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

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.

“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.

“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.

Farmers Shot Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

Soldiers Fire At Palestinian Farmers East Of Gaza

October 11, 2019 12:07 AM

Israeli soldiers fired, Thursday, several rounds of live ammunition at Palestinian farmers in the ar-Taqa area, east of Gaza city.

Media sources said the soldiers fired the live rounds at the farmers who were not even close to the “buffer zone” near the fence but were just working on their lands.

They added that the farmers had to leave their lands in fear of further Israeli military escalation.

In related news, the soldiers fired many gas bombs at the Great Return March camp, east of Khuza’a town, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

New Study Forewarns of the Tribulation (Revelation 8 )

New US study warns: India-Pakistan Nuclear war can kill over 125 million people

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali, The Milli Gazette Online

Published Online: Oct 09, 2019

Amid rising tension over Kashmir between the two nuclear neighbors, India and Pakistan, a new US study examines how such an hypothetical future nuclear conflict would have consequences that could ripple across the globe.

A nuclear war between India and Pakistan could, over the span of less than a week, kill 50 to 125 million people that is more than the death toll during the six years of World War II, according to the research by Colorado University Boulder and Rutgers University.

The study published Wednesday said if India uses 100 strategic weapons to attack urban centers and Pakistan uses 150, fatalities could reach 50 to 125 million people, and nuclear-ignited fires could release 16 to 36 Tg of black carbon in smoke, depending on yield.

“The smoke will rise into the upper troposphere, be self-lofted into the stratosphere, and spread globally within weeks. Surface sunlight will decline by 20 to 35%, cooling the global surface by 2° to 5°C and reducing precipitation by 15 to 30%, with larger regional impacts. Recovery takes more than 10 years. Net primary productivity declines 15 to 30% on land and 5 to 15% in oceans threatening mass starvation and additional worldwide collateral fatalities,” the study added.

Rapidly expanding nuclear arsenals in Pakistan and India portend regional and global catastrophe, the study warned and added: Pakistan and India may have 400 to 500 nuclear weapons by 2025 with yields from tested 12- to 45-kt values to a few hundred kilotons.

The picture is grim. That level of warfare wouldn’t just kill millions of people locally, said CU Boulder’s Brian Toon, who led the research published in the journal Science Advances.

Here are excerpts of the US study conducted by ten experts:

Neither Pakistan nor India is likely to initiate a nuclear conflict without substantial provocation. India has declared a policy of no first use of nuclear weapons, except in response to an attack with biological or chemical weapons.

Pakistan has declared that it would only use nuclear weapons if it could not stop an invasion by conventional means or if it were attacked by nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, the two countries have had four conventional wars (1947, 1965, 1971, and 1999) and many skirmishes with substantial loss of life since the partition of British India in 1947. Therefore, the possibility of conventional war becoming nuclear is of concern.

Chinese factor

India has one of the largest conventional militaries in the world, with about 1.4 million active duty personnel. India has not deployed tactical nuclear weapons. Indian nuclear strategy requires that a significant number of high-yield bombs be held back in case China joins a war on the side of Pakistan. Because Pakistan is a small country with only about 60 cities with more than 100,000 people, India would not need all of its 250 weapons to destroy Pakistan’s cities.

We assume that India will keep 100 nuclear weapons in its arsenal to deter China from entering the war. Chinese involvement would greatly amplify the destruction discussed below. As China expands its presence in Pakistan as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, which is an element of China’s broader “Belt and Road Initiative,” the odds of a Pakistani-Indian war spreading to China would appear to be increasing.

Urban targets

Of India’s 150 weapons that can be used against Pakistan, we assume that about 15% will fail. In this case, failure is primarily due to the weapons not being delivered or failing to explode. Most urban targets in Pakistan are so large that precise targeting is not needed to hit them. Therefore, our scenario suggests 125 weapons actually exploding.

We further assume that there are 25 targets in Pakistan that are isolated military bases or industrial facilities located in regions with low populations and little combustible material. We do not include these in computing fatalities or environmental damage. Therefore, we assume that India has 100 strategic nuclear weapons to use on urban counter-value targets or military counterforce targets that are located within urban areas, such as military bases, industrial facilities, oil refineries, nuclear weapons facilities, and airports.

Pakistan also has one of the largest militaries in the world, with about half as many active duty personnel as India has. We assume that, in 2025, Pakistan will have 50 tactical weapons with yields of 5 kt to be used against an invading Indian army.

We assume that 20% of these will fail or be overrun by the Indian Army. Many of these tactical weapons might be used in sparsely populated areas with little flammable material. Accordingly, we only consider the remaining 200 strategic weapons when computing fatalities or smoke created from fires.

