New York Earthquake: City of the Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

Published 30th April 2018

Researchers believe that a powerful earthquake, magnitude 5 or greater, could cause significant damage to large swathes of NYC, a densely populated area dominated by tall buildings.

Some experts have suggested that NYC is susceptible to at least a magnitude 5 earthquake once every 100 years.

The last major earthquake measuring over magnitude 5.0 struck NYC in 1884 – meaning another one of equal size is “overdue” by 34 years, according their prediction model.

Natural disaster researcher Simon Day, of University College London, agrees with the conclusion that NYC may be more at risk from earthquakes than is usually thought.

EARTHQUAKE RISK: New York is susceptible to seismic shaking from far-away tremors

But the idea of NYC being “overdue” for an earthquake is “invalid”, not least because the “very large number of faults” in the city have individually low rates of activity, he said.

The model that predicts strong earthquakes based on timescale and stress build-up on a given fault has been “discredited”, he said.

What scientists should be focusing on, he said, is the threat of large and potentially destructive earthquakes from “much greater distances”.

The dangerous effects of powerful earthquakes from further away should be an “important feature” of any seismic risk assessment of NYC, Dr Day said.

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THE BIG APPLE: An aerial view of Lower Manhattan at dusk in New York City

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RISK: A seismic hazard map of New York produced by USGS

“New York is susceptible to seismic shaking from earthquakes at much greater distances” Dr Simon Day, natural disaster researcher

“An important feature of the central and eastern United States is, because the crust there is old and cold, and contains few recent fractures that can absorb seismic waves, the rate of seismic reduction is low.

Central regions of NYC, including Manhattan, are built upon solid granite bedrock; therefore the amplification of seismic waves that can shake buildings is low.

But more peripheral areas, such as Staten Island and Long Island, are formed by weak sediments, meaning seismic hazard in these areas is “very likely to be higher”, Dr Day said.

“Thus, like other cities in the eastern US, New York is susceptible to seismic shaking from earthquakes at much greater distances than is the case for cities on plate boundaries such as Tokyo or San Francisco, where the crustal rocks are more fractured and absorb seismic waves more efficiently over long distances,” Dr Day said.

In the event of a large earthquake, dozens of skyscrapers, including Chrysler Building, the Woolworth Building and 40 Wall Street, could be at risk of shaking.

“The felt shaking in New York from the Virginia earthquake in 2011 is one example,” Dr Day said.

On that occasion, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake centered 340 miles south of New York sent thousands of people running out of swaying office buildings.

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FISSURES: Fault lines in New York City have low rates of activity, Dr Day said

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city was “lucky to avoid any major harm” as a result of the quake, whose epicenter was near Louisa, Virginia, about 40 miles from Richmond.

“But an even more impressive one is the felt shaking from the 1811-1812 New Madrid earthquakes in the central Mississippi valley, which was felt in many places across a region, including cities as far apart as Detroit, Washington DC and New Orleans, and in a few places even further afield including,” Dr Day added.

“So, if one was to attempt to do a proper seismic hazard assessment for NYC, one would have to include potential earthquake sources over a wide region, including at least the Appalachian mountains to the southwest and the St Lawrence valley to the north and east.”

Iran Vows Retaliation on Zion and Trump (Daniel 8:4)

Iran Hints At Cyber Attacks By Israel or US at Natanz Nuclear Facility; Vows Retaliation

The Natanz nuclear facility is primarily used for uranium-enrichment and is under the watch of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the U.N. nuclear watchdog.

EurAsian Times DeskJuly 4, 2020

Iran recently issued an arrest warrant against US President Donald Trump and 35 others over the killing of Iran’s top general – Qasem Soleimani, the commander of the Islamic Republic’s Quds Force. 

Donald Trump ordered an airstrike in Iraq on January 3, 2020, that killed Qasem Soleimani. “The strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans,” said Pentagon in a statement. It accused Soleimani of masterminding an attack on American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.

Iran has requested France based Interpol to detain Donald Trump and others who they believe were involved in carrying out the drone strike. The request has been rejected by Interpol.

