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
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11/6/2012 8:30:00 AM USGS.gov

Earthquake 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 km2

from 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.

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about the 2011 central Virginia earthquake.

Russian State TV Warns of Bowls of Wrath: Revelation 16

Russia's Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Solovyov
In this picture taken on December 25, 2013 Russian President Vladimir Putin poses with TV anchor Vladimir Solovyov during an awards ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow. Solovyov has warned that if NATO keeps supporting Ukraine in President Vladimir Putin’s war, there will be a “massive nuclear strike” that will see only “mutants” survive. MIKHAIL METZEL/SPUTNIK/AFP/Getty Images

Russian State TV Warns of Nuclear War That Only ‘Mutants’ Will Survive

By Isabel van Brugen On 6/7/22 at 4:23 AM EDT

Russian state TV personality Vladimir Solovyov has warned that if NATO keeps supporting Ukraine in President Vladimir Putin’s war, there will be a “massive nuclearstrike” that will see only “mutants” survive.

The Kremlin and senior Russian officials have said Russia will not use nuclear weapons in Ukraine even as rhetoric around their possible use has been growing.

Solovyov, who has close ties with Putin and has been called “Putin’s voice,” was speaking on Russia-1, and was referring to individual member states of NATO sending weapons to Ukraine amid the ongoing war.

Since Putin launched what he calls a “special military operation” in Ukraine on February 24, individual NATO countries have sent weapons to Kyiv, including hi-tech arms, anti-aircraft and anti-tank weapons, as well as medical supplies and equipment.

The military alliance as a whole however has not sent troops or weapons to the war-torn country.

Solovyov said that the world is “descending into bloody pages of world history.”

He said: “If everything keeps progressing the way it is, only a couple of mutants in Lake Baikal will survive. The rest will be destroyed in a massive nuclear strike.”

Lake Baikal is an enormous lake and one of the world’s deepest, located in the mountainous Russian region of Siberia, north of the Mongolian border.

“Everything is moving in that direction, regardless of what either side wants,” Solovyov added.

“Because if NATO decides they can place whatever they want at our borders, they’ll be sending more and more of American weapons to Ukraine, Ukraine will fire and end up hitting one of our nuclear power plants, and here we go.”

Solovyov said the “process” then will “quickly become uncontrollable.”

“Everyone will get more than they asked for. Bang! And there’s nothing left,” he warned.

In April, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg chaired a meeting of allied foreign ministers in Brussels, and told reporters afterwards that there was a clear message that allies “should do more, and are ready to do more, to provide more equipment, and they realize and recognize the urgency.”

The Kremlin has ruled out using nuclear weapons in Ukraine.

Russian Foreign Ministry deputy spokesman Alexey Zaitsev was cited by state news agency Tass last month as saying that Russia had no intention of using nuclear arms in the Ukraine war.

“The scenarios of our potential use of nuclear weapons are clearly prescribed in Russian doctrinal documents,” Zaitsev said. “Russia firmly abides by the principle that there can be no victors in a nuclear war.”

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov have also said that Russian will not use nuclear weapons in Ukraine.

Newsweek reached out to Russia’s foreign ministry for comment.

China threatens the Canadian nuclear horn: Daniel 7

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a news conference in Ottawa on June 6, 2022.BLAIR GABLE/Reuters

Chinese warplanes ‘putting people at risk’ by harassing Canadian air patrols, Trudeau says

China’s foreign ministry is warning Canada that provoking Beijing could bring “grave consequences” after the Canadian military last week accused Chinese warplanes of harassing its aircraft, which are monitoring North Korea’s compliance with United Nations sanctions.

Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Zhao Lijian suggested during a media briefing in Beijing on Monday that these patrols by Canadian and allied aircraft are illegal. “The UN Security Council has never authorized any country to carry out military surveillance in the seas and airspace of other countries in the name of enforcing sanctions,” he told reporters.

“China urges Canada to see the severity of the incident and refrain from taking any adventurist or provocative moves. Otherwise all the grave consequences will be borne by the Canadian side.”

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in response, defended the patrols, which he said are part of a multinational effort to enforce UN sanctions. He warned Beijing that pilots on both sides are in danger of behind hurt or killed by China’s behaviour.

