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. 

Hamas condemns latest Israeli aggression outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Nov 04, 2022


The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas has denounced the barbaric Israeli bombardment in the besieged Gaza Strip as a “blatant assault and an extension of its open war against our Palestinian people across Palestine.” 

“The Israeli terrorism will not dissuade our Palestinian people from continuing their resistance across Palestine,” Hazem Qasem said in a press statement Friday. 

Qasem emphasised that the Palestinian people will continue their legitimate fight against the Israeli occupation until achieving their aspirations for freedom and independence.      

IDF Attacks Hamas Underground Rocket Facility Outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Iron Dome intercepting missiles from Gaza, May 2021.

IDF Attacks Hamas Underground Rocket Facility in Gaza Strip in Response to Earlier Rocket Fire

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Iron Dome intercepting missiles from Gaza, May 2021.Credit: ANAS BABA / AFPYaniv KubovichJack Khoury

Nov 3, 2022

The Israeli army says it attacked an underground military facility in the central Gaza Strip overnight Friday, in response to earlier rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave. According to the IDF, the Hamas facility was used to “develop and manufacture missiles.”

This is the first time that Israel has attacked targets in Gaza since Operation Breaking Dawn earlier this year.

Central GazaCredit: Twitter

In a statement, the Israeli military said that, Israeli “fighter planes attacked an underground military facility in central Gaza, used for the development and manufacture of rockets fired by the Hamas terrorist organization in the Strip. The attack was initiated in response to the launching of a barrage of missiles from the Gaza Strip at Israel on Thursday evening and will hinder the rearmament efforts of the Hamas terrorist organization. The Hamas terror organization is responsible for what happens inside the Gaza Strip and it will pay the price for any security violations against the State of Israel.”

Reports from inside Gaza say that armed groups there are using antitank missiles against IDF aircraft and that explosions can be heard throughout the Strip. The Palestinians add that Israel is targeting Hamas and Islamic Jihad positions in northern and central Gaza.

According to the army spokesperson, on Thursday four rockets were fired from Gaza – three of them fell within the enclave and one was successfully intercepted by Iron Dome defense missile defense system. X

Rocket sirens went off at kibbutzim bordering the Gaza enclave for the first time since Israel’s clashes with the Islamic Jihad in Gaza in August.

Alarms were heard at southern Israeli kibbutzim of Nirim, Ein Hashlosha and Kisufim.

The Worsening Troubles with the Pakistani Nuclear Horn: Daniel 8

Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan wounded in gun attack during protest

World Updated on Nov 3, 2022 11:50 AM EDT — Published on Nov 3, 2022 9:52 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A gunman in eastern Pakistan opened fire Thursday at a campaign truck carrying former Prime Minister Imran Khan, slightly wounding him in the leg and killing one of his supporters, his party and police said. Nine other people also were hurt.

The gunman was immediately arrested at the protest rally, and police later released a video of him in custody, allegedly confessing to the shooting and saying he acted alone. It was not clear under what conditions he made his statement.

“Only Imran Khan was my target,” said the suspect, identified as Faisal Butt by Information Minister Maryam Aurangzeb.

Khan, 70, underwent surgery at Shaukat Khanum Hospital in Lahore, tweeted Omar Ayub Khan, a senior leader of the ex-premier’s Tehreek-e-Insaf party. Khan was seen with a bandage on his right leg, just above the foot, according to reports and a blurry image from the protest.

The shooting was an “assassination attempt,” party spokesman Fawad Chaudhry told rallygoers afterward in Wazirabad. He added that “it was an attack on the whole of Pakistan,” and vowed that the people would avenge it.

The violence, which follows Khan’s ouster as prime minister in a no-confidence vote in April, raised new concerns about growing political instability in Pakistan, a country with a long history of political violence and assassinations.

Since the vote in Parliament, Khan has mobilized mass rallies across the nuclear-armed nation of 225 million, whipping up crowds with claims that he was a victim of a conspiracy by his successor, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, and the United States — allegations that both the premier and Washington deny.

The Interior Ministry said the government has ordered an investigation of the incident.

The attack happened in the Wazirabad district in the eastern Punjab province where the former cricket star turned Islamist politician was traveling in a large convoy of trucks and cars heading toward the capital of Islamabad. The convoy is part of his campaign aimed at forcing the government to hold early elections.

District police officer Ghazanfar Ali said one person was killed and nine others were wounded in the attack.

Among the wounded was Faisal Javed, a lawmaker from Tehreek-e-Insaf. In a video statement, with bloodstained clothes, He said the attack would not stop Khan’s protest march to Islamabad, and Khan’s supporters rallied in different parts of the country after the shooting.
Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan condemned the attack.

Khan has been at loggerheads with Pakistan’s powerful military and has refused to halt his plans to march on the capital. The military has said that although Khan had a democratic right to hold a rally in Islamabad, no one would be allowed to destabilize the country. Authorities in Islamabad have already deployed additional security around the city to deter any clashes or violence.

