The History Of New York Earthquakes: Before The Sixth Seal (Rev 6:12)

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Historic Earthquakes

Near New York City, New York

1884 08 10 19:07 UTC

Magnitude 5.5

Intensity VII

USGS.gov

This severe earthquake affected an area roughly extending along the Atlantic Coast from southern Maine to central Virginia and westward to Cleveland, Ohio. Chimneys were knocked down and walls were cracked in several States, including Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Many towns from Hartford, Connecticut, to West Chester,Pennsylvania.

Property damage was severe at Amityville and Jamaica, New York, where several chimneys were “overturned” and large cracks formed in walls. Two chimneys were thrown down and bricks were shaken from other chimneys at Stratford (Fairfield County), Conn.; water in the Housatonic River was agitated violently. At Bloomfield, N.J., and Chester, Pa., several chimneys were downed and crockery was broken. Chimneys also were damaged at Mount Vernon, N.Y., and Allentown, Easton, and Philadelphia, Pa. Three shocks occurred, the second of which was most violent. This earthquake also was reported felt in Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Several slight aftershocks were reported on August 11.

The UK Horn Condemns the Iranian Horn (Daniel)

‘Significant concern’: UK condemns Iran ballistic missile launch

Iran sent first military satellite into space on Wednesday from a previously unused launchpad and with a new system.

The United Kingdom said on Friday that an Iranian satellite launch earlier this week was of significant concern and inconsistent with a United Nations Security Council resolution.

“Reports that Iran has carried out a satellite launch – using ballistic missile technology – are of significant concern and inconsistent with UN Security Council Resolution 2231,” a Foreign Office spokesman said.

“The UN has called upon Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons. Iran must abide by this.

“We have significant and long-standing concerns, alongside our international partners, over Iran’s ballistic missile programme, which is destabilising for the region and poses a threat to regional security.”

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) surprised analysts by sending its first military satellite into space on Wednesday from a previously unused launchpad and with a new system.

While Iran stresses that its programme is peaceful, Western nations fear it will help the country build intercontinental ballistic missiles.

State television on Thursday said Iran received signals from the satellite, without elaborating.

France said Thursday that it strongly condemns the launch and called on Tehran to “immediately halt any activity related to the development of ballistic missiles designed to be able to carry nuclear weapons, including space launch vehicles.”

A government statement said: “Given that the technology used for space launches is very similar to that used for ballistic missile launches, this launch directly contributes to the extremely troubling progress made by Iran in its ballistic missile programme.”

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova meanwhile rejected assertions that the launch violated the UN Security Council’s resolution on Iran, noting that Iran has the right to develop its space program for peaceful purposes.

Iranian General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, head of the IRGC’s aerospace division, told state television that ground stations in Iran are communicating with the satellite, which takes about a week to reach its full capacity.

He said, without elaborating, that the IRGC plans to send more such satellites into even higher orbits in the future.

Babylon the Great Puts Pressure on the Pakistani Horn

US President Donald Trump with Pakistan's prime minister Imran Khan.

 

US signals growing unease with Pakistan, tightens export of nuclear byproducts

The announcement of suspending the export of nuclear byproducts came after President Donald Trump and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan talked on phone about the coronavirus pandemic. Trump mentioned the call at the daily briefing of the White House task force but gave no details.

WORLD Updated: Apr 23, 2020 11:47 IST

Yashwant Raj

Hindustan Times, Washington

The United States has suspended the export of nuclear byproducts under a blanket general licensing system to Pakistan, whose history of nuclear proliferation has been a concern and has led to the blacklisting of many of its government agencies and private contractors.

The decision announced in the government gazette called the Federal Register on Wednesday does not prohibit export of these nuclear materials — that are used as radionuclides embedded in devices — altogether, but make it mandatory for exporters to seek government’s permission every time and for every specific consignment.

Radionuclides are radioactive elements used widely, among other fields, in medicine and for irradiation of food.

“The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing an Order suspending the general license authority under NRC regulations for exports of byproduct material to Pakistan,” said the announcement in the register. “Exporters are no longer authorized to use the general license to export byproduct material to Pakistan and now must apply for a specific license pursuant to NRC regulations.”

It did not ascribe any specific reason other than that the Trump administration has determined that the suspension is “necessary to enhance the common defense and security of the United States and is consistent with the provisions of the Atomic Energy Act”.

The order did not say so, but under relevant rules, a country’s proliferation record can be ground for cancellation of export license.

“The Commission will closely monitor these countries and may at any time remove a country from a general license in response to significant adverse developments in the country involved,” says the code of federal regulations for the energy sector. “A key factor in this regard is the nonproliferation credentials of the importing country.”

A response was awaited from the US Nuclear Regulator Commission (NRC) to a request for the reasons for the suspension.

