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.

Iranian Horn rejects new talks or parties in nuclear deal

Iran rejects new talks or parties in nuclear deal

Iranian foreign ministry says deal ‘unchangeable’ after French President Macron calls for talks to include Saudi Arabia.

Iran began breaching the deal’s limits on uranium enrichment after the US withdrew from the pact in 2018 under then-President Donald Trump [File: Atta Kenare/AFP]

Iran’s foreign ministry has rejected any new negotiations or changes to the participants of Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers, after French President Emmanuel Macron said any new talks should include Saudi Arabia.

“The nuclear accord is a multilateral international agreement ratified by UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which is non-negotiable and parties to it are clear and unchangeable,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh was quoted by state media as saying on Saturday.

Iran began breaching the deal’s limits on uranium enrichment activity after Washington withdrew from the pact in 2018 under then-President Donald Trump and reimposed economic sanctions on Tehran.

President Joe Biden’s new administration has said it will rejoin the deal but only after Tehran resumes full compliance with its terms.

But Iran has rejected US demands to reverse its acceleration of the nuclear programme before Washington lifts sanctions on Tehran.

Saudi Arabia and its ally the United Arab Emirates have said that Gulf Arab states should be involved this time in any talks, which they say should also address Iran’s ballistic missile programme and its support for proxies around the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia, which is locked in several proxy wars in the region with Tehran including in Yemen, supported Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran.

Response to Macron

In his comments on Friday, cited by Al Arabiya television, Macron stressed the need to avoid what he called the mistake of excluding other countries in the region when the 2015 deal was negotiated and should include Saudi Arabia.

Macron said any new talks on the nuclear deal with Iran would be very “strict” and that a very short time remained to prevent Tehran from having a nuclear weapon.

Khatibzadeh said Macron should “show self-restraint”.

“If French officials are worried about their huge arms sales to Persian Gulf Arab states, they better reconsider their policies,” Khatibzadeh said.

“French arms, along with other Western weapons, not only cause the massacre of thousands of Yemenis, but are also the main cause of regional instability,” he added.

Earlier this month, Iran resumed enriching uranium to 20 percent at its underground Fordow nuclear plant – a level it achieved before the accord.

Iran’s parliament, dominated by hardliners, passed legislation last month that forces the government to harden its nuclear stance if US sanctions are not eased within two months.

The Pakistan Horn completed its nuke programme in 1992: Daniel 8

Pakistan completed its nuke programme in 1992: Ex-envoy

Omer Farooq Khan / TNN / Feb 1, 2021, 00:45 IST

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United States, Syeda Abida Hussain has revealed that Pakistan had started its nuclear programme in 1983 during former military dictator General Zia-ul-Haq’s time and it was completed in 1992.

In an interview with a private news channel, Hussain, also an ex-cabinet member of Nawaz Sharif’s government, said she was appointed as ambassador to the US on the recommendation of the then president Ghulam Ishaq Khan during the first premiership of Nawaz Sharif after she lost the election.

The former ambassador said that during her stint as Pakistan’s envoy in Washington, most of her communication used to be with President Ishaq Khan. “Khan had tasked me to keep the Americans engaged in talks till Pakistan completes its nuclear programme in 18 months,” she said.

According to Hussain, the US administration including diplomats, senators, and congressmen repeatedly advised Pakistan against the execution of the nuclear programme.

When asked about the source of communication between her and Ishaq Khan in absence of modern tools, Hussain said she had visited Pakistan five times to get briefings from the president during the 18 months. “I used to avoid using the phone knowing that it could be tapped,” she said.

Since the nuclear programme was under the purview of the president, Hussain said most of her conversations used to be with him, and not the prime minister. “This is also because President Ghulam Ishaq Khan did not trust anyone,” she maintained.

When asked about whether Nawaz felt bad for bypassing him and directly communicating with the president, she said: “He never revealed it.”

Hussain also said that Al Qaeda founder Osama Bin Laden had supported and funded ex-PM Nawaz Sharif. “He (Osama Bin Laden) supported Mian Nawaz Sharif at one time. However, that is a complicated story. He (Osama) used to extend financial assistance (to Nawaz Sharif),” Hussain said, recalling that at one time Bin Laden was popular and liked by everyone including the Americans.

IDF drone crashes outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

IDF drone crashes in Gaza Strip – report

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF   JANUARY 31, 2021 20:59

An IDF drone crashed in the Gaza Strip on Sunday during a military operation, as reported by Walla news, citing a military source.

The report comes after several drones have crashed in the Strip, which is alleged to be due to technology being used by Hamas. 

