Islamic eschatology is the branch of Islamic scholarship that studies Yawm al-Qiyamah ("the Day of Resurrection") or Yawm ad-Din ("the Day of Judgment"). This is believed to be the final assessment of humanity of Allah, with annihilation of all life, resurrection, and judgment.
By End-Times, Apr 10 2015 09:24PM
Tornadoes ripped through America’s mid-West leaving a trail of destruction in their wake.
Weather scientists are working to verify the number of tornadoes which touched down in Illinois, Iowa and Ohio.
Illinois was the worst affected. One person has died in Fairdale and several others were hospitalised as a result of the severe storms. Not one home escaped damage when a tornado touched down in the town located 140 kilometres from Chicago.
According to meteorologists at the National Weather Service the storms left an 80km path of tornado damage in Illinois.
They were part of a severe weather system that was predicted to affect 95 million people on Thursday from north-east Texas to Michigan.
Forecasters are also warning of possible severe storms continuing across the south-east US states, as well as a heightened risk of tornadoes in the Baltimore to Washington DC region.
By End-Times, Apr 6 2015 03:45PM
KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan official says at least five people have died in heavy flooding in the northern province of Baghlan.
Jawed Basharat, spokesman for the provincial police chief, says the flooding hit three different districts on Monday, including Puli Khamri, the provincial capital.
He says none people were injured and around 400 houses were damaged.
Basharat says police and residents are trying to rescue people trapped by the rising waters and that casualties are expected to rise.
The floods mark the start of Afghanistan's annual flooding season as snow on northern mountain ranges melts. The situation worsens each year due to deforestation and environmental degradation.
Much of the country has been hit by severe weather in recent months, with almost 200 people killed in a massive avalanche in northeastern Panjshir
By End-Times, Apr 6 2015 12:18PM
DHAKA, Bangladesh – Separate tropical storms that have swept through parts of Bangladesh have left at least 36 people dead and scores injured.
Media reports Monday said that the casualties have been recorded since Saturday and that most deaths took place in the northern district of Bogra.
The Bengali-language Prothom Alo newspaper reported that at least 20 people died in Bogra while five people died in Dhaka and the rest in other northern areas as well as in the southwest of the country.
The newspaper says the storms have also uprooted trees, damaged electricity distribution lines, while hundreds of homes, shops and schools have been flattened in parts of the South Asian nation.
Bangladesh usually experiences such storms and tornadoes in April as the summer approaches.
By End-Times, Apr 2 2015 02:19PM
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – A major sandstorm has whipped into the Mideast's commercial hub of Dubai and other Gulf cities, reducing visibility, forcing flight diversions and making breathing outside more difficult.
Dubai's airport operator said Thursday that four flights bound for Dubai International Airport, the world's busiest hub for international air traffic, were diverted to nearby airports. Eight other flights were diverted to the alternate Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central from other regional airports.
In Abu Dhabi, police say a 24-year-old was airlifted to the hospital after being seriously injured in a traffic accident caused by the reduced visibility.
The United Arab Emirates' National Center of Meteorology and Seismology warned of reduced visibility due to blowing dust of as little as 500 meters (yards).
By End-Times, Apr 1 2015 05:51PM
BERLIN – Heavy winds have caused disruption to transport across Germany, prompting the national railway to suspend services in part of the country and forcing flight delays and cancelations.
Railway operator Deutsche Bahn on Tuesday stopped all local trains in North Rhine-Westphalia state, Germany's most populous, which includes Cologne and Duesseldorf.
It also halted most long-distance services in Bavaria as falling trees damaged overhead electric wires. Police said part of Munich's central station was evacuated because of storm damage to the roof, news agency dpa reported. Several flights were canceled in Frankfurt and Hamburg.
In the eastern German town of Gross Santersleben, a man was killed when a concrete wall damaged by the storm fell on top of him, police said.
By End-Times, Mar 31 2015 11:38AM
SRINAGAR, India – Police say at least 15 people have died in flood waters that submerged several areas in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir just six months after the worst floods in half a century devastated the Himalayan region.
Police superintendent Fayaz Ahmed said Tuesday that rescue workers had pulled 15 bodies from the debris of two houses that partially sank in Budgam district. Searchers were looking for a 6-year-old trapped in the mud.
Although flood waters were receding, residents in the main city of Srinagar were bracing for more trouble as the meteorological office has predicted more rain over the next few days.
Many rivers in Kashmir were flowing above their danger levels in Srinagar, and residents were using sandbags to strengthen embankments of the Jhelum River.
By End-Times, Mar 30 2015 12:57PM
A series of earthquakes has struck off the neighbouring South Pacific ocean states of Samoa and Tonga, the US Geological Survey has said, just hours after a major tremor rattled Papua New Guinea to the west.
A number of 6.8-magnitude quakes struck south-west of the Samoan capital, Apia, in waters between the two island states of Tonga and Samoa.
Residents in Samoa told Reuters there were no reports of damage and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said there was no tsunami threat.
The quakes came just hours after a 7.7 quake struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea, near the town of Rabaul, in the country’s north-east.
A tsunami warning was issued soon after the PNG quake, though the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said no destructive, Pacific-wide tsunami was expected.
By End-Times, Mar 30 2015 12:52PM
SRINAGAR, India – Authorities in Kashmir have issued alerts and are asking people to move to higher ground after heavy rains flooded several parts of the Himalayan region.
Hundreds of people were evacuated as the Jhelum River rose to dangerous levels Monday in Srinagar, the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Officials ordered people living along the banks of the river to move to relief camps set up in government buildings and schools.
Police said two houses partially sank into the ground in Budgam district and efforts were underway to rescue more than a dozen people trapped inside.
In Pakistan-administered Kashmir, authorities warned residents to move to safer places after the water level in the Neelum River rose following heavy rain Sunday.
More than 600 people died in Kashmir in flash floods in September.
By End-Times, Mar 30 2015 12:51PM
SYDNEY – A powerful earthquake struck near the South Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea on Monday, prompting officials to warn that hazardous tsunami waves could affect some coastlines in the Pacific.
The magnitude-7.7 earthquake struck Monday at a depth of 65 kilometers (40 miles), about 50 kilometers (30 miles) southeast of the town of Kokopo in northeastern Papua New Guinea, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said hazardous tsunami waves were possible for coasts located within 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) of Kokopo. That includes Papua New Guinea and the nearby Solomon Islands.
The tsunami warning center said tsunami waves reaching 1 to 3 meters (3 to 10 feet) were possible for Papua New Guinea's coastlines.
Tsunami waves of less than 0.3 meters (1 foot) could hit other Pacific island nations, Japan, Australia, the Philippines, Indonesia and Hawaii.
By End-Times, Mar 30 2015 12:49PM
A magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck 34 miles(54 km) southeast of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea around 7:49 eastern time Sunday evening, the USGS reports.
Shortly after the earthquake occurred the Pacific Tusnami Warning Center
said there was potential for dangerous tsunami waves to impact areas within 621 miles (1000 km) along the coasts of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.