“Under Article 3 of INTERPOL’s constitution ‘it is strictly forbidden for the Organization to undertake any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character’,” the Lyon-based international organization said in the emailed statement.

Brian Hook, the US special representative for Iran called the arrest warrant as a “propaganda stunt” that “nobody takes seriously”. However, according to Dr Wang Jin, a research fellow of Charhar Institute in China and an associate professor from Northwest University in China, said that there is a possibility that Iran can detain the US President.

It is still unknown whether Donald Trump could win the upcoming US presidential election late this year. Without his presidential status, it is hard to say whether Trump would be under well-trained protection to prevent possible captures or attacks implemented by Iran security staff – he wrote.

He argued that Iran possesses the capability to launch and organize attacks against Donald Trump and other major figures on the warrant list like it did in Paris when the French security establishment foiled an attack led by Iranian cell targeting Iranian political dissents in February 2018.

“Although the plan was not successfully implemented, it suggested the capability of Iran’s intelligence network to penetrate Europe to organize possible attacks,” he said.

He further explained that Iran’s strong influence in the Middle East, especially in Lebanon, Iraq and Syria where Iran’s Quds Forces support and lead various military and political groups, can be easily used to detain Tehran wanted figures.

“Although the chances for Tehran to detain Donald Trump is relatively low, the intention behind the warrant should not be underestimated. The warrant should be understood as the challenge of Iranian hardliners towards Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who was the major figure of moderate camp in the Iranian political arena,” he said.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called for talks with Washington on conditions that Trump apologizes for exiting the nuclear pact in 2018 and compensate Iran for its losses. “We have no problem with talks with the US, but only if Washington fulfils its obligations under the nuclear deal, apologies and compensates Tehran for its withdrawal from the 2015 deal,” Rouhani said in a televised speech.

The issuance of the warrant by the Iranian justice department now prohibits the talks between Rouhani and Trump. “The warrant should be understood as the challenge of Iranian hardliners towards Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who was the major figure of moderate camp in the Iranian political arena,” wrote Jin.

Jin concluded with saying that the issuance of the warrant blocks Tehran’s cooperation efforts with Washington by labelling Trump as a “murderer”.

“The year 2021 would be the presidential election year in Iran. Hassan Rouhani, an important figure from moderate camp, would finish his two consecutive four-year terms, and the hardliner-conservative camp hopes to replace Rouhani’s presidential office with a more assertive leader,” he added.

How Britain Created Her Nukes (Daniel 7)

Dave Whyte at home in Kirkcaldy

‘I want them to apologise to all the nuclear veterans for using us as experiments’, says Fife Christmas Island veteran – The Courier

Michael Alexander hears why nuclear test veteran Dave Whyte from Fife intends to campaign for justice “until the end”.

In the 18 years that Christmas Island veteran Dave Whyte from Fife has been campaigning for “justice” for Britain’s nuclear test veterans, he has never held back with the language he has used to describe the Ministry of Defence’s treatment of British soldiers during the nuclear tests of the 1950s.

He has compared the nuclear tests with the “experiments of Nazi Doctor Joseph Mengele”, accused the MoD of treating soldiers as “guinea pigs” and made comparisons with the aftermath of “Chernobyl”.

He blames his exposure to the fallout from five atomic and hydrogen bomb blasts in 1958 for a catalogue of health problems he’s experienced over the years including the loss of all his teeth at 25 and the discovery in his mid-30s that he was sterile.

The Ministry of Defence, meanwhile, has said there is no valid evidence linking the nuclear tests to ill health.

But despite numerous attempts at legal action against the MoD over the years, which, he admits have “hit every brick wall available”, the now 83-year-old, of Kirkcaldy, is refusing to give up as he continues searching for an admission that he, and thousands of other servicemen – now dwindling in numbers – were exposed to more radiation than the authorities have ever admitted.

Born and raised in Montrose before a spell living in Edinburgh and Germany where his sergeant major father served with the Royal Artillery, Mr Whyte was 22-years-old and serving with the Royal Engineers when he was sent to Christmas Island in the South Pacific in 1958.

