New York … We Have A Problem (Revelation 6:12)

Minor quake centered in Powhatan was felt as far north as N.Y.
The Big One: The Sixth Seal
The Big One: The Sixth Seal
The Big One: The Sixth Seal
Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2014 10:30 pm | Updated: 11:40 pm, Fri May 23, 2014.
BY MARK BOWES Richmond Times-Dispatch
A relatively minor earthquake centered in Powhatan County was felt as far north as New York, but aside from jarred nerves and shaking buildings, the tremors caused no major problems, emergencies, damage or injuries in central Virginia, authorities said.
The magnitude-3.2 quake that occurred at 9:47 p.m. Wednesday was too small to cause any serious damage, said Don Blakeman, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Earthquake Center in Golden, Colo.
“The only kind of damage that would happen with something like this would be if there was something in someone’s house that was very precariously located — like something on the edge of a shelf,” Blakeman said. “You would not get structural damage or window breakage or anything like that.”
The quake’s epicenter was near the 1800 block of Nichols Road (state Route 650), just south of Deep Creek in Powhatan, according to latitude and longitude coordinates calculated by the agency.
“We can get these kind of quakes almost anywhere in the U.S.,” Blakeman said. “And they can happen every year or two, easily.”
Earthquakes of such magnitude can alarm residents who rarely experience them, Blakeman said, “but in terms of effects, it’s not a big deal.”
As of 5:30 p.m. Thursday, more than 1,900 people had posted responses about the quake on the agency’s website, which offers a “Did you feel it?” section. The large majority were Virginia residents, the most coming from Powhatan with 240 responses.
But three dozen people reported experiencing the quake in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Delaware, West Virginia, the District of Columbia and North Carolina.
Several central Virginia residents said what made Wednesday’s quake a little different than ones they previously experienced was the loud booming noise at the end of it. Residents said they felt tremors or rumbling lasting from a few seconds up to 20 seconds.
“Things started shaking like you’d think it was an earthquake or a heavy truck going down the road,” said Powhatan Undersheriff Chris DeHart. “But right at the end of it, there was kind of like a loud boom.”
Dehart said he initially believed something had exploded. But when he contacted Powhatan emergency communications he learned that residents from all over the county had called. That, he said, “pretty much” confirmed it was an earthquake.
“It was a little unnerving … (but) a little exciting,” said Tracy Cifers, manager of the County Seat restaurant across from the Powhatan Court House.
Cifers said she heard and felt a rumbling noise that lasted about five seconds.
Catherine Callis said she was home when she noticed a collection of dolls shaking on a shelf, and then her children ran from their rooms. Her boyfriend, James Garrigan, said the tremor lasted about 20 seconds and sounded like “heavy thunder or a freight train rolling by.”
“I definitely knew what it was,” Garrigan said.
Lindsay Tharp, an employee of the Four Seasons restaurant across from the Powhatan Courthouse, said she was closing the business with other workers when the quake rumbled. At first she thought the sound was a co-worker rolling a mop bucket across the floor, and then noticed that the bucket was bouncing.
“What did you do,” Tharp said she asked her co-worker. He said, “I didn’t do anything. Did we just have an earthquake?”
“Maybe,” Tharp replied. “Or your mop bucket is just really, really loud.”
Tharp said she didn’t think it was an earthquake until after the shaking stopped.
Powhatan Sheriff’s Investigator Jason Tackett said he heard a loud roar as his house shook for 15 to 18 seconds. “That’s about the fourth or fifth time we’ve had that out here in the last five or ten years,” he noted.
Melissa Jones, a clerk at KB’s Pit Stop on Clementon Road in Amelia, said she was home with her three children when she heard a loud boom and the house began to shake. “I thought somebody ran off the road and hit the house,” she said.
Jones said it wasn’t until she called her husband that she realized an earthquake had struck.
Blakeman said central Virginia could experience a few aftershocks in coming days or weeks, but it’s not a given.
“We very often see quakes this size that are individual (events) — they are just single quakes and that’s all you see for a while,” he said. “But it is certainly possible that there could be a couple of aftershocks after this … that are smaller in magnitude than the main quake.”
Blakeman said it’s also possible that a larger quake could occur, “but that chance isn’t necessarily increased by (Wednesday’s) quake.”
“But that’s not something that I would worry about,” he added. “The fact that this one happened doesn’t mean that something else is imminent.”

