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The Earth is convulsing

I believe the cataclysms that are occurring with greater and greater frequency, will not relent until we yield to the all-wise God

Hurricane Irma Photo: NOAA-NASA

With power completely vanquished throughout Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria in the wake of an epic onslaught by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, I am reminded just how fragile mankind really is.

Compton Herald | Uncharted

“Uncharted” is commentary from Compton Herald publisher and editor, Jarrette Fellows, Jr.

With all of our technological marvels — innovations like satellites, cosmic probes, computers, iPhones, etcetera, — we are really for the most part small and powerless in the face of the awesome power of the natural world.

Hurricanes, tornadoes, typhoons, earthquakes, and volcanoes have the power to easily send our contemporary world back to the stone age without power grids, modern highways, roads, and the wherewithal of modern convenience.

In a few short weeks, we have witnessed front-and-center, the incomprehensible devastation wrought by wind and sea in Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean Islands, and by magnitude 8.0 and 7.1 “Great Earthquakes,” in the space of two weeks that flattened and turned buildings into rubble in Qaxaca, and Mexico City, Mexico.

A swarm of millions of locusts even were unleashed in the U.S. Virgin Islands prior to Irma’s landfall there. It was reminiscent of something Biblical.

Epic cataclysm can happen anywhere on Earth. Hurricanes and earthquakes aren’t relegated to specific regions of the world.

Remember the catastrophic magnitude 7.0 Haitian earthquake of January 2010, with an epicenter near the town of Léogâne, 16 miles west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital? An estimated three million people were affected by the quake. The Haitian government calculated the death toll at more than 300,000. In 2017, the nation still has not recovered.

In the Pacific, a long way from Haiti and the Atlantic hurricanes, two hurricanes, preceded by a 4.5 earthquake, threatened to hit the Big Island of Hawaii in 2014. Hurricane Iselle was the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall on Hawaii in recorded history. Iselle developed from an area of disturbed weather southwest of Mexico on July 31, 2014.

Iselle reached peak intensity with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph making it a Category 4 hurricane. Fortunately, for Hawaii, Iselle encountered hostile coastal conditions and quickly weakened before making landfall on the on Aug. 8 as a moderate tropical storm. Its passage over the island’s mountains disrupted the cyclone, and Iselle later dissipated on Aug. 9. But it wrought considerable damage.

Iselle brought torrential rainfall and caused strong winds which resulted in widespread power outages and downed trees. The storm caused heavy crop damage, estimated at $66 million, including 60 percent of the state’s papaya that was lost. This was enough to be classified as an agriculture disaster, and was eventually declared a disaster by the Federal Emergency Management Agency after initially being denied. Despite the environmental toll on the island, only one person was killed on Kauai as a result of flooding.

At this time, the Earth appears to be convulsing. Despite our high-tech brilliance, catastrophe on the planet can occur at anytime. We can neither stop nor defend against its fury.

Perhaps, we should cease our petty squabbling in America and every other nation where greed abounds backed by military might.

The world is rife with problems, but forces greater than humanity move at the behest of an omniscient Creator, speaking resoundingly, but we don’t hear. Man’s lust for more and more riches at the expense of the natural Earth — mostly for the benefit of a few greedy corporate CEOs — is not what’s important.

I believe the cataclysms that are occurring with greater and greater frequency, will not relent until we yield to the all-wise God to amend our ways — if that is even possible.

<p>Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.</p>

1 COMMENT
  • Denise Shaw September 22, 2017

    Just a Few Thoughts on Today:

    All that God allows is according to his will. He is Sovereign and all his judgements are right and true. Before the foundation of the Earth was God and the beginning and the end only he knows. Our problems with the weather, climate, war and rumors of war have been foretold. The great falling away will be because of the sin and hardening of man’s heart. The chaos in the world is a result of sin. These current events are signs to believers. The sinner man’s heart, mind and conscious have been seared. God is so loving and long suffering however the scripture warns us that HIS spirit will not always chide with man.

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