New York Earthquake: City of the Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

New York earthquake: City at risk of ‚dangerous shaking from far away‘
Joshua Nevett
Published 30th April 2018
SOME of New York City’s tallest skyscrapers are at risk of being shaken by seismic waves triggered by powerful earthquakes from miles outside the city, a natural disaster expert has warned.
Researchers believe that a powerful earthquake, magnitude 5 or greater, could cause significant damage to large swathes of NYC, a densely populated area dominated by tall buildings.
A series of large fault lines that run underneath NYC’s five boroughs, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Staten Island, are capable of triggering large earthquakes.
Some experts have suggested that NYC is susceptible to at least a magnitude 5 earthquake once every 100 years.
The last major earthquake measuring over magnitude 5.0 struck NYC in 1884 – meaning another one of equal size is “overdue” by 34 years, according their prediction model.
Natural disaster researcher Simon Day, of University College London, agrees with the conclusion that NYC may be more at risk from earthquakes than is usually thought.
EARTHQUAKE RISK: New York is susceptible to seismic shaking from far-away tremors
But the idea of NYC being “overdue” for an earthquake is “invalid”, not least because the “very large number of faults” in the city have individually low rates of activity, he said.
The model that predicts strong earthquakes based on timescale and stress build-up on a given fault has been “discredited”, he said.
What scientists should be focusing on, he said, is the threat of large and potentially destructive earthquakes from “much greater distances”.
The dangerous effects of powerful earthquakes from further away should be an “important feature” of any seismic risk assessment of NYC, Dr Day said.

THE BIG APPLE: An aerial view of Lower Manhattan at dusk in New York City

RISK: A seismic hazard map of New York produced by USGS
“New York is susceptible to seismic shaking from earthquakes at much greater distances” Dr Simon Day, natural disaster researcher
This is because the bedrock underneath parts of NYC, including Long Island and Staten Island, cannot effectively absorb the seismic waves produced by earthquakes.
“An important feature of the central and eastern United States is, because the crust there is old and cold, and contains few recent fractures that can absorb seismic waves, the rate of seismic reduction is low.
Central regions of NYC, including Manhattan, are built upon solid granite bedrock; therefore the amplification of seismic waves that can shake buildings is low.
But more peripheral areas, such as Staten Island and Long Island, are formed by weak sediments, meaning seismic hazard in these areas is “very likely to be higher”, Dr Day said.
“Thus, like other cities in the eastern US, New York is susceptible to seismic shaking from earthquakes at much greater distances than is the case for cities on plate boundaries such as Tokyo or San Francisco, where the crustal rocks are more fractured and absorb seismic waves more efficiently over long distances,” Dr Day said.
In the event of a large earthquake, dozens of skyscrapers, including Chrysler Building, the Woolworth Building and 40 Wall Street, could be at risk of shaking.
“The felt shaking in New York from the Virginia earthquake in 2011 is one example,” Dr Day said.
On that occasion, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake centered 340 miles south of New York sent thousands of people running out of swaying office buildings.

FISSURES: Fault lines in New York City have low rates of activity, Dr Day said
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city was “lucky to avoid any major harm” as a result of the quake, whose epicenter was near Louisa, Virginia, about 40 miles from Richmond.
“But an even more impressive one is the felt shaking from the 1811-1812 New Madrid earthquakes in the central Mississippi valley, which was felt in many places across a region, including cities as far apart as Detroit, Washington DC and New Orleans, and in a few places even further afield including,” Dr Day added.
“So, if one was to attempt to do a proper seismic hazard assessment for NYC, one would have to include potential earthquake sources over a wide region, including at least the Appalachian mountains to the southwest and the St Lawrence valley to the north and east.”

Biden Warns the Chinese Nuclear Horn: Revelation 7

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Joe Biden

Biden sent stark warning as China’s terrifying space weapons could launch nuclear attack

TOP OFFICIALS in the US military have warned President Joe Biden that China’s new hypersonic space weapons could be used to launch a sneak nuclear assault on the US.

