hail (at least 1 inch in diameter) is most frequently observed firstyl across an area called Hail Alley ranging from Denver to Rapid City, South Dakota, and east into parts of Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri. These areas average more than 10 days per year according to reports from 2003 to 2012.
Secondly Hailstorm Alley is an area of south and central Alberta, Canada where hail storms are frequently produced. These storms frequently produce hail that is damaging to property. This area stretches from High River in southern Alberta, northward through Calgary, through Red Deer to Lacombe and then westward to Rocky Mountain House.

Comforting to know but doesn't explain The Freak Giant Hail in Russia, China, Myanmar, Brazil, Italy and many other places. What The Twelve Gates Website looks for is unusual occurrences and events that are out of the ordinary, occuring more frequently in areas not normally known for such events. Recently there has been increasing occurrences along with increasing size in areas known for hail but not of such a huge size.

Recent News:

Nov 2014: Giant Hail kills 200 in Himalayas via The Telegraph

Sep 2015: Hundreds of flamingos battered to death during giant hailstone storm via The Local ES

June 2015: Sheep herders mourn loss of sheep to giant hail stones via Rapid City Journal

Mar 2016: Violent hail storm kills exotic birds at Fort Worth Zoo in Texas via CBS News

Sep 2015: Baseball-Sized Hail Pummels Parts of Italy This Weekend via Weather.com

A compilation video will be accompanying thia article

Biblical References:
The Bible references hail on many occassions in the Old and New Testament but in relation to End Times Prophecy for our times the Book of Revelations mentions hail three times and twice there is mentioned a Great Hail. Hail doesn't have to be ice, it could be stone or rock or even meteorites! Rev 16:21 even mentions the weight of the hail, a talent. A talent is about 75 pounds or about 33kg! If the prophecy of Revelation is correct, what we are seeing now which is only at maximum a pound or 0.5kg and the damage that can cause, 33kg doesn't bear thinking about. You would need to be in a concrete bunker of some considerable thickness or similar undeground facility to have a chance of survival. Buildings would be flattened if such a hail did arrive in our modern times.

The three Book of Revelations quotes below to ponder over:

Revelation 8:7
The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

Revelation 11:19
And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

Revelation 16:21
And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.

The costliest and deadliest hailstorms around the world History courtesy Wikipedia

Are strong Earthquakes on the rise in 2016?

Are strong earthquakes on the increase in 2016?


There has been a notable worrying recent increase in strong earthquakes (Magnitude 6.0 and higher) especially in this month April 2016. The recent devastating Ecuador and Japan earthquakes being a case in point with the death toll topping 500 at the Ecuador earthquake. Earthquake swarms are another worrying trend, these are normally lower in Magnitude (5 or below) but are higher in number and striking at a similar time in a similar area. Earthquake swarms are one of the events that can typically precede eruptions of volcanoes, hence why these events are watched closely by seismologists and hence this article. Something is going on here!

I'm not a seismology expert by any stretch of the imagination but the recent strong Earthquakes from Ecuador and Japan seem to be played down by media as NOT connected in any way, but delve deeper and it looks possibly in seismology circles that they maybe in what is called the Ring of Fire?

But what causes these extreme earth movements, why are we seeing more of them recently and what scientific explanation and/or biblical explanation is there for this recent increase of these sort of events........ if any. This article will have a supporting Video from the Twelve Gates You Tube Channel which will be released a couple of days after this article VID: Recent Strong Earthquakes and Sinkholes. Is a Mega Quake on its way?
. Check the Twelve Gates Twitter or subscribe to the You Tube Channel to get the update as it is released. This article ties up with one of the early articles on Earthquakes called Increased Earthquake Activity. Fact or Fiction?

The recent earthquake news has seen an increase in stronger earthquakes but over a longer time frame has there really been an increase? With the increasing sensitivity of seismic technology and also the rise of Fracking states like Oklahoma are seeing a massive increase in smaller earthquakes which are being attributed to this new method of oil and gas extraction. Also Population increase and habitation spread, contribute to higher earthquake numbers being recorded over time BUT this does not explain away strong earthquakes!

What is an Earthquake?

