Don’t Forget About the Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

Don’t forget about earthquakes, feds tell city

Although New York’s modern skyscrapers are less likely to be damaged in an earthquake than shorter structures, a new study suggests the East Coast is more vulnerable than previously thought. The new findings will help alter building codes.By Mark FaheyJuly 18, 2014 10:03 a.m.The U.S. Geological Survey had good and bad news for New Yorkers on Thursday. In releasing its latest set of seismic maps the agency said earthquakes are a slightly lower hazard for New York City’s skyscrapers than previously thought, but on the other hand noted that the East Coast may be able to produce larger, more dangerous earthquakes than previous assessments have indicated.The 2014 maps were created with input from hundreds of experts from across the country and are based on much stronger data than the 2008 maps, said Mark Petersen, chief of the USGS National Seismic Hazard Mapping Project. The bottom line for the nation’s largest city is that the area is at a slightly lower risk for the types of slow-shaking earthquakes that are especially damaging to tall spires of which New York has more than most places, but the city is still at high risk due to its population density and aging structures, said Mr. Petersen.“Many of the overall patterns are the same in this map as in previous maps,” said Mr. Petersen. “There are large uncertainties in seismic hazards in the eastern United States. [New York City] has a lot of exposure and some vulnerability, but people forget about earthquakes because you don’t see damage from ground shaking happening very often.”Just because they’re infrequent doesn’t mean that large and potentially disastrous earthquakes can’t occur in the area. The new maps put the largest expected magnitude at 8, significantly higher than the 2008 peak of 7.7 on a logarithmic scale.The scientific understanding of East Coast earthquakes has expanded in recent years thanks to a magnitude 5.8 earthquake in Virginia in 2011 that was felt by tens of millions of people across the eastern U.S. New data compiled by the nuclear power industry has also helped experts understand quakes.“The update shows New York at an intermediate level,” said Arthur Lerner-Lam, deputy director of Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. “You have to combine that with the exposure of buildings and people and the fragility of buildings and people. In terms of safety and economics, New York has a substantial risk.”Oddly enough, it’s not the modern tall towers that are most at risk. Those buildings become like inverted pendulums in the high frequency shakes that are more common on the East Coast than in the West. But the city’s old eight- and 10-story masonry structures could suffer in a large quake, said Mr. Lerner-Lam. Engineers use maps like those released on Thursday to evaluate the minimum structural requirements at building sites, he said. The risk of an earthquake has to be determined over the building’s life span, not year-to-year.“If a structure is going to exist for 100 years, frankly, it’s more than likely it’s going to see an earthquake over that time,” said Mr. Lerner-Lam. “You have to design for that event.”The new USGS maps will feed into the city’s building-code review process, said a spokesman for the New York City Department of Buildings. Design provisions based on the maps are incorporated into a standard by the American Society of Civil Engineers, which is then adopted by the International Building Code and local jurisdictions like New York City. New York’s current provisions are based on the 2010 standards, but a new edition based on the just-released 2014 maps is due around 2016, he said.“The standards for seismic safety in building codes are directly based upon USGS assessments of potential ground shaking from earthquakes, and have been for years,” said Jim Harris, a member and former chair of the Provisions Update Committee of the Building Seismic Safety Council, in a statement.The seismic hazard model also feeds into risk assessment and insurance policies, according to Nilesh Shome, senior director of Risk Management Solutions, the largest insurance modeler in the industry. The new maps will help the insurance industry as a whole price earthquake insurance and manage catastrophic risk, said Mr. Shome. The industry collects more than $2.5 billion in premiums for earthquake insurance each year and underwrites more than $10 trillion in building risk, he said.“People forget about history, that earthquakes have occurred in these regions in the past, and that they will occur in the future,” said Mr. Petersen. “They don’t occur very often, but the consequences and the costs can be high.”

Top military official warns China and Russia are Nuking up: Daniel 7

Top military official warns China and Russia are modernizing nuclear weapons faster than US

By Ellie Kaufman and Barbara Starr, CNN

Updated 5:15 PM EDT, Tue April 20, 2021

CNN)The top US military official who runs the American nuclear arsenal warned that China and Russia are modernizing their nuclear weaponsand capabilities faster than the US, saying during a congressional hearing on Tuesday that if it does not start investing more in nuclear defense and infrastructure, the US will be “at risk of losing credibility in the eyes of our adversaries.”

Russia is “aggressively engaged” in “conventional nuclear capability development and modernization, and are now roughly 80% complete while we are at zero,” saId Adm. Charles Richard, the head of US Strategic Command, which oversees the US nuclear arsenal.

“It is easier to describe what they are not modernizing — nothing — than what they are, which is pretty much everything,” Richard said

Richard said China is modernizing its nuclear capabilities so quickly that he “can’t get through a week right now without finding out something we didn’t know about China.”

