It begins in Pennsylvania, crosses the Delaware River and continues through Hunterdon, Somerset, Morris, Passaic and Bergen counties before crossing the Hudson River near Indian Point nuclear facility.
In the past, it has generated occasional activity that generated a 2.6 magnitude quake in New Jersey’s Peakpack/Gladstone area and 3.0 magnitude quake in Mendham.
“There is occasional seismic activity in New Jersey,” said Robinson. “There have been a few quakes locally that have been felt and done a little bit of damage over the time since colonial settlement — some chimneys knocked down in Manhattan with a quake back in the 18th century, but nothing of a significant magnitude.”
“More recently, in the 1970s and early 1980s, earthquake risk along the Ramapo Fault received attention because of its proximity to Indian Point,” according to the New Jersey Geological Survey website.
Historically, critics of the Indian Point Nuclear facility in Westchester County, New York, did cite its proximity to the Ramapo fault line as a significant risk.
“Subsequent investigations have shown the 1884 Earthquake epicenter was actually located in Brooklyn, New York, at least 25 miles from the Ramapo Fault,” according to the New Jersey Geological Survey website.
Palestinian policemen march in Gaza City on January 21, 2017November 1, 2022 at 10:35 am
Police and security officers in the Gaza Strip took part in a march on Monday in honour of their colleagues killed in the occupied West Bank by Israeli security forces at the weekend. The march was organised by the Palestinian Ministry of the Interior in the besieged territory.
Senior officers of the Palestinian security services led the marchers. Participants carried pictures of the honoured martyrs.
The march was intended to send a message to the Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, mainly the families of the martyrs from the Palestinian Authority security services “who were stigmatised by the PA following the martyrdom of their sons.”
The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, called at the weekend for all members of the PA security forces to “aim their guns towards the Zionist enemy who has been attacking Palestinians and shedding their blood.” The Hamas statement was made following the killing of two members of the PA security services at Huwwara checkpoint on the outskirts of the besieged city of Nablus.
US says it won’t ‘waste time’ on Iran nuclear deal
Anti-government protests have broken in Iran in response to the police custody death of a 22-year-old woman for not properly wearing her headscarf
October 31, 2022 5:43pm EDT
The Biden administration says it will not “waste time” on trying to revive talks with Iran regarding its dormant nuclear deal in light of Tehran’s brutal crackdown on antigovernment protesters and its support of Russia in its war against Ukraine.
While speaking at an event hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on Monday, U.S. envoy for Iran Rob Malley said the administration “makes no apology” for “trying to do everything we can to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.”
Malley’s comments were the closest a Biden administration official has come to admitting it was abandoning its efforts to resurrect the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
Over the summer, Iranian officials rejected an EU proposal and made more demands in late August and early September. Since that time, antigovernment protests have broken in Iran in response to the police custody death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. Morality police detained Amini in September for not properly covering her hair with the Islamic headscarf, known as the hijab, which is mandatory for Iranian women.
At least 270 people have been killed and 14,000 arrested, according to the group Human Rights Activists in Iran. Demonstrations have continued, even as the feared paramilitary Revolutionary Guard has warned young Iranians to stop.
The administration announced sanctions against Iranian officials for the brutal treatment of demonstrators. The administration has also hit Iran with sanctions for supplying drones and technical assistance to Russia and ordered U.S. military strikes in August against Iranian-backed militias in Syria in response to attacks on U.S. forces in the region.
“I think people have to understand that we’re not tying our hands because of … this hope that someday maybe there’ll be a deal,” Malley said. “No, we are taking action. We’re not waiting. We’re taking the action that we think is consistent and necessary to promote our values and our national security interests.”
FILE: The flag of Iran is seen in front of the building of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Headquarters ahead of a press conference by Rafael Grossi, Director General of the IAEA, about the agency’s monitoring of Iran’s nuclear energy program on May 24, 2021, in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Michael Gruber/Getty Images)
The Iran nuclear deal already has been teetering toward collapse despite President Biden’s efforts to revive it since August, with his administration saying Tehran has sought to push extraneous issues into the indirect talks. Still, the administration has not given up all hope for a turnaround.
The pact, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, would provide Tehran with billions of dollars in sanctions relief in exchange for the country agreeing to roll back its nuclear program to the limits set by the 2015 deal.
The deal was brokered by the Obama administration before being abandoned by the Trump administration in 2018. It includes caps on enrichment and how much material Iran can stockpile and limits the operation of advanced centrifuges needed to enrich.
The maneuvers followed a series of escalatory comments and warning from Moscow, suggesting the eight-month war in Ukraine could turn nuclear. / The Associated Press
Russia recently held massive drills of its strategic nuclear deterrence forces, which involved the launching of ballistic and cruise missiles as tensions between Moscow and the West rise over the conflict in Ukraine.
“Under the leadership of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Vladimir Putin, a training session was held with ground, sea and air strategic deterrence forces, during which practical launches of ballistic and cruise missiles took place,” the statement reads.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to Putin that the exercises were intended to simulate a “massive nuclear strike” against an unspecified enemy, retaliating for a nuclear attack on Russia.