An earthquake (also known as a quake, tremor or temblor) is the perceptible shaking of the surface of the Earth, resulting from the sudden release of energy in the Earth's crust that creates seismic waves. Earthquakes can be violent enough to toss people around and destroy whole cities. The seismicity or seismic activity of an area refers to the frequency, type and size of earthquakes experienced over a period of time.

Earthquakes are measured using observations from seismometers. The moment magnitude is the most common scale on which earthquakes larger than approximately 5 are reported for the entire globe. The more numerous earthquakes smaller than magnitude 5 reported by national seismological observatories are measured mostly on the local magnitude scale, also referred to as the Richter magnitude scale. The shallower an earthquake, the more damage to structures it causes, all else being equal

At the Earth's surface, earthquakes manifest themselves by shaking and sometimes displacement of the ground. When the epicenter of a large earthquake is located offshore, the seabed may be displaced sufficiently to cause a tsunami. Earthquakes can also trigger landslides, and can lead to volcanic activity. Earthquakes can causes shaking and ground rupture, landslides and avalanches, fires and soil liquefaction and if at sea Tsunamis, floods which all an have human impacts. Information Courtesy Wikipedia

Earth Quake Swarms:

Earthquake swarms are events where a local area experiences sequences of many earthquakes striking in a relatively short period of time. An event may be of the order of days, weeks, or months. They are different from earthquakes aftershocks as no single earthquake in the sequence is obviously the main shock.

Recent swarms include In the United States was the 2008 Reno earthquakes that began in February and ended in November. Between February and April the swarm produced more than 1,000 quakes of small magnitude, although the largest measured 4.7. Between February 2011 and December 2011 more than 500 earthquakes were recorded during the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes, with 31 of them greater than magnitude 5. Canary Islands during the 2011–12 El Hierro eruption. From July 2011 until October 2011, hundreds of small earthquakes were measured Information courtesy Wikipedia

Earthquake frequency ever since beginning of 2016?

Has there been an increase in strong earthquake activity in 2016 especially this month in April? Earthquakes with a Magnitude of M6.0 or more from January 2016-April 2016 are listed below in black and white.

January 2016: 13 February 2016: 10 March 2016: 5 April 2016: (up to 20 April) 17

What is the year on year Earthquake activity official numbers for comparison purposes since 2006?

[caption id="attachment_596" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Global Earthquake Statistics 2016 as at 21 April 2016 Mag 5.0 or higher Global Earthquake Statistics 2016 as at 21 April 2016 Mag 5.0 or higher[/caption]

On first viewing the stats above do not really show much of a difference over a 10 year time frame with just the odd drop here and there such as 2008, but if you take a look at a chart going back many years there has been a spike in earthquake activity and only recently and that spike seems to be maintained. Further details at a previous article Increased Earthquake Activity. Fact or Fiction?

List of Earthquakes 2016 as at 21 April 2016 in various categories at Wikipedia

Latest Earth Quake News

Some of the latest Earthquake news from around the globe with warnings from Seismologists that the recent activity signals a possible Mega Quake is on the horizon. Media seems to be denying that this is the case. I tend to listen to the experts!

5 Major Earthquakes In 48 Hours As A Seismologist Warns ‘Catastrophic Mega Earthquakes’ Are Coming End of the American Dream

Ecuador earthquake: At least 413 people confirmed dead via BBC

Drone Video Captures Deadly Earthquake Aftermath in Ecuador via ABC News

Japan earthquakes: thousands of troops pour in to support survivors via The Guardian

Japan hit by 7.3-magnitude earthquake via The Guardian

Are Earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador Related? The Science Says No The NY Times

The Predicted Great Earthquake on the US North West Coast?

Every 500 or so years there is a Mega Quake that occurs off the North West Coast of the US and the last one happened well over 300 years ago in 1700. The Quake is called the Cascadia Earthquake. It's one of those situations........it's not  question of if but when. They tend to be of a Magnitude 9.0 or above! The recent Ecuador earthquake of 7.4 killing over 500 is tame in comparison. Some scientists are predicting that a Mag 9.0 or worse is coming in the next 50 years or even less?

