USGS Evidence Shows Power of the Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

New Evidence Shows Power of East Coast EarthquakesVirginia Earthquake Triggered Landslides at Great Distances


11/6/2012 8:30:00 AM

Earthquake shaking in the eastern United States can travel much farther and cause damage over larger areas than previously thought.

U.S. Geological Survey scientists found that last year’s magnitude 5.8 earthquake in Virginia triggered landslides at distances four times farther—and over an area 20 times larger—than previous research has shown.

“We used landslides as an example and direct physical evidence to see how far-reaching shaking from east coast earthquakes could be,”

said Randall Jibson, USGS scientist and lead author of this study. “Not every earthquake will trigger landslides, but we can use landslide distributions to estimate characteristics of earthquake energy and how far regional ground shaking could occur.”

“Scientists are confirming with empirical data what more than 50 million people in the eastern U.S. experienced firsthand: this was one powerful earthquake,” said USGS Director Marcia McNutt. “Calibrating the distance over which landslides occur may also help us reach back into the geologic record to look for evidence of past history of major earthquakes from the Virginia seismic zone.”

This study will help inform earthquake hazard and risk assessments as well as emergency preparedness, whether for landslides or other earthquake effects.

This study also supports existing research showing that although earthquakes  are less frequent in the East, their damaging effects can extend over a much larger area as compared to the western United States.

The research is being presented today at the Geological Society of America conference, and will be published in the December 2012 issue of the

Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.

The USGS found that the farthest landslide from the 2011 Virginia earthquake was 245 km (150 miles) from the epicenter. This is by far the greatest landslide distance recorded from any other earthquake of similar magnitude. Previous studies of worldwide earthquakes indicated that landslides occurred no farther than 60 km (36 miles) from the epicenter of a magnitude 5.8 earthquake.

“What makes this new study so unique is that it provides direct observational evidence from the largest earthquake to occur in more than 100 years in the eastern U.S,” said Jibson. “Now that we know more about the power of East Coast earthquakes, equations that predict ground shaking might need to be revised.”

It is estimated that approximately one-third of the U.S. population could have felt last year’s earthquake in Virginia, more than any earthquake in U.S. history.

About 148,000 people reported their ground-shaking experiences caused by the earthquake on the USGS “Did You Feel It?” website. Shaking reports came from southeastern Canada to Florida and as far west as Texas.

In addition to the great landslide distances recorded, the landslides from the 2011 Virginia earthquake occurred in an area 20 times larger than expected from studies of worldwide earthquakes. Scientists plotted the landslide locations that were farthest out and then calculated the area enclosed by those landslides. The observed landslides from last year’s Virginia earthquake enclose an area of about 33,400 km2

, while previous studies indicated an expected area of about 1,500 km2

from an earthquake of similar magnitude.

“The landslide distances from last year’s Virginia earthquake are remarkable compared to historical landslides across the world and represent the largest distance limit ever recorded,” said Edwin Harp, USGS scientist and co-author of this study. “There are limitations to our research, but the bottom line is that we now have a better understanding of the power of East Coast earthquakes and potential damage scenarios.”

The difference between seismic shaking in the East versus the West is due in part to the geologic structure and rock properties that allow seismic waves to travel farther without weakening.

Learn more

about the 2011 central Virginia earthquake.

IDF struck 16 targets outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

 Palestinians ride a horse-drawn cart at the site of an Israeli air strike, in Deir al-Balah town in the central Gaza Strip, May 3, 2023.  (photo credit: REUTERS/IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA)

IDF struck 16 targets in Gaza overnight in response to 100 rockets

Despite the low number of casualties on the Gaza side, the IDF denied that Israel had avoided targeting Hamas sites with personnel who were present.


Published: MAY 3, 2023 08:17

Updated: MAY 3, 2023 10:25

Palestinians ride a horse-drawn cart at the site of an Israeli air strike, in Deir al-Balah town in the central Gaza Strip, May 3, 2023.

A total of 104 rockets were fired into Israel between Tuesday and Wednesday, most by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad with some minor participation from Hamas, the IDF confirmed on Wednesday morning.

In response, Israel countered with approximately 16 airstrikes, mostly on Hamas positions, to hold the group responsible for what occurs in Gaza.

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Most of the Israeli strikes in Gaza focused on Hamas’ armament capabilities, including weapons factories, operational headquarters for its naval forces, underground tunnels and other similar sites, with indications that only one Hamas member was killed.

