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

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.

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The New Nuclear Arms Race (Revelation 16)

At the edge of a new nuclear arms race – The Hindu

Rakesh Sood 27 April 2020 00:02 IST

Updated: 27 April 2020 00:45 IST

The U.S.’s moves to resume nuclear testing, also signalling the demise of the ill-fated CTBT, could be the first signs

In mid-April, a report issued by the United States State Department on “Adherence to and Compliance with Arms Control, Nonproliferation, and Disarmament Agreements and Commitments (Compliance Report)” raised concerns that China might be conducting nuclear tests with low yields at its Lop Nur test site, in violation of its Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) undertakings.

The U.S. report also claims that Russia has conducted nuclear weapons experiments that produced a nuclear yield and were inconsistent with ‘zero yield’ understanding underlying the CTBT, though it was uncertain about how many such experiments had been conducted.

Russia and China have rejected the U.S.’s claims, but with growing rivalry among major powers the report is a likely harbinger of a new nuclear arms race which would also mark the demise of the CTBT that came into being in 1996 but has failed to enter into force even after a quarter century.

What does CTBT ban mean?

For decades, a ban on nuclear testing was seen as the necessary first step towards curbing the nuclear arms race but Cold War politics made it impossible. A Partial Test Ban Treaty was concluded in 1963 banning underwater and atmospheric tests but this only drove testing underground. By the time the CTBT negotiations began in Geneva in 1994, global politics had changed. The Cold War had ended and the nuclear arms race was over. The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, or the USSR, had broken up and its principal testing site, Semipalatinsk, was in Kazakhstan (Russia still had access to Novaya Zemlya near the Arctic circle). In 1991, Russia declared a unilateral moratorium on testing, followed by the U.S. in 1992. By this time, the U.S. had conducted 1,054 tests and Russia, 715.

Negotiations were often contentious. France and China continued testing, claiming that they had conducted far fewer tests and needed to validate new designs since the CTBT did not imply an end to nuclear deterrence. France and the U.S. even toyed with the idea of a CTBT that would permit testing at a low threshold, below 500 tonnes of TNT equivalent. This was one-thirtieth of the “Little Boy”, the bomb the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 — its explosive yield was estimated to be the equivalent of 15,000 tonnes of TNT. Civil society and the non-nuclear weapon states reacted negatively to such an idea and it was dropped. Some countries proposed that the best way to verify a comprehensive test ban would be to permanently shut down all test sites, an idea that was unwelcome to the nuclear weapon states.

Eventually, the U.S. came up with the idea of defining the “comprehensive test ban” as a “zero yield” test ban that would prohibit supercritical hydro-nuclear tests but not sub-critical hydrodynamic nuclear tests. Once the United Kingdom and France came on board, the U.S. was able to prevail upon Russia and China to accept this understanding. After all, this was the moment of the U.S.’s unipolar supremacy. At home, the Clinton administration in the U.S. satisfied the hawks by announcing a science-based nuclear Stockpile Stewardship and Management Program, a generously funded project to keep the nuclear laboratories in business and the Pentagon happy. Accordingly, the CTBT prohibits all parties from carrying out “any nuclear weapon test explosion or any other nuclear explosion”; these terms are neither defined nor elaborated.

Why it lacks authority

Another controversy arose regarding the entry-into-force provisions (Article 14) of the treaty. After India’s proposals for anchoring the CTBT in a disarmament framework did not find acceptance, in June 1996, India announced its decision to withdraw from the negotiations. Unhappy at this turn, the U.K., China and Pakistan took the lead in revising the entry-into-force provisions. The new provisions listed 44 countries by name whose ratification was necessary for the treaty to enter into force and included India. India protested that this attempt at arm-twisting violated a country’s sovereign right to decide if it wanted to join a treaty but was ignored. The CTBT was adopted by a majority vote and opened for signature.

Of the 44 listed countries, to date only 36 have ratified the treaty. China, Egypt, Iran, Israel and the U.S. have signed but not ratified. China maintains that it will only ratify it after the U.S. does so but the Republican dominated Senate had rejected it in 1999. In addition, North Korea, India and Pakistan are the three who have not signed. All three have also undertaken tests after 1996; India and Pakistan in May 1998 and North Korea six times between 2006 and 2017. The CTBT has therefore not entered into force and lacks legal authority.

Nevertheless, an international organisation to verify the CTBT was established in Vienna with a staff of about 230 persons and an annual budget of $130 million. Ironically, the U.S. is the largest contributor with a share of $17 million. The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) runs an elaborate verification system built around a network of over 325 seismic, radionuclide, infrasound and hydroacoustic (underwater) monitoring stations. The CTBTO has refrained from backing the U.S.’s allegations.

