22nd Shake Before the Sixth Seal: Revelation 16

22nd earthquake shakes up town outside of Columbia, SC, geologist report BY DAVID TRAVIS BLAND UPDATED APRIL 07, 2022 11:43 AM Play VideoDuration 0:32 Earthquake startles dogs in South Carolina A 3.3-magnitude earthquake hit South Carolina’s Lowcountry on Monday, September 27, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), giving two dogs in North Charleston quite a scare. BY NICOLE ABERNATHY VIA STORYFUL Elgin, South Carolina had its 22nd earthquake in five months Thursday morning. The 2.0 magnitude earthquake hit at about 5 a.m. near the town about 20 miles northeast of Columbia, according to the United States Geological Survey. A magnitude of 2.0 is considered a weak earthquake. The effects of the quake might not be felt at that low of a magnitude. In all, 22 earthquakes have hit the Elgin and Lugoff area since a 3.3 magnitude quake was recorded on Dec. 27, 2021. Another low-level quake hit Elgin last week. TOP VIDEOS WATCH MORE × Is South Carolina a dynasty? Not yet, says Dawn Staley South Carolina has had 39 earthquakes since September. An explanation for the recent seismic activity has eluded scientists. Digging and blasting at mines, water seeping through the ground from lakes, or other changes in weight or pressure underground could all contribute to seismic activity, The State previously reported, but no one has settled on the single cause for the Midlands’ shaking.

World on the edge of a nuclear cliff: Revelation 16

World on the edge of a nuclear cliff?

THE Russia-Ukraine war has not only created a flashpoint for the world, but has also torn apart the narrative of a united Europe. As the war prolongs, the global powers are puzzled about the future. Indeed, many wonder if there will be a future at all.

The war is disrupting the supply chain and the demand-supply imbalance is affecting the entire globe. Either the countries are involved in the war or they are impacted indirectly by rising fuel and food costs.

Amid all the differences that plague man’s current existence, one finds a consensus: matters are going from bad to worse. The world has a flashpoint and the time is ticking past. In case Russia gets hyper adventurous, or the United States and allies help Ukraine to the extent that Moscow sees it as a direct threat, or China decides to throw caution to the winds, one should be ready for the ringing bells of World War III.

A protracted war favours none. With every passing day, the economic sanctions will be putting stress on the Russian economy and the consensus built in favour of Ukraine will start losing its zeal. Cracks will soon start becoming more evident.

The French president has already mentioned that Moscow should not be humiliated. China, although advocates the end of the war, has declared sanctions against Russia to be illegal. Ukraine, on the other hand, has been able to maintain its sovereignty. The West, therefore, should recalculate the cost of a protracted war and the gains it expects to have by making Ukraine a star in the eyes of the other states.

General Richard Barrons, a former commander of the United Kingdom Joint Forces Command, was unequivocal when he said, “No matter how this war turns out, and as cynical as it sounds now, historians will say that Putin’s attack on Ukraine gave Europe the time it needed to recover so it could confront Russia and, further down the road, China. Ukraine is paying a high price to buy us time.”

The current idea of Ukraine’s victory lies in scraping more territory, pushing Russia back to its pre-2014 position. However, putting aside the anger and following rationality, one may ask the cost that Ukraine has to pay for snatching those extra hectares back after fighting for, say, the next five years.

Limited victory for Ukraine lies in seizing the opportunity while it can by rapidly focussing on reconstruction efforts funded by the West, integrating itself into Europe, and enhancing security while floating towards a democratic future. Reconstruction is an uphill task and takes decades and funds worth billions of dollars. Every day of war exponentially increases the destruction in the country. Ukraine must try harder for a ceasefire so that the world may start moving on.

Needless to say, it will be a bitter pill to swallow for the Ukrainian leadership after suffering so grievously at Vladimir Putin’s hands, but it will make Volodymyr Zelensky’s country retain independence and prosper into a European future.

The US and Europe must encourage a pragmatic solution. The West must be willing to see Ukraine’s win outside the battlefield, in health, prosperity and democracy. If the war continues, friction between the US and regional powers — China and Russia — will only intensify. The US is closely monitoring China’s support for Russia which can lead to further divisions and the establishment of economic and geopolitical blocs.

Putin may yet be able to achieve some of his goals and there is every indication that, instead of acknowledging his mistake, he may choose isolation for Russia, and permanent instability for Ukraine and Europe. Defeat could call into question his political survival.

While Ukraine has received phenomenal support, it will not last forever. With time, the cost of war will be rising, destruction will be exponential and reconstruction will take ages. It is time the world leaders learnt from the past — distant and recent — about how wars play havoc with the lives of people.

