The Sixth Seal: More Than Just Manhattan (Revelation 6:12)

New York, NY – In a Quake, Brooklyn Would Shake More Than Manhattan

By Brooklyn Eagle

And Brooklyn, resting on sediment, would shake more than Manhattan, built on solid rock. “There would be more shaking and more damage,” Dr. Kim told the Brooklyn Eagle on Wednesday.

If an earthquake of a similar magnitude were to happen today near Brooklyn, “Many chimneys would topple. Poorly maintained buildings would fall down – some buildings are falling down now even without any shaking. People would not be hit by collapsing buildings, but they would be hit by falling debris. We need to get some of these buildings fixed,” he said.

But a 5.2 is “not comparable to Haiti,” he said. “That was huge.” Haiti’s devastating earthquake measured 7.0.

Brooklyn has a different environment than Haiti, and that makes all the difference, he said. Haiti is situated near tectonic plate.

“The Caribbean plate is moving to the east, while the North American plate is moving towards the west. They move about 20 mm – slightly less than an inch – every year.” The plates are sliding past each other, and the movement is not smooth, leading to jolts, he said.

While we don’t have the opportunity for a large jolt in Brooklyn, we do have small, frequent quakes of a magnitude of 2 or 3 on the Richter Scale. In 2001 alone the city experienced two quakes: one in January, measuring 2.4, and one in October, measuring 2.6. The October quake, occurring soon after Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, “caused a lot of panic,” Dr. Kim said.

“People ask me, ‘Should I get earthquake insurance?’ I tell them no, earthquake insurance is expensive. Instead, use that money to fix chimneys and other things. Rather than panicky preparations, use common sense to make things better.”

Secure bookcases to the wall and make sure hanging furniture does not fall down, Dr. Kim said. “If you have antique porcelains or dishes, make sure they’re safely stored. In California, everything is anchored to the ground.”

While a small earthquake in Brooklyn may cause panic, “In California, a quake of magnitude 2 is called a micro-quake,” he added.

Israel Seems Confident that Iran is the Instigator

Mossad chief: Iran definitely behind attacks on Gulf oil sites, embassy in Iraq

In extensive speech, Yossi Cohen warns of threat posed by Tehran enriching uranium past limits set by 2015 nuclear agreement

By Judah Ari Gross Today, 1:20 pm

The head of the Mossad intelligence service declared unequivocally on Monday that Iran was responsible for a series of strikes on oil facilities and ships in the Persian Gulf in recent months, as well as an attack on the Bahraini embassy in Baghdad last week.

“I say to you, with certainty, based on the best sources of both Israeli and Western espionage, that Iran is behind these attacks. They were approved by Iranian leadership and carried out, in large part, by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its proxies,” Yossi Cohen said, speaking at Israel’s Interdisciplinary Center’s Herzliya Conference.

Iran has been accused by the United States and other countries in the Gulf of being directly or indirectly responsible for the attacks on the oil facilities, including most recently on two tankers in the waters off the coast of the United Arab Emirates last month.

Cohen’s comments were the first time the Mossad has publicly accused Iran of being responsible for those attacks and for the violent protests around the embassy in Iraq, which was reportedly carried out by supporters of Iran-backed militias in the country in response to Bahrain hosting a United States-led economic peace conference last week.

“Despite being different types of targets in different locations, they are part of the same campaign being led by the same figure,” Cohen said.

He accused Tehran of trying “to start a fire” in in the Middle East.

The Mossad chief warned that Iran was extending the range of its activities and had established a 300-person cell inside Africa for that purpose. Cohen also noted that Iran has been accused of conducting and planning a number of terrorist activities inside Europe in recent years.

Cohen rejected claims that Iran was interested in dialogue and diplomacy with the West regarding its nuclear program and destabilizing activities in the region. “Iran is pulling [the world] in the opposite direction,” he said.

The speech by Cohen, who is less camera-shy than his predecessors, was one of his longest and most extensive since he was named to the position in 2016.

In an apparent reference to reported Israeli strikes on Iranian targets in Syria early Monday, the head of the Mossad said Israel was not interested in a conflict with its neighbor.

“But we can’t agree to Syria becoming a staging ground for Iranian forces or forces operated by it against us. We can’t agree to Syria becoming a logistics base for transferring weapons to Hezbollah and Lebanon. Israel has taken action in the past four years, overtly and covertly, about which only a small amount has been published, in order to block the entrenchment and the production lines of precision-guided munitions,” he said.