Of these 200 strategic weapons, we assume that 15% will fail to be delivered to the target but that the remaining 170 will be detonated over their targets. We further assume that 20 of these explosions will be over isolated military, nuclear, or industrial areas. The balance, 150 weapons, will thus be used against India’s urban counter-value targets and military counterforce targets located within urban areas.”

War scenarios simulation

A crisis simulation exercise in Sri Lanka during 2013 organized by the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and involving retired senior military and civilian analysts from India and Pakistan found that “a limited war in South Asia will escalate rapidly into a full war with a high potential for nuclear exchange”. In our scenario, with the Indian government having been severely damaged, the Indian Army brings a number of tanks to the border and crosses into Pakistan and also crosses the Line of Control in Kashmir.

On day 1 of the nuclear conflict, Pakistan uses 10 tactical atomic bombs with 5-kt yield inside its own borders with low air bursts against the Indian tanks.

The conflict continues on day 2 when Pakistan uses another 15 tactical weapons with 5-kt yield on the battlefield, whereas India detonates two air bursts against the Pakistani garrison in Bahawalpur and deploys 18 other weapons to attack Pakistani airfields and nuclear weapons depots, partially degrading Pakistani retaliatory capabilities.

Nevertheless, on day 3, Pakistan responds with a barrage of nuclear ballistic and cruise missiles on garrisons, weapon depots, naval bases, and airfields in 30 locations in Indian cities (30 air bursts with 15- to 100-kt yield each) plus another 15 tactical bursts with 5-kt yield. India also uses 10 strategic weapons against Pakistani military bases on day 3. Because of panic, anger, miscommunication, and protocols, escalation cannot be stopped now.

On days 4 to 7, cities in India are hit with 120 strategic weapons, and those in Pakistan are struck with 70 air bursts with 15- to 100-kt yield. In total, Pakistan’s urban areas are hit with 100 nuclear weapons using airbursts, and India’s urban areas are hit with 150 nuclear weapons using airbursts. In addition, Pakistan has used 40 tactical nuclear weapons successfully and 20 strategic weapons successfully on targets not in urban areas, whereas India has used 25 strategic weapons successfully on targets not in urban areas.

Even one nuclear weapon explosion in a city can do a great deal of damage. For example, in the most densely populated urban area in Pakistan, a 15-kt airburst at the optimum height to maximize blast damage could kill about 700,000 people and injure another 300,000. With a 100-kt airburst over the same region, roughly 2 million fatalities and an additional 1.5 million nonfatal casualties could occur. Similar numbers would result for nuclear explosions over large Indian cities.

World War II casualties

During WWII, it is estimated that about 50 million people were killed, not considering those who died from disease and starvation over 6 years. Because of the dense populations of cities in Pakistan and India, even a war with 15-kt weapons could lead to fatalities approximately equal to those worldwide in WWII and a war with 100-kt weapons could directly kill about 2.5 times as many as died worldwide in WWII, and in this nuclear war, the fatalities could occur in a single week.

The world’s annual death rate from all causes is about 56 million people per year. Therefore, a war between India and Pakistan in our scenario with 15-kt weapons could kill the same number of people in a week as would die naturally worldwide in a year, effectively increasing the immediate global death rate by a factor of 50. A regional catastrophe would occur if India and Pakistan were to engage in a full-scale nuclear war with their expanding arsenals.

India would suffer two to three times more fatalities and casualties than Pakistan because, in our scenario, Pakistan uses more weapons than India and because India has a much larger population and more densely populated cities. However, as a percentage of the urban population, Pakistan’s losses would be about twice those of India. In general the fatalities and casualties increase rapidly even up to the 250th explosion due to the high population in India, whereas the rate of increase for Pakistan is much lower even for the 50th explosion.

Conclusion

India and Pakistan may be repeating the unfortunate example set by the United States and Russia during the “cold war” era: that is, building destructive nuclear forces far out of proportion to their role in deterrence…. Compounding the devastation brought upon their own countries, decisions by Indian and Pakistani military leaders and politicians to use nuclear weapons could severely affect every other nation on Earth.

Abdus Sattar Ghazali is the Chief Editor of the Journal of America (www.journalofamerica.net) email: asghazali2011 (@) gmai.com

Iraq Begins National Mourning Before the Antichrist

Iraq begins national mourning for protest dead

10/10/2019 – 13:13

Baghdad (AFP)

Iraq began three days of national mourning Thursday for more than 100 people killed during recent protests, while the government was expected to present a reshuffle to parliament in response to the political crisis.

While social media sites in Iraq remained inaccessible — except intermittently via virtual private network (VPN) applications — more images emerged of the violence over the past week in which mainly protesters died from live fire.

