New York Quake Overdue (The Sixth Seal) (Rev 6:12)

New York City Is Overdue For Large Earthquake: Seismologist

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Won-Young Kim, who runs the seismographic network for the Northeast at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, said the city is well overdue for a big earthquake.

The last big quake to hit New York City was a 5.3-magnitude tremor in 1884 that happened at sea in between Brooklyn and Sandy Hook. While no one was killed, buildings were damaged.

Kim said the city is likely to experience a big earthquake every 100 years or so.

“It can happen anytime soon,” Kim said. “We can expect it any minute, we just don’t know when and where.”

New York has never experienced a magnitude 6 or 7 earthquake, which are the most dangerous. But magnitude 5 quakes could topple brick buildings and  chimneys.

Seismologist John Armbruster said a magnitude 5 quake that happened now would be more devastating than the one that happened in 1884.

The Fifth Trumpet: Nuclear Locusts (Revelation 8)

Can nuclear fallout make it rain?

By Sid Perkins

May. 13, 2020 , 5:05 PM

The “Small Boy” nuclear test conducted in Nevada in 1962

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Radioactive fallout is rarely a good thing. But new research suggests charged particles emitted from Cold War–era nuclear tests may have boosted rainfall thousands of kilometers away from the testing sites, by triggering electrical charges in the air that caused water droplets to coalesce.

The United States, Soviet Union, and other nations often tested nuclear weapons above ground in the 1950s and early 1960s. The fallout contained a devil’s cocktail of radioactive elements that can have subtle effects in the atmosphere. Charged particles emitted during radioactive decay can smack into surrounding atoms and molecules, ripping them asunder and creating even more charged particles. Then, that flurry of charged particles can glom onto dust, soot, or water droplets in the atmosphere, sometimes making the droplets hefty enough to fall to the ground as rain.

To see whether above-ground nuclear testing actually increased rainfall, University of Reading atmospheric scientist Giles Harrison and colleagues looked at Cold War–era rainfall records from a weather station on a remote island north of Scotland. They chose that locale because precipitation there was less likely to be affected by air pollution, which can also seed clouds and trigger rainfall, he notes.

For measurements of the atmosphere’s natural electric field, the team used data gathered at a site near London, where such data were easier to obtain. The levels of radioactive fallout in the air at the two sites were likely similar because plumes of radiation from testing sites like Nevada and Kazakhstan would have diffused widely by the time they reached the United Kingdom, he notes.

The team’s analysis suggests a strong link between fallout and precipitation from 1962 through 1964, a period when fallout from above-ground testing of nuclear weapons was commonly present in the stratosphere. At the Scottish site, clouds were thicker, and precipitation was 24% higher on days when above-average levels of fallout were present (as inferred from measurements of the atmosphere’s electric field), the researchers report today in Physical Review Letters.

Typically, particles with opposite charges attract, and like charges repel. But larger objects like droplets can attract one another even if they have the same overall electrical charge, says Shubho Banerjee, a theoretical physicist at Rhodes College who was not involved in the research. That’s because when droplets come close to one another, charges can move such that the portions of the droplets closest to each other develop opposite—and thus attractive—charges.

The team’s findings could have implications for small-scale weather control, Banerjee says. By using spark generators or similar equipment to introduce substantial numbers of charged particles into clouds, researchers could coax droplets there to coalesce, he suggests. Harrison suggests it could also help astronomers better understand weather patterns on other planets like Jupiter and Neptune, whose atmospheres are filled with charged particles generated by lightning or the impacts of cosmic rays.

Last Siren Test at Indian Point Before the Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

Indian Point Sirens in Orange County to be tested on May 27

Goshen. Requires no action on the part of the public.

Orange County Commissioner of Emergency Services Brendan Casey and Orange County Deputy Commissioner Alan Mack are advising residents that a full-volume test of the Indian Point Energy Center siren system will be conducted between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 27, throughout the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) around Indian Point, including the sirens in Orange County.

During this full-system activation test, sirens will sound simultaneously for four minutes. The sirens will sound at full-volume for the entire duration of the test.

No action on the part of the public is necessary or required for this drill.

If the sirens were sounded during an actual emergency, residents would listen to an Emergency Alert System (EAS) radio or television station for information and instructions about any action to be taken. Sounding the sirens is a signal for residents to listen to EAS broadcasts for important information.

It is not a signal to evacuate.

“We test the Indian Point sirens in Orange County throughout the year to ensure that they work in the event of an emergency,” said Orange County Radiological Officer, Shannon Fisher. “The testing requires no action on the part of the public.”

The Indian Point Energy Center, located in Buchanan, is a nuclear powered electric generating facility on the east bank of the Hudson River in Westchester County, close to portions of Rockland, Putnam, and Orange counties.

For more information, including a list of EAS stations, please refer to the Orange County Indian Point Emergency Guide Are you ready?, or visit Orange County’s Department of Emergency Management at http://www.orangecountygov.com/dem.

