A Minor Earthquake Before the Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

Minor earthquake reported off Atlantic City coast

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A lifeguard rescue boat lies on the beach on August 27, 2015 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (John Moore/Getty Images)

An earthquake struck about 40 miles from Atlantic City over the weekend, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The minor shake-up happened under the Atlantic Ocean, 4 miles below the Earth’s surface. There were no reports of anyone on the Jersey Shore having noticed tremors from the modest seismic shift that appeared to occur shortly before 10 a.m. Saturday.

Earthquakes in New Jersey are very rare and, according to the state’s government website, nobody has ever been killed by one in the Garden State.

“Damage in New Jersey from earthquakes has been minor: items knocked off shelves, cracked plaster and masonry, and fallen chimneys,” the site states.

Bruce Springsteen, arguably New Jersey’s most famous export, has a connection to hurricane recovery. His 2000 song “My City of Ruins” was in constant rotation following the deadly 2011 quake in Christchurch, New Zealand, when media outlets there frequently played snippets from the tune that’s chorus urges citizens of a disaster-afflicted town to “Come on, rise up!”

The Boss famously dedicated the song to Kiwi rescue workers during a subsequent world tour.

Iran is Building a Nuclear Bomb (Daniel 8:4)

Iran is buying technology to build NUCLEAR weapons claims shock German intelligence

IRAN is attempting to buy technology to build weapons of mass destruction, reports from the German states of Mecklenburg-Vorpommen and Bavaria have sensationally claimed.

Iran has been placed under sanctions to prevent it from developing a nuclear programme (Image: GETTY)

As reported in The Jerusalem Post, the 206-page report of the former alleged Pakistan, Iran, North Korea and Syria need to be mentioned as being suspected of attempting to illegally purchase technologies. It further claimed Iran, China and Russia were the main actors in attempts to gain intelligence on how to obtain such technology. The report from the northern state has been released just days after the Bavarian on said Iran is “making efforts to expand its conventional arsenal of weapons with weapons of mass destruction”.

The intelligence in Bavaria define these weapons as those of anatomic, biological and chemical nature.

The report said while German law prevented the export of an electronic bean wielding machine to Iran, a director of a Bavarian company was convicted for attempting to sell such a device to a customer in Iran.

While the agency reported the law was attempted to be bypassed by claiming the end user was in Malaysia, it alleges this was an attempt “to disguise the actual customer in Iran”.

The machine can be used to produce vehicles to launch missiles.

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Iran has been alleged to be attempting to illegally buy technology for nuclear weapons (Image: GETTY)

Bavarian Office for the Protection of the Constitution then confirmed it would monitor the state to determine whether Iran consistently and consequently complies with the agreement signed in July 2015.

The agreement refers to the so-called Iran nuclear deal – or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – which the states signed with the US, UK, Russia, France, Germany, China and the European Union.

Donald Trump made his opposition to the Barack Obama era deal clear and announced the United States would withdraw from the agreement in July 2018.

The deal made Iran obligated to redesign, convert and reduce its nuclear facilities.

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Donald Trump was a harsh critic of the Iran deal (Image: GETTY)

Iran would be limited in terms of enrichment and stockpile and forced to close Fordo, an underground enrichment centre and convert into a nuclear, physics an technology centre.

It would be allowed to continue to conduct research if agreed to by the other signatories.

A heavy water facility in Arak would be barred from producing weapons-grade plutonium.

Iran which has been operating under an Islamic theocracy since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, has seen clerics declare a fatwa (religious decree) banning the use of nuclear weapons but not their production.

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Ayatollah Khamenei, the highest level Shia authority is Iran’s head of state (Image: GETTY)

Iran: Military forces test Qiam-1 missile from underground facility

The Revolution ended close foreign relations with the West, towards which Tehran is now hostile.

The move towards obtaining weapons of mass destruction is likely to increase tensions and security fears.

The nation’s founder Ayatollah Khomeini referred to the United States as the ‚Great Satan‘.

