USGS Evidence Shows Power of the Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

New Evidence Shows Power of East Coast Earthquakes
Virginia Earthquake Triggered Landslides at Great Distances

Released: 11/6/2012 8:30:00 AM

Earthquake shaking in the eastern United States can travel much farther and cause damage over larger areas than previously thought.

“We used landslides as an example and direct physical evidence to see how far-reaching shaking from east coast earthquakes could be,” said Randall Jibson, USGS scientist and lead author of this study. “Not every earthquake will trigger landslides, but we can use landslide distributions to estimate characteristics of earthquake energy and how far regional ground shaking could occur.”

“Scientists are confirming with empirical data what more than 50 million people in the eastern U.S. experienced firsthand: this was one powerful earthquake,” said USGS Director Marcia McNutt. “Calibrating the distance over which landslides occur may also help us reach back into the geologic record to look for evidence of past history of major earthquakes from the Virginia seismic zone.”

This study will help inform earthquake hazard and risk assessments as well as emergency preparedness, whether for landslides or other earthquake effects.

The research is being presented today at the Geological Society of America conference, and will be published in the December 2012 issue of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.

The USGS found that the farthest landslide from the 2011 Virginia earthquake was 245 km (150 miles) from the epicenter. This is by far the greatest landslide distance recorded from any other earthquake of similar magnitude. Previous studies of worldwide earthquakes indicated that landslides occurred no farther than 60 km (36 miles) from the epicenter of a magnitude 5.8 earthquake.

“What makes this new study so unique is that it provides direct observational evidence from the largest earthquake to occur in more than 100 years in the eastern U.S,” said Jibson. “Now that we know more about the power of East Coast earthquakes, equations that predict ground shaking might need to be revised.”

It is estimated that approximately one-third of the U.S. population could have felt last year’s earthquake in Virginia, more than any earthquake in U.S. history. About 148,000 people reported their ground-shaking experiences caused by the earthquake on the USGS “Did You Feel It?” website. Shaking reports came from southeastern Canada to Florida and as far west as Texas.

In addition to the great landslide distances recorded, the landslides from the 2011 Virginia earthquake occurred in an area 20 times larger than expected from studies of worldwide earthquakes. Scientists plotted the landslide locations that were farthest out and then calculated the area enclosed by those landslides. The observed landslides from last year’s Virginia earthquake enclose an area of about 33,400 km2, while previous studies indicated an expected area of about 1,500 km2from an earthquake of similar magnitude.

“The landslide distances from last year’s Virginia earthquake are remarkable compared to historical landslides across the world and represent the largest distance limit ever recorded,” said Edwin Harp, USGS scientist and co-author of this study. “There are limitations to our research, but the bottom line is that we now have a better understanding of the power of East Coast earthquakes and potential damage scenarios.”

Learn more about the 2011 central Virginia earthquake.

A Quake Before the Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

A small 1.1 magnitude earthquake hit the Hudson Valley in West Nyack. Photo Credit: USGS

Believe it or not, a small earthquake hit the Hudson Valley, but according to officials with the U.S. Geological Service, zero people have reported feeling it.

The quake hit about 10:41 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 24, in West Nyack on the Hackensack River near the New York Thruway, service officials said.

The magnitude was just 1.1 on the Richter Scale, they added.

That means unless you were right on top of the quake, you probably would not feel a thing, an earthquake specialist added.

The quake, which is considered barely an event, is not a precursor of bigger things to come.

Service officials said the “quake” was a normal seismic activity and there was no reason for residents to worry about additional larger events.

If you did happen to feel the quake, the service would like to know. To report, visit the center’s event page , run by the Lamott Doherty Earth Observatory, look for the “Felt It” box and click yes.

Gaza Strip: Israeli army injures 77 Palestinians Outside the Temple Walls

Gaza Strip: Israeli army injures 77 Palestinians


The Palestinian Health Ministry announced that 77 Palestinians were injured on Friday evening as a result of the Israeli army assault on the weekly marches in the eastern Gaza Strip.

