Earthquakes: Matthew 24

The Gateway Arch is seen, Thursday, March 3, 2022 in St. Louis. The Arch was built in the mid-1960s to withstand a strong earthquake, but many other structures in the central U.S. are not. That's concerning because the active New Madrid Fault is centered in southeastern Missouri, and experts say there's up to a 10% chance of a magnitude 7.0 earthquake or greater in the region within the next 50 years. (AP Photo/Jim Salter)

Experts: Central U.S. needs to be ready for quake

Posted Thursday, March 3, 2022 6:54 pm

The Gateway Arch is seen, Thursday, March 3, 2022 in St. Louis. The Arch was built in the mid-1960s to withstand a strong earthquake, but many other structures in the central U.S. are not. That’s concerning because the active New Madrid Fault is centered in southeastern Missouri, and experts say there’s up to a 10% chance of a magnitude 7.0 earthquake or greater in the region within the next 50 years. (AP Photo/Jim Salter)


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Experts have warned for decades that a large swath of the central U.S. is at high risk for a devastating earthquake. They know that overcoming complacency is among their biggest hurdles.

Hundreds of emergency managers, transportation leaders, geologists and others devoted to earthquake preparedness gathered Thursday in St. Louis for the annual Missouri Earthquake Summit to discuss the latest information on risks, preparedness strategies and recovery planning.

Large and devastating earthquakes in the U.S. are most commonly associated with the West Coast — for good reason since the worst quakes in recent years, including the massive 1989 quake in the San Francisco area that killed 63 people and injured nearly 3,800 — have mostly been in the West.

But the New Madrid (MAH’-drid) Fault Line centered near the southeast Missouri town of New Madrid produced three magnitude 7.5 to 7.7 earthquakes that rang church bells as far away as South Carolina, caused farmland to sink into swamps and briefly caused the Mississippi River to flow backward.

Those quakes happened in late 1811 and early 1812. Though the fault line still produces about 200 small earthquakes each year, people within the region have heard warnings for so long about the next Big One that, for many, it goes in one ear and out the other.

“Because it hasn’t happened, and with people’s busy everyday lives, it kind of falls into the background,” said Robbie Myers, emergency management director for Butler County, Missouri, in the heart of the New Madrid zone.

The earthquake threat received the most attention more than three decades ago when climatologist Iben Browning predicted a 50-50 chance of a big earthquake on a specific day — Dec. 3, 1990. His prediction drew scores of journalists and onlookers to New Madrid to see — nothing.

Still, experts believe there is a 7-10% chance of a magnitude 7.0 or greater earthquake in the next 50 years within the New Madrid zone, and a 25-40% chance of a smaller but still potentially devastating magnitude 6.0 quake. The Midwestern risk is “similar to the chances in California,” said Thomas Pratt, Central and Eastern U.S. coordinator for the U.S. Geological Survey’s Earthquake Hazards Program.

In addition to thousands of deaths, bridges crossing the Mississippi River could fall, major highways including Interstate 55 could buckle, and oil and gas pipelines could break, causing nationwide disruptions, experts said.

Matthew Clutter, a Federal Emergency Management Agency operational planner, said a magnitude 7.7 earthquake in the New Madrid zone could displace nearly 850,000 people in up to eight states. With roads and bridges compromised, emergency aid might be cut off from the impacted areas due to road and bridge damage.

“If all eight states are affected there’s going to be a fight for resources,” Clutter said.

Memphis, Tennessee, is within the zone. St. Louis, Indianapolis and Little Rock, Arkansas, are close enough for concern. All told, about 45 million people live within the area that would be most impacted.

Some communities have been more proactive than others in their preparations.

In Memphis, the Interstate 40 bridge into the city received a $260 million retrofit to protect against a strong earthquake. Building codes were upgraded a decade ago to require stricter construction standards with earthquake risk in mind.

In St. Louis, designers say the 29-story apartment tower overlooking Busch Stadium that opened in 2020 would sway rather than collapse.

in the event of a big quake. It’s the same engineering protection built into St. Louis’ most prominent landmark. The Gateway Arch, completed in the 1960s, would sway up to 18 inches (45 centimeters) if an earthquake rumbles.

