The science behind the sixth seal: Revelation 6:12

The science behind the earthquake that shook Southern New England

Did you feel it? At 9:10 am EST Sunday morning, a Magnitude 3.6 earthquake struck just south of Bliss Corner, Massachusetts, which is a census-designated place in Dartmouth. If you felt it, report it!

While minor earthquakes do happen from time to time in New England, tremors that are felt by a large number of people and that cause damage are rare.

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The earthquake was originally measured as a magnitude 4.2 on the Richter scale by the United States Geological Surgey (USGS) before changing to a 3.6.

Earthquakes in New England and most places east of the Rocky Mountains are much different than the ones that occur along well-known fault lines in California and along the West Coast.

Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts fall nearly in the center of the North American Plate, one of 15 (seven primary, eight secondary) that cover the Earth.

Earth’s tectonic plates

Tectonic plates move ever-so-slowly, and as they either push into each other, pull apart, or slide side-by-side, earthquakes are possible within the bedrock, usually miles deep.

Most of New England’s and Long Island’s bedrock was assembled as continents collided to form a supercontinent 500-300 million years ago, raising the northern Appalachian Mountains.

Plate tectonics (Courtesy: Encyclopaedia Britannica)

Fault lines left over from the creation of the Appalachian Mountains can still lead to earthquakes locally, and many faults remain undetected. According to the USGS, few, if any, earthquakes in New England can be linked to named faults.

While earthquakes in New England are generally much weaker compared to those on defined fault lines, their reach is still impressive. Sunday’s 3.6 was felt in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and New Hampshire.

USGS Community Internet Intensity Map

While M 3.6 earthquakes rarely cause damage, some minor cracks were reported on social media from the shaking.

According to the USGS, moderately damaging earthquakes strike somewhere in the region every few decades, and smaller earthquakes are felt roughly twice a year.

The largest known New England earthquakes occurred in 1638 (magnitude 6.5) in Vermont or New Hampshire, and in 1755 (magnitude 5.8) offshore from Cape Ann northeast of Boston.

The most recent New England earthquake to cause moderate damage occurred in 1940 (magnitude 5.6) in central New Hampshire.

Iraq: coalition leader calls on the Antichrist to rise above leaks attributed to Al-Maliki

Former Prime Minister of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki (L) attends the funeral ceremony of Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Quds Forces, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, vice president of the Hashd al-Shaabi group, killed by US strike near Baghdad International Airport, in Baghdad, Iraq on January 4, 2020 [Murtadha Sudani / Anadolu Agency]

Iraq: coalition leader calls on Al-Sadr to rise above leaks attributed to Al-Maliki

July 20, 2022

Former Prime Minister of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki (L) attends the funeral ceremony of Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Forces, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, vice president of the Hashd al-Shaabi group, killed by US strike near Baghdad International Airport, in Baghdad, Iraq on January 4, 2020 [Murtadha Sudani / Anadolu Agency]

July 21, 2022 at 8:42 am 

The leader of Iraq’s Al-Fatah coalition has called on the leader of the Sadrist movement, Moqtada Al-Sadr, to rise above the comments contained in the leaked audio tapes attributed to former Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki. Al-Sadr accused the former prime minister of threatening to assassinate him. However, Hadi Al-Ameri described the leaks as an example of “media mired in inferiority.”

Speaking at Al-Ghadeer International Festival in Baghdad on Wednesday, Al-Ameri said: “I wish that our brother Muqtada Al-Sadr will rise above these recordings, and he is qualified to do so. We are thirsty for the return of lost credibility in the media, literature and art in all its forms.” The recordings, he added, are intended to “divide and destabilise.”

The Supreme Judicial Council in Iraq announced on Tuesday the opening of an investigation into the leaks after courts in Najaf, Baghdad, Basra and Dhi Qar received a number of complaints filed by lawyers and citizens. The leaks have sparked widespread outrage in the country, but Al-Maliki himself has called them “fake”.

The scandal comes at a time when Iraq is experiencing an ongoing political crisis due to sharp differences over the formation of the government.