Chinese hypersonic missile capabilities discussed by Nikolai Sokov

The stark warning comes after China launched a nuclear-capable missile on a test flight that circumnavigated the globe earlier this summer. General John Hyten, the second-most senior general in the US military, has now confirmed China launched a long-range missile that “went around the world” before deploying a “hypersonic glide vehicle”. The weapons test took the US by surprise and has highlighted the pace at which China has been expanding its military arsenal – a pace that General Hyten has previously called “stunning”.

Speaking to CBS News, General Hyten said the Chinese missile flew around the globe at five times the speed of sound – Mach 5.

He said: “They launched a long-range missile. It went around the world, dropped off a hypersonic glide vehicle that glided all the way back to China, that impacted a target in China.”

When asked whether the weapon hit its intended target, the general said it had struck “close enough”.

He went on to liken the June missile test to a “Sputnik moment” in reference to Russia launching the world’s artificial satellite in 1957.

Chinese hypersonic glide vehicles during parade

The launch of Sputnik took the world at large by complete surprise and motivated the US to ramp up its efforts in the Cold War Space Race.

General Hyten said: “From a technology perspective, it’s pretty impressive.”

Hypersonic weapons have become something of a game-changer for the countries that possess them.

Unlike conventional missiles, hypersonic weapons are considerably faster, more manoeuvrable and much harder to detect and intercept.

Hypersonic weapons are harder to detect by radar because they travel much closer to the ground.

China: Xi Jinping issues defiant message to foreign powers

China has so far tested two hypersonic weapons – one in late June and one in early August.

During the second test, the weapon was launched into space atop a Long March rocket before cruising down to the planet’s surface.

General Hyten has described it as a “first-use weapon”, suggesting it could be used to launch the first strike if war ever breaks out.

He added: “That’s what those weapons look like to me.”

China's military power infographic
Chinese hypersonic glide weapons

The Chinese regime has so far admitted to one of the weapons tests but has claimed it has launched a “peaceful” spacecraft.

Analysts have, however, claimed the weapons could be armed with a nuclear warhead.

Taylor Fravel, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), told The Financial Times such a weapon could help China “negate” the US’s missile defence systems.

As of 2021, China is estimated to possess some 350 nuclear warheads.

But this is in stark contrast to the US, which has some 5,500.

According to figures published by the Arms Control Association, more than 90 percent of the world’s nuclear arsenal – nearly 13,800 warheads – belongs to the US and Russia.

Earlier this year, the Pentagon acknowledged that the US is pursuing this terrifying new technology.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told a press conference: “Our own pursuit of hypersonic capabilities is real, it’s tangible, and we are absolutely working towards being able to develop that capability.”

He added: “We’ve been very clear about our concerns over China’s advancements in certain capabilities – a wide range of capabilities – capabilities that the secretary noted himself do very little to help decrease tensions in the region and beyond.”

The Russian Nuclear Horn Threatened by the European Horns:Daniel

Russia reacts to NATO proposal to move nukes into Eastern Europe

Russia reacts to NATO proposal to move nukes into Eastern Europe

19 Nov, 2021 15:55  / Updated 4 hours ago

Moscow has hit out at a statement from NATO’s top official highlighting the bloc’s new plans to shuttle American nuclear warheads around Eastern European nations, sparking fears of a potential conflict between the West and Russia.

On Friday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg made an address at the German Atlantic Association, in which he said moving the atomic weaponry around the continent was necessary because of the alleged threat posed by Moscow. “Russia carries out aggressive actions, it interferes in other countries’ affairs,” he insisted. The military bloc chief also claimed that Moscow has“invested significantly in military capabilities, including new, advanced nuclear weapons.”

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko was taken aback by the remarks. He told RIA Novosti, some hours later, that the comments were a threat to existing peace accords. “If he really said that, it means that for NATO, the collective voice for which the secretary general speaks, the Founding Act of Russia-NATO relations no longer exists.”