Meanwhile, a new St. Louis bridge over the Mississippi River that opened in 2014 was built with foundations all the way into bedrock to keep it steady and standing in the event of a quake. The region’s busiest river crossing, the Poplar Street Bridge, has been retrofitted for extra protection.

Still, most homes and commercial buildings within the region aren’t earthquake ready.

“Many places in the region have no building codes, and very few of the existing building codes require earthquake-resistant design,” according to a fact sheet from the American Geosciences Institute.

Emergency managers from the city, county and state level say they’re trying to raise awareness with residents.

“We always encourage people to look at their insurance coverage, look at things like your utilities, if you have a hot water heater, making sure it’s strapped,” said Sarah Russell, commissioner of emergency management for St. Louis.

The Missouri Department of Commerce and Insurance said the percentage of homeowners with quake insurance in the Missouri counties at the heart of the New Madrid zone dropped from 60.2% in 2000 to 12.7% in 2020. The agency blamed the skyrocketing cost of the insurance, which rose 760% in those counties over the 20-year period.

Moderate Earthquake Strikes Before the Sixth Seal: Revelation 6

Today's earthquake struck well east-northeast of New York City and south of Newfoundland over the open water of the Atlantic Ocean. Image: USGS
Today’s earthquake struck well east-northeast of New York City and south of Newfoundland over the open water of the Atlantic Ocean. Image: USGS

Moderate Earthquake Strikes East of the U.S. Northeast; No Tsunami Threat

June 19, 2022

A moderate earthquake struck the floor of the Atlantic Ocean well east of the Northeast coast of the United States and south of Newfoundland this afternoon; fortunately, there is no threat of tsunami to the U.S. East Coast nor to the Canadian coast from this seismic event.

According to USGS, the magnitude 4.5 earthquake struck at a depth of about 6.2 miles just before 1 pm ET today. The epicenter was located approximately 150 miles due south of Saint-Pierre, Saint Pierre and Miquelon in Newfoundland and roughly 950 miles east-northeast of New York City, New York. The earthquake struck in an area not seismically active; over the last 7 days, there wasn’t any earthquake of any magnitude within 500 miles of today’s earthquake.

Because the earthquake happened far off-shore, there was no damage to land. And because the earthquake was only moderate and not strong, there was no threat of tsunami to any nearby coastal areas.

Israel Destroys Hamas Targets Outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

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Israel Destroys Hamas Targets Following First Rocket Attack in Two Months

JERUSALEM, Israel – Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Sunday said the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) destroyed several Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket attack.

“On Friday night, we attacked and destroyed production workshops and several other Hamas targets in Gaza. This is in response to firing a single rocket from Gaza Strip, which was intercepted by the Iron Dome,” Bennett said during a Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday.

The rocket from Gaza was the first attack from the Hamas-ruled territory in two months.

The rocket activated warning sirens in the southern city of Ashkelon. There were no casualties reported.

No Palestinian terror group claimed responsibility for the attack but Israel blames Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip.

“Unlike in the past, we no longer make excuses for the terrorists, neither are we defining them as breakaway factions or electrical mishaps. For us, Hamas is responsible,” Bennett said.

Israeli officials are examining whether the rocket was fired by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group in retaliation for three Palestinians killed in a gunfight with Israeli forces in the West Bank on Friday, according to Hebrew media reports.

Israel’s military said it came under fire by armed Palestinians during an arrest raid in the West Bank – biblical Judea and Samaria.

Israel Kills Another Iranian Nuclear Engineer

Iranian armed forces members march during a ceremony of the National Army Day parade in Tehran, Iran April 18, 2022 (photo credit: WANA NEWS AGENCY/REUTERS)

Iranian engineer’s death at military site attributed to ‘industrial sabotage’

In his comments to the semi-official Entekhab news agency, the commander, Hassani Ahangar, did not say who was believed to be behind the sabotage.

The death of an Iranian Defense Ministry engineer in May 2021 was the result of “industrial sabotage” at a military site in Parchin near the capital Tehran, an Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander was quoted on Monday as saying.

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In his comments to the semi-official Entekhab news agency, the commander, Hassani Ahangar, did not say who was believed to be behind the sabotage.

