Thursday, October 27, 2016

Italian Quakes Cause Widespread Damage, Russia-U.S. 'Teetering On Brink Of War'

Italian earthquakes cause widespread damage, but no-one killed

Earthquakes caused widespread damage and terrified residents in central Italy overnight, two months after a strong quake left nearly 300 dead and razed villages in the same area, but no-one was killed.
Several people were slightly injured, but only a few needed hospital treatment, the Civil Protection Agency said.
In Visso, one of the larger hill towns hit, the mayor said most of the damage had been to buildings already weakened by the Aug. 24 earthquake.
"The situation is ugly and you can see the noticeable damage, but luckily I can say it's better than it looks. We don't have victims or seriously injured people or anyone missing," Giuliano Pazzaglini said.
The quake was nonetheless a shock to a town that had started to work on rebuilding after the last tremor, Pazzaglini said, and the hours following it were full of anxiety for people in the border area of the Marche and Umbria regions.
Many people slept in their cars. In Campi, a town of about 200, rescue workers set up some 50 beds in a quake-proof building for people who could not sleep in their homes.
"I can't shake off the fear," said Mauro Viola, 64, who said he had not slept and had spent the night outside.
"I am afraid to see what my house looks like."
Police had blocked off the road to his home with a bench, and Viola said a chapel nearby had collapsed.
Boulders tumbled down the valley into roads around Visso. Officials restricted access to its historic center, awakening grim memories of the leveling of the hilltop town of Amatrice in August.
"The only time I have cried today was when I wasn't allowed to go into the historic center," said Visso restaurateur Elena Zabuchynska, 43.
"I thought of Amatrice, all fallen down, and I thought our city center might look like Amatrice."

The three main overnight quakes came about two hours apart. Close to Visso, the rose-windowed facade of a late 14th century church, San Salvatore a Campi di Norcia, was reduced to rubble.
The first tremor measured magnitude 5.4, causing many people to flee their homes and the second was stronger at 6.1, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
A 4.9 aftershock came a couple hours after that, and dozens of weaker ones followed.

The first images of the Russia's recent nuclear attack drill have been released, confirming the massive scale of the preparations...
An unprecedented 40 million Russian citizens, as well as 200,000 specialists from "emergency rescue divisions" and 50,000 units of equipment took part in a four day-long civil defense, emergency evacuation and disaster preparedness drill last week, the Russian Ministry for Civil Defense reported on its website.
As The Sun reports, radiation-ready Russian soldiers prepare for nuclear war in the first footage to emerge of a terrifying practice drill involving up to 40 million people.
Emergency services wore hazchem suits and gas masks during the four-day trial run in Moscow.
More than 200,000 emergency service staff are believed to have taken part in the drill.
Moscow’s entire population of 12 million would be able to fit into refurbished underground shelters, Russian authorities confirmed.

The fifteen-year geopolitical chess match with the west has been won by Russia, an article in the Pravda newspaper, entitled ‘Geopolitical Chess: Game, Set and Match to Russia’, reads.
“However, Moscow could be described as an unwilling victor because it never envisaged a situation in which it would be forced to outsmart its ‘partners’ just to survive. The idea at the turn of the century was something totally different,” the article continues. “The West, collectively, is a fox in a hen-house, a man who shot his trusting Best Friend in the back, a sociopath and a psychopath, a monster. Its policy is formulated by the puppets of the lobbies which dominate its governments as its media peddles lies to shape public opinion to whitewash its crimes and invent an orge to justify the ‘us’ by manipulating fear of ‘them’.”
The fact that the Russian Federation is preparing for war is not a secret.
The Russian fleet has been sent toward Syria and will arrive to the place just before the US election. Just over a week ago, 40 million civilians took part in a massive civil defense drill, held by the Russian government in order to prepare people for nuclear, biological and chemical attacks.
As the former head of the International Treaties Department of the Russian Defense Ministry, Lt. Gen. Evgeny Buzhinsky, said, the US and Russia are on the brink of war.

