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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, Oct 14 2014 09:09PM

A 7.4-magnitude earthquake occurred off the coast of El Salvador at approximately 11:51 EDT Monday, according to the USGS.

The earthquake may cause hazardous tsunami waves along the coasts of Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador.

Those near the coasts of these countries should take action in the case that a tsunami hits.

A destructive pacific-wide tsunami is not expected at this time for Hawaii, Alaska, or other areas bordering the Pacific Ocean.

By End-Times, Oct 10 2014 03:51PM

MANAGUA, Nicaragua – Nicaraguan authorities say a 5-year-old girl is dead after record rains unleashed landslides and flooding that swamped hundreds of homes.

The country's Institute of Territorial Studies reports that 14.9 inches (378 millimeters) of rain fell in just 24 hours, the most on record.

Government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo said Thursday that the girl was swept away by strong currents in the village of Santa Teresa on the island of Ometepe in Lake Nicaragua.

There were five landslides at the Concepcion volcano on Ometepe, and authorities closed roads in the popular tourist area.

Murillo said 890 homes were flooded and 24 destroyed.

Rain was expected to continue through Friday and possibly Saturday.

By End-Times, Oct 10 2014 03:50PM

ROME – Flash floods have inundated the port city of Genoa, with two rivers bursting their banks and sending a torrent of water and mud down some streets. One person was confirmed dead in the overnight storm.

Residents were left without electricity, schools were closed Friday and Italian news reports said a train had derailed due to the conditions.

News reports said police divers recovered a body near where the Bisagno river overflowed. The water dumped more than a meter (three feet) of gray mud in parts of city and surrounding areas and sent parked cars tumbling into one another.

The Italian Red Cross said two rivers had overflowed and that some neighborhoods were cut off from rescuers. The Italian civil protection department warned more rain was on the way.

By End-Times, Oct 8 2014 08:03AM

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A magnitude-6.2 quake struck Mexico on Tuesday in the Gulf of California, 121km west south-west of the city of El Dorado, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

The quake was shallow at just 10km, and was felt inland in the city of Culiacan, the capital of the western state of Sinaloa, Culiacan emergency services spokeswoman Melva Uribe said.

"We felt a light shake for about five to ten seconds," she said. "So far, we don't have a single report of damages."

The USGS initially said it was a magnitude 6.3 quake but later revised the figure.

By End-Times, Oct 8 2014 07:42AM

Houses collapse and people in Yunnan province camping in streets as quake of at least magnitude 6.0 triggers aftershocks

A strong earthquake has shaken south-west China, killing at least one person, damaging buildings and prompting thousands to camp outside as aftershocks continued to strike the area, officials have said.

The earthquake with a magnitude of at least 6.0 hit the Weiyuan city area of Yunnan province at 9.49pm on Tuesday when most residents would have been in their homes. At least 324 people were injured, eight of them seriously, the Yunnan provincial government said.

“The whole building was shaking terribly with a loud cracking sound. Plates fell off in the kitchen,” the official state Xinhua News Agency quoted Weiyuan resident Li Anqin as saying. “We all ran out and the streets now are packed with people.”

The US Geological Survey said the earthquake measured magnitude 6.0 at a shallow depth of 6.3 miles (10.1km), while China’s national earthquake monitoring agency gave the magnitude as 6.6 at a depth of 3.1 miles. It said the quake was followed by eight aftershocks, the strongest of which registered at magnitude 4.2.

By End-Times, Oct 6 2014 01:19PM

(Reuters) - A typhoon lashed Japan with torrential rain on Monday after killing at least one person, forcing the cancellation of flights and prompting warnings to more than 200,000 people to evacuate their homes before heading out to sea.

Three U.S. servicemen were swept away by high waves lashing the southwestern island of Okinawa on Sunday as Typhoon Phanfone approached. One was found dead and two were missing. A surfer was swept out to sea.

The storm brushed past the capital, Tokyo, and by early afternoon was out over the Pacific, leaving behind skies clear enough that Mount Fuji was clearly visible to the southwest.