NATO applauds deployment of US nukes in Eastern Europe

The Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security, inked between Russia and the US-led bloc, was signed in May 1997. Under the agreement, Moscow and NATO do not consider each other as opponents and should strive to “overcome the remnants of the previous confrontation and rivalry,” as well as work on building mutual trust and cooperative relations.

Separately, the document also promised not to deploy nuclear weapons on the territory of new NATO members, after that date. Since then, 14 states have acceded, including the non-Soviet members of the old Warsaw Pact. 

Stoltenberg had earlier said that with German chancellor Angela Merkel’s imminent departure from office, there were concerns Berlin could decline purchasing new nuclear-capable aircraft.

In response to the NATO chief’s speech, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Moscow would not ignore “major provocations” made by the bloc and EU nations.

The potential deployment of nukes even closer to Russia has been a sore point in relations between the two. Lavrov’s deputy, Sergey Ryabkov, last year shared Moscow’s “hopes that the US will stop ‘sharing’ nuclear weapons with its allies, and stop deploying nuclear weapons in countries that do not possess such weapons.” He went on to say that such actions spiral to “destabilization and, in addition, new risks appear.”

The Islamic Republic has amassed an estimated 17.7 kilograms (39 pounds) of uranium

The Islamic Republic has amassed an estimated 17.7 kilograms (39 pounds) of uranium enriched to 60 percent, according to the findings.

(November 18, 2021 / JNS)

Iran has significantly increased its stockpile of highly enriched uranium in a breach of the 2015 nuclear deal it signed with world powers, the Associated Press reported on Thursday.

Citing a confidential quarterly report by the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) watchdog, the report stated “that Iran has an estimated stock of 17.7 kilograms [39 pounds] of uranium enriched to up to 60 percent fissile purity, an increase of almost 8 kilograms since August.”

The report noted that “such highly enriched uranium can be easily refined to make atomic weapons, which is why world powers have sought to contain Tehran’s nuclear program.”

The Vienna-based IAEA told members that it could not verify the exact stockpile of enriched uranium “due to the limitations that Tehran imposed on U.N. inspectors earlier this year.”

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Those restrictions include denial of access by Iran to surveillance footage at its nuclear sites, as well as online enrichment monitors and electronic seals, all of which have been cut off by Tehran since February.

IAEA chief Rafael Mariano Grossi was quoted by the report as saying that the lack of oversight was similar to “flying in a heavily clouded sky.”

On Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Iran had resumed its production of equipment for making advanced centrifuges at an assembly plant in Karaj, a city west of Tehran, adding that the IAEA has been unable to monitor the site for months.

“Iran had stopped work at Karaj in June after a sabotage attack that Tehran blamed on Israel, which hasn’t acknowledged responsibility,” it said.

Israel Continues to Exploit Outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

 Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas delivers a speech remotely to the UN General Assembly on September 24, 2021. (photo credit: JOHN ANGELILLO/POOL/REUTERS)

157 nations call on Israel to halt exploitation of Palestinian resources

The resolution is part of a package of some 16 texts that will be approved this year by the UN General Assembly.

The United Nations Second Committee approved 157-7 a draft resolution that called on Israel to halt its exploitation of Palestinian natural resources in Gaza, the West Bank and east Jerusalem.

It issued a similar call for Israel to cease such activity on the Golan Heights.

This included recognition of the rights of Palestinians and Syrians to claim restitution for the loss of such resources.The resolution is part of a package of some 16 texts that will be approved this year by the UN General Assembly. Some ten of those resolutions, including this one, first receive preliminary approvals in their relative committees, before their final passage by the General Assembly.

The seven countries that opposed the resolution on Thursday were: Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and the United States. All of the European Union countries supported the text. Another 14 countries abstained, including Australia.

