The History of Earth­quakes In New York Before the Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

     The History of Earth­quakes In New YorkBy Meteorologist Michael Gouldrick New York State PUBLISHED 6:30 AM ET Sep. 09, 2020 PUBLISHED 6:30 AM EDT Sep. 09, 2020New York State has a long history of earthquakes. Since the early to mid 1700s there have been over 550 recorded earthquakes that have been centered within the state’s boundary. New York has also been shaken by strong earthquakes that occurred in southeast Canada and the Mid-Atlantic states.

Courtesy of Northeast States Emergency ConsortiumThe largest earthquake that occurred within New York’s borders happened on September 5th, 1944. It was a magnitude 5.9 and did major damage in the town of Massena.A school gymnasium suffered major damage, some 90% of chimneys toppled over and house foundations were cracked. Windows broke and plumbing was damaged. This earthquake was felt from Maine to Michigan to Maryland.Another strong quake occurred near Attica on August 12th, 1929. Chimneys took the biggest hit, foundations were also cracked and store shelves toppled their goods.In more recent memory some of the strongest quakes occurred On April 20th, 2002 when a 5.0 rattled the state and was centered on Au Sable Forks area near Plattsburg, NY.Strong earthquakes outside of New York’s boundary have also shaken the state. On February 5th, 1663 near Charlevoix, Quebec, an estimated magnitude of 7.5 occurred. A 6.2 tremor was reported in Western Quebec on November 1st in 1935. A 6.2 earthquake occurred in the same area on March 1st 1925. Many in the state also reported shaking on August 23rd, 2011 from a 5.9 earthquake near Mineral, Virginia.

Earthquakes in the northeast U.S. and southeast Canada are not as intense as those found in other parts of the world but can be felt over a much larger area. The reason for this is the makeup of the ground. In our part of the world, the ground is like a jigsaw puzzle that has been put together. If one piece shakes, the whole puzzle shakes.In the Western U.S., the ground is more like a puzzle that hasn’t been fully put together yet. One piece can shake violently, but only the the pieces next to it are affected while the rest of the puzzle doesn’t move.In Rochester, New York, the most recent earthquake was reported on March 29th, 2020. It was a 2.6 magnitude shake centered under Lake Ontario. While most did not feel it, there were 54 reports of the ground shaking.So next time you are wondering why the dishes rattled, or you thought you felt the ground move, it certainly could have been an earthquake in New York.Here is a website from the USGS (United Sates Geologic Society) of current earthquakes greater than 2.5 during the past day around the world. As you can see, the Earth is a geologically active planet!Another great website of earthquakes that have occurred locally can be found here.To learn more about the science behind earthquakes, check out this website from the USGS.

Series of small quakes shake before the Sixth Seal: Revelation 6

Series of small quakes shake near South Carolina capital

Dec 28, 2021 / 06:10 AM ESTSouth Carolina NewsPosted: / Updated: Dec 28, 2021 / 06:10 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A series of mild earthquakes have shaken homes and residents in central South Carolina. 

The U.S. Geological Survey says three quakes Monday in Kershaw County near Elgin registered magnitudes of 3.3, 2.5 and 2.1. 

The first earth-shaker rattled window panes and disrupted wildlife but apparently did not cause injuries or major damage. As the earthquake rumbled, with a sound similar to a heavy construction vehicle, it shook homes, caused glass doors and windows to clatter in their frames and prompted dogs to bark. 

People reported feeling tremors throughout the Columbia area and as far away as Lexington, about 40 miles southwest of the epicenter.

Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad Stage Military Drill outside the temple walls: Revelation 11

Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad Stage Military Drill in Gaza

Members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad attend the funeral of 42-year-old Palestinian Mu’in al-Attar, who was killed in an internal explosion at an Islamic Jihad site in Gaza on Sept. 8, 2019. Photo: Hassan Jedi / Flash90.

JNS.org – Terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip staged a military exercise in the coastal enclave on Monday, rehearsing attacks against Israeli security forces.

The week-long exercise, dubbed “Rukn a-Shadid 2,” included Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Popular Resistance Committees, a coalition of a number of small Palestinian terrorist groups in Gaza.

This is the second joint exercise of this kind held in the Strip. The first, bearing the same name, was held in December 2020 and included the use of mid-range rockets and drones operated by Hamas.

Palestinian media reported that the maneuvers “seek to convey political and military messages to Israel and the other mediators” that Hamas and the other groups in Gaza are growing impatient with the efforts to broker a long-term ceasefire between the Jewish state and the Islamist terrorist group, following the 14 days of fighting between them in May.

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Egypt has assumed the role of broker in these efforts, which the European Union and the United Nations are also part of, but progress has been slow.

“The resistance will not sit idly by as the occupation escalates its actions against our people,” Hamas said in a statement issued on behalf of all the terrorist groups participating in the drill.

Russia Says Babylon the Great Is Lowering Threshold For Use Of Nuclear Weapons

Russia Says US Is Lowering Threshold For Use Of Nuclear Weapons

As the US and Russia are preparing to hold security talks in January, Russian officials continue to criticize Washington’s military posture. On Monday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov accused the US of lowering the threshold for the possible use of nuclear weapons.

