A Closer Look At The Sixth Seal (Revelation 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.

UN nuclear chief Amano dies just before the Nuclear Holocaust (Revelation 16)

UN nuclear watchdog chief Amano dies aged 72

by Agencies , (Last Updated 17 hours ago)

NEW YORK: United Nations nuclear watchdog chief Yukiya Amano has died, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Monday, the day he had been expected to announce he would step down early because of an illness that visibly weakened him over the past year.

The 72-year-old Japanese diplomat had held the position of IAEA director-general since 2009, taking over from Mohamed ElBaradei and steering the UN agency through a period of intense diplomacy over Iran’s nuclear program while seeking in vain to return to North Korea.

“The Secretariat of the International Atomic Energy Agency regrets to inform with the deepest sadness of the passing away of Director General Yukiya Amano,” the IAEA said in a statement.

Amano had been preparing to leave his position in March, well before the end of his third four-year term, which ran until November 30, 2021. Diplomats who follow the agency had said he planned to announce his decision on Monday.

The IAEA announced last September that Amano had undergone an unspecified medical procedure. The specific nature of his illness has remained a taboo subject within the agency, diplomats said, but with each public appearance, he had appeared increasingly frail.

Monday’s statement did not lay out a timeframe for naming a successor, though the race to succeed him had been taking shape since last week when it became clear he would step down early.

Argentina’s ambassador to the IAEA, Rafael Grossi, is running to succeed Amano, and diplomats say the agency’s chief coordinator Cornel Feruta of Romania, effectively Amano’s chief of staff, is likely to run. Others could also enter the fray.

While each candidate will have their own management style, it is widely expected that there will be no major change in the agency’s handling of its most high-profile issues, including Iran and a potential return to North Korea, which expelled IAEA inspectors in 2009.

The lack of information around Amano’s illness was also indicative of how his office dealt with sensitive information in general.

Diplomats from IAEA member states often expressed frustration in private at not obtaining more confidential information from Amano and his staff on issues such as its policing of Iran’s nuclear deal with major powers.

Amano, however, insisted that his agency was technical rather than political in nature, striking a contrast with his predecessor ElBaradei, who clashed with US officials over Iran and was often less guarded in discussing sensitive issues.

Babylon the Great Prepares for “Limited” Nuclear War With Iran

Energy Secretary Rick Perry: US modernizing nuclear arsenal ‘as we speak’

Trey YingstJERUSALEM –

Energy Secretary Rick Perry called the American nuclear arsenal the most developed and modern in the world, during an interview Monday with Fox News.

The former Texas governor also said the nation has been working to modernize outdated nuclear weapons “as we speak.”

“Hopefully we’ll never have to use them, but if we do, they’ll work as advertised,” Perry said.

Perry’s remarks took place during a visit to Israel to discuss regional energy and cybersecurity. His trip came as tensions with Iran have continued to rise.

The energy secretary said that while the West has wanted to ensure that Iran never develops a nuclear weapon, the regime in Tehran has posed other major threats.

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT ENERGY SECRETARY RICK PERRY

Perry said thousands of attempted Iranian cyberattacks have taken place daily against the U.S.

“You’ve got some bad actors around the world.  You have some right over here in the neighbor, in Iran, that have clearly made cyberattacks part of their strategy,” Perry said.

Perry met with Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz on Monday to sign an energy cooperation agreement. According to the U.S. Embassy, the counterparts discussed regional cybersecurity and gas investments. Perry is set to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday.

Later this week, Perry will travel to Cairo, where he will represent the United States at the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum, officials said.

Trey Yingst currently serves as a Jersualem-based general assignment reporter for FOX News Channel (FNC). He joined the network in August 2018.

Four Palestinians Shot Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

Four Palestinians reportedly shot, injured during rioting on Gaza border

Hundreds take part in ‘truck march,’ IDF responds with crowd dispersal means

By TOI staffToday, 3:22 pm

Four Palestinians were reportedly shot by the IDF Monday during rioting on border with the Gaza Strip.

The Hamas-run Gaza health ministry said the wounded were shot in the eastern part of the Gaza Strip and suffered various degrees of injuries, the Kan public broadcaster reported.

The injured demonstrators were reportedly part of a “truck march” taking place on the border with tractor-trailers, with hundreds of Palestinians calling for Israel’s blockade on the Gaza Strip to be lifted.

Israel maintains the blockade is necessary to prevent arms smuggling into the Strip.

The IDF said it responded with riot dispersal means.

Over 100 Palestinians were reportedly injured during border rioting Friday. Some 6,000 people reportedly took part in the demonstrations. The army said some rioters hurled rocks and explosive devices at the border fence and that troops were responding with less-lethal means as well as live fire in several cases where suspects attempted to sabotage or break through the border.

