USGS Evidence Shows Power of the Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

New Evidence Shows Power of East Coast Earthquakes
Virginia Earthquake Triggered Landslides at Great Distances
Released: 11/6/2012 8:30:00 AM USGS.govEarthquake shaking in the eastern United States can travel much farther and cause damage over larger areas than previously thought.U.S. Geological Survey scientists found that last year’s magnitude 5.8 earthquake in Virginia triggered landslides at distances four times farther—and over an area 20 times larger—than previous research has shown.“We used landslides as an example and direct physical evidence to see how far-reaching shaking from east coast earthquakes could be,” said Randall Jibson, USGS scientist and lead author of this study. “Not every earthquake will trigger landslides, but we can use landslide distributions to estimate characteristics of earthquake energy and how far regional ground shaking could occur.”“Scientists are confirming with empirical data what more than 50 million people in the eastern U.S. experienced firsthand: this was one powerful earthquake,” said USGS Director Marcia McNutt. “Calibrating the distance over which landslides occur may also help us reach back into the geologic record to look for evidence of past history of major earthquakes from the Virginia seismic zone.”This study will help inform earthquake hazard and risk assessments as well as emergency preparedness, whether for landslides or other earthquake effects.This study also supports existing research showing that although earthquakes  are less frequent in the East, their damaging effects can extend over a much larger area as compared to the western United States.The research is being presented today at the Geological Society of America conference, and will be published in the December 2012 issue of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.The USGS found that the farthest landslide from the 2011 Virginia earthquake was 245 km (150 miles) from the epicenter. This is by far the greatest landslide distance recorded from any other earthquake of similar magnitude. Previous studies of worldwide earthquakes indicated that landslides occurred no farther than 60 km (36 miles) from the epicenter of a magnitude 5.8 earthquake.“What makes this new study so unique is that it provides direct observational evidence from the largest earthquake to occur in more than 100 years in the eastern U.S,” said Jibson. “Now that we know more about the power of East Coast earthquakes, equations that predict ground shaking might need to be revised.”It is estimated that approximately one-third of the U.S. population could have felt last year’s earthquake in Virginia, more than any earthquake in U.S. history. About 148,000 people reported their ground-shaking experiences caused by the earthquake on the USGS “Did You Feel It?” website. Shaking reports came from southeastern Canada to Florida and as far west as Texas.In addition to the great landslide distances recorded, the landslides from the 2011 Virginia earthquake occurred in an area 20 times larger than expected from studies of worldwide earthquakes. Scientists plotted the landslide locations that were farthest out and then calculated the area enclosed by those landslides. The observed landslides from last year’s Virginia earthquake enclose an area of about 33,400 km2, while previous studies indicated an expected area of about 1,500 km2from an earthquake of similar magnitude.“The landslide distances from last year’s Virginia earthquake are remarkable compared to historical landslides across the world and represent the largest distance limit ever recorded,” said Edwin Harp, USGS scientist and co-author of this study. “There are limitations to our research, but the bottom line is that we now have a better understanding of the power of East Coast earthquakes and potential damage scenarios.”The difference between seismic shaking in the East versus the West is due in part to the geologic structure and rock properties that allow seismic waves to travel farther without weakening.Learn more about the 2011 central Virginia earthquake.

South Korea to develop her Nuclear Horn: Daniel 7

South Korea to develop more powerful missiles, increase defence spending

SEOUL – South Korea has pledged to develop new missiles “with significantly enhanced destructive power” to deter the North, as it unveiled a new military blueprint with increased budgets for defence.

The plan sets aside 315.2 trillion won (S$366 billion) over the next five years for defence spending, marking a 5.8 per cent year-on-year increase on average for 2022 to 2026, according to the Defence Ministry on Thursday (Sept 2).

About 66 per cent of the budget will be spent on management of the forces, and the rest on improving defence capabilities.

“We will develop stronger, longer-range and more precise missiles so as to exercise deterrence and achieve security and peace on the Korean peninsula,” the Defence Ministry said in a statement.

Also included are plans to upgrade missile defence systems and deploy new interceptors against long-range missiles.

South Korean politicians have long pushed for freedom to develop more powerful missiles but it is possible only now, after the country’s security ally, the United States, agreed in May to terminate restrictions that had barred the South from developing or possessing ballistic missiles with a flight range of more than 800km.

