Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Update: Iran and earthquakes in North America

There are now a couple of additional articles which relate to the "troop movement" near Iran. The most reliable comes from Israel National News:

"Reports: IAF Landed at Saudi Base, US Troops near Iran Border"

The Israeli Air Force recently unloaded military equipment at a Saudi Arabia base, a semi-official Iranian news agency claimed Wednesday, while a large American force has massed in Azerbaijan, which is on the northwest border of Iran.
Both reports follow by less than a week the Pentagon’s confirmation that an unusually large American fleet sailed through the Suez Canal Saturday. Several reports stated that an Israeli ship joined the armada.

...a report by Iran on Wednesday that it has enriched dozens of pounds of 17 per cent enriched uranium serves as a reminder that time is running out to stop Iran from being able to produce a nuclear weapon.

Iran’s Fars News Agency said the Israeli military aircraft landed 10 days ago at the Saudi base near the city of Tabuk, located in northwest Saudi Arabia, one of the closest areas in the oil kingdom to Iran.

Iran’s government-funded Press TV reported that the Revolutionary Guards began closely patrolling the Islamic Republic’s northwestern border after noticing the American forces, which Iran claimed also included Israeli troops. Azerbaijan’s independent Trend news site also reported on Wednesday that American armed forces are in the country, which is in an armed conflict with rebels.

Revolutionary Guards Brigadier General Mehdi Moini said Tuesday that his forces are mobilized “due to the presence of American and Israeli forces on the western border.” The Guards reportedly have called in tanks and anti-aircraft units to the area in what amounts to a war alert.

I still have a very hard time seeing the U.S. taking aggressive action towards Iran. It is possible, but it seems unlikely that the U.S. would open up another war front. However, if Israel is on the verge of taking out Iran's nuclear facilities and war between these two countries is imminent, then the U.S. may want a stronger presence in the region, primarily to ensure oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz. It is all a matter of speculation at this point. Additionally, I still believe that the first wars will take place between Israel and Syria-Lebanon-Gaza-Hamas-Hezbollah.

Who knows where this will lead. But things are starting to pick up in pace. Because of the recent flotilla incident and now, more ships headed to the blockade; because of the recent arms movements seen between Syria and Hezbollah; because of Turkey's overt hatred of Israel, while aligning with Iran and because of Iran being so dangerously close to having nuclear weapons, we appear to be seeing things shaping up exactly as prophecy would dictate.

Then we turn to North America:

"Earthquake in Canada rattles upstate NY, VT"

ALBANY, N.Y.—An earthquake centered in Canada was strong enough to rattle furniture across the state and was felt as far south as New York City.

There were no initial reports of any serious damage or injuries Wednesday from the 5.0 magnitude quake, which was centered about 40 miles north of Ottawa near the Ontario-Quebec border.

The quake was felt as far away as Michigan and Vermont. In New York, it prompted several calls to state police in Ray Brook in the Adirondacks.

The quake rattled downtown buildings and homes in Ottawa and Toronto, as well as government offices across the Ottawa River in Gatineau, Quebec

"Strong earthquake felt throughout parts of Canada and the United States"

The 5.5-magnitude earthquake at 1.41 p.m. local time (1741 GMT) was centered about 49 kilometers (31 miles) north of Cumberland, a township in eastern Ontario province. It struck about 61 kilometers (38 miles) north of Ottawa, but was felt as far away as Toronto and northern U.S. states.

The quake – which was unusually strong for the region – struck about 15.7 kilometers (9.8 miles) deep, making it a shallow earthquake, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

There was also a 4.4 in Mexico yesterday. Earthquakes in diverse places. The last several notable earthquake swarms were in the typical regions, but lately it seems that the US has been having a few more. This is also worth watching.

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