The announcement came after President Donald Trump and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan talked on phone about the coronavirus pandemic. Trump mentioned the call at the daily briefing of the White House task force but gave no details. It would not be ascertained if the nuclear export development figured in their discussion.

Pakistan’s history of nuclear proliferation has been a major concern for the United States, as for the rest of the world. The nuclear black market established by AQ Khan, who built Pakistan’s nuclear bomb with stolen technology that he then passed on to Iran, Libya and North Korea, is thriving.

The Trump administration has continued to pursue Pakistani government agencies, private contractors and fronts, who have sought to find a way around US rules and conditions, with unmitigated urgency and unchanged priority.

The immediate trigger for Wednesday could not be ascertained. But Joshua White, a former top White House official for South Asia who first flagged the Federal Register announcement, said, “We can’t be certain what prompted this move by the NRC. It may have been undertaken in response to a series of technical violations or regulatory oversights, or it may be in response to broader US concerns related to Pakistan’s nuclear programs or non-proliferation commitments.”

The US justice department indicted five Pakistani and Pakistani-descent men in January for using front companies to procure American goods for Advanced Engineering Research Organization and the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, both Pakistani government agencies that are on the US “Entity List” of exporting destinations whose activities have been declared “contrary to US national security or foreign policy interests”.

In 2018, seven Pakistani organizations were added to the US “Entity List”, a US commerce department blacklist of governments, government agencies, private companies and individuals viewed as a threat to US national security and the export of sensitive US material to whom are tightly controlled and are subject to specific government clearance.

The Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control, a non-partisan, and non-profit body that seeks to end proliferation by tightening export control regimes in source countries such as the United States, said in a report in September 2019, that since 2014, the US commerce department has added 40 Pakistani or Pakistani-related entities to that list.

Indian Point Shutdown Before the Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

Indian Point

Indian Point to Begin Shutdown

 

The Indian Point nuclear power plant near Peekskill (Photo by Mihai Andritoiu)

 

First of two reactors will go offline next week

After decades of production and protests, theIndian Point nuclear power plant will begin to shut down next week with the closure of one of its two remaining reactors.

Reactor No. 2 is scheduled to shut down on Thursday (April 30), with No. 3 to follow in April 2021. The plant was built in 1962; No. 2 went online in 1974 and No. 3 in 1976. (No. 1 was shut down in 1974 because its cooling system did not meet regulatory requirements.)

The scheduled closure was announced three years ago by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Entergy, which owns and operates the plant on the Hudson River near Peekskill.

The question of who will be decommissioning Indian Point to secure its radioactive material is unresolved. Entergy wants to transfer its license to operate the plant to a firm called Holtec International but has met opposition.

Under guidelines established by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), a nuclear plant that closes must be decommissioned within 60 years. Many plants do this through a procedure called SAFSTOR, in whichthe facility is mothballed for 50 years to allow the radioactive material to decay. Holtec wants to begin work immediately to have the plant free of nuclear material within 15 years.

Although Holtec’s finances and some of its business dealings have drawn criticism, the Ossining-based environmental group Riverkeeper said it would like to see a quicker decommissioning process, in part to provide immediate employment for plant workers.

“We want this to be a win for everybody, and we don’t want to see some communities left behind,” said Richard Webster, its legal program director. In the meantime, Riverkeeper has joined forces with other organizations to launch a Beyond Indian Point campaign for renewable energy. Webster said that since the shutdown was announced, a reactor’s worth of renewable energy has come onto the state grid.

Although some level of risk will remain as long as radioactive material is on the site, the risk of an accident will fall significantly when Indian Point is no longer operational, said Richard Chang, a representative for the NRC. “The highest classification of an emergency for a permanently shut-down nuclear power plant would be an ‘alert,’ which is the second-lowest of the four levels of emergency classification used by the NRC,” he said.

Chang said that although the plant will still have emergency procedures after 2021, “changes in reduction and scope will occur.”

What About the Pipeline?

Even with the Indian Point plant closing, there remain concerns about the Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) pipeline. The 37.6-mile, 42-inch-wide natural gas pipeline, which came online in early 2017 and transports more than 3 billion cubic feet of natural gas every day, passes through the Indian Point site.

In February, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission was told to conduct a new safety review after the agency’s inspector general found that an initial study touting the pipeline’s safety used “backward engineering.” The new report, created with specialists from outside the agency and released on April 8, said that although the first report made “optimistic assumptions,” the pipeline is indeed safe.

The new report says that a rupture in the pipeline is unlikely because it “was installed using modern techniques, stringent quality standards and construction precautions.” Even if a break were to occur, the power plant would remain protected because its safety systems are far from the pipeline, the investigators concluded.

Given that both reactors will be offline in about a year, it said, the risk of a rupture affecting them is “very small,” the report said.

