History Says Expect The Sixth Seal In New York (Revelation 6:12)

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If the past is any indication, New York can be hit by an earthquake, claims John Armbruster, a seismologist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

Based on historical precedent, Armbruster says the New York City metro area is susceptible to an earthquake of at least a magnitude of 5.0 once a century.

According to the New York Daily News, Lynn Skyes, lead author of a recent study by seismologists at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory adds that a magnitude-6 quake hits the area about every 670 years, and magnitude-7 every 3,400 years.

A 5.2-magnitude quake shook New York City in 1737 and another of the same severity hit in 1884.

Tremors were felt from Maine to Virginia.

There are several fault lines in the metro area, including one along Manhattan’s 125th St. – which may have generated two small tremors in 1981 and may have been the source of the major 1737 earthquake, says Armbruster.

There’s another fault line on Dyckman St. and one in Dobbs Ferry in nearby Westchester County.

“The problem here comes from many subtle faults,” explained Skyes after the study was published.

He adds: “We now see there is earthquake activity on them. Each one is small, but when you add them up, they are probably more dangerous than we thought.”

“Considering population density and the condition of the region’s infrastructure and building stock, it is clear that even a moderate earthquake would have considerable consequences in terms of public safety and economic impact,” says the New York City Area Consortium for Earthquake Loss Mitigation on its website.

Armbruster says a 5.0-magnitude earthquake today likely would result in casualties and hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.

“I would expect some people to be killed,” he notes.

The scope and scale of damage would multiply exponentially with each additional tick on the Richter scale. (ANI)

Making the Deal with North Korea

 

President Donald Trump on Tuesday called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “very honorable” and said he thinks a meeting with the dictator will happen “as soon as possible.”

“He really has been very open and, I think, very honorable from everything we’re seeing,” Trump told a group of reporters during a brief question-and-answer period at the White House with French President Emmanuel Macron. “A lot of promises have been made by North Korea over the years, but they’ve never been in this position. We have been very, very tough on maximum pressure, we’ve been very tough on trade.…”

Trump added that he would be forceful during the planned meeting with North Korea, which is supposed to happen in late May or early June, and would be prepared to walk away.

“I will leave the table,” he said. “But I think we have the chance to do something very special.”

In a break from previous administrations, Trump is attempting to negotiate with the dictator and convince him to end his fledgling nuclear program. Both Trump and the North Korean leader have traded barbs in the past, with Trump calling Kim a “Little Rocket Man” and a “sick puppy.” In turn, Kim reportedly called Trump “mentally deranged” and a “dotard.”

“Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn’t mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!” Trump tweeted in September, referring to numerous reports of abuses inflicted on the North Korean people by the government.

Trump has previously said that no sanctions will be lifted until “concrete actions” have been made in the path to denuclearization. Kim has pledged to suspend nuclear and missile tests ahead of the meeting.

Despite the apparent signs of progress, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday cautioned that there’s still a “long way to go” in negotiating with Kim.

“Look, we’re not naïve in this process,” she said at the White House press briefing. “We’ve seen some steps in the right direction but we have a long way to go.”

GettyImages-837567644 President Donald Trump, pictured here at a 2017 “MAGA” rally in Phoenix, has tempered his remarks about Kim Jong Un ahead of nuclear talks with the North Korean leader. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

The Nuclear Bomb that Destroys the Seas (Revelation 8:10)

© Provided by Business Insider IncDuring Russian President Vladimir Putin’s address to the Federal Assembly on March 1, he described a plethora of nuclear weapons he said Russia was developing.

One of these proposed weapons, an autonomous submarine, stood out among the depictions of falling warheads and nuclear-powered cruise missiles.

According to a Kremlin translation (PDF) of Putin’s remarks, he said the autonomous drone would quietly travel to “great depths,” move faster than a submarine or boat, “have hardly any vulnerabilities for the enemy to exploit,” and “carry massive nuclear ordnance.”

“It is really fantastic, he said, adding: “There is simply nothing in the world capable of withstanding them.”

He also said Russia finished testing a nuclear-powered engine for the drones in December.

“Unmanned underwater vehicles can carry either conventional or nuclear warheads, which enables them to engage various targets, including aircraft groups, coastal fortifications, and infrastructure,” he said.

Tsar bomba nuclear blast wikipedia© Provided by Business Insider Inc Tsar bomba nuclear blast wikipedia Putin did not refer to the device by name in his speech, but it appears to be the Oceanic Multipurpose System Status-6, also known as Kanyon or Putin’s “doomsday” machine.

