Human activities such as nuclear bombs draining of oil fields were affecting the crust of the earth. Activities of nature are not impersonal forces but responsive to the same order that governed moral affairs.
This time the destruction can be by fire not water as in New Testament. Costal cities of California, farmlands of Alabama and the economy of the country USA can follow .
Some of these changes are reversible , few good individuals working together could save a city or religion if they prayed and worked as they prayed.