The guidelines were introduced in 1979, when the US agreed to share missile technology with South Korea to help it develop missiles as deterrence against the North, but limited the power of those missiles to prevent an uncontrollable arms race.

So while North Korea has gone as far as developing an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of striking the US mainland, South Korea’s biggest missile is only the Hyunmoo-4, a short-range ballistic missile that can carry a 2-tonne warhead and fly up to 800km.

It was first tested in May last year, with the aim of destroying North Korea’s command and control facilities if needed.

Unnamed sources cited by Yonhap news agency said South Korea is now in the final stages of completing a “massive ballistic missile as powerful as a tactical nuclear weapon”, and its deployment date will be decided after test-firing.

The missile is said to be able to fly 350km to 400km and can carry a warhead of up to 3 tonnes.

When completed, the new missile will likely play an important role in South Korea’s defence system against the North.

In the event of an attack, South Korea will launch the Korea Massive Punishment and Retaliation plan aimed at incapacitating North Korea’s leadership.

The new missile is designed to destroy underground facilities that North Korea uses to store nuclear weapons, according to sources.

The Hyunmoo-4, meanwhile, is aimed at the North’s command centre and military facilities.

“Following the termination of the (missile) guidelines, we will exercise deterrence against potential threats and improve strike capabilities against main targets,” the Defence Ministry statement said.

Some experts have warned against an inevitable arms race on the Korean peninsula and that China could be upset if South Korea expands its missile strike range onto its land.

Dr Bong Young-shik of Yonsei University’s Institute for North Korean Studies said that China was already angry when South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed at his summit with US President Joe Biden in May to work together on issues pertaining to the Taiwan Strait and South China Sea, areas where China is asserting its sovereignty.

“China will not like this,” he told The Straits Times, referring to South Korea’s announcement to develop stronger missiles.

“But China will restrain itself because it still needs to stop South Korea from going all the way with the US and Japan in curbing China. South Korea is still the weakest link.”

Israeli Forces Fire Live Rounds and Tear Gas at Palestinians Outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Israelis Forces Fire Live Rounds and Tear Gas at Palestinians Protesting Gaza Blockade

Israel said it would ease commercial access to the occupied Gaza Strip, allowing imports of goods, equipment and vehicles, as well as granting more entry permits for certain Gazans into Israel. The announcement came after fresh protests at the separation barrier Wednesday demanding an end to the Israeli blockade. Israeli forces fired tear gas and live rounds on a crowd of hundreds, injuring at least nine people. Israel has also continued to bomb the Gaza Strip in response to incendiary balloons launched from the besieged territory.

European Horns Urge Iran to Return Speedily to Nuclear Deal Talks

France, Germany Urge Iran to Return Speedily to Nuclear Deal Talks

BERLIN/PARIS – France and Germany on Wednesday urged Iran to return rapidly to nuclear negotiations, after a break in talks following Iranian elections in June, with Paris demanding an “immediate” restart amid Western concerns over Tehran’s expanding atomic work.

France’s foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told his newly-appointed Iranian counterpart Hossein Amirabdollahian in a telephone call it was urgent for Tehran to return to the talks, Le Drian’s ministry said in a statement.

A sixth round of indirect talks between Tehran and Washington was adjourned in June after hardliner Ebrahim Raisi was elected Iran’s president. Raisi took office on August 5.

Since April, Iran and six powers have tried to work out how Tehran and Washington can both return to compliance with the nuclear pact, which former U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned in 2018 and reimposed harsh sanctions on Tehran.

“The minister underlined the importance and the urgency of an immediate resumption of negotiations,” the foreign ministry said after the conversation between Le Drian and Amirabdollahian.

Le Drian repeated his concern with regard to all the nuclear activities carried out by Iran in violation of the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Iran has gradually violated limits in the agreement since Washington abandoned it in 2018.

The next round of talks has yet to be scheduled.

Two senior Iranian officials told Reuters in July Raisi planned to adopt “a harder line” in the talks.

Amirabdollahian said on Monday the talks might resume in “two to three months”, although it’s unclear whether that time frame began from now or when the new administration took over last month.

Germany earlier also raised pressure on Tehran asking it to resume talks “as soon as possible.”

“We are ready to do so, but the time window won’t be open indefinitely,” a ministry spokesperson told a briefing.

Last month, France, Germany and Britain voiced grave concern about reports from the U.N. nuclear watchdog confirming Iran has produced uranium metal enriched up to 20% fissile purity for the first time and lifted production capacity of uranium enriched to 60%. Iran denies seeking nuclear weapons.

