Two Centuries Before The Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

The worst earthquake in Massachusetts history 260 years ago
It happened before, and it could happen again.
By Hilary Sargent @lilsarg
Boston.com Staff | 11.19.15 | 5:53 AM
On November 18, 1755, Massachusetts experienced its largest recorded earthquake.
The earthquake occurred in the waters off Cape Ann, and was felt within seconds in Boston, and as far away as Nova Scotia, the Chesapeake Bay, and upstate New York, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Seismologists have since estimated the quake to have been between 6.0 and 6.3 on the Richter scale, according to the Massachusetts Historical Society.
While there were no fatalities, the damage was extensive.
According to the USGS, approximately 100 chimneys and roofs collapsed, and over a thousand were damaged.
The worst damage occurred north of Boston, but the city was not unscathed.
A 1755 report in The Philadelphia Gazette described the quake’s impact on Boston:
“There was at first a rumbling noise like low thunder, which was immediately followed with such a violent shaking of the earth and buildings, as threw every into the greatest amazement, expecting every moment to be buried in the ruins of their houses. In a word, the instances of damage done to our houses and chimnies are so many, that it would be endless to recount them.”
The quake sent the grasshopper weathervane atop Faneuil Hall tumbling to the ground, according to the Massachusetts Historical Society.
An account of the earthquake, published in The Pennsylvania Gazette on December 4, 1755.
The earthquake struck at 4:30 in the morning, and the shaking lasted “near four minutes,” according to an entry John Adams, then 20, wrote in his diary that day.
The brief diary entry described the damage he witnessed.
“I was then at my Fathers in Braintree, and awoke out of my sleep in the midst of it,” he wrote. “The house seemed to rock and reel and crack as if it would fall in ruins about us. 7 Chimnies were shatter’d by it within one mile of my Fathers house.”
The shaking was so intense that the crew of one ship off the Boston coast became convinced the vessel had run aground, and did not learn about the earthquake until they reached land, according to the Massachusetts Historical Society.
In 1832, a writer for the Hampshire (Northampton) Gazette wrote about one woman’s memories from the quake upon her death.
“It was between 4 and 5 in the morning, and the moon shone brightly. She and the rest of the family were suddenly awaked from sleep by a noise like that of the trampling of many horses; the house trembled and the pewter rattled on the shelves. They all sprang out of bed, and the affrightted children clung to their parents. “I cannot help you dear children,” said the good mother, “we must look to God for help.”
The Cape Ann earthquake came just 17 days after an earthquake estimated to have been 8.5-9.0 on the Richter scale struck in Lisbon, Portugal, killing at least 60,000 and causing untold damage.
There was no shortage of people sure they knew the impretus for the Cape Ann earthquake.
According to many ministers in and around Boston, “God’s wrath had brought this earthquake upon Boston,” according to the Massachusetts Historical Society.
In “Verses Occasioned by the Earthquakes in the Month of November, 1755,” Jeremiah Newland, a Taunton resident who was active in religious activities in the Colony, wrote that the earthquake was a reminder of the importance of obedience to God.
“It is becaufe we broke thy Laws,
that thou didst shake the Earth.

O what a Day the Scriptures say,
the EARTHQUAKE doth foretell;
O turn to God; lest by his Rod,
he cast thee down to Hell.”
Boston Pastor Jonathan Mayhew warned in a sermon that the 1755 earthquakes in Massachusetts and Portugal were “judgments of heaven, at least as intimations of God’s righteous displeasure, and warnings from him.”
There were some, though, who attempted to put forth a scientific explanation for the earthquake.
Well, sort of.
In a lecture delivered just a week after the earthquake, Harvard mathematics professor John Winthrop said the quake was the result of a reaction between “vapors” and “the heat within the bowels of the earth.” But even Winthrop made sure to state that his scientific theory “does not in the least detract from the majesty … of God.”
It has been 260 years since the Cape Ann earthquake. Some experts, including Boston College seismologist John Ebel, think New England could be due for another significant quake.
In a recent Boston Globe report, Ebel said the New England region “can expect a 4 to 5 magnitude quake every decade, a 5 to 6 every century, and a magnitude 6 or above every thousand years.”
If the Cape Ann earthquake occurred today, “the City of Boston could sustain billions of dollars of earthquake damage, with many thousands injured or killed,” according to a 1997 study by the US Army Corps of Engineers.