The ministry said in a statement that 31 of the wounded were hit by live bullets.

Since the Gaza rallies began in March last year, more than 320 protesters have been killed — and thousands more wounded — by Israeli troops deployed near the buffer zone.

Demonstrators demand an end to Israel’s 12-year blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has shattered the coastal enclave’s economy and deprived its two million inhabitants of many basic amenities.

*Writing by Sibel Ugurlu

Kashmir is the flashpoint for Nuclear War (Revelation 8 )

Kashmir is ‘definitely a nuclear flashpoint,’ Pakistan Armed Forces spokesman warns

Ronald Lewis

Kashmir is ‘definitely a nuclear flashpoint,’ Pakistan Armed Forces spokesman warns Tensions between Pakistan and India over the disputed territory of Kashmir could spark a nuclear conflict, Pakistan’s military spokesman said. The warning comes amid reports of more fighting along the Line of Control between them.

“Kashmir is definitely a nuclear flashpoint,” Major General Asif Ghafoor, chief spokesperson of the Pakistan Armed Forces, said on Saturday. He added that Pakistani armed troops are ready to repel any time, describing the dispute as a long-term struggle.

Ghafoor’s remark comes just hours after reports of another fatal exchange of fire along Kashmir’s Line of Control (LoC). An Indian soldier is said to have been killed in the skirmish, in what Indian media have called an unprovoked ceasefire violation from the Pakistani side.

Earlier in the week, Islamabad announced that three Pakistani and five Indian soldiers had died in cross-border fighting. New Delhi denied that any of its soldiers had been killed in the altercation.

The flare-up in violence along the LoC follows India’s decision to revoke Kashmir’s special status, sparking concerns that the decades-old dispute over the territory could escalate. India and Pakistan each have nuclear arsenals.

Earlier in the week, Indian defense minister Rajnath Singh said that his country remains committed to its ‘no first use’ policy on nuclear weapons, but cautioned that “circumstances” could potentially change this position.

When Iran Gets A Nuclear Weapon, Donald Trump Will Be To Blame

If Iran Gets A Nuclear Weapon, Donald Trump Is To Blame

October 25, 2019, 5:00 PM UTC

Key point: Trump’s Iran policy has not produced the ends America seeks.

Rarely are one’s predictions as quickly tested as those I made in August. I suggested that the United States’ lame response to Iran’s aggressive actions would lead to escalation. It was not hard to predict. It seemed obvious to me that, unable to get the European Union to help meaningfully circumvent U.S. sanctions, Iran concluded that it ought to cause pain to those who imposed them. It carefully probed how far it could go without facing a forceful response. First, its forces planted mines on oil tankers, but above their waterline, so the tankers did not sink and there was no loss of life. Iran denies any involvement in this initial act. It then admitted that it shot down a U.S. drone, but tried to argue that it was flying over Iranian territory when it happened. These aggressions led to a very weak Western response (mainly the application of meaningless sanctions on Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei). As a result, Iran escalated further by capturing an oil tanker and openly acknowledging that it had begun enriching its uranium.

When all these actions elicited declarations that the United States does not want war and that the United States is seeking to de-escalate—and the Pentagon warned against overreaction– Iran became more audacious and struck oil facilities in Saudi Arabia (though denying that it was involved). Since then, the thesis that the lame reaction by the United States and the rest of the world community will embolden Iran has become the conventional wisdom. As Dennis Ross noted on September 24 in Foreign Affairs, “Iran has chosen to act very brazenly with these strikes [in Saudi Arabia]. If there is no consequence for that choice, the Islamic Republic will be even more emboldened.” A New York Times news article noted on September 19 that “seeking to exact a price from the United States for its sanctions on Iranian oil sales, Tehran may also now be emboldened to carry out further attacks, calculating that President Trump will balk at another war in the region. The attack on Saudi Arabia was just the latest in a string of recent attacks carried out by Iran or a proxy—including attacks on oil tankers and the downing of an American drone—with little or no cost to Iran.”

