We really are due for the sixth seal: Revelation 6:12

Opinion/Al Southwick: Could an earthquake really rock New England? We are 265 years overdue

On Nov. 8, a 3.6 magnitude earthquake struck Buzzard’s Bay off the coast of New Bedford. Reverberations were felt up to 100 miles away, across Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and parts of Connecticut and New York. News outlets scrambled to interview local residents who felt the ground shake their homes. Seismologists explained that New England earthquakes, while uncommon and usually minor, are by no means unheard of.

The last bad one we had took place on Nov. 18, 1755, a date long remembered.

It’s sometimes called the Boston Earthquake and sometimes the Cape Ann Earthquake. Its epicenter is thought to have been in the Atlantic Ocean about 25 miles east of Gloucester. Estimates say that it would have registered between 6.0 and 6.3 on the modern Richter scale. It was an occasion to remember as chronicled by John E. Ebel, director of the Weston observatory of Boston College:

“At about 4:30 in the morning on 18 November, 1755, a strong earthquake rocked the New England area. Observers reported damage to chimneys, brick buildings and stone walls in coastal communities from Portland, Maine to south of Boston … Chimneys were also damaged as far away as Springfield, Massachusetts, and New Haven, Connecticut. The earthquake was felt at Halifax, Nova Scotia to the northeast, Lake Champlain to the northwest, and Winyah, South Carolina to the southwest. The crew of a ship in deep water about 70 leagues east of Boston thought it had run aground and only realized it had felt an earthquake after it arrived at Boston later that same day.

“The 1755 earthquake rocked Boston, with the shaking lasting more than a minute. According to contemporary reports, as many as 1,500 chimneys were shattered or thrown down in part, the gable ends of about 15 brick buildings were broken out, and some church steeples ended up tilted due to the shaking. Falling chimney bricks created holes in the roofs of some houses. Some streets, particularly those on manmade ground along the water, were so covered with bricks and debris that passage by horse-drawn carriage was impossible. Many homes lost china and glassware that was thrown from shelves and shattered. A distiller’s cistern filled with liquor broke apart and lost its contents.”

We don’t have many details of the earthquake’s impact here, there being no newspaper in Worcester County at that time. We do know that one man, Christian Angel, working in a “silver” mine in Sterling, was buried alive when the ground shook. He is the only known fatality in these parts. We can assume that, if the quake shook down chimneys in Springfield and New Haven, it did even more damage hereabouts. We can imagine the cries of alarm and the feeling of panic as trees swayed violently, fields and meadows trembled underfoot and pottery fell off shelves and crashed below.

The Boston Earthquake was an aftershock from the gigantic Lisbon Earthquake that had leveled Lisbon, Portugal, a few days before. That cataclysm, estimated as an 8 or 9 on the modern Richter scale, was the most devastating natural catastrophe to hit western Europe since Roman times. The first shock struck on Nov. 1, at about 9 in the morning.

According to one account: ”Suddenly the city began to shudder violently, its tall medieval spires waving like a cornfield in the breeze … In the ancient cathedral, the Basilica de Santa Maria, the nave rocked and the massive chandeliers began swinging crazily. . . . Then came a second, even more powerful shock. And with it, the ornate façade of every great building in the square … broke away and cascaded forward.”

Until that moment, Lisbon had been one of the leading cities in western Europe, right up there with London and Paris. With 250,000 people, it was a center of culture, financial activity and exploration. Within minutes it was reduced to smoky, dusty rubble punctuated by human groans and screams. An estimated 60,000 to 100,000 lost their lives.

Since then, New England has been mildly shaken by quakes from time to time. One series of tremors on March 1, 1925, was felt throughout Worcester County, from Fitchburg to Worcester, and caused a lot of speculation.

What if another quake like that in 1755 hit New England today? What would happen? That question was studied 15 years ago by the Massachusetts Civil Defense Agency. Its report is sobering:

“The occurrence of a Richter magnitude 6.25 earthquake off Cape Ann, Massachusetts … would cause damage in the range of 2 to 10 billion dollars … in the Boston metropolitan area (within Route 128) due to ground shaking, with significant additional losses due to secondary effects such as soil liquefaction failures, fires and economic interruptions. Hundreds of deaths and thousands of major and minor injuries would be expected … Thousands of people could be displaced from their homes … Additional damage may also be experienced outside the 128 area, especially closer to the earthquake epicenter.”

So even if we don’t worry much about volcanoes, we know that hurricanes and tornadoes are always possible. As for earthquakes, they may not happen in this century or even in this millennium, but it is sobering to think that if the tectonic plates under Boston and Gloucester shift again, we could see a repeat of 1755.