 A MAN WALKS past destruction in Gaza following the aftermath of May’s 11-day war between Israel and Hamas. (credit: ABED RAHIM KHATIB/FLASH90)

A MAN WALKS past destruction in Gaza following the aftermath of May’s 11-day war between Israel and Hamas. (credit: ABED RAHIM KHATIB/FLASH90)

“The US remains disappointed that this body has again taken up this unbalanced resolution that is unfairly critical of Israel, demonstrating a clear and persistent institutional bias directed at one member state,” a US representative said.

“One-sided resolutions like those introduced here today only distract from the effort of to advance peace. This effort will be strengthened when the bias against Israel ends. The US will continue to oppose every effort to delegitimize Israel,” a US representative said.

The Palestinian representative, however, said that the resolution’s adoption sends a “clear message to the Palestinian people that the international community stood by them.”

 United Nations Second Committee 157-7 vote. (credit: SCREENSHOT FROM UN WEB TV)

United Nations Second Committee 157-7 vote. (credit: SCREENSHOT FROM UN WEB TV)

“It renews the call to Israel, the occupying power,  to halt all the violation of international law and to cease its heinous exploitation and encroachment of our land and water and to stop destroying our agriculture land and harming our environment, including the dumping of all kind of waste material in the occupied Palestinian territory,” he said.

The international community must demand “an end to the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian land,” he said. “Accountability is important and imperative to achieve this call,” the Palestinian representative added. 

An Israeli representative said that the resolution was “devoted to the cause of bashing Israel” and “wasted the limited resources of this committee.”

The international community is battling global hunger and the COVID-19 pandemic and within that background it should be wasting its resources on texts such as this, he said.

“We should not continue to bring up the same outdated resolution over and over again. Supporting this political motivating resolution does not help us to move forward,” the Israeli representative,” the Palestinian representative said.

“This draft resolution crystalizes a past littered by mistakes and a present devoid of courage while it utterly fails to offer a vision for the future,” he added.

“What the Palestinian delegation and this resolution will not tell you is all the ways in which Israel supports the Palestinian people” particularly in the spheres of water and clean energy, the Israeli representative said.

“Not all attempts at cooperation have been successful, especially high profile attempts. Because of political pressure, the Palestinian leadership refused Israel’s offer of at least one million doses of COVID-19 vaccines. The doses were instead accepted by another member state to save the lives of many of its citizens,” the Israeli representative said.

The Palestinian representative attacked Israel for bringing up the issue of the rejected COVID-19 vaccinations.

The vaccine doses were “expired,” he said. “They could not be used.”

He emphasized that the Israeli official who addressed the second committee was not a “representative of Israel but the representative of the occupier.”

Antichrist cleric calls on pro-Iran militias to disband

Iraqi Shiite cleric calls on pro-Iran militias to disband

QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA , Associated Press

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s influential Shiite cleric who emerged as a winner in last month’s general elections on Thursday called on the country’s myriad pro-Iran Shiite armed factions to disband if they want to join his upcoming government.

Muqatada al-Sadr also asked the factions to hand over their weapons to the government-sanctioned umbrella known as Popular Mobilization Forces. In turn, he also asked the PMF to “purify” its ranks from “undisciplined elements” and surrender “corrupt individuals” to the judiciary.

The militias are certain to reject the demands, which in turn could complicate al-Sadr’s efforts to form a government after the vote. It could also increase tensions between Shiites who support the pro-Iran factions and al-Sadr’s own followers.

The pro-Iran factions lost a significant number of parliament seats in the Oct. 10 elections and have called the vote fraudulent, rejecting the results. Their supporters have held protests outside Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, home to government offices and foreign embassies.

The protests turned deadly earlier this month, when demonstrators tried to enter the Green Zone, demanding a ballot recount. One protester affiliated with the militias was killed in an exchange of fire, for which the militias blamed Iraq’s incumbent Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

Tensions were further ratcheted up after a failed assassination attempt against al-Kadhimi at his residence the next day. The prime minister suffered a light cut and several of his guards were injured in the Nov. 7 attack by armed drones on his Green Zone residence. There was no responsibility claim for the attack, although suspicion immediately fell on the armed factions.

