The History of Earth­quakes In New York Before the Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

         The History of Earth­quakes In New York

By Meteorologist Michael Gouldrick New York State PUBLISHED 6:30 AM ET Sep. 09, 2020 PUBLISHED 6:30 AM EDT Sep. 09, 2020

New York State has a long history of earthquakes. Since the early to mid 1700s there have been over 550 recorded earthquakes that have been centered within the state’s boundary. New York has also been shaken by strong earthquakes that occurred in southeast CaThe History of Earth­quakes In New York Before the Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12) nada and the Mid-Atlantic states.

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The largest earthquake that occurred within New York’s borders happened on September 5th, 1944. It was a magnitude 5.9 and did major damage in the town of Massena.

A school gymnasium suffered major damage, some 90% of chimneys toppled over and house foundations were cracked. Windows broke and plumbing was damaged. This earthquake was felt from Maine to Michigan to Maryland.

Another strong quake occurred near Attica on August 12th, 1929. Chimneys took the biggest hit, foundations were also cracked and store shelves toppled their goods.

In more recent memory some of the strongest quakes occurred On April 20th, 2002 when a 5.0 rattled the state and was centered on Au Sable Forks area near Plattsburg, NY.

Strong earthquakes outside of New York’s boundary have also shaken the state. On February 5th, 1663 near Charlevoix, Quebec, an estimated magnitude of 7.5 occurred. A 6.2 tremor was reported in Western Quebec on November 1st in 1935. A 6.2 earthquake occurred in the same area on March 1st 1925. Many in the state also reported shaking on August 23rd, 2011 from a 5.9 earthquake near Mineral, Virginia.

Earthquakes in the northeast U.S. and southeast Canada are not as intense as those found in other parts of the world but can be felt over a much larger area. The reason for this is the makeup of the ground. In our part of the world, the ground is like a jigsaw puzzle that has been put together. If one piece shakes, the whole puzzle shakes.

In the Western U.S., the ground is more like a puzzle that hasn’t been fully put together yet. One piece can shake violently, but only the the pieces next to it are affected while the rest of the puzzle doesn’t move.

In Rochester, New York, the most recent earthquake was reported on March 29th, 2020. It was a 2.6 magnitude shake centered under Lake Ontario. While most did not feel it, there were 54 reports of the ground shaking.

So next time you are wondering why the dishes rattled, or you thought you felt the ground move, it certainly could have been an earthquake in New York.

Here is a website from the USGS (United Sates Geologic Society) of current earthquakes greater than 2.5 during the past day around the world. As you can see, the Earth is a geologically active planet!

Another great website of earthquakes that have occurred locally can be found here.

To learn more about the science behind earthquakes, check out this website from the USGS.

Is India Ready for the First Nuclear War? Revelation 8

India’s Nuclear Weapons Arsenal: Is It Enough to Counter Pakistan and China?

Story by Christian Orr • Wednesday

As I noted recently, India’s two key rivals, China and Pakistan, are not only increasing their level of conventional military cooperation, but they are also growing the size and capabilities of their nuclear weapons.

This is a major security concern, not only for India, but also for its biggest ally in the USINDOPACOM Area of Responsibility, the United States.  

Given these developments, it is important to know how India’s own nuclear program compares to those of its two big rivals. 

The Beginnings of the Indian Nuclear Program

Though Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program began in 1972, the Indians got there first. On  May 18, 1974, there was the so-called peaceful nuclear explosion codenamed Smiling Buddha. At this time, India was under the leadership of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. The daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru, Gandhi did not share Nehru’s pacifistic outlook.

She remembered how her country had been humiliated by China during the 1962 border clashes while her father’s prime ministership waned. 

Fast-forward to May 11, 1998 — one week shy of the 24th anniversary of Smiling Buddha — and India, this time led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, dropped any pretenses to “peaceful” purposes as it conducted the successful nuclear weapons tests known as Pokhran II. In the event, it detonated a total of five warheads.

