Earthquakes, more or less violent, are of frequent occurrence in Palestine. The most remarkable occurred in the reign of Uzziah. ( Zechariah 14:5 ) From ( Zechariah 14:4 ) we are led to infer that a great convulsion took place at this time in the Mount of Olives, the mountain being split so as to leave a valley between its summit. An earthquake occurred at the time of our Saviours crucifixion. ( Matthew 27:51-54 ) Earthquakes are not unfrequently accompanied by fissures of the earths surface; instances of this are recorded in connection with the destruction of Korah and his company, ( Numbers 16:32 ) and at the time of our Lords death, ( Matthew 27:51 ) the former may be paralleled by a similar occurrence at Oppido in Calabria A.D. 1783, where the earth opened to the extent of five hundred and a depth of more than two hundred feet. [E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary
Bibliography InformationSmith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Earthquake'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary".