The Sixth Seal: More Than Just Manhattan (Revelation 6:12)

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By Brooklyn Eagle

And Brooklyn, resting on sediment, would shake more than Manhattan, built on solid rock. “There would be more shaking and more damage,” Dr. Kim told the Brooklyn Eagle on Wednesday.

If an earthquake of a similar magnitude were to happen today near Brooklyn, “Many chimneys would topple. Poorly maintained buildings would fall down – some buildings are falling down now even without any shaking. People would not be hit by collapsing buildings, but they would be hit by falling debris. We need to get some of these buildings fixed,” he said.

But a 5.2 is “not comparable to Haiti,” he said. “That was huge.” Haiti’s devastating earthquake measured 7.0.

Brooklyn has a different environment than Haiti, and that makes all the difference, he said. Haiti is situated near tectonic plate.

“The Caribbean plate is moving to the east, while the North American plate is moving towards the west. They move about 20 mm – slightly less than an inch – every year.” The plates are sliding past each other, and the movement is not smooth, leading to jolts, he said.

While we don’t have the opportunity for a large jolt in Brooklyn, we do have small, frequent quakes of a magnitude of 2 or 3 on the Richter Scale. In 2001 alone the city experienced two quakes: one in January, measuring 2.4, and one in October, measuring 2.6. The October quake, occurring soon after Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, “caused a lot of panic,” Dr. Kim said.

“People ask me, ‘Should I get earthquake insurance?’ I tell them no, earthquake insurance is expensive. Instead, use that money to fix chimneys and other things. Rather than panicky preparations, use common sense to make things better.”

Secure bookcases to the wall and make sure hanging furniture does not fall down, Dr. Kim said. “If you have antique porcelains or dishes, make sure they’re safely stored. In California, everything is anchored to the ground.”

While a small earthquake in Brooklyn may cause panic, “In California, a quake of magnitude 2 is called a micro-quake,” he added.

Shelling Increases Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

Israel Defense Forces tank near the Gaza border fence, August 10, 2019.Eliyahu Hershkovitz

Israel Shells Hamas Outposts After Gazan Opens Fire on Troops Near Border

Sources in Gaza say Palestinian has been killed, however the army is yet to confirm it ■ Incident comes a day after four heavily Palestinians were shot dead by IDF fire after breaching the Gaza border fence

Yaniv KubovichJack Khoury11.08.2019 | 08:30

Israeli forces shot an armed Palestinian who approached the Gaza border fence on Sunday morning, the Israel Defense Forces’ Spokesperson’s Unit said.

Israeli forces responded by shelling Hamas outposts near the site of the incident in the northern Gaza Strip, the statement said, after the man opened fire at Israeli soldiers.

No Israeli casualties were reported. Palestinian sources in Gaza said the Palestinian was killed, identifying him as Marwan Khaled Nasser, 26, from Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip. The Israeli army has yet to confirm the report.

Gaza Health Ministry issued an official statement saying Nasser’s body was transferred to a hospital in Beit Hanoun.

Earlier, Palestinians reported of loud explosions near the city of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip.

Sunday marks the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid Al-Adha. Mass prayers are scheduled in two locations near the Gaza-Israel border.

On Saturday, four armed men were shot dead after one crossed the Gaza border, fired at IDF troops and tossed a grenade, according to an army statement, which said the militants were armed with AK-47 assault rifles, hand grenades, and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher.

Palestinian reports from Gaza identified the four militants as Abdullah Ismail Al-Hamaida, 21, Abdullah Ashraf al-Ghomri, 19, Ahmad Ayman al-Adeini, 20 and Abdallah al-Masri, 21, all of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.

According to reports, the four belonged to an extremist Salafi Muslim sect that underwent weapons training as former members of Hamas’ military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades. Reports say the four distanced themselves from Hamas a few months ago due to their Salafism.

IDF Spokesman Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis said that “a very large attack” had been prevented. The militants’ remains are in Israeli custody, the army said.

Manelis further said that the incident was clearly an infiltration attempt by an organized cell, whose members were equpped with weapons and food. The military was still assessing whether the cell planned to target troops or civilians, he said.

Hamas spokesman Abdulatif al-Qanua, meanwhile, said that Israel “Committed a crime against a group of young men furious because of the organized terror [of Israel] against the Palestinian nation and the seige of Gaza,” and added that Israel is responsible for the anger and stress of Palestinians in Gaza.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the infiltration attempt, with defense sources saying that the number of people and weapons involved suggested it was not spontaneously organized, but rather planned by a group in Gaza opposed to the policies of the enclave’s rulers. The sources added that it was unlikely that an attack with this level of preparation could have been planned without Hamas or Islamic Jihad’s knowledge.

Hamas Spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said that “A continuation of the blockade on the Gaza Strip will bring about an explosion in the region, and therefore we must remove the blockade and end the suffering of Gaza residents.”

An Islamic Jihad statement said that “On the eve of Eid al-Adha, four martyrs sacrificed their lives in the Gaza Strip. Israeli terror will not calm the overpowering fury in the souls of the free men.” It went on to say that Israeli actions, such as offenses at the Al-Aqsa mosque, the blockade of Gaza, the destruction of Palestinian homes, arrests and others, “are elements for an explosion that will come so long as Israel’s policy continues, and it is reponsible for these crimes.”

In the hours preceding the military’s announcement, Palestinian reports on social media said Israeli aircraft had struck a Hamas observation post in the central Gaza Strip, and that gunfire could be heard on the border at the same time. Gazans reported that Israeli aircraft were still encircling the skies hours later.

Meanwhile, Palestinian media outlets reported that Israeli troops entered the West Bank town of Bayt Kahil north of Hebron, conducting searches of homes. There were also reports that Israeli forces blocked off traffic and arrested three men and a woman.

Last week, the military said three soldiers were shot and wounded by Hani Abu Salah, a Palestinian who infiltrated the Gaza border fence east of Khan Yunis. According to the army, Abu Salah was subsequently killed by Israeli fire.

Manelis said at the time that Abu Salah was wearing a Hamas uniform and armed with an AK-47 and grenades. Preliminary investigations assessed that the suspect acted independently.

Earlier this week, the Shin Bet security agency said it had uncovered a Hamas cell in Hebron whose members were plotting to carry out attacks in Jerusalem. The suspects, who received orders from Hamas in the Gaza Strip, were arrested in June in a joint operation with the Israeli army and police, the Shin Bet said.

Also this week, a 19-year-old Israeli soldier and yeshiva student was stabbed to death in the West Bank settlement bloc of Gush Etzion by an unknown assailant.

Fighting in the Holy City (Revelation 11)

Muslim worshippers clash with Israeli police at Jerusalem holy site

Muslims refer to the site as the Noble Sanctuary and Jews refer to it as the Temple Mount.

JERUSALEM — Muslim worshipers clashed with Israeli police in Jerusalem’s Old City Sunday, a holy day on the religious calendar for both the Jewish and Islamic faiths.

Israeli authorities said that tens of thousands flooded the holy site to participate in prayers marking the beginning of Eid al-Adha, with clashes breaking out after protesters began crowding around the only gate where non-Muslims can enter the compound.

Police said Muslim worshippers started throwing stones and chairs at officers who were guarding the entrance to the site, which Muslims refer to as the Noble Sanctuary and Jews refer to as the Temple Mount.

Police fired tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets in response.

Some 37 Muslims were injured in the clashes, according to the Red Crescent. Israeli authorities said four officers were lightly injured in the skirmishes.

Rumours had swirled that some Jewish visitors would be allowed to enter to mark the day of mourning for the destruction of the two Jewish temples that stood there in antiquity.

Israeli authorities can decide to bar entry to Jewish visitors on Muslim holidays if they feel it will stoke tensions. Police had initially prohibited them from entering the complex, but later reversed the decision after the clashes broke out.

Jewish visitors streamed through the gate under close police escort, triggering further skirmishes, according to a guard at the compound who spoke to NBC News. The Jewish visitors left the compound shortly after, according to the Associated Press.

Hanan Ashrawi, a veteran Palestinian politician, accused Israel of provoking religious and political tension.

“The storming of al-Aqsa mosque compound by Israeli occupation forces this Eid morning is an act of recklessness and aggression,” she said in a statement.

The contested complex in central Jerusalem is the holiest site in Judaism and the third holiest for Islam after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.

For Muslims, the 37-acre esplanade is home to Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Islamic Dome of the Rock shrine. For Jews, its status as their religion’s holiest site is tied to its history as the site of First and Second Temples.

Conflicts over the area have triggered confrontations for centuries.

Nowadays Israel provides security for the compound, while neighboring Jordan manages the ceremonial and religious aspects of the complex.

Jordan issued a statement condemning what it described as “blatant Israeli violations” against Al-Aqsa mosque and said it had sent a formal complaint to Israel.

“The Israeli government bears full responsibility for the resulting violence and high tension,” said Sufian al-Qudah, a spokesman for the Jordanian Foreign Ministry.

Jewish visitors are not permitted to pray at the site under a longstanding arrangement between Israel and Muslim authorities. Jewish tradition also maintains that Jews should not enter the site and Jews pray instead outside at the Western or Wailing Wall.

In recent years, however, Israeli religious nationalists have encouraged Jews to pray inside the site, challenging the delicate status quo.

Palestinians view this as a provocation and are concerned that Jews mean to seize control or partition the complex. The Israeli government has repeatedly said it has no intention of changing the current arrangement.

Welcoming the South Korean Nuclear Horn (Daniel 7:7)

Hwang Kyo-ahn, leader of the Liberty Korea Party, heads to the National Assembly with floor leader Na Kyung-won and Rep. Won Yoo-chul to attend an emergency meeting of a special diplomatic and security committee on North Korean nuclear weapons on July 30. (Yonhap News)

Redeploying nuclear weapons in S. Korea would ignite arms race across NE Asia

Rep. Won Yoo-chul, a member of the conservative Liberty Korea Party (LKP) and chairman of the party’s special committee on security, foreign affairs, and the North Korean nuclear program, announced “the redeployment of tactical nuclear weapons” as his party’s platform on Aug. 8. “We’re preparing for Korean-style nuclear capability as a real and viable alternative,” Won added

In an upcoming policy forum on Aug. 12, the party plans to formalize its official position. It’s very worrying that the party is seeking to use North Korea’s launches of new short-range missiles to justify its aim of redeploying tactical nuclear weapons and pursuing nuclear development.

LKP floor leader Na Kyung-won has urged the Blue House to “actively consider the use of a nuclear deterrent, such as NATO-style sharing of nukes.” Cho Kyoung-tae, a member of the party’s Supreme Council, wants South Korea to pursue its own nuclear program. The party argues that South Korea should respond to the North’s nuclear and missile threats by acquiring a meaningful nuclear deterrent rather than through making futile appeals for peace. But that type of thinking is an irresponsible and dangerous form of “security populism.”

The idea of using nuclear weapons to bolster deterrence might sound plausible, but it’s actually vacuous. The moment the South Korean government starts talking about redeploying tactical nuclear weapons or pursuing its own nuclear program, not only the Korean Peninsula but all of Northeast Asia will be dragged into a nuclear arms race. It would immediately eliminate the rationale for condemning the North’s nuclear and ballistic missile development and for cooperating with the international community to pressure Pyongyang into denuclearization. We must bear in mind that fighting nukes with nukes would only cripple the Korean Peninsula peace process and give North Korea ammunition to justify its own nuclear weapons program.