“China’s actions are irresponsible and provocative in this case, and we will continue to register strongly that they are putting people at risk while at the same time not respecting decisions by the UN to enforce UN sanctions on North Korea,” he told reporters during a press conference in Ottawa with Chile’s President on Monday.

Chinese fighter pilots have recently stepped up aggressive behaviour against Canadian military aircraft flying in international airspace near North Korea.

Since 2019, Canada has from time to time dispatched a naval frigate or long-range patrol aircraft to help monitor ocean approaches to North Korea as part of a multinational approach, with the United States and other allies, to enforce sanctions against Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons program. The area under patrol includes the contested East China Sea, above which China established an aircraft defence identification zone in 2013.

An aircraft defence identification zone, according to the Canadian government, is a demarcated area where a state monitors and identifies aircraft approaching its sovereign airspace and assesses possible threats to national security.

Daniel Le Bouthillier, head of media relations for Canada’s Department of National Defence, has said on several occasions recently that Chinese fighter jets have forced Canadian planes to divert their courses “to avoid a potential collision.”

In a statement last Wednesday, the Canadian Armed Forces said that there had been several such incidents from April 26 to May 26.

China disputes Canada’s characterization of events, saying it’s Canada that is the aggressor.

“Canadian military aircraft have recently increased close-in reconnaissance and made provocations to the Chinese side in the name of implementing UN Security Council resolutions,” the Chinese government’s Mr. Zhao told journalists in Beijing. “In response to the Canadian side’s provocative acts and unfriendly and unprofessional manoeuvres, the Chinese military promptly took legitimate and forceful measures in response that are safe and professional.”

Mr. Trudeau was unapologetic Monday. He said Canada’s aircraft patrols are justified and professional.

“Canada is participating in a UN mission designed to interdict and intercept and ensure the respect of sanctions on North Korea’s murderous regime,” the Prime Minister said. “Canada continues to stand up for the rule of law. We continue to stand up for multilateralism. We continue to stand up for the principles of the UN Charter.”

Relations between Canada and China remain in what former Canadian ambassador David Mulroney recently described as a “deep freeze,” after Beijing jailed two Canadians for more than 1,000 days in an apparent act of retaliation. China was upset over Canada’s arrest, in response to a U.S. extradition request, of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of the Chinese technology company Huawei.

Last month, Canada announced it was barring Huawei gear from this country’s 5G wireless networks. China’s ambassador to Canada has been absent from his post for four months, and Canada has been without an envoy to China for about six months.

Separately, Australia this past weekend revealed that its military aircraft are also being targeted for harassment by Chinese warplanes.

Australia’s defence department said in a statement that a Chinese J-16 fighter aircraft intercepted an Australian P-8 surveillance aircraft on May 26. The statement added that the plane was on a “routine maritime surveillance” mission in international airspace above the South China Sea.

“The intercept resulted in a dangerous manoeuvre which posed a safety threat to the P-8 aircraft and its crew,” the Australian defence department said.

Australian Defence Minister Richard Marles later added during a news conference that the Chinese jet flew very close in front of the Royal Australian Air Force aircraft and released a “bundle of chaff” containing small pieces of aluminum that entered the Australian aircraft’s engine.

Steve Tsang, a professor of Chinese studies and director of the University of London’s SOAS China Institute, said the aggression against Canadian military surveillance aircraft should be viewed alongside the recent harassment of Australian aircraft.

“Two similar acts by two Chinese pilots in a short space of time can still be a coincidence, but it is more likely to reflect a decision by someone senior in the air force – or the air force generally – that it must now take a hard line to Western military surveillance aircraft flying too close to locations deemed by the Chinese authorities as sensitive,” Prof. Tsang said.

He added that China under President Xi Jinping is “seeking to bend international rules.” The lack of apparent disciplinary action taken against Chinese pilots by Beijing, and the strong defence from China’s foreign ministry, he said, suggests “this represents government policy.”

