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

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

Monday, March 14, 2011

By Bob Hennelly

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.

Islamic Ideology More Important Than Nuclear Security

Safeguarding country’s ideology more important than security of nuclear bomb: Siraj

December 28, 2018

Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Pakistan, Senator Sirajul Haq has said that safeguarding the ideology of country is more important for national security than the security of the nuclear bomb. Addressing various delegations which called on him at Mansoora on Thursday, Sirajul Haq said that if the rulers had not betrayed the Pakistan ideology, the debacle of East Pakistan would not have taken place.

He said that the US and NATO forces had been defeated in Afghanistan not by arms and ammunition but by the power of faith of the Afghans. The JI chief said that abolition of corruption and abuse of power would remain a dream without a ruthless system of accountability. He said that the silence of the NAB and the Supreme Court in regard to the 436 other persons named in the Panama leaks was surprising.

Sirajul Haq said that after the Quaid-e-Azam and Liaqat Ali Khan, Pakistan did not get an ideological leadership and a small group continued to rule the country for the last 71 years and sucked the blood of the people. The ruling elite had enslaved the coming generations of the nation with the IMF and the World Bank, he added. He said that had the government, the courts and the NAB been doing their duty, Pakistan would not have been under the debt of 96 billion dollars today. He said that corruption could be wiped out only by deciding the cases in the light of the Islamic teachings.

The JI chief said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government could fulfill its promise of building Pakistan a Madina like state, only by adopting the Islamic economic system which was free from interest.—INP

More Violence Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11:2)

Israeli security forces fire tear gas at rioters near the Gaza border with Israel in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip

It’s Friday: More Hamas Violence at Gaza Border with Israel

Hana Levi Julian

21 Tevet 5779 – December 28, 2018

Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash 90

Another Friday, Another Round of Violence at Gaza Border

Thousands of Gazans led by Hamas terrorists again attacked Israel’s security fence and military forces Friday as they defended the border on Friday.

During the clashes at least one rioter was killed and five more were injured, according to Arab media and the Gaza Health Ministry.

Also on Friday an incendiary balloon was found in the Sdot Negev Regional Council district near a kindergarten. It was the first such incident to occur in weeks.

A police sapper was summoned to the site to defuse the homemade bomb that was attached to the balloon.

Furious Antichrist demands US troop withdrawal

Furious Iraqi lawmakers demand US troop withdrawal

PHILIP ISSA Dec 27, 2018 Updated 19 min ago

BAGHDAD (AP) — President Donald Trump’s surprise trip to Iraq may have quieted criticism at home that he had yet to visit troops in a combat zone, but it has infuriated Iraqi politicians who on Thursday demanded the withdrawal of U.S. forces.

Arrogant“ and „a violation of national sovereignty“ were but a few examples of the disapproval emanating from Baghdad following Trump’s meeting Wednesday with U.S. servicemen and women at the al-Asad Airbase.

Trips by U.S. presidents to conflict zones are typically shrouded in secrecy and subject to strict security measures, and Trump’s was no exception. Few in Iraq or elsewhere knew the U.S. president was in the country until minutes before he left.

But this trip came as curbing foreign influence in Iraqi affairs has become a hot-button political issue in Baghdad, and Trump’s perceived presidential faux-pas was failing to meet with the prime minister in a break with diplomatic custom for any visiting head of state.

On the ground for only about three hours, the American president told the men and women with the U.S. military that Islamic State forces have been vanquished, and he defended his decision against all advice to withdraw U.S. troops from neighboring Syria, He said the U.S. was once again respected as a nation, and declared: „We’re no longer the suckers, folks.“

The abruptness of his visit left lawmakers in Baghdad smarting and drawing unfavorable comparisons to the occupation of Iraq after the 2003 invasion.

„Trump needs to know his limits. The American occupation of Iraq is over,“ said Sabah al-Saidi, the head of one of two main blocs in Iraq’s parliament.

Trump, he said, had slipped into Iraq, „as though Iraq is a state of the United States.“

While Trump didn’t meet with any officials, he spoke with Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi by phone. A planned meeting between the two leaders was canceled over a „difference in points of view“ over arrangements, according to the prime minister’s office.

The visit could have unintended consequences for American policy, with officials from both sides of Iraq’s political divide calling for a vote in Parliament to expel U.S. forces from the country.

The president, who kept to the U.S. air base approximately 100 kilometers (60 miles) west of Baghdad, said he had no plans to withdraw the 5,200 troops in the country. He said Ain al-Asad could be used for U.S. air strikes inside Syria.

The suggestion ran counter to the current sentiment of Iraqi politics, which favors claiming sovereignty over foreign and domestic policy and staying above the fray in regional conflicts.

„Iraq should not be a platform for the Americans to settle their accounts with either the Russians or the Iranians in the region,“ said Hakim al-Zamili, a senior lawmaker in al-Saidi’s Islah bloc in Parliament.

U.S. troops are stationed in Iraq as part of the coalition against the Islamic State group. American forces withdrew in 2011 after invading in 2003 but returned in 2014 at the invitation of the Iraqi government to help fight the jihadist group. Trump’s visit was the first by a U.S. president since Barack Obama met with then-Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki at a U.S. base outside Baghdad in 2009.

After defeating IS militants in their last urban bastions last year, Iraqi politicians and militia leaders are speaking out against the continued presence of U.S. forces on Iraqi soil.

Supporters of the populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr won big in national elections in May, campaigning on a platform to curb U.S. and rival Iranian involvement in Iraqi affairs. Al-Sadr’s lawmakers now form the core of the Islah bloc, which is headed by al-Saidi in Parliament.

The rival Binaa bloc, commanded by politicians and militia leaders close to Iran, also does not favor the U.S.

Qais Khazali, the head of the Iran-backed Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia that fought key battles against IS in northern Iraq, promised on Twitter that Parliament would vote to expel U.S. forces from Iraq, or the militias would force them out by „other means.“

Khazali was jailed by British and U.S. forces from 2007 to 2010 for managing sections of the Shia insurgency against the occupation during those years.

Trump’s visit would be a „great moral boost to the political parties, armed factions, and others who oppose the American presence in Iraq,“ Iraqi political analyst Ziad al-Arar said.

Still, the U.S. and Iraq developed considerable military and intelligence ties in the war against IS, and they continue to pay off in operations against militants gone into hiding.

Earlier in the month, Iraqi forces called in an airstrike by U.S.-coalition forces to destroy a tunnel used by IS militants in the Atshanah mountains in north Iraq. Four militants were killed, according to the coalition.

A hasty departure of U.S. forces would jeopardize such arrangements, said Iraqi analyst Hamza Mustafa.

Relations between the U.S. and Iraq also extend beyond military ties. U.S. companies have considerable interests in Iraq’s petrochemical industry, and American diplomats are often brokers between Iraq’s fractious political elite.

Iraq’s Sunni politicians have been largely quiet about the presidential visit, reflecting the ties they have cultivated with the U.S. to counterbalance the might of the country’s Iran-backed and predominantly-Shiite militias.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Abdul-Mahdi accepted Trump’s invitation to the White House during their call, though the prime minister’s office has so far refused to confirm that.

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Associated Press reporters Ahmed Sami and Ali Jabar contributed.