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 Next Round of Pestilence (Revelation 6:8)

Flu virus with ‘pandemic potential’ found in China – BBC News

The new flu strain is similar to the swine flu that spread globally in 2009

A new strain of flu that has the potential to become a pandemic has been identified in China by scientists.

It emerged recently and is carried by pigs, but can infect humans, they say.

The researchers are concerned that it could mutate further so that it can spread easily from person to person, and trigger a global outbreak.

While it is not an immediate problem, they say, it has “all the hallmarks” of being highly adapted to infect humans and needs close monitoring.

As it’s new, people could have little or no immunity to the virus.

The scientists write in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that measures to control the virus in pigs, and the close monitoring of swine industry workers, should be swiftly implemented.

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Pandemic threat

A bad new strain of influenza is among the top disease threats that experts are watching for, even as the world attempts to bring to an end the current coronavirus pandemic.

The last pandemic flu the world encountered – the swine flu outbreak of 2009 – was less deadly than initially feared, largely because many older people had some immunity to it, probably because of its similarity to other flu viruses that had circulated years before.

That virus, called A/H1N1pdm09, is now covered by the annual flu vaccine to make sure people are protected.

The new flu strain that has been identified in China is similar to 2009 swine flu, but with some new changes.

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So far, it hasn’t posed a big threat, but Prof Kin-Chow Chang and colleagues who have been studying it, say it is one to keep an eye on.

How worried should we be?

The virus, which the researchers call G4 EA H1N1, can grow and multiply in the cells that line the human airways.

They found evidence of recent infection in people who worked in abattoirs and the swine industry in China when they looked at data from 2011 to 2018.

Current flu vaccines do not appear to protect against it, although they could be adapted to do so if needed.

Prof Kin-Chow Chang, who works at Nottingham University in the UK, told the BBC: “Right now we are distracted with coronavirus and rightly so. But we must not lose sight of potentially dangerous new viruses.”

While this new virus is not an immediate problem, he says: “We should not ignore it.”

In theory, a flu pandemic could occur at any time, but they are still rare events. Pandemics happen if a new strain emerges that can easily spread from person to person.

Although flu viruses are constantly changing – which is why the flu vaccine also needs to change regularly to keep up – they do not usually go pandemic.

Prof James Wood, head of the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Cambridge, said the work “comes as a salutary reminder” that we are constantly at risk of new emergence of pathogens, and that farmed animals, with which humans have greater contact than with wildlife, may act as the source for important pandemic viruses.

A World Health Organization spokeswoman said: “Eurasian avian-like swine influenza virus are known to be circulating in the swine population in Asia and to be able to infect humans sporadically. Twice a year during the influenza vaccine composition meetings, all information on the viruses is reviewed and the need for new candidate vaccine viruses is discussed. We will carefully read the paper to understand what is new.

“It also highlights that we cannot let down our guard on influenza; we need to be vigilant and continue surveillance even during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The Chinese Nuclear Horn Defies Babylon the Great (Daniel 7)

China refuses to join trilateral nuclear talks: US

GENEVA

China is expanding its nuclear arsenal, while the US is engaging with Russia in disarmament discussions, Washington’s envoy at the Conference on Disarmament at the UN said Thursday.

Robert Wood said that while the Conference on Disarmament is essentially “on hiatus” due to the COVID-19 pandemic, “the disarmament discourse has not lost its relevance.”

“In fact, US-Russia discussions in this area have continued and are ongoing,” said Wood.

He said Marshall Billingslea, a US special presidential envoy for Arms Control, and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov “had productive discussions in June” on the future of arms control.

They “mutually agreed upon topics related to the future of arms control,” and a space security exchange was organized on July 27, where experts on space policy and operational experience engaged with Russian counterparts in the first bilateral space dialogue in seven years.

Wood, however, said the US had invited China to join “trilateral arms control and risk reduction discussions” involving Russia.

“To date, China has flatly rejected any invitation from the United States to provide more clarity and transparency into their nuclear doctrine and related nuclear activities.

“In fact, China continues to pursue an expansion of its nuclear arsenal, which will heighten nuclear tensions rather than diminish them and threatens to stimulate a new, unnecessary, and destabilizing arms race among the three largest nuclear powers on earth,” said Wood.

China rejects claims

Meanwhile, China’s Ambassador for Disarmament Affairs Li Song said: “I’ll have to put on record my rejection and opposition in the strongest terms possible to the vilification and accusation content in the US ambassador’s speech.

“China has always been a big champion and practitioner of upholding existing international systems and will firmly pursue the role of peaceful development and will never seek hegemony and expansion. It will remain a reliable force for peace in the world.”

He said that China would like to reach an agreement with the US and “to reach consensus on the launching of this dialogue with the US.”

Earlier at the opening of the Conference on Disarmament, the Director-General of the UN in Geneva, Tatiana Valovaya, said that 2020 is a year of significant anniversaries for disarmament.

“The UN is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, the symbol of multilateralism, and cooperation that emerged from the ashes of the Second World War,” she said.