The Cold War was at its height and Mr Whyte was stationed there, off the north-eastern coast of Australia, to assist with British nuclear tests.

His job was to collect samples afterwards.

At the time the stakes were high. Amid real fears that the Cold War could escalate into open warfare with the USSR, Britain was determined that it should have its own nuclear deterrent.

In all, Britain and the USA caused some 40 nuclear test explosions in the Pacific region between 1952 and 1962.

Something like 21,000 British servicemen were exposed to these explosions.

But little did Mr Whyte and his colleagues realise that in years to come, some would suffer ill health and in some cases premature death.

Some would suffer from rare forms of leukaemia.

Others reported congenital deformities in their children with a disproportionate number of stillbirths.

“I was at Grapple Y – the largest hydrogen bomb exploded by Britain,” said Mr Whyte.

“For that one I was 35 miles away at main camp.

“But then we had the series of four bombs called Grapple Z.

“I was exposed to the whole lot. At Grapple Z, there were two bombs I was really committed to as I was working in the forward area, just seven miles from ground zero. That was both atomic bombs Pennant and Burgee on August 22 and September 23 1958.

“My task was to go in and pick up all the radioactive debris, load them into my truck and take them to the decontamination centre.

“I had no protection whatsoever. The only people who had protection on Christmas Island were civilian AWREs – Atomic Weapons Research Establishment people.”

Mr Whyte says when the bomb went off, they were told to turn their backs and cover their eyes before turning round to see the “mushroom” cloud.

“It was then we were hit by the blast,” he said. “We were hit by the heatwave and the light when the bomb went off. Afterwards when we were watching it, we were hit by the sound and then the wind came.”

Mr Whyte said neither he nor his colleagues knew of the dangers of radiation at the time. They just did what they were told.

Even when he left the forces and had to have all his teeth removed after developing abscesses, he didn’t link it with exposure.

Ten years later, however, when a fertility test confirmed he couldn’t have children, he made the connection.

While difficult to prove and not applying to everyone, he started to hear stories of others with similar health problems – getting involved in serious campaigning in 2002 when he retired aged 65 after 12 years in the RAF, 17 years with the prison service and five years on Fife Council security.

Mr Whyte wants to prove that he was exposed to more radiation than his records say he was exposed to and that there were health consequences.

A study undertaken by Sue Rabbitt Roff, a social scientist at Dundee University in 1999, found that of 2,261 children born to veterans, 39% were born with serious medical conditions. By contrast, the national incidence figure in Britain is around 2.5%.

However, the MoD has insisted it cannot find Mr Whyte’s full set of records of his radiation exposure.

“I want them to apologise to all the nuclear veterans for using us as experiments,” he said.

“I still maintain that they wanted to find out the level of radiation that a person could survive the nuclear bombs with.

“My records say I was exposed to 2.4 millisieverts for my whole tour – five bombs.

“But I know for a fact it states the radiation levels at ground zero 1.5 hours after bomb for Pennant was one roentgen which is the equivalent to 10 millisieverts.

“That’s four times greater than they gave me for my entire tour. I have that proof but they are not prepared to listen to it.”

The British Nuclear Test Veterans’ Association (BNTVA) charity has been campaigning on the issue for decades and has given Mr Whyte its backing.

The courts have, however, paid tribute to the MOD’s “conscientious” efforts to assist Mr Whyte in recent years and, while unable to discuss individual cases, the MOD has said it recognises the “debt of gratitude we have to the servicemen who took part in the nuclear tests”.

It says the National Radiological Protection Board has carried out three studies of nuclear test veterans and found no valid evidence to link participation in this programme to ill health.

An MOD spokesperson told The Courier:“We are extremely grateful to all those who participated in the British nuclear testing programme, which contributed to keeping our country secure.

“Consecutive studies have found no valid evidence to link participation to ill health.”

Did Israel damage Iran’s nuclear centrifuge facility

Explosion damages Iranian nuclear centrifuge facility

A satellite view of Natanz, a key facility for the production of nuclear weapons, located in the central Iranian province of Isfahan. (Photo: Archive)

WASHINGTON DC (Kurdistan 24) – Early on Thursday, an explosion occurred at Natanz, a key facility for the production of nuclear weapons, located in the central Iranian province of Isfahan.

