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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, Aug 25 2014 07:45AM

LIMA, Aug 25 - A major 6.9 magnitude earthquake rocked southern Peru, US experts said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or considerable damage.


The quake hit at 2321 GMT 42 kilometers (26 miles) east-northeast of the town of Tambo at a depth of 101 kilometers on Sunday, according to the US Geological Survey.


Centered 467 kilometers (290 miles) southeast of the capital Lima, the quake sent panicked people into the streets of the city of Ayacucho home to about 150,000. It was first reported by USGS as a 7.0 magnitude event.


In the capital, however, the quake was felt as a 4.4 magnitude occurrence noticed by residents of highrises but not those out and about in the sprawling city of eight million.


The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center cautioned that quakes of this size “sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within 100 kilometers of the earthquake epicenter.”


“Authorities in the region of the epicenter should be aware of this possibility and take appropriate action,” it added.

By End-Times, Aug 24 2014 01:17PM

A strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake jolted central Chile on Saturday, officials said, though there were no immediate reports of fatalities or serious damage.


The quake struck at 6:32 pm (2232 GMT) about 108 kilometers (67 miles) northwest of the capital Santiago, at a depth of 35 kilometers, the US Geological Survey said.


The national emergency office ONEMI said the temblor shook Santiago and five other regions in the South American nation.


More than five million people live in the capital, and the quake shook buildings for 30-40 seconds, causing panic even in a country used to temblors.


"There have been some power outages but no reports of damage to buildings or infrastructure... though this is still preliminary information," ONEMI chief Miguel Ortiz said.


The earthquake did not create a tsunami risk, according to the water and oceans service.


Chile is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, and is located in the so-called Ring of Fire area of the Pacific Ocean basin.


An 8.2-magnitude quake in northern Chile in April killed six people and forced a million to leave their homes in the region around Iquique.


And a February 27, 2010 quake that struck just off the coast of Chile's Maule region measured 8.8 in magnitude, making it one of the largest ever recorded.


It killed more than 500 people and inflicted an estimated $30 billion in damages.


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By End-Times, Aug 24 2014 01:15PM

A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake jolted California early on Sunday morning, the US Geological Survey said, though there were no immediate reports of deaths or serious damage.


The quake struck at 3.20am (10.20 GMT) north-west of American Canyon, California, USGS said, at a depth of just 10.8 kilometres below the surface.


The power was out in Napa, about six miles from the earthquake's epicentre, as well as in other towns and cities nearby, affecting more than 10 000 households, according to the Pacific Gas and Electric Company.


The California Highway Patrol in the San Francisco Bay Area tweeted that it was “checking over crossings and bridges for obvious signs of structural integrity,” and asked residents to report any signs of problems.


Residents of the cities of San Francisco, about 40 miles south-west, and Davis, just over 40 miles north-east, quickly took to Twitter reporting also feeling the quake.


Twitter user Tyson Winter wrote: “Shook violently here in Napa. Power's out.”


Ann Marie Christy,wrote that her mother, also in Napa, said the shaking “was very violent with a lot of broken glass.”


And in San Francisco, Om Malik posted “Damn, woke me up. Was super long. #quake #sf.”


Further north, Tim Kerbavaz tweeted: “Felt it in Davis too. Quite long.” - Sapa-AFP

By End-Times, Aug 20 2014 11:22AM

Rescue efforts are underway in Hiroshima, Japan after several landslides buried people and caused severe damage Wednesday morning, local time.


At least eight people are dead and over a dozen missing, according to the Associated Press, after a wall of mud raced down the mountainside and directly into a populated portion of Hiroshima.


The landslides occurred after heavy rain soaked the area on Tuesday and into Wednesday.


The Japan Meteorological Agency reported that 217.5 mm (8.54 inches) of rain fell in just a three hour period, 101.0 mm (3.98 inches) of which fell in just one hour.


The Associated Press reported that rescue workers were pulling victims from the rubble as they searched homes in the affected area.


This substantial amount of rain set a new all-time record for amount of rain in a three hour period, more than doubling the old record of 101 mm set on August 5, 1997.


A new 24 hour rainfall record was also set for Hiroshima with 257 mm (10.12 inches) breaking the old record of 234 mm (9.21 inches) set on July 3, 1995.

By End-Times, Aug 18 2014 04:41PM

Intense seismic activity at the Bardarbunga volcano indicates the potential for a disruptive ash event similar to 2010


Iceland's meteorological office has raised its risk level to the aviation industry for an eruption at its Bardarbunga volcano to orange, which is the fourth level on a five-grade scale.


Ash from the eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano in 2010 shut down much of Europe's airspace for six days, affecting more than 10 million people and costing $1.7 billion.


There has been intense seismic activity at Bardarbunga since August 16, although there are no signs of eruption yet.


Iceland met office seismologist Martin Hensch said the risk of any disruptive ash cloud similar to the one in 2010 would depend on how high any ash would be thrown, how much there would be and how fine-grained it would be.


Bardarbunga is Iceland's largest volcanic system, located under the ice cap of the Vatnajokull glacier in the southwest of Iceland. It is in a different range to Eyjafjallajokull.


The met office said in a statement it measured the strongest earthquake in the region since 1996 early on Monday and it now had strong indications of ongoing magma movement.


"As evidence of magma movement shallower than 10km implies increased potential of a volcanic eruption, the Bardarbunga aviation colour code has been changed to orange," it said.


"Presently there are no signs of eruption, but it cannot be excluded that the current activity will result in an explosive subglacial eruption, leading to an outburst flood and ash emission."


The colour codes, which are in accordance with recommended International Civil Aviation Organisation procedures, are intended to inform the aviation sector about a volcano's status.


