A new powerful earthquake struck Saturday in southwestern Pakistan, shaking an area already trying to recover from a quake that killed more than 300 people.
The 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck in Balochistan province Saturday about 96 kilometers (60 miles) northeast of Awaran, the United States Geological Survey said.
Officials say a major earthquake of 6.8 magnitude or larger has hit southwest Pakistan, less than a week after a massive temblor in the same region killed at least 359 people.
The U.S. Geological Survey said on its website that a 6.8 magnitude quake was felt on Saturday in Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province.
Pakistan’s Meteorological Department measured the earthquake at 7.2 magnitude and its epicenter was located about 150 kilometers (90 miles) west of Khuzdar.
Chief Pakistani meteorologist Arif Mahmood told Pakistani television that it was an aftershock from this week’s earthquake and such tremors might continue for weeks to come.
Hours after an Israeli newspaper quoted a government security source saying that Iran already has at least one nuclear bomb, Israel’s leading Arab affairs analyst offered only a slightly less dramatic assessment, saying the regime in Tehran was no more than “one to two months away” from having sufficient 92% enriched uranium to build its first bomb.
Ehud Yaari, the veteran analyst of Israel’s top-rated Channel 2 TV News, added that Iran also had more sophisticated centrifuges becoming available soon that could cut that time down to just “two or three weeks."
On the same program, military analyst Roni Daniel derided the possibility of the “weak” US President Barack Obama holding firm in the face of the charm offensive mounted by new Iranian President Hasan Rouhani during his first foray onto the global stage at the UN General Assembly this week. Israel retained the capability to thwart Iran’s attainment of nuclear weapons, Daniel said.
Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, speaking from the UN, said the world should not “melt” in the face of Rouhani’s new moderate rhetoric, and that it was vital that the international community not “forget” the imperative to stop Iran getting the bomb.
Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, who held unprecedented talks Thursday with his US counterpart John Kerry, posted a Facebook message saying Israel was “isolated” in its hard line on Iran. Under orders from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who himself will speak at the General Assembly on Tuesday, the Israeli delegation boycotted Rouhani’s General Assembly speech last Tuesday — the only delegation to do so. Netanyahu has warned the world not to be “fooled” by Iran’s moderate rhetoric.
Rouhani has made plain this week that Iran seeks to have economic sanctions lifted. Yaari said Friday that Rouhani wants to freeze the nuclear program at a level that would enable it to break out to the bomb within weeks if it so chose.
Earlier Friday, the Maariv daily quoted government analysts saying that the Islamic Republic already possesses at least one bomb.
The paper’s Shalom Yerushalmi wrote that “government security sources up to date on development in Iran,” told him recently that Tehran has crossed all points of no return and already has its first nuclear weapon, and maybe more.
That report marked the first time a government official had been quoted saying Iran already has a nuclear weapon. No sources in the piece were named.
The information, if true, would mark a major shift in international relations and would be a game changer in terms of a regional power balance.
“It’s too late for Israel [to prevent an Iranian bomb]. Iran has crossed all the borders and all the constraints, and it has a first nuclear bomb in its possession, and maybe more than that,” Yerushalmi wrote, basing himself on what he says is the assessment he heard this week from state security sources. ”We are facing a historic change in the strategic balance of forces in the region.”
He then quoted a source who he says is deeply familiar with what he calls the relentless war against the Iranians. “This is no longer about how to prevent a bomb,” the source was quoted saying, “but about how to prevent its being launched, and what to do if and when.”
My heart shutters at the thought that this is correct....Iran is anywhere between already there to 2 months from having a nuclear weapon.
Oh brother! How did we let this come to pass.
Yet, as I read scripture there is no mention of a nuclear exchange between Israel and Iran at this point.....and I think there would have been were it going to come to pass. So why not...preemptive Israel strike? Earthquake! Obama negotiates them into disarming (tongue in cheek)?
Whatever it is...its close. Real, real close.
I have felt for several years now there was a linkage with all the major events for these times....famine, weather, earthquakes, economics (OWG), disease, hearts growing cold, pride, inhumanity, persecution...and I still do. We all know not to trust "feelings" too far, but it makes so much sense. And it seems the spring is so close to maximum tension on each and every one of these things.
Surely, Jesus is close to coming for His bride. What a wonderful day this would be to hear The Shout.
Hmmm...sounds very familiar. NK has been working with Iran for a very long time. Having Iran's scientists at their launches. These evil people were also the ones supplying Syria, to help build their ill fated nuke plant that Israel gratefully destroyed!
NK also was responsible for arming psycho Saddam Husein (just one example;had an island built replicating Bedrock, the Flintstones home) and his sadistic sons.
Saddam had ordered missiles from NK, in late 2002. In addition to the missiles, the NK was going to provide Saddam with all the technology (as part of the deal) to make their own onsite manufacturing of missiles. Saddam gave the NK 10 million as an advance payment. But then when they asked the NK where their purchased missiles were, the NK said that there was too much attention by the U.S. for them to deliver. Then as the U.S. was about the enter Iraq early 2003, the NK refused to give Saddam his money back...its unimaginable to think of Saddam with possibly armed nuke missiles...let alone Syria...all complements of NK
I hear you on this and also sense the tightness of the spring,the tautness of our status quo. It seemed to take a long time but these last years have been so exaggerated in intensity . Perhaps it is because our own country is so out of kilter and makes NO sense anymore.
We have lost the good of reason. We are turned over.
But still Ipray that like the Jews in exile in Babylon that we will live and hope for peace and for the prospering of the good that remains. We occupy till He comes. But more and more the longing deepens to see Him and know Him face to face.
He holds the times in His hand and nothing is a surprise to Him. That encourages me as I am so easily alarmed byt eh evil tht is growing. Like Lot and Noah we are anguished over the spread and approval of hatred and uncleanness of every sort.
"keep you heart with all diligence, for out of it flows the issues of life." We must stay close and in step with the Spirit in these times ahead. We will not suffer His wrath but we may very well suffer persecution as the days shorten. We need to be prepared spiritually for this. Serious in our alertness and wise in our dealings. Maranatha. He who is in us is stronger than he who is in the world. Hallelujah.
Amen to all these postings!! One can feel the evil radiating from the ME opposition who feel let down right now. Something is going to give very soon. It is coming from the left to the right, in front and to the back.
May God use us for his glory in these last days and hours!
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