A Closer Look At The Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

A Look at the Tri-State’s Active Fault Line

Monday, March 14, 2011By Bob HennellyThe Ramapo Fault is the longest fault in the Northeast that occasionally makes local headlines when minor tremors cause rock the Tri-State region. It begins in Pennsylvania, crosses the Delaware River and continues through Hunterdon, Somerset, Morris, Passaic and Bergen counties before crossing the Hudson River near Indian Point nuclear facility.In the past, it has generated occasional activity that generated a 2.6 magnitude quake in New Jersey’s Peakpack/Gladstone area and 3.0 magnitude quake in Mendham.But the New Jersey-New York region is relatively seismically stable according to Dr. Dave Robinson, Professor of Geography at Rutgers.Although it does have activity.“There is occasional seismic activity in New Jersey,” said Robinson. “There have been a few quakes locally that have been felt and done a little bit of damage over the time since colonial settlement — some chimneys knocked down in Manhattan with a quake back in the 18th century, but nothing of a significant magnitude.”Robinson said the Ramapo has on occasion registered a measurable quake but has not caused damage:“The Ramapo fault is associated with geological activities back 200 million years ago, but it’s still a little creaky now and again,”he said.“More recently, in the 1970s and early 1980s, earthquake risk along the Ramapo Fault received attention because of its proximity to Indian Point,” according to the New Jersey Geological Survey website.Historically, critics of the Indian Point Nuclear facility in Westchester County, New York, did cite its proximity to the Ramapo fault line as a significant risk.In 1884, according to the New Jersey Geological Survey website, the  Rampao Fault was blamed for a 5.5 quake that toppled chimneys in New York City and New Jersey that was felt from Maine to Virginia.“Subsequent investigations have shown the 1884 Earthquake epicenter was actually located in Brooklyn, New York, at least 25 miles from the Ramapo Fault,” according to the New Jersey Geological Survey website.

The Iranian Nuclear Horn Already Puts Pressure on Biden

 

Tyrant Trump’s political career and his ominous reign are over today and his ‘maximum pressure’ policy on Iran has completely failed,” Rouhani said. “Trump is dead but the nuclear deal is still alive.”

Iran has responded to the Trump administration’s 2018 departure from the Obama-era deal, which was designed to prevent the country from developing nuclear weapons, by publicly breaking the agreement’s requirements. But Iranian officials have said those actions are reversible if the U.S. removes the economic sanctions against Tehran.

Antony Blinken, Biden’s pick for the secretary of State, said during his Tuesday confirmation hearing that the U.S. would not rush a decision on whether to return to the 2015 agreement. But Blinken said the administration’s first priority is to limit Iran’s ability to create a nuclear weapon. 

Pakistan Horn Test Ballistic Missile Before Joe Biden’s Presidential Inauguration: Daniel 8

Pakistan Test Ballistic Missile Before Joe Biden’s Presidential Inauguration

PAKISTAN Military Test Shaheen-3 Surface-to-Surface Ballistic Missile Hours Before Joe Biden’s Presidential Inauguration

Hours before the Biden-Harris inauguration, Pakistan has successfully tested its MRIV ballistic missile which has a maximum range of 2300km.

The missile is said to incorporate the latest Trace and Track Censors and can be loaded with more than one warhead meaning that the missile can destroy multiple targets.

The missile is guided through BidoPositioning Systems.

A tweet from the Official Spokesperson of the Pakistan Military shows the full capability of the ballistic missile, and a statement reads: “Pakistan conducted successful flight test of #Shaheen-3 surface 2 surface ballistic missile, having range of 2750 Kms. Flt test aimed @ revalidating various design & tech parameters of weapon system. President, PM, CJCSC & Services Chiefs have congratulated scientists & engineers.”

Today (January 20), Pope Francis appealed for all nations to work toward a world without nuclear weapons.