Official Iranian media, citing a spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, downplayed the incident, saying “an accident had occurred at an industrial shed under construction.”

According to The New York Times, the blast caused “extensive damage to what appeared to be a factory,” where Iran had previously boasted that it was “producing a new generation of centrifuges”—machines that refine uranium ore into weapons-grade material for an atomic bomb.

The Times cited “a Middle Eastern intelligence official” who said “the blast was caused by an explosive device planted inside the facility.”

In June 1981, Israel bombed an Iraqi nuclear reactor south of Baghdad that was under construction with assistance from France.

In September 2007, Israel bombed a nuclear reactor in Deir ez-Zor, Syria, which was being built with help from North Korea. During the course of Syria’s civil war, the area fell under the control of the so-called Islamic State. In March 2017, however, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces captured the site from the terrorist group.

Part of the work at Natanz is done below ground, under very thick concrete, to protect it from airstrikes, such as those noted above.

Thursday’s blast “destroyed much of the aboveground parts” of the facility, The New York Times reported, as it suggested that centrifuges were balanced in the wrecked building, before being put into operation.

The apparent sabotage at Natanz follows an explosion last Friday at Parchin, a military base near Tehran. Iranian officials claimed the incident was an explosion in an industrial gas tank in a civilian part of the base.

Israeli media, however, noted that the blast occurred near the Khojir missile facility and at a site that makes solid-propellant rockets.

A previously unknown group, “Homeland Panthers” claimed responsibility for Thursday’s blast, even before Tehran officially acknowledged it. The group claimed its members were dissidents in Iran’s security forces.

“There was no way to confirm” if the group is real, and “if so, whether it was domestic, as it claimed, or supported by a foreign power,” The New York Times noted.

Israel and the US have shared a long-standing concern about Iran’s nuclear program. President George W. Bush first ordered cyberattacks targeting that program “toward the end of his term,” the Times reported.

Barack Obama, who had campaigned for president on his opposition to the war in Iraq, took the opposite tack, reaching an agreement with Iran in 2015 to limit its nuclear program. However, critics charged that the deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), only postponed the day when Iran would acquire a nuclear bomb, and Donald Trump withdrew from the JCPOA in May 2018 and re-imposed sanctions on Iran.

Iran has responded by breaching international restrictions on its nuclear program. That includes denying access to two sites that inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) sought to visit, as well as refusing to answer certain questions about its past nuclear activities.

Iran’s stonewalling of the IAEA inspectors prompted the United Nations atomic agency board to issue a resolution last month, condemning Tehran for its lack of cooperation, a step that it had not taken since 2012.

Editing by John J. Catherine

Russia’s Plans For Nuclear War (Revelation 16)

World War III: Russia Had a Horrific Plan to Crush NATO (That Means Nuclear War)

Here’s What You Need To Remember: Fortunately for the world as a whole no one ever had the chance to give this plan an actual go.

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.

This article first appeared in May 2020 and is being republished due to reader interest.

Image: Reuters

India Braces for WW3 (Revelation 8 )

WW3 warning: India braces for two-front war with China as Pakistan moves troops to border

WORLD WAR 3 fears have reignited after India confirmed Pakistan had mobilised over 20,000 soldiers to their shared border as New Delhi continues to fend off hostility from China.

By Aurora Bosotti 08:58, Fri, Jul 3, 2020 | UPDATED: 17:59, Fri, Jul 3, 2020

India to ‘face aggression from China and Pakistan’ says expert

India had previously expressed concerns Pakistan would join the tensions in support to China, a forecast that appeared to be confirmed after Islamabad moved 20,000 soldiers to the line of control (LoC). The move matches a similar deployment authorised by Beijing along the line of actual control (LaC) in the Ladakh region earlier in June. India Today reporter Gaurav Sawant said: “It’s a fact that Pakistan’s deployment along the line of control is more than what it was even after the Bellacourt airstrikes.

“This is an indicator that Pakistan is doing this on China’s orders, an order Pakistan can ill-afford to ignore.

