History of Earthquakes before the Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

History of earthquakes in Lower Hudson Valley

Swapna Venugopal Ramaswamy

9:05 a.m. ET Feb. 7, 2018

At around 6:14 a.m. this morning, a 2.2-magnitude earthquake was reported about three miles northwest of Mohegan Lake in Yorktown, according to the United States Geological Survey. The epicenter of the quake was in Putnam Valley.

Social media was rife with posts on the quake with people from Chappaqua, Cortlandt, Lewisboro, Mahopac and Putnam Valley chiming in with their rattling experiences, though it wasn’t nearly as strong as the 5.0 earthquake our forefathers experienced here in 1783.

Lower Hudson Valley earthquakes through the years:

1783 — The epicenter of a magnitude 5.0 earthquake may have been the Westchester-Putnam county line and was felt as far south as Philadelphia.

1884 — A magnitude 5.2 earthquake was centered off Rockaway, Queens, causing property damage but no injuries to people. A dead dog was reported.

1970 to 1987 — Between these years, instruments at the Lamont-Doherty Observatory in Rockland County recorded 21 quakes in Westchester and two in Manhattan.

October 1985 — A magnitude 4.0 earthquake was centered in an unincorporated part of Greenburgh between Ardsley and Yonkers. Tremors shook the metropolitan area and were felt in Philadelphia, southern Canada and Long Island.

November 1988 — A quake 90 miles north of Quebec City in eastern Canada registered magnitude 6.0 with tremors felt in the Lower Hudson Valley and New York City.

June 1991 — A 4.4-magnitude quake struck west of Albany, rattling homes.

April 1991 — A quake registering between magnitude 2.0 and 2.6 struck Westchester and Fairfield, Conn. It lasted just five seconds and caused no damage.

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January 2003 — Two small earthquakes struck the area surrounding Hastings-on-Hudson. One was a magnitude of 1.2, the other 1.4.

March 2006 — Two earthquakes struck Rockland. The first, at 1.1 magnitude, hit 3.3 miles southwest of Pearl River; the second, 1.3 magnitude, was centered in the West Nyack-Blauvelt-Pearl River area.

July 2014 — “Micro earthquake” struck, 3.1 miles beneath the Appalachian Trail in a heavily wooded area of Garrison.

January 2016 —  A 2.1 magnitude earthquake occurred at 12:58 a.m. northwest of Ringwood, N.J., and the earthquake was felt in the western parts of Ramapo, including the Hillburn and Sloatsburg areas.

April 2017 —  A 1.3 magnitude quake rumbled in Pawling on April 10. Putnam County residents in Brewster, Carmel, Patterson and Putnam Valley, as well as Dutchess County residents in Wingdale felt the earthquake.

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Antichrist Seeks to Oust the US

Hashd al-Shaabi are under authority of Baghdad but dominated by powerful Shia militias (AFP/ File)

Iraq’s Hashd al-Shaabi Vows to Expel Foreign Troops in Iraq

A pro-Iranian faction of Iraq’s Hashd al-Shaabi, a largely Shia contingent of the Iraqi army, has vowed to use all “legitimate” means to expel “occupying forces” still deployed in the country.

In a Wednesday statement, the faction described foreign troops still deployed in Iraq as “invaders” who “must be driven out”.

“Our patience has run out with the unjustified presence of foreign troops still deployed in Iraq,” the statement read.

“We regard these troops as occupying forces and will use all legitimate means at our disposal to expel them,” it added.

The statement went on to urge firebrand Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose Sairoon coalition swept Iraq’s May 12 parliamentary poll, not to bow to alleged U.S. pressure regarding formation of the country’s next government.

A predominantly Shia fighting force, the Hashd al-Shaabi (or “popular mobilization” units) was drawn up in late 2014 to fight the Daesh terrorist group.