North Korea is enriching uranium again

Highly enriched uranium is the key to N. Korea’s nuclear capability, says expert

With North Korea’s Yongbyun 5MWe reactor appearing to have restarted, Olli Heinonen, former Deputy Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told Voice of America in an interview on Tuesday that North Korea is trying to gain an upper hand over the U.S. with its plutonium production. It is uranium enrichment that constitutes the essence of North Korea’s production of fissile materials, he added.

The former deputy director-general argued that plutonium produced in the Yongbyon nuclear reactor is just around seven to eight kilograms per year, with which only one or two nuclear weapons can be made, falling far short of achieving a significant shift in strategic balance. “Assuming that North Korea gradually ramped up uranium enrichment activities in Yongbyon and elsewhere and used it to produce fuel for the experimental light water reactor (ELWR), approximately 540 kilograms of highly enriched uranium (HEU) could have been produced by the end of 2020,” said Mr. Heinonen. He estimated that North Korea is capable of producing annually 150 to 160 kilograms of highly enriched uranium, the amount enough to make six uranium nuclear bombs.

The intelligence authorities in Washington and Seoul postulate that enrichment facilities at Yongbyon and Kangson are capable of extracting as much as 80 to 100 kilograms of HEU a year. Though less than the amount estimated by former deputy director-general Heinonen, this figure suggests the possibility that as much as 240 to 300 kilograms of HEU could have been additionally produced, capable of building around nine to twelve uranium nuclear bombs, in the course of the period from 2018 to 2020, during which the appeasement strategy was adopted with respect to North Korea. Adding 280 kilograms of HEU believed to be possessed by North Korea in 2017, the current stockpile of HEU is expected to reach as much as 520 to 580 kilograms.  

“In view of the recent annual report published by the IAEA, which pointed out that the enrichment facilities in Kangson and elsewhere are currently in operation, North Korea’s HEU stockpile is estimated to exceed 600 kilograms by the end of this year. Should this trend continue, North Korea will possess more than one ton of nuclear weaponry four to five years later,” said the military official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Sang-Ho Yun ysh1005@donga.com

Iraq PM tries to stop Antichrist’s attempt to rig elections

Iraq
A man walks past shuttered shops in the Zanjili neighbourhood of Iraq’s northern city of Mosul on March 19, 2021. Image Credit: AFP

Iraq thwarts attempt to rig elections, says PM Al Kadhimi

Published:  September 02, 2021 04:43

Suspects arrested following pre-emptive security operation

Abu Dhabi: With over a month until Iraq goes to the polls, Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi said on Wednesday attempts to rig the early parliamentary elections were foiled.

The revelation comes amid speculation and media leaks that the intelligence service had arrested former Electoral Commission member Miqdad Al Sharifi on accusations of involvement in fraud in previous elections, local media reported.

Official authorities did not issue any confirmation.

“The security services carried out a preemptive operation in which they thwarted an attempt to rig the elections by putting pressure on a number of election commission employees, with the aim of mixing political cards and creating chaos,” a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office said.

The statement added that the security services arrested a number of suspects as part of a group that tried to rig the elections.

The suspects worked by investing their relations with employees of the Electoral Commission, with the aim of provoking political chaos in Iraq, through a social media network, including a site called “The Green Lady.”

This site recently appeared and published news and scandals about some political blocs and figures.

The statement said: “The government’s commitment to secure, fair elections, provide all its requirements, maintain its neutral responsibility for competition in the electoral process and support it.”

It added: “The government will perform its legal duty to bring to trial any party trying to abuse this role, falsify facts, accuse the Prime Minister’s office unfairly and slanderously, or try to derail the elections.”

Twenty-one electoral coalitions will run in Iraq’s upcoming parliamentary elections in October, according to the country’s election commission.

The Al Fatah Alliance headed by Shia politician Hadi Al Amiri and the State of Law Coalition led by former Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki are the two main parties running in the vote. There are also the National Power of the State Coalition led by Ammar Al Hakim and Al Nasr Coalition of former Premier Haidar Al Abadi.

Prominent Shia cleric Muqtada Al Sadr has announced his boycott of the upcoming parliamentary elections in Iraq.

The polls were originally scheduled to be held in 2022, but Iraq’s political parties have decided to hold early elections following mass protests that erupted in the country in 2019 against deep-seated corruption and poor services.

