Hal Lindsey is back with his tried and true lie about the USGS and earthquakes. Writing in – where else? – the Worldnutdaily, he says:
My friend Tom Ambrose of WorldNetDaily did a little research on the subject on Monday. He found the three largest-magnitude earthquakes recorded in recent history took place in this generation.
The 1960 Chilean earthquake measured 9.5; the 1964 Alaskan quake and the Sumatra quake last Christmas both measured 9.0. The Sumatra temblor was so powerful it moved the island off its former GPS coordinates.
It shook the entire earth like a tuning fork, making the planet wobble on its axis and actually causing time to shift slightly.
Ambrose also noted, “The U.S. Geological Survey data indicate earthquake occurrences are increasing. In 2000, there were 22,256 recorded earthquakes worldwide. That number has steadily increased to 31,199 earthquakes in 2004.”
I already debunked this one a few weeks ago. It’s simply nonsense and the USGS in fact points out that this is an increase in the number of earthquakes recorded, not the number that occured. This lie has been peddled so many times by hacks like Lindsey that the USGS has written a paper solely on that subject.