Footage showed demonstrators — who initially demanded jobs and services before calling for “the fall of the regime” — being fatally shot, or running for cover under heavy fire.

Authorities initially blamed “unidentified snipers” and infiltrating “saboteurs” but later acknowledged that the military had used “excessive force” in the Shiite bastion of Sadr City in Baghdad.

The judiciary also announced that a riot police officer had “confessed to killing a protester” in Hilla, south of Baghdad.

– Parliament divided –

Prime Minister Adel Abdel Madhi responded to public anger in his second public address in less than a week, pledging to propose a cabinet reshuffle to parliament on Thursday.

The deeply divided assembly depends on the participation of its largest bloc: 54 lawmakers led by populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.

The bloc includes ministers but Sadr called for the resignation of the government nearly a week ago.

Since protests and violence calmed on Tuesday, the government has proposed reforms to lower youth unemployment, currently at 25 percent, while the labour ministry proposed an online job register.

The government has also ordered housing aid. Local authorities demolishing informal housing settlement in September fuelled the anger of protesters.

One in five Iraqis live below the poverty line, in one of the world’s most oil-rich countries.

Flags were flown at half-mast Thursday to mourn those who died during the week of violence.

Those killed — protesters and police — have been declared “martyrs” and their families will receive compensation.

With the return of normal life in Baghdad, traffic has again clogged the main roads of the sprawling city of nine million inhabitants. Schools, government offices and businesses have reopened.

At checkpoints into the city and on main roads however, vehicles were searched and additional troops were deployed.

– Call for investigation –

Amnesty International called for authorities to properly investigate the “use of excessive and deadly force”.

The rights group interviewed eight activists and journalists who described seeing protesters killed by snipers.

Security forces did not protect protesters from sniper fire, Amnesty said, “nor have police intervened and arrested anyone responsible for firing at demonstrations.”

Washington called on Baghdad to exercise “maximum restraint” in dealing with protests, while London “raised concerns” about the violence and “the need to respect peaceful protest and media freedoms”.

Amnesty also described “a sinister campaign of harassment, intimidation and arrests of peaceful activists, journalists and protesters by the authorities.”

Several local television stations were ransacked, and their staff threatened and asked to stop broadcasting during night raids by armed men in uniform. Journalists and activists also received threats via telephone.

In a country where political rivals accuse each other of allegiance to foreign powers, President Barham Saleh has called for “sons of the same country” to end the discord.

So far this “national dialogue” has included meetings between MPs, tribal chiefs and political parties.

With calm returned to southern Iraq, Shiite Muslim pilgrims continue to converge. On October 20 they will commemorate Arbaeen, in which millions of Shiite Muslims walk to the holy city of Karbala, south of Baghdad.

© 2019 AFP

IDF Nears Completion of Fortification of the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

IDF nears completion of new Gaza border fortifications

Army builds improved sniper posts, earthworks and walls to protect against gunfire, anti-tank missiles and other terror threats from Hamas-run Strip

By TOI staffToday, 12:24 am

Israel is nearing completion of new defense works being constructed on the Gaza border in response to weekly border riots, threats from anti-tank missiles and other terror attacks, according to a Channel 13 report broadcast on Wednesday.

The project includes defenses against missiles and improved sniper posts, which have been better fortified, placed higher up and in more strategic locations.

Large berms will also protect Israel Defense Forces personnel and conceal troop movements, allowing soldiers move around more freely.

The new defenses were built alongside the underground barriers which protect against terror tunnels, and a high fence which is expected to be completed in mid-2020.

“Once we’re protected here, we’ll control the enemy by observing and he’ll have less ability to harm us. Every part of the defenses are connected in order to create a complete operational system,” said Major Yisrael Peretz, an officer in the Combat Engineering Corps who was assigned to the project.

A sniper post on top of a berm on the Gaza border in footage broadcast by Channel 13 on October 9, 2019. (Screenshot)

The new fortifications will also protect area civilians and roadways. The first installment was a wall protecting the access road to Kibbutz Erez, where a civilian was killed by an anti-tank missile in May.

Israeli soldiers have also come under sniper fire from Gaza.

A Gaza sniper shot an IDF officer in the head in January during a border riot. The bullet struck the officer’s helmet, which saved his life.

In July 2018, a sniper shot in the chest and killed an infantryman from the Givati Brigade.