Despite the low number of casualties on the Gaza side, Hagari denied that Israel had avoided targeting Hamas sites with personnel who were present.

 Smoke rises following an Israeli air strike in Gaza May 2, 2023. (credit: REUTERS/MOHAMMED SALEM)Smoke rises following an Israeli air strike in Gaza May 2, 2023. (credit: REUTERS/MOHAMMED SALEM)

Hagari said that Hamas had participated with land-to-air missiles against Israeli aircraft which were not particularly effective, but had mostly left the fighting to Islamic Jihad.

He said that this was an early sign that Hamas did not want a major conflict and eventually led the group to force the ceasefire on Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Several injured in direct rocket fire

Of the 104 rockets fired into Israel, 11 fell in the sea, 14 fell in Gaza, 24 were shot down by Iron Dome, 48 fell in open areas and the IDF said that the location of the remaining 7 was still unclear.

Although most media outlets reported around a dozen Israeli injuries, Hagari said that only three were injured directly by rocket fire, including a foreign worker from China in Sderot, who remains the only moderately injured person on the Israeli side.

Hagaru rejected media estimates of Iron Dome’s effectiveness dropping to 70%, saying its effectiveness remained around 90%, but did not address the discrepancy in reports on the issue in detail.

The latest conflict between Israel and the factions in Gaza started Tuesday morning when Palestinian Islamic Jihad official Khader Adnan died after an 86-day hunger strike while in Israeli administrative detention.

Pakistan: The nuclear horn in a state of peril

Pakistan: The state in a state of peril

25 April 2023

Rajat Upadhyay

Rajat Upadhyay

A B.Tech & B.S Undergrad, I am fond of reading and writing. Curious about how the world works, I like reading about geopolitics, domestic politics and international relations.

Pakistan’s never-ending crush on democracy may come to an end anytime soon. With former Pakistani premier Imran Khan fighting to stay out of jail every day over petty cases, the federal government fighting with the judiciary to postpone the elections in state assemblies, the military fighting with the Tehreek-e-Taliban-Pakistan, and current Pakistani premier Shahbaz Sharif’s ongoing tussle with the IMF and allies to get some dollars to keep their rusted economy moving, Pakistan and democracy are surely not enjoying a honeymoon night right now.

One may think that a state like Pakistan is used to handling such a crisis, but this time the crisis is even deeper, and there is no one around to bail out Pakistan because it’s not just the economy that is failing but also the institutions.

The economy of Pakistan is not merely in a crisis; it is in shambles. Weekly inflation has skyrocketed to a staggering 47.23%, while basic necessities such as flour, tomatoes, LPG, and petrol are both scarce and prohibitively expensive. The number of Pakistanis living below the poverty line is expected to reach 18 million – a figure that exceeds the entire population of 117 countries in the world.Click to Watch Full Episode

To add to the country’s woes, the IMF has withheld funds, with the Pakistani Prime Minister accusing them of continually changing their demands. In the face of these challenges, it is becoming increasingly difficult for the people of Pakistan to survive in what was once called Jinnah’s dream state.

The political parties, like in any other country, are accusing each other of the current state of affairs. Former Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has warned that if political leaders do not sit for a dialogue and find a way forward, the stage is perfectly set for a possible military takeover.

A military takeover and martial law are the last things that political parties may desire at this moment. It would cast them out of the center stage of Pakistani politics and instill a general who would be non-accountable, possess absolute power, and would be a nightmare for democracy in India’s western neighbor.

The judiciary, for instance, has been accused of siding with the opposition party, Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. The recently leaked audio recordings between the wife of PTI’s top lawyer and the mother-in-law of the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Umar Ata Bandial, have only added more strength to the rumors. The government on the other hand has been trying to bring in an ordinance to subvert the Supreme Court by restricting the CJP from taking suo moto cognizance of any matter.

The Army in Pakistan is no longer shielded from criticism, and even the general public has begun questioning the actions of the military leadership in Rawalpindi. This is a significant shift, as the Pakistani army has traditionally not been held accountable to anyone. The political party of former premier Nawaz Sharif, PML-N, accused the then Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa of bias and of illegally removing Sharif from power in 2016.

When the PTI party was in power, they attempted to defend the army, but after Imran Khan was voted out as Prime Minister, he accused General Bajwa of collaborating with the Americans and contributing to his government’s downfall. In summary, all Pakistani political parties tend to make accusations against the army, but as soon as they come into power, they start wagging their tails around their military masters at the GHQ in Rawalpindi.