Egyptian security officials held talks with Palestinian leaders in recent days, in part to prevent a new flareup of tensions between Israel and the Gaza Strip.

Fresh tensions were feared after Israel shot dead a Hamas field commander along the border on July 11, prompting the Islamist terror organization to vow revenge.Israel later signaled it had fired in error, saying an initial inquiry showed  the Hamas member, Mahmoud Ahmad Sabri al-Adham, had been erroneously identified by soldiers as an armed terrorist, but was apparently an operative trying to stop Palestinian youths from breaching the security fence.

A young Palestinian uses a slingshot to hurl rocks at Israeli troops during clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces across the barbed-wire fence during a border demonstration near Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on July 19, 2019. (Said Khatib/AFP)

On July 19 Israel’s military said two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory, but no damage or injuries were reported. Uncharacteristically, the Israel Defense Forces did not respond to the attack.

Hamas, an Islamist terror group which seeks to destroy Israel, seized control of Gaza from the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority and has been the de facto rulers of the territory ever since.

Under the fragile ceasefire brokered by Egyptian and UN officials following a severe flareup in May, Israel is meant to ease aspects of its blockade on the coastal enclave in exchange for relative calm. Israel maintains that the blockade is necessary to prevent arms from entering Gaza that could be used in attacks against it.

Throughout the past year and a half, the two sides have fought several bouts — with terror groups firing mortar shells, rockets and missiles at Israeli cities and towns, and the IDF retaliating with airstrikes — often sparked by smaller incidents along the border. There has also been weekly border rioting during the period.

How Trump is Starting WW3

By punishing Iran, Trump risks a full-scale war between our two countries

Mohammad KhatamiMon 22 Jul 2019 17.13 BST

The US president should resist the pressure from his advisers and de-escalate the explosive tensions in the Persian Gulf

• Mohammad Khatami was president of the Islamic Republic of Iran from 1997 to 2005

Twenty-one years ago, on my recommendation, the UN general assembly named 2001 the year of “dialogue among civilisations”, and signalled its commitment to peace and its rejection of war and violence. The Iranian people, despite their own historic grievances and troubled history, opened a hopeful new chapter of engagement and dialogue with the Great Powers (US, UK and Russia). These hopes, however, were dashed by the terrorist atrocities of 11 September, 2001 and their tragic aftermath in devastating wars in west Asia. The catastrophic wars of Iraq and Afghanistan and other interventions in the region exacerbated already extant problems, and paved the way for the growth of international terrorism, civil wars in Syria and Iraq, and the depredations and war crimes still unfolding in Yemen. These conflicts have made the region unsafe and have impinged on security around the world.

The Middle East once again faces a crisis not of its own making; a crisis which was both unnecessary and avoidable

In the same period, the development of Iran’s peaceful nuclear programme became a test of the dialogue on peace. In order to build trust with the international community my administration sought dialogue, and after years of difficult and tumultuous negotiations, President Rouhani’s government succeeded in concluding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – known as the Iran nuclear deal – with six other world powers.

Iran has repeatedly declared that it is not seeking to build a nuclear weapon. In addition to observing its obligations under the non-proliferation treaty (NPT), as a gesture of goodwill Iran accepted the JCPOA’s measures to ensure transparent verifiability of the peaceful nature of its civilian nuclear programme. The successful conclusion of the JCPOA was a major achievement which showed that reciprocity and mutual trust between Iran and the E3+3 were not only possible, but desirable. Furthermore, it acted as an important basis on which to build, containing within it the prospect of more fruitful and positive relations between our respective nations in the future. Sadly, Iran was the only country to abide by all the provisions of the JCPOA, while the other signatories have either breached or shirked their responsibilities under its terms.

While Iran was playing a decisive role in defeating the Islamic State’s reign of terror, the Trump administration decided to initiate a new round of hostilities against my country by illegally withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, violating UN security council resolution 2231 that the US had itself jointly sponsored, and waging a campaign of economic sanctions against the Iranian people. President Trump is thus punishing Iran and indeed the world community not for violating the JCPOA, but for complying with this UN-sanctioned international legal agreement. By exiting the JCPOA, the Trump administration has moved against the very principles of dialogue, engagement and coalition-building. It has spurned the cause of peace. Unrelenting sanctions and what is effectively a blockade on Iran impose collective punishment on a nation that has done absolutely nothing wrong. The present US administration is ratcheting up tensions in the Persian Gulf, making a conflagration or even a full-scale war between our two countries increasingly likely.

Jeremy Hunt says ‘small window’ exists to save Iran nuclear deal – video

But the reimposition of brutal sanctions and renewed military threats will not force the Iranian government or my people into submission. Sanctions, like terrorism, are indiscriminate in their targets and ruinous in their consequences.

Today, the Middle East once again faces a crisis not of its own making; a crisis which was both unnecessary and avoidable. It doesn’t have to be this way, and escalating tensions can still be defused. Cool heads must prevail if the region is not going to find itself dragged into yet another violent maelstrom. This cycle of imperious unilateralism and the substitution of military solutions for political ones must stop, and the US administration must respect its international obligations by choosing dialogue over coercive diplomacy and threats of war.

As someone who has made it his life’s mission to defend the dialogue of cultures and civilisations, world peace, democracy, tolerance and human rights, I express my deep concern for the future of the Iranian nation and other nations of our region. It is in this spirit that I call on people of conscience in the US and across the world to promote peace and “dialogue among civilisations” instead of promoting the idea of a “clash of civilisations”. We must form a #CoalitionForPeace that says #NoWarWithIran to prevent disaster. With a view to the acute level of tensions in the Persian Gulf region, the situation is both fragile and explosive.

Despite the pressure coming from some of his advisers, President Trump still has the choice to reverse his administration’s unnecessary escalation. He should be aware that Iranians are steadfast. For well over a century since our 1905 constitutional revolution, Iranians have fought to preserve our dignity and independence. The JCPOA negotiating process was proof of Iran’s good faith and commitment to a respectful international peace. The question is whether the current US administration is willing to respond in kind, instead of continuing to issue insults and threats and using the kind of colonial language more befitting of 19th-century imperial administrators than a 21st-century world power.

It is easy to destroy, but far harder to build. Obstacles to a lasting peace are real. But they are not insurmountable. We must be proactive in our advocacy for peace and dialogue for our own sake and that of future generations. Dialogue, empathy and a willingness to listen to one another is the only way towards hopeful horizons of a bright future.

• Mohammad Khatami was president of the Islamic Republic of Iran from 1997 to 2005

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Russian Horn Helps Iran Nuclear Horn – For Now

File photo – An anti aircraft machine-gun is seen in front of the reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, February 26, 2018

Tehran Says Russia Collaborates With Iran On Development of Nuclear Plant

July 22, 2019

Radio Farda

Chairman of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi says the construction of the second phase of Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant will start next month in collaboration with Russia.

Salam Amini, a member of the Iranian Parliament’s Energy Committee quoted Salehi as having said on Sunday July 21 that “concrete foundations for this part of the nuclear power plant will be laid next month.” The nuclear chief made the remarks during a visit to The Iranian parliament, Majles.

The main contractor for the building is a Russian company which completed the nuclear power plant’s first phase after many years of delay in 2011.

Last month Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian signed a contract for the construction of the 2nd and 3rd phases of the power plant during a visit to Russia.

The United States has exempted some of Iran’s nuclear activities, including those at the Bushehr Power Plant from sanctions. However, following the reduction of Iran’s commitments to the 2015 nuclear deal with the West, many members of the U.S. Congress have called for sanctions against all of Iran’s nuclear activities

The Nations Trample Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (Photo: MCT)

Hamas meets Iran’s supreme leader during warm visit in Tehran

Iran’s state TV says a delegation from the Palestinian militant group Hamas that is visiting Iran has met with the country’s supreme leader.

The TV report on Monday says Ayatollah Ali Khamenei held talks with Hamas’ deputy chief, Saleh al-Arouri, who is heading the delegation. The Hamas delegation also met with Kamal Kharrazi, an adviser to Khamenei.

Hamas is Iran’s first line of defense,” said Al-Arouri following the meeting.

The supreme leader issued a statement at the end of the meeting, calling the U.S. peace proposal – dubbed “the deal of the century” – a “dangerous plot” intended to destroy Palestinian identity with money.  

“This is the main point that one should resist, and not allow them to eliminate the Palestinian identity using money … several years ago, Palestinians were fighting using stones now they have precision rockets,” he said.

The Iranian official news agency IRNA says al-Arouri’s visit to Tehran follows a visit by senior Iranian parliamentary official Hossein Amir-Abdollahian to Lebanon last week. Iran backs both Hamas and the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group.

Earlier on Sunday, Hamas rulers in Gaza condemned Israel’s demolition of a Palestinian village Sur Baher on the outskirts of Jerusalem, which the Supreme Court ruled was an illegal construction.

The terror group called for intensifying “resistance” to the “the Zionist settlement project” in an official statement.

“The increase in the occupation’s crimes against the residents of the holy city is a result of total American support,” said Hazem Qassem, a spokesman for the militant group.