The fact remains, at this point in time, India is facing hostilities on two borders, Pakistan on the north and the west, China north and east.

“A threat that’s big on two fronts.”

Mr Sawant said: “What India faces is more than a two-front war, with two nuclear neighbours in a hostile axis and with both looking to pour fuel on terror activity.”

India shares lengthy borders with both China and Pakistan (Image: INDIA TODAY)

It comes as national newspaper report meetings between China officials and members of Al Badr, a militant group with links to violence in the Kashmir region.

Speaking to the Economic Times, a source said: “The assessment is that China may provide support to revive the organisation.

“This is among the signs we have received that indicate Pakistan and China are collaborating on the ground.”

The deployment of Pakistani troops on the LoC adds to the ongoing tensions India has experience with China over their disputed border in the Ladakh region.

Russia could exploit China India tensions says expert

India and China have disputed the border of the Ladakh region for over forty years (Image: GETTY)

China sparked calls for widespread boycotts in India (Image: GETTY)

India has had continued skirmishes with both China and Pakistan since gaining independence from the UK in 1947 but never at the same time.

“Ian Hall, professor of international relations at Griffith University, said: “New Delhi is clearly under great pressure, whether from Covid-19, along the Line of Control in Kashmir, or from China.

“We have seen relations with both Islamabad and Beijing worsen over the past few years, and the result is that both have decided to escalate things during the pandemic, when the Modi government is stretched and distracted.”

The China-India clash already resulted in the death of 20 Indian soldiers (Image: EXPRESS.CO.UK)

India’s Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Mukund Naravane had warned in May a two-pronged attack was possible but insisted diplomacy would also be used to avoid total war.

General Naravane said: “As far as two-front war is concerned it is a possibility.

“A country does not go to war with its armed forces alone.

“It has other pillars like diplomatic corp and other organs of government which will come into play to make sure that we are not forced into a corner where we will have to deal with two adversaries at the same time and in full strength.”

Hamas Tests Rockets Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

Hamas Tests Rockets to Warn Israel Over Annexation Plan

Staff Writer

July 2, 2020

Gaza’s Hamas rulers fired a volley of rockets into the sea Wednesday in a warning to Israel not to annex part of the West Bank, sources in the Islamist organization told AFP.

The showcase launch of about 20 test rockets from the coastal Palestinian territory came as thousands of people in Gaza City answered Hamas calls for street protests.

Last week, the group said that if Israel goes ahead with annexation, as provided for in a US peace plan, it would amount to a “declaration of war” against Palestinians.

Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu‘s center-right coalition government had set July 1 as the date from which it could begin implementing US President Donald Trump‘s Middle East peace proposal.

But there was no announcement by Wednesday afternoon and none scheduled.

Protests Flare Across Gaza, West Bank

The Gaza protesters brandished Palestinian flags and placards condemning Trump while calling for Hamas to take up arms against Israel.

“The resistance must be revived,” demonstrator Rafeeq Inaiah told AFP. “Israel is afraid of force.”

Others held signs reading “No to annexation” and “Palestinian lives matter,” referencing the US-born antiracist Black Lives Matter movement, AFP journalists at the scene said.

Demonstrators take part in a rally as Palestinians call for a ‘day of rage’ to protest against Israel’s plan to annex parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, in Gaza City July 1, 2020. Photo: Majdi Fathi/AFP

Demonstrations were also building in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

In the ancient Jordan Valley city of Jericho, a small number of Palestinian protesters were joined by retired left-wing Israeli politicians, among them Ophir Pines-Paz, a former Labor party interior minister.

“We want to affirm our support for peace,” he said. “Netanyahu and his annexation project must be stopped.”

The Trump plan, unveiled in January, offered a path for Israel to annex territory and Jewish West Bank settlements, communities considered illegal under international law.

Hamas, which in 2007 took control of the narrow strip on the shores of the Mediterranean, has since 2008 fought three wars with neighboring Israel.

It has been under blockade by the Jewish state for more than a decade, with the stated Israeli aim to prevent flows of arms and materials for building fortifications.