History Warns New York Is The Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

Friday, 18 March 2011 – 9:23pm IST | Place: NEW YORK | Agency: ANI

If the past is any indication, New York can be hit by an earthquake, claims John Armbruster, a seismologist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

If the past is any indication, New York can be hit by an earthquake, claims John Armbruster, a seismologist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.Based on historical precedent, Armbruster says the New York City metro area is susceptible to an earthquake of at least a magnitude of 5.0 once a century.According to the New York Daily News, Lynn Skyes, lead author of a recent study by seismologists at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory adds that a magnitude-6 quake hits the area about every 670 years, and magnitude-7 every 3,400 years.A 5.2-magnitude quake shook New York City in 1737 and another of the same severity hit in 1884.

Tremors were felt from Maine to Virginia.

There are several fault lines in the metro area, including one along Manhattan’s 125th St. – which may have generated two small tremors in 1981 and may have been the source of the major 1737 earthquake, says Armbruster.

There’s another fault line on Dyckman St and one in Dobbs Ferry in nearby Westchester County.

“The problem here comes from many subtle faults,” explained Skyes after the study was published.

He adds: “We now see there is earthquake activity on them. Each one is small, but when you add them up, they are probably more dangerous than we thought.”

“Considering population density and the condition of the region’s infrastructure and building stock, it is clear that even a moderate earthquake would have considerable consequences in terms of public safety and economic impact,” says the New York City Area Consortium for Earthquake Loss Mitigation on its website.

Armbruster says a 5.0-magnitude earthquake today likely would result in casualties and hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.

“I would expect some people to be killed,” he notes.

The scope and scale of damage would multiply exponentially with each additional tick on the Richter scale.

Israeli Military Razes Land Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

Israeli Military Razes Land in Gaza, Sets up Mobile Homes in West Bank

The Israeli military invaded the blockaded Gaza Strip, on Monday morning, and razed land in the Abu Safiya area.

A local monitor told Quds Press, that military vehicles, including 3 bulldozers intruded into and proceeded to level Palestinian lands, east of Jabalia, northern besieged Gaza Strip.

In the occupied West Bank, on Sunday, Israeli forces placed a number of tents and mobile homes near the northern West Bank village of Beit Furik, east of Nablus City, a local activist said.

Activist, Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors Israel’s illegal settlement activities in the area, told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that soldiers placed the structures on al-Matala mountain, east of Beit Furik village.

These actions by the Israeli military appear to be a prelude to Israel’s impending annexation of the much of the West Bank, and its illegal colonial settlements, therefore seizing full control and sovereignty.

~ Quds Press, WAFA

Image: PNN

Iran just MONTHS away from a nuclear bomb

Iran warning: Tehran now MONTHS away from making nuclear bomb

PUBLISHED: 08:32, Sun, Jun 7, 2020

IRAN has enough enriched uranium to produce a nuclear bomb within months, an expert has warned.

Dr Olli Heinonen, a former deputy director general of the International Atomic Energy Association, believes the rogue state has enough components to make viable atomic weapons.

The regime’s nuclear bid halted under the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Britain, France and Germany still cling to the deal but Tehran announced last year that it would no longer be abiding by its terms following the US withdrawal in 2018.

Since then, it has increased the number of centrifuges that had been dismantled under the deal. These are used to enrich uranium and allow it be used in nuclear weapons.

Dr Heinonen told a National Council of Resistance of Iran conference: “Iran has not only increased its number of centrifuges, but produced about one tonne of low enriched uranium, enriched up to 4.5 percent.

“This amount is actually enough to make one nuclear device if Iran wants to enrich it further to the level of 90 percent.

“At the same time, Iran has installed additional centrifuges and is testing new models of centrifuges.”

More elaborate centrifuges will take years to develop but Iran has 2,000 lower capacity centrifuges.

The regime’s nuclear bid halted under the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (Image: Getty)

Dr Heinonen added: “If the 2,000 centrifuges are reassembled it will double the Iranian enrichment capacity.