The China Nuclear Horn Will Continue to Grow: Daniel 7

China may seek to close nuclear gap after US and Russia agree to extend New START treaty

• The deal between Moscow and Washington gives Beijing the chance to play catch-up, but it may face increasing pressure to join future talks on non-proliferation

• One military source says the country now has around 1,000 warheads, but less than 100 of these are active

The extension of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) between the United States and Russia to 2026 may not only prevent an out-of-control arms race but also gives China an additional five-year buffer period.

Chinese military experts and sources said the extension, announced by the White House on Tuesday, means the gap between China and the two nuclear giants, which own 90 per cent of the world’s warheads, will not widen and Beijing can spend the next five years catching up.

In the 1980s, the US and former Soviet Union each possessed more than 10,000 warheads, but these stockpiles have been cut to between 5,000 to 6,500 under the New START, which aims to reduce the total to just 1,550 as the ultimate goal.

China has not disclosed how many warheads it has, but an assessment by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute put the number at 320.

However, a source close to the Chinese military said that its stockpile of nuclear warheads had risen to 1,000 in recent years, but less than 100 of them are active. “Both the US and Russia have competed with each other to upgrade their nuclear arms over the past few years, especially their intercontinental ballistic missiles [ICBMs], submarine-launched and airborne missiles, as well as other new weapons to upgrade their nuclear triad capability,” the source, who requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the topic, said.

A nuclear triad is a three-pronged structure that consists of ground-based ICBMs, plus submarine and air-launched missiles.

“Nuclear warheads would be distributed to the rocket force only when a war is likely to happen,” the source said.

Hong Kong-based military affairs commentator and former PLA instructor Song Zhongping said Beijing might use the five-year period to narrow the nuclear modernisation gap with the US and Russia.

“Since [late leader] Deng Xiaoping’s era, the Beijing leadership has believed that the country doesn’t need so many expensive weapons, because the exorbitant maintenance costs would drag down China’s economic development,” the source said

The treaty restricts US and Russian warheads, but China is not a party to it. Photo: AFP

The source said China has a strict nuclear arms control mechanism which means only the chairman of the Central Military Commission – now President Xi Jinping – has the right to decide the deployment of nuclear warheads.

“Based on the fact that China currently has only about 100 nuclear warheads in active service, it is not enough to completely destroy all major cities in the US,” Song said

Hamas leaders warn of Israeli intimidation outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Hamas leaders in West Bank warn of Israeli intimidation ahead of elections

Israeli intelligence warned a prominent Hamas leader in the West Bank against running in the Palestinian elections.

Rasha Abou Jalal

Barghouti has spent about 28 years in Israeli prisons altogether because of his affiliation with Hamas. He is one of the most prominent figures of the movement in the West Bank, and he is widely popular among Palestinians. His son Saleh was shot dead by Israeli forces on Dec. 12, 2018, and his other son Assim was arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment four times over for carrying out a shooting attack in eastern Ramallah on Dec. 13, 2018.

Barghouti said that Israel is warning Hamas figures not to compete in the voting “to bring the movement down and ensure that it will not succeed in the upcoming elections” as well as entrench the political and geographical division between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

The Hamas movement won the last parliamentary elections held in 2006. It secured 76 parliamentary seats out of 132 of the Palestinian Legislative Council, while Fatah won 43.

In the aftermath Israel began arresting Hamas leaders, ministers and representatives in the West Bank, targeting 62 people including six ministers and 20 PLC members.

Currently 10 members of the PLC are detained in Israeli prisons, including prominent Hamas leader Hassan Yousef, who won 37,000 votes, the highest of any electoral candidate in the city of Ramallah, the seat of major Palestinian Authority institutions.

Asked whether he intended to run in spite of the threat, he said, “It is still premature to talk about whether or not I will run, but should I decide to do so, Israel won’t stop me.”

A prominent Hamas leader from the West Bank told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity that Hamas is seeking guarantees from several countries, particularly Qatar and Egypt, to ensure that Israel will not pursue its representatives and candidates in the upcoming elections.

The source pointed out that the Hamas leadership “will soon send letters to the European Union, in its capacity as the supervising and monitoring authority of the upcoming elections, to obtain such guarantees,” adding, “With or without these guarantees, we will strongly participate in these elections because the Palestinians have the right to choose their representatives and candidates and show them to the world.”

Hassan Khreisheh, second deputy speaker of the PLC, told Al-Monitor, “Barghouti’s threat conveys a message to all Hamas leaders that they will be pursued and thrown in prison if they think about running in the elections.”