Twenty-three sirens

There are a total of 172 sirens located within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) surrounding Indian Point.

Of the 172 sirens, 23 are located in the Orange County portion of the 10-mile EPZ (in the southeastern area of Orange, encompassing portions of West Point, Harriman State Park and other municipalities in that region).

Here are the locations of the 23 sirens in Orange County. The sirens are spaced the way they are in order to meet minimum decibel levels specified by NRC and FEMA.

101 Hamilton Street Ordnance Road USMA, West Point

102 Mineral Springs Road Gadri Road Cornwall

103 Route 32 Maple Road Woodbury

104 Route 293 Camp Natural Bridge Road USMA, West Point

105 2 Carpenter Drive Skyline Drive Woodbury

106 Maher Lane Melody Lane South Harriman

107 Baileytown Road (Camp Manitou) Route 6 Harriman State Park

108 Queensboro Maintenance Yard Route 6 Harriman State Park

109 Day Camp (T-14) Tiorati Brook Road Harriman State Park

110 Camp Sunrise Road Arden Valley Road Harriman State Park

111 377 Main Street /Cozzens Avenue Highland Falls

112 Corbin Hill Road Route 9W Fort Montgomery

113 Old New York 218 Wilson Court Highland Falls

114 164 Mine Road Old Mine Road Fort Montgomery

115 O.C. Transfer Station Route 293 Highlands

116 Route 32 Old State Route 32 USMA, West Point

117 Bog Meadow Road Route 293 Black Rock Forest

118 Route 9W Angola Road Cornwall

119 Lake Skenonte Dam Lake Sebago Beach Harriman State Park

120 Stahahe Road Orange County Route 106 Harriman State park

121 Arden Road Valley Road Harriman State park

122 Seven Lakes Drive Lake Tiorati Circle Harriman State Park

123 Lucky Park Rec. Area East Village Road Tuxedo

Russia’s plan to nuke the European nuclear horns (Daniel 7)

Russia’s Had a Terrifying Cold War Plan to Destroy NATO in a Week

There have been numerous discussions regarding how NATO could have defeated the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies in a World War III that fortunately never occurred. As the National Interest has previously noted, crucial to NATO’s strategic mission was to prevent the destruction of the alliance by military force. That required four wartime goals of gaining and maintaining air superiority, keeping sea lines of communication open to North America, maintaining the territorial integrity of West Germany and avoiding the use of nuclear weapons.

The failure of any of those four goals meant the war likely couldn’t be won.

According to a secret plan, the use of nuclear weapons was apparently a key consideration to crush NATO in seven days and ensure a Soviet/Warsaw Pact victory. The possible scenario was part of a top-secret military simulation exercise that was developed in 1979 to determine how much from NATO could be gained in a short space of time.

Nuclear bombing along with a rapid invasion were determined to be crucial to any such attack.

While never put into actual practice, the files were only released by the Polish government following the former Soviet bloc country’s national election in 2005. The Daily Express newspaper reported this was done in order to “draw a line under the country’s Communist past” and to “educate the Polish public about the old regime.”

The plan was known as the “Seven Days to the River Rhine,” and was formulated even as U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Soviet Premier Leonid Brezhnev were discussing détente. The plan’s map highlighted how much of Europe could have been laid to waste, as the then German capital of Bonn, as well as Frankfurt, Cologne, Stuttgart, Munich, and Hamburg would have also been targeted. In addition, Brussels, the political headquarters of NATO, as well as cities in Denmark, the Netherlands, and northern Italy would have also been in the Soviet’s crosshairs; while it was expected that NATO might have responded by destroying Prague and Warsaw.

Notable in the plan is that France would have been spared such an attack as it was not a member of NATO’s integrated structure. The UK too wouldn’t have faced nuclear annihilation. With Austria and Yugoslavia remaining neutral, it would have created what the plan describes as an “invasion funnel” where the bulk of any frontline ground combat would have been in Germany. The goal of the plan was always to reach the Rhine in the shortest amount of time possible—making a NATO victory almost impossible.

To ensure that France wouldn’t respond, a second wave called for a push to the Spanish border in another seven days—a truly ambitious plan if there ever was one.

Not all of the Warsaw Pact nations were on board with the seemingly-overreaching attack plan however. Czechoslovakia’s military suggested it was far too optimistic. While the goal of the simulation was to avoid total nuclear annihilation and to be in the stronger position when peace was agreed upon, it failed to take into account a tactical nuclear response from France or other factors that could have slowed down even a determined Soviet juggernaut.

Such an ambitious plan to strike into Germany and rush to the Rhine was part of the plot of the James Bond film Octopussy, but in the film even other leaders in the Kremlin described it as “madness.” Fortunately for the world as a whole no one ever had the chance to give this plan an actual go.

Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based writer who has contributed to more than four dozen magazines, newspapers and websites. He is the author of several books on military headgear including A Gallery of Military Headdress, which is available on Amazon.com.

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The China Nuclear Horn Opts to Nuke Up (Daniel 7)

China opts out of nuclear arms control talks with US, Russia

Beijing [China], May 15 (Sputnik/ANI): China does not intend to partake in any trilateral nuclear arms control talks with the United States and Russia, despite Washington’s constant requests, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Friday.

Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump said that he would propose a new trilateral arms control initiative with Russia and China to help avoid a costly arms race. The announcement came amid debates on the future of the 2010 New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) – the last remaining arms control treaty in force between Russia and the United States. The treaty expires in February 2021 and the United States has so far not committed to extending the accord, signaling it favors an amended arms control regime that would also include China.

“The new START treaty remains the only important document in the field of nuclear weapons between Russia and the US and attracts a lot of attention … China has no intention to join any trilateral arms control talks,” Zhao said at a daily briefing.

According to the diplomat, Russia and the United State possess the largest nuclear arsenals, and therefore must fulfill their obligations to significantly reduce them in order to create conditions for other countries to join the multilateral nuclear arms control treaties.

Russia has repeatedly invited Washington to prolong the New START for another five years without preconditions. However, Trump administration officials have signaled that they favor negotiating an amended arms control regime that would also include China, and possibly the United Kingdom and France. (Sputnik/ANI)

The merchant says Babylon the Great is developing a ‘super duper’ missile

Trump says US will beat out Russia and China with ‘super duper missile’ | Donald Trump | The Guardian

Trump says US will beat out Russia and China with ‘super duper missile’

Development of missile comes as US president’s rhetoric has fueled fears of a new nuclear arms race

Martin Pengelly

Unveiling the flag for his new space force in the Oval Office on Friday, Donald Trump said the US was developing a “super duper missile” to outpace military rivals including Russia and China.

“We have no choice, we have to do it with the adversaries we have out there. We have, I call it the super duper missile and I heard the other night [it’s] 17 times faster than what they have right now,” the president said, sitting at the Resolute Desk.

“That’s right,” said the defense secretary, Mark Esper, standing to Trump’s right.

“You take the fastest missile we have right now,” Trump said. “You heard Russia has five times and China’s working on five or six times, we have one 17 times and it’s just got the go-ahead.”

Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, has indeed announced a hypersonic nuclear missile, meaning one that flies at five times the speed of sound (767mph) or faster.

According to Bloomberg News, Putin has said his Avangard missiles can “travel at up to 20 times the speed of sound, like a ‘meteorite’ or a ‘fireball’”.

“Not a single country possesses hypersonic weapons, let alone continental-range hypersonic weapons,” Putin told military chiefs in December, according to Bloomberg. “They’re trying to catch up with us.”

The US tested its own hypersonic missile last year but on Friday Trump, whose public rhetoric and withdrawal from key treaties have fuelled fears of a new nuclear arms race, seemed to allude to new technology. A report released this week detailed accelerated US spending on nuclear weapons.

Trump’s desire to build a new and cosmic arm of the US military has attracted widespread criticism and satire. In perhaps the most extreme example, Netflix will soon release an eponymous comedy starring Steve Carell and John Malkovich.

The fallout from Friday’s event in the Oval Office might have been more reminiscent of HBO’s hit satire Veep.

According to the Hill, reporters raised the “super duper missile” during a Pentagon press call. Despite Esper’s apparent confirmation of the “super duper missile”, a spokesman referred questions back to the White House.

Pak, India tension can take an ugly turn (Revelation 8 )

Professor Butt warns: Pak, India tension can take an ugly turn

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Srinagar, May 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, senior Hurriyat leader, Professor Abdul Ghani Butt, has said that Pakistan and India are two nuclear-armed countries of the south Asian region and tension between them can take an ugly turn.

Professor Abdul Ghani Butt in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the challenges posed to the humanity across the world by coronavirus pandemic are getting worse. Therefore, he said, in view of this globalization instead of traditional national politics, new approaches, new attitudes and new perspectives need to be adopted to help resolve the issues.

Professor Abdul Ghani Butt said in view of the prevailing global political situation, the relations between Pakistan and India are of vital importance. He said that the leaders and people of the two countries would have to take positive steps to bring about a positive change in their thinking, approaches and conducts so that the masses could lead a life of peace and security. He said that it would be in the best interest of the rulers of the two countries to initiate negotiations like the civilized nations of the world and resolve their issues by devising a strategy based on the principles and justice.

Professor Butt maintained that Kashmir is the basic issue between the two countries and keeping it unresolved would not be the victory or defeat of any of the two neighbours. However, he said that an acceptable, lasting and honouable settlement of this lingering dispute would be the victory of all, and in this way Pakistan and India would be able to play their part together in view of the changes taking place at the international level.