At least 2 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Tires are set aflame during clashes
Tires are set aflame after Israeli forces target Palestinian refugee camp of Jenin in the occupied West Bank [Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP]

At least 2 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank

Ghada Ibrahim Sabatien killed near Bethlehem, according to Palestinian media reported, and a woman killed in Hebron after stabbing attack, Israeli police say.

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Two Palestinian women have been killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank, according to Israeli police and official Palestinian media.

A Palestinian woman was shot by Israeli forces near the city of Bethlehem, the Palestinian health ministry said on Sunday. The woman, aged in her 40s, died after she suffered a torn artery and massive blood loss, the ministry said.

She was identified as Ghada Ibrahim Sabatien, a widowed mother of six, the Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.

The Israeli army said troops fired warning shots in the air when a suspect approached and then “fired towards the suspect’s lower body”, near the southern town of Husan.

In the southern city of Hebron, a Palestinian woman stabbed and lightly wounded an Israeli border police officer before she was killed by Israeli forces, according to a statement by Israeli police.

Earlier, Israeli soldiers launched a raid for the second day running into the West Bank district of Jenin, home of the suspected attackers who launched recent deadly attacks in the Tel Aviv area. At least 10 people were wounded in confrontations in Jenin, as well as Jericho and Tulkarem.

Twenty-four arrests were made in various occupied West Bank cities, the Palestinian Prisoners Club announced.

Israeli soldiers in Tulkarem
Israeli troops take position in the Nur Shams Palestinian refugee camp in the northern occupied West Bank town of Tulkarem during a raid [Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP]

The military operation came after a man from Jenin allegedly killed three Israelis and wounded more than a dozen others in a popular Tel Aviv nightlife area on Thursday evening.

On Friday, Israel said it had killed the alleged attacker, Raad Hazem, 28.

A total of 14 people have been killed in four attacks in Israel since March 22, including another shooting incident in Bnei Brak, an Orthodox Jewish city near Tel Aviv.

Over the same period, at least 10 Palestinians have been killed.

On Saturday, the Israeli army and border police killed a 25-year-old Palestinian member of Islamic Jihad, the main Palestinian armed movement besides Hamas, in heavy gun battles.

Thirteen other Palestinians were wounded in the shooting on Saturday, according to the ministry, including a 19-year-old woman with a bullet to her stomach.

The Israeli army also raided the village of Burqin near Jenin on Saturday, reportedly in an operation to arrest former Palestinian prisoner Nour al-Din Hamada. Two injuries were reported in that raid.

Israeli vehicles are positioned at the entrance of the Nur Shams Palestinian refugee camp
Israeli military vehicles are positioned at the entrance of the Nur Shams refugee camp [Jaafar Ashtuyeh/AFP]

Israel has also restricted access to Jenin, closed Israeli crossings and stepped up security checks.

Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, and Islamic Jihad praised the Tel Aviv attack – drawing criticism from the United Nations – but did not claim responsibility. The attack was condemned by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

The recent violence has come amid heightened tensions during Ramadan, after violence flared during the Muslim holy month last year leading to 11 days of devastating conflict between Israel and Palestinian fighters in the Gaza Strip.

Following Thursday’s attack, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett gave security agencies “full freedom” to end the deadly violence that has surged since March 22 “in order to defeat terror”.

Political researcher and writer Mariam Barghouti told Al Jazeera in recent years Israel has been “intensifying and further brutalising its assault on Palestinians”.

“It’s gotten to a point where nobody is safe – not Palestinians with Israeli citizenship, not Palestinians in Gaza, not Palestinians in the West Bank, and not Palestinians in forced exile,” she said from Ramallah.

“And I really think the settler regime is reaching a point where it’s like, ‘We [Israel] either take it all now or we risk losing parts of the annexation’.”

Barghouti said there has been an “intensification of land seizures, burning Palestinian olive groves, mass detention and incarceration of politically active groups”.

Separately, Israel said it will be rebuilding a 40-km-long section of the separation barrier by replacing its wire sections with a concrete wall from the area of Salem to the Bat Hefer region near Tulkarem in the West Bank.

On Sunday, Israel’s security cabinet unanimously approved the NIS 360 million (USD112) plan to build the wall after it was submitted by Defence Minister Benny Gantz.

“The barrier will be comprised of concrete, protective equipment, and additional technological components. It will be up to 9 meters high and will replace the fence that was built about 20 years ago,” according to a statement by the Israeli Ministry of Defence.