“Thanks to this effort, I believe the Iranians will reach the conclusion that it’s not worth it for them.”

According to Cohen, Iran and its proxy Hezbollah in Syria have started moving their forces farther from the border with Israel in a bid to avoid further strikes by the Israeli military.

“Iran and Hezbollah are asking to move their bases to northern Syria, an area that they mistakenly believe will be difficult for us to reach. In addition, they are establishing bases and precision missile factories in Iraq, to the east, and Lebanon, to the west,” he said.

Israel has for years warned that Iran and Hezbollah were attempting to establish factories in Lebanon to produce precision-guided missiles, which would present a far greater threat to Israel than the less advanced projectiles that currently fill the terror group’s arsenals.

Exceeding nuclear limits

The Mossad chief noted that Iran was on track to exceed the limits on uranium enrichment set by the 2015 nuclear deal (shortly after his speech Tehran announced that it had indeed exceeded that limit), known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Since US President Donald Trump abandoned the nuclear deal last year, Tehran has threatened to begin enriching uranium to levels and quantities beyond the agreement.

“The threat is that Iran will step up the enrichment and the amounts. Imagine if Iran gets military-grade uranium and then an actual bomb,” Cohen said.

“The Middle East and, I think, the world will look different if this happens, so the world can’t allow this to happen,” he added.

The Mossad chief dismissed claims that Iran’s nuclear program was for peaceful purposes, like medicine.

“There is nothing innocent in Iran’s actions in general and in its nuclear project in particular,” he said. “All claims that the enriched uranium is for research or power are a total lie.”

Cohen lauded his service for conducting a 2018 operation to steal what Israel said was Iran’s secret nuclear archive, containing the Islamic Republic’s mothballed plans to construct a nuclear weapon.

The Mossad chief said six Mossad agents — two women and four men — would be receiving the 2019 Israel Security Prize for their work in conducting the operation.

“In James Bond movies, one person saves the world at the last minute again and again. In the Mossad, it’s groups of men and women,” he said.

Rare opportunity

In his wide-ranging speech, Cohen also said his intelligence service had identified a potentially once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reach a regional peace agreement.

“We created a task force that is focused on the field of foreign policy and strategy that is meant to advance [the cause of peace] with the various tools at the disposal of the Mossad and outside it,” he said.

“The Mossad has identified at this time a rare opportunity — perhaps the first in the history of the Middle East — to reach a regional understanding that would lead to an inclusive regional peace agreement.”

According to Cohen, this opportunity comes from shared interest with countries throughout the region in fighting Iran and Islamic terror groups, like the Islamic State, and from the close relations with the White House and the Kremlin.

“This creates a window of opportunity that is perhaps once-in-a-lifetime,” he said.

The Threat of World War 3 Looms (Revelation 16)

Fears of total war surge as Iran prepares to exceed nuclear deal uranium stockpile limit

FEARS of open conflict in the Middle East surged after Iran indicated it could violate the 2015 nuclear deal it agreed by stockpiling more than 300kg of enriched uranium.

By James Bickerton 03:41, Sun, Jun 30, 2019 | UPDATED: 15:49, Sun, Jun 30, 2019

Iran: EU warned about uranium stockpile claims spokesman

The news was announced by the Fars news agency which is closely linked to the Iranian government. President Trump withdrew the US from the Iran nuclear deal in May last year and reimposed sanctions on Iran. A group of EU countries have launched a new trade vehicle, called the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX), to allow trade with Iran to continue whilst dodging US sanctions.

Fars quoted a senior Iranian official as saying the country would “soon” possess over 300kg of low grade enriched uranium.

Enriched uranium is a key component in making nuclear weapons, though Iran has always insisted its nuclear programme is peaceful.

Speaking to Fars the official commented: “Iran is determined to cut its commitments to the deal and the 300kg enriched uranium limit will be soon breached.”

However Iran would need to increase its enriched uranium stockpiles well beyond 300kg to build a nuclear weapon.

Iran news: Donald Trump pulled the US out of the Iran nuclear deal in May 2018 (Image: GETTY )

It would also have to enrich to a much higher extent than it has done so far.

Trump took America out of the Iran nuclear deal last year claiming Tehran was violating its spirit by continuing to develop ballistic missiles and backing terror groups across the Middle East.