Though the survival of Pakistan for 70-odd years in itself is a big feat for a country being run by the elites for the elites, but the recent public-led campaigns against the army, the government, and the political parties have left Pakistan standing on a point of no return. The only way forward is strong and big constitutional reforms. It would be worth watching if the current Pakistani government would bring in the necessary changes or would continue subverting the nation, something they have been doing for too long now.

The Sixth Seal Can Happen Here: Revelation 6

Written in Granite: Earthquakes can happen here

Fortunately they’re rarely above magnitude 3

By JOAN T. STYLIANOS | Sun columnist

May 1, 2023 at 4:48 a.m.

NASHUA, N.H. — OMG, I felt that.

But according to the scientific data, it was too far away, and the timing was off.

Californians would probably be laughing at me because folks there understand what real earthquakes are like. I just read that the Golden State experiences some 500 earthquakes yearly, and these are the kind that “are large enough to be detected and felt by local residents.”

On April 23, Sunday night at around 10:30 p.m., I was sitting on my couch and felt my floor shaking and heard my basement door rattling. It was very brief, maybe three seconds.

Earthquake! It’s time to Drop, Cover and Hold On as emergency preparedness manuals advise.

No, not exactly. But there was one measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale that occurred in Adams, New York, that day, and it could be felt all the way to Walpole, New Hampshire. The thing is, that one was reported at 2:10 p.m., so what the heck did I hear and feel several hours after?

Two days later, and the Granite State also recorded some quake action within its borders, but no one around the Nashua area reported any rumbling underground or any dishes rattling in cabinets, etc.

The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed that a 2.9 magnitude earthquake hit just southwest of Sandwich, New Hampshire, at about 9:49 a.m. on Tuesday, April 25, shaking the state’s central region near Squam Lake. Folks as far away as Manchester say they felt it. By the way, if the quake registers below magnitude 2, you generally don’t even know it has occurred because you can’t feel it.

WMUR-News 9 Meteorologist Matt Hoenig recently told TV viewers that New Hampshire does not sit on a major fault line, but “what’s underneath us are little intraplates, these small fault lines, and that’s why the earthquakes are generally less intense but maybe a little more frequent than some other areas.”

Not that anyone’s counting, but… we’ve already had five earthquakes in the state thus far in 2023, tying the total from last year. And the 2.9 zinger is the largest magnitude recorded just twice in the last decade. Shane Csiki, director of the New Hampshire Geological Survey, told News 9 that earthquakes come and go around here. “There are some years that have more earthquakes than other years.”

Csiki added that New England rarely sees quakes above magnitude 3.

Residents in Southern New Hampshire have a better chance of experiencing a tornado than an earthquake, according to, which collects this kind of data. Even twisters aren’t seen often in the Granite State, but they can uncommonly touch down and cause structural damage and death. This brings to mind the tragic tornado in 2008. An EF2 tornado in Deerfield, New Hampshire, leveled a Northwood Lake home and killed a 57-year-old woman who was holding on tightly to her 2-month-old grandson. He was ripped from her arms and later found miraculously alive in the rubble without major injury.

It was heartbreaking because this is so rare. The twister passed through 11 communities across five counties damaging or destroying hundreds of homes in its path.

Are any of us ever truly prepared for a natural disaster like an earthquake or tornado because it happens so infrequently in New England?

Hoping for the best from Mother Nature. I’m simply wishing for a calm spring with sunny skies, gentle breezes and temps around 70.

Israeli government will ‘pay’ for terrorist’s ‘elimination’ outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Hamas, Islamic Jihad terrorists

Hamas promises Israeli government will ‘pay’ for terrorist’s ‘elimination’

Hamas spokesman claims Islamic Jihad terrorist was ‘executed in cold blood,’ promises ‘response’ to balance death out.

Israel National News

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Sources in Gaza responded Tuesday morning to the death of a hunger-striking Islamic Jihad terrorist in prison, Kikar Hashabbat reported.

Terrorist Khader Adnan, one of the senior leaders of the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization in Judea and Samaria, was found early Tuesday morning unconscious in his cell at the Nitzan Prison, and was pronounced dead following resuscitation efforts.

A notice from the Hamas terror organization read, “The criminal government of the occupation will pay the price for the elimination of Adnan and its refusal to release him. There is no option other than to persecute her for her crimes.”

Hamas spokesman Khazam Qassam told Hamas Radio, “Adnan was executed in cold blood. The Palestinian nation has accustomed us so that a crime like this will not pass without a response which will balance it out.”