“We in Moscow are committed to raising the threshold for the use of nuclear weapons. An opposite trend has been seen in the United States over the recent years, with the means for nuclear destruction appearing to be perceived more and more as a battlefield weapon. This is a dangerous trend,” Ryabkov said, according to Russia’s Tass news agency.

Ryabkov warned the US attitude towards nuclear weapons risks leading to an incident similar to the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, something he said must not happen. Russian leaders have repeatedly warned the US against deploying missiles to Ukraine that could target Moscow and are seeking guarantees that Washington would refrain from such a provocation.

Ryabkov said Russia wants to resolve these issues through negotiations. “Today, as it seems to me, political and diplomatic tools should be used first and foremost to settle this situation,” he said. Ryabkov added that Russia outlined “how to settle” these issues in the security proposals it submitted to the US. 

Like other Russian officials, Ryabkov stressed that the US must take its security proposals seriously. Also on Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said talks on the proposals will begin immediately after Russia’s new year holiday season, which lasts through January 9th.

Europe needs to step up to deter the Russian Nuclear Horn in Ukraine

Europe needs to step up to deter Russia in Ukraine

By Michael Shurkin, Opinion ContributorDecember 28, 2021 – 12:30 PM ESTThe views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill 

The Ukraine crisis should be a wake-up call for European nations to boost defense spending and finally take seriously France’s calls for European strategic autonomy. And yes, Americans should cheer them on.

Presently, Europe is heavily dependent on decisions made in Washington regarding whether or how to counter the Russian threat, largely because they lack the collective military heft to deal with Russia on their own. Washington, however, has good reason to dither; few have any appetite for a war with Russia, or for “dying for Kyiv.”

Europeans may feel the same way, but it should be up to them, and not President Biden and Congress. They have more at stake either way: They are more at risk in case of war, just as they are more likely to suffer the consequences of a policy of appeasing Moscow.

Why is Europe so dependent? It boils down to lacking the military wherewithal to take on Russia without significant U.S. assistance. Europe’s militaries are excellent but small. As a RAND study I co-authored argued about Western Europe’s most capable force, France’s, it could manage a full division, but France would have to send it into battle with nothing to spare in terms of replacement men, vehicles, ammunition and parts. The same is largely true of its air and naval forces: They are top tier, to be sure, but scarce. There would be nothing in reserve to absorb any sort of attrition or sustain the fight for very long.

The situation with Europe’s other top militaries – the British, the Germans, the Italians and the Spanish – is worse. It’s all a question of spending, with most NATO countries spending well below the notional 2 percent goal, and a question of coordinating what they do spend. The whole of a bunch of small militaries can be worth much less than the sum of the parts. NATO exists in part to fix that and ensure that collectively the Alliance makes the most of what it has. But here the point is operating outside NATO, or at least without the Americans: What if Washington prefers to sit it out?

No sane person would argue for a war with Russia, but deterring such a war requires being able to respond proportionately to each threat, and also to avoid the worst-case scenario, wherein for lack of an appropriate conventional arm Europe has to decide between capitulation or nuclear weapons. Europe in fact needs to be able to do two things to avoid that horrible dilemma. One is mastering the kind of sub-threshold indirect and hybrid warfare at which the Russians currently have an edge. The other is being able to measure out conventional capabilities. Europe needs both, for both would give it options. It has neither. 

Americans should welcome a European awakening. First, unless we really are up for “dying for Kyiv,” Kyiv’s fate, and Europe’s, should not be up to us. Second, a strong Europe would make it easier for all of us to deter Russia. We would not have to commit as much of our own force, and Moscow would know it has to contend with more than one major power.

Michael Shurkin is a former RAND senior political scientist who now is the president and founder of Shurbros Global Strategies as well as director of Global Programs at 14 North Strategies.

Israel Threatens to Target Hamas Leaders: Revelation 11

Israel Threatens to Target Hamas Leaders if West Bank Tension Continues

Saleh Al-Arouri, deputy chairman of the Hamas movement’s political bureau, makes a speech after signing a reconciliation agreement to build a consensus with the Fatah movement in Cairo, Egypt on October 12, 2017. (Ahmed Gamil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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At the top the list is Saleh al-Arouri, the deputy head of Hamas’ political bureau who is said to be the brains behind the surge in attacks on settlers and soldiers 

Hamas says Israel has sent threatening messages warning that it will target the Islamist group’s top leadership if Hamas continues to operate in the West Bank.

Local Palestinian radio station Raya, based in Ramallah, reported Monday that a Hamas source said that Israeli intelligence efforts against the movement have intensified since the 11-day cross-border conflict between Israel and Gaza last May.

Israel reportedly has warned Hamas through private channels that it will resume assassinating the group’s leaders if Hamas continues to operate in the West Bank.

Attacks by Palestinians against Israelis have increased recently, leading to the killing of a Jewish settler in the northern West Bank less than two weeks ago.