If South Korea goes nuclear, it would obviously trigger a confrontation with longtime nuclear powers China and Russia. In the past, when the US deployed some 1,000 surface-to-surface missiles in South Korea, the Soviet Union and China countered by concentrating nuclear weaponry in Vladivostok and the Shandong Peninsula, within range of the Korean Peninsula. Such a step by Seoul would also likely trigger Japan’s acquisition of a nuclear arsenal, providing a pretext for the Abe administration’s dreams of acquiring the capacity to wage war. And the US would pass on the enormous cost of tactical nukes to South Korea.

The LKP has proposed the redeployment of tactical nuclear weapons whenever a nuclear crisis arises with Pyongyang. In 2017, Hong Joon-pyo, chairman of the party, officially proposed bringing tactical nukes back to the peninsula and even organized a delegation to ask the US to do so. Irresponsible security populism, however, can never alleviate security threats like the North’s nuclear program. In December 1991, President Roh Tae-woo declared that there was not a single nuclear device on the Korean Peninsula; we must not let the peninsula again become the most dangerous place on earth, a “danger zone for nuclear war.” The LKP should immediately drop its extremely dangerous calls for nuclear armament.]

More Russian Nuclear Mysteries (Daniel 7)

The scene following the nuclear radiation explosion (Image: GETTY)

Russia nuclear leak: Mystery as two scientists’ bodies disappear after radiation explosion

BODIES of Russian scientists killed following a colossal nuclear radiation explosion have mysteriously vanished, arousing suspicions corpses have been thrown into the sea.

By CARLY READ

PUBLISHED: 07:27, Sun, Aug 11, 2019

UPDATED: 08:05, Sun, Aug 11, 2019

In a week of three eerie explosions across scarce landscapes in Russia, the death toll including the five killed in a recent deadly radiation explosion is now 10. But Russia’s nuclear energy cooperation said two of the bodies of five research workers killed in the latest explosion, which took place on Thursday, have been hurled into the sea after they disappeared. The five were killed when a rocket engine test went wrong triggering a biblical explosion caught on camera by a terrified resident that felt it miles away.


Russia nuclear leak: Footage reveals officials wearing hazmat suits

Rosatom – the country’s state nuclear energy corporation – said in a statement the men’s bodies have been thrown into the sea.

The statement read: “After the explosion, some Rosatom employees were thrown into the sea.”

The statement added: “They were searched for while there was a hope to find them alive.”

The move raises questions first over why the explosions occurred and secondly, whether the bodies may have been contaminated.

Houses were damaged and residents were warned about radioactivity (Image: GETTY)

The workers have yet to be formally identified, but Russia has released the family names – Yanovsky and Lipshev – of the bodies discarded.

Rotasom said the radiation explosion happened on an offshore platform.

The family names of the others who died have had their full names released by Moscow.

They are Yevgeny Korotayev, Sergey Pichugin and Vladislav Yanovskiy.

READ MORE: Russia explosion: Evacuations and huge exclusion zone after blasts

Evacuations took place in the immediate aftermath of the explosion (Image: GETTY)

Explosion at Russian arms depot injures at least five

The workers, Rotasom claim, will be buried on Monday.

Up to 15 were wounded in the accident and “all of them received serious doses of radiation” during an accident involving “isotope power sources”.

Some are known to have been flown to Moscow for treatment.

Initially, civilian authorities in nearest city Severodvink reported a “spike” in radiation which was later said to have radially dissipated.

The incident comes after a recent update on the 1986 Chernobyl disaster (Image: GETTY)

The explosion took place on Thursday (Image: GETTY)

Details of the original “spike” report were later removed.

Rotasom’s statement continued: “Rosatom will provide financial support to the families of the deceased employees, and this is not just about one-time assistance.”

Russia’s Ecoprotection group co-chairman Vladimir Slivyak said: “The situation is very alarming because effectively no information is being released and nothing is being admitted.”

Authorities have shut down part of the White Sea for a month after the incident.

But public shipping information from Arkhangelsk port showed the area had been closed for the preceding month, without explanation.

Greenpeace cited data from the Emergencies Ministry that it said showed radiation levels had risen 20 times above the normal level.

There have been three catastrophic explosions in Russia this week with one triggering the lockdown of a Russian military base.