He commented: “It is clear to me that we cannot prevent an Iranian nuclear bomb under the decaying and rotten structure of this deal.

“The Iran deal is defective to its core.”

Iran has denied responsibility for a series of attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman (Image: GETTY )

Iran feels it’s under attack from US claims Lazare

However the UK, EU, France, Germany, Russia and China, who had also signed up to the deal, continued to support it.

Tensions between the US and Iran have surged this month following a series of attacks on oil tankers passing through the Gulf of Oman.

Iran has consistently denied any involvement in the incidents.

President Trump also considered a military response after an unmanned US drone was shot down by Iranian forces.

He later claimed he’d cancelled the attack after being told it would result in 150 Iranian deaths.

Netanyahu Threatens Strike Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu Hails Bahraini FM’s Statement on ‘Israel’, Threatens of Imminent Strike on Gaza

June 30, 2019

The Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the statements of the Bahraini foreign minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa who said ‘Israel’ was part of the Middle East and that he hoped for peace with the Zionist entity.

At the beginning of the Israeli cabinet session, Netanyahu said that the enemy imposed strict measures on Gaza, including a ban on providing the Strip with fuel oil, threatening of launching an imminent military strike on Gaza.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

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A Shaking Before the Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

Was There an Earthquake in New York City Last Night? Yes—But You Almost Definitely Didn’t Feel It

File photo: This image shows the Queensboro

Believe it or not, an earthquake struck just a couple of miles off Manhattan island on Tuesday at 7.26 p.m. ET.

If you missed it, you certainly weren’t alone. The tiny rumble—which hit Long Island City, Queens—registered a measly magnitude of just 0.9, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported.

The quake struck at an approximate depth of 1.2 miles, the agency added.

Magnitude describes the energy released at an earthquake’s focus. It is pinpointed by seismographs—machines buried deep underground that monitor motion.

Intensity describes how strong the shaking caused by a quake is at a particular location. Scientists work out intensity from the effect of this shaking on people, buildings and the environment, the USGS states on its website.

Geologists describe intensity using a scale known as the “Typical Maximum Modified Mercalli Intensity” (TMMI).

Earthquakes of such a small size are rarely noticed by people. The USGS notes quakes between magnitude one and three typically produce a reading of “I” on this intensity scale. They are usually only felt by a few people who happen to be experiencing “especially favorable conditions.”

The magnitude of New York’s earthquake was so small it wasn’t even included on the USGS’s worldwide list of the latest earthquakes.

This Google Maps screenshot indicates the approximate location of a small earthquake that hit Long Island City, Queens, Tuesday June 25, 2019. According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake hit near 40.752°N 73.949°W.Google Maps

A larger earthquake with a magnitude between 3 and 3.9 would produce more intense effects—a TMMI of II or III. On the lower end of the scale, people on the upper floors of buildings might notice such a quake if they happen to be resting.

On the upper end, a quake may be “quite noticeable” to people inside buildings. But they may not realize they are experiencing an earthquake, the agency notes.

Between magnitude 4 and 4.9, earthquakes typically become much more noticeable, disturbing crockery, windows and doors, and making motor vehicles visibly rock. More intense earthquakes will wake up most sleepers, knock objects over and even stop pendulum clocks.

At magnitude 5 to 5.9, more intense shaking may start to damage buildings—especially those of poor construction or design. Everyone would typically feel an earthquake of this magnitude.

Between magnitude 6 and 6.9, intense shaking may cause considerable damage, even to well-built structures. Heavy furniture, chimneys, columns and even walls may fall.

At a magnitude of 7 or higher, damage to buildings from an earthquake can range from minor in well-built structures, to total. Depending on the intensity of a quake, even well-built wooden structures may be destroyed. Bridges and railway lines could bend and the majority of masonry buildings could fall.

Small earthquakes are felt every couple of years in the New York-Philadelphia-Wilmington urban corridor, according to the USGS.

More than 550 earthquakes have been felt in New York since 1737, according to the Northeast States Emergency Consortium. But only two of these have caused notable damage to New York City itself.

An earthquake that struck the city on December 18, 1737, damaged several chimneys. A better-studied quake on August 10, 1884, cracked plaster and broke windows throughout the city, the consortium noted.