Competition is back

The key change from the 1990s is that the U.S.’s unipolar moment is over and strategic competition among major powers is back. The U.S. now identifies Russia and China as ‘rivals’. Its Nuclear Posture Review asserts that the U.S. faces new nuclear threats because both Russia and China are increasing their reliance on nuclear weapons. The U.S., therefore, has to expand the role of its nuclear weapons and have a more usable and diversified nuclear arsenal. The Trump administration has embarked on a 30-year modernisation plan with a price tag of $1.2 trillion, which could go up over the years. Readiness levels at the Nevada test site that has been silent since 1992 are being enhanced to permit resumption of testing at six months notice.

Russia and China have been concerned about the U.S.’s growing technological lead particularly in missile defence and conventional global precision-strike capabilities. Russia has responded by exploring hypersonic delivery systems and theatre systems while China has embarked on a modernisation programme to enhance the survivability of its arsenal which is considerably smaller. In addition, both countries are also investing heavily in offensive cyber capabilities.

The new U.S. report stops short of accusing China for a violation but refers to “a high level of activity at the Lop Nur test site throughout 2019” and concludes that together with its lack of transparency, China provokes concerns about its intent to observe the zero-yield moratorium on testing.

The U.S. claims that Russian experiments have generated nuclear yield but is unable to indicate how many such experiments were conducted in 2019. It suggests that Russia could be testing in a manner that releases nuclear energy from an explosive canister, generating suspicions about its compliance.

The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) limits U.S. and Russian arsenals but will expire in 2021 and U.S. President Donald Trump has already indicated that he does not plan to extend it. Instead, the Trump administration would like to bring China into some kind of nuclear arms control talks, something China has avoided by pointing to the fact that the U.S. and Russia still account for over 90% of global nuclear arsenals.

Current context

Both China and Russia have dismissed the U.S.’s allegations, pointing to the Trump administration’s backtracking from other negotiated agreements such as the Iran nuclear deal or the U.S.-Russia Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. Tensions with China are already high with trade and technology disputes, militarisation in the South China Sea and most recently, with the novel coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. could also be preparing the ground for resuming testing at Nevada.

The Cold War rivalry was already visible when the nuclear arms race began in the 1950s. New rivalries have already emerged. Resumption of nuclear testing may signal the demise of the ill-fated CTBT, marking the beginnings of a new nuclear arms race.

Rakesh Sood is a former diplomat and presently Distinguished Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation

Political Fight to Keep Indian Point Open for the Sixth Seal

Pollution + pandemic requires Indian Point remain open – Opinion – recordonline.com – Middletown, NY

By Pramilla Malick and Jim Hansen

Posted Apr 26, 2020 at 10:41 AM

An invisible killer, COVID-19 attacks the most fundamental function that sustains life – our ability to breathe. To breathe we need healthy lungs and clean air. If lungs are compromised, there’s an even greater need for clean air.

The pandemic shutdown has resulted in a 6 percent decrease in global carbon emissions. For those in its epicenter, downstate New York, especially those afflicted, (nearly 7,000 people in Orange County) the oxygen provided by earth’s natural ventilator is desperately needed.

But, this won’t last long. New York is just days away from the foolish plan to shut down the Indian Point nuclear power plant. Once that switch is turned off fracked gas from CPV here in Orange and Cricket Valley in Dutchess will turn on and up. Despite Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s promise that its closure will not create more carbon emissions, NY’s carbon emissions will skyrocket 10-15 million tons annually, losing 80 percent of downstate’s carbon-free energy provided reliably by the plant for nearly 50 years. Air pollution will increase substantially ensuring more people will unnecessarily die.

Cuomo has demonstrated his prowess for data-driven decision-making in handling the pandemic. He recently stated we must “make decisions on facts not on political pressure…this is no time to act stupidly.”

Replacing Indian Point’s 2000 MW of power with gas (methane) will increase the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 27-29 percent of the power sector, rendering newly enacted climate goals impossible to achieve. Methane has 86 times the global warming potential of CO2 over a 20-year time frame. Last year saw the single biggest increase in two decades: methane levels hit an all-time high at 1875 parts per billion. This alarming accelerating rise in greenhouse gases is a fact now keeping climate scientists up at night

Burning gas also emits pernicious fine particles, PM 2.5, invisible killers, like COVID-19. Long-term exposure to even a slight increase in pollution (by as little as 1 ug/m3-PM2.5) increases COVID-19 mortality by 15 percent; not surprising as comorbidities for COVID-19, such as hypertension, heart disease, and respiratory illness, are also associated with exposure to air pollution. (around CPV spikes of 180 ug/m3-PM2.5 have been measured).