The League of Nations was formed at the end of World War I, Nato was established after World War II. However, after World War III, there will be no end. Within minutes, nuclear missiles will be over London, Tokyo, Beijing, Moscow and Washington. Mars will then be the only abode left for the humans. Do we want that to happen?

Babylon the Great’s test of new hypersonic missile fails

 US Air Force conducts latest hypersonic weapon flight test (photo credit: REUTERS)

US test of new hypersonic missile fails amid China, Russia pressure

With Russia, China and North Korea developing their own hypersonic missile capabilities, with some being able to carry nuclear warheads, the Pentagon is feeling the pressure.

A flight test of a new US hypersonic missile system in Hawaii, named “Conventional Prompt Strike,” failed, most likely due to a problem that took place after ignition, the US Department of Defense said in a statement.

“An anomaly occurred following ignition of the test asset,” Pentagon spokesman Navy Lieutenant Commander Tim Gorman said. “the Department remains confident that it is on track to field offensive and defensive hypersonic capabilities on target dates beginning in the early 2020s.”

“Program officials have initiated a review to determine the cause to inform future tests,” he said. “While the Department was unable to collect data on the entirety of the planned flight profile, the information gathered from this event will provide vital insights.”

“While the Department was unable to collect data on the entirety of the planned flight profile, the information gathered from this event will provide vital insights.”Pentagon spokesman Navy Lieutenant Commander Tim Gorman

The recent failure marks the second unsuccessful test flight of the prototype weapon, in October 2021, a booster malfunction, which prevented the missile from leaving the launch pad, rendered the weapon system’s first test flight a failure as well.

The Conventional Prompt Strike weapon system is expected to be installed on Zumwalt destroyers and Virginia-class submarines.

With Russia, China and North Korea developing their own hypersonic missile capabilities, with some being able to carry nuclear warheads, the Pentagon is feeling pressure to deploy the newly developed weapon system as soon as possible.

China

The Chinese military believes hypersonic weapons will change the nature of the battle and is investing heavily to advance their capabilities.

“China tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile in August that circled the globe before speeding towards its target, demonstrating an advanced space capability that caught US intelligence by surprise,” according to the Financial Times.

China has been working on these missiles for decades, according to the US Defense Intelligence Agency’s 2019 China Military Power Report, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) “is developing a range of technologies to counter US and other countries’ ballistic missile defense systems, including maneuverable reentry vehicles (MARVs), MIRVs [multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles], decoys, chaff, jamming, thermal shielding, and hypersonic glide vehicles.”

On 1 October 2019, the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, in a parade that reviewed the PLA’s troops and weapon systems, the PLA revealed a new hypersonic missile, the Dong Feng (DF) 17.

A PRC blog devoted to military affairs described the DF-17 as a “combat-ready hypersonic weapon.”

China is investing heavily in heat-seeking hypersonic weapons, claiming that they “will be able to hit a moving car at five times the speed of sound,” with a new system that is set to deploy by 2025, according to scientists involved in the project.

The research team, led by Yang Xiaogang from the PLA Rocket Force University of Engineering in Xian, said “important progress” had been made towards solving the main problem of how to pinpoint a moving target at extreme speeds.

Yang and his colleagues from the university’s College of Missile Engineering have been given a deadline of 2025 to come up with solutions to the seemingly intractable challenges of hypersonic technology.

Over distance, the infrared signature of a small moving target “constitutes just a few pixels without detailed information such as shape, texture and structure,” making identification and tracking “extremely difficult”, they explained in a paper published in the Chinese peer-reviewed journal Infrared and Laser Engineering.

The hypersonic heat-seeker would also be able to go after a target in the air, according to a separate paper in the series by Qin Hanlin from the school of optoelectronic engineering at Xidian University.

Qin and his team demonstrated a technology that would allow a hypersonic ground-to-air missile to hit a target as small as a commercial drone. The missile could identify the drone hanging low over buildings or trees with nearly 90 percent accuracy, they said.

The PLA’s hypersonic program employs about 3,000 scientists, 50 percent more than those working on traditional weapons, according to a study published in January by the Chinese peer-reviewed journal Tactical Missile Technology.

Russia

In March 2022, the Russian navy conducted a test of a prospective hypersonic missile, the ‘Zircon,’ in a demonstration of the military’s long-range strike capability amid the fighting in Ukraine.

The Admiral Gorshkov frigate of the Northern Fleet in the White Sea launched the Zircon cruise missile in the Barents Sea, successfully hitting a practice target in the White Sea about 1,000 kilometers away, according to Russia’s Defense Ministry.