Russian Horn could go nuclear if Ukraine strikes Crimea

Russia has increased its overall military nuclear stockpile by about 180 warheads, mainly due to deployment of more multi-warhead land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles and sea-launched ballistic missiles. Photo: AFP

Russia could go nuclear if Ukraine strikes Crimea

Russian President Medvedev has cryptically threatened ‘judgment day’ if Kiev strikes targets in occupied Crimea

by Stefan Wolff and  Tatyana Malyarenko July 20, 2022

As the war in Ukraine is about to head into its sixth month, the ferocity with which it is fought shows no signs of abating – neither on the battlefield nor in the rhetoric emerging from Moscow and Kiev.

Russian attacks continue to target Ukrainian cities such as Vinnytsia in western Ukraine that are far away from the front lines and those like Mykolaiv and Odesa that are of high strategic value in the battle over control of Ukraine’s Black Sea coast.

Meanwhile, the battle over Donbas has further intensified. Russia is currently regrouping its forces to capture the remainder of Ukrainian-held territory in the Donetsk region.

While Russia has steadily gained ground in the east, Ukraine launched a counter-offensive in May to regain control of the southern region of Kherson which is critical to Russia securing a land corridor to Crimea. Having recaptured more than 40 villages since the start of the campaign, Ukraine appears to now have some momentum on this frontline.

‘Judgment day’

Buoyed by advanced western weapons systems, especially the US-supplied HIMARS, Kiev has been able to target Russian command posts, storage depots, and supply lines at greater distance and with higher precision.

The prospect of deploying HIMARS to support the counteroffensive in Kherson prompted former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to threaten “judgment day” should Ukraine strike targets in Crimea.

The peninsula, home to Russia’s Black Sea fleet, was annexed by Moscow back in 2014 and has been extremely important in Russia’s war effort since February, especially as a launchpad for ground operations in the east, including the siege of Mariupol. More recently, the Kremlin has also used Crimea as a hub for the export of stolen Ukrainian grain.

Russia has repeatedly threatened doomsday scenarios of this kind. These were usually aimed at NATO, initially at weapons and ammunition supplies, then at troop deployments. Now Moscow seems to have accepted that they can do little about arms deliveries and are repositioning how these arms are used by Ukraine.

While one could argue that the west has crossed several Russian red lines before without any consequences, Medvedev’s most recent temper tantrum should not be dismissed so quickly. His use of the phrase “systemic threat” in relation to any attacks on Crimea points to one of the triggers for the use of nuclear weapons in Russia’s military doctrine.Alpha and Beta: Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (left) and President Vladimir Putin. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

According to Russian media, Medvedev, now deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council, used a speech to military veterans in the southern Russian city of Volgograd to promise “a doomsday, very quick and tough, immediately” if Ukrainian forces were to attack Crimea. While no other state has recognized Russia’s annexation of Crimea, Medvedev framed such a response as a legitimate reaction to an attack on Russian territory.

This narrative of defending “mother Russia” disguises how strategically important Crimea is for Russia and how dependent Moscow remains on secure staging areas and supply lines there if they want to ever advance further west on the Black Sea coast towards Odesa.

Increased attacks on Mykolaiv would suggest that this is still a possibility contemplated by the Kremlin in line with “stage-two” goals of the so-called special military operation in Ukraine, which include the complete “liberation” of Donbas and a land corridor from there along the Black Sea coast all the way to Ukraine’s border with Moldova.

With reference to Crimea, Moscow is now setting up another red line —- not for the west, but for Ukraine. And this creates a different, and potentially more dangerous, situation.

Autumn showdown

Part of this bigger picture is an expectation, on both sides, of a showdown in the autumn. Ukraine and Russia are both hoping to “freeze” the front lines in a favorable position before the resumption of any peace talks – likely to occur in the autumn – and before winter will make fighting more difficult. For that to happen, both sides need to mobilize more forces and replenish their equipment.

While Ukraine is closer to a general mobilization, Russia has so far avoided this and used volunteers and contractors, like the Wagner group to compensate for its manpower shortages.