With a report from Reuters

‘Perpetual’ Israeli occupation at root of violence outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

FILE - A Palestinian home sits in a valley, next to the east Jerusalem Jewish Israeli settlement of Pisgat Ze'ev, May 12, 2022. Investigators commissioned by the U.N.-backed Human Rights Council said Tuesday, June 7, 2022, that tensions between Palestinians and Israelis are underpinned by a feeling that Israel has embarked on a “perpetual occupation” of Palestinian areas with no intention of ending it. The findings came Tuesday in the first report by a Commission of Inquiry, set up last year following an 11-day war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)

Report: ‘Perpetual’ Israeli occupation at root of violence

GENEVA (AP) — Investigators commissioned by the U.N.’s top human rights body say tensions between Palestinians and Israelis are underpinned by Israel’s “perpetual occupation” of Palestinian areas with no apparent intention of ending it.

The findings came Tuesday in the first report by a Commission of Inquiry, headed by a three-person team of human rights experts. It was set up last year by the U.N.-backed Human Rights Council following an 11-day war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. The U.N. human rights office says the war killed at least 261 people – including 67 children – in Gaza, and 14 people, including two children, in Israel.

The commission, headed by former U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay, is the first to have an “ongoing” mandate from the U.N. rights body. Critics allege that permanent scrutiny testifies to an anti-Israel bias in the 47-member-state council and other U.N. bodies. Proponents say the commission is needed to keep tabs on persistent injustices faced by Palestinians under decades of Israeli rule.

The report largely recaps efforts by U.N. investigators over the years to grapple with the causes of Mideast violence and the authors acknowledged it was in part a “review” of previous U.N. findings. 

“What has become a situation of perpetual occupation was cited by Palestinian and Israeli stakeholders to the commission as the one common issue” that amounts to the “underlying root cause” of recurrent tensions, instability and protracted conflict, the authors wrote. They said “impunity” for perpetrators of violence was feeding resentment among Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem.

Israel’s government, which opposed the creation of the commission, refused to grant its members access to Israel or Palestinian territories, and testimonies from Palestinians and Israelis were collected from Geneva and Jordan.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry rejected the report as “part and parcel of the witch hunt carried out by the Human Rights Council against Israel.”

It called the report biased and one-sided and accused the commission members of ignoring Palestinian violence, incitement and antisemitism. “The Commission members, who claim to be objective, were only appointed to their roles because of their public and well-known anti-Israel stances, in direct opposition to the rules set out by the United Nations,” it said.

The report’s authors cited “credible” evidence that “convincingly indicates that Israel has no intention of ending the occupation” and has plans to ensure complete control of Palestinian areas. Israel’s government, it added, has been “acting to alter the demography through the maintenance of a repressive environment for Palestinians and a favorable environment for Israeli settlers.”

They also voiced criticism of Palestinian leaders, saying the Palestinian Authority, which administers autonomous areas in parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, frequently refers to the occupation as a justification for its own human rights violations. It also points to the occupation as the core reason for failure to hold legislative and presidential elections, the authors said. The PA is widely criticized for corruption and intolerance for dissent.

Despite the criticism, the Palestinian Authority welcomed the report. The Palestinian Foreign Ministry said the report found “beyond any doubt, that the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land and discrimination against Palestinians are the root causes behind the recurrent tensions, instability and prolongation of conflict in the region.”

As for Hamas authorities in Gaza, the commission said they show little commitment toward upholding human rights and little adherence to international law. Since seizing control of Gaza in 2007, Hamas has shown little tolerance for political dissent and been accused of torturing opponents.

Israel captured the West Bank and east Jerusalem from Jordan, and the Gaza Strip from Egypt in the 1967 Mideast war.

It has annexed east Jerusalem and claims the area — home to the city’s most important holy sites — as part of its capital. It considers the West Bank to be “disputed” territory and has built scores of Jewish settlements there. Over 700,000 Israeli settlers now live in the two areas.

The internationally recognized Palestinian Authority seeks the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza for an independent state. The international community overwhelmingly considers all three areas to be occupied by Israel.

Rights groups have accused both Israel and Hamas of committing war crimes during last year’s fighting. Israel vehemently denies the allegations, accusing Hamas of endangering civilians by using residential areas for cover during military operations.

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Associated Press writer Josef Federman in Jerusalem contributed to this report.

