A magnitude 7.1 earthquake caused buildings to sway and break apart in Mexico City hours after the city held preparation drills on the anniversary of the magnitude 8.0 quake that did major damage in 1985.
Preliminary reports put the epicenter 2.8 miles (4.5 kilometers) east-northeast of San Juan Raboso and 34.1 miles (55 km) south-southwest of the city of Puebla.
Damage and casualty reports at this time are sketchy
Pastor Tim LaHaye, author of the best selling “Christian” Left Behind series of books that follows a group of “not saved” survivors who were left behind during the rapture who come to see the light and fight the Anti-Christ during the “end times”. LaHaye who couldn’t pass up an opportunity to boost his book sales states that Japan’s earthquake and tsunami is the beginning of the end. of the end.
“The Bible tells us in Matthew 24 that one of the signs of the last days – one of the birth pangs to occur – is an increase in earthquake activity and intensity. We’re seeing that happen here. It’s not just earthquakes, but hurricanes and all kinds of natural disasters. Indeed, in Matthew 24:4-14, Jesus tells His disciples in response to questions about His second coming and the end of the age.”
I was just waiting for a Christomaniac wingnut to say something this, or that we gays caused it.
Tim LaHaye is a charlatan of the worst variety. Superstition rules his flock and reality is an unwelcome guest.
Ironicaly, yesterday LaHaye was vacationing with his wife in Hawaii yesterday. During the tsunami warnings they were evacuated to the top floor of his hotel, where he saud he “felt safe”.
LaHaye has written 16 BOOKS about the glory of the “rapture” What were you so afraid of Timmy?
*UPDATE: For those of you who didn’t know. (Because I didn’t) Before LaHaye found his “cash cow” in the Left Behind series. LaHaye wrote The Unhappy Gays, a 1978 opus (now, apparently, out of print) about the evils of homosexuality using his loony fixation on the four-temperament theory of psychology, which is about as scientific as the zodiac.
Read more about LaHayes 1978 anti-gay book over at BOOKSLUT
The government has confirmed 23 deaths, with the number expected to rise. It follows the 8.9-magnitude earthquake which sent a 4-metre wall of water inland across the Miyagi prefecture . There’s considerable destruction – 200 people have been washed away. Buildings, cars and ships were also swept by the raging waters. Several are missing on Japan’s Sendai island. The first wave has also reached Russia’s Kuril islands to the north, reportedly around a metre high. There are several fires along Japan’s eastern coastline, and 4 million homes are without power. The Prime Minister’s ordered an emergency response team to tackle the disaster – with aircraft scrambled to the worst-affected area. Communication is crippled and Tokyo’s Norita International Airport has been closed. The entire Pacific region is on tsunami alert – with Hawaii braced to be hit within the next few hours.