I've been loosely following earthquakes, volcanoes, etc. since 2010, and I think Dean is right about this. In the past few years we have had a few earthquakes that were much bigger (a 9.0 magnitude in Japan in 2011, and an 8.8 magnitude in Chile in 2010, both of which actually shifted the earth's axis slightly). Both were quite stronger than the 8.1 in Mexico, as devastating as that was. I also believe a few years ago we had more volcanoes exploding, as well. With that said, I still find it useful to catalog significant events as I did in my earlier post. Although the recent disasters have not been as big (even hurricanes Irma and Harvey were only something like the 8th and 19th most powerful hurricanes, although I never found out how strong Maria was), there are still some interesting patterns, such as the Marian theme and the fact that they are pummeling the same area. I do think we will have bigger and stronger disasters in the future, but there is still something to discern in the patterns of weaker disasters. No matter how strong Maria technically was, it still destroyed Puerto Rico, and there was serious talk of bringing the people to the continental U.S. It calls to mind some prophecy somewhere of nations being totally annihilated. As for what time we're in, I can't say with any certainty. My hunch is that we are in the last throes of the devil's grip before the 100th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun, but that the minor and major chastisements are still to come. As bad as things have been--and there has been a crescendo at least in the number of disasters if not in the strength of disasters--I, too, think they could be much worse. But, for all I know, prayer has mitigated the disasters and we are in the minor or major chastisement. In the meantime, I will continue to take note of what occurs and make sure I get to Confession. **Edited after researching the Japan and Chile earthquakes.