The launch was the latest in a series of tests of Zircon, which is set to enter service later this year, according to Russian sources.

Zircon is intended to arm Russian cruisers, frigates and submarines and could be used against both enemy ships and ground targets. It is one of several hypersonic missiles under development in Russia.

Russian officials have boasted about Zircon’s capability, claiming that it’s impossible to intercept with existing anti-missile systems.

Earlier, in 2018, a demonstration of the ‘Avangard’ hypersonic missile proved successful, according to the Russian Defence Ministry.

After separating from its carrier in the stratosphere, the HGV maneuvered 6000 kilometers across Siberia at a searing Mach 27, according to Russian officials, then hit a target on the Kamchatka Peninsula.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called Avangard “the perfect New Year’s gift for the country.” Russia’s Defence Ministry claimed that it has put the nuclear-armed HGV into combat duty in 2020, allowing Putin to claimthat Russia was the first country armed with functional hypersonic weapons.

‘Swarm’ of Earthquakes Hitting Before the Sixth Seal: Revelation 6

‘Swarm’ of Earthquakes Hitting South Carolina Are Getting Stronger

A so-called earthquake “swarm” that is hitting South Carolina appears to be getting stronger, researchers said this week.

Two earthquakes with a magnitude of 3.5 and 3.6, respectively, hit Wednesday close to Elgin, South Carolina, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Days before that, a 3.4 magnitude earthquake struck in another part of the state, while a 3.9 magnitude earthquake struck near the Georgia-South Carolina state line on June 18.

Both of Wednesday’s earthquakes were the strongest to hit South Carolina since a 4.1 magnitude quake struck McCormick County in 2014.

Geologist Wendy Bohon said in a videoreleased by the state’s Emergency Management Division that they’re part of a string of about 30 quakes that have struck the state so far in 2022, which they suggested is an unusual phenomenon. She described it as an “earthquake swarm,” something common in places like Southern California.

South Carolina’s Emergency Management Division wrote on Twitter the state does in fact have several fault systems and is “one of the most seismically active states on the East Coast.”

“Swarms happen in all seismic regions and the earthquakes continue until they stop,” seismologist Lucy Jones wrote this week in reference to the quakes in South Carolina. “That may not seem helpful, but knowing this is normal can help.”

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Jones said that the swarm has been occurring for at least six months, noting seven quakes that were recorded at a magnitude of 3 or above.

But state geologists said they are not sure why the Midlands region is having so many earthquakes at the moment.

“If you can figure that out, you should go get your tux and pick up your Nobel Prize,” Thomas Pratt, regional coordinator of the Geological Survey’s earthquake hazard program, told The State newspaper. “The Eastern United States in general is not on a plate boundary, so it’s a mystery in the scientific community why in this exact location, in the middle of a plate, that something would trigger this.”

Pratt noted that swarms of quakes “can be foreshocks to a larger earthquake,” adding, “There’s no reason to think there will be, but it can’t be eliminated.”

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake was reported in Charleston in 1886, killing at least 60 people, according to historical records.

Earthquakes that are lower than 4.0 on the Richter scale generally don’t cause much damage, according to the USGS’s website.

“Most earthquakes occur where the earth’s plates come together, and they’re the result of the tension and the stress that builds up as those plates are grinding and moving, slamming into each other. That’s not happening to us here on the East Coast,” Bohon told the Weather Channel. “But there are ancient fault lines here from in the past when continents had slammed together … and they are still building up stress and strain but on a much, much slower time scale.”

Israel Further Escalates Covert War Against Iran as Nuclear Talks Resume

Iran’s new hard-line president, Ebrahim Raisi, isn’t fooling anyone when he claims his nuke program is “peaceful.” Photo: EPA-EFE/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH

ANALYSIS: Israel Further Escalates Covert War Against Iran as Nuclear Talks Resume

Disgruntled Iranian commanders admit Israel is getting the better of them, as the Jewish state’s cyber superiority takes center in stage.

June 30, 2022

Talks over a new or amended nuclear deal between Iran and some world powers resumed on Tuesday in Qatar, the only Arab Gulf state with which Iran has good relations.

This was very much against the wishes of Israel, and outgoing Foreign Minister Yair Lapid expressed disapproval of these renewedhttps://andrewtheprophet.com negotiations that will take place despite increasing aggression by Iran in its conflict with Israel.

The resumption of indirect talks between a team of US negotiators and representatives of the radical regime in Tehran had been encouraged by the European Union.

Joseph Borrell, the EU diplomat responsible for the organization’s foreign policy, was in Tehran last week and wrote on Twitter that it was necessary to break the current “dynamics of escalation.”