The Stealth of the Chinese Nuclear Horn: Daniel 7

New Chinese stealth bomber ‘can target US bases thousands of kilometres away’

By Richard Wood

A new Chinese stealth bomber will give the rising superpower a “truly intercontinental capability” including the ability to target US territory, according to a British think tank.

Capable of carrying nuclear weapons, the H-20 bomber marks a major advance from China’s status as only a regional power, the South China Morning Post reports.

China is still developing the aircraft but when completed the Pentagon believes it will be able to reach US overseas territories such as the island of Guam in the Pacific.

The report by the London-based Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies gave an overview of how Russia and China were modernising their air forces.

“Armed with nuclear and conventional stand-off missiles, the H-20 would represent a major break from previous People’s Liberation Army Air Force doctrine and equipment development practice,” said the report.

While China’s air force is organised around targeting a series of Pacific island targets including Japan and the Philippines, the H-20 – when operational – would significantly expand that range.

The aircraft’s subsonic speeds, range, armaments and radar-evading stealth technology could tilt the strategic balance in the Asia Pacific, some analysts said.

A report by the US Defence Department earlier this year, said the H-20 is expected to enter service by 2025. And with a payload of 45 tonnes, the H-20 is designed to carry four stealth or hypersonic cruise missiles.

It has an estimated range of about 8500km that would bring the island of Guam within range.

Chinese defence expert Adam Ni, from Sydney’s Macquarie University, told Nine.com.au last year the aircraft’s development is aimed to deter Western nations such as the US.

“China is making clear progress in acquiring an effective strategic bomber that would enhance its strategic deterrence against its competitors, such as the US,” he said at the time.

The Quakes Preceding the Sixth Seal: Revelation 6:12

East Coast Quakes: What to Know About the Tremors Below

By Meteorologist Dominic Ramunni Nationwide PUBLISHED 7:13 PM ET Aug. 11, 2020 PUBLISHED 7:13 PM EDT Aug. 11, 2020

People across the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic were shaken, literally, on a Sunday morning as a magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck in North Carolina on August 9, 2020.

Centered in Sparta, NC, the tremor knocked groceries off shelves and left many wondering just when the next big one could strike.

Items lie on the floor of a grocery store after an earthquake on Sunday, August 9, 2020 in North Carolina.

Fault Lines

Compared to the West Coast, there are far fewer fault lines in the East. This is why earthquakes in the East are relatively uncommon and weaker in magnitude.

That said, earthquakes still occur in the East.

According to Spectrum News Meteorologist Matthew East, “Earthquakes have occurred in every eastern U.S. state, and a majority of states have recorded damaging earthquakes. However, they are pretty rare. For instance, the Sparta earthquake Sunday was the strongest in North Carolina in over 100 years.”

While nowhere near to the extent of the West Coast, damaging earthquakes can and do affect much of the eastern half of the country.

For example, across the Tennesse River Valley lies the New Madrid Fault Line. While much smaller in size than those found farther west, the fault has managed to produce several earthquakes over magnitude 7.0 in the last couple hundred years.

In 1886, an estimated magnitude 7.0 struck Charleston, South Carolina along a previously unknown seismic zone. Nearly the entire town had to be rebuilt.

Vulnerabilities

The eastern half of the U.S. has its own set of vulnerabilities from earthquakes.

Seismic waves actually travel farther in the East as opposed to the West Coast. This is because the rocks that make up the East are tens, if not hundreds, of millions of years older than in the West.

These older rocks have had much more time to bond together with other rocks under the tremendous pressure of Earth’s crust. This allows seismic energy to transfer between rocks more efficiently during an earthquake, causing the shaking to be felt much further.

This is why, during the latest quake in North Carolina, impacts were felt not just across the state, but reports of shaking came as far as Atlanta, Georgia, nearly 300 miles away.

Reports of shaking from different earthquakes of similar magnitude.

Quakes in the East can also be more damaging to infrastructure than in the West. This is generally due to the older buildings found east. Architects in the early-to-mid 1900s simply were not accounting for earthquakes in their designs for cities along the East Coast.

When a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck Virginia in 2011, not only were numerous historical monuments in Washington, D.C. damaged, shaking was reported up and down the East Coast with tremors even reported in Canada.

Unpredictable

There is no way to accurately predict when or where an earthquake may strike.

Some quakes will have a smaller earthquake precede the primary one. This is called a foreshock.

The problem is though, it’s difficult to say whether the foreshock is in fact a foreshock and not the primary earthquake. Only time will tell the difference.