How do scientists know this. By soil and sediment samples taken that demonstrate this occurrence at those time intervals, right down to the last decade or so. If it is anything like the last one this quake would cause a Tsunami of horrific proportions with waves in the region 80-100ft tall and having a length of hundreds of miles. The North West Coast of the US as we know it would be pretty much eradicated. A Video and scientist that explains this theory and why if you are living in this region you should be worried. Best form of defence, get out of the area prior to the Quake or head to higher ground, higher than at least 100ft.

The predicted Great Earthquake on the US West Coast. The Really Big One via The New Yorker
An earthquake will destroy a sizeable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when. As always there are always two sides to every argument. Here's the opposition in the form of the Seattle Times. Aboriginal groups in the area including The Quileute people secured a land grant from the federal government of the United States in 2012 to move their settlement inland, both as protection from a future tsunami threat and because of more frequent flooding on the Quillayute River. As always with this website, form your own opinion

The predicted Great Earthquake on the US West Coast Video BBC 

The Latest Earthquake Forecast
4/20/2016 -- Global Earthquake Forecast -- Major Unrest , West Coast USA + Japan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5Q6YaZ4Ufc

Bible Quotes

Finally what does the Bible have to say about Earthquakes in relation to End Times Prophecy especially in relation to a Mega Quake or "Great Quake"?

Luke 21:11 - And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

Matthew 24:7 - For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

Mark 13:8 - For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.

Revelation 11:13 - And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.

Revelation 6:12-14
12. And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
13. And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
14. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

Revelation 16:18 - And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.

Further related videos over at The Twelve Gates You Tube

Earthquake Statistics and Latest News Analysis

The Italy and New Zealand Earthquakes and Bible Prophecy?

The Rise and Rise of Sinkholes?

The Rise and Rise of Sinkholes?


Are Sink Hole occurrences around the globe on the rise. A quick look to see if there is  an epidemic of these head scratchingly bizarre Natural Disaster holes in the ground appearing in an apocalyptic manner? Or is it business as usual on Planet Earth? A companion video will be released a couple of days after this article at The Twelve Gates You Tube Channel.

VID: Recent Strong Earthquakes and Sinkholes. Is a Mega Quake on its way?

Firstly what is the definition of a Sinkhole.

A sinkhole also known as a cenote, sink,sink-hole, shakehole, swallet, swallow hole, or doline is a depression or hole in the ground caused by some form of collapse of the surface layer. Some are caused by karst processes—for example, the chemical dissolution of carbonate rocks or suffosion processes. Sinkholes vary in size from 1 to 600 m (3.3 to 2,000 ft) both in diameter and depth, and vary in form from soil-lined bowls to bedrock-edged chasms. Sinkholes may form gradually or suddenly, and are found worldwide. They are not associated with Earthquakes.

Sinkholes are common where the rock below the land surface is limestone or other carbonate rock, salt beds, or in other rocks, such as gypsum, that can be dissolved naturally by circulating ground water. Sinkholes also occur in sandstone and quartzite terrains. As the rock dissolves, spaces and caverns develop underground. These sinkholes can be dramatic, because the surface land usually stays intact until there is not enough support. Then, a sudden collapse of the land surface can occur. Information courtesy Wikipedia

Are Sinkholes on the increase?

Accuweather recently reported that "Increased reporting of sinkholes (as the public becomes more aware of them), combined with urban sprawl, may lead to the impression that they are occurring more frequently now than in the past," according to Rick Green, geologist for the Florida Geological Survey.

Accuweather went onto say that Randall Orndorff Director of the Eastern Geology and Paleoclimate Science Center for the U.S stated
"We have no hard evidence to say for sure that sinkholes are occurring more than they have in the past; however, since human influences such as paving and building in sinkhole-prone areas has increased, it probably follows that we are seeing them more often," Orndorff said.

