Great Earthquakes in Various Places

And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven (Luke 21:11, Mark 13:8, Matthew 24:7).

Revelation 11:13 mentions a great earthquake that will occur during the end times that will kill 7,000 people. There also needs to be more than one earthquake in this time period, and they need to occur in various places.

This chart was compiled using data that originated with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) for earthquakes that caused at least 7,000 deaths. The 830,000 people that died during the 16th century were the result of one earthquake in China.

The turn of the 20th century marked a significant increase in the number of deaths caused by great earthquakes, thus sharply increasing the sorrow and pain inflicted. About 1.3 million people died from great earthquakes in the 1900s. That trend has continued into the 21st century with almost 800,000 deaths since the turn of the century. 

When Jesus said that there would be earthquakes in “divers” places, He meant “various” places. The list below shows where earthquakes that killed over 7,000 people since 1900 have occurred and is evidence of what Jesus said.

1905; Punjab, India; 20,000 deaths
1907; Uzbekistan; 12,000 deaths
1908; Messina, Italy; 123,000 deaths
1909; Borujerd, Iran; 8,000 deaths
1915; Avezzano, Italy; 30,000 deaths
1920; Haiyuan Province, China; 273,400 deaths
1923; Kanto, Japan; 105,385 deaths
1927; Gulang, China; 40,900 deaths
1931; Fuyun, China; 10,000 deaths
1934; Nepal; 10,700 deaths
1935; Balochistan, Pakistan; at least 30,000 deaths
1939; Chili; 28,000 deaths
1939; Erzincan, Turkey; 32,700 deaths
1944; San Juan, Argentina; 10,000 deaths
1948; Ashgabat, Turkmenistan; 110,000 deaths
1960; Agadir, Morocco; at least 12,000 deaths
1962; Buin Zahra, Iran; at least 12,225 deaths
1966; Xingtai, China; 8,064 deaths
1968; Dasht-e Bayaz and Ferdows, Iran; 15,000 deaths
1970; Tonghai, China; at least 10,000 deaths
1970; Ancash, Peru; at least 66,794 deaths
1976; Tangshan, China; 242,769 deaths
1976; Guatemala; 23,000 deaths
1978; Tabas, Iran; at least 15,000 deaths
1988; Armenia; at least 25,000 deaths
1990; Manjil–Rudbar, Iran; at least 35,000 deaths
1993; Latur, India; 10,000 deaths
1999; Izmit, Turkey; 17,000 deaths
2001; Gujurat, India; at least 13,805 deaths
2003; Bam, Iran; at least 26,271 deaths
2004; Sumatra, Indonesia; at least 230,210 deaths
2005; Kashmir, Pakistan; 86,000 deaths
2008; Sichuan, China; 87,587 deaths
2010; Haiti; 316,000 deaths
2023; Turkey-Syria; at least 50,000 deaths