Iran, however, remained coy about the ‘breakthrough’ and told the US to remain “realistic,” meaning all sanctions against the Islamic Republic must be lifted.

The US government of President Joe Bidenresponded to news that Borrell had managed to break the deadlock by making another concession to Tehran.

Media in the US and Israel reported that some members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps would now be re-allowed to enter the United States.

Lapid lashes out

Lapid, who this week will take over as Israel’s interim prime minister, condemned Borrell’s visit to Iran.

Lapid said Borrell’s position was “very disappointing” in light of the latest Iranian sabotage activity in the monitoring of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear facilities by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Iran recently removed IAEA cameras from a number of its nuclear facilities, and this led to strong condemnations from most members of the IAEA and the adoption of a resolution by the agency’s governors censuring the Islamic Republic.

The removal of the IAEA monitoring cameras rendered the inspection of Iran’s nuclear activities useless, said Rafael Grossi, the Director-General of the UN nuclear watchdog.

Lapid personally told Borrell that his actions were a “strategic mistake that sent the wrong signal” to Iran.

The top Israeli diplomat accused his EU counterpart of a “worrying lack of concern for the lives of Israeli citizens.”

This was a reference not only to Iran’s nuclear threat but also to the events in Turkey, where members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) hunted down Israeli civilians last week.

What to do about Iran?

In Israel, top military and intelligence officials are divided over the usefulness of resuming nuclear negotiations with Iran in Qatar.

For example, Aviv Kochavi, the Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), opposes the renewed negotiations with Iran.

The same goes for David Barnea, the current head of Mossad, Israel’s foreign secret service.

Both Kochavi and Barnea believe that the only way to stop Iran from advancing its nuclear program and curb its imperialist actions in the Middle East is for Israel to use its military and intelligence superiority.

Others think, however, that a new nuclear deal could still keep Iran from breaking out to an atomic bomb.

The EU team in Qatar on Thursday morning announced that two days of indirect negotiations had failed to bring the anticipated breakthrough.

Iran reportedly stuck to old positions and even demanded new things not related to the nuclear dossier.

This shows again that the Israeli intelligence and military chiefs were right about Iran’s stalling tactics and the need to use covert warfare tactics to halt Iran’s nuclear and imperialistic drive.

Shadow war

Under Barnea, Mossad has recently stepped up its activities against Iran, especially within the borders of the Islamic Republic, and infiltrated the IRGC, a disgruntled top member of the organization admitted this week.

The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Hossein Ta’ab the head of the IRGC’s intelligence division, who was removed from his position last week, had told the paper that Israel’s actions inside Iran had “undermined our most powerful intelligence organization.”

Ta’ab’s admission finally confirmed that the Israeli intelligence organizations are aware of most of Iran’s terrorist plots against targets within and outside the Jewish state.

Ta’ab’s removal from one of Iran’s top jobs came after the secret arrest of another IRGC general, Ali Nasari, who also served in the IRGC’s intelligence service and was reportedly spying for Mossad.

Cyber superiority

On Monday, General Kochavi visited IDF Unit 8200, which is also known as SIGINT.

SIGINT is a special intelligence unit of the Israeli army that is responsible for most cyber attacks on targets in Iran.

These cyber-attacks are increasingly part of the so-called ‘covert war’ between Iran and Israel, which has escalated significantly in recent months.

This escalation was the result of a political decision by outgoing Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who in January said that Israel should take the fight against Iran to the “head of the octopus.”

Since then, not a week has gone by in Iran without sabotage acts, assassinations, or cyber attacks that were mostly attributed to Mossad or the SIGINT unit.

The latest cyber attack on vital installations in Iran took place last Monday, when three major factories producing steel were sabotaged.

As a result of these cyber attacks, Iran’s entire steel production came to a standstill, which in turn had serious consequences for the large military industry of the Islamic Republic.

The attacks were carried out by a group of hackers called ‘Predatory Sparrow,’ a group that was previously responsible for cyber attacks that paralyzed fuel supply and rail transport in Iran.

The group must have the backing of “a state-actor,” Israeli cyber experts say.

Without precise intelligence about the three steel factories and the physical presence of collaborators, these cyber attacks could not have caused the damage that almost destroyed the facilities.

Military commentators later stated that Israel was definitely behind the new cyber attacks on Iran.

The group of hackers was previously associated with the Israeli security apparatus, specifically the IDF’s SIGINT unit.

After the attack, the group of hackers released a statement on social media saying it was a response to “the aggression of the Islamic Republic.”

Iranian hackers thwarted

The new cyber attack on Iran’s metal industry came more than a week after sirens suddenly went off in the Israeli cities of Eilat and Jerusalem.