“The martyr from the Ministry of Defense was himself not the target but was affected by an act of industrial sabotage. We must prevent such threats with artificial intelligence methods,” Ahangar was quoted by the agency as saying.

“Engineer Ehsan Ghadbeigi was martyred and one of his colleagues was injured in an accident that took place in one of the Ministry of Defence’s research units at the Parchin area on May 25 (2021),” Entekhab added.

Parchin is a sensitive military site housing several industrial and research units, where Western security services believe Iran carried out tests related to nuclear bomb detonations more than a decade ago.

Iran denies Western accusations that it is trying to build an atomic bomb and says its nuclear program is solely for peaceful purposes.

Iraq at deadly crossroads following Antichrist’s ’ resignation

Iraq at deadly crossroads following Sadrists’ resignations

Since the downfall of Baghdad’s totalitarian Baathist regime in 2003, Iraq has not seen political and security stability. The Iraqi political class chose to play the sectarian and ethnic card to attract supporters, instead of building an institutional system that could have provided citizens with a decent life in the newly democratic state.
This has resulted in 19 years of civil conflicts, urban wars, sectarian militias, kidnappings, rapes and assassinations, in addition to poor, if any, public services and the spread of corruption in all state institutions. This is more than enough reason for Iraqis to reach a state of despair and lose any hope of a bright future for their families.
In the parliamentary elections held last October to elect the 329 members of the Council of Representatives who will select the next president and ratify the appointment of the prime minister, the Iranian-backed Shiite blocs lost ground to the Sadrists, who won 73 parliamentary seats.
Shiite cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr had gradually transformed from a man who was wanted by the Americans for leading a militia that was targeting them to a kingmaker.
After the Federal Supreme Court’s ratification of the election results in December, the Sadrist bloc allied itself with the Sovereignty Alliance and the Kurdistan Democratic Party, but MPs have failed to elect a new president three times. This move would pave the way for the formation of the next government. Therefore, the country is witnessing a phase of political obstruction due to Al-Sadr’s lack of an absolute majority and the failure of the Iran-aligned Shiite blocs to move into opposition.
Last week, in the midst of this vortex, Al-Sadr announced the withdrawal of his entire bloc from parliament, which could lead to a radical transformation and destroy the existing political system.
The influential Shiite cleric instructed his followers to resign immediately. “The head of the Sadrist bloc… must submit the resignations of the sisters and brothers in the Sadrist bloc to the speaker of parliament,” he wrote in a handwritten statement. Al-Sadr described his decision as “a sacrifice from me for the country and the people to rid them of the unknown destiny.”
The resignations will not lead to early elections unless a third of MPs submit a request for a parliamentary vote to the speaker or there is a proposal by the prime minister, with the approval of the president, submitted to the Council of Representatives. Either way, it would require the support of an absolute majority of the parliament’s members.
Al-Sadr’s dangerous political move might lead to a redistribution of his alliance’s 73 parliamentary seats among various political blocs. However, it is expected that the Shiites aligned with Iran would take most of these seats, along with some independents.
Leader of the ruthless pro-Iran militia Asa’ib Ahl Al-Haq, Qais Khazali, described Al-Sadr’s decision as “negligence,” stressing that Iraq’s political entities, without exception, are determined to deal with the fait accompli and are going to form a government. “We believe a government will be formed to serve Iraq’s interests,” he said.
Meanwhile, last Monday, the Sadrist media outlet Al-Jidar warned Al-Sadr’s rivals of misinterpreting the resignations as a weakness in the movement. “They are forgetting that the gates of hell will be open to them and that the Sadrist movement can bring down any government they form within a few hours,” it posted on Telegram.
The government in Tehran is closely following the latest political developments, fearing a possible outbreak of clashes between the heavily armed supporters of the two sides. This would likely have catastrophic consequences and destroy everything the Iranian government has done for its own benefit on Iraqi soil, which may draw other regional parties into this conflict.
Iranian newspapers attacked the Iraqi cleric, accusing him of causing division among the Shiite population, while questioning his motives. The reformist newspaper Etimad wrote that Al-Sadr is playing a “new game,” accusing him of bringing Iraq into a “political impasse” by insisting on forming a majority government without the participation of pro-Iranian factions. The state-run Islamic Republic News Agency’s newspaper wrote: “Although the Sadrist movement considered its political move a sacrifice for the sake of the homeland, observers believe that it could put Baghdad before significant challenges and ambiguous scenarios.”