The new barriers aim to fill what some military officials viewed as a gap in the country’s defenses in the area against Gaza terror groups, especially Hamas, which rules the Palestinian enclave, and the Iran-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Newly constructed earthworks on the Gaza border in footage broadcast by Channel 13 on October 9, 2019. (Screenshot)

Both have devoted vast resources in the impoverished territory to developing methods for circumventing Israel’s border defenses in a bid to carry out attacks against civilian populations and military targets inside Israel. These efforts have included the construction of dozens of underground tunnels into Israel, the deployment of thousands of hidden rocket launchers throughout the Strip, and plans for infiltration into Israel by armed assailants.

In response, Israel has developed new defensive technologies in recent years, including the Iron Dome missile defense system, an underground tunneling barrier now under construction, and an array of special and mostly secretive detection technologies deployed along the border.

Amazing Ingenuity of the Iranian Nuclear Horn

Threats of nuclear warfare have increased with the uranium production (Image: GETTY)

The new moves further Iran away from the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal (Image: GETTY)

Iran-US crisis worsens as Islamic Republic makes bold next step in nuclear quest

IRAN is to begin using more advanced centrifuges for enriching uranium in a move towards increased nuclear intentions.

By Joel Day 03:26, Wed, Oct 9, 2019 | UPDATED: 09:22, Wed, Oct 9, 2019

Iran: US is ‘always prepared’ for military action says Trump

On Monday, Iran’s nuclear chief said the country will start using 30 advanced centrifuges for enriching uranium. The move will again violate the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal, ramping up the paranoia surrounding their recent exchange with the US.

Europe has so far struggled to save the accord, wanting to keep the peace between Iran and the US to avoid any rash exchanges.

Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation (AEO), told Iranian state television that the additional centrifuges will be used in the coming weeks in an attempt to bolster where the nation left off.

The centrifuges can enrich uranium 10 times faster than IR-1 centrifuges.

According to Mr Salehi, the country is now producing up to 13 pounds of enriched uranium every day.

He said: “It means we have restored prenuclear-deal capacity.”

If true, Iran’s new efforts exceed that of the 2015 pact by a considerable amount.

The 2015 pact allows for 3.67 percent uranium enrichment, while Iran says it has already hit 4.5 percent.

Many are anxious that Iran might finally reach a weapons-grade level amount of uranium.

Trump pulled the US out of the agreement last year (Image: GETTY)

Before the deal, Iran only managed to reach up to 20 percent, just a short technical step away from the 90 percent needed for weapons-grade level.

The nation had previously said it wouldn’t implement additional centrifuges until late 2023 after having acquired 20 of them in September 2018.

Experts now estimate that Iran would have enough material to build a nuclear weapon in as little as a year.

AEO officials have, however, assured that Iran is “not after the bomb”.

Trump called the 2015 agreement the ‘worst deal ever’ (Image: GETTY)

Emmanuel Macron led a letter to ease US sanctions on Iran (Image: GETTY)

Escalated tensions from Iran have largely taken place since Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the nuclear accord last year.

The reasoning, according to Trump, was because the agreement was “the worst deal ever”.

Last month, Iran informed Europe and the US of its nuclear ambitions.

It threatened to push uranium levels beyond levels it had previously achieved and warned that this may lead to uranium reaching weapons-grade levels.

The US’ arms power trumps Iran’s (Image: Express Newspapers)

At the time, AEO’s Behrouz Kamalvandi said: “Under current circumstances, the Islamic Republic of Iran is capable of increasing its enriched uranium stockpile, as well as its enrichment levels, and that is not just limited to 20 percent.

“We are capable inside the country to increase the enrichment much more beyond that.”

He was also quick to warn that Iran’s stockpile was “quickly increasing” and that the country was more than capable of reaching unseen levels.

European powers made several attempts at finding ways of belong ease relations between the US and Iran, all of which proved unsuccessful.

Many have speculated that Europe is trying hard to curb Russia’s influence in Iran (Image: GETTY)

On pulling out of the deal, the US reimposed crippling economic sanctions on Iran.

A signatory letter led by France earlier this year attempted to alleviate the impact of the restrictions.

The new move from Iran to up its uranium production is seen by many as intended to put pressure on Europe to resolve the issue.

Turkey Invades the Shi’a Horn

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ANKARA — Turkey and its Syrian rebel allies have launched their military operation into northeastern Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, adding that the offensive aimed to eliminate a “terror corridor” along the southern Turkish border.

Erdogan said the offensive, dubbed “Operation Peace Spring”, would aim to eliminate threats from the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and the Islamic State militants, and enable the return of Syrian refugees in Turkey after the formation of a “safe zone” in the area.

“Our mission is to prevent the creation of a terror corridor across our southern border, and to bring peace to the area,” Erdogan said on Twitter. “We will preserve Syria’s territorial integrity and liberate local communities from terrorists.”

(Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ece Toksabay)