The United State Geological Survey (USGS) is experimenting with early warning detection systems in the West Coast.

While this system cannot predict earthquakes before they occur, they can provide warning up to tens of seconds in advance that shaking is imminent. This could provide just enough time to find a secure location before the tremors begin.

Much like hurricanes, tornadoes, or snowstorms, earthquakes are a natural occuring phenomenon that we can prepare for.

The USGS provides an abundance of resources on how to best stay safe when the earth starts to quake.

The Russian army shows her nuclear might:Daniel 7

Russia Military Shows Off Nuclear Forces with Air, Land and Sea Missile Launches

BY TOM O’CONNOR ON 12/09/20 AT 9:05 PM EST

The Russian armed forces have conducted an exercise of their nuclear capabilities including a series of ballistic and cruise missile launches overseen by President Vladimir Putin.

A roughly two-and-a-half-minute video released Wednesday by the Russian Defense Ministry displayed air, land and sea assets of the country’s nuclear triad. An accompanying statement identified the training as part of the military’s training plan and said that the “objectives of the exercises were fulfilled.”

In one scene, Tu-160 and Tu-95MS bombers that took off from the Engels and Ukrainka airfields fired off Kh-101 and Kh-555 air-launched cruise missiles.

Another clip showed Project 667BDRM Delfin-class nuclear-powered missile-carrying submarine Karelia launching an R-29RMU Sineva submarine-launched ballistic missile from below the waters of the Barents Sea.

To complete the strategic trilogy, an RS-24 Yars intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from a vehicle at the Plesetsk spaceport.

Test targets were struck at the Kura and Pemboi proving grounds, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

Russia is believed to be in possession of the world’s largest nuclear stockpile, though its arsenal is limited by the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), the latest instalment of a series of bilateral agreements first reached with the United States just months before the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Three decades later, as a resurgent Russian military revamps its armed forces, the deal is on the verge of expiration. Efforts by Washington and Moscow to extend the treaty ahead of a February 4 deadline have so far failed, even with Putin’s proposal to unconditionally extend New START and freeze nuclear warhead production for a year.

The treaty’s collapse would follow the deaths of the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty in 2002 and the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty last year, leaving the U.S. and Russia without any arms control agreements for the first time since the middle of the Cold War.

Rather than renew the deal, however, President Donald Trump’s administration has sought a new one including additional countries such as China, which has refused to join, and a wider range of weapons platforms that have emerged over the past decade.

Moscow has developed a number of new nuclear-capable weapons, including hypersonic missiles billed as being able to avoid even the most sophisticated missile defenses.

And while Russia’s preparations for the possibility of nuclear war appeared to go as planned Wednesday, they reportedly went awry elsewhere that same day.

On Wednesday, the Russian Interior Ministry reported on the theft of around 39 pieces of radio equipment from an Ilyushin Il-80 aircraft at the Yuzhny airfield in the southern city of Taganrog. This particular plane was specially designed as a mobile command center to house Russian leadership in the event of a nuclear strike or another national catastrophe, according to media outlets such as Ren-TV.

The cost of this theft was projected to be at least $13,600. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov called the robbery an “emergency situation” and promised “measures will be taken to prevent this from happening in the future,” the Agence France-Presse reported.

Authorities have said the investigation into the incident remains ongoing.

Iran-backed militias have weapons in place for payback

Report: Iran-backed militias have weapons in place for planned revenge attack after nuke scientist killed

On Thursday, CNN reported U.S. officials are concerned Iran-backed Iraqi militia groups have moved to a “heightened level of preparation” this week, raising the potential for a possible attack after the recent assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist.

One official described the Iraqi militia preparations as “worrisome” and reportedly told CNN “We have indications” of militia preparations. The official did not provide CNN with evidence of a specific attack but said all the weapons “capability” the Iran-backed militias need is already in Iraq, noting the Iran-backed militias regularly maintain stockpiles of rockets and artillery.

Iran threatened a “calculated and decisive answer” to those responsible for last month’s assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, an Iranian nuclear scientist who was regarded as the father of Iran’s nuclear program. Iran has blamed the U.S. and Israel for the attack though no group has claimed responsibility for killing Fakhrizadeh.

The warnings of a potential attack also come weeks before the one-year anniversary of the U.S. strike that killed Iranian Quds Force Gen. Qassem Soleimani while he traveled in Baghdad, Iraq on Jan. 3, 2020.