The Taliban and World War III: Revelation 8

Potential World War-III scenario feat Taliban – Part 2

In our first piece on this topic, we analysed what events might lead up to a Third World War. We looked at how the current situation with the Taliban might unfold into something disastrous. All of this was realistic and possible. Today, in this piece, we will look a little further into the future. We will speculate as to what might happen should such a conflict unfold.

At our last juncture, we found that Chinese ministers had been spotted with Taliban officials. Russian forces had looked to annex the Crimea once more without launching an attack. In addition, they seemed to be working alongside Chinese officials. The USA has launched small-scale attacks against North Korea. India has aligned itself with the West in exchange for recognition of its power over Kashmir. Pakistan, however, is searching for lost nuclear weapons within their territory. In Somalia, Al-Shabaab has declared itself as the government of the state, led by Samantha Lewthwaite, also known as the White Widow.

It is the Spring of 2022, and international tensions are running high.

1st April 2022: Leaked social media pictures appear online of an aircraft hangar in Pakistan. They depict large crates of an unknown substance which is labelled as a biohazard. In the foreground are Chinese and Russian military officials, as well as scientists from both countries. In the background, although slightly blurry, there is a woman wearing traditional Muslim clothing. The media begin to speculate that this is the White Widow. Russia and China immediately deny that they have anything to do with her. They call the leaked photo a hoax created by the West to cause unrest.

8th April 2022: A number of American and British Operatives are captured by Pakistani forces at the same aircraft hangar that the photographs were taken. Global media speculates that they were involved in an operation to extract The White Widow.

4th May 2022: Several Somali and Afghan known terrorists are arrested at airports in Berlin, London, New York, Los Angeles, Kyiv and Cape Town. They all travelled on the same day. Fears rise at how many terrorists slipped through the net.

1st June 2022: Several people in large cities have fallen ill with a new deadly virus. It appears to have a high mortality rate, almost 10% of those who it infects, as well as being extremely contagious.

4th July 2022: It is not a happy Independence Day in America. President Joe Biden announces that there is significant intelligence to suggest that this new virus was manmade. Lockdowns have begun all around the world, crippling economies and causing humanitarian crises. Infections are particularly bad in Western Europe, The United States, India, and Ukraine. Biden suggests that as soon as it is confirmed who made the virus, significant real-world action will be taken.

2nd August 2022: President Biden announces that the virus, which has already killed over 100,000 people, was made in a Chinese laboratory. CIA intelligence has revealed that it was distributed in May by Afghan and Somali terrorist cells, supplied from a distribution centre in Pakistan, and funded by Russian and Chinese sources. Russia and China immediately deny all involvement and renounce terrorism.

4th August 2022: Large-scale military action is taken. Troops are deployed to Somalia and Afghanistan. The swiftness of the action catches local organisations unaware, and they capitulate immediately.

11th August 2022: Attentions turn to Pakistan. Indian troops cross the border from one side. American and British troops cross from the other side. Pakistan is caught in a pincer movement. Officials say it is not an invasion, but the source of the virus needs to be found for further intelligence gathering. Despite this, Lahore is quickly occupied by Indian troops.

20th August 2022: Pakistan officials release a press statement requesting that US forces withdraw from their country, as well as cease military action in Afghanistan and Somalia. They point to non-specific consequences should their demands not be met. Russia and China also condemn what they call an invasion.

10th September 2022: Pakistan’s demands are not met. The military regime there gives 24 hours before it carries out its unspecified threat. The virus is still raging in Western countries. They refuse to back down, saying that they will not stop until they find its source. Their military intervention is yet to locate the hangar or any evidence of the virus’s origin.

11th September 2022: A rocket blasts from Pakistan and is picked up from satellites. It is heading towards New York, 21 years after 9/11. US anti-nuclear defence systems intercept the warhead and bring it down. They now know that Pakistan found its lost nuclear weapons, but they do not know where the other ones are.

12th September 2022: China begins a full ground invasion of India. It cuts across the country and annexes Kashmir, leaving most of their forces unable to access the rest of the country. This takes just a few days. At the same time, Russia invades Ukraine, which collapses almost immediately. They also move into Georgia. Turkey announces an alliance with Russia. They now have a wall of territory separating the East from the West.

