The Sixth Seal Will Be On The East (Revelation 6:12) Evidence Shows Power of East Coast Earthquakes

Virginia Earthquake Triggered Landslides at Great Distances
Released: 11/6/2012 8:30:00 AM

Earthquake shaking in the eastern United States can travel much farther and cause damage over larger areas than previously thought.

U.S. Geological Survey scientists found that last year’s magnitude 5.8 earthquake in Virginia triggered landslides at distances four times farther—and over an area 20 times larger—than previous research has shown.

“We used landslides as an example and direct physical evidence to see how far-reaching shaking from east coast earthquakes could be,” said Randall Jibson, USGS scientist and lead author of this study. “Not every earthquake will trigger landslides, but we can use landslide distributions to estimate characteristics of earthquake energy and how far regional ground shaking could occur.”

“Scientists are confirming with empirical data what more than 50 million people in the eastern U.S. experienced firsthand: this was one powerful earthquake,” said USGS Director Marcia McNutt. “Calibrating the distance over which landslides occur may also help us reach back into the geologic record to look for evidence of past history of major earthquakes from the Virginia seismic zone.”

This study will help inform earthquake hazard and risk assessments as well as emergency preparedness, whether for landslides or other earthquake effects.
This study also supports existing research showing that although earthquakes are less frequent in the East, their damaging effects can extend over a much larger area as compared to the western United States.

The research is being presented today at the Geological Society of America conference, and will be published in the December 2012 issue of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.
The USGS found that the farthest landslide from the 2011 Virginia earthquake was 245 km (150 miles) from the epicenter. This is by far the greatest landslide distance recorded from any other earthquake of similar magnitude. Previous studies of worldwide earthquakes indicated that landslides occurred no farther than 60 km (36 miles) from the epicenter of a magnitude 5.8 earthquake.

“What makes this new study so unique is that it provides direct observational evidence from the largest earthquake to occur in more than 100 years in the eastern U.S,” said Jibson. “Now that we know more about the power of East Coast earthquakes, equations that predict ground shaking might need to be revised.”
It is estimated that approximately one-third of the U.S. population could have felt last year’s earthquake in Virginia, more than any earthquake in U.S. history. About 148,000 people reported their ground-shaking experiences caused by the earthquake on the USGS “Did You Feel It?” website. Shaking reports came from southeastern Canada to Florida and as far west as Texas.

In addition to the great landslide distances recorded, the landslides from the 2011 Virginia earthquake occurred in an area 20 times larger than expected from studies of worldwide earthquakes. Scientists plotted the landslide locations that were farthest out and then calculated the area enclosed by those landslides. The observed landslides from last year’s Virginia earthquake enclose an area of about 33,400 km2, while previous studies indicated an expected area of about 1,500 km2 from an earthquake of similar magnitude.

“The landslide distances from last year’s Virginia earthquake are remarkable compared to historical landslides across the world and represent the largest distance limit ever recorded,” said Edwin Harp, USGS scientist and co-author of this study. “There are limitations to our research, but the bottom line is that we now have a better understanding of the power of East Coast earthquakes and potential damage scenarios.”

The difference between seismic shaking in the East versus the West is due in part to the geologic structure and rock properties that allow seismic waves to travel farther without weakening.

Learn more about the 2011 central Virginia earthquake.

Trump Pushing for Nuclear War

Trump panel said to be pushing for ‘mini nukes’ to make nuclear strikes easier

Emily Shugerman New York Saturday 9 September 2017 19:08

President Donald Trump is reportedly reviewing proposals to add smaller, less powerful “mini nukes” to the United State’s nuclear arsenal.

The proposal stems from Mr Trump’s Nuclear Posture Review, which he ordered in January to assess the country’s nuclear arsenal. Sources tell Politico that the high-level panel is pushing for the development of these low-yield bombs.

Such bombs – which carry far less power than those the US used in the Second World War – would give military commanders more options. But detractors say they could also increase the appeal of using nuclear weapons. Some worry that the use of smaller, more “palatable” nuclear bombs could quickly escalate into all-out nuclear war.