While China’s nuclear stockpile is vastly smaller than the United States’ and Russia’s nuclear arsenals, it is undergoing an “unprecedented expansion,” Richard said in his opening testimony.

Russia and the US are limited to some 1,550 nuclear warheads on deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles, deployed submarine-launched ballistic missiles and deployed heavy bombers equipped for nuclear armaments, according to the latest START treaty. 

It is estimated that China has only about 320 warheads, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

The Biden administration is currently carrying out a nuclear posture review, which is examining the total amount of money invested in the nuclear modernization program. The purpose of the review is to “reduce the goal of nuclear weapons in our defense strategy,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, said during the hearing.

“I agree with that goal, and I think it is incompatible with that staggeringly high level of spending. Every administration makes strategic decisions about our force structure and modernization, and when it comes to nuclear weapons, those decisions carry tremendous weight,” Warren said.

Operations, interim upgrades and full modernization of the US nuclear weapons program could cost $1.2 trillion, according to an October 2017 report from the Congressional Budget Office.

Two weeks ago, Richard gave an order at US Strategic Command requiring any brief discussing potential threats from China or discussing China in general that is more than a month old be updated because “it’s probably out of date,” he said during the hearing.

Richard warned China is making rapid advances

About a week ago, Richard learned that China now has more fast-breeder nuclear reactors than it previously did, an example of “how rapidly China is changing, or at least how rapidly we are figuring it out,” he said.

“With a fast-breeder reactor you now have a very large source of weapons-grade plutonium available to you,” Richard said. “That will change the upper bounds of what China could choose to do if they wanted to in terms of further expansion of their nuclear capabilities.”

A fast-breeder reactor makes more fissile material than it consumes. The revelation that China has more fast-breeder reactors means it is potentially developing more nuclear material that can be used for nuclear weapons.

Richard also warned that China has moved a portion of its nuclear forces to a “launch on warning” posture and is “adopting a limited ‘high alert duty’ strategy,” meaning it could be ready to launch a retaliatory strike as soon as its sensors detect an incoming threat. It is US policy to ensure it knows the trajectory of a missile if one is detected and to try to assess if it’s nuclear before striking.

The information Richard referred to in the hearing regarding China’s nuclear weapons and their capabilities was gathered by the intelligence community, a spokesperson for US Strategic Command said.

Russia, on the other hand, is “across the board operating new equipment,” Richard said when discussing the country’s nuclear weapons and capabilities.

“They are on the second generation of a new ballistic missile submarine. They have a new ballistic missile for that. It’s quite capable,” Richard said. “They have a very impressive solid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missile, brand new.

“They have new road mobile missiles. They have up-gunned their bombers. They have new weapons off their bombers.”

Richard warned that while the US has an “adequate missile defense,” right now, “we do need to make sure we pace it into the future against the threats that we’re seeing.”

“Without the recapitalization of the existing weapons we risk obsolescence and irrelevance, and we could reach a point where no amount of money will adequately mitigate the operational risks we’ll be facing,” he said.

Resistance Forces near Israel’s Bases Outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Resistance Forces near Israel’s Bases Everywhere: IRGC Quds Force General – Politics news – Tasnim News Agency

Tasnim News Agency

In an address to a conference, held in commemoration of his predecessor in Isfahan on Thursday, Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Fallahzadeh warned the “usurping Zionist regime” that the resistance groups are close to its bases all over the globe.

The resistance forces are pushing the Israeli regime closer to downfall in every moment, the commander added.

According to the remarks by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, the Zionist regime will not exist by the next 25 years, a number of which have already passed, he stated.

General Fallahzadeh also reaffirmed commitment to follow the path of his predecessor, General Mohammad Hejazi, who passed away on Sunday.

Upon approval by Ayatollah Khamenei, Brigadier General Fallahzadeh has been appointed as the new deputy commander of the IRGC Quds Force.

Palestinian Resistance United against Zionist Plots Outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Palestinian Resistance United against Zionist Plots: Hamas, Islamic Jihad

A delegation from Islamic Jihad went to see Hamas officials on Tuesday to congratulate them on the election of the new members of Hamas Political Bureau.

In a joint statement released afterward, they said they discussed development of ties in all areas between the two groups.

They also stressed the need for supporting resistance and developing preparedness to counter challenges.

The statement also praised the steadfastness of the guardians and officials of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the people of Jerusalem al-Quds in defending the holy place against the Zionist regime’s schemes.

Soldiers Invade Palestinian Farmlands outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Soldiers Invade Palestinian Farmlands In Southern Gaza

Several Israeli military vehicles invaded, Wednesday, Palestinian farmlands near the perimeter fence, east of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, and fired many rounds of live ammunition.

Media sources said seven Israeli military vehicles, including bulldozers and tanks, stationed in military bases across the fence, invaded the Palestinian lands and advanced dozens of meters into the an-Nahda neighborhood, east of Rafah.