The Russian government reportedly leaked a diagram of such a weapon in 2015 that suggested it would carry a 50-megaton nuclear bomb about as powerful as Tsar Bomba, the largest nuclear device ever detonated.

Nuclear physicists say such a weapon could cause a local tsunami, though they question its purpose and effectiveness, given the far more terrible destructionthat nukes can inflict when detonated aboveground.

Why Putin’s ‘doomsday’ device could be terrifying

A nuclear weapon detonated below the ocean’s surface could cause great devastation.

The US’s underwater nuclear tests of the 1940s and ’50s, including operations Crossroads Baker and Hardtack I Wahoo, demonstrated why.

These underwater fireballs were roughly as energetic as the bombs dropped on Hiroshima or Nagasaki in August 1945. In the tests, they burst through the surface, ejecting pillars of seawater more than a mile high while rippling out powerful shockwaves.

Some warships staged near the explosions were vaporized. Others were tossed like toys in a bathtub and sank, while a few sustained cracked hulls and crippled engines. Notably, the explosions roughly doubled the height of waves to nearby islands, flooding inland areas.

“A well-placed nuclear weapon of yield in the range 20 MT to 50 MT near a sea coast could certainly couple enough energy to equal the 2011 tsunami, and perhaps much more,” Rex Richardson, a physicist who researches nuclear weapons, told Business Insider, referring to the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 15,000 people in Japan.

“Taking advantage of the rising-sea-floor amplification effect, tsunami waves reaching 100 meters in height” – about 330 feet – “are possible,” Richardson said.

Richardson and other experts have also pointed out that a near-shore blast from this type of weapon could suck up tons of ocean sediment, irradiate it, and rain it upon nearby areas – generating catastrophic radioactive fallout.

“Los Angeles or San Diego would be particularly vulnerable to fallout due to the prevailing onshore winds,” Richardson said, adding that he lives in San Diego.

The problem with blowing up nukes underwater

Putin doomsday weapon kanyon satus 6 madnessgenius ccbysa4© Provided by Business Insider Inc Putin doomsday weapon kanyon satus 6 madnessgenius ccbysa4 Greg Spriggs, a nuclear-weapons physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, said a 50-megaton weapon “could possibly induce a tsunami” and hit a shoreline with the energy equivalent to a 650-kiloton blast.

But he said it “would be a stupid waste of a perfectly good nuclear weapon.”

That’s because Spriggs believes it’s unlikely that even the most powerful nuclear bombs could unleash a significant tsunami after detonating underwater.

“The energy in a large nuclear weapon is but a drop in the bucket compared to the energy of a [naturally] occurring tsunami,” Spriggs previously told Business Insider. “So any tsunami created by a nuclear weapon couldn’t be very large.”

For example, the 2011 tsunami in Japan released about 9.3 million megatons of TNT energy. That’s hundreds of millions of times as much as the bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945 and roughly 163,000 times as much as the Soviet Union’s test of Tsar Bomba on October 30, 1961.

Plus, Spriggs said, the energy of a blast wouldn’t all be directed toward shore – it would radiate outward in all directions, so most of it “would be wasted going back out to sea.”

A detonation several miles from a coastline would deposit only about 1% of its energy as waves hitting the shore. That scenario may be more likely than an attack closer to the shore, assuming US systems could detect an incoming Status-6 torpedo.

But even if such a weapon were on the doorstep of a coastal city or base, its purpose would be questionable, Spriggs said.

“This would produce a fraction of the damage the same 50 MT weapon could do if it were detonated above a large city,” Spriggs said. “If there is some country out there that is angry enough at the United States to use a nuclear weapon against us, why would they opt to reduce the amount of damage they impose in an attack?”

Is the doomsday weapon real?

Putin fell short of confirming the existence of Status-6, though he did say the December tests of its power unit “enabled us to begin developing a new type of strategic weapon” to carry a huge nuclear bomb.

The Trump administration even addressed the possible existence of the weapon in its most recent nuclear posture review.

In a 2015 article in Foreign Policy, Jeffrey Lewis, an expert on nuclear policy at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, dubbed the weapon “Putin’s doomsday machine.”

He wrote that there was speculation that the underwater weapon might be “salted,” or surrounded with metals like cobalt, which would dramatically extend fatal radiation levels from fallout – possibly for years or even decades – since the burst of neutrons emitted in a nuclear blast could transform those metals into long-lived, highly radioactive chemicals sprinkled all over.

“What sort of sick bastards dream up this kind of weapon?” Lewis wrote, noting that such salted weapons were featured in the 1964 science-fiction Cold War parody film“Dr. Strangelove.”

