A Closer Look At The Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

A Closer Look At The Sixth Seal (Rev 6:12)

A Look at the Tri-State’s Active Fault Line

Monday, March 14, 2011

The Ramapo Fault is the longest fault in the Northeast that occasionally makes local headlines when minor tremors cause rock the Tri-State region. It begins in Pennsylvania, crosses the Delaware River and continues through Hunterdon, Somerset, Morris, Passaic and Bergen counties before crossing the Hudson River near Indian Point nuclear facility.

In the past, it has generated occasional activity that generated a 2.6 magnitude quake in New Jersey’s Peakpack/Gladstone area and 3.0 magnitude quake in Mendham.

But the New Jersey-New York region is relatively seismically stable according to Dr. Dave Robinson, Professor of Geography at Rutgers. Although it does have activity.

“There is occasional seismic activity in New Jersey,” said Robinson. “There have been a few quakes locally that have been felt and done a little bit of damage over the time since colonial settlement — some chimneys knocked down in Manhattan with a quake back in the 18th century, but nothing of a significant magnitude.”

Robinson said the Ramapo has on occasion registered a measurable quake but has not caused damage: “The Ramapo fault is associated with geological activities back 200 million years ago, but it’s still a little creaky now and again,” he said.

“More recently, in the 1970s and early 1980s, earthquake risk along the Ramapo Fault received attention because of its proximity to Indian Point,” according to the New Jersey Geological Survey website.

Historically, critics of the Indian Point Nuclear facility in Westchester County, New York, did cite its proximity to the Ramapo fault line as a significant risk.

In 1884, according to the New Jersey Geological Survey website, the  Rampao Fault was blamed for a 5.5 quake that toppled chimneys in New York City and New Jersey that was felt from Maine to Virginia.

“Subsequent investigations have shown the 1884 Earthquake epicenter was actually located in Brooklyn, New York, at least 25 miles from the Ramapo Fault,” according to the New Jersey Geological Survey website.

Antichrist Sends a Warning to Other Countries

Iraq’s top cleric warns against ‘foreign influence’ in Iraqi electionsIraq’s top cleric warns against ‘foreign influence’ in Iraqi elections

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Iraqi supporters of Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr wave the national flag as they listen to his speech during a demonstration in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square on Feb. 26, 2016, calling for governmental reforms and elimination of corruption. (Photo: Getty Images/AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Iraq’s top Shia cleric on Friday warned of “foreign influence” in the upcoming national elections, stating it could undermine the country’s ability to carry out a free and fair vote.

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani’s message was delivered by his representative Sheikh Abdul-Mahdi al-Karbalayi after the Friday prayers in Karbala. The cleric stressed that the Shia religious leadership in Iraq does not support any party or candidate.

Iraq has scheduled to hold parliamentary elections on May 12, the first election in the country after three years of fierce fighting against the Islamic State (IS).

“Past electoral experiments were marked by failures, many of those at the hand of elected or appointed government officials who abused their power and took part in spreading corruption and squandering public funds,” Sistani added.

There was a clear reference to former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Sistani’s statement as he mentioned the collapse of security forces against IS in 2014 when Maliki was in power.

Sistani successfully blocked Maliki from returning to his position after winning the 2014 election, paving the way for the appointment of the current prime minister, Haider al-Abadi.

The top cleric, whose opinion is sacrosanct for millions of Iraq’s Shia majority and beyond, also called on all Iraqis to vote in the elections but said votes should not be awarded to Iraqi officials currently in office who have proven to be ineffective or corrupt.

Iraqis should “avoid falling into the trap of those … who are corrupt and those who have failed, whether they have been tried or not.”

Sistani was responsible for the 2014 fatwa against IS that created the current Shia Hashd al-Shaabi (PMF) militia groups. He later launched a campaign against government corruption.

The cleric also voiced his support for the elections which he views as the most effective means for the country to avoid slipping back into a dictatorial system.

He joined his voice to that of Kurdish officials demanding a broad-based government following the elections, as opposed to a majority rule, which would “destroy partnerships and ties between the multi-ethnic and religious communities.”

Editing by Nadia Riva

Withdrawal from Iran Deal Will Mean War

DC: Donald Trump And Ted Cruz Join Capitol Hill Rally Against Iran DealU.N. Secretary General: Withdrawal from nuclear deal will likely mean war

By JULIANE HELMHOLD

If the US walks away from the nuclear deal with Iran, there is a real risk of war, UN Secretary General António Guterres said in an exclusive interview with the BBC on Thursday morning.

Calling the Iran agreement an “important diplomatic victory” Guterres argued that, unless there is a good alternative, the deal should be maintained.

“If one day there is a better agreement to replace it, it’s fine. But we should not scrap [the deal] unless we have a good alternative,” the UN Secretary General stated, emphasizing that “We face dangerous times.”

White House officials said on Wednesday that US President Donald Trump had all but decided to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear accord by May 12, as reported by Reuters.

The only reason the president would choose to keep the United States in the pact would be “alliance maintenance” with France, the report stated.

However, if US sanctions relief were to be lifted and thus the nuclear deal abandoned, this would trigger a backlash by Iran which could resume its nuclear arms program or “punish” US allies in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon, diplomats said.

Technically, Trump must decide by May 12 whether to renew “waivers” suspending some of the US sanctions on Iran. One of the White House officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said it was possible Trump will end up with a decision that “is not a full pullout” but was unable to describe what that might look like.

