As we continue to watch and pray and grieve over the developments in Japan, we may anticipate hearing people ask why God permits such catastrophes as earthquakes and tsunamis. Yet without plate tectonics (the source of these natural disasters), our life-filled planet would look more like celestial neighbors Venus, Mars, and Mercury: barren and hostile.
For more details on the vital role of plate tectonics, check out these past Today’s New Reason to Believe posts:
Listen to these Science News Flash episodes for RTB’s perspective on the Japan quake and its aftermath:
- “Japan’s Battle at Nuke Plant Could Take Weeks” (March 17, 2011)
- “Natural Disasters Also Demonstrate Fine-Tuning” (March 11, 2011)