To Lewis, it doesn’t necessarily matter whether Status-6 is real or a psychological bluff designed to prevent the US from attacking Russia or its allies.

“Simply announcing to the world that you find this to be a reasonable approach to deterrence should be enough to mark you out as a dangerous creep,” he said.

Rand Paul Makes a Fatal Mistake

 

Sen. Rand Paul, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, explains why he changed his mind and decided to vote to confirm CIA Director Mike Pompeo to shift to the position of Secretary of State. Paul spoke about his conversations with Pompeo and the president that changed his mind. He had been the only Republican senator holding out on supporting the president’s nominee.

“I’ve talked to Mike Pompeo again and again and again,” Paul said. “And I’ve talked to the president again and again. And what I hear from the president is no one is changing his mind, these wars were ill-advised, and his goal is to get us out of most of these wars. So, I actually want Trump to be Trump. I want people around him who will give him the advice, and not try to persuade him perpetual war is the answer.”

“[Pompeo] assures me that he does understand that the Iraq War was a mistake. I’d like to hear it a little more to others other than myself, but that’s what I’m hearing from him and the president,” he also said.

Paul said he also spoke to the president today about ending mass surveillance: “I haven’t been given anything, promised anything. I don’t get a bridge built somewhere, but I have asked that we consider the liberty of the individual in the Constitution, and I have been assured by the president that there will be a discussion… of things the administration can do to have Fourth Amendment protections for Americans.”

“So with all that being said, I’ve changed my mind,” Paul said. “I do take him at his word that he has incorporated the idea that the Iraq War was a mistake… I do think the country understands that the Afghan War has gone on for 18 years, and they’re ready for some other ideas. I hope they’ll let Trump be Trump and Pompeo will be a constructive influence.”

Antichrist Encourages Turnout for Iraq Elections

See the source imageIraq’s Shiite cleric urges active turnout for parliamentary elections

BAGHDAD, April 23 (Xinhua) — Iraq’s firebrand Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Monday called for the people of Iraq to actively participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections to rid the country of corruption.

A statement issued by Sadr office said that Sadr’s repeated calls for active turnout is aimed at eliminating Iraq from corruption and corrupt politicians.

Sadr followers are taking part in the competition for the parliament seats under a political party known as Istiqama, or Integrity Patriotic Party (IPP), headed by former lawmaker Jaafar al-Musawi.

IPP joined umbrella coalition under the name of Sa’iroun, which includes some smaller political groups, in addition to the Iraqi Communist Party.

Sadr followers held many massive rallies in the past few years. In one occasion, the protestors broke into part of the Green Zone, including storming the parliament building.

The popular protests forced Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to make some reforms, which first gained popular support, but with the passing of time the reforms fell short to convince demonstrators.

The vote of parliamentary election will be held on May 12, as 6,986 candidates will compete for the 329 seats in the Iraqi parliament.

This will be the first general election since Iraq’s historical victory over the Islamic State group in December last year.

Iraq’s previous general election was held on April 30, 2014, when the Iraqis elected 328 lawmakers for the parliament.

The threat of world war in Pakistan (Revelation 8)

World War 3: Pakistan is conspiring to ‘BREAK UP’ India, claims top New Delhi politician

INDIAN Home Minister Rajnath Singh has declared Pakistan is aiming to “break up” India by aiding militants to cross the volatile India-Pakistan border into the Hindu-majority country, in signs of growing tensions between the two south-Asian nations.

By Matthew Robinson 05:28, Mon, Apr 23, 2018 | UPDATED: 08:13, Mon, Apr 23, 2018

Expert: Tensions between India and Pakistan are ‘a disaster’

Mr Singh was speaking at a gathering at Diu in the Union Territory Daman and Diu on Saturday, when he criticised the actions of Pakistan.

The top lawmaker said: “We want to maintain good relations with all our neighbours.

“Our sages said the whole world is one family.

“We accept our neighbours as friends.”

Mr Singh noted that India wanted to maintain a friendly relationship with its neighbour
It is helping militants sneak into India, conspiring to break up India despite being a neighbour

The Minister however implied Pakistan was not cooperating with India, saying: “All neighbours are good except one which does not agree.

“You know which one.

“If this neighbour is not agreeing with us today, it will have to do so tomorrow.

“The entire international fraternity is putting pressure on it.

“It is helping militants sneak into India, conspiring to break up India despite being a neighbour.

“It should look at its own weaknesses.”

The politician also used his speech to praise the Indian armed forced for giving a proportionate and “befitting reply” to aggressions from Pakistan.