Russia may have a much larger population – around 140 million compared to Ukraine’s 40 million – but lacks the kind of sophisticated military equipment that Ukraine has access to. Instead, Russia is increasingly relying on Soviet-era tanks and artillery. These may not have the same effectiveness as what NATO can supply, but their sheer number and ruthless use – including against civilian targets – could still overwhelm Ukrainian defenders.

The long-term prospects are not encouraging for either side. A protracted stalemate in Donbas is all but inevitable once Russia has conquered the remainder of the Donetsk region. When this happens it will have been at a very high cost to both sides and the civilians caught in the middle.

Russian artillery in action. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

In the north, Russia may make a new push to re-capture Kharkiv, while Ukraine may make further advances in its counteroffensive in Kherson. None of this will constitute the significant boost to morale that both sides need ahead of any major battle in the autumn.

This may increase the temptation for Ukraine to strike Russia’s bridge across the Kerch Strait to Crimea and for Russia to retaliate with tactical nuclear weapons. Because it would not constitute a direct attack on a NATO member but keep the war in Ukraine, Putin may have fewer qualms carrying out this threat.

Anyone relying on the Russian president’s “rationality” not to be capable of such a move only needs to look back at Russia actions in Ukraine over the past eight years to realize that this is not a safe bet.

Stefan Wolff is Professor of International Security, University of Birmingham and Tatyana Malyarenko is Professor of International Relations, National University Odesa Law Academy

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

AUKUS sub deal and the Australian Nuclear Horn: Daniel 7

By Liu Xuanzun and Guo YuandanUSS Connecticut File photo: VCG

AUKUS sub deal could involve transferring tons of weapons-grade nuke material: Chinese report

USS Connecticut File photo: VCGChina on Wednesday released a research report entitled The Nuclear Proliferation Risk of the Nuclear-powered Submarines Collaboration in the Context of AUKUS, the first report published by Chinese academic institutes to objectively analyze the serious risks of nuclear proliferation and multiple hazards caused by the AUKUS nuclear-powered submarine collaboration through detailed data and case studies.

Under AUKUS, the US and the UK are anticipated to provide Australia with eight nuclear-powered submarines involving the transfer of tons of weapons-grade nuclear materials which are enough to manufacture nearly a hundred nuclear weapons, experts warned.

Jointly released by the China Arms Control and Disarmament Association (CACDA) and the China Institute of Nuclear Industry Strategy (CINIS), the report said that the AUKUS nuclear-powered submarine collaboration has seriously violated the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), marking a blatant act of nuclear proliferation.

The AUKUS nuclear-powered submarine collaboration obviously serves a military purpose, making it a direct violation of the Statue of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the report said.

The proposed AUKUS collaboration also has other baneful effects, including having higher nuclear security risks and fueling a potential arms race in nuclear submarines, plus weakening the existing international missile export control regime because of the transfer of Tomahawk cruise missiles, according to the report.

On the announcement of AUKUS, the three countries emphasized that the US and the UK would not only assist Australia in building nuclear-powered submarines, but also provide it with long-range precision-strike capabilities including Tomahawk cruise missiles. The Tomahawk is an offensive nuclear-capable weapon developed by the US and has been deeply marked by US militarism since its inception. The deal this time will involve the latest version of the Tomahawk, with a range of 1,700 kilometers, far exceeding the maximum limit of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), despite the US, the UK and Australia being members and major advocates of the MTCR.

The report called on the international community to take joint actions to safeguard the global nuclear nonproliferation regime.

AUKUS is a new political and military alliance jointly created by the US and a few countries following the Five Eyes Alliance and the QUAD serving the US’ “Indo-Pacific Strategy,” which aims to provoke regional confrontation and splitting-up. It is engaged in a geopolitical zero-sum game, bringing new destabilizing factors to the international and regional situation, said Zhang Yan, president of the CACDA, at a press conference for the release of the report on Wednesday.

AUKUS involves a major and highly sensitive issue, which is the transfer of weapons-grade nuclear materials, Zhang said.

Weapons-grade nuclear materials are the basis for nuclear weapons. Both the US and the British nuclear-powered submarines use weapons-grade highly enriched uranium, Li Chijiang, CACDA vice president and secretary-general, told the Global Times on Wednesday at the press conference.