The plan would also be a stark reversal from the policies of former President Barack Obama, who had prohibited the development of new nuclear weapons. The US has not conducted a nuclear test in 25 years.

The US already possesses some smaller nuclear weapons, as holdovers from the Cold War Era. One third of the nuclear arsenal is already considered low-yield, or can be “dialled back” for a smaller effect, according to defence analysts.

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But any plan to increase the nuclear arsenal would have to be approved by Congress, likely sparking a heated debate. The Pentagon proposed modifying a weapon for smaller targets during the George W Bush administration, but was thwarted by Congress.

“There’s one role – and only one role – for nuclear weapons, and that’s deterrence. We cannot, must not, will not ever countenance their actual use,” Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein told Roll Call when a Pentagon advisory board floated the idea in February.

She added: “I’ve fought against such reckless efforts in the past and will do so again, with every tool at my disposal.”

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Still, the idea has had sticking power in the Trump administration. The Defence Science Board first suggested developing low-yield bombs in February. Six months later, the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff indicated that the military were also pushing for their development.

“Whether we do it with a ballistic missile or re-entry vehicle or other tool in the arsenal, it’s important to have variable-yield nukes,” said Air Force General Paul Selva, the second-most powerful military official in the US.

Advocates say the plan would give the US more flexibility in pursuing nuclear options. While North Korea has been dominating nuclear news, experts say these weapons could also help deter Russia, which has already threatened to use mini-nukes in the conflict in Ukraine.

“If the only options we have are to go with high-yield weapons that create a level of indiscriminate killing that the President can’t accept, then we haven’t presented him with an option with an option to respond to a nuclear attack in kind,” General Selva said.

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Korea: The Iranian Nuclear Proxy

Exclusive: North Korea ‘secretly helped by Iran to gain nuclear weapons’, British officials fear

Britain’s Telegraph newspaper is reporting that U.K. officials fear that Iran or Russia may have helped North Korea’s “sudden advancement” in the development of nuclear weapons.

The paper on September 10 said the British Foreign Office is investigating whether “current and former nuclear states” helped Pyongyang develop nuclear weapons capable of being mounted on missiles.

“Iran is top of the list of countries suspected of giving some form of assistance, while Russia is also in the spotlight,” the paper reported.

Unidentified senior officials told the newspaper it was “not credible” that North Korea’s scientists alone could have accomplished the nuclear advances.

“North Korean scientists are people of some ability, but clearly they’re not doing it entirely in a vacuum,” the paper quoted a U.K. government minister as saying.

North Korean on September 3 said it had successfully tested an advanced hydrogen bomb that can be loaded onto an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), a move condemned by the United States, Russia, China, and most other world powers.

Australia Will Become a Nuclear Horn

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Saturday, September 9, 2017
The threat of nuclear annihilation is closer than at any time since the end of the Cold War as two heads of state use nuclear weapons as props in what looks like a fight between two adolescent boys.

On one side is a narcissistic bully, born to inherit great power and with credible reports that his personal life includes indulging in acts of sadism, whose policies in government are driven by a combination of xenophobia, ego and whim and who is threatening nuclear Armageddon if he doesn’t get his way.

On the other side is North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

In a situation where Russia’s belligerent President Vladimir Putin is able to play the role of a level-headed voice of sanity, some Western countries are distancing themselves from US President Donald Trump, or at least urging caution. But not Australia.

“America stands by its allies, including Australia of course, and we stand by the United States. So be very, very clear on that. If there’s an attack on the US, the ANZUS Treaty would be invoked and Australia would come to the aid of the United States, as America would come to our aid if we were attacked,” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told radio station 3AW on August 11.

On September 7 he told Channel 9’s Today he was confident Trump was on the right path. But when Karl Stefanovic asked “Will we go to war?” he replied “The risk of war is greater than it’s been since the end of the Korean War”.

Since the 1940s, Australian governments of both parties have been keen to promote Australia as Washington’s most loyal ally, regardless of the sanity of the incumbent US president. The policy is based on the premise that if Australia unquestioningly follows the US into any war, the US, the world’s most powerful imperialist state, will look after Australian capitalists’ global interests.