Communities near CPV are already vulnerable demographics. Environmental justice communities are more than twice as likely to die from COVID-19, while our many first responders are also disproportionately impacted.

The inconvenient truth is that NY plans to shut down Indian Point before renewable replacements have been built, ensuring carbon lock-in for decades. It’s a catastrophic case of putting the cart before the horse.

Facts are the best antidote to irrational fear. While Indian Point provides safe, reliable carbon-free (pollution-free) baseload power, irrational fear peddled by fossil fuel and special interests such as CPV and Riverkeeper, has prejudiced public perception. If “job one is saving lives,” if no one will be sacrificed, if public health is the priority then Indian Point must remain open until renewable replacements are built.

As we reflect on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day we should be forewarned that the climate crisis will surpass COVID by orders of magnitude.

COVID-19 cautions us all that the laws of nature supersede the laws of human beings; that we exist ultimately at their mercy. We cannot bend math and physics to our will.

Pramilla Malick chairs Protect Orange County. Jim Hansen is director, Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions Program Columbia University Earth Institute

World War 3: Kim Jong-un’s death could spark nuclear war

World War 3: Kim Jong-un’s death could spark disaster – ‘Will get us into nuclear war

THE DEATH of North Korean despot Kim Jong-un would spark a military confrontation that “will make Afghanistan and Iraq pale in comparison,” defence experts have warned.

By SIMON OSBORNE

00:03, Sun, Apr 26, 2020 | UPDATED: 07:30, Sun, Apr 26, 2020

Questions about the aftermath of Kim’s demise in the nuclear-armed Hermit Kingdom surfaced alongside reports he was fighting for his life after undergoing emergency surgery. Experts belive his death would destabalise the region, create a massive refugee flow and force the US, South Korea and possibly other regional allies to deal with the turmoil.


Lieutenant General Chun In-Bum, the former head of his nation’s special operations forces, told US Military Times there would be “chaos, human suffering, instability and bad news for everyone”.

And he warned any plans a South Korea/US alliance might have for moving into a post-Kim North Korea could have a devastating impact.

He said: “What are we going to do? March in there? Let the Chinese do it.

“North Korea is a sovereign country. Anyone going in there, including the Chinese, would be crazy.

Former US serviceman Colonel David Maxwell, now a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defence of Democracies think tank, said a lack of clear succession would set chaos into motion in North Korea.

Kim Il Sung designated his son successor in 1973 and the Kim Il-sung designated his son success in 2009 or 2010.

Col Maxwell, a retired Special Forces commander, said: “It is unknown whether Kim Jong-un has designated a successor.

“We can speculate that perhaps his sister Kim Yo-jong has been designated as his successor based on her recent promotion and the fact she has begun making official statements in her name beginning last month.

“But it is unknown whether a woman, despite being part of the Paektu bloodline, could become the leader of the Kim family regime.”

Col Maxwell said having no clear successor could spark a regime collapse with the Kim leadership and the Workers Party of Korea unable to govern or maintain military cohesion and support.

He warned there were a lot of possible bad outcomes a South Korean/US alliance must be prepared to handle and said military planners has already been briefing senior leaders on what could transpire.

He predicted a “humanitarian disaster would unfold in North Korea” and warned it would be further complicated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Col Maxwell told Military Times: “South Korea, China, and Japan are going to have to deal with potential large scale refugee flows.

“Units of the North Korean People’s Army are going to compete for resources and survival.

“This will lead to internal conflict among units and could escalate to widespread civil war.”

But Col Maxwell warned even internal strife would not dampen North Korea’s animosity toward the outside world or its willingness to go to war.

He said: “Since North Korea is a guerrilla dynasty built on the myth of anti-Japanese partisan warfare we can expect large numbers of the military – 1.2 million active duty and 6 million reserves – to resist any and all outside foreign intervention to include from South Korea.”

The retired colonel also highlighted the problems in dealing with Kim’s huge arsenal of weapons of mass destruction.

He said: “The South/Korean US alliance is going to have to be prepared to secure and render safe the entire WMD program, nuclear, chemical, biological weapons and stockpiles, manufacturing facilities, and scientists and technicians.

“This is a contingency operation that will make Afghanistan and Iraq pale in comparison.”

(This article was first published on April 23)

Israel shoots tear gas at farmers outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

Israeli army opens fire, shoots teargas as farmers in south of Gaza Strip

KHAN YOUNIS, Saturday, April 25, 2020 (WAFA) – Israeli soldiers opened live fire and shot teargas grenades this morning at Palestinian farmers near Khan Younis in the south of the Gaza Strip forcing them to leave their lands, reported WAFA correspondent.