The “Prisoner’s Club” said Tuesday morning that, “Adnan, who went on six hunger strikes over the years until he died today, brought the prisoners’ voice to the entire world, and each time succeeded in gaining his freedom, until the occupation decided, this time, to kill him.”

According to the Israel Prisons Service, Adnan refused all medical tests and refused medical treatment.

Following his death, sirens sounded in Israeli communities near Gaza, and the IDF later confirmed that three rockets had been fired from Gaza towards Israeli territory.

South Korean Horn pact risks a more aggressive North Korea

U.S.-South Korea pact risks a more aggressive North Korea

Pyongyang has lashed out at deal to deploy U.S. strategic assets to East Asia

Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, says North Korea’s exercise of self-defense will become stronger. (File photo by Reuters)

GABRIELA BERNAL, Contributing writerMay 2, 2023 14:43 JST

SEOUL — After South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and U.S. President Joe Biden reached a landmark agreement at their recent summit, Kim Yo Jong, the powerful sister of North Korea’s leader, said the two had “reconfirmed the hostility of the rulers and military warmongers of Washington and Seoul towards our country.”

She also warned that the deal, called the Washington Declaration, “will only result in making peace and security of Northeast Asia and the world be exposed to more serious danger.”

At the summit, Biden and Yoon issued a statement outlining the Nuclear Consultative Group, a new channel through which the two sides are to discuss the possible use of U.S. nuclear weapons to protect South Korea from the danger posed by North Korea.

Behind the deal is growing trepidation in South Korea about its neighbor’s growing nuclear arsenal. There also had been rumblings from Yoon and other politicians about the South possibly developing its own nuclear weapons.

In Washington, Yoon agreed to refrain from moves to establish a nuclear program and said the agreement paves the way for South Korea and the U.S. to “achieve peace through the superiority of overwhelming forces and not a false peace based on the goodwill of the other side.”

Seoul and Washington say their agreement will help the allies share information on nuclear and strategic weapon plans in response to North Korea’s provocations and to conduct regular consultations on joint military operations. The leaders also announced that the deployment of U.S. strategic assets to South Korea “will be made constantly and routinely.”

Yoon and Biden celebrated their agreement as a deepening of their countries’ alliance. Since returning home, Yoon’s approval rating has increased by 1.9 percentage points.

However, in the near term, the agreement could have the effect of creating more regional tensions, as attempting to strengthen extended deterrence by deploying more heavy weaponry to the Korean Peninsula risks further antagonizing Pyongyang, analysts say.

John Delury, a professor at Yonsei University in Seoul, argues that the Washington Declaration “makes no effort to initiate a process of tension reduction with North Korea.” To the contrary, Delury says the declaration is “not going to make any progress for peace since that’s not even on the list of goals.”

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol (left) and U.S. President Joe Biden exit the Oval Office on their way to hold a joint news conference at the White House in Washington on April 26.   © Reuters

Biden called the declaration “a prudent step to reinforce extended deterrence” and warned that a nuclear attack by North Korea against the U.S. or its allies would be “unacceptable” and would “result in the end” of that regime.

Jenny Town, director of the 38 North Program at the Stimson Center in the U.S., says that the North Koreans will use this declaration “to further justify their choices on development of weapons of mass destruction and try to boost domestic support for further development on this track despite a difficult economic situation.”

As to what actions the world can expect from North Korea in the coming weeks or months, Town mentions “further demonstrations of intercontinental ballistic missile capabilities, work to prepare for and/or launch a reconnaissance satellite, further testing of the Experimental Light Water Reactor as a way to increase nuclear material production long term, and likely some kind of operational/missile deployment drills in the short term.”

Kim Yo Jong also hinted at a backlash, saying that North Korea’s exercise of self-defense will become stronger in response to military actions taken by the U.S. and South Korea.

Nevertheless, Delury cautions against seeing North Korea’s next moves as tied directly to the Biden-Yoon agreement. “Not everything in the coming weeks and months will be a reaction to the summit since the summit and the Washington Declaration are more expressions of a process that has clearly been underway [for some time],” adding that current U.S. and South Korean policies are “helping to keep North Korea on its current course.”

Similarly, Soo Kim, a former CIA analyst and policy practice area lead at LMI Consulting, highlighted that North Korea has long been set on a path of aggression and weapons development. “Extended deterrence or not, Kim is set on pursuing the path he carved out for his country’s nuclear development,” she says.

“So long as Kim continues to conduct weapons tests and threatens the security of the region,” Soo Kim said, “tensions will remain.”