He said: “We told the Border Security Force (BSF) in September 2014 we should maintain good relations with neighbours, and also with Pakistan because it is our neighbour.”

Mr Singh stressed Indian military responses were simply reactive, and were not the source of the growing tensions.

He added: “I told the BSF and armed forces not to fire the first bullet, but when the other side fires, don’t count how many bullets you fire.”

At least two people were killed when a protest against the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl turned violent in Pakistan on January 10, police said, as a city scarred by child abuse erupted in fury

The lawmaker however warned India has shown its capability to attack its enemies not only in its own territory, but also on foreign soil.

Mr Singh noted while India wanted to maintain a friendly relationship with its neighbour, Pakistan “was not mending its ways”.

His remarks come just a week after the Indian and Pakistani armies were involved in violent clashes along the Line of Control, which resulted in unarmed civilians being killed and injured.

Both Pakistan and India possess nuclear weapons, but none of their weapons are currently deployed.

The Sixth Seal Long Overdue (Revelation 6:12)

ON THE MAP; Exploring the Fault Where the Next Big One May Be Waiting

By MARGO NASH

Published: March 25, 2001

Alexander Gates, a geology professor at Rutgers-Newark, is co-author of ”The Encyclopedia of Earthquakes and Volcanoes,” which will be published by Facts on File in July. He has been leading a four-year effort to remap an area known as the Sloatsburg Quadrangle, a 5-by-7-mile tract near Mahwah that crosses into New York State. The Ramapo Fault, which runs through it, was responsible for a big earthquake in 1884, and Dr. Gates warns that a recurrence is overdue. He recently talked about his findings.

Q. What have you found?

A. We’re basically looking at a lot more rock, and we’re looking at the fracturing and jointing in the bedrock and putting it on the maps. Any break in the rock is a fracture. If it has movement, then it’s a fault. There are a lot of faults that are offshoots of the Ramapo. Basically when there are faults, it means you had an earthquake that made it. So there was a lot of earthquake activity to produce these features. We are basically not in a period of earthquake activity along the Ramapo Fault now, but we can see that about six or seven times in history, about 250 million years ago, it had major earthquake activity. And because it’s such a fundamental zone of weakness, anytime anything happens, the Ramapo Fault goes.

Q. Where is the Ramapo Fault?

 A. The fault line is in western New Jersey and goes through a good chunk of the state, all the way down to Flemington. It goes right along where they put in the new 287. It continues northeast across the Hudson River right under the Indian Point power plant up into Westchester County. There are a lot of earthquakes rumbling around it every year, but not a big one for a while.

Q. Did you find anything that surprised you?

A. I found a lot of faults, splays that offshoot from the Ramapo that go 5 to 10 miles away from the fault. I have looked at the Ramapo Fault in other places too. I have seen splays 5 to 10 miles up into the Hudson Highlands. And you can see them right along the roadsides on 287. There’s been a lot of damage to those rocks, and obviously it was produced by fault activities. All of these faults have earthquake potential.

Q. Describe the 1884 earthquake.

A. It was in the northern part of the state near the Sloatsburg area. They didn’t have precise ways of describing the location then. There was lots of damage. Chimneys toppled over. But in 1884, it was a farming community, and there were not many people to be injured. Nobody appears to have written an account of the numbers who were injured.

Q. What lessons we can learn from previous earthquakes?

A. In 1960, the city of Agadir in Morocco had a 6.2 earthquake that killed 12,000 people, a third of the population, and injured a third more. I think it was because the city was unprepared.There had been an earthquake in the area 200 years before. But people discounted the possibility of a recurrence. Here in New Jersey, we should not make the same mistake. We should not forget that we had a 5.4 earthquake 117 years ago. The recurrence interval for an earthquake of that magnitude is every 50 years, and we are overdue. The Agadir was a 6.2, and a 5.4 to a 6.2 isn’t that big a jump.

Q. What are the dangers of a quake that size?

A. When you’re in a flat area in a wooden house it’s obviously not as dangerous, although it could cut off a gas line that could explode. There’s a real problem with infrastructure that is crumbling, like the bridges with crumbling cement. There’s a real danger we could wind up with our water supplies and electricity cut off if a sizable earthquake goes off. The best thing is to have regular upkeep and keep up new building codes. The new buildings will be O.K. But there is a sense of complacency.

MARGO NASH

Photo: Alexander Gates, a Rutgers geologist, is mapping a part of the Ramapo Fault, site of previous earthquakes. (John W. Wheeler for The New York Times)