Last year, the Hashd al-Shaabi was formally incorporated into the Iraqi army despite accusations of having committed rights violations in parts of the country under its control.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

Babylon the Great Creates the First Nuclear War

The Most Dangerous Place: A History of the United States in South Asia by Srinath Raghavan-Review

— By Jatin Desai | Sep 09, 2018 07:03 am

August 2017, US President Donald Trump announced his policy on South Asia. It emphasised primarily three countries: Afghanistan, India and Pakistan. It was expected that his policy will be different from his predecessor Barack Obama as he is a hardliner. It is one year since the policy was announced, but at the ground, there is hardly much difference.

US has been giving much political and strategic importance to South Asia, especially since the days of Cold War. The role of US in Afghanistan in the 80s and aggression in the background of Al Queada’s attack on the US in Afghanistan in 2001 is well-documented. US aided Mujahidin and then Taliban in 80s and later toppled Taliban-led government at the end of 2001. US is actively involved in the region. The significant change over the years is growing relations between India and US. Trump accorded India a critical role in the region, which is a departure from past policy.

International community sees South Asia as one of the most dangerous place in the world. Again, India and Pakistan are nuclear weapon states. US has invested billions of dollars in the region without much success in tackling militancy. For more than 225 years, US’ engagement with the region has been characterised by short-term thinking. Initially, it was limited to trade. The US has been a crucial player in the South Asian region. The Most Dangerous Place: A History of the United States in South Asia, a book written by Srinath Raghavan is significant in this background.

The relation between India and US was worse during the liberation war of Bangladesh. Archer Blood, then US Consul General in Dhaka, had sent a series of cables, giving details of terror unleashed on the people of then East Pakistan by the Pakistan Army. But, Nixon and Kissinger did not pay attention to the Blood’s telegrams. Ultimately, Bangladesh became a reality. On November 4, 1971, Indira Gandhi and P N Haksar met Nixon and Kissinger. She said, “It was no longer realistic to expect East and West Pakistan to remain together.” The author says, “Nixon and Kissinger met next morning to take stock of the meeting. Nixon remarked that Mrs Gandhi was being a ‘bitch’, but we really slobbered over the old witch.”

Traditionally, India was close to USSR (disintegrated in 1991) or Russia. The Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan was not liked by India. When Charan Singh was PM, India issued a statement in UN regretting Soviet intervention and seeking the withdrawal of Soviet troops. The author says, “Mrs Gandhi changed this policy soon after she took over. While she too held that Soviet intervention in India’s neighbourhood was highly undesirable, she refrained from publicly voicing her disapproval while privately trying to persuade Moscow to make a planned exit and Kabul to wean itself off Soviet military support.”

During her visit to Moscow in 1982 USSR supremo Brezhnev told her that they want to withdraw from Afghanistan but how they should get out? Mrs Gandhi replied, “Mr General Secretary, it is a good idea to withdraw your forces from Afghanistan. The way out is the same as the way in.”

The book gives an insight into the US thinking on South Asia. It is an important addition to the number of books written on South Asia in general and Afghanistan, Pakistan and India in particular.

The Russian Horn Tests Babylon the Great

Russian Nuclear Bombers Intercepted Near Alaska

Bill Gertz
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Two Russian nuclear-capable bombers were intercepted by American F-22 jets near Alaska on Saturday, the North American Aerospace Defense Command disclosed.

The bombers were detected flying near the Aleutian Islands, said Michael Kucharek, a spokesman for the Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).

“Two Alaskan-based NORAD F-22 fighters intercepted and visually identified two Tu-95 ‘Bear’ long-range bomber aircraft flying in the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone, south of the Aleutian Islands,” he told the Free Beacon.

Kucharek declined to specify the distance the bombers flew from the west coast of Alaska to protect operational security.

“However the two Russian Tu-95 bomber aircraft were intercepted and monitored by the F-22s until the bombers left the ADIZ along the Aleutian Island chain heading west,” he said. “At no time did the Russian bombers enter Canadian or United States sovereign airspace.”

