History Warns New York Is The Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

New York Earthquake 1884

Friday, 18 March 2011 – 9:23pm IST | Place: NEW YORK | Agency: ANI

If the past is any indication, New York can be hit by an earthquake, claims John Armbruster, a seismologist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

If the past is any indication, New York can be hit by an earthquake, claims John Armbruster, a seismologist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.Based on historical precedent, Armbruster says the New York City metro area is susceptible to an earthquake of at least a magnitude of 5.0 once a century.According to the New York Daily News, Lynn Skyes, lead author of a recent study by seismologists at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory adds that a magnitude-6 quake hits the area about every 670 years, and magnitude-7 every 3,400 years.A 5.2-magnitude quake shook New York City in 1737 and another of the same severity hit in 1884.

Tremors were felt from Maine to Virginia.

There are several fault lines in the metro area, including one along Manhattan’s 125th St. – which may have generated two small tremors in 1981 and may have been the source of the major 1737 earthquake, says Armbruster.

There’s another fault line on Dyckman St and one in Dobbs Ferry in nearby Westchester County.

“The problem here comes from many subtle faults,” explained Skyes after the study was published.

He adds: “We now see there is earthquake activity on them. Each one is small, but when you add them up, they are probably more dangerous than we thought.”

“Considering population density and the condition of the region’s infrastructure and building stock, it is clear that even a moderate earthquake would have considerable consequences in terms of public safety and economic impact,” says the New York City Area Consortium for Earthquake Loss Mitigation on its website.

Armbruster says a 5.0-magnitude earthquake today likely would result in casualties and hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.

“I would expect some people to be killed,” he notes.

The scope and scale of damage would multiply exponentially with each additional tick on the Richter scale.

Hundreds of Limbs Lost Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11:2)

Hundreds of wounded Gaza protesters risk limb amputation without immediate help, warns top UN official

In an appeal for $20 million to help victims hurt during protests dubbed the Great March of Return – weekly rallies on Fridays by Gazans that began a year ago, leaving 29,000 people injured, many by live ammunition – Jamie McGoldrick, Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), said that more resources were urgently required.

“The health structures really are in bad shape and that’s why we have put this appeal out for $20 million to address the needs of those 1,700 people, but also to support the health system”, he said.

Of that 29,000, 7,000 have been shot with live ammunition and those are the ones who have been treated at facilities that are under very serious stress anyway”, Mr. McGoldrick added.

To date, some 120 amputations have taken place since the beginning of the demonstrations, according to the UN official, with 20 children among the amputees.

‘Running against the clock’

“We are running against the clock for some of these cases and osteomyelitis – bone infection – will be a crisis, and the need is to treat that, prevent that, otherwise we will have amputations,” he said. “The technical abilities of doctors on the ground to carry out treatment required for the 1,700 (injured demonstrators) just doesn’t exist.”

Speaking in Geneva following a lull in deadly violence over the weekend at the Israel-Gaza border between militant groups in Gaza – which is controlled by Hamas – and Israeli security forces, Mr. McGoldrick insisted on the need for dialogue to address the dire economic and humanitarian situation there.

He confirmed that UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, was in Cairo to reinforce the fragile Gaza ceasefire deal reportedly mediated by Egypt, adding that he hoped this would allow humanitarian deliveries to resume “because we were prevented from doing work, because of the insecurity and instability”.

Today, average household debt in Gaza is $4,000, the UN official explained, noting that average salaries are $400 a month. The situation has been made worse by chronically high youth unemployment and the fact that the UN’s $350 million humanitarian appeal for 2019 is funded at only 14 per cent.

“It’s not going to get any better, it’s getting worse,” he said. “If you look at the number of shops that have closed because of debt…people are using all sorts of means, selling assets, doctors going abroad leaving the family and sending remittances back, we’re hearing that the indebted nature of some of the poorest families is quite heavy.”

During the recent military activity, hundreds of rockets were launched from Gaza by Palestinian militants into southern Israel, and hundreds of airstrikes and tank rounds were fired in return, causing 29 fatalities in Gaza and four in Israel, along with some 200 casualties on each side.