Iran no longer has any relations with The State of Israel and Iranian agents have, as reported by CNN, been alleged to be involved in terrorist attacks on Israeli and Jewish targets.

The Guardian reported British intelligence held Iran responsible for a cyber attack on the emails of MPs.

Children Left Disabled Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11:2)

WHO: 3 children a month in Gaza left disabled for life

Palestinian student Mohammed Abu Hussain from Gaza, who lost his leg after being shot by an Israeli sniper during „Great March of Return“ demonstrations, sits on a chair holding his crutches at the playground of his school in Gaza City, Gaza on 3 September 2018. [Ali Jadallah – Anadolu Agency]

June 3, 2019 at 12:42 pm 

At least three children in the Gaza Strip are left permanently disabled every month as a result of armed conflict and Israeli violations, data from the World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed.

The report by the WHO, released on Friday, cited data collected between March 2018 and March 2019, and stated that in the past year alone, a total of 172 Gazans were injured in such a way that they were left disabled for life, 36 of whom were children, meaning that one person is affected every other day.

Amputations make up an overwhelming proportion of permanent disabilities, with the most common cause being high-intensity gunshot wounds resulting in 121 amputations. Health agencies and organisations have warned that the number could rise if Gaza’s medical services are not urgently upgraded.

The report stated that these upgraded health services would cater for between 1,209 and 1,746 patients who have required specialised tertiary treatment in order to recover from their injuries, and warned that “without this treatment being made available in Gaza, the number of amputations may drastically increase in 2019.”

Throughout the past year, Israeli fire killed around 305 Palestinians in Gaza and injured 28,104; 92 per cent of whom were male and eight per cent of whom were female. Of those wounded, 22 per cent – or 4,673 – were children.

The vast majority of the life-changing injuries were inflicted during the Great March of Return, a series of weekly protests along the fence with Israel held to call for the Palestinian right of return to homes they were forced out of to make way for the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. The demonstration turned bloody when Israeli forces fired on peaceful Palestinian protestors with live ammunition and tear gas canisters.

Palestinians, in particular the elderly, sick and disabled, come together to call for international efforts to save Gaza from the humanitarian crisis [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Tear gas in particular was the most significant cause of general injuries, resulting in 10,768 counded, while a total of 6,872 bullet wounds made up 25 per cent of all injuries, the majority of which were to the upper and lower limbs.

Furthermore, Israeli attacks on hospitals and medical centres throughout recent years have exacerbated the health crisis in the enclave, hindering medical services and the deployment of foreign emergency medical teams. This has put an enormous amount of strain on the already-frail health care system in Gaza, which suffers from a lack of personnel, upgraded technology, and essential medical resources which has been made worse due to the land, sea, and air blockade imposed on the Strip by Israel since 2007.

“Trauma interventions in Gaza are not only a response to the emergency but also a longer-term investment in building the capacity of the health system to address the critical service gaps that have persisted for years,” said Gerald Rockenschaub, head of WHO’s office for the occupied Palestinian territory.

NYC earthquake risk: the Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

NYC earthquake risk: Could Staten Island be heavily impacted?

By Ann Marie Barron

Updated May 16, 4:31 AM; Posted May 16, 4:00 AM

Rubble litters Main Street after an earthquake struck Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Napa, Calif. A report by the U.S. Geological Survey outlines the differences between the effect of an earthquake in the West vs. one in the East. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – While scientists say it’s impossible to predict when or if an earthquake will occur in New York City, they say that smaller structures — like Staten Island’s bounty of single-family homes — will suffer more than skyscrapers if it does happen.

„Earthquakes in the East tend to cause higher-frequency shaking — faster back-and-forth motion — compared to similar events in the West,“ according to a report by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), published on its website recently „Shorter structures are more susceptible to damage during fast shaking, whereas taller structures are more susceptible during slow shaking.“

DIFFERENCES IN INTENSITY

The report, „East vs West Coast Earthquakes,“ explains how USGS scientists are researching factors that influence regional differences in the intensity and effects of earthquakes, and notes that earthquakes in the East are often felt at more than twice the distance of earthquakes in the West.