The report drew immediate condemnation from local lawmakers. “An independent risk assessment will provide a modicum of reassurance,” said Sandy Galef, whose state Assembly district includes Philipstown and Indian Point. “It is truly the least we can ask for.”

At Riverkeeper, Richard Webster said that while the risk of a rupture is low, the lack of an independent, peer-reviewed study is troubling. “This is an assurance from an agency that has repeatedly said in the past that something wasn’t a problem, and has then had to backtrack,” he said. “When they say the risk is not excessive, what does that mean? At the moment there’s no review and no clear standard.

“The bottom line is that the AIM Pipeline reduces safety. It’s bound to reduce safety, you can’t put a pressurized pipeline next to a nuclear plant and not reduce safety,” he said. “The question is, does it reduce safety to the point where it’s a problem?”

Israel Prepares Lasers for War Outside the Temple Walls (Rev 11)

Israel’s New Laser Weapon Could Be Decisive Against Hamas’ Terror Attacks

Hamas has been known to launch flaming kites and explosives against Israel.

Here’s What You Need To Remember: The hard part is hitting these targets. But a concentrated beam of light hits its target practically instantaneously, and a laser won’t run out of ammunition as long as it has enough electrical power.

Israel is turning to a high-tech weapon to stop a low-tech threat.

Kites, balloons and even inflated condoms, launched across the Gaza border into southern Israel by Hamas and other Palestinian groups, have become a major problem for the Israeli military. Cheap to make and simple to launch, and fitted with incendiary devices, explosives or even flaming rags, they have set thousands of acres of Israeli farmland and parkland ablaze. Yet Israel’s sophisticated Iron Dome missile defense system is helpless: its 10-foot-long interceptor-missiles are designed to shoot down battlefield rockets and artillery shells, not kites.

It’s every modern military’s nightmare: homemade weapons whose very simplicity makes them difficult to stop. Israel has even resorted to using civilian racing drones to stop “kite terrorism” (you can see a hobbyist quadcopter intercept a drone in this video), specially equipped rifles, or hijacking drone command signals. Meanwhile, Iran, and Iran’s proxy Hezbollah in Lebanon, threaten Israel’s northern border with drone strikes.

The solution? Light Blade, a laser weapon system designed to intercept kites, drones, balloons (and flying condoms).

“The laser is capable of engaging targets day or night with an effective range of two kilometers (1.6 miles),” according to the Times of Israel. “It can be moved around on a small trailer or installed on a truck.”

“The portable system which can be installed on a moving vehicle can be operated both during the day and at night.” The system, which reportedly costs around a million dollars apiece, was developed by commercial companies, Ben Gurion University, the Israel Police and the Israel Defense Forces.

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Kobi Shabtai, chief of Israel’s Border Police, told the Channel 12 network that Light Blade “provides a near-conclusive response to everything relating to balloons and kites, and delivers a safe and effective solution to the drone threat.” While the threats may seem toy-like, they have the potential to be deadly, especially in a dry and often drought-stricken country like Israel. Since March 2018, when Palestinian protests began along the Israel-Gaza border, “the devices have caused over 2,000 separate fires resulting in over 35,000 dunams (approximately 8,500 acres) being burnt,” says the Jerusalem Post. “According to the IDF, this has included over 13,000 dunams (approximately 3,200 acres) of nature reserves, and over 11,000 dunams (approximately 2,700 acres) of forestry.”

Light Blade is still in the test stage, but there are some details that aren’t clear. For example, how powerful a laser does the system use? Several nations are already developing high-energy laser, or HEL, weapons for anti-missile and anti-drone defense: the U.S. Army plans to field a battery of Stryker armored vehicles, armed with 50-kilowatt lasers, by 2023. The ranges of such weapons are classified, but Boeing’s Compact Laser Weapon System (CLaWS), which comes with power of 2 to 10 kilowatts, has hit test targets at a range of two kilometers.

On the other hand, kites, balloons and condoms carrying incendiary materials wouldn’t be the most difficult challenge. Depending on how powerful the laser is, the beam needs to stay focused on the target for a certain period of time. A fabric kite would seem fairly easy to set alight, while an explosive-armed recreational quadcopter can be disabled.

The hard part is hitting these targets. But a concentrated beam of light hits its target practically instantaneously, and a laser won’t run out of ammunition as long as it has enough electrical power.

Michael Peck is a contributing writer for the National Interest. He can be found on Twitter and Facebook. This article first appeared in December 2019 and is being republished due to reader interest.

Image: Reuters.

China Fires Back At Babylon the Great

‘Inconsistent with facts’: China hits back at US accusation of ‘lowering the standards’ of nuclear non-proliferation

24 Apr, 2020 12:37

FILE PHOTO: The construction of a nuclear reactor at the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant in Taishan, China. October 2013. © Reuters / Bobby Yip

China’s foreign ministry has slammed the US for “politicizing” the way other nations work on civilian nuclear power projects.Washington had earlier claimed China is undermining global non-proliferation safeguards.