“The situation is very precarious,” Mr. McGoldrick said. “And I think the need for a political solution is all the more highlighted because of how easy it is to slip into something very quickly.”

Iran Rebuilds Her Nuclear Horn (Daniel 8:4)

President Hassan Rouhani says Iran will stop complying with some parts of nuclear deal

Kim HjelmgaardDeirdre Shesgreen   | USA TODAY

The U.S. is sending a carrier strike group to Iran to send ‘clear’ message

National Security Advisor John Bolton announced that the U.S. is sending the USS Abraham Lincoln Strike Group and a bomber task force to the Middle East.

Iran’s president announced Wednesday that the would stop complying with two provisions in the nuclear accord it signed with world powers.

Hassan Rouhani said Iran would reduce its compliance with the 2015 deal in response to new restrictions imposed by the Trump administration, part of a broader U.S. campaign to ratchet up economic and military pressure on Tehran. Iran’s declaration came on the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s unilateral withdrawal from the agreement that limited Iran’s nuclear program in return for sanctions relief.

Rouhani said Iran will keep excess low-enriched uranium and “heavy water” from its nuclear program inside the country – as opposed to selling it internationally – in a move that effectively amounts to a partial breach of the deal.

The Trump administration said last week it would sanction any country or business that purchased those products from Iran.

Rouhani set a 60-day deadline for new terms to the nuclear accord, absent negotiations with the United States, Britain, France, Germany, China, Russia and the European Union. He said that if those terms aren’t met, Iran will resume higher uranium enrichment, the process that creates nuclear fuel. 

“We felt that the nuclear deal needs a surgery, and the painkiller pills of the last year have been ineffective,” Rouhani said in a nationally televised address. “This surgery is for saving the deal, not destroying it.”

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who was in Moscow, tweeted, “After a year of patience, Iran stops measures that U.S. has made impossible to continue.” Zarif warned that world powers have “a narrowing window to reverse this.”

American officials on Wednesday slapped yet more economic penalties on Iran. The White House announced sanctions aimed at blocking Iran from exporting iron, steel, aluminum and copper, which it said were the regime’s largest non-petroleum-related sources of export revenue.

Brian Hook, the State Department’s special representative for Iran and senior policy adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, said Iran intends to expand its nuclear weapons program. “That is in defiance of international norms and yet another attempt by the regime at nuclear blackmail,” he said.

Experts said Iran’s move is a relatively soft counterpunch to the Trump administration’s intense campaign to isolate the regime politically and economically. Some suggested the Trump administration’s policies seem designed to achieve this exact escalation.

“This was pretty predictable,” said Ali Vaez, Iran project director at the Crisis Group, a nonpartisan group focused on preventing conflict.

“The U.S. has tried to bring Iran to its knees with its maximum pressure campaign in a minimum amount of time, and for about a year, the Iranians demonstrated restraint and remained committed to their obligations under the nuclear deal,” he said.

“But they have increasingly less to lose because the U.S. sanctions have effectively deprived them of all the benefits that the nuclear deal promised,” Vaez said.

Vaez said Iran’s response was “cleverly devised” to shift the blame to the Trump administration “because the U.S. last week basically rendered it illegal or a sanctionable act for any country to buy the excess … heavy water and low-enriched uranium.”

Others echoed that assessment and said Iran’s announcement did not necessarily signal a desire by the regime to become a nuclear-armed nation.

“I think we should be very careful about assuming that Iran stepping away from the JCPOA means stepping closer to the bomb,” said Esfandyar Batmanghelidj, a dual American Iranian national who runs a news and research agency focused on Iran’s economy. He noted that Iran is still a party to an international nuclear nonproliferation treaty and has not seriously pursued a nuclear weapons program for over a decade.

“So far, Iran remains committed to the deal, and we should not trap ourselves in a deal/bomb binary,” said London-based Batmanghelidj.

The Pentagon redirected aircraft bombers and a carrier strike group to the Middle East, citing intercepted intelligence indicating that Iran or its proxies in the region might be preparing attacks on American military troops and facilities.