The Sunni’s Concern About The Antichrist’s Men (Revelation 13:18)

Legalizing Iraq’s Shiite mobilization forces

The Popular Mobilization – and without any exaggerations or intimidation – is a structure that’s deeply into Khomeini ideals, sectarianism and financial corruption. It wants to follow the example of its counterpart, the Revolutionary Guard, or the guards of Khomeini revolution in Iran. Iran’s revolutionary guards are in control of the state as they’re in control of arms, money, media outlets, hawza programs, ayatollahs, banks, ports, oil, gas, foreign policy and everything else.
Iraq is not like Iran despite attempts by former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and his comrades among the leaders of Iraqi Shiite parties to transform it. There is the independent Kurdish bloc, the Peshmerga, with its government, region and army. There are also Arab Sunni powers and although they’re dispersed now, this will not last forever as it’s only due to current circumstances and this will end once the circumstances change. Finally, there is a big percentage of Iraqi civil nationalists who reject the governance of fundamental groups, whether Sunnis or Shiites, and they are the spirit of the awaited Iraq.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi would have gained glory and won the Iraqis’ support and love if he had rejected this law legalizing the Popular Mobilization Units.
Unfortunately, he did not reject it but only minded it a little bit requesting them to be patient before approving it and transfering the law to the cabinet. However Shiite parties did not listen to him and the law was passed amid Sunni MPs and other MPs’ boycotted the session. The law passed support from the MPs of Maliki’s, Ammar al-Hakim’s, Muqtada al-Sadr’s and other Shiite leaders’ blocs, and Abadi therefore giving their blessing for the move.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi would have gained glory and won the Iraqis’ support and love if he had rejected this law legalizing the Popular Mobilization Units
Mshari Al Thaydi
All proposals to postpone passing the law were rejected and all suggestions to amend it were prohibited. Some Sunni MPs’ suggestions proposed allotting 40 percent of the units’ fighters to Sunni tribes.
Relentless attempts
Saleh al-Mutlaq, former deputy prime minister and leader of Al-Arabiya Coalition, said passing the law “ends the dream of the civil state which the Iraqis dream of.” The law is dangerous and it seriously tampers with the structure of the Iraqi state and paves way for continuous strife that may conclude with dividing Iraq or sustaining tensions and civil war as it creates a perfect atmosphere for sectarianism and transform Iraq into a Shiite state where others, mainly Sunni Arabs live under mercy and tutelage of others – that is if they live at all.
There are relentless attempts to fortify the criminal sectarian mobilization forces from being legally pursued after its involvement in bloodshed and violent practices which resemble ISIS’ has been proven. The approved law’s fourth article allows the Popular Mobilization to militarily act to confront any armed practices and to protect the government and the regime.
Shiite Al-Fadila bloc MP Hassan al-Shammari had requested providing legal immunity to the Popular Mobilization forces if they fight against ISIS and liberate areas occupied by the latter.
This law “destroys national partnership” like Sunni powers and other powers in Iraq said. By the way, I do not know how “brother” Salim al-Jabouri, the Brotherhood Islamist figure who is the speaker of parliament, explains passing this poisonous law.
Peace be upon Iraq.
This article was first published in Asharq al-Awsat on November 28, 2016.
Saudi journalist Mshari Al Thaydi presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Al Thaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists.
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The Antichrist and the Hashd al-Shaabi (Revelation 13:18)

Move comes 2 days after parliament votes to incorporate Hashd al-Shaabi into Iraqi armed forces
By Ali Shekhu
According to al-Jabouri’s office, al-Sadr’s raft of recommendations included suggestions for streamlining the Hashd al-Shaabi’s operations, financially and administratively.
Al-Sadr had also emphasized that group members “should not be affiliated with any political faction”, al-Jabouri’s office said in the statement.
The State Department said Monday that the decision was an “internal Iraqi matter” but expressed concerns and wanted things to be settled in a way that “doesn’t further inflame sectarian tensions”.
The Hashd al-Shaabi has stirred controversy, however, with some of its members having been accused of committing abuses against Sunni civilians in areas they had “liberated” from Daesh.
Iraq’s security situation has deteriorated markedly since mid-2014, when Daesh captured the city of Mosul — now the target of a wide-ranging military campaign — and overran vast swathes of territory in northern and western Iraq.
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1884 A Forewarning Of The Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

The Coney Island earthquake of 1884

Seismograph of New York Earthquake 1884
Seismograph of New York Earthquake 1884
January 20, 2010
New York City isn’t immune to earthquakes; a couple of small tremors measuring about 2.5 on the Richter scale even struck back in 2001 and 2002.
The quake was subsequently thought to have been centered off Far Rockaway or Coney Island.
Translation: We’re about 30 years overdue. Lucky for us the city adopted earthquake-resistant building codes in 1995.