4,000 Riot Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

Arabs throw rocks during demonstration on Israel-Gaza border

Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash 90

4,000 take part in weekly Gaza border riots

4,000 Arabs throw explosives and firebombs as part of weekly “March of the Return” protests. Hamas says 50 injured.

Elad Benari, Canada, 25/10/19 20:06

About 4,000 Palestinian Arabs protested on Friday along the Gaza border fence, throwing explosives and firebombs. IDF soldiers used riot dispersal means to disperse the demonstrations.

According to the Hamas-run “health ministry” in the Gaza Strip, 50 Palestinian Arabs were injured in the demonstrations on the fence, 23 of which as a result of live fire.

The “March of the Return” protests, orchestrated by Hamas, have been going on every Friday since March of 2018.

In protests two weeks ago, the rioters threw explosives and firebombs at the border fence and toward a military jeep. Several suspects crossed the fence in the northern Gaza Strip and returned immediately to Gazan territory.

Three weeks ago, Hamas claimed a Palestinian Arab was killed by Israeli fire during the weekly clashes.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)

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Elad Benari, Canada, 25/10/19 20:39

Netanyahu with Ukrainian President

The Ukrainian government announced on Friday that it will open a special office to promote innovation and investment in Jerusalem.

According to the announcement, the new office will be considered a diplomatic representation and will be added to the existing institutions of the Ukrainian Embassy in Israel operating in Tel Aviv.

Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz welcomed the move, stating that “the opening of the office is the result of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit to Kiev this summer and is a strong expression of the strong political relations between the two countries, as well as the commitment of both to continue to advance in all areas, with emphasis on economic cooperation, including the worlds of innovation and hi-tech.”

“I instructed the ministry’s management to immediately deal with the implementation of the decision. This is an important achievement in strengthening and promoting the status of Jerusalem in the world,” added Katz.

Earlier this year, nearly one-fifth of Ukraine parliament members co-signed a draft resolution urging their new president to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the embassy there.

US President Donald Trump in 2017 recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and later relocated the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Following Trump’s announcement, Guatemala also relocated its embassy to Jerusalem. Paraguay moved its embassy to Jerusalem as well, but Paraguayan President Mario Abdo later reversed the previous administration’s decision and said his country’s embassy would move back to Tel Aviv.

Romania and Honduras have both announced plans to relocate their countries’ embassies in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, while Hungary opened a new trade office in western Jerusalem in March.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)

Antichrists followers resume anti-government protests

Iraqi PM tells protesters it is their “right” to demonstrate as long as they do not “disturb public life”.

Friday 25/10/2019

Protesters are calling for Iraq’s entrenched political class to be “uprooted”

BAGHDAD – Anti-government rallies renewed across Iraq late Thursday, the second phase of protests that turned deadly earlier this month and which could balloon after the endorsement of populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.

At least two demonstrators were killed as rallies in the Iraqi capital continued into Friday, officials said. Security forces unleashed tear gas to push back thousands from Baghdad’s high-security Green Zone.

The protests were the second phase of a week-long movement in early October demanding an end to widespread corruption, unemployment and an overhaul of the political system.

The protests quieted after a crushing response by security forces but resumed on Friday, the day marking a year since embattled Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi came to power.

Hundreds had descended into the streets of the Iraqi capital earlier than anticipated. They gathered in Baghdad’s iconic Tahrir (Liberation) Square on Thursday night, carrying Iraq’s tricolour flag and calling for the country’s entrenched political class to be “uprooted”.

Rallies were also rocking the southern cities of Diwaniyah, Najaf and Nasiriyah, where demonstrators said they would remain in the streets “until the regime falls”.

Just after midnight, Abdel Mahdi made a scheduled televised appearance ahead of the larger protests expected the following day.