As part of the drills, an RS-24 Yars land-based intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) was test-fired from the country’s northern Plesetsk launch site. Also, the Sineva ballistic missile was launched from a nuclear submarine in the Barents Sea in the Arctic, while Tu-95 strategic bombers launched cruise missiles at practice targets.
According to the Kremlin’s statement, tasks were fully completed and all missiles hit the designated targets.
The drills take place in Russia on an annual basis to train the country’s nuclear forces and demonstrate their readiness. A previous exercise, involving military equipment and personnel of Russia’s Aerospace Forces, Southern Military District, Strategic Missile Forces, Northern and the Black Sea fleets, was held in February, just days ahead of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The maneuvers followed a series of escalatory comments and warning from Moscow, suggesting the eight-month war in Ukraine could turn nuclear.
Russia has been accusing Ukraine of plotting to detonate a radioactive device commonly known as a “dirty bomb” in a false flag attack to blame Russia. A dirty bomb is a dispersion device containing conventional explosives, such as dynamite, combined with radioactive material – possibly uranium, which is scattered by the force of the blast. Moscow even formalized the allegations in a letter to the United Nations.
Kyiv, in turn, has vehemently denied the claims, arguing that the Kremlin’s nuclear rhetoric is part of a plan to blackmail Ukraine’s western partners, discourage them from providing further weaponry to Kyiv and accept a peace deal on Russia’s terms.
Russian authorities have repeatedly cautioned the West that any attack on Russia could provoke a nuclear response. President Putin, who rules the world’s biggest nuclear power, first hinted at the possibility of using nuclear weapons at the start of what he calls a “special military operation” in Ukraine, warning that western interference would reap “consequences they have never seen.”
On February 24, Russia launched an all-out offensive in Ukraine, claiming that the assault aimed to protect the people of the separatist-controlled regions who were allegedly being attacked by the Ukrainian military. The Kremlin explained that the decision was made after separatist leaders of the so-called republics had asked Moscow for military support against Kyiv.
Shortly after announcing the “military operation” in Ukraine, President Putin put the country’s nuclear deterrence forces on high alert, increasing fears of a potential nuclear war. The move prompted strong condemnation from the United States, the world’s second-largest nuclear power, as Washington called Vladimir Putin’s order “totally unacceptable.”
Russia owns the world’s largest nuclear weapons stockpile, with an estimated 6,257 total warheads. Moscow reserves the right to use nuclear weapons in two cases: in response to a nuclear attack or the use of weapons of mass destruction against Russia or its allies, or if the existence of the Russian state is threatened.
LONDON -Russia said on Saturday that the accelerated deployment of modernised U.S. B61 tactical nuclear weapons at NATO bases in Europe would lower the “nuclear threshold” and that Russia would take the move into account in its military planning.
Russia has about 2,000 working tactical nuclear weapons while the United States has around 200 such weapons, half of which are at bases in Italy, Germany, Turkey, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Amid the Ukraine crisis, Politico reported on Oct. 26 that the United States told a closed NATO meeting this month that it would accelerate the deployment of a modernised version of the B61, the B61-12, with the new weapons arriving at European bases in December, several months earlier than planned.
The 12-ft B61-12 gravity bomb carries a lower yield nuclear warhead than many earlier versions but is more accurate and can penetrate below ground, according to research by the Federation of American Scientists published in 2014.
“The United States is modernizing them, increasing their accuracy and reducing the power of the nuclear charge, that is, they turn these weapons into ‘battlefield weapons’, thereby reducing the nuclear threshold,” Grushko said.
The Pentagon said it was not going to discuss the details of the U.S. nuclear arsenal and that the premise of the Politico article was wrong as the United States had long planned the modernisation of its B61 nuclear weapons.
“It is in no way linked to current events in Ukraine and was not sped up in any way,” Seara said in an emailed statement.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has triggered the gravest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis when the two Cold War superpowers came closest to nuclear war.
President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly said Russia will defend its territory with all available means, including nuclear weapons, if attacked.
The comments raised particular concern in the West after Moscow declared last month it had annexed four Ukrainian regions that its forces control parts of. Putin says the West has engaged in nuclear blackmail against Russia.
U.S. President Joe Biden said on Oct. 6 that Putin had brought the world closer to “Armageddon” than at any time since the Cuban Missile Crisis, though Biden later said he did not think that Putin would use a tactical nuclear weapon.
The U.S. B61 nuclear bomb was first tested in Nevada shortly after the Cuban Missile Crisis. Under Barack Obama, U.S. president from 2009 to 2017, the development of a new version of the bomb, the B61-12, was approved.
Russia’s Grushko said that Moscow would also have to take account of the Lockheed Martin F-35 which would drop such a bomb. NATO, he said, had already strengthened the nuclear parts of its military planning.
NATO “has already made decisions to strengthen the nuclear component in the alliance’s military plans,” Grushko said.
Russia’s ambassador to Washington, Anatoly Antonov, said on Saturday on Telegram that the new B61 bombs had a “strategic significance” as Russia’s tactical nuclear weapons were in storage, yet these U.S. bombs would be just a short flight from Russia’s borders.
The United States, according to the U.S. 2022 Nuclear Posture Review published on Thursday, will bolster nuclear deterrence with the F-35, the B61-12 bombs and a nuclear-armed air-launched cruise missile.