On Thursday, U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), said he believes the US has “achieved a certain level of contested deterrence” but warned the Iranian government still feels “pressure to avenge the death of Soleimani.”

CNN reported U.S. officials have also observed Iran moving defensive military equipment along its coasts. Those U.S. officials believe the move may indicate Iran anticipates an attack from Israel or the U.S. The U.S. officials told CNN that Iran’s military moves appear defensive for now, but that they are set up if the country’s leaders decide to launch an attack on Israeli or U.S. positions.

Last week, the Trump administration reportedly ordered a drawdown of personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad for a “de-risking” period in anticipation of the anniversary of Soleimani’s death.

On Thursday, the U.S. Air Force also deployed two B-52H “Stratofortress” bombers from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana to the CENTCOM area of responsibility on a short-notice mission. According to an Air Force press release McKenzie said “the short-notice, non-stop mission was designed to underscore the U.S. military’s commitment to its regional partners, while also validating the ability to rapidly deploy combat power anywhere in the world.”

Iranian-backed Iraqi militias have previously launched attacks on U.S. positions in Iraq. In December of 2019, the Iran-linked Kata’ib Hizbollah launched a rocket attack that resulted in the death of a U.S. citizen and the injury of four U.S. service members and two members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF). In response, the U.S. launched retaliatory strikes on the Kata’ib Hizbollah.

In response to the December 2019 U.S. airstrikes, hundreds of demonstrators, supporting the Iran-backed militias in Iraq attacked the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, smashing the reception area and attempting to set fires at the embassy compound. The back and forth responses between the U.S. and the Iran-backed militias culminated in the strike that killed Soleimani just days later.

Iran Continues to Spin Away: Daniel 8

Iran plans to install more advanced atomic centrifuges underground: IAEA

VIENNA, Sept. 18, 2018 (Xinhua) — Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi addresses the 62nd General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria, on Sept. 17, 2018. (Xinhua/IAEA) (wtc)

RIYADH (RAHNUMA): Iran has told the UN nuclear watchdog it plans to install three more cascades, or clusters, of advanced IR-2m centrifuges at its underground uranium enrichment plant at Natanz, the agency told member states on Friday in a report obtained by Reuters.

“Iran informed the Agency that the operator of the Fuel Enrichment Plant (FEP) at Natanz ‘intends to start installation of three cascades of IR-2m centrifuge machines’ at FEP,” the agency wrote, adding that the three cascades were in addition to one of IR-2m machines already used for enrichment there.

Iran’s nuclear deal with major powers says Tehran can only use first-generation IR-1 centrifuges, which are less efficient, at the underground plant and that those are the only machines Iran can accumulate enriched uranium with.

Pompeo is finally correct about Iran

‘Serious escalation’: Pompeo claims Iran would be closer to nuclear WEAPONS with new uranium enrichment bill

11 Dec, 2020 20:55

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned that Iran could be a step closer to obtaining nukes if it enriches uranium at a higher purity and continues to frustrate international efforts to search its nuclear sites.

“A reduction in Iran’s cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) or enrichment to the 20 percent level would constitute a serious escalation that moves Iran closer to the ability to obtain a nuclear weapon,” he said in a statement on Friday.

Last week Iranian MPs passed a new law, requiring the country to “produce and store 120kg per year of uranium enriched to 20 percent” if the European signatories of the 2015 nuclear deal fail to curb financial sanctions on the country.

Pompeo said Tehran had not offered a “credible” explanation for the bill, which also postpones inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and accused Iran of “already unacceptable levels of cooperation” with the organization.

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The Secretary of State’s intervention comes during a period of heightened tension between Washington and Tehran, after the US sent two B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf on Thursday, amid reports of a “potential attack” by Iran-backed militias in Iraq.

The strong rhetoric between the US and Iran has ramped up since mid-November, when Tehran threatened a “crushing response” following reports that the Trump administration had considered strikes on Iranian nuclear sites.

On Friday Pompeo also called on the international community to hit Iran with “continued diplomatic and economic pressure” if it failed to cooperate with the IAEA.

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He said if Iran wanted relief from sanctions it would have to change its behavior in a number of areas, including agreeing to negotiate a new nuclear deal that includes its development of ballistic missiles – a move Germany also called for last week.

Tehran has consistently rejected renegotiating the agreement – the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – as countries prepare for the possibility that Joe Biden may push for it to be updated if he becomes US President.

In 2018 President Trump withdrew the US from the JCPOA, which was signed in 2015 between Iran, China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK and US.