Many have blamed the recent massive hole formations to fracking and drilling and tunnel boring (Bertha, the largest tunnel boring machine in the world, caused a 250-cubic-foot sinkhole to open up on Seattle's waterfront), though scientists say a link has not been found yet with fracking and drilling

My Views:
"Dissolving of rock by circulating ground water" is the key statement here and globally the recent El Nino event has accelerated this process resulting in a lot of water in the form of storms and flooding which would have a huge impact on underground rock formations and causing sink holes to increase dramatically. The exact reverse as in drought can have a similar effect, there has been plenty of that also as a result of El Nino. As with everything as more people become aware and more focused on sink holes, then it naturally follows that they will become more prominent. BUT still there does seem to be a lot of these bizarre openings happening on a daily basis?

Recent Headlines:

Watch as Giant Sink Hole Swallows Large Portion of Road in California The Telegraph 12 April 2016

Giant Sink Hole pens in Florida BBC 31 March 2015

75-foot by 45-foot crater swallows high school basketball court in Huntington Park, California SOTT 13 April 2016

Sinkhole threatens homes in Des Moines, Iowa. Science Thoughts 4 April 2016

If you are fascinated by Sinkholes a website entirely dedicated to these phenonenom is over at thesinkhole.org

Bible Quote: from the Old Testament that suggest a sink hole at the time of Moses

Book of Numbers 16:30-34

30. But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD.
31. And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them:
32. And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods.
33. They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation.
34. And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them: for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up also.

The 2030 Agenda and Biblical Prophecy?

The 2030 Agenda and Bible Prophecy?


A closer look at the now infamous date 2030, a date mentioned by the Sustainable Development website which is part of the United Nations. This article is the backbone and a supplement to two previous related articles the first being The New World Order. Myth or a future reality  and the second and more recent being Biometrics, RFID and Bio Hacking and Biblical Prophecy?  This article and the other two, potentially are closely related but the 2030 Agenda topic has been treated as a seperate topic in this case, it's quite extensive, and to see if it has any Biblical Prophecy ramifications if any..

This is an open ended article with relevant Bible Quotes so that you can form your own opinion, as it is such a massive and at best, extreme right out there in the wilderness topic. But be warned,

The Twelve Gates News April 2016

The Twelve Gates News April 2016


The latest news from The Twelve Gates concerning the website, YouTube Channel and Twitter and any other new or exciting upcoming developments.

The Website.

Blog posts are currently just once a week featuring an in depth article covering a particular topic that is End Times or Biblical Prophecy in nature even if the subject matter on first appearance has no link with Biblical Prophecy or End Times whatsoever. The blog posts have started to feature compilation videos from the NEW The Twelve Gates You Tube channel as supporting information in video form. Not all posts will feature this but increasingly blog posts will feature an additional video from our Channel. The video normally comes out a couple of days after the blog post. Looking to increase the blog post count to at least 2 a week at some stage. New side panel added today Photo and Bible Quote of the day, totally automated. Worth coming back every day to see the latest.

You Tube

The Twelve Gates You Tube channel has been officially live from 31 January 2016 and currently has 7 videos and the channel is now in a new format and now has been redesigned to feature discussion tabs, playlists and also a new The Twelve Gates Channel Trailer just a couple of days ago,

Biometrics, RFID and Bio Hacking and Biblical Prophecy?

Are Biometrics and RFID part of Revelation Prophecy?


A delve into the future technological world of RFID, Biometrics, Bio Hacking and Cyber Security and looking how this fits in with Biblical Prophecy, if at all? A highly complex topic and massive article combining two polar opposite topics, Science and Technology and Religion. About a weeks worth of research and writing here and it's a mind boggler. Does the latest ID technology tie up with what is mentioned in the Book of Revelations the last book of the New Testament of the Bible or even any other books of the Bible, is it something to be concerned about, what are it's applications, will it become compulsory in the future, health issues and privacy concerns and many other questions that come to mind with this brave new world that is emerging on our doorstep as we speak.

Vid: Biometrics, RFID and Bio-Hacking Latest News

Many companies are hopping on the RFID, Biometrics and Bio Hacking band wagon and seeing this as the future for global ID, financial transactions, healthcare, security, communication, enhanced human culture and an increasing multitude of other uses. This topic is so new, if you Google any of these 3 keywords, there are things out there, but not a huge amount at present. Delve deeper,

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