Speaking at his Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis said that nuclear weapons “strike large numbers of people in a short space of time and provoke long-lasting damage to the environment,” expressing his desire for the country’s of the world to “work with determination to promote the conditions necessary for a world without nuclear arms”.

The best way to do this, added the Pope, is by “contributing to the advancement of peace and multilateral cooperation, which humanity greatly needs.”

Israeli tanks target outside the Temple Walls for second night: Revelation 11

Israeli tanks target Gaza Strip for second night

Palestinians say a residential home was targeted by Israeli artillery with family sleeping inside.

Israeli tank fire struck a number of sites in the Gaza Strip, including a residential home, in the second night of attacks on the coastal enclave.

Local Palestinian sources said there were no casualties from the Israeli artillery barrage, but material damage was done to a house located in the Maghazi refugee camp on Tuesday night.

Abu Mazen Abdel-Jawad’s family of five were sleeping when Israeli tanks targeted a room built on the roof of their three-storey home.

A relative of the family, Tayseer Abdel-Jawad, told Palestinian news agency Maan the roof of the house caved in, but the family survived unscathed.

“The bombing caused great damage inside the house,” he said. “The family miraculously escaped certain death.”

Israeli tanks also targeted observation points and locations east of Beit Hanoun, Beit Lahia, and Deir Al-Balah.

According to the Israeli army, the tanks fired on Hamas positions after a rocket was fired from the Palestinian enclave towards Israel.

Late in the evening, a rocket was launched from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory,” the army said in a statement on WhatsApp. “In response, Israeli tanks struck Hamas positions” in the south of the Gaza Strip.

An earlier military statement said warning sirens were not activated in built-up areas, indicating the projectile fell on open ground.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Hamas – Gaza’s rulers – did not claim responsibility for the rocket fire, but Israel holds it responsible for any attacks from Gaza.

Early on Monday, two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip towards the coastal city of Ashdod with Israeli military sources indicating they dropped into the Mediterranean Sea.

A few hours later, the Israeli army said its fighter jets struck Hamas facilities in southern Gaza.

The Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli-Egyptian blockade since 2007. Israel has since waged three deadly offensives against the Strip, in which thousands of civilians were killed.

The South Korean Nuclear Horn Lines Up With Biden: Daniel 7

South Korea President Promises Stronger Alliance with US Under Biden Administration

Jan. 11—South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday in a speech broadcast to the nation promised a stronger alliance with the United States under the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden. 

In North Korea the same day, a rare congress of the ruling Workers Party gave the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, another title, “general secretary,” a sign that Kim is further consolidating his hold on the reclusive country, The Associated Press reported.

With roughly a week remaining until Biden’s inauguration, Moon in an address to his country expressed his confidence in the new administration, along with his hopes of achieving a more positive relationship with North Korea.

“The government will strengthen the U.S.-South Korea alliance in tandem with the launch of the Biden administration,” he said. “And do its last attempt in order to achieve a great transformation in talks, which still stand, between North Korea and the U.S. and between the two Koreas.”

In October, during the final debate before the U.S. presidential election, Biden called Kim a “thug” but said he would meet with him if the communist state agrees to denuclearize. The comment came during a testy exchange between Biden and President Donald Trump over how to deal with North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

The former vice president accused his rival of cozying up to Kim, whose regime is ranked as one of the worst human rights abusers, with a policy that has allowed the North to continue improving its arsenal.

Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to meet with a North Korean leader during a June 2018 summit in Singapore during which they agreed to a vague promise to “work toward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

Trump failed to reduce or eliminate North Korea’s nuclear capability, although North Korea reduced its weapons testing and tensions eased somewhat during his administration.

Moon’s national address on Monday followed reports of the North conducting a military parade in its capital over the weekend.

The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff had warned of possible military maneuvers by North Korea during the party congress, which convened Jan. 5. The congress was last held in 2016.

