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1 Are Natural Disasters Acts of God? PART ONE

2 I find it hard to believe in God when there is so much suffering Agree: 52% Disagree: 46% ICM Research, UK, 2004

3 Volcanoes

4 Silversword, Haleakala Volcano, Maui

5 Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland

6 Earthquakes

7 Floods

8 Snowball Earth?

9 Theological issues Scientific issues Natural disasters

10 Holuhraun, Iceland, Sept 2014 Volcanic eruptions

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14 Eyjafjallajökull

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16 100,000 Flights cancelled

17 The Haze Famine, 1783-1784 Iceland Deaths: 76% horses, 50% cows, 79% sheep& 25% of humans

18 Saint Pierre, Martinique: Ascension Day 1902 26,000-36,000 dead

19 Saint Pierre, Martinique: Ascension Day 1902 26,000-36,000 dead

20 ‘There is nothing in the activity of Pelée that warrants a departure from St. Pierre.’ (Governor’s Commission of Inquiry, 5th May 1902) ‘The side of the volcano was ripped out, and there was hurled straight toward us a solid wall of flame. … Before the volcano burst the landings of St. Pierre were crowded with people. After the explosion not one living being was seen on land.’ (Charles Thompson, one of 25 survivors out of 68 people on the steamship Roraima offshore St. Pierre on 8th May 1902) Saint Pierre, Martinique: Ascension Day 1902 26,000-36,000 dead

21 Earthquakes Natural disasters

22 Loma Prieta, California, 18 th October 1989 Magnitude 7.0 57 died A Tale of Two Earthquakes

23 Haiti, 12 th January 2010 Magnitude 7.0 230,000 died 99.98% of deaths due to poor construction and endemic corruption

24 Turgeau Hospital Digicel Communications Haiti, new buildings (2009)

25 Turkey, 1999 Mag 7.6, 17,000 - 40,000 dead

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27 Tokyo 10-20 m slip fault area Caltech-JPL Japan, 11th March 2011

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29 Historical earthquakes above magnitude 6.5 before AD 1900 Diamonds show major cities destroyed by earthquakes. 759 BC

30 ‘The words of Amos, one of the shepherds of Tekoa—the vision he saw concerning Israel two years before the earthquake, when Uzziah was king of Judah and Jeroboam son of Jehoash was king of Israel’ (Amos 1:1) 200 years later: ‘On that day …You will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him’ (Zechariah 14:4 ‒ 5) 759 BC magnitude 7.3 earthquake near Jerusalem

31 Are Natural Disasters Acts of God? END OF PART ONE


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