Natural Disasters Are Warnings from the Firmament

Zhou Tong

PureInsight | July 28, 2003

Tang Shan Earthquake in 1976

[] Who controls the ups and downs in this boundless Mother Earth? There are always people who want to dictate their own fate and challenge the will of heaven. However, before the boundless heaven and earth, humans are so insignificant and fragile, that they can barely withstand a light blow from the firmament. Is it true that people are able to succeed in whatever they want to do? The answer is no. History has time and again warned people that the heavenly principles can't be violated!

The Ming Dynasty lasted nearly three hundred years. According to the historic records, the Ming dynasty started to decline from the beginning of the Long Qing Era of Emperor Mu in 1567 A.D. and came to an end in 1644. During the period of decline, compared to those of the previous century, there was an increase in the frequency and magnitude of earthquakes. There were a total of 21 earthquakes with a magnitude of 6 to 7 on the Richter scale, an increase by eight quakes from the previous century. In addition, there were six earthquakes with a magnitude of 7 to 8, an increase by one from the previous century. There was one earthquake registering more than magnitude of 8, the same as the previous century.

Especially during the Tian Qi Era (1621–1627A.D.) when the "Eunuch Political Party" led by eunuch Wei Zongxian ruled the royal court, and when the Late Jin tribe led by Nuerhachi invaded the Liao Dong area, China was overwhelmed with domestic political problems and also attacks by foreign tribes. The problems were exacerbated during the Tian Qi Era (1621–1627 A.D). Within just seven years, earthquakes above magnitude 6 occurred eight times; two of them above magnitude 7. In other words, during the last century of the Ming dynasty, two of the seven earthquakes above magnitude 7 occurred during the seven years of the Tian Qi Era.

After the magnitude 7 earthquake happened in Shaanxi and Beijing in June and a magnitude 6 earthquake occurred in Shaanxi in December during the sixth year of the Tian Qi Era, the farmers started to rebel in Shaanxi, leading to the end of the Ming Dynasty. Since then, the ruler of the Ming Dynasty fell from grace and eventually committed suicide.

When it comes to the natural and man-made disasters in the modern Chinese era, the Chinese people will never forget the ten years of the "Cultural Revolution," when human nature and morals eroded, and when the concepts of truth and falsehood were reversed. The Chinese people will not forget the horrific earthquake in Tang Shan (or Mount Tang). Tang Shan City instantly vanished during that earthquake and became a wasteland.

History is often shocking. Of the eight most powerful and destructive earthquakes that happened in China during the past 50 years, including the Tang Shan earthquake, all happened during the "Cultural Revolution." The first of this series of eight earthquakes happened in 1966 when the "Cultural Revolution" officially began with the establishment of the Red Guard and the last one took place in 1976 when the "Cultural Revolution" ended.

A Collapsed Bridge after the Tang Shan Earthquake

On March 8, 1966, two earthquakes with magnitudes of 6.8 and 7.2 occurred in Xingtai, Hebei Province. The mezzo-seismic area was within the boundaries of Long Rao County, Ning Jin County, Xin He County and Ju Lu County. The earthquakes took a severe toll on the lives and property of the people in the disaster areas. Less than two months afterwards, on May 16, the "Cultural Revolution" began. Less than a month after the Tang Shan earthquake took nearly 300,000 people's lives and destroyed the whole of Tang Shan City, another earthquake with a magnitude above 7, Song Pan earthquake, happened. On August 16 and 23, 1976, two strong earthquakes with a magnitude of 7.2 struck the area between Song Pan and Ping Wu in northern Sichuan Province, causing severe damage in many counties, including Song Pan, Ping Wu, Nan Ping and Wen Xian Counties. Toward the end of 1976, a decade-long "Cultural Revolution" finally came to an end.

Crooked Train Tracks after the Tang Shan Earthquake

Collapsed Triumph Bridge after the Tang Shan Earthquake

More Crooked Train Tracks after the Tang Shan Earthquake

Can we simply conclude these repeated earthquakes that occurred in the most pivotal moments when the rulers of China became depraved, are sheer coincidences? Take the recent sandstorms in China, for example. Since 1999, sudden sandstorms started to happen frequently China. [Note: It was 1999 when the Chinese Communist Party started to persecute Falun Gong.] Since then, in the years 2000, 2001 and 2002, sandstorms have become increasingly frequent, violent and more widespread, to the extent that just hearing the word "sandstorm" turns one pale. The major news from China during that time was the full-scale persecution against Falun Gong. With this observation in mind, what can the sudden and mysterious decrease of sandstorms in the year 2003 mean?

The firmament has control over the fate of humans. For example, the rising and setting of the sun and the moon determine the schedule of man's daily life, work and rest. The stars on the night canvas foretell the next day's weather. Favorable weather brings people abundant harvests. Natural disasters send people calamity and lean harvests. The shifts of dynasties and the changes of history are arrangements of the firmament. The celestial phenomena are the omens and warnings from Gods to people. When people act upon heavenly principles, the natural climate will be favorable; but if people act against the heavenly principles, natural and man-made disasters will befall them.

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