A defense official said the Russian bombers were supported by at least one Il-78 Midas refueling tanker jet, an indication the bombers traveled a long distance and required mid-flight refueling.

No other details of the incident were disclosed.

However, defense officials said the latest Russian bomber incursion coincided with large-scale military exercises now underway in the Russian Far East called Vostok-18 and were likely part of the exercises that have been underway since late August.

One official speculated that the bombers were practicing cruise missile strikes on U.S. missile defenses in Alaska.

The bombers are capable of carrying the nuclear-tipped KH-55 long-range cruise missile that has a maximum range of up to 1,841 miles.

The intercept took place near the large phased array radar system called Cobra Dane that monitors Russian missile launches and aircraft flights. The radar is located at Eareckson Air Station on remote Shemya Island, one of the Aleutians located 1,455 miles west of Anchorage.

Cobra Dane would be one of the first targets of a Russian air launched cruise missile strike in the early stages of a conflict.

The bombers also were within cruise missile firing range of the U.S. missile defense base at Fort Greely, Alaska, where long-range Ground-Based Interceptors are deployed as part of strategic missile defenses.

A third possible target for the bombers is the Clear Air Force Station in central Alaska that is home to the AN/FPS-123 Upgraded Early Warning used to detect submarine-launched ballistic missiles.

It was the second time Russian bombers flew close to Alaska this year. In May, two Bear H bombers were intercepted off the coast of Alaska by two F-22s. Until that incident, the last time bombers buzzed the air defense zone near Alaska was April 17.

Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in Moscow on Tuesday that the active phase of Vostok-18 will kick off at nine proving grounds and in the Sea of Japan and Bering and Okhotsk seas beginning Sept. 11.

“Preparations for [Vostok-18] included comprehensive snap checks of the central and eastern military districts, the Northern Fleet, the airborne troops and long-range and military transport aircraft,” Shoigu stated.

The exercises are designed to test operations at on unfamiliar ground and the performance of combat training.

“Aircraft have been flying maximum range sorties with refueling in flight and practicing landings at tactical airfields,” he said. “Naval ships have been performing combat maneuvering and firing practices,” Shoigu said.

The exercises are said to be the largest in the history of the Russian Federation.

“Taking part in it will be about 300,000 troops, more than 1,000 planes, helicopters and drones, up to 80 combat and logistic ships and up to 36,000 tanks, armored personnel carriers and other vehicles,” Shoigu said, noting the first participation of Chinese military forces.

“Involved in the main scenario at the Tsugol proving ground, the eastern military district, will be a contingent of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army of up to 3,500 officers and men.”

NORAD is in charge of aerospace warning and control for Canada and the United States and NORAD monitors all air activity emanating from within and outside North American airspace.

“NORAD maintains constant vigilance in the defense of Canadian and United States airspace 24 hours a day, seven days and week, 365 days a year,” Kucharek said.

U.S. intelligence agencies are closely monitoring the war games over concerns they could be used as cover for actual military attacks.

During the Cold War, the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact military alliance drew up war plans that included the use of large-scale military exercises as the beginning point for war against Western Europe.

“Clearly Russia is rehearsing a large-scale war,” Stephen Blank, senior fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council, said of the war games in a recent article in RealClear Defense.

No Possibility of US-Iran War: YET

No Possibility of US-Iran War: Basij Commander

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Commander of Iran’s Basij Force Brigadier General Gholam Hossein Gheibparvar rejected the possibility of any military conflict with the US.

Tasnim News Agency speaking to reporters in Tehran on Wednesday, Brigadier General Gheibparvar said there is no possibility of a war between Iran and the US.

When Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei says no war will occur, there is a “strong” logical basis behind it, he stressed.

Such a war is impossible, the commander said, adding, “The Americans are not after such things.”

Speaking at a meeting with commanders of the Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base in Tehran on Sunday, the Leader rejected the possibility of a military conflict between Iran and enemies and said given the political calculations, there is no such possibility.