Predicting when they will occur is more difficult, said Thomas Pratt, a research geophysicist and the central and Eastern U.S. coordinator for the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program in Reston, Va.

„One of the problems in the East Coast is that we don’t have a history to study,“ he said. „In order to get an idea, we have to have had several cycles of these things. The way we know about them in California is we dig around in the mud and we see evidence of past earthquakes.“

Yet Pratt wouldn’t rule out the possibility of a high-magnitude event taking place in New York, which sits in the middle the North American Tectonic Plate, considered by experts to be quite stable.

„We never know,“ he said. „One could come tomorrow. On the other hand, it could be another 300 years. We don’t understand why earthquakes happen (here) at all.“

Though the city’s last observable earthquake occurred on Oct. 27, 2001, and caused no real damage, New York has been hit by two Magnitude 5 earthquakes in its history – in 1738 and in 1884 — prompting many to say it is „due“ for another.

While earthquakes generally have to be Magnitude 6 or higher to be considered „large,“ by experts, „a Magnitude 5, directly under New York City, would shake it quite strongly,“ Pratt said.

The reason has to do with the rock beneath our feet, the USGS report says.

OLDER ROCKS

In the East, we have older rocks, some of which formed „hundreds of millions of years before those in the West,“ the report says. Since the faults in the rocks have had so much time to heal, the seismic waves travel more efficiently through them when an earthquake occurs.

„Rocks in the East are like a granite countertop and rocks in the West are much softer,“ Pratt said. „Take a granite countertop and hit it and it’ll transmit energy well. In the West, it’s like a sponge. The  energy gets absorbed.“

If a large, Magnitude 7 earthquake does occur, smaller structures, and older structures in Manhattan would be most vulnerable, Pratt said. „In the 1920s, ’30s and late 1800s, they were not built with earthquake resistance,“ he said, noting that newer skyscrapers were built to survive hurricanes, so would be more resistant.

When discussing earthquake prediction and probability, Pratt uses the analogy of a baseball player who averages a home run every 10 times at bat and hasn’t hit one in the past nine games: „When he’s up at bat, will he hit a home run? You just don’t know.“

And though it would probably take a magnitude of 7 to topple buildings in the city, smaller earthquakes are still quite dangerous, he said.

„Bookshelves could fall down and hit you,“ he said. „People could be killed.“ A lot of stone work and heavy objects fell from buildings when a quake of 5.8 magnitude struck central Virginia in 2011, he noted, but, fortunately, no one was injured.

To be safe, Pratt encourages New Yorkers to keep a few days‘ worth of drinking water and other supplies on hand. He, himself, avoids putting heavy things up high.

„It always gets me nervous when I go into a restaurant that has heavy objects high on shelves,“ he said. „It’s unlikely you’ll get an earthquake. But, we just don’t know.“

Iran Threatens Babylon the Great

Top Iranian military aide: US vessels in the Gulf within range of our missiles

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US military vessels in the Gulf are within the range of Iranian missiles, a top military aide to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday, warning any clash between the two countries would push oil prices above $100 a barrel.

Iran and the United States have been drawn into starker confrontation in the past month, a year after Washington pulled out of a deal between Iran and global powers to curb Tehran’s nuclear program in return for lifting international sanctions.

Washington re-imposed sanctions last year and ratcheted them up in May, ordering all countries to halt imports of Iranian oil. In recent weeks it has also hinted at military confrontation, saying it was sending extra forces to the Middle East to respond to an Iranian threat.

Yahya Rahim Safavi, a top military aide to Khamenei, said: “The Americans are fully aware that their military forces (in the region) are within the Iran’s missile range and all US and foreigners’ navy in the Persian Gulf are within the range of land-to-sea missiles of the Revolutionary Guards.”

“The first bullet fired in the Persian Gulf will push oil prices above $100. This would be unbearable to America, Europe and the US allies like Japan and South Korea,” Rahim Safavi was quoted as saying by Fars news agency.

President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday suggested Iran may be willing to hold talks if the United States showed it respect, but said Tehran would not be pressured into negotiations.