Geology In The Quran 2: Environmental Impact Of Volcanic Activities/Earthquakes/Tsunamis

Author : Mokhtar Ghani
Publication : Bulletin of the Geological Society of Malaysia
Page : 159-163
Volume Number : 51
Year : 2005

Bulletin of the Geological Society of Malaysia, Volume 51, June 2005, pp. 159 – 163


Geology In The Quran 2: Environmental Impact Of Volcanic Activities/Earthquakes/Tsunamis

Mokhtar Ghani

Department of Geology, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur


Abstract: Geology in general as found in the Quran was briefly presented during Poster Session B, Annual Geological Conference 2004, Kangar. In this current paper, other verses in the Quran more specifically applicable to volcanic activities, earthquakes and tsunamis are given. Interpretations from a geologist‘s point of view are made, which are considered more logical compared to previous interpretations by non-geologists. Specific references are made to: 1.The Aceh earthquake and tsunami on 26th December, 2004 (more than a quarter million loss of lives), and 2. The earthquakes in Iran on 22nd February, 2005 (more than 400 loss of lives). It is quite conclusive that the Quranic verses considered are related to geological phenomena involving volcanic activities, earthquakes and tsunamis. There is no doubt that remedial actions will be taken to restore the damages created by the recent tsunamis. More research will be carried out as an effort to find ways to reduce loss of lives and property damage, for example, the tsunami early warning system, but above all, a strong call is made to mankind to pay very serious attention to religious and moral issues.