Following the May confrontation with Israel, Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, saw its support among Palestinians in the West Bank surge.

Refugee camps, whose residents traditionally have been loyalists of the Fatah party, have witnessed a shift in allegiance. The Jenin refugee camp is one example.

A Hamas official in Gaza, in an interview with The Media Line, denied that Egypt carried the threatening Israeli messages to the group, that warned Hamas that if tension continues to surge in the West Bank, it will prompt Israel to resume its assassination of Hamas leaders within the Palestinian territories and abroad.

Israeli threats against the resistance, especially after the flare-up of the West Bank, is always directed against Hamas leaders abroad. I do not think that the issue of the threat frightens the leaders of Hamas because they wish for martyrdom.

At the top of the list is Saleh al-Arouri, the deputy head of the political bureau of the Islamist group who is said to be the brains behind the surge in attacks on Israeli soldiers and Jewish settlers in the West Bank. He oversees the organization’s activities in the West Bank.

Arouri was incarcerated in an Israeli prison for 16 years until his release in 2007. It’s unclear exactly where he lives, but he frequently moves between Beirut’s southern suburb, where he is under the protection of Hizbullah, and somewhere in Turkey.

Palestinian political analyst Mustafa al-Sawaf told The Media Line that the Israeli threats will not change the movements of the Hamas leaders living in Turkey.

“Israeli threats against the resistance, especially after the flare-up of the West Bank, is always directed against Hamas leaders abroad. I do not think that the issue of the threat frightens the leaders of Hamas because they wish for martyrdom,” he said.

He explains that Palestinian groups in Gaza made their position clear in the past when it comes to Israel targeting their leaders.

“The factions stressed that any assassination would have very high reactions and a change in the means of combat,” he said.

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Yoni Ben-Menachem, a senior researcher at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, told The Media Line that these threats are “nothing new.”

“Israeli intelligence is always working to gather information” on Hamas, he said.

Ben-Menachem says that there will be no assassination of Arouri or any of the Hamas leaders at this time, in order to ensure that the Israeli government doesn’t crumble.

“Mansour Abbas leads the Muslim Brotherhood movement and is part of the government coalition, and if Israel kills Arouri it will lead to the collapse of the government,” he said.

But Ben-Menachem says that Hamas has its eye on the West Bank, where it is trying to escalate tensions.

“They want to topple the PA, but efforts are underway to stop it. Hamas has received a severe blow to the infrastructure that Arouri built, and he is now trying hard to rebuild it,” he said.

A growing number of Palestinians now wave Hamas flags and chant the group’s slogans during demonstrations and other events, leading PA security forces to chase after them and, in some cases, to make arrests.

The spike in Hamas’ popularity came at the expense of its rival, Fatah, and the Palestinian Authority. The approval rating of Fatah head and PA President Mahmoud Abbas currently sits at its lowest level ever.

A recent poll by the Palestinian Center for Survey and Policy Research found that around 78% of West Bank Palestinians want Abbas to leave office.

The sag in opinion polls is attributed to Abbas’ canceling presidential and parliamentary elections that had been scheduled for earlier this year, and due to a crackdown on personal freedom. Meanwhile, both Israel and the Palestinian Authority accuse Hamas of trying to destabilize the West Bank in order to undermine Abbas.

Last month, Israeli security forces announced the arrest of dozens of members of a Hamas cell that was in the final phase of planning attacks on Israeli targets in the West Bank and Jerusalem. The Shin Bet security service says Arouri is responsible for the cell and its plot.

Babylon the Great displaying dangerous trend of lowering threshold for use of nukes

US displaying dangerous trend of lowering threshold for use of nukes, warns diplomat

This view of the use of nuclear potential undermines strategic stability, Sergey Ryabkov specified

MOSCOW, December 27. /TASS/. Unlike Moscow, Washington has been exhibiting a dangerous tendency towards simplifying the circumstances for the possible use of nuclear weapons, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov noted in an interview published in the International Affairs journal on Monday.

“We in Moscow are committed to raising the threshold for the use of nuclear weapons. An opposite trend has been seen in the United States over the recent years, with the means for nuclear destruction appearing to be perceived more and more as a battlefield weapon. This is a dangerous trend,” the senior Russian diplomat stressed.

This view of the use of nuclear potential undermines strategic stability, Ryabkov specified. “I believe that we are close to a point, beyond which diplomacy would play a subordinate role, despite all of its skills. Today, as it seems to me, political and diplomatic tools should be used first and foremost to settle this situation. And we outlined [in the Russia-proposed security guarantees] how to settle it. We urge that this issue should be taken seriously,” the high-ranking Russian diplomat said.

What was known as the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 must not recur in the way it took place, Ryabkov emphasized.

“This is simply because humankind, including Moscow and Washington, also draws lessons from what happens. There is enormous experience in arms control and there has been significant progress in the development of doctrines and concepts on employing nuclear weapons,” he pointed out.Lavrov criticizes Kiev’s proposals for Donbass as absurdThe unrecognized republics issued the appropriate orders immediately, while Kiev didn’t, until much later, Lavrov said