He defended his reform agenda including a cabinet reshuffle and told the protesters it was their “right” to demonstrate as long as they did not “disturb public life”.

But in an unusually critical tone, the premier complained that previous governments had not faced the same kind of level of scrutiny and said political figures demanding “reform” had themselves failed to enact it.

Abdel Mahdi’s comments appeared to be a reference to Sadr, the influential ex-militiaman who controls the largest parliamentary bloc, itself called the “Alliance towards Reform.”

Many expect Sadr’s supporters to hit the streets in large numbers on Friday afternoon, after the weekly sermon of Iraq’s highest Shiite authority Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.

Sistani, who has backed reforms, urged protesters during his sermon to use “restraint” to stop the demos descending into “chaos”.

Sistani had set Friday as the deadline for Abdel Mahdi to enact reforms and his noontime statement will be the first signal of how the rest of the highly-anticipated day could develop.

Short-lived calm

On Friday, many protesters crossed the bridge to mass near the Green Zone, which hosts government offices and foreign embassies, but security forces used a volley of tear gas to push them back.

“Two demonstrators died, with preliminary information indicating they were hit in the head or face by tear gas canisters,” said Ali Bayati, a member of the Iraqi Human Rights Commission.

He said nearly 100 more people were wounded.

There were no reports of live fire being used to disperse protesters.

The mass rallies that erupted on October 1 were unprecedented in recent Iraqi history both because of their spontaneity and independence, and because of the brutal violence with which they were met.

At least 157 people were killed, according to a government probe published on Tuesday, which acknowledged that “excessive force” was used.

A vast majority of them were protesters in Baghdad, with 70 percent shot in the head or chest.

In response, Abdel Mahdi issued a laundry list of measures meant to ease public anger, including hiring drives and higher pensions for the families of protesters who died.

“We’re not hungry – we want dignity!” a protester shouted in Baghdad on Friday morning, while another lashed out at “the so-called representatives of the people who have monopolised all the resources”.

One in five people lives under the poverty line in Iraq and youth unemployment sits around 25 percent , according to the World Bank.

The rates are staggering for OPEC’s second-biggest oil producer, which ranks the 12th most corrupt state in the world according to Transparency International.

“I want my share of the oil!” another protester said in Baghdad.

Iraq has been ravaged by decades of conflict that finally calmed in 2017 with a declared victory over the Islamic State group.

Thus began a period of relative calm, with security forces lifting checkpoints and concrete blast walls and traffic choking city streets at hours once thought too dangerous.

Restrictions even softened around the so-called “Green Zone,” where most government buildings and foreign embassies are based.

‘Lessons learned’

But they were reinstated as demonstrations picked up in October in Tahrir, which lies just across the Tigris River.

Authorities also imposed an internet blackout, which has been mostly lifted although social media remains blocked.

Activists have circumvented these restrictions to call for Friday’s demonstrations.

The protest movement has brought many of Iraq’s deepest divisions to the surface, gripping the country’s Shiite-majority areas while the mostly-Kurdish north and Sunni west have remained quiet.

The powerful Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary force, whose political branch is the second-largest parliamentary bloc, has also announced its support to the government.

It claimed the demonstrations were a “conspiracy” by the US and Israel and said it was “ready” to back authorities.

But others have extended a hand to the protesters, none more clearly than Sadr.

He called on the government to resign in early October but this week much more emphatically backed the protests, giving his supporters the green light to join them.

Many were expecting Sadr’s supporters to hit the streets on Friday. His supporters have breached the Green Zone in previous years.

Sadr has also instructed members of his own paramilitary force to be on “high alert,” and they could be seen in parts of Baghdad in a clear show of force.

The United Nations has urged the government to “draw lessons learned” to keep protests peaceful.

Interior Minister Yassin al-Yasseri was in Tahrir Square to reassure protesters that the security forces would “protect” them, his office said in a statement.