According to experts’ analyses, the US and the UK will build eight nuclear-powered submarines for Australia, involving the transfer of tons of weapons-grade nuclear materials enough to manufacture nearly a hundred nuclear weapons, marking the first time since the NPT came into force that nuclear-weapon states will transfer a large amount of weapons-grade nuclear materials to a non-nuclear-weapon state, setting a bad example and creating a serious risk of nuclear proliferation, Li said.

The AUKUS collaboration will damage the global strategic balance and stability, encourage other countries to join the nuclear arms race, escalate geopolitical tensions and bring the Asia-Pacific region to a wrong path of confrontation and splitting-up, completely opposite to the common appeal for development and prosperity by countries in the region, Li said.

“It is our hope that this report will facilitate China and the international community to accurately and comprehensively understand the situation, and communicate from an academic perspective the concerns of Chinese think tanks and scholars over nuclear proliferation risks and their commitment to safeguarding world peace and stability,” said Pan Qilong, chairman of the CINIS, at the press conference.

The US, the UK and Australia should respond to the concerns of the international community, carry out international obligations of nuclear nonproliferation, and cancel the wrong decision for the collaboration on nuclear-powered submarines, said Wang Wenbin, a spokesperson at China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at a routine press conference on Wednesday, commenting on the research report.

Seismic Activity Before the Sixth Seal: Revelation 6

Reported seismic-like event (likely no quake): Manhattan, 1.1 mi south of Brooklyn, Kings County, Nueva York, USA, Wednesday, Jul 20, 2022 at 2:54 pm (GMT -4)

Reported seismic-like event (likely no quake): Manhattan, 1.1 mi south of Brooklyn, Kings County, Nueva York, USA, Wednesday, Jul 20, 2022 at 2:54 pm (GMT -4) – 1 day 1 hours ago

Event status: disregarded [?]

Updated: Thu, Jul 21, 2022 19:31 GMT – just now

20 Jul 18:59 UTC: First to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 5 minutes.

Earthquake details

Date & timeJul 20, 2022 18:54:37 UTC – 1 day 1 hours agoLocal timeWednesday, Jul 20, 2022 at 2:54 pm (GMT -4)StatusdisregardedMagnitudeunknown (3?)Depth10.0 kmEpicenter40.63402°N / 73.94743°W   (KingsNueva YorkUnited States)ShakingWeak shakingFelt1 reportPrimary data sourceVolcanoDiscovery (User-reported shaking)Nearby2 km (1 mi) S of Brooklyn (pop: 2,300,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
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Russia’s Lavrov accuses Babylon the Great of considering ‘nuclear war’

Russia’s Lavrov accuses West of considering ‘nuclear war’

Russia’s Lavrov accuses West of considering ‘nuclear war’

Updated 03 March 2022 

Agencies 

March 03, 202209:56

MOSCOW: Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday accused Western politicians of considering nuclear war, one week after Moscow launched its invasion of Ukraine.
“I would like to point out that it’s in the heads of Western politicians that the idea of a nuclear war is spinning constantly, and not in the heads of Russians,” Lavrov said in an interview with Russian and foreign media.
Lavrov accused NATO of seeking to maintain its supremacy and said that while Russia had a lot of good will, it could not let anyone undermine its interests.
Offering no evidence to back up his remarks in an interview with state television, a week after Russian invaded Ukraine, he also accused Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, an ethnic Jew, of presiding over “a society where Nazism is flourishing”.
He said he had no doubt that a solution to the crisis in Ukraine would be found, and a new round of talks were about to start between Ukrainian and Russian officials.
But he said Russia’s dialogue with the West must be based on mutual respect, accused NATO of seeking to maintain supremacy and said that while Russia had a lot of goodwill, it could not let anyone undermine its interests.
Moscow would not let Ukraine keep infrastructure that threatened Russia, he said.
Moscow could also not tolerate what he said was a military threat from Ukraine, he said, adding that he was convinced that Russia was right over Ukraine.
“The thought of nuclear is constantly spinning in the heads of Western politicians but not in the heads of Russians,” he said. “I assure you that we will not allow any kind of provocation to unbalance us.”
Russia did not feel politically isolated, and the question of how Ukraine lives should be defined by its people, he said.
Ukrainian officials have accused Russian forces of hitting civilian areas but Lavrov said Russian troops had strict orders to use high-precision weapons to destroy military infrastructure.
Offering no evidence, Lavrov said Russia had information that the United States was worried about the prospect of losing control over what he described as chemical and biological laboratories in Ukraine and accused Britain of building military bases there.