“In recent years, the United States has been using various pretexts to discredit and suppress the normal cooperation in nuclear energy between other countries,” the ministry’s spokesperson, Geng Shuang, told reporters at a daily briefing on Friday.

Some senior US officials even publicly stated that cooperation in nuclear energy should be used as a geopolitical tool. China strongly opposes this way of politicizing cooperation in nuclear energy.

Geng was answering a question about the recent policy report by the US Nuclear Fuel Working Group, whose members include Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt. In their report, published on Thursday, the officials accused Beijing and Moscow of not holding their trading partners to the “same high standards” as the US does, and of using “lower standards as a selling point.” It was further claimed that Chinese and Russian companies allow foreign countries to import nuclear technology “without the same non-proliferation safeguards required by the United States and its allies.”

Dismissing the report’s claims as “completely inconsistent with the facts,” Geng said that Beijing has always promoted the use of civilian nuclear power in a “responsible manner.”

He stressed that China will continue to “strictly abide by its international non-proliferation commitments” and to conduct cooperation with foreign states “on the basis of mutual respect and to mutual benefit.”

Last week, the US State Department expressed concern over China allegedly violating the ‘zero-yield’ standard during its underground nuclear tests in 2019. ‘Zero yield’ refers to a nuclear test without an explosive chain reaction that would be similar to the one caused by a nuclear warhead. Beijing said that these allegations were “entirely groundless” and reiterated that the country is fulfilling all of its obligations under international law.

Iran advances her nuclear horn (Daniel 8:4)

Iran’s Launch of Military Satellite a Cover for Nuclear Weapons Advancement, According to U.S. Officials

Iran’s launch Wednesday of a military satellite that it says will be used to conduct “intelligence warfare” against the United States violates international accords and represents a significant step forward in the Islamic Republic’s ballistic missile program, U.S. officials told the Washington Free Beacon.

Iranian military officials claimed they successfully launched a satellite into space that enables the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to track Western forces across the globe.

Major General Hossein Salami, the IRGC’s chief commander, announced his forces completed the launch of the nation’s first-ever Noor-1 satellite, which he said “creates powerful grounds for us in intelligence warfare.”

As the coronavirus pandemic has ravaged Iran, its ruling regime has spent billions on foreign military intervention and its nuclear infrastructure. Wednesday’s launch was an attempted show of force by Iran that marks a significant step forward in its military efforts even as U.S. sanctions cripple the country’s economy.

“Iran’s space program is clearly a cover for its intercontinental ballistic missile aspirations,” Brian Hook, the administration’s special representative for Iran, told the Free Beacon. “Any claims that Iran’s space program is peaceful are pure propaganda.”

The Trump administration is closely tracking the launch and says Iran is using its space program as a front to continue its illicit development of a ballistic missile, which could carry a nuclear payload great distances.

“Iran has long pretended its space program is peaceful in nature. Their admission this was a military launch shows they have been lying about their intentions,” a State Department official told the Free Beacon. “It’s particularly striking that a Foreign Terrorist Organization—the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps—was responsible for the launch and has now proudly announced itself as a ‘space force.'”

The launch of this satellite “poses a significant proliferation concern” to the United States, which will seek to hold Iran accountable for this major military escalation.

“This vehicle incorporates technologies identical to, and interchangeable with, ballistic missiles, including longer-range systems such as intercontinental ballistic missiles,” the State Department official said.

While Iran has long used its space program to perfect ballistic missile technology, this is the first military satellite the country has launched.

“Today, we can observe the world from space and this is a great achievement for IRGC to expand the strategic intelligence of its defense force,” Salami was quoted as saying in the country’s state-controlled press.

Iran says it will use this technology to monitor Western forces, particularly the United States, which has been ratcheting up pressure through sanctions on Tehran for its support of terrorism.

“The placement of this multi-purpose satellite in orbit, both in the field of I.T. and intelligence battles, can produce strategic added value for us, and it creates powerful grounds for us in intelligence warfare,” Salami said.

U.S. officials concluded that the launch of this military craft violates United Nations Security Council resolutions barring Iran from developing ballistic missiles and launch technology that could be used to power a nuclear device.

“We will continue to use all the tools at our disposal to prevent Iran’s further advancement of its missile program, particularly efforts to refine or develop such technology through its launches of satellites,” the State Department official said.

The Iranian regime has been eager to display its military might as the coronavirus ravages the country and calls into question the hardline regime’s ability to lead. The Trump administration described the regime’s behavior as reprehensible.

“When the Iranian people are suffering and dying from the coronavirus pandemic, it is jarring to see the Iranian regime focus their resources and efforts on these highly provocative military pursuits, instead of caring for their people,” the State Department official said.

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