Hamas urges escalation after deaths of 3 Palestinians

Hamas urges escalation after deaths of 3 Palestinians who shot at IDF troops

Clashes erupt between residents of Jenin area and Israeli soldiers on operations to arrest terror suspects and confiscate illegal weapons.

By  Michel Makhoul  and Dana Ben-Shimon 

 Published on  06-17-2022 08:06

 Last modified: 06-17-2022 12:01

After three armed Palestinian terror suspects were shot and killed by soldiers from a Golani reconnaissance battalion during clashes in the Jenin area overnight between Thursday and Friday, Hamas on Friday urged its followers to escalate their “acts of resistance.”

IDF forces were on operations to find and confiscate illegal weapons and arrests terror suspects. Most of the arrest raids were in Jenin, the hometown of several Palestinian assailants who took part in a recent string of attacks that killed at least 19 Israelis.

As the soldiers approached their first target destination, Palestinians released a heavy volley of gunfire as well as throwing explosives at them. The troops shot back.People look at a damaged vehicle from which three Palestinians fired at IDF Golani troops on maneuvers in Jenin, June 17, 2022 

On route to the second destination, Golani soldiers spotted a suspicious vehicle at the side of the road, from which shots were fired at the troops. The soldiers engaged, fatally shooting the occupants of the car who had fired at them. When the vehicle was searched, soldiers found two M-16 rifles, a homemade Carlo machine gun, magazines of bullets, and a bulletproof vest.

Footage disseminated on social media showed a Mazda car riddled with bullet holes and stained with blood. The Palestinian Health Ministry reported that three Palestinians had been inside. All three were evacuated to a local hospital, where medical staff declared them dead.

The terrorists’ bodies were taken out of the hospital and paraded through the streets. A few hundred people began a spontaneous demonstration, after mosques began calling on local residents to take to the streets “because of the shahids’ deaths.”

During the clashes that developed in response to the IDF’s search for illegal guns, eight residents of the Jenin area were injured.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said Friday in an interview to Hamas’ Al Aqsa TV that “The blood of the shahids in Jenin is new proof of the occupation’s crimes. This should be a reason to escalate the acts of resistance, and we should force the enemy to pay for its crimes.”

“The killing of three Jenin residents is a crime perpetrated in the framework of Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people and their land. Total resistance, primarily armed resistance, is the only option that can defend our people and win the battle against the enemy,” Barhoum said.

The Palestinian Authority in Ramallah condemned what it called the “execution” and called it an attempt by Israel to “export the political crises in its coalition to the Palestinian area and solve them at the expense of Palestinians’ blood as an inseparable part of the official Israeli policy, which aims to blow up the situation.”

AP contributed to this report

Iraq’s Sunnis, Kurds Try To Persuade Sadr To Rejoin Political Process

Iraq’s Sunnis, Kurds Try To Persuade Sadr To Rejoin Political Process

Over the past week, key Shi’ite Moqtada al-Sadr had his entire bloc resign from parliament and announced he is stepping away from politics. Despite this, he continues to loom large and is driving the political process.

Whoever the Shi’ite ruling faction is, the Kurdish Democrats and the biggest Sunni Arab bloc will surely find a spot in the coalition. Those groups, however, are so far postponing talks on what to do post-Sadr.

That’s understandable, as Sadr’s huge number of followers are going to be aligned against anyone else who tries to rule, and this is going to be a rough path for anyone to go down.

Instead of heading down that path knowing what’s coming, those parties are scheduling talks to try to convince Sadr to change his mind and give the process more time. Sadr doesn’t want to have to ally with the rival Shi’ites, but had been unable to govern without them so far.

Any government without Sadr will be at a disadvantage, but it’s not clear how a government with Sadr could happen. While a fresh election might be a safer choice, even that is going to depend on convincing Sadr to participate, or at least not directly undermine the process.