“It will bring the breakout time – the time that it takes to produce highly enriched uranium for a nuclear weapon – to perhaps only two or three months.

“This is certainly a matter of concern to the international community.”

He told the conference he believed Iran had consistently broken the terms of the Joint Plan and non-proliferation treaties, even before President Trump walked away from the deal.

He added: “I had the opportunity to study the atomic archives discovered in 2018.

“They indicated that Iran had not really dismantled its nuclear weapons-related research and development.Why? “Iran has provided no access nor explanation.

Not only is Iran in non-compliance with its own comprehensive safeguard agreement which was concluded under the Non-Proliferation Treaty, but it most likely has undeclared uranium in its possession.”

In October, Iran hoped to see the lifting of a five-year UN arms’ embargo imposed.

The unravelling of the 2015 nuclear deal, however, is likely to mean its extension for a further five years.

Robert Joseph, former US under secretary of state for arms control and international security, said: “The fundamentally flawed nuclear agreement not only failed to close off Iran’s pathways to a nuclear weapon, it paved the way for a future nuclear-armed Iran.

“In the interim, it provided the regime with billions of dollars that it used to expand regional aggression, support terrorist allies, and oppress its own citizens.”

John Rood, former US under secretary of defence for policy, said: “I continue to worry about the potential for conflict emerging with Iran.

“The simmering low-intensity conflict between the United States and Iranianbacked militias came to a boil in January when the US conducted a strike that killed the leader of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force, Qasem Soleimani.

“Iran retaliated by launching missiles at a US base in Iraq, injuring 110 US soldiers.

“This exchange was merely the culmination of smaller scale attacks and US retaliation that have led the US and Iran to the brink of a large-scale conflict.”

China Will Not Be Compelled Into Arms Control

Credit: CCTV YouTube screen capture

Can China Be Compelled Into Arms Control?

There is little reason to believe that Chinese leaders will see incentives to enter arms control arrangements anytime soon.

Robert Farley

Arms control is always complicated, and a multilateral agreement across multiple weapons systems between China, the U.S., and Russia would tax even the best diplomats. The Trump administration has adopted an adversarial approach to China, attempting to threaten China into compliance by withdrawing from other arms control agreements, to test nuclear weapons, and to overwhelm China through a massive increase in defense spending. But is there any reason to believe that China can be compelled?

States certainly do engage in arms control in order to protect their physical security, as well as their economic and financial well-being. Concerns about the economic impact of the arms race informed both the Soviet and American approaches to arms control in the 1980s. Fear that the industrial power of the United States might swamp them both convinced Japan and the United Kingdom to pursue naval arms limitation in the 1920s.

But the United States cannot, at present, threaten to swamp China. Both Japan and the Soviet Union struggled to compete with the U.S., devoting far greater percentages of their economies to defense spending than Washington. Today, the opposite holds; China spends less as percentage of its GDP than the United States. There surely are concerns about the vitality China’s long-term economic growth (although the same can be said of the United States) but China nevertheless has sufficient slack in its defense spending to maintain its military position relative to the United States without risking bankruptcy.

Moreover, unlike the Soviet Union, China has demonstrated a willingness to accept military vulnerability in its relationship with the United States. The Soviet Union sought first to balance U.S. strategic advantages with massive conventional superiority in Central Europe, then directly matched U.S. strategic nuclear forces. China has never sought nuclear equality with the United States, and is only now approaching a point in which it can threaten conventional parity in the Western Pacific. An arms race can only bring an enemy to its knees if the enemy decides to run the race, and Beijing has yet to indicate it’s willing to commit.

Finally, it should go without saying that the cavalier fashion with which the United States has treated arms control agreements as of late inspires no confidence in Beijing, Moscow, or anywhere else that Washington will adhere to any agreements in the long-term. The pervasive sense that the United States has either given up on arms control or that it will give up on any agreement as soon as the next Republican President enters office will make any foreign leader with any sense at all reluctant to pay the costs and take the risks associated with a major arms limitation initiative.