Holy See is Clueless About Prophecy: Revelation 8

A child's gas mask lies in a former kindergarten classroom near the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine


Holy See: No place for nuclear weapons in collective security

The Pontifical Academy for Sciences issues a declaration calling for an end to the war in Ukraine and urging nations to avoid the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

By Devin Watkins

Participants in a conference on the risk of nuclear war have signed a statement appealing for nations to avoid recourse to nuclear weapons and to respect the territorial integrity and political independence of other States.

The declaration was released on Friday as part of an international conference hosted by the Pontifical Academy for Sciences (PAS) on the risk of nuclear war.

“Humankind is again confronted with a grave threat, arising from armed conflicts and the acute war that Russia has inflicted on Ukraine. The possibility of nuclear war has been raised by the aggressors.”

Excessive mistrust among nations

The statement’s signatories make known their opposition to the “terrible, inhuman, sacrilegious, and senseless war” in Ukraine, quoting the words of Pope Francis.

They warn especially against the various ways in which nuclear technology could cause mass devastation, including destructions of nuclear power plants, leakage of nuclear waste, the threat posed by nuclear posturing, and the use of nuclear weapons, even of so-called tactical ones.

The members of the PAS lament the rise in “mistrust and suspicion between nations” and call for more serious dialogue between the East and West.

“Serious inequities among nations and within nations, shortsighted national or partisan ambitions, and lust for power are the seeds of conflict which may lead to general and nuclear warfare.”

Scientific duty to improve life

The statement also warns against the use of chemical and biological weapons in Ukraine, as well as the misuse of robotics and artificial intelligence on the battlefield.

Scientists, add the signatories, must be used to help humanity “towards a life of flourishing, fulfilment, and peace,” rather than push it down the path of destructive war.

“It is the duty of scientists to speak out and help prevent the perversion of their achievements and to stress that the future of humankind depends on the acceptance by all nations of moral principles transcending all other considerations,” the statement reads.

Collective security without nuclear weapons

The Holy See statement then calls on world leaders to uphold their “grave responsibility” to avoid nuclear war and even the use of “excessive conventional forces.”

In nine points, the scientists urge all nations to refrain from threatening the territorial integrity and political independence of other nations; to avoid using force to settle conflicts; to offer shelter for refugees fleeing war; to cease the proliferation of nuclear weapons; to never preemptively use nuclear weapons and deescalate the arms race; to keep peaceful uses of nuclear energy from being used to build weapons; to do everything possible to reduce the possibility of nuclear war; and, to observe existing arms limitation agreements.

“Our goal must be to build a collective security system where nuclear weapons have no place.”

Duty of all to seek peace

Finally, the PAS members appeal to the international community to find a peaceful solution to the war in Ukraine.

Scientists, they urge, should do their part by employing their creativity to better human life, not worsen it.

Religious leaders, the statement adds, must continue to “proclaim forcefully and persistently the grave human issues at stake, so that these are fully understood and appreciated by society.”

And everyone, concludes the PAS statement, is called to reaffirm our faith in the “destiny of humankind,” while insisting that the duty to avoid war is a common responsibility.

The Iranian Horn Continues to Grow: Daniel 8

A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on September 4, 2021 shows Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi during and interview.
Iranian Presidency/AFPA handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on September 4, 2021 shows Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi during and interview.

Iranian president vows to continue uranium enrichment

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Comments come amid another stalemate in talks on nuclear deal

Iran will continue to enrich uranium as talks to salvage the nuclear deal with world powers are at a standstill, President Ebrahim Raisi said Saturday.

Eleven months of indirect talks between Iran and the United States in Vienna on reviving the 2015 deal stalled as both sides say political decisions are required by Tehran and Washington to settle the outstanding issues.

Speaking in a ceremony celebrating Iran’s national day of nuclear technology, the conservative Islamist said his administration will support an acceleration in research of “peaceful nuclear technology.” 

“Our knowledge and technology in the nuclear field is not reversible. Iran’s (continuation of) research in peaceful nuclear fields will not depend on others’ demands or viewpoints,” Raisi was quoted as saying by state media.

The US and Israel are concerned that Iran could be closer to a nuclear weapon.

The nuclear deal collapsed four years ago when former president Donald Trump withdrew the United States and imposed sanctions on Iran. In the meantime, Iran accomplished a significant expansion of its controversial nuclear program.

While Iran has insisted that its nuclear program has had peaceful purposes, US and Israel dismiss the claim.