Heavy rains had forced the cancellation of a search for victims of Mount Ontake, with 12 people still missing after an eruption last week killed at least 51. A score of households in the foothills of the peak were evacuated out of concerns that heavy rains could cause mudslides as ash was washed downstream.

By End-Times, Sep 28 2014 08:45PM

Victims reported to have suffered heart attacks after being trapped in ash clouds on 3,067m-high Mount Ontake

More than 30 people are feared to have died after a volcano erupted in Japan, spewing ash and rocks and trapping scores of hikers on the hillside.

The victims, who were trapped overnight after Mount Ontake erupted without warning on Saturday, have been described as not breathing and their hearts stopped. That is the customary way for Japanese authorities to describe a body until police doctors can examine it.

“We have confirmed that more than 30 individuals in cardiac arrest have been found near the summit,” a Nagano prefecture police spokesman told AFP without elaborating further.

The 3,067m-high mountain, a popular location for walkers and climbers, erupted shortly before noon Saturday, spewing large white plumes of gas, ash and rocks into the sky and blanketing the surrounding area.

About 250 people were initially trapped on the slopes, but most made their way down by Saturday night.

More than 500 Japanese military and police used helicopters to search for survivors on Sunday.

By End-Times, Sep 25 2014 11:04AM

GAUHATI, India – The death toll from flash floods and landslides in India's northeast rose to 73 on Wednesday as rescue workers reached homes cut off by the rising waters, officials said.

A senior government official in Meghalaya state, Barkos Warjri, said at least 35 bodies were recovered over the last two days and about 15 people were still missing. Police in neighboring Assam state said 38 people were killed there.

Hundreds of thousands of people in both states have been forced from their homes, officials said.

The area is prone to flooding during the June-to-September monsoon season. In June, at least 11 people were killed in heavy flooding in Assam's Gauhati city.

By End-Times, Sep 19 2014 10:20AM

MANILA, Philippines – Heavy rains from a storm and the seasonal monsoon caused widespread flooding Friday in the Philippine capital and nearby provinces, shutting down schools and government offices.

Local authorities reported thousands were evacuated early Friday from severely inundated communities, some with rapidly flowing waters more than neck high. Local radio stations reported residents taking shelter in the second floor of homes where the water had reached the ceiling of the ground floor.

Manila airport authorities said the rains and radar problems caused delays and the cancellation of at least 28 domestic flights to and from northern and central Philippines affected by Tropical Storm Fung-Wong. At least three international flights heading to Manila were diverted to Clark International Airport in northern Pampanga province.

Flooded streets caused traffic gridlock across the city of 12 million, with many motorists and other commuters unaware of the extent of the flooding due to a lack of reports from local authorities.

Presidential spokeswoman Abigal Valte said that work in government offices in the capital and 15 other provinces has been suspended.

The Philippine Stock Exchange suspended trading and some banks sent their employees home by noon.

Weather forecaster Dioni Sarmiento said more than 260 millimeters (10 inches) of rain fell over a part of Metro Manila used as a rainfall gauge over a 24-hour period ending early Friday. That was more than half of the amount of rain that caused massive flooding across the sprawling metropolis of 12 million people in 2009.

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada said some parts of the capital were flooded overnight and residents in a number of slum communities were evacuated to safety but added that floodwaters were receding because major drainage pipes had been cleared of thrash before the rainy season. He did not say how many have been evacuated in the city.

"Our anti-flood infrastructure has been neglected for a long time," Estrada said. "You go abroad and you see big houses of the rich along clean rivers. But here, the riverbanks teem with squatter colonies, which don't have septic tanks and treat the river like a garbage can."

Zharina Biong, a staffer of the disaster management unit of Marikina City, part of Metro Manila, said more than 27,000 people, most of them living near the swollen Marikina river, have been evacuated since dawn Friday.

The storm, which packed winds of up to 100 kilometers (62 miles) per hour made landfall in northern Cagayan province around noon Friday. It was expected to leave Philippine territory by Sunday and make a sharp turn northward toward Taiwan and southern Japan.

Just last week, Typhoon Kalmaegi hit the same area, leaving eight people dead and displacing over 366,000.