Contributing Author

Robert Farley

Robert Farley is an assistant professor at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce.

China Sends Nuclear Warning to Babylon the Great

China Warns U.S. Not to Start Nuclear Testing Again After Trump Administration Reportedly Debates Defying 30-Year Ban

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China has urged the United States not to resume nuclear testing after reports that officials within President Donald Trump’s administration had discussed doing so after nearly a 30-year pause.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told reporters Monday in Beijing that China is “gravely concerned about this internal discussion in the U.S. administration on resuming nuclear tests.” She joined Russia in voicing support for a recent statement issued by the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Group of Eminent Persons (GEM), which also called on Washington not to restart nuclear tests.

“The CTBT, which sets out international norms in prohibiting nuclear tests, serves as an important pillar of the international nuclear arms control system and is of great significance in promoting nuclear disarmament, prohibiting nuclear proliferation and upholding world peace and security,” Hua said of the 1996 agreement.

“We also hope that the U.S. side will heed the call from the international community and contribute to safeguarding the international nuclear disarmament and international non-proliferation regime,” she said. “It should take no more steps down the wrong path of undermining global strategic stability.”

The Priscilla nuclear test, part of Operation Plumbbob in 1957 at the Nevada Test Site.

GALERIE BILDERWELT/GETTY

Reports that the U.S. officials had discussed resuming nuclear testing first emerged late last month in The Washington Post, which cited a senior administration official and two former officials saying the U.S. intended pressure Beijing and Moscow into entering into a trilateral, more restrictive version of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) set to expire in February.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has extended an offer to renew the agreement, which limits the number of nuclear warheads and weapons in the U.S. and Russian arsenals and provides channels for mutual verification and inspection measures. Trump, however, has called for a new deal that addressed new technologies such as highly maneuverable hypersonic weapons, and other countries, such as China, which has repeatedly rejected the proposal.

The Trump administration has not publicly indicated it was preparing for a nuclear test but Drew Walter, who is performing the duties of deputy assistant secretary of defense for nuclear matters, told reporters last month that previous National Nuclear Security Agency heads have discussed “a very quick test with limited diagnostics, though certainly diagnostics, within months.”

A U.S. nuclear weapons test would mark a major departure from one of the most widely-observed moratoriums in arms control and set the stage for other countries to ramp up nuclear weapons development in the post-Cold War era.

The last recorded U.S. nuclear test was conducted in 1992 as negotiations for a multilateral testing ban began to take place. China continued to detonate nuclear devices until 1996 and since that year, only India, Pakistan and North Korea—non-parties to the Non-Proliferation Treaty—are known to have conducted such tests. These countries have not signed the test ban treaty. Egypt, Iran and Israel, like the U.S. and China, have signed but not ratified the accord.

In the latest edition of its annual arms control compliance report, the State Department accused Beijing of potentially violating Washington’s “zero-yield” standard of international commitments to not testing nuclear weapons. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian dismissed the allegations as “irresponsible” at the time.

Russian officials have also rejected U.S. allegations of Moscow violating its treaty obligations.

The ascending fireball of the world’s first atomic cannon, the U.S. Army’s experimental 280-mm M65, is seen during the 15-kiloton Operation Upshot-Knothole test at the Nevada Proving Grounds. Frenchman’s Flat, Nevada. The United States was the first country to develop a nuclear weapon and the only one in the world to have used one in combat.U.S. Army/National Nuclear Security Administration

Ayatollah Khamenei praises crew of tankers for damaging the wine (Revelation 6:6)

Ayatollah Khamenei praises crew of tankers to Venezuela

TEHRAN – Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has praised crew of the Iranian tankers that shipped fuel to Venezuela.

“You did a great job. Your move was jihadi. You brought glory to the country,” the Leader said in a message published on Monday.

