"There will be earthquakes...."
Excellent question Blues brother.
You have answered your own question. "Since I got the app..."
These things have always been going on, even though we may not have been aware of it.
The Dubs like to point to news coverage of earthquakes as proof of increasing earthquakes. They don't realize that earthquakes were going on before radio and TV were invented. Carrier pigeons were not the greatest form of sending information.
Maybe Jesus was referring to the earthquakes that opened the tombs of the holy ones when he was executed? If you believe the Bible account, minus the WT googles, the account of the tombs splitting apart, followed by resurrected ones entering the nearby areas and being witnessed, would be...well...MIRACULOUS!! The WTBTS does some major gymnastics to avoid the clear meaning of those verses, which don't fit in with their doctrine.
I belong to the school of thought that Bobcat mentions.
The Eschatalogical Discourse in Matthew, Mark, and Luke all begin with a mention of wars, famines, and earthquakes followed or preceded by a warning not to be deceived by people preaching that the end was thus near.
Luke's version is the most supportive of Bobcat's view, namely that earthquakes along with wars, famines, and the like have always been with us and will continue until the "end" Christ predicts. In the discourse Jesus warns that people using the expression "I AM" (a possible connection to the Divine Name) will claim that the time is near due to earthquakes, famines, wars, etc., and that people should not follow these who claim that this proves the nearness of the end.--Luke 21:7-9, see footnote to verse 8 in the NRSV.
Along this line of hermeneutical exegesis, the eschatological sign actually excludes earthquakes as nothing more than an everyday occurrence instead of an indicator of history's end.
The increase in seismic activity reported, is directly proportionate to the increase of seismic equipment installed. (funny how that works out)
Its obvious to see the Watchtower Corporation went exactly against what Jesus had said about the ' Signs of the times ' and how to identify a false prophet., as well what to do when you happen to come across one(s)
Not only did they break this direction but they also went about setting a set time (1914) on god's own sacred time, which he too admonished his true followers not to do.
In essence the WTS directly disobeyed Jesus and went about teaching and proclaiming a false tainted and corrupt commercialized gospel in its inherent endeavor to proliferate its publications.
( adulterated religious charlatanism )
Shame on the Watchtower Corporation and the Jehovah's Witnesses that supported this publishing house.
There have been earthquakes all over the world. Ever since mankind has been around to experience them. Nothing really new. The prophecy has already been fulfilled. Anyone can say there will be earthquakes.
The WTS exploited people's own inherent ignorance of what the bible says in regards to preaching the Gospel and made its tainted unscriptural teachings into a commercialized venture $$$ ( adverse charlatanism )
The WTS still uses corrupt advertising and diversion tactics such as what can be seen on the front of its literature street carts, for example " What does the bible really teach ! " can usually be seen on these carts .
What Bobcat said. JWs and others are doing exactly what Jesus was telling his disciples not to do!
In the relationship of the Earth's geological history, the rate of earthquakes is decreasing since the formation of the planet. Earthquakes were recorded on Mars as well. There is not much relationship between biblical doomsday beliefs and plate tectonics. Today we know that Earth is dynamic and quakes can happen anywhere on this planet. Some areas where two plates meet see significantly more earthquake. Mediterranean basin is a place where several plates interact, but it s not as active like Ring of Fire. So large quakes there happened outside the human lifespan. So when they happened, the population was surprised and went into Armageddon frenzy.