Hensch said the biggest risk in Iceland itself was from flood waves from any eruption under the glacier. He said the area of Iceland mainly at risk of flooding was mostly uninhabited but that roads in the area had been closed.


Eurocontrol, the Brussels-based agency responsible for co-ordinating European airspace, said in a statement it was aware the Icelandic Met Office had revised the status of the volcano and it was following the situation closely.

By End-Times, Aug 18 2014 04:39PM

KATMANDU, Nepal – Authorities in Nepal and neighboring India sent food, medical supplies and tents Monday to areas where monsoon floods have displaced thousands of people and killed at least 180 in recent days.


Four helicopters with relief supplies and medical workers were sent to cut-off villages in western Nepal, Jhanka Nath Dhakal of the National Emergency Operation Center said. Most roads into the area are submerged or damaged by flooding, preventing vehicles from passing.


Thousands of people are without shelter in 10 flooded districts, and local officials on Monday distributed rice and lentils and cooking pots to people who lost their homes. The area is mainly farmland where the poor live in mud and straw huts that wash away easily.


At least 100 people have died in Nepal since Thursday, and at least 84 have died in neighboring India due to torrential rains or overflowing rivers after dams were opened in Nepal, authorities said.


In northern India, at least 50 people have died in Uttarakhand state, many of them washed away as rivers overflowed, submerging villages and fields. Officials in neighboring Uttar Pradesh state reported 10 more deaths overnight, pushing its toll to 34.


People in the worst-affected villages were being evacuated to relief camps set up in government and school buildings, said Alok Ranjan, a government official in Uttar Pradesh.


State authorities said paramilitary soldiers in some 400 boats were helping to evacuate people from their homes after entire villages were marooned in northern Uttar Pradesh.


Several rivers overflowed after water was released from dams in Nepal, Ranjan said.


Nepal's Prime Minister Sushil Koirala appealed to both and domestic and foreign agencies to help flood victims there. The main opposition party in Parliament, the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist, disrupted parliamentary proceedings and demanded that the government declare a national emergency.


Dhakal said the government was trying to send medical teams and supplies to prevent diseases such as cholera that can follow flooding. They are also distributing tents and plastic sheets to make temporary shelters, utensils to cook food and clothes for those who lost their belongings.


The June-September monsoon season often bring flooding to Nepal and neighboring India. The rains caused a landslide earlier this month that covered an entire village near Katmandu, killing 156 people.


Last year, more than 6,000 people were killed as floods and landslides swept through Uttarakhand state during the monsoon season. Heavy deforestation over the last few decades has made the area more vulnerable to landslides.

By End-Times, Aug 18 2014 04:38PM

More than 50 people have been injured as villages were destroyed on Monday in Iran near its border with Iraq.


The quake occurred at 7:02 a.m., local time, Monday, with an epicenter 4 km (2.5 miles) from Murmuri, in the Ilam province, according to the Iranian Seismological Center at the University of Tehran.



Governor of Abdanan Majid Asgari told Tehran-based Press TV that the temblor caused severe damage in the region.


It should be dry in the area for the next several days to aid with relief efforts, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Adam Douty said.


"There will be rain and thunderstorms in the mountains just to the east of Murmuri," he said.


Many regional residents had been sleeping outside their homes because of previous earthquakes in the area, The Associated Press reported.


Forty-eight earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 and higher have been reported in the region over a 21-hour period, with the magnitude-6.2 quake being the strongest, according to the Iranian Seismological Center.

By End-Times, Aug 5 2014 01:05PM

Rustenburg - One person has been confirmed dead following an earthquake on Tuesday, said emergency workers.


“A 31-year-old man was found deceased in an old mining village in Orkney, in the North West,” said ER24 spokeswoman Luyanda Majija.


“He was found lying under some debris.”


Emergency workers were at the mining village, searching for mineworkers presumed to be trapped in 11 shafts.


Majija could not immediately confirm the name of the mine.


The United States Geological Survey reportedly said it was a 5.3 magnitude earthquake.

By End-Times, Aug 5 2014 01:00PM

STOCKHOLM – Scores of firefighters in central Sweden are battling a wildfire that has burned 150 square kilometers (60 square miles) of forested land and killed at least one person.


Officials say about 1,000 people have been evacuated from villages and towns threatened by the fire in Vastmanland province, about 140 kilometers (90 miles) northwest of Stockholm.


Italy and France have sent firefighting planes to help contain the blaze, one of the biggest forest fires in Sweden in recent decades.


Police say the badly charred body of man in his 30s was found Tuesday in the area. Another man was taken to a hospital with serious burns.


It's unclear what sparked the fire but authorities say unusually hot weather and dry conditions are fueling the flames.

By End-Times, Aug 4 2014 12:55PM

Flash flooding has claimed the life of one person after heavy rains fell Sunday in San Bernardino County, California, county officials said.


The person was in a vehicle that was swept away by flood waters in the Mount Baldy area of the county, ABC7 News in Los Angeles reported on its website.


More than 4,000 people were stranded in the Oak Glen and Forest Falls areas as a result of the flooding.


Numerous roads were flooded near Barstow, Adelanto, Daggett and Victorville, with a number of them being closed due to flooding, the California Highway Patrol reported on its website.


San Bernardino County officials were assisting to provide food and shelter to some of the affected residents and campers in their area.


The rains were enhanced by monsoonal moisture flowing into the Southwest United States, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Brian Lada said.


More than 2 inches of rain fell in Oak Glen, and 3.2 inches fell at Twin Peaks, Lada said.


"Dry weather can be expected on Monday for the Oak Glen area as the moisture associated with Sunday's rain and thunderstorms shifts to the north and east," he said.