Not to be outdone, Pakistan followed suit 17 days later, conducting five nuclear detonations of its own in a successful test dubbed Chagai-I. The subcontinental nuclear genie was now completely out of the bottle.  

As a quick personal aside, I was closely following the developments of May 1998, as a year earlier I had graduated from the USC School of International Relations, where South Asia had been my secondary region of focus (after East Asia).

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Observing the mass celebrations by Indians and Pakistanis alike in response to their countries’ successful nuclear tests, I thought to myself at the time, “Good Lord, you’d think they just won the World Cup!”

The Present State of the Indian Nuclear Program

Depending on which source you consult, New Delhi currently possesses around 90-110 nukes, or perhaps as many as 160. Their Pakistani counterparts are believed to hold anywhere from 100 to 165 nuclear warheads, and China has at least 350 available.

However, that 90 -160 estimation range doesn’t tell you the full story on India’s part. The world’s second-most populous country has enough weapons-grade plutonium, approximately 700 kilograms, to produce up to 213 warheads.

India’s land-based nuclear arsenal starts off with the short-range, road-mobile Prithvi-II and Agni-I missiles that can travel 155 miles and 435 miles, respectively. The latter system is most likely intended for targeting Pakistan, hence the approximately 20 launchers deployed in western India.

From there, New Delhi wields the medium-range Agni-II and intermediate-range Agni-III, which can strike targets 1,243-2,175 miles and 1,865-3,107 miles away, respectively. 

What about air-dropped or air-launched nukes? The Indian Air Force has the aging but still highly capable Mirage 2000H/I, SEPECAT Jaguar IS/IB, and potentially the French-made Rafale aircraft that can arm India’s estimated 48 nuclear warheads specifically designated for aerial delivery.

Last but not least, unlike Pakistan, India has a true nuclear triad, as they’re also able to launch nuclear missiles by sea. The Dhanush is a short-range, ship-launched ballistic missile variant of the Prithvi-II that is configured for mounting on the back of the Indian Navy’s Sukanya-class patrol vessels.

They also have a submarine-launched ballistic missile known as the K-15. 

The Future of the Indian Nuclear Program

As noted by a fact sheet from the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, “Indian engineers are also building six fast breeder reactors by 2033 to produce both electric power and fissile material. 

“India has already developed the K-15 SLBM and is in the process of creating the more advanced K-4 SLBM. The former has a strike range of 750 km while the latter may reach 3,500 km. These SLBMs are or will be carried on the still developing INS Arihant class submarines, which have faced repeated delays and production issues.

These missiles and submarines are intended to ensure a second-strike retaliatory capability. 

“India is further developing the Agni-IV, Agni-V, and Agni-P. Agni-IV is a rail- and road-mobile ballistic missile with a range of approximately 4,000 km, giving it the capability to strike targets in nearly all of China. The  Agni-V is reportedly road-mobile and has a range of more than 5,000 km, potentially making it the country’s first intercontinental ballistic missile.”

Given Pakistan and China’s rush to proliferate, India certainly has plenty of motivation for going further and further down the nuclear weaponry rabbit hole. Namaste. 

Christian D. Orr is a former Air Force Security Forces officer, Federal law enforcement officer, and private military contractor (with assignments worked in Iraq, the United Arab Emirates, Kosovo, Japan, Germany, and the Pentagon). Chris holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Southern California (USC) and an M.A. in Intelligence Studies (concentration in Terrorism Studies) from American Military University (AMU). He has also been published in The Daily Torch and The Journal of Intelligence and Cyber Security. Last but not least, he is a Companion of the Order of the Naval Order of the United States (NOUS)

Biden Brings Us Closer to Nuclear War: Daniel 7

Vladimir Putin waving and wearing a black coat

Opinion: Did Putin just inch Russia and the U.S. closer to nuclear war?