The attack came less than a week after Khan began his march from Lahore, the capital of Punjab province, with thousands of supporters.
Earlier, Chaudhry had said they plan to enter Islamabad on Friday.

Sharif’s government has said that there would be no early election and that the next balloting will be held as scheduled in 2023.

Khan’s latest challenge to the government comes after Pakistan’s elections commission disqualified him from holding public office for five years for allegedly selling state gifts unlawfully and concealing assets as premier.

Khan, who has challenged the disqualification in a pending court case, has said he would sue Chief Election Commissioner Sikandara Raja, who was behind the decision, for calling him a “dishonest person.”

Pakistan has a decades-long history of political assassinations. Benazir Bhutto, the first democratically elected female leader of a Muslim country, was killed in 2007.

Her father, former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was ousted by Gen. Mohammed Zia ul-Haq in a 1977 coup and was hanged two years later for conspiracy to kill a political rival.

Zia died in a plane crash in 1988 that investigators said appeared to be sabotage. That crash also killed the U.S. ambassador and 28 others.

The new violence comes as the impoverished country is grappling with the aftermath of unprecedented floods in the summer that killed 1,735 people and displaced 33 million.

South Korean Horn warns of ‘end’: Daniel 7

US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin (right) with his South Korean counterpart Lee Jong-sup at the Pentagon on November 3. Photo: AFP

US, South Korea warn of ‘end’ of Kim Jong-un regime if North Korea uses nuclear weapons

US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin and his South Korean counterpart Lee Jong-sup said any nuclear attack by Pyongyang was ‘unacceptable’Washington and its Asian allies have warned that the North may conduct its first nuclear test since 2017 in the coming weeks

US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin (right) with his South Korean counterpart Lee Jong-sup at the Pentagon on November 3. Photo: AFP

The defence chiefs of the United States and South Korea on Thursday warned North Korea that any nuclear attack against them by Pyongyang would “result in the end” of leader Kim Jong-un’s regime as concerns grow over the isolated country’s unprecedented pace of weapons tests this year.

US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin also pledged to respond to any North Korean provocation by employing nuclear-capable US strategic assets “to the level equivalent to constant deployment,” South Korean Defence Minister Lee Jong-sup said at a joint press conference with Austin following their security consultative meeting.

The meeting took place following North Korea’s latest series of ballistic missile launches on Thursday, including a suspected intercontinental ballistic missile. The launch of the ICBM, possibly a Hwasong-17, apparently failed, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said, citing a defence source.

There is also a concern that North Korea may conduct its seventh nuclear test and first since September 2017 in the run-up to the US midterm elections on Tuesday.

Lee said through an interpreter that he and Austin affirmed that any nuclear attack by North Korea, including the use of tactical nuclear weapons, is “unacceptable” and would result in the “end of the Kim Jong-un regime by the overwhelming and decisive response of the alliance.”

“This is a strong warning against the DPRK,” the South Korean minister said, referring to the acronym of North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Lee and Austin also agreed to further strengthen the bilateral alliance’s capabilities and information sharing as well as its joint planning and execution to deter and respond to North Korean threats.

Austin reaffirmed the US commitment to providing extended deterrence to South Korea, including through the American nuclear arsenal, and to maintain the current level of US military troops to defend its key Asian ally.

North Korea’s latest missile launches appeared to be in retaliation for the first large-scale joint air exercise by the US and South Korea in five years, which began in late October.

Condemning North Korea’s ICBM launch as “destabilising,” Austin said the two countries have decided to extend the period of the drill known as Vigilant Storm.

On the dispatch of strategic assets such as an aircraft carrier, Austin said the Pentagon is not planning any new deployment on the Korean peninsula on a permanent basis, but said assets are expected to “move in and out on a routine basis.”

The Iran Horn Will Avenge Qassem Soleimani:

Iran is committed to avenging Qassem Soleimani: Khamenei

02 November ,2022: 02:43 PM GST

Iran will “never forget” the US killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday, adding that Tehran remains committed to avenging his death.

“We will never forget the martyrdom of Soleimani … We have said something about (avenging Soleimani), and we stand by that word. It will be done in its own time, in its own place, God willing,” Khamenei said.

Soleimani was killed in a US airstrike in Iraq on January 3, 2020, ordered by then President Donald Trump. He headed the Quds Force, the overseas arm of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

Khamenei was speaking on the anniversary of the 1979 seizure of the US embassy in Tehran.

Supporters of former supreme leader and founder of the Islamic Republic, Ruhollah Khomeini, attacked and occupied the US embassy in Tehran in November of 1979 and held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days.

Washington severed diplomatic ties with Tehran in 1980, a few months after the seizure.

Khamenei again blamed ongoing anti-regime protests in Iran on the US, Israel and “some malicious European powers.”

Protests sparked by the death in police custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini have rocked Iran since September 16. Demonstrators have been chanting against Khamenei and calling for regime change.

Over 200 protesters have been killed and thousands have been arrested, according to rights groups.

Last month, Khamenei accused the US and Israel of masterminding the protests.