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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, Jan 3 2015 12:51PM

SYDNEY – Thousands of Australians fled their homes as wildfires raged across the nation's south on Saturday, with firefighters struggling to contain the blazes fanned by strong winds.


Six homes were destroyed by the fires in South Australia and Victoria states, officials said, though no serious injuries have been reported.


Dry conditions and temperatures in the upper 30s Celsius (around 100 degrees Fahrenheit) were causing headaches for firefighters battling the blazes. Officials said it would likely take days to get the fires under control.


The worst of the fires was in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia, where the flames had destroyed five homes and put hundreds of others at risk, state Country Fire Service spokesman Daniel Hamilton said. Residents of 19 communities had been asked to evacuate as a predicted shift in the winds on Saturday afternoon prompted fears the flames