FEB. 23, 2023 11:32 AM PT

On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Moscow will suspend implementation of New START, the last remaining treaty between Russia and the United States limiting deployed nuclear weapons.

New START limits the number of “strategic” nuclear warheads that Russia and the United States can deploy to 1,550 and the number of deployed strategic nuclear-capable missiles and bombers to 700. The agreement, like its predecessors, was important in limiting arms race pressures, strengthening strategic stability and facilitating communication, transparency and predictability between the world’s two largest nuclear powers.

Putin’s decision, a “suspension” rather than a full withdrawal, is a partial measure. Russia is still party to the agreement. Moscow has claimed that it would continue to adhere to the numerical ceilings established in New START and that it would continue to comply with a 1988 agreement with the U.S. to exchange notifications of launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles and submarine-launched ballistic missiles.

Russian President Vladimir Putin greets Chinese Communist Party's foreign policy chief Wang Yi during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023. (Anton Novoderezhkin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

South Korean Horn Prepares for Nuclear War: Daniel 7

US, South Korea Plan for Potential Nuclear Strike by North Korea

US, South Korea Plan for Potential Nuclear Strike by North Korea

Jon Herskovitz

Thu, February 23, 2023 at 7:50 PM MST·3 min read

(Bloomberg) — The US and South Korea held discussions over ways they would respond to possible nuclear attacks by North Korea, which has been steadily building up its capability to deliver a credible atomic strike against the two.

The so-called table-top exercise held in Washington focused on hypothetical scenarios of North Korea’s use of nuclear weapons, the Pentagon said in a statement late Thursday. They were the first of their sort since South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol took office about a year ago and bolstered joint military exercises with the US, a move that angered Pyongyang and led it to step up its provocations.

“Both sides discussed various options to demonstrate the Alliance’s strong response capabilities and resolve to respond appropriately to any DPRK nuclear use,” the Defense Department said, referring to North Korea by its formal name.

The US reiterated that any nuclear attack by North Korea against the US or its allies would “result in the end” of Kim’s regime. The South Korean delegation also visited a US nuclear submarine facility in Georgia to see military assets the US could use against North Korea, which are aimed at deterring Pyongyang from launching a strike.

North Korea has ratcheted up tensions in the past week by test-firing an intercontinental ballistic missile designed to deliver a nuclear warhead to the US mainland, and firing two short-range missiles a few days later. Kim Yo Jong, the influential sister of the leader, threatened to turn the Pacific into a “firing range,” in a hint the state could start testing whether its warhead designs can withstand the heat of reentering the atmosphere.

North Korea’s official media said Friday the state tested four, long-range cruise missiles a day earlier that flew in figure-8 patterns for a distance of about 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles) — a range that could hit almost all of Japan.

Cruise missiles are designed to fly low to the ground and avoid radar. They move far slower than ballistic missiles and there are no United Nations resolutions that ban Pyongyang from testing them.

“The drill clearly demonstrated once again the war posture of the DPRK nuclear combat force bolstering up in every way its deadly nuclear counterattack capability against the hostile forces,” its Korean Central News Agency said.

The launch of the cruise missiles came shortly after the US, Japan and South Korea held a joint naval missile defense exercise in international waters.

North Korea for decades has called the joint exercises a prelude to an invasion and nuclear war and state media Friday carried a fresh threat from one of its top diplomats, who urged the US halt the exercises.

“If the US continues its hostile and provocative practices against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea despite our repeated protests and warnings, it could be regarded as a declaration of war against the DPRK,” it quoted Kwon Jong Gun, director general of the Department of US Affairs of the Foreign Ministry, as saying.

Last year, Kim’s regime test fired more than 70 ballistic missiles, the most in his decade in power and in defiance of UN resolutions that prohibit such launches. The North Korean leader has been modernizing his inventory of missiles over the past several years to make them easier to hide, quicker to deploy and more difficult to shoot down.