She also noted the marking of the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, “which brought sorrow and devastation to hundreds of thousands of people for generations.”

She quoted the UN secretary-general as saying at the Nagasaki Peace Memorial: “The international community must return to the understanding that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.

“There is an urgent need to stop the erosion of the nuclear order. All countries possessing nuclear weapons, have an obligation to lead.”

The UN General Assembly recognizes the Conference on Disarmament as the multilateral disarmament negotiating forum of the international community.

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The Shi’a Horn Vs Babylon the Great

Shiite military attacks have made it harder to fight ISIS, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie said.

Katie Bo WilliamsAugust 12, 2020

Countering the threat from Iran is the U.S. military’s top priority in the Middle East, America’s top commander in the region said Wednesday, blaming rocket attacks from Shiite militia groups in Iraq for hampering U.S. efforts to defeat ISIS in the region.

“As I look at the theater, we remain focused on Iran as our central problem. This headquarters focuses on Iran, executing deterrence activities against Iran, and doing those things,” U.S. Central Command head Gen. Kenneth McKenzie said at an U.S. Institute for Peace event.

“The threat against our forces from Shiite militant groups has caused us to put resources that we would otherwise use against ISIS to provide for our own defense and that has lowered our ability to work effectively against them,” McKenzie said.

In March, U.S. forces began pulling back from bases across Iraq, turning them over to Iraqi security partners. At the time, Pentagon officials insisted that the base hand-offs were part of a long-planned consolidation that reflected the success of the anti-ISIS fight — not concerns over the ongoing rocket attacks by Iran-linked proxy militias.

On Wednesday, McKenzie reiterated that justification, saying that Iraqi security forces had improved their ability to fight ISIS and that “the fact that we’re getting smaller is actually a sign of campaign progress.”

But the CENTCOM commander also explicitly linked the withdrawals to the threat from Iran. 

“Over the last seven or eight months, we have had to devote resources to self-protection that we would otherwise devote for the counter-ISIS fight and we’ve had to pull back and our partners have had to pull back,” he said. “At the same time we’ve done things to harden our positions to make it more difficult for Iran to attack us in Iraq — but it has had an effect.”

Rocket attacks have continued to target U.S. military and diplomatic installations in Iraq during the spring and summer, although tensions have ebbed since January, when the United States killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. The Trump administration has made constraining Iranian military adventurism in the Middle East a cornerstone of its foreign policy. In 2018, the president withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal struck by his predecessor, in part over concerns it didn’t go far enough to restrain other bad behavior from Tehran. Critics say Iran is now closer to acquiring a nuclear weapon, while continuing to lash out militarily as it struggles under pressure from withering sanctions applied by the Trump administration.

McKenzie cautioned that a final “defeat” of ISIS is unlikely — because there will always be pockets of fighters enamoured with the ideology — but that the hope is that the United States will eventually be able to hand off the fight to local security forces.

“There’s not going to be a significant victory celebration. There’s not going to be a clear-cut military victory,” McKenzie said.

He also acknowledged that the U.S. military presence in Syria has no clear end in sight.

“I don’t think we’re going to be in Syria forever. I don’t know how long we’re going to be in Syria,” he said. “That’s going to be a political decision, not a military decision.”

But, he added, “As long as we remain, we’re going to work very hard to finish off ISIS.”

Russia and World War 3 (Revelation 16)

World War 3 warning: Russia states any missile strike may see NUCLEAR attack

RUSSIA has vowed to unleash its nuclear arsenal if any missile is launched towards the state, sparking World War 3 fears.

By BILL MCLOUGHLIN

09:24, Thu, Aug 13, 2020 | UPDATED: 15:04, Thu, Aug 13, 2020

An official military newspaper has claimed it would be impossible to identify a non-nuclear missile on course for Russia. Due to that, the official newspaper of the Ministry of Defence, Krasnaya Zvezda claimed any possible retaliation would then be passed onto the security forces who could use Russia’s nuclear weaponry to strike back.

It said: “Any attacking missile will be perceived as carrying a nuclear warhead.

“The information about the missile launch will be automatically relayed to the Russian military-political leadership, which will determine the scope of retaliatory action by nuclear forces depending on the evolving situation.”

This worrying statement comes as Russia published its nuclear deterrent policy in June.

In the policy, military bosses warned against any country from crossing Russia’s red lines.

Russia news: Putin ready to launch nuclear missile response (Image: PA)

Russia: Missile parade (Image: PA)

They warned: “Russia has designated the ‘red lines’ that we don’t advise anyone to cross.

“If a potential adversary dares to do that, the answer will undoubtedly be devastating.

“The specifics of retaliatory action, such as where, when and how much will be determined by Russia’s military-political leadership depending on the situation.”

The policy now reaffirms Russia could use nuclear missiles to fend off any aggression from an enemy state.

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Russia: The military warned a nuclear strike could occur (Image: PA)

The threat of a nuclear missile strike comes as the UK and US expressed concern over the launch of a projectile in space.

Russia was accused of conducting a test of a weapon-like projectile in space.