 Britain is sending tanks, drones and 800 troops to Estonia as part of the biggest military build-up on Russia’s borders since the Cold War. The soldiers will be sent to the Eastern European country and will be joined by forces from Denmark and France, according to Defense Secretary Michael Fallon. It comes a day after Russia unveiled chilling pictures of its largest ever nuclear missile – Satan 2 – which is capable of obliterating the UK.
Yesterday, Putin also reportedly launched an RS-18 ballistic missile, understood to be a test to see if it could defeat US defense systems. And today, 130 military centers were put on high alert in Russia and six surrounding countries for drills on the region’s ability to respond to attacks from the West. The United States hopes for binding commitments from Europe to fill four battle groups of some 4,000 troops, part of NATO’s response to Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and concern it could try a similar tactic in Europe’s ex-Soviet states.  –Daily Mail

Why we should all prepare for war: NATO continues its encirclement of Russia with additional troop deployments. How can this not be viewed by the Kremlin as anything but an act or war and a threat to Russia’s national security? Even U.S. Defense Secretary Carter said these latest deployments would not ‘lower tensions, they would raise them.’ 
Nine hundred US troops are to be sent to Eastern Europe next year as America’s troubled relationship with Russia enters new, uncertain territory. A US-led battle group of NATO allied soldiers will be sent to Poland as part of the multi-nation operation. Secretary Ash Carter confirmed the US would also send tanks, explosive experts and engineers. ‘This was a decision made by the alliance leaders in Warsaw. The US will lead a battalion in Poland and deploy an entire, battle-ready battalion task force of approximately 900 soldiers from the 2nd Cavalry Regiment based in Germany. ‘We will send a headquarters elements, three Stryker Maneuvers with mobile gun systems, artillery battery as well as any tank, explosive ordinance disposal or engineer capabilities.’
Russian strategic missile troops reportedly launched an RS-18 ballistic missile on Tuesday. The launch may have been a test of the advanced hypersonic glider warhead, which would be able to defeat US anti-missile systems. The test was conducted at midday from a site near the town of Yasny, Orenburg region, in the southern Urals, and the warhead reached the Kura test range in Kamchatka in Russia’s Far East. “The test was a success. The warhead was delivered to Kura field,” the Defense Ministry reported.
Last Friday in this remote US military outpost on Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean (see image below), a US military private contractor who cycles through every nine days working on the island for ongoing maintenance of military hardware reported an enormous, unprecedented buildup of US Air Force bombers – both B-1’s and B-2’s. Some were painted flat black. 
On a related note, this past week the US Air Force was caught dressing up its warplanes disguised as Russian aircraft that would likely be used in false flag operations to blame Russia for aggression it didn’t commit. The civilian contractor on Diego Garcia stated that far more activity was witnessed than any time prior in the 9 years he’s been on the job there. He reports that under the tightest security the government has blocked off access roads and that so many warplanes have been assembled on the island that aircraft are now being parked on blocked off roads.
A count of over a dozen refueling tankers were sighted and flights were taking off on the average of every 15 minutes. He also observes the tent city that sprang up includes temporary barracks and hangars for both US Air Force and Navy personnel. His ex-Air Force coworker speculated that the ultra-tight security and sudden influx of so much activity is characteristic of top secret nuclear weapons movement. Speaking of which, the eyewitness also noticed that 6-8 US Navy vessels were offshore and the island docks were busily unloading countless pallets of bombs. Obviously sneaky Obama is up to something very big against his targeted cold war enemies potentially including nuclear powered Russia and China

Short-notice military exercises and forthcoming deployments will help NATO fill gaps in its air and missile defenses as it revamps its approach to deter Russia in eastern Europe, a top US general said.
This week, for instance, some 100 US forces received "shock" orders to move a Patriot missile defense system from Germany to Romania by rail for a joint exercise to be carried out in early November with 100 Romanian soldiers.
Britain, the United States and other NATO allies — responding to Russia's military expansion — are bolstering forces and equipment in eastern Europe under NATO's biggest buildup on Russia's borders since the Cold War.
Russia, meanwhile, is beefing up its warship presence in the Baltic Sea and Mediterranean, after stationing nuclear-capable Islander missiles in Kaliningrad, Russia's enclave between Poland and Lithuania.

Given the increased threat from Russia, McGuire said the United States and its allies were working urgently to improve coordination among aging air and missile defense systems of the east European allies. Some still use Soviet-era equipment dating from their time in the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact.

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