He also is poised to conduct his first test of a nuclear bomb since 2017. The US, Japan and South Korea has pledged a stern coordinated response if North Korea goes ahead the with blast.

–With assistance from Shinhye Kang.

(Updates with comment from North Korean diplomat.)

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Israeli troops kill 11 in raid outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Israeli troops kill 11 in West Bank raid

Palestinians decry ‘massacre’ after daytime operation in Nablus that Israel says targeted three militants

Israeli troops killed 11 Palestinians, including a teenager, and wounded dozens more, in a raid on a city in the occupied West Bank city that threatens further bloodshed.

The daytime operation targeted three militants who were near the centre of the old city of Nablus, the Israeli military said. All three wanted men were killed along with seven others, including a 72-year-old man. Palestinian officials said at least 103 people were injured, with many of them sustaining gunshot wounds.

A senior Palestinian official, Hussein al-Sheikh, decried the incursion as a “massacre” and called for “international protection for our people”. The Palestinian Health Ministry said a 66-year-old man who suffered from gas inhalation during the raid died in hospital later on Wednesday.

The raid was one of the biggest of the past year, in which an already combustible situation in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem has steadily worsened. A similar raid in January was followed by a Palestinian militant attack near an East Jerusalem synagogue that killed seven Israelis.

US state department spokesperson Ned Price told a regular press briefing that Washington recognised Israel’s security concerns but was deeply concerned by the large number of injuries and loss of civilian life.

The violence comes at a critical juncture in ties between Israel and the Palestinians, with the new Israeli government dominated by ultranationalists who have vowed a hard line against militants, while at the same time pushing for an expansion of settlements in the West Bank.

A West Bank settler organisation announced on Tuesday that the Israeli government had approved the construction of 2,000 new homes in the West Bank. The purported move was not immediately confirmed by officials, but it follows demands for settlement expansion from extreme-right figures who hold significant sway in the prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new administration.

Footage taken during Wednesday’s raid depicted convoys of Israeli vehicles speeding through Nablus, with large crowds watching. Some youths threw crates at the cars as they entered a marketplace, before retreating. Others hurled rocks and insults as the convoy speeds by, with soldiers appearing to fire teargas. The centuries-old souk resounded with gunfire, local residents said, and clashes continued for several hours.

One video apparently taken at the scene showed two young men running and falling as shots rang out.

The Israeli military said its forces were confronted with heavy gunfire when they attempted to detain the wanted men. It released images of two automatic weapons it said were seized from the house in which they were located.

Nablus and Jenin had been focal points of Israeli raids that have killed 62 Palestinians since the start of the year, Palestinian health officials say. At the same time, 10 Israelis and a Ukrainian tourist have been killed by Palestinians, according to Israeli officials.

US officials have previously said conditions in the occupied Palestinian territories were ripe for further escalation and urged the Israeli government and Palestinian leadership to resume dialogue. The CIA chief, William Burns, visited both sides in January as tensions soared.

Earlier, the Palestinian Authority had suspended security ties with Israel, a move that means it will not cooperate in the arrest of militants.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad, hardline groups whose members have been at the forefront of attacks in recent years, have pledged to carry out more attacks inside Israel.

In the early months of Netanyahu’s new government, the issue of settlements has been at the core of tensions domestically, in the West Bank and at the UN, where Washington recently persuaded member states to water down a resolution condemning settlement construction.

Such a move would have marked a significant development in Israel’s sometimes fraught relationship with the global body. It was averted by US officials extracting a pledge from Israel to suspend construction.

Saudi Arabia condemned the Nablus raid. Egypt, which often acts as a broker between Israel and Hamas, expressed “extreme concern” over the escalation.

Israel has over the past several years forged new relations with some Arab states, including the UAE and Bahrain as part of the Abraham accords, which have formalised trade, security and economic ties, and overturned decades of policies that had prioritised the Palestinian cause.

The pacts have often been met with silence by residents of Arab countries, where residents still identify strongly with the fate of Palestinians.