Israeli army bombs Hamas outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Sakina FatimaPublished: 20th July 2022 8:30 pm IST

Israeli army bombs Hamas site after shooting from Gaza
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Israeli army bombs Hamas site after shooting from Gaza

The Israeli army on Tuesday evening launched raids on a Hamas site, after firing from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli territory, according to an army statement.

The Israeli army said, “After firing a bullet from the Gaza Strip into Israel, the Israeli army is currently bombing a Hamas military site in the northern Gaza Strip,” noting that the bullet “hit an industrial building”.

In the Gaza Strip, eyewitnesses in the town of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip told AFL that “Israeli warplanes fired several missiles at a Hamas security site.”

The bombing came three days after Israel bombed targets in the Gaza Strip, in response to the launch of four rockets from the Strip toward Israel.

The missiles were launched a day after US President Joe Biden’s visit to Israel and the occupied West Bank, where he met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

The last exchange of fire between the two sides was recorded at the end of June.

Russian Nuclear Horn might resort to nuclear threats to prevent counteroffensive from Ukraine

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Russia might resort to nuclear threats to prevent counteroffensive from Ukraine: ISW

The Institute for Study of War (ISW) claimed that Russia might resort to nuclear threats in an attempt to deter a counteroffensive from the Ukrainian military.

2022-07-20 13:23:48

The Institute for Study of War (ISW) claimed that Russia might resort to nuclear threats in an attempt to deter a counteroffensive from the Ukrainian military.

Amid the raging Russia-Ukraine war, the Institute for Study of War (ISW), a US-based think tank, claimed that Russia might resort to nuclear threats in an attempt to prevent a counteroffensive from the Ukrainian armed forces. In its latest report, the US-based think tank stated that Russian President Vladimir Putin could use nuclear threats to deter a counteroffensive by Ukraine into the annexed regions of Kherson, Zaporizhia, Donetsk, and Luhansk. According to the report, such moves would put Ukraine and its allies in danger of a nuclear attack, if Ukrainian counteroffensives to liberate Russian-occupied territories continue.

In its latest war update, the ISW further stated that the window of opportunity for Ukraine and its Western allies to assist a counteroffensive into the occupied territory before the Kremlin annexes those regions might be shrinking. According to John Kirby, spokesperson for the US National Security Council, the Kremlin has started to implement a version of its 2014 “annexation playbook” in Ukraine. The Kremlin is also looking at specific plans to annex Kherson, Zaporizhia, as well as the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, he added. 

Russia could use ‘sham war trials’ to punish Ukrainian soldiers: ISW

Earlier, the ISW had stated that Russian authorities are awaiting the opportunity to conduct “sham war trials” in order to punish arrested Ukrainian soldiers. Meanwhile, Igor Girkin, a nationalist military blogger and former Russian militant commander, laid out a long list of military, economic, and political steps that he believes the Kremlin must take to win the battle in Ukraine.

He outlined that Russia must abandon the rhetoric of the “special military operation” and declare the official goals of the war in Ukraine. Girkin also pushed for territorial expansion beyond the Kremlin’s declared objectives in the Donbas region. 

Russia denies plans of using nuclear weapons against Ukraine

Meanwhile, Russia has repeatedly claimed that it has no plans to use nuclear weapons against Ukraine amid the ongoing conflict. Earlier, Dmitry Polyanskiy, Russia’s First Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, denied the possibility of employing nuclear weapons.

However, he also remarked that Moscow would only resort to using them if the state’s existence was in jeopardy. It is to be noted here that the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine has been continuing for well over fourth months now.