He said while no one was hurt, the soldiers regularly open fire at the farmers who work in their lands near the border fence with Israel and push them out of their lands.

T.R./M.K.

Pakistan Black Markets Her Nuclear Weapons

US Suspects Pakistan Of Black-Marketing Nuclear Assets; Suspends Pact: Reports

Published 2 days ago on April 24, 2020

By EurAsian Times Global Desk

Pakistan’s controversial history of nuclear proliferation is one of the prime reason the US has now suspended the export of nuclear byproducts under a blanket general licensing system to the Islamic Republic.

The decision by the Trump administration comes after several government agencies and private contractors were blacklisted. Washington has been apprehensive that the nuclear weapons might reach terror groups in Pakistan as violence in the country grows exponentially as per reports.

The nuclear black market is flourishing after Nuclear Scientist — AQ Khan stole technology to build Pakistan’s nuclear bomb and then passed it on to other countries like Iran, Libya etc. Another reason for the concern is the rise of nuclear black markets in Iran, Libya and North Korea.

The decision was announced in the government journal called the Federal Register on Wednesday. It stated that the new rules do not prohibit the export of these nuclear materials, but make it obligatory for exporters to seek the government’s approval every time and for every specific consignment.

The nuclear byproducts constitute Radionuclides which are radioactive elements used widely in medicines and irradiation of food.  But due to Pakistan’s questionable nature, the export license was cancelled as per reports.

“The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing an order to suspend the general license authority under NRC regulations for exports of byproduct material to Pakistan,” stated the announcement in the register.

Although the reason for the suspension was said to be “necessary to enhance the common defence and security of the US and is consistent with the provisions of the Atomic Energy Act”, Pakistan’s questionable proliferation record can be the main reason.

The announcement came after US President Donald Trump and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan had a tele-conversation about the coronavirus pandemic.  Joshua White, a former top White House official 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.”

Iran Expands Her Nuclear Horn Into Space

Iran Launches First Military Satellite Into Orbit

By Brent Nagtegaal • April 24

Iran has successfully launched its first-ever military satellite into orbit. The launch took place Wednesday morning, and the satellite is currently orbiting in space 425 kilometers above the Earth.

The successful launch comes after numerous failed attempts in the past two years to put such a military satellite in space. But the launch from this Wednesday did not fail, and this should be cause for concern.

The danger of such a launch is that very similar technology is shared between launching such a satellite and launching intercontinental ballistic missiles (icbms).

Basically, if Iran can lunch a space satellite like this into orbit, it also has the ability to launch a nuclear weapon through space.

This is a frightening development because we know that Iran has broken its nuclear deal commitments and is quickly moving toward having enough enriched uranium for a nuclear weapon. Although it’s not there yet, Iran is quickly developing the necessary amount of enriched uranium, the weapon itself and, with this test, the delivery system.

It’s also significant that the successful test took place on the 41st anniversary of the establishment of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (irgc). This was a not a test done by Iran’s space agency, but by the Revolutionary Guard themselves.

Speaking about the launch, the irgc head Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami said, “Today, we can observe the world from space. … The satellite’s successful launch enhanced new aspects of the Islamic Republic’s defensive might. By God’s grace, the corps turned into a space force today.”

Talk about a terrifying comment. Iran is known for its bluster, but in this case, there is no reason to doubt it.

While the democracies of the world are shut down by fear of coronavirus, Iran’s radical theocratic regime has continued to develop an offensive warfare capability. And right now, above you, Iran has a military satellite orbiting. And if it can put that in space, far less is standing in Iran’s way to use that same technology to deploy a nuclear weapon as well.

It’s important at this time that we don’t lose sight of the offensive moves by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. A fundamental belief of the guard, which answers directly to Iran’s supreme leader, is that it exists not just to protect the revolutionary at home, but to export Islamic rule elsewhere—by soft power and also by military power, if need be.

This launch exposes the real threat Iran’s Islamic regime poses to the world. And don’t think it’s just about Israel. Iran doesn’t need icbms to reach Israel with a nuclear weapon; it already possesses that capability with its other ballistic missiles.

This is about Iran’s ability to impact the rest of the world.

This fact is important to recognize, especially when we look at Iran’s moves in terms of what the Bible says about the Iranian threat.

For over 30 years, Watch Jerusalem editor in chief Gerald Flurry has forecast that the Islamic Republic of Iran fulfills the role of the king of the south, mentioned in Daniel 11:40. That verse discusses a king of the south that pushes the world toward war. And as it describes there, this is the war that will end all wars.

When we see Iran’s Islamic revolutionaries becoming a space force, as it did this week, we should recognize that this biblical prophecy is close to being fulfilled.

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