Khreisheh stressed that the Palestinian elections need Arab and international guarantees that Israel won’t sabotage them by arresting candidates. He expects Israel to arrest more Hamas leaders and candidates in the West Bank in the coming days and weeks to limit their participation in the elections.

Adel Samara, a political analyst and writer for Kanaan Magazine published in Ramallah, said it’s unlikely that international pressure could ensure that Israel would not interfere in the Palestinian electoral process.

Samara told Al-Monitor, “For Israel, any Hamas victory in such elections poses a threat to its national security. Israel clearly does not haggle over its national security and would not abide by any [international] guarantees not to prosecute Hamas candidates.”

He said that Israel can affect the size and popularity of Hamas in the upcoming elections by detaining the movement’s top figures and preventing them from taking part. He also said that such measures could backfire and increase the movement’s popularity on the Palestinian street, leading Palestinians to vote for it in defiance of Israeli persecution.

Talal Okal, political analyst and writer at the Palestinian al-Ayyam newspaper, told Al-Monitor that Israel is not the only state worried about another Hamas win. “The international community encourages Palestinian elections to be held, but is also be concerned over the possibility of Hamas winning or participating in any new government.”

Okal said that the international community wants such elections to produce a new Palestinian leadership that recognizes and accepts Israel in order to move forward with the peace process and put an end to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

The Sins of the Heads of Prophecy

Lies, Lies and Damned Lies’

I hope Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, and Iran’s Foreign Minister Muhammad Javad Zarif will read this article because it has a lesson for them.

In 1990 when Saddam Hussein’s forces invaded Kuwait, the Iraqi leadership informed some leaders that it would pay them huge money from the Kuwaiti future generation funds, which at that time was worth $100 billion. Jordan was told it would be given $30 billion to wipe out its debt. The same applied to Yemen. However, when it came to the then President of Egypt Hosni Mubarak, he laughed at the idea and at those who attempted to sell it to him. The stances taken by Jordan and Yemen were based on this Iraqi deception.

During one of my visits to Sanaa following the liberation of Kuwait, and given my good relations with the then Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, I asked him about the truth behind the story about one of his ministers who had found a solution to his country’s stifling economic problem as the popular protests continued daily.

During one of the Yemeni Cabinet’s sessions, this minister said, “The best solution to our crisis is to attack the United States of America. And because it is stronger than us, it will defeat us. It will then come up with the “Marshall Plan” for us as it did for Europe after World War II in order to rebuild Yemen”.

The late President Saleh, who was chairing the meeting, said to the minister sarcastically, “Suppose we defeat America, where will we get the money to revive its economy?”  It seems the Mullahs’ regime is operating according to the aforementioned rumor released by the Iraqis or the idea presented by the Yemeni minister.

Iran is challenging the United States, and its leaders are declaring daily that they will defeat it and destroy Israel. And while Israel is constantly bombing the Revolutionary Guard forces in Syria, Tehran maintains silence. However, Washington responds to Iran with a more painful weapon, which is sanctions and international isolation.

The US is well aware that the Mullahs’ regime has nothing but terrorist gangs in some Arab countries, and that all Iranian weapons that are demonstrated in military parades are empty structures. Therefore, Washington will not get involved in a war with Tehran, and it will maintain the policy of suffocation until it achieves its goals of freeing the world from the evil of these terrorist gangs.

If Iran’s leaders are betting on the world to open its treasures for them because of their obstinacy and their persistence in violating international decisions, and proceeding with the nuclear project and ballistic missiles, then their bets are no different from the Iraqi lie in 1990 and the empty temptations of some countries.

This is happening at a time when the economic power of the Arabian Gulf states is increasing along with the prosperity of its people. This is despite Iran’s continuous provocations and harm to these states. At the same time, 80 million Iranians continue to suffer from starvation, unemployment and international isolation.

Throughout the 40 years of the Mullahs’ rule, its leaders have been looking for a needle in the haystack of illusions. This bragging regime greatly cheered the new American administration, believing it will be different from the Trump administration. However, their cheers did not last for long, as Joe Biden’s administration started with taking solid positions against Iran, and affirmed that its threats to the allied countries of the region will be confronted with force. Indeed, this administration will coordinate with it for any new negotiations on the nuclear agreement.

Perhaps the American slap that the Mullahs’ regime received is sufficient to awaken it from its delusions, and for it to realize that no one in this world is willing to accept the blackmail and terror that it practiced.

With each passing day, its repudiation is increasing, because there is no sane person in this world willing to deal with a system mired in darkness of medieval mentality.

Ahmed Al-Jarallah is Chief Editor of The Arab Times