“Your losses can’t be a pretext for ruining the democratic process,” al-Sadr said at a rare press conference Thursday, addressing the factions.

Political analyst Ihsan al-Shammari, who heads the Iraqi Political Thinking Center in Baghdad, said al-Sadr’s comments underscored “clear and deep Shiite divisions,” which will not help speed up the formation of a new government. Shiite armed factions serve as Iran’s arms in Iraq, he said, and are being used to pressure political leaders.

As the winner in the elections, al-Sadr’s bloc will seek coalition partners and name the next prime minister. The protests staged by supporters of hard-line Iran-aligned militias appeared to be aimed at pressuring al-Sadr to ensure that they are part of the next Cabinet.

But al-Sadr’s call on Thursday practically ruled that out, instead asking the armed factions who function outside the PMF to disband.

The PMF is an umbrella group of mostly Shiite groups officially under the prime minister’s command. It was created during the war against the Sunni extremist Islamic State group, which in 2014 seized large swaths of western and northern Iraq. IS was eventually defeated but the thousands of mainly Shiite paramilitary fighters who fought against it never disbanded or surrendered their arms.

Some of the most Iran-friendly militias under the PMF have shown signs of splintering into new, previously unknown groups, allowing them to claim attacks targeting U.S. interests under different names to mask the extent of their involvement.

A senior official with Kataib Hezbollah, one of the hard-line pro-Iran-militias, said he welcomed in principle al-Sadr’s call to hand over weapons. But that can only happen, Abu Ali Al-Askari said, after al-Sadr’s own armed group, Saraya al-Salam, surrenders its weapons, as Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters should also do.

“Only after these two things happen can the project of limiting arms in the hands of the state succeed,” Al-Askari said.

Al-Sadr commands the devotion of millions of Iraqis, including those who fought in his former Mahdi Army militia, a force that battled U.S. troops in the early days of the U.S.-led occupation. In 2014, al-Sadr revamped the militia under the name the Peace Brigades — Saraya Salam — that fought against Islamic State militants.

He recently announced the closure of the offices of his Saraya al-Salam fighters in various provinces — a largely symbolic move apparently meant to show he is serious about bringing all arms under state control.

Antichrist urges militias to purge ‘undisciplined’ members

A poster of Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in the Sadr City district of Baghdad, Iraq June 21, 2021.  REUTERS/Ahmed Saad

Iraqi cleric Sadr urges militias to purge ‘undisciplined’ members


Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr speaks during a news conference in Najaf, Iraq, November 18, 2021 REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani
Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr attends a news conference in Najaf, Iraq, November 18, 2021 REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani


A poster of Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in the Sadr City district of Baghdad, Iraq June 21, 2021. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad

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BAGHDAD, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Powerful Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr urged the country’s paramilitaries on Thursday to purge what he called undisciplined members and for non-state armed groups to hand over their weapons.

Sadr’s remarks come after Iran-backed Shi’ite Muslim militia were accused of an attempt to kill outgoing Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi by armed drone on Nov. 7. ad

The militias are disputing the result of an October general election that handed them a crushing defeat and have also staged sit-ins in Baghdad which turned violent this month.

Sadr, who commands his own militia but opposes all foreign influence in Iraq, including that of Iran, is seen as the main Shi’ite rival of the paramilitaries Tehran has backed.

“You must step back in order to regain the trust of the people,” Sadr said in a statement delivered to news cameras from his base in the southern holy city of Najaf.

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Sadr did not refer explicitly to recent events, but addressed his message to what he called the losing parties in Iraq’s election.

He called on Iraq’s state paramilitary grouping the Popular Mobilisation Forces, which is dominated by the Iran-aligned factions, to purge “undisciplined elements” and for non-state armed groups to dissolve themselves and lay down their weapons.

Sadr will likely have a big say in the formation of the next Iraqi government, a prospect that worries his main rivals the Iran-backed groups, according to Iraqi officials and independent analysts.

“If you want to participate in forming the next government, you must hold those corrupt among you to account,” he added.