A presentation by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday about documenting evidence of Tehran’s past nuclear arms program could give Trump a fresh argument to withdraw, even though UN inspectors say Iran has complied with the terms of the deal.

Iran has denied ever seeking nuclear weapons and accuses its arch-foe Israel of stirring up world suspicions against it.

The pact between Iran and six major powers – Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States – was among former US president Barack Obama’s signature foreign policies but has been described by Trump as “one of the worst deals I have ever witnessed.”

The White House official said Trump was “most of the way there toward pulling out of the deal but he hasn’t made the decision” and that he “seems poised to do it, but until a decision is made by this president it is not final.”

Top aides are not aggressively seeking to talk Trump out of withdrawal because he seems intent on it, a second White House official said.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Preparing for Nuclear War Against Iran

2World War 3: UN chief fears Saudi Arabia & Israel will FIGHT Iran unless Trump acts

UN Secretary General António Guterres warned a new conflict could erupt between Iran and Israel unless Donald Trump agrees to maintain the Iran nuclear weapons deal until a better solution is negotiated.

By Alessandra Scotto di Santolo 10:24, Fri, May 4, 2018 | UPDATED: 10:25, Fri, May 4, 2018

UN chief claims there is a risk of war against Iran

Sparking fears of World War 3, the UN Secretary General told BBC Radio 4 Today the risks of a new conflict in the Middle East are high, as tensions between Iran on one hand and Israel, Saudi Arabia and the USA on the other, continue to rise.

Mr Guterres added US President Donald Trump should avoid running such risks by renewing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran until a better solution is found to the Iranian chemical weapons threat, instead of scrapping the deal altogether.

He said: “The risks are there. I think we need to do everything to avoid those risks.

“I believe the JCPOA was an important diplomatic victory and I think it is important to preserve it.

“I also believe there are areas in which it would be very important to have a meaningful dialogue because I see the region in a very dangerous position.

“I understand the concerns of some countries in relation the Iranian influence in other countries of the region.

 

“I think we should separate things.

“I think that this agreement is an important achievement. If one day there is a better agreement to replace, it’s fine, but we should not scrap it unless we have a good alternative.”

Earlier in March Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused Saudi Arabia of being scared of Iran and displaying military weakness over its inability to control Qatar in the ongoing blockade against the peninsular nation.

Speaking at a conference at the Amirkabir University of Technology in Tehran, Mr Zarif discussed the worsening relations between the two Middle Eastern nations.

Taking direct aim at Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Zarif stated: “The young, simple-minded Saudi comes and says, ‘We aren’t afraid of Iran, and Iran is the fifth military power of the Islamic world.’

“Now I wonder if this is true, because why are they moaning and shouting about Iran this much?”

He added: “In the past year, Saudi Arabia was the third in the world in terms of buying weapons.

“They spent $67billion (£49billion), and this amount of arms purchases indicates how worried they are.

“They are acknowledging they aren’t able to resist Iran because the sources of power have changed.

Later in May, Saudi Arabia Prince Mohammed bin Salman attacked Iran leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for “trying to conquer the world”.

He said: “Hitler didn’t do what the supreme leader is trying to do. Hitler tried to conquer Europe. This is bad.

“But the supreme leader is trying to conquer the world.

”He believes he owns the world.”

The Prince emphasised both Hitler and Ali Khamenei are “evil men” and accused the supreme leader of being the “Hitler of the Middle East”.

He added: “They are both evil guys. He is the Hitler of the Middle East.

“In the 1920s and 1930s, no one saw Hitler as a danger. Only a few people. Until it happened.

“We don’t want to see what happened in Europe happen in the Middle East.”

Preparing for World War 3 (Revelation 8)

image-128WW3 fears as India RAISES military spending amid tensions with China and Pakistan

INDIA increased its military spending to a staggering £46.8 billion last year], toppling France to become one of the world’s five biggest spenders, it has emerged.

By Joy Basu / Published 3rd May 2018

Amid rising tensions with neighbouring nuclear powers China and Pakistan, the country boosted its defence budget by a massive 5.5%, according to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

This comes as Asia is increasingly becoming a nuclear hotbed, it said.

The deadly arms race saw a clear shift towards Asia, Oceania and the Middle East last year – driven largely by spending increases in China, India and Saudi Arabia, added the report.

In India, the country is estimated to have 120 deadly nuclear warheads, while neighbouring arch-enemy Pakistan has 130.

But at 260 nuclear warheads, mighty China continues to cast a dangerous shadow over its Asian nations as it remains one of the world’s biggest military spenders.

While the US spent a massive £448 billion, China shelled out a huge £167 billion.

However, reports state the increased spending in India did not mean developing its nuclear arsenal, reports The Times of India.

The rise in defence spending will mostly be spent on maintenance and operation costs, said Laxman Kumar Behera, at New Delhi’s Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses.

He added: “Because so much money is consumed by manpower costs, there isn’t enough left over to buy equipment.”

Vice-Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Sarath Chand told a parliamentary committee in March the current budget barely accounts for inflation and tax payments.

He said only 14% is spent on military modernisation.

Faced with threats from Pakistan and China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has previously tried to boost the country’s defence production with a Make in India programme.

But data released by the country’s Ministry of Defence showed India bought more military arsenal from foreign organisations than from those within the county since Modi came to power in 2014.