Five Iranian oil tankers by the names of Petunia, Forest, Faxon, Clavel and Fortune carried fuel to Venezuela despite the United States’ sanctions. The last of them entered Venezuelan waters on June 1.

The tankers carried 1,520,000 barrels of gasoline and diesel fuel to Venezuela. There was also a team of Iranian engineers and specialists from the oil industry on board heading for the country.

Conn Hallinan, a columnist for Foreign Policy In Focus, has said that arrival of Iranian fuel tankers in Venezuelan waters was a crack in wall of the United States’ illegal sanctions against Caracas.

This action is a step in reducing “pressure” on Venezuela, Hallinan said, adding the Venezuelan people were in dire need of fuel.

This shipment brought revenue for Iran and from this point of view it was “a crack in wall of the United States’ illegal sanctions,” he told IRNA in an interview published on June 1.

NA/PA

China and India on the Brink of War

China sparks fears of nuclear war with India as Beijing amasses troops on border

CHINA has sparked concerns of an upcoming military conflict with India over an ongoing frontier dispute after Beijing was reported to have deployed an increasing number of troops to the border.

By Aurora Bosotti 13:53, Sun, Jun 7, 2020 | UPDATED: 13:59, Sun, Jun 7, 2020

China and India’s ‘concerning’ conflict discussed by expert

China and India have been engaged in a dispute over their shared border in the region of Ladakh since 1947, with the two nuclear-armed countries repeatedly coming close to full-out conflict over the years. Concerns of a war between the two countries reignited this week after China was reported to have amassed troops along the frontier with India. Reporting from Dehli, DW correspondent Nimisha Jaiswal said: “There are definitely concerns because we are talking about two massive nuclear-armed nations.

“But in India especially there is a difference between what happens when we are in conflict with Pakistan versus when India sees a conflict with China.

“The king of aggressive almost-jingoism that we see, and posturing that we see with Pakistan is largely absent when it comes to China.

“Analysts believe this could because of China’s conventional warfare military superiority.”

Ms Jaiswal claimed India has been increasingly trying to put pressure on the trade ties linking it to China, with members of the public being urged to download and delete Chinese apps in an attempt to cause economic losses to Chinese tech companies.

China and India have been embroiled in a dispute over Ladakh since 1947 (Image: GETTY)

She continued: “On the other hand, we also see Indians coming together to try to clamp down on trade ties with China.

“For example, a removed China app became very popular in India in the last two weeks because of the fact they were trying to remove all Chinese apps from their phones.

“Indian celebrities have also come out saying stop buying Chinese products, hit them where it hurts.

“But there is a $90 billion trade between the two countries and downloading and removing a few apps is probably not going to have a damaging effect on the Asian giant.”Brussels talks falter

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India’s Modi was reported to have spoked with Trump about him potentially mediating with Beijing (Image: GETTY)

Military commanders from India and China met at the border on Sunday morning in a bid to resolve the tension without exchanging any fire.

The Indian Foreign Ministry said in a statement: “It took place in a cordial and positive atmosphere.

“Both sides agreed to peacefully resolve the situation in the border areas in accordance with various bilateral agreements and keeping in view the agreement between the leaders that peace and tranquillity in the India-China border regions are essential for the overall development of bilateral relations.”

The statement added: “Both sides also noted that this year marked the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and agreed that an early resolution would contribute to the further development of the relationship.”

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China had previously suggested the increasing number of troops was the result of Indian officer transpassing into Chinese territory, a claim India refuted.

Skirmishes between soldiers were reported to have taken place ahead of the meeting in the Pangong Lake region.

US President Donald Trump allegedly had offered earlier this month to act as a mediator between Beijing and New Dehli to avoid a potential skirmish.

But Government officials denied President Trump had contacted Prime Minister Narendra Modi in recent weeks.

And China also dismissed suggestions the US could help ease the tension as Beijing insisted the two countries would resolve their issues through dialogue and consultation.