They added that the soldiers bulldozed several sections of the invaded lands, and installed sand hills, while firing smoke bombs.

The Israeli army frequently invades Palestinian lands near the fence across the eastern parts of the besieged coastal region, in addition to the constant attacks targeting the fishermen in Palestinian territorial waters.

The attacks are part of frequent Israeli violations against the Palestinians, especially the fishermen, farmers, shepherds, and workers in the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip, and have led to dozens of casualties, including fatalities, in addition to serious property damage and the confiscation of many boats after abducting the fishermen.

The Iranian Nuclear Horn Continues to Grow: Daniel 8:4

Iran adds machines at enrichment plant struck by blast -IAEA

ReutersFrancois Murphy

An Iranian flag flutters in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria, September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File Photo

Iran has installed extra advanced centrifuges at its underground uranium enrichment plant at Natanz that was hit by a blast last week, a report by the U.N. atomic watchdog on Wednesday showed, deepening Iran’s breaches of its nuclear deal with major powers.

The explosion and a power outage damaged an unknown number of centrifuges and Iranian state TV has shown footage of machines that it says were replaced there. Iran has blamed Israel for the explosion. Israel has not commented formally on it.

The International Atomic Energy Agency report was not clear on how many centrifuges are in use but it gave “up to” numbers of advanced machines installed at the plant that were higher than previously indicated. The report made no mention of the explosion or its effect on the plant’s activity.

“On 21 April 2021, the Agency verified at FEP that: … six cascades of up to 1,044 IR-2m centrifuges; and two cascades of up to 348 IR-4 centrifuges … were installed, of which a number were being used,” the IAEA report to member states said, referring to the underground Fuel Enrichment Plant at Natanz. The report was seen by Reuters

More Violence Outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Syrian missile strike triggers alarms near Israeli nuclear facility and retaliatory attack

Kareem Fahim

This image from a video aired on Jan. 7, 2005, by Israel’s Channel 10, shows what the station claims is the secret nuclear facility in the southern Israeli town of Dimona, the first detailed video of the site shown to the public. (Channel 10/AP)

JERUSALEM — A missile launched from Syria flew into southern Israel early Thursday, triggering air raid sirens near a nuclear facility, according to the Israeli military, raising fears of an escalation in ongoing tensions among Israel, Syria and Iran.

The attack triggered Israel’s air defense system, and explosions from the exchange were reportedly felt by several Israeli communities near the Shimon Peres Negev Nuclear Research Center. The military said the missile was not intercepted but exploded in midair. Local authorities reported debris falling some 20 miles (30 kilometers) from the facility, according to the Times of Israel.

An Israeli military official, briefing reporters overnight, said the Syrian missile probably was an errant attempt to hit one of its aircraft striking targets in the Syrian Golan Heights.

Russia says U.S. gave only minutes’ warning before strike in Syria

The nuclear facility — widely believed to be the seat of Israel’s unacknowledged nuclear weapons program — is located in the Negev Desert community of Dimona, south of the Dead Sea. It sits about 160 miles (256 kilometers) from the Golan border in Israel’s far north, a long distance for a surface-to-air missile.

The Israeli Defense Forces said it responded to the missile with retaliatory attacks against Syrian antiaircraft batteries. The Syrian state news agency SANA reported that Israeli war planes attacked facilities near the capital, Damascus, shortly after 1:30 a.m.

The burst of rockets injured four soldiers and caused some material damage, SANA said, adding that defense missiles brought down most of the rockets — a standard claim after such attacks. There was no mention of any strike launched from Syria toward Israel.

The exchange came during an escalating confrontation between regional adversaries Israel and Iran, which controls militias in Syria and along with Russia is one of the main military backers of President Bashar al-Assad. Israeli strikes against Iranian-backed targets in Syria have become increasingly common in recent months.

Earlier this month, Tehran vowed to retaliate after a suspected Israeli attack on Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility. Iranian officials said the attack involved an explosive device that caused a blackout at the facility and damaged centrifuges.

The bombing was the third time Iran’s atomic program had been targeted in less than a year. An earlier explosion at Natanz, in July, damaged a centrifuge assembly plant. In November, a top Iranian nuclear scientist was assassinated in a daytime ambush. Israel, which was widely suspected of carrying out both attacks, has neither confirmed nor denied its involvement.

Rising hostilities between Iran and Israel have also played out at sea, in a series of tit-for-tat attacks on tankers and other vessels. The latest incident occurred in early April, when an Iranian-flagged vessel in the Red Sea was damaged by mines.

The attack occurred hours before diplomats from Iran, the United States and the European Union gathered in Vienna for the start of negotiations aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers.

Fahim reported from Istanbul; Sarah Dadouch in Beirut contributed to this report.