US attempts to broker an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians flatlined during the Trump administration and show little sign of resuming more than a year into Joe Biden’s White House.

Additional reporting by the Associated Press and Reuters

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Iran FM says Tehran will resort to prophecy if nuclear talks fail

Hossein Amirabdollahian

Iran FM says Tehran will resort to Plan B if nuclear talks fail

February 22, 2023

Hossein Amirabdollahian, in a joint press conference with his Iraqi opposite number in Baghdad on Wednesday, added Iran has always supported an approach of diplomacy and negotiations and highlighted that Tehran seeks a good, strong and enduring agreement on the nuclear deal, JCPOA.

He also touched on the conflicting messages sent by the US through diplomatic and media channels regarding the JCPOA talks.

The Iranian foreign minister expressed hope that, during the negotiations of the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) with the Iranian parties, he will pursue discussions solely based on technical and specialized principles and away from political exigencies.

He once more stressed that the Islamic Republic of Iran has never sought and will never seek nuclear weapons and the fatwa (religious decree) by the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei in this regard is a clear witness to the issue.

In other parts of his comments, Amirabdollahian underlined that the Islamic Republic of Iran supports an independent, strong and developed Iraq and reiterated the backing of Tehran for the people of Iraq enjoying the right to determine their own fate.

He also thanked Baghdad efforts aimed at setting up Tehran-Riyadh and Tehran-Cairo talks.
Amirabdollahian noted that Iraq should not be a place for separatist and terrorist groups against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein for his part said Baghdad will not authorize the use of the Iraqi soil as a threat against neighboring countries, adding this is a principle of the Iraqi constitution.

The Iraqi foreign minister also called for the return of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the US to the Vienna negotiations for the resolution of the nuclear issue.

Who Is The Antichrist? (Revelation 13:11)

Baghdad protests

Who is Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr? The Iraqi Shia cleric making a comeback in Baghdad

By Stefano Freyr Castiglione
March 11, 2016 09:51 GMT 
Supporters of Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr burn a US flag during a protest demanding the government prevent the entry of U.S. troops into Iraq at Al-Tahrir Square in Baghdad, September 20, 2014.REUTERS/Ahmed Saad

Images from last Friday’s demonstrations in Baghdad, where thousands of people gathered outside the so-called Green Zone, may have reminded some observers of the protests that took place in a number of Arab countries in 2011. But during the Arab Spring people were not guided by political leadership, whereas recent demonstrations in Iraq have been promoted and led by one man in particular; Iraqi Shia leader Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr.

Al-Sadr was born in 1973 to a family of high-ranking Shia clerics. Both his father, Muhammad Sadiq al-Sadr, and his father-in-law, Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr, were important religious authorities who enjoyed large support among their co-religionists, a key factor in why there were tensions between them and the Baathist regime.

The latter was arrested and executed in 1980, while the former was assassinated in 1999 at the hands of regime agents. Muqtada al-Sadr, a junior and unknown cleric at the time, inherited his father’s legacy and popular support (primarily among working class Shia families in the South and the now ubiquitous Sadr City in Baghdad).

While he opposed the Baathist regime, his rise to prominence came with his resistance to the Anglo-American occupation after 2003, founding a militia known as the Mahdi Army, which was involved in the post-invasion insurgency, and accused of sectarian violence. Being able to count on both large popular support and a powerful military force, he soon became one of Iraq’s leading political and religious figures.

Sadr’s stance with regards to Iraqi politics has been rather ambiguous, leading some to describe him as “a hybrid of anti-establishment positions while being part of the establishment himself.” His involvement in the country’s public life has seen him make moves and take positions which are sometimes in contrast with the Shia ruling majority’s orientations. He is a steadfast opponent of sectarian politics, although some members of his bloc, the Sadrist Movement, have held, and continue to hold, positions in governments based on quota-sharing.

Sadr’s uncompromising stances may lead to political stalemate in a country that still needs to recapture the remaining areas under Daesh control.