More Fires From Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

Gazan arson balloon sparks fire in southern Israel

Attack comes a day after Israel and Hamas renewed unofficial truce said to include halt of incendiary devices launched across border

By TOI staff29 Jun 2019, 6:47 pm

An arson balloon launched from the Gaza Strip ignited a fire Saturday near Kibbutz Nir Am in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council, marking a breach in an unofficial truce renewed on Friday between Israel and Hamas.

Israel’s firefighting teams arrived on the scene and extinguished the blaze.

The latest incident came after incendiary balloons from Gaza sparked 14 fires Friday in southern Israel, hours after Israel granted a number of economic concessions to the Strip in exchange for an end to arson attacks and other violence along the border.

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This week approximately 100 fires were started by balloon-borne arson devices launched from Gaza, according to figures from the local fire departments.

In response to the ongoing attacks —  a breach of an unofficial ceasefire agreement between Israel and Gaza terror groups — Israel halted the flow of gasoline and diesel fuel into the Strip on Tuesday, a move that drew criticism from human rights advocates who condemned it as collective punishment.

On Friday, as part of a renewed truce agreement, an unnamed Israeli official confirmed that Israel had resumed fuel deliveries that were cut off earlier in the week and extended the fishing zone up to 15 nautical miles from 10.

The official said that in return, Hamas “promised to halt the attacks on Israel,” a reference to incendiary balloons launched from the enclave.

Palestinians prepare arson balloons near the city of Jabalia in the Gaza Strip, June 25, 2019. (Hassan Jedi/Flash90)

Israel does not officially recognize ceasefire deals or negotiations with Hamas, an Islamist terror group that rules Gaza and seeks to destroy Israel.

There have been no injuries reported in the blazes, most of which have occurred in agricultural fields and grasslands, but the fires have caused significant damage to crops and wildlife.

Earlier Saturday, two Palestinians were apprehended close to the security fence in northern Gaza with four knives and a set of bolt cutters, according to the Israeli army.

Overnight Friday-Saturday, two Palestinians were nabbed with a pair of knives in the south of Gaza.

And on Friday, Gaza health officials said Israeli security forces shot and injured 50 Palestinians at the border during riots and mass demonstrations involving some 7,000 protesters, which also saw a military jeep set ablaze by an explosive device thrown by protesters.

Palestinians clash with Israeli forces on the Israel-Gaza border near Gaza City, June 28, 2019. (Hassan Jedi/Flash90)

There were no reported Israeli injuries.

The Hamas-run health ministry said 19 Palestinians were injured by live fire, and said Israeli troops also injured eight paramedic volunteers and one journalist. It was unclear how the remainder of the reported 50 individuals injured sustained their wounds.

This week’s halting of fuel shipments marked a shift for Israel. Over the past several weeks, the government has used various restrictions on the size of the Strip’s fishing zone as its primary method of retaliating for the arson attacks.

Earlier this month saw a fresh surge in serious violence between the two sides, including two nights of rocket attacks and retaliatory Israeli air force strikes.

Trump Pushes the Iranian Horn Even Harder

Trump’s newest hard hitting sanctions target Iran’s $200 B economic trade

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The Trump administration’s newest sanctions against Iran reinstate an embargo on a few of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s leading companies that President Barack Obama lifted as a part of the nuclear deal and will further expose the Iranian dictator’s corrupt economic empire.

Khamenei oversees a vast community of corporate and monetary assets worth $200 billion, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies estimates. Trump signed a government order this week giving the Treasury Department broad powers to sanction Khamenei, those tied to him, and anybody doing enterprise with him.

The three most beneficial organizations in Khamenei’s financial network are the Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order (also known as EIKO, or Setad in Farsi), the Mostazafan Foundation, and Astan Quds Razavi. The regime consolidated these bonyads, Farsi for “foundations,” in the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, by which Khamenei’s predecessor, Ruhollah Khomeini, seized thousands of real estate belongings after his followers overthrew the government of the Western-backed shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Officially, the bonyads function the equal of not-for-profit organizations.

Today, bonyads act as fronts for massive holding firms and are run by officials handpicked by Khamenei. Of those organizations, Khamenei keeps a very tight grip on Setad, which saw important development after he was put in as supreme chief in 1989. It’s believed to control belongings in almost every sector of the Iranian economy, from banks and power plants to building and soft drinks firms, with an estimated value of $95 billion, in line with a 2013 Reuters report.