Locals were urged to take precautions against radiation.

Israelis Kill Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

It was the second such incident since Saturday, when Israeli troops shot dead four heavily armed Palestinians. (File/AFP)

Israeli troops kill militant on Gaza border

• Israeli troops shot dead four heavily armed Palestinians on Saturday who attempted to cross the volatile border

• Hamas has fought three wars with Israel over the past decade

Updated 11 August 2019

REUTERS

August 11, 2019 05:07

JERUSALEM/GAZA: Israeli soldiers fired at a Palestinian militant on the Gaza border on Sunday, the military said, and a Palestinian medic said the man was killed.

It was the second such incident since Saturday, when Israeli troops shot dead four heavily armed Palestinians who attempted to cross the volatile border.

“IDF (Israel Defence Forces) troops spotted an armed terrorist approaching the security fence in the northern Gaza Strip. The terrorist opened fire towards the troops,” the military said in a statement.

The soldiers returned fire and an Israeli tank fired at a post belonging to Hamas, the Islamist armed group that rules Gaza.

A Palestinian medic told Reuters the man was killed. The IDF said no Israelis were hurt in the incident.

There was no immediate comment from Palestinian officials or from any of Gaza’s militant groups.

Hamas has fought three wars with Israel over the past decade and tensions along the border are high with frequent fatalities.

Israel pulled its troops and settlers from the Gaza Strip in 2005 but keeps the enclave under a blockade, citing security concerns.

Iran Truly is a Nuclear Threat (Daniel 8:4)

Take Iran’s threats seriously

by Jack Winnick  | August 10, 2019 12:00 AM

Just thirty years after a debilitating war with its neighbor, Iraq, Iran has become the most bellicose, intolerant society on earth. With a population of eighty million in an area more than four times the size of Germany, this nation has sizable resources of fuel, raw materials and fresh water — more, certainly than pre-World War II Germany.

And unfortunately, the Iranian regime’s routine anti-Semitic diatribes invite further comparisons to the same time and place.

When Iran threatens to wipe Israel off the map, consider the menace of nuclear weapons. Pakistan, India, Russia, and China all possess known inventories along with the missiles to deliver them. How difficult could it be for Iran to reach the same competence?

Columnist Kristen Soltis Anderson on the expanded Washington Examiner magazine

Nuclear weapon technology is already available to any power with the necessary resources, material and financial. Iran, thanks to its huge reserves of petroleum and other minerals, has both. It also has the trained population to carry out the construction and assembly of fission bombs, both uranium and plutonium fueled.

The question then is whether Iran can lay hold of enough highly enriched uranium or plutonium to build an arsenal sufficient for a sustained attack on a nearby country — say Israel.

For a few years, Iran was supposedly held to the limits imposed by the United States and other friendly countries. These limits of fuel production and enrichment were to be monitored and enforced by IAEA, the International Atomic Energy Agency. We now know that even those limits have been exceeded. The road to uranium enrichment of ninety-percent fissile material, the amount necessary for weaponry, is well within reach. Iran has the needed technology, most likely centrifugation, to carry this out.

Plutonium production is also within their means. Iran are known to have the technology to build and operate the heavy water-moderated reactors needed to produce weapons-grade plutonium from natural uranium. And they have the technology necessary for its recovery and refinement. All this could be carried out in hidden plants inside Iran’s vast mountain ranges.

As for the delivery of such weapons, it is clear that Iran has, or is close to having, the technology and means to assemble at least intermediate-range ballistic missiles. These are easily able to reach Israel, as well a number of of our other allies.

What then are our alternatives? Clearly, the current situation is untenable. Economic pressure must be not only maintained, but increased. Beyond that, other political or military threats or actions may be necessary.

This threat from Iran is real; it has been ever since they illegally expelled, without opposition, our embassy personnel in 1979.

The situation has only gotten worse since then and is now critical.

Jack Winnick is Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at Georgia Tech. He has more than forty years industrial and governmental experience in petroleum, nuclear and aerospace technology.