Friday, January 28, 2022

Very Strong 6.1 Quake Hits South Of Panama

Very strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - South of Panama on Saturday, 17 July 2021 at 20:56 (GMT) - information

A shallow magnitude 6.0 earthquake was reported early afternoon near Canegua, Provincia de Chiriqui, Panama.

According to the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), the quake hit on Saturday 17 July 2021 at 2:56 pm local time at a shallow depth of 10 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
A second report was later issued by France's Réseau National de Surveillance Sismique (RéNaSS), which listed it as a magnitude 6.2 earthquake. A third agency, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), reported the same quake at magnitude 6.2.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake was probably felt by many people in the area of the epicenter. It should not have caused significant damage, other than objects falling from shelves, broken windows, etc. 

Rumors Of War: China Warns Of Full Blown Military Conflict Over Taiwan

China Warns Of Full Blown Military Conflict With US Over Taiwan
Donald Standeford

While the world has been focused on the Russia-Ukraine conflict, China has warned the United States of a full blown military conflict over Taiwan.Qin Gang who is China's ambassador to the United States stated during an interview with NPR on Thursday that the U.S. might face 'military conflict' with China regarding the future of Taiwan.

Qin warned the United States of being a part of Taiwan's plan to seek independence from China and said that "the Taiwan issue is the biggest tinderbox between China and the United States". 

According to NPR, Qin said on Sunday "If the Taiwanese authorities, emboldened by the United States, keep going down the road for independence, it most likely will involve China and the United States, the two big countries, in a military conflict".

China said that they don't wish to go to war, but if Taiwan officially decides to declare independence, "China will not commit to giving up the un-peaceful means for reunification because this is a deterrence".


Ukraine Asks West To Tone Down 'Panic'

Ukraine asks West to tone down 'panic'

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has criticized the “slightly imbalanced” coverage of the situation surrounding his country exhibited by some Western politicians and media. He was speaking to foreign reporters during a major press conference on Friday. 

The former entertainer particularly emphasised his concerns about press coverage, and political statements, concerning an alleged Russian military build up near his country's frontier. 

“Today we are not seeing any greater escalation than it has been before. Yes, the number of servicemen has increased, but I spoke about that at the beginning of 2021 when they talked about the military exercises of the Russian Federation,” Zelensky stated.

“From media coverage, it looks like we are at war already, that troops are already on the road, that there's mobilization, people going somewhere. It's not the case. We don’t need this panic.”

Overhyping the tensions around Ukraine has already had a heavy impact on its economy, Zelensky insisted. Billions have been withdrawn from the country, in recent times, he added, without specifying whether he was referring to the domestic Grivna currency, or those of foreign nations. 

The president also touched upon phone talks with his US counterpart Joe Biden, which took place earlier in the day. Zelensky dismissed media reports that they didn't go well, insisting that that there were no disagreements with the US president.

“We do not have any misunderstanding with the president of the United States. Simply, I deeply understand what is happening in my country, and he understands well what is going on in the US,” Zelensky explained.

At the same time, the Ukrainian leader admitted that he might have some secrets to keep from Biden.

I think that as the president of an independent country, I can have my own secrets, just like the president of the US.

Putin And Macron Hold Crunch Talks

Putin & Macron hold crunch talks

With tensions running high on the European continent, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron have held a high-stakes discussion by telephone, with the two world leaders going head-to-head over Moscow’s requests for security guarantees from the US and NATO

The Kremlin released its version of the talks on Friday, in which the two leaders touched upon numerous critical topics. As per the read-out, “Putin noted that the Russian side will carefully study the written answers to the draft security guarantee agreements from the US and NATO … and then decide on its further actions.”

According to the Russian president’s press service, Putin acknowledged Moscow’s dissatisfaction with the responses that it received earlier this week from the US side following weeks of negotiations.

It was agreed that the two sides would continue dialogue on a range of security issues on the continent. “Macron informed Putin about Paris's approaches on the pan-European track,” the notice read, mentioning France’s position as president of the EU Council for the first half of 2022.


NY Supreme Court Strikes Down Hochul's Statewide Mask Mandate

NY Supreme Court strikes down Hochul’s statewide mask mandate

New Yorkers no longer have to wear a face mask while indoors thanks to a decision by the NY Supreme Court striking down Gov. Kathy Hochul’s statewide mandate.

Congressman Lee Zeldin, a Republican who has been named the presumptive nominee for governor of the state by both the Republican and Conservative Parties, issued a victory statement not long after the ruling:

“We did it! A New York State Supreme Court Judge just ruled the Hochul Administration’s statewide mask mandate as unconstitutional and a violation of New York State law. Honored to have fought side by side with small business owners, parents, elected officials like Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman and so many others in fighting for common sense, freedom, and the full science as opposed to just partial science.”

Zeldin went on to state that despite the “Hochul knows best” arrogance from the state’s current governor, actual New Yorkers are happy to see the mandate go away – now if only the “vaccine” mandates would do the same.

“Just yesterday, I heard a taxpayer funded Public Service Announcement featuring a medical expert telling the public that the CDC no longer recommends the use of cloth masks,” Zeldin wrote.

"However, Governor Kathy Hochul has continued to force New York children as young as 2-years-old to be masked up all day long two years into a pandemic that has harmed kids physically, developmentally, mentally and emotionally. Enough, and it’s not just in our schools. The overreach of this statewide mask mandate that relies on partial science rather than all of it has been very widely and adversely felt throughout New York.”