The Meaning and Interpretation of Dreams About Earthquakes

Written By Jamie Young

Dreams of earthquakes usually represent an impending change. It could be in the form of a natural disaster, economic or political change, or a personal upheaval. It could also be due to a recent experience of an earthquake if you have had one recently. Some dream interpreters believe that dreaming of an earthquake is a sign that major changes are coming to affect your life and the lives of those around you.

What Does It Mean When You Dream of an Earthquake

The appearance of an earthquake in your dream can symbolize a situation that feels like the ground is shaking under your feet. Events or situations in your life are happening which have the potential to cause you to feel unbalanced, unsettled and threatened. This may be the case for you; or it may be affecting someone close to you.


Dream of Earthquake at Home

When you dream about an earthquake in your home, it means that you have unsettling and potentially damaging changes coming. You may be experiencing a level of fear about these changes, but there is also an excitement about what this could mean for you. It could mean that big life changes are on the horizon for you and your family, which is certainly exciting if you are ready for those changes.

Running Away From Earthquake Dream

If you’ve ever dreamt of running to escape an earthquake, then you’re likely in a life-or-death situation and are fighting for survival. This dream also means that there’s a lot of pressure you’re facing right now, which is giving you mixed feelings about your current state and outlook on life. Alternatively, this dream has one common interpretation, that you’re feeling trapped in a situation. Believing you’re running from a disaster as it happens can be a sign there’s something in your life that makes you feel trapped and helpless.

Dreaming of Earthquake Building Collapse

If you dream about buildings collapsing, it is likely a sign that you are feeling stuck in your life and would like to find a new direction.Traditionally, collapsing buildings in dreams are said to signify failure and impending doom. However, seeing a collapsing building suggests issues with communication. This may be due to some past events or people that you have lost contact with. There are also chances that your dream is analogous to the fears a loved one or friend has been facing.

Dream of Being in an Earthquake

Dreaming of being in an earthquake suggests that maybe you feel that you are going through a really unstable time when it feels like your dreams may never come true. Perhaps you have not achieved the success in life that you once dreamed about and now you are feeling the effects of what seems to be like a shaky future.

Seeing Earthquake in Dream

When you dream of seeing the earth quaking, it symbolizes that there are some changes coming up in your life. The earth is moving under you — your surroundings are changing in a way that shakes things up. There may be opportunities to meet new people, but you should be prepared as well.

Biblical Dream Meaning of Earthquake

The bible actually mentions earthquakes lots of times. Luke 21:11 says “There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.” Mark 13:8  says “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains.” Revelation 11:13 says “And at that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.” 

Spiritual Meaning of Earthquake in Dreams

When it comes to the spiritual significance of earthquakes in dreams, there are many different ways you can interpret them. Dreams about earthquakes might be trying to tell you that there’s something rotten at the core of your existence. You’re not steeped in calmness and tranquility. You’re not in balance. There’s currently no meaning or purpose to your life — the internal struggle you get when dreaming about an earthquake is telling you that you need to find some meaning and purpose.


The meaning of a dream that you have dreamed about earthquakes can vary from person to person. Dreaming of an earthquake can be a metaphor for feeling as though your life is out of balance and you are being shaken up.