But, Moscow claimed the test was a required check on space equipment.

Air Vice-Marshal, Harvey Smyth, insisted he was concerned about the latest Russian satellite test.

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He said: “Actions like this threaten the peaceful use of space and risk causing debris that could pose a threat to satellites and the space systems on which the world depends.”

Gen Jay Raymond, who heads US space command also expressed concern of a test of an anti-satellite weapon.

He said: “This is further evidence of Russia’s continuing efforts to develop and test space-based systems and is consistent with the Kremlin’s published military doctrine to employ weapons that hold US and allied space assets at risk.”

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In terms of nuclear warfare, the US and Russia have both signed up to the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START).

The treaty became effective in 2011 but is due to expire next year.

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The treaty calls for halving the number of strategic nuclear missile launchers.

Payback is Coming to Babylon the Great

IRGC Chief Vows ‘Harsh Revenge’ for Gen. Soleimani’s Assassination – Politics news – Tasnim News Agency

Tasnim News Agency

“Our enemies should know that nowhere is safe for them,” General Salami said on Thursday, during a ceremony marking the 14th anniversary of Lebanon’s historic victory in the 33-day war of 2006 against Israel.

With the assassination of Hajj Qassem, they (the enemies) created a permanent source of danger and revenge for themselves. Sooner or later, there will be a revenge for his death and certainly it will be harsh,” he added. 

The Iranian General and his companions were assassinated in a US airstrike near Baghdad airport on January 3, as General Soleimani was on an official visit to the Iraqi capital.

In late July, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said Iran will never forget Washington’s assassination of General Soleimani and will definitely deliver a “counterblow” to the United States.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran will never forget this issue and will definitely deal the counterblow to the Americans,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in a meeting with visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi in Tehran.

“They killed your guest at your own home and unequivocally admitted the atrocity. This is no small matter,” the Leader told the Iraqi premier.

Iran Endorses Nuclear Weapons (Daniel 8:4)

Amid Mayhem In The Region Rouhani Says Iran’s Weapons Good For Everybody

Radio Farda

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani reacted with a three-day delay to The Persian Gulf Cooperation Council’s letter to the United Nations Security Council demanding an extension to the arms embargo against Iran.

Rouhani told Persian Gulf states’ leaders on Wednesday August 12 that “Iran’s military power is in the interest of the whole region.

Meanwhile, he repeated several times in his statement made during a cabinet meeting on Wednesday that “Iran’s weapons and military power are not going to be used against our neighbors.”

Meanwhile he warned the Persian Gulf heads of states that “The United States might take advantage of them for its own interests.”

Rouhani’s comments about not using Iranian weapons against the Gulf states were made while people and the media in the region still remember That Yemen’s Houthis targeted Saudi Arabia with Iranian missiles. Saudi officials and their regional allies have officially charged that the Houthis used missiles delivered to them by Iran against Saudi Arabia.

The Houthis drone attacks on Saudi oil installations have caused tremendous damage, however, Iran denies involvement in the strikes.

Meanwhile, after one of the Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia, Hossein Shariatmadari, the editor of Kayhan newspaper who has been appointed by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei provocatively headlined his report on the event as: “Ansarullah Fires Missiles on Riyadh. Next target Dubai.”

Iran also threatened in January that it will attack Dubai in case of any retaliation for an Iranian strike on U.S. bases in Iraq.

Earlier, various Iranian military commanders and other civilian officials including Ali Aghamohammadi, a senior adviser to Khamenei had threatened since mid-2010s that Iran might target U.S. and British interests in the Gulf states, particularly in Dubai in case U.S. threats against Iran intensifies.

Meanwhile, Iranian forces have been accused of disrupting the security of the United Arab Emirates several times by attacking civilian shipping in its ports.Iranian military commanders including IRGC commander Hossein Salami and President Hassan Rouhani have occasionally warned that U.S. interests in the Persian Gulf region are within reach of Iranian forces.

The UN Security Council has issued several resolutions and enforced an arms embargo against Iran during the past 13 years. Nonetheless, upon the conclusion of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, the Council issued resolution number 2231 according to which the embargo will end on 18 October 2020.

The United States has been trying to ensure that the arms embargo against Iran is extended beyond October 2020. Washington presented a new draft resolution to the Security Council on Tuesday and asked UNSC members to express their views about the draft by mid-day on Wednesday.

Rouhani also tried to cast doubt on the origins of the GCC letter: “It is not clear who was in favor and who was against the letter. It was not an official session. It was one person’s decision who asked for putting Iran under pressure by extending the deadline for the end of the embargo.”

He said any new plan to extend the embargo would be a gross violation of the nuclear agreement (JCPOA) and those who table such moves will be responsible for its consequences.

Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif wrote in an article in Iran Daily that the UNSC members will stop the United States move which he called “an attempt to destroy what has remained of international law and multilateralism.”

In another development, Iran’s UN Envoy Majid Takht Ravanchi wrote in a tweet that the new draft resolution presented by the United States violates Resolution 2231,” and said he was sure that the UNSC would reject it.