However, the country’s Armed Forces should remain vigilant and boost the capabilities of their forces and equipment day by day, Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Iranian officials have repeatedly underscored that the country will not hesitate to strengthen its military capabilities, including its missile power, which are entirely meant for defense, and that Iran’s defense capabilities will be never subject to negotiations.

Back in February, Ayatollah Khamenei called for efforts to maintain and boost Iran’s defense capabilities, hitting back at the enemies for disputing the country’s missile program.

“Without a moment of hesitation, the country must move to acquire whatever is necessary for defense, even if the whole world is opposed to it,” Ayatollah Khamenei said on February 18.

The Antichrist Calls for an End to Violence

Iraqi cleric Moqtada Al Sadr calls for parliamentary session to solve Basra violence

UN envoy to Iraq had called for calm in Basra before of Wednesday’s clashes

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Moqtada Al Sadr called on Thursday for an urgent session of Iraq’s parliament to discuss the situation in Basra, after protests in the southern city turned violent.

A curfew was planned for 3:00pm local time in a desperate attempt to quell the demonstrations, but it was lifted minutes before it was due to start. An Interior Ministry spokesman cited “intelligence reports of possible attacks on government offices” as the reason behind the failed curfew.

The violent clashes followed a call earlier on Wednesday by the UN envoy to Iraq for “calm”.

Jan Kubis also urged the authorities “to avoid using disproportionate, lethal force against the demonstrators” and asked the government to “investigate and hold accountable those responsible for the outbreak of violence [while also doing] its utmost to respond to the people’s rightful demands of clean water and electricity supplies”.

Nine civilians have been killed since the start of the month in clashes between residents and security forces.

On Wednesday, demonstrators – angry over electricity outages, water contamination, a lack of jobs and proper government services – took the streets again. One person was killed and 25 injured, some seriously, as Iraqi security forces opened fire on protesters.

In a televised speech Mr Al Sadr, a Shiite cleric whose allies took the most seats but not a majority in May elections, said Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi and other officials should either attend the session or resign. Iraq’s feuding factions have yet to form a new government.

The session, he added, should be held no later than Sunday. Officials in Baghdad have been locked in a squabble over the formation of the next government.

Iraqis protest against the government and the lack of basic services outside the regional government headquarters in the southern city of Basra. AFP

On Wednesday an Agence France-Presse journalist reported gunshots and tear gas were fired by security personnel directly at demonstrators, who had gathered in their thousands outside the regional government headquarters.

The measures failed to disperse protesters, who responded by hurling Molotov cocktails and letting off fireworks at the security forces.

Security forces later stopped firing in the direction of protesters and instead fired shots in the air and used tear gas.

Reinforcements had been sent to Basra and concrete blocks erected to protect the government building.

Moqtada Al Sadr says parliament should meet no later than September 9, 2018. Reuters.

Basra province and other southern cities have been the focus of angry anti-government demonstrations that have rocked Iraq since early July.

Residents are particularly angry over pollution of the local water supply, which has put 20,000 people in hospital.

On Tuesday six demonstrators were killed and more than 20 wounded during the bloodiest day of clashes with security officials, a local official and medics said.

The authorities said that 30 security personnel were also wounded in the violence “by grenades and incendiary objects”.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Al Abadi said he had ordered “no real bullets… to be fired, in the direction of protesters or in the air”.

Mr Al Sadr said in a tweet ahead of the latest clashes that “vandals infiltrated” the protests.

The authorities have pledged to take measures to put an end to the health crisis that has ravaged the oil-rich province of Basra.

Mr Al Abadi announced overnight that he had met lawmakers from Basra, who are in Baghdad for the first parliamentary session since the elections.

He again indicated that water pollution would be addressed, without specifying any measures.

In July, the government announced a multi-billion dollar emergency plan for southern Iraq, to revive infrastructure and services.

But protesters are wary of promises made by the outgoing government, as negotiations drag on over the formation of the next administration.