The IDF’s Home Front division later announced that the sirens were false alarms caused by a cyber attack from a group of hackers in Iran.

SIGINT’s deputy commander ‘Uri’ also made a rare appearance at the Cyber Conference of Tel Aviv University, where he explained how his unit prevented a group of Iranian hackers from poisoning Israel’s fresh water supply.

SIGINT was aware of the planned hack long before the attack was carried out and managed to neutralize it before scores of Israelis would have been killed, ‘Uri’ said.

Due to the military censor, the full name of the SIGINT commander was barred from publication.

Israel’s National Cyber Directorate has now launched a new project called “Digital Iron Dome” to protect companies and other civilian projects from cyber attacks.

The name Iron Dome was taken from the successful anti-missile shield of the IDF.

Don’t mess with Israel

Bennett addressed the Iranian cyber threat to Israel during a speech at a week-long Cyber Conference in Tel Aviv.

“We are not causing havoc on the streets of Tehran, that has never been our policy. Our policy is that if you mess with Israel, you will pay a price,” Bennett said.

He added that just as there is a nuclear deterrent, there is also deterrence in the Cybersphere.

It was clear that Bennett also disagrees with Borrell’s position that negotiations with Iran will “break the dynamics of escalation.”

Bennett will continue to be in charge of overseeing the covert war against Iran after handing over the task of Prime Minister to Yair Lapid, who is not an expert on military issues.

European Nuclear Horns Threaten Russia: Daniel 7

NATO sends nuclear retaliation warning to Russia and China

NATO sends nuclear retaliation warning to Russia and China

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NATO is putting Russia and any other “nuclear-armed peer-competitors” on notice that the trans-Atlantic alliance can and will retaliate against any nuclear attack.

The latest edition of the security bloc’s guiding strategic concept evinces a more muscular posture regarding NATO’s nuclear forces than the 2010 document, which characterized Russia as a “partner” just four years before the Kremlin seized Crimea from Ukraine. And the latest document implies that as North Atlantic allies send a stronger signal about threats from Russia’s nuclear threats, they also won’t fail to keep an eye on China’snuclear arsenal.

“We have a wartime strategic concept, actually, not a peacetime one, so [we] want to use stronger language,” a senior European official told the Washington Examiner.

The balance of nuclear military power emerged as a burning issue in the last several months, as Russian President Vladimir Putinhas invoked Moscow’s arsenal to deter at least some Western support or intervention for Ukraine. His nuclear saber-rattling has spurred some European officials to wonder if Putin thinks he could win a limited nuclear war; the allies, for their part, asserted such a conflict would be a losing proposition for their enemies.

“The circumstances in which NATO might have to use nuclear weapons are extremely remote,” the Strategic Concept reads. “Any employment of nuclear weapons against NATO would fundamentally alter the nature of a conflict. The Alliance has the capabilities and resolve to impose costs on an adversary that would be unacceptable and far outweigh the benefits that any adversary could hope to achieve.”

That’s a more forceful warning than the analogous section of the 2010 document, in which the alliance emphasized that “circumstances in which any use of nuclear weapons might have to be contemplated are extremely remote.” The revision also placed more emphasis on France and the United Kingdom’s nuclear weapons in an apparent effort to signal that the threat of nuclear retaliation for a Russian nuclear attack wouldn’t depend solely on an American president.

“The independent strategic nuclear forces of the United Kingdom and France have a deterrent role of their own and contribute significantly to the overall security of the Alliance,” the 2022 document now reads. “These Allies’ separate centers of decision-making contribute to deterrence by complicating the calculations of potential adversaries.”

The new document also shows more fundamental shifts in the strategic outlook of the allies. In 2010, NATO leaders could agree that “the alliance does not consider any country to be its adversary” and identified “the proliferation of ballistic missiles” as the most salient “real and growing threat to the Euro-Atlantic area” — an apparent reference to Iran’s non-nuclear military capabilities.

Where the arms control section of the 2010 concept could thus declare that “NATO seeks its security at the lowest possible level of [nuclear] forces,” now the allies see a need to deter multiple nuclear powers.

“We will individually and collectively deliver the full range of forces, capabilities, plans, resources, assets and infrastructure needed for deterrence and defense, including for high-intensity, multi-domain warfighting against nuclear-armed peer-competitors,” the new document reads.

The allies made their misgivings about Beijing’s nuclear weapons explicit elsewhere in this year’s concept document. “The PRC is rapidly expanding its nuclear arsenal and is developing increasingly sophisticated delivery systems, without increasing transparency or engaging in good faith in arms control or risk reduction,” NATO said.