Last month, Trump designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, an elite wing of the nation’s military that also plays a large economic role, a terrorist organization.

The economic sanctions the White House has imposed since withdrawing from the nuclear deal officially target Iran’s government and industries but they have also hindered Iranians’ access to essential medicines and consumer products.

Pompeo took an unscheduled trip to Iraq on Tuesday where he met with Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi and briefed Iraqi officials on the “increased threat stream that we had seen” from Iranian forces.

“We talked to them about the importance of Iraq ensuring that it’s able to adequately protect Americans in their country,” Pompeo said.

“I think everyone will look at the Iranian decision and have to make their own assessment about how much increased risk there is,” he said.

There are about 5,000 U.S. troops serving in Iraq.

America’s top diplomat gave an address Wednesday in London where the topic of rising tensions between the United States and Iran came up again.

“They take hostages and repress their own people. I urge the U.K. to stand with us to rein in the regime’s bloodletting and lawlessness, not soothe the Ayatollahs angry at our decision to pull out of the nuclear deal,” Pompeo said in Britain’s capital.

President Barack Obama, whose administration negotiated the nuclear deal, sought to block Iran’s progress toward nuclear weapons through diplomacy. The Trump administration, by contrast, has not been shy in its preference for a campaign of “maximum pressure” on Iran and has cut off all contact with the regime.

Vaez said Iran’s announcement was a measured response and designed “mostly to serve as leverage in order to compel the remaining parties in the deal to throw Iran an economic lifeline in the face of U.S. sanctions.”

European signatories to the nuclear accord have attempted to stay in the nuclear agreement by establishing a financial mechanism, known as INSTEX, intended to help them circumvent U.S. sanctions, but it has not been fully implemented.

Animosity between the United States and Iran stretches back decades to when the CIA helped install a dictator as Iran’s leader in 1953. A hostage crisis in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran coincided with the birth of the Islamic Republic in 1979.

Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton say confronting Iran is key to achieving peace and security in the Middle East, and both men are among Iran’s fiercest critics in Washington. Bolton was instrumental in advocating for the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

They provided few details about the nature of the threat that led to the sending of a carrier strike group and bomber task force to the Persian Gulf. Iran-backed militias killed 608 U.S. soldiers in Iraq from 2003-2011, according to the Pentagon. Tehran is regularly accused of being the largest state sponsor of terrorism, but the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog has repeatedly verified that the regime has adhered to the 2015 nuclear pact – even after the U.S. departure last May.

“The (nuclear deal) is doing what it was designed to do: preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. As such, the deal is too important to be allowed to die,” the directors of 18 foreign affairs think tanks and research institutes wrote in a joint letter published Wednesday as Iran signaled that the accord could totally unravel.

“I’m deeply worried that the Trump administration is leading us toward an unnecessary war with Iran,” said Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., in a statement late Tuesday. “Let me make one thing clear: The Trump administration has no legal authority to start a war against Iran without the consent of Congress.”

Batmanghelidj said, “Iranians perceive something deeply vindictive about the way the Trump administration is treating their country.”

That doesn’t mean that people are growing more supportive of the Islamic Republic.

“It is possible to be dismayed with both the U.S. government and their own government,” he said.

Contributing: Tom Vanden Brook


Babylon the Great Increases it’s Air Power against Iran

B-52 bombers are off to rebuff Iran after threats to US troops; DoD won’t say what those were

Kyle Rempfer

The Pentagon is deploying a B-52 bomber task force alongside the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group to the U.S. Central Command area of operations amid threats of “heightened Iranian readiness to conduct offensive operations,” according to defense officials.

While the carrier strike group was already planning to visit the region, Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan ordered the vessels to go earlier than scheduled, canceling a port visit to Croatia, and expediting transit to the region, the Pentagon said in a series of responses Tuesday to provide more insight into a decision announced this weekend.

While the U.S. Air Force is also deploying B-52 bombers to the region, CENTCOM declined to say which squadrons are being tapped.