A common thread since 2003 has been the opposition to foreign interference in Iraq, regardless whether it comes from the West (US, UK) or the East (Iran). His disenchantment as to the possibility of pursuing an alternative to sectarian politics was one of the reasons that led him to suddenly announce his withdrawal from political life in 2014, as one of his movement’s officials stated.
Since then, things have evolved in Iraq. The rise of Islamic State (Isis) in which sectarian politics undoubtedly played a role has posed a serious threat to the stability of the country, exacerbated by the political tensions of Maliki’s government at the time. Despite enormous difficulties (the constant threat of extremism, the recent fall of oil prices), his successor Haidar al-Abadi has managed to keep the country afloat as the Hashd al-Shaabi (PMU) and the Security Forces have regained territory from Daesh.

Abadi has been able to ease tensions with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), to take some anti-corruption measures, and to purge the army of inefficient officials. Some issues which have taken root in Iraq have not yet been entirely solved, such as poor public services, corruption, lack of transparency, and sectarianism.

These are the plagues that Sadr has vowed to fight against, on the base of a populist vision of national unity in which religiosity and patriotism are often conflated, as the slogan “Love for one’s country is part of the faith” suggests. The Shia leader supported Abadi’s pledge to carry out a government reshuffle, aimed at installing a technocratic cabinet, as well as to fight corruption, restore services, and implement public accountability.

People in Iraq are getting more and more frustrated at Abadi-led government’s inability to move forward in the reform process — which some elements in the ruling majority actually oppose, seeing it as a threat to their interests. As talks between political factions have not led to concrete results so far, Sadr has seen an opportunity to mobilise the Iraqi masses and push for more audacious measures.
After having a member of his own political bloc, Baha al-A’raji (PM deputy), arrested on corruption and embezzlement charges, he disavowed the corrupt officers in his movement and is currently going to investigate how they have caused corruption.

Sadr urges Iraqis to oppose U.S., but peacefully
Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr Reuters

Given Sadr’s huge influence both as a political and military leader — his military wing known as the Peace Brigades has participated in the liberation of the Leine area west of Samarra — his moves could turn out to be a destabilising factor, which is not the first time Sadrist intervention has disrupted the political process.

Looking at the causes that may have led Sadr to such a steadfast return to public life, it has been suggested that he hopes to prevent other Shia groups from asserting their influence in the country, on both a political and a military level. After a government reshuffle was proposed, factions have been in disagreement over how this is to be done: while one side prefers the ministries to be chosen by political parties, another side, led by Sadr, asserts that parties should not interfere.
Sadr has also threatened the current government with a vote of no-confidence if no agreement is reached within 45 days. It is also worth noting that Sadr does not oppose Abadi, but he thinks he should take the chance to promote reforms before it’s too late.

How is Sadr’s comeback to be evaluated? This week, the third demonstration led by the Shia leaexpected to be held, which threatens to storm the Green Zone in the Iraqi capital. There are mixed feelings in the Iraqi street regarding Sadr’s role. Some support his push for change, frustrated at Abadi government’s poor performance in terms of reforms.

Others, however, are afraid that if a breach in security occurs during the protests, it will undermine the rule of law and set a precedent that Sadr is taking the law into his own hands. This is why some of the Green Zone residents have allegedly left the area lest the situation gets out of control.
Despite being characterised by some clearly populist motifs, Sadr’s pledge to fight against corruption and for the sake of the most vulnerable classes of Iraqi society can function as an incentive for the large-scale reforms proposed by Abadi. At the same time, though, Sadr’s uncompromising stances may lead to political stalemate in a country that still needs to recapture the remaining areas under Daesh control.

His call for a more transparent and efficient administration, then, can be beneficial as long as his long-term vision does not hinder the current government’s activity, given the delicate stage the country is going through.

Stefano Freyr Castiglione is an Arab media analyst at Integrity UK