This policy has led to Australian involvement in numerous wars, from Korea in the 1950s, and Vietnam in the ’60s and ’70s, to more recent conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. This policy has also allowed Australian mining companies to operate across the globe, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, to Romania and Chile, making huge profits at a horrific cost to the environment, workers and local communities.

The devastation wrought by the Korean War is the reason for the North Korean regime’s xenophobic paranoia. While the media generally portrays Kim Jong-un as mad, and provides no further explanation for North Korea’s nuclear program, the fact that Iran continues to suffer sanctions despite abandoning its nuclear weapons program and Iraq was invaded after getting rid of its weapons of mass destruction, points to some rationality in North Korea’s approach.

It also points to grotesque hypocrisy on the part of the West: the largest nuclear powers declaring that it is unacceptable for other countries to have nuclear weapons. North Korea was not responsible for the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and it has not used the populations of any Pacific Island nations as guinea pigs in nuclear tests.

On July 8, when the UN General Assembly supported a resolution to ban nuclear weapons, Australia joined the nuclear powers in boycotting the session.

On July 21, Trump announced an escalation of the US presence in Afghanistan. Attempting to portray his policy as distinct from his predecessors’, he said the US role in Afghanistan would now be “killing terrorists” not nation building. This does not, however, signify a change in US policy in Afghanistan that since 2001 has meant the destruction of the country and fuelled terrorism.

Following Trump’s announcement, Australian ministers suggested they would respond favourably to any US call for more Australian troops in Afghanistan. In May, Australia raised its troop numbers in Afghanistan to 300. Meanwhile, leaks by whistleblowers to the ABC in July and an ongoing judicial inquiry have revealed that Australian special forces in Afghanistan have been responsible for human rights abuses, including murders of civilians, including children, torture and extrajudicial execution of prisoners, and mutilation of corpses. The inquiry has found a “culture of abuse and cover-ups”.

The Philippines is the latest destination for Australia to follow the US into war. On August 22, Nick Warner, director-general of Australia’s international spy agency ASIS, caused some controversy with a photo-op with Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte where he made a hand gesture that is Duterte’s trademark.

Duterte has a somewhat unsavoury reputation, not just for his obscenity-laden speech and rape jokes, but for a “war on drugs” in which he has unleashed police-linked death squads against poor communities. While some of the estimated 13,000 victims may have been drug users or sellers, most have just been random individuals, the common factor between them being poverty.

Victims have been shot or stabbed, typically having their faces wrapped in masking tape, many showing signs of torture. One recent victim, 14-year-old Reynaldo de Guzman, was found on September 5 with 30 stab wounds.

While these killings have caused some hand-wringing from Australian politicians, Duterte simply needed to invoke the spectre of ISIS to get military support from the US and Australia.

The narrative of the Duterte regime, echoed by US and Australian politicians and media, is that the Filipino armed forces are fighting ISIS-linked terrorists in the city of Marawi in Mindanao. In June, the US sent special forces and Australia dispatched two AP-3C Orion spy planes. Australian defence minister Marise Payne is currently visiting the Philippines to discuss broadening Australia’s role.

The reality is that the conflict in Marawi was manufactured by Duterte. In May, after a failed attempt to arrest a kidnap gang leader ended in a shoot-out, Duterte declared martial law and began air strikes on the city. Since then, almost 1000 people have been killed and a quarter of a million displaced.

One aspect of this is an escalation of the 118-year-old attempts by the US colonial state in the Philippines and its neo-colonial successor to crush the national aspirations of the Bangsamoro peoples of Mindanao. But Filipino activists also see it, in the context of the extrajudicial killings and Duterte’s rehabilitation of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, as a move towards an authoritarian martial law regime throughout the Philippines.

A September 4 statement by the Partido Lakas ng Masa opposed Australia’s military aggression in Mindanao. The statement noted that “the destruction of nature and communities by Australian mining companies has been a contributor to conflict in Mindanao”.

The people of the Philippines need our solidarity. Ending Australian military support for Duterte is the first step. Likewise, Australian troops should be immediately withdrawn from Afghanistan and the Middle East.