“Our military detected signs that North Korea held a military parade related to the party congress at Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang late at night yesterday,” according to a statement Monday by the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

“South Korea and U.S. military authorities are closely following them, including possibilities that the activity could be a rehearsal,” it said.

The types of weapons involved were not immediately known, but other sources say the parade appears to have been scaled back, according to a report Monday by the Yonhap News Agency based in Seoul. Kim has blamed the coronavirus pandemic and international sanctions stemming from the country’s nuclear weapons program for North Korea falling short of economic goals, according to Reuters news service Sunday.

Sunday’s military parade would be the first since October, which marked the party’s 75th founding anniversary, and revealed to the world what was believed to be a new intercontinental ballistic missile.

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The Pope Continues to Deny the Prophecy: Revelation 16

Pope urges nations to create a world free from nuclear arms

A girl in Islamabad, Pakistan, holds a placard depicting peace and war in this 2000 file photo. A Holy See-supported treaty banning the possession of nuclear weapons that comes into force Jan. 22, 2021, is buoying efforts of nations and organizations working to abolish such armaments. (CNS photo/Reuters)

Jan. 20, 2021
Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — Marking the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons coming into force Jan. 22, Pope Francis encouraged nations to work toward a world free from all nuclear arms.

The treaty is the first legally binding international agreement to prohibit signatory states from the development, testing, production, stockpiling, stationing, transfer, use and threat of use of nuclear weapons, as well as assisting with and encouraging such activities.

Nuclear weapons have an “indiscriminate impact” as they can “strike large numbers of people in a short space of time and provoke long-lasting damage to the environment,” the pope said Jan. 20 during his weekly general audience, livestreamed from the library of the Apostolic Palace.

The pope “strongly encouraged” all nations and people “to work with determination to promote the conditions necessary for a world without nuclear arms, contributing to the advancement of peace and multilateral cooperation, which humanity greatly needs today.”

The Holy See was the among the first to ratify the treaty, which was approved by 122 U.N. members. Netherlands was the only country to vote against it while Singapore abstained.

Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Vatican secretary for relations with states, signed it at the United Nations in New York the first day it was open for signatures in September 2017.

The treaty comes into force Jan. 22, three months after the required 50th nation ratified the historic document, which resulted from months of negotiations led by non-nuclear countries.

The Holy See was a key participant in the process that led to drafting the treaty, providing encouragement and advice to negotiators, according to Jesuit Father Drew Christiansen, a nuclear weapons expert who is professor of ethics and global development at Georgetown University.

The nuclear nations and those under the U.S. nuclear umbrella opposed the measure and played little if any role in negotiations. In addition to the U.S., the countries possessing nuclear weapons are Russia, China, United Kingdom, France, Israel, India, Pakistan and North Korea.

Data from various sources, including the U.S. Department of State and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, show that the nine countries hold an estimated 13,440 nuclear weapons.

Babylon the Great Ignores Nuclear Ban

(Newser) – The “Peace Watch” clock in the Hiroshima Peace Museum keeps track of the number of days since the last nuclear test and is usually reset to zero after a test occurs. On Monday, it was reset from 705 days to 49 after news of a US nuclear test in November emerged. A US national laboratory document disclosed that a subcritical nuclear test was held in Nevada in November, the Mainichi reports. The exact date was not revealed, so the clock was reset from the last day in November. The National Nuclear Security Administration told NHK that the test, which did not produce an explosion, was called “Nightshade A.”

The local government in Hiroshima sent a protest letter to President Trump via the US Embassy, and dozens of people, including survivors of the Aug. 6, 1945 atomic bombing of the city, held a sit-in protest at the museum. This was the first US nuclear test since February 2019 and the third of the Trump administration. Since Trump plans to depart Washington before President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated Wednesday, there will be two “nuclear footballs” with the equipment needed to launch a strike Wednesday morning instead of the traditional handover between military aides, CNN reports. Biden has vowed to “work to bring us closer to a world without nuclear weapons.”