1st October 2022: Russian and Chinese troops land in Pakistan and begin to engage in what they call a peacekeeping mission. They drive the Western troops back into Afghanistan. Indian troops are caught in a cauldron in Kashmir, totally encircled. Threats are issued that the Indian troops will be wiped out if the US does not leave Afghanistan.

14th October 2022: Bombs containing nerve agents are set off in several Chinese and Russian bases across their military establishment, killing thousands. The Chinese and Russian government blames the USA, who accepts responsibility. President Biden points to the Eastern alliance making the first move by releasing a virus. He accepts that all the nations have now moved into a full-scale biological war.

To Be Continued

Post Script: Special thanks to David Klassen, who writes at future wiki fandom under the username DJK95. I took a few important and realistic narratives Of Korea mentioned in part-1 of this series from his fiction article on World War III.

The Chinese nuclear horn warns Babylon the Great

Inside China’s nuclear arsenal as US warn Xi Jinping’s weapon threat could exceed Russia

SENIOR US OFFICIAL has issued a stark warning over China’s growing nuclear arsenal, warning one day soon Xi Jinping’s weapons will surpass Russia.

By Georgina Laud 

07:59, Tue, Aug 31, 2021 | UPDATED: 07:59, Tue, Aug 31, 2021

China’s nuclear weapons could soon exceed Russia’s and create a whole new level of threat one official has warned. The stark message came as China is in the middle of quickly building its arsenal, while the US is pushing for a nuclear treaty.

US Air Force Lieutenant General Thomas Bussiere cautioned both Russia and China lack mechanisms to avoid miscommunication and the growing nuclear stockpile could prove deadly.

Lieutenant General Bussiere is the deputy commander of the US Strategic Command, which oversees the country’s nuclear arsenal.

He warned China’s development of nuclear capabilities “can no longer be aligned” with its public claim it wants to maintain a minimum nuclear deterrent.

Mr Bussiere said on an online forum: “There’s going to be a point, a crossover point, where the number of threats presented by China will exceed the number of threats that currently Russia presents.”

China nuclear warning
China nuclear warning: Russia ship

The deputy commander added China’s threat level depends on a number of factors.

This doesn’t solely mean it is based on the number of Beijing’s nuclear warheads, but also on how they are “operationally fielded.”

Mr Bussiere explained: “There will be a crossover point, we believe, in the next few years.”

And he cautioned the US currently lacks any treaties and does not have a dialogue system with China on nuclear weapons issue to “alleviate any misperceptions or confusion.”

China nuclear warning: Joe Biden

Mr Bussiere also said in 2020 China tested more ballistic missile capabilities than the rest of the world combined.

This comes after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken laid out his concern about China’s growing nuclear arsenal during a meeting with foreign ministers of Asian countries and partner nations in early August.

The state department issued a statement after Mr Blinken’s meeting saying the Secretary of State asked China to cease “provocative” behaviour in the South China Sea and “raised serious concerns about ongoing human rights abuses in Tibet, Hong Kong, and Xinjiang.”

The statement added: “The Secretary also noted deep concern with the rapid growth of the PRC’s [People’s Republic of China] nuclear arsenal which highlights how Beijing has sharply deviated from its decades-old nuclear strategy based on minimum deterrence.”

Reports from think tanks which examined satellite images have said China looks to be building hundreds of silos to hold nuclear missiles.

Experts have also said it looks as though China is building more road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missiles and strategic nuclear submarines.

Washington has also accused Beijing of being resistant to partake in nuclear arms talks.

China says its nuclear weapons are minute in comparison to ones held by both the US and Russia.

China Nuclear warning: Xi Jinping

Statements from Beijing also said they would be open for discussion on nuclear weapons, however only if the USA diminishes its own nuclear arsenal to China’s level.

Republican Congressman Mike Turner, ranking member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, said China’s nuclear build-up was “unprecedented”.

He said it was made clear China was “deploying nuclear weapons to threaten the United States and our allies.”

He said China’s refusal to negotiate arms control “should be a cause for concern and condemned by all responsible nations.”

A Pentagon report in 2020 put China’s nuclear warhead stockpile at an estimated “low 200s”.

The report added this arsenal was predicted to at least double in size as Beijing expands and modernises its forces.

In comparison, analysts have said the US has approximately 3,800 warheads, and one State Department factsheet said as of March 1, 1,357 of those were deployed.

While for Russia, experts in early 2021 estimated the Kremlin had a stockpile of close to 4,500 warheads both for long-range use and short-range tactical weapons.