Pakistani horn will not compromise her nuclear program: Daniel 8

“Pakistan will not compromise on its nuclear program.” CJCSC Gen. Raza

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – General Nadeem Raza, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), has stressed that people should avoid making baseless and unnecessary comments about Pakistan’s nuclear program.

“Pakistan is a responsible and confident nuclear country,” said the deputy chairman of the National Command Authority at a seminar at the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) in Islamabad on Monday.

According to the top military official, Pakistan’s policy is full-spectrum deterrence within the scope of reliable nuclear balance. The country’s safety mechanism is in line with national and international standards.

The CJCSC asked people not to comment on Pakistan’s nuclear program, saying, “In nuclear countries, only the National Command Authority has the right to comment on strategic programs.”

Pakistan’s nuclear capability ensures the country’s defense and its integrity; it also has the full support of political parties and the people, he said.

General Raza described civil and military leadership as “an iron wall” with the country’s strategic program, adding, “National security is indivisible.”

“Pakistan will not compromise on its nuclear program.”

Keeping an eye on the Chinese nuclear horn: Daniel 7

A Chinese coast guard vessel is filmed on the waters claimed by both Vietnam and China.

Vietnam Modernizes Its Military With a Wary Eye on China

Richard A. Bitzinger Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Ukraine’s successes in resisting and even turning back an invasion by a numerically superior Russian force has raised expectations in East Asia that smaller nations in the region could conceivably fend off an attack from a large military like China’s. Taiwan, of course, has long struggled with executing such a defense strategy, but since its strategic considerations are in many ways unique, other countries nominally threatened by China may not be able to draw as many lessons from Taipei’s experience. Ukraine’s performance in its war against Russia, on the other hand, may look to them like a more relevant model—for better or worse.

Vietnam is one such country. Hanoi has had a tense relationship with Beijing for more than 40 years, and Vietnam was even invaded by China in 1979. In particular, Vietnam and China share overlapping territorial claims in the South China Sea, where they have for years sparred over fisheries and oil and gas fields. Those quarrels have frequently resulted in clashes, including Chinese attacks on Vietnamese coast guards and fishing vessels, and confrontations over oil rigs that had been moved into disputed waters. …

‘Facing a real test’: Bennett warns Israel on brink of collapse

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on April 10, 2022 [RONEN ZVULUN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images]

June 5, 2022 at 3:02 pm | Published in: News

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on April 10, 2022 [RONEN ZVULUN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images]June 5, 2022 at 3:02 pm

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has warned that the state is on the brink of collapse, as it is “facing a real test”.

Bennett made the remarks in an open letter published to the public on Friday, calling for support to maintain the fragile coalition which is currently a minority government after losing its parliamentary majority last month.

“Our unified sovereignty has disintegrated twice in ancient times due to internal conflicts. The first break-up took place 80 years after its foundation, whereas the second one came about 77 years later. We are now living in the third era, and are approaching the 80-year mark. We are all facing a real test, and wondering to whether we will be able to preserve Israel,” Bennett stated in the communique sent on the first anniversary of the establishment of the coalition government.

“A few days ago, we were heading towards the fifth election campaign that could split up our land. I took the most difficult decision of my life, which was to form a national rescue cabinet to save Israel from chaos and to restore it. I partnered people who had completely different views from mine,” he said.

He also mentioned the “Chaos, endless election spin, government paralysis, the cities of Lod and Acre burning in the face of a humiliated and conflicted government,” referring to last year’s uprisings involving Arab-Israeli citizens amid Israeli provocations in occupied-East Jerusalem and military aggression against Gaza.

Israel displayed “terrible weakness in the face of a murderous enemy that fired rockets at Jerusalem,” he added, and was restricted by “the worship of one man and the enslavement of the state’s energy to his legal needs,” referring to opposition leader and then-prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s corruption charges.

According to a recent survey published by Israel Hayom, at least 69 per cent of illegal Israeli settlers are worried about Israel’s bleak future. The poll also revealed that 66 per cent of settlers do not trust the Israeli security forces, while 67 per cent support possession of firearms and imposition of fines “in order to prevent skirmishes and confrontations between Israelis and Palestinians inside the occupied territories.”