China Accelerates Her Nuclear Horn: Daniel 7

China ‘accelerating’ nuclear programme over US threat: Report

WION Web Team

Washington Published: Apr 10, 2022, 12:05 PM(IST)

People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers salute in front of nuclear-capable missiles during a parade Photograph:( AFP )

Pentagon in a report had said that China is investing in ‘land, sea and air-based nuclear delivery platforms’ and has been also constructing infrastructure to support its nuclear expansion.

According to reports, the Chinese government has “accelerated” its nuclear weapons programme due to threats posed by the United States.

A Wall Street Journal report says the US government’s reluctance to directly enter the Ukraine war along with Xi regime’s emphasis on creating a credible deterrence has led China to work on expanding its nuclear arsenal.

The report comes even as the Pentagon had pointed out last year that the Chinese Communist Party aims to “modernise, diversify and expand” its nuclear forces.

The Pentagon report had said that China is investing in “land, sea and air-based nuclear delivery platforms” and also constructing infrastructure to support its nuclear expansion.

America reportedly has 3,750 nuclear warheads, however, the number of current nuclear weapon stockpiles under China is still not confirmed. Russia and the United States lead the world in nuclear weapons.

The US State Department had said earlier that the Biden administration had sought to engage China on arms control asserting that it was “ready and willing” and that it had made it known to Chinese authorities.

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan had said President Biden was keen to “carry forward discussions on strategic stability” with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Tensions between US and China have been at its peak over the past few years over Taiwan with President Xi claiming his regime will “unify” the island nation with the mainland by force if necessary.

China and US have also clashed over the South China Sea issue with US ships moving freely in the contested islands. In fact, Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison had said the Ukraine operation was “a moment of choice for China”.

Xi Jinping had met Russian President Vladimir Putin just days before the Ukraine invasion as the two leaders said their friendship had “no limits”.

(With inputs from Agencies)

Iranian Nuclear Horn Puts Pressure on the Americans: Daniel 8

Illustration shows Iran's and U.S.' flags

Iran imposes sanctions on 24 Americans as nuclear talks stall


Iran’s and U.S.’ flags are seen printed on paper in this illustration taken January 27, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

DUBAI, April 9 (Reuters) – Iran said on Saturday it had imposed sanctions on 24 more Americans, including former Army Chief of Staff George Casey and former President Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani, as months of talks to revive a 2015 nuclear deal have stalled.

Almost all the people named were officials who served during Trump’s administration, which imposed sanctions on Iranian officials, politicians and companies and withdrew the United States from Iran’s nuclear agreement with world powers.

In a statement carried by local media, the Iranian Foreign Ministry accused the sanctioned Americans – who also included several business figures and politicians – of supporting “terrorist groups and terrorist acts” against Iran, and Israel’s “repressive acts” in the region and against Palestinians.

Eleven months of indirect talks between Iran and the United States in Vienna on salvaging the 2015 deal have stalled as both sides say political decisions are required by Tehran and Washington to settle the remaining issues.

The sanctions let Iranian authorities seize any assets held by the individuals in Iran, but the apparent absence of such assets means the move will likely be symbolic.

Gen. Austin Scott Miller, former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, former U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and several former ambassadors are among the officials targeted by the new Iranian sanctions.

In a similar move announced in January, Iran imposed sanctions on 51 Americans, many of them from the U.S. military, over the 2020 killing of General Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike in Iraq.

Pakistan Ramps Up Her Nukes: Daniel 8

Watch: Pakistan Tests Shaheen-III, Its  Nuclear-Capable Missile With Longest Effective Range

Watch: Pakistan Tests Shaheen-III, Its Nuclear-Capable Missile With Longest Effective Range

by Swarajya Staff– Apr 9, 2022 02:58 PM +05:30 IST


Pakistan has tested its Shaheen-III nuclear-capable ballistic missile, which has a range of 2,750 kilometres, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the propaganda arm of the Pakistan military, has said.

Shaheen-III, a mobile, solid-fueled platform, has the longest effective range of all of Pakistan’s ballistic missile systems.

“The test flight was aimed at revalidating various design and technical parameters of the weapon system,” ISPR said.

Pakistan claims that the missile’s long range makes it capable of reaching the farthest point in India’s northeastern states and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the eastern Indian Ocean.

The missile, which was first tested in March 2015, is not operationally deployed.

However, the other two missiles in the Shaheen series — Shaheen-I and Shahee-II — are in service. While Shaheen-I has a range of 900 km, Shaheen-II can carry warheads up to a range of 1500 km.