Officials did not provide a specific timeline for either deployment, nor would they say where specifically the aircraft and ships would operate, though carrier strike groups have sailed through the Arabian Sea and the Persian Gulf on similar missions.

The exact nature of the threat that was received was also not provided by the Pentagon. The mission comes as Iran is expected to announce plans to withdraw from parts of the 2015 nuclear deal this week, one year after the U.S. abandoned the agreement.

The shift in assets to CENTCOM was in response to “recent and clear” indications that the Iranian military or its proxy forces were making preparations to possibly attack American troops in the region, according to Navy Capt. Bill Urban, a CENTCOM spokesman.

“U.S. Central Command requested the additional forces to protect U.S. forces and interests in the region and to deter any aggression,” Urban said. “A number of factors define credibility but they are all related to the sources and methods through which information is obtained, which is not something we are going to be able to talk about.”

The possible attack includes “threats on land and in the maritime,” Urban said. “We are not going to be able to provide detailed information on specific threats at this time.”

Urban added that commercial shipping has been alerted to the threats.

The carrier strike group has more than 6,000 sailors attached to it, according to Navy Lt. Cmdr. Joe Hontz, U.S. European Command spokesman.

The vessels in the strike group include the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln with its carrier air wing, the cruiser Leyte Gulf, and the destroyers Bainbridge, Gonzalez, Mason and Nitze.

The Abraham Lincoln and John C. Stennis carrier strike groups conducted carrier strike force operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet. Together, the strike groups will complete high-end war fighting training., (Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeremiah Bartelt/Navy)

National Security Adviser John Bolton said that the bombers and vessels are being sent to the region to deliver “a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attack on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force.”

“The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or regular Iranian forces,” Bolton said in a statement Sunday.

Asked about what was causing the U.S. response, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was scant on details Monday.

“I don’t want to talk about what underlays it, but make no mistake, we have good reason to want to communicate clearly about how the Iranians should understand how we will respond to actions they may take,” Pompeo said, adding that the threats are separate from deadly events that took place in Gaza and Israel recently, the Associated Press reported.

Iran Threatens Babylon the Great (Daniel 8:4)

Iran’s supreme leader warns of coming escalation against America

by Tom Rogan  | May 07, 2019 02:13 PM

Iran on Wednesday will announce its suspended conformity with the terms of the 2015 nuclear agreement. This reflects Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s embrace of a more adversarial foreign policy.

The signs are clear. Supreme Leader Khamenei offered a thinly veiled pledge on Monday to escalate against the U.S. As Khamenei put it, “If God assists a nation but they fail to appreciate it, they will be slapped. Today there is no option but to stand against the devils, tyrannies and disbelievers.”

Taken from a speech on Monday, Khamenei’s language is particularly interesting. Describing Iran’s theological identity (“God assists a nation”) as the requirement for aggressive action (“no option but to stand against”), the supreme leader is framing his words as a theological responsibility. This is noteworthy in that revolutionary Iran’s Shia-Khomeinist ideology centers in the supreme value of ferocious struggle against superior odds. Leaving little doubt as to his theological messaging, regime media reports that Khamenei concluded his speech by referring to “Imam Khomeini” as having “taught us how to act and we took action.”

Khamenei has ultimate control over foreign policy.

Now consider what President Hassan Rouhani is planning for Wednesday. As hardliner Iranian media outlet Fars News observes, Rouhani is almost certain to suspend Iranian cooperation with significant elements of the nuclear deal. That might lead to the European Union’s reimposed sanctions on Iran, or it might not. But it’s clear where Russia stands. Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif is meeting with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Tuesday. That meeting reflects Russia’s desire to support Iran in the aftermath of Rouhani’s announcement. The battle lines are being drawn.

All this said, we must consider that Khamenei’s comments are not solely focused on Rouhani’s announcement. Concerns over Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps plotting against U.S. military forces in the Strait of Hormuz are real. The Iranian Navy has been sailing up and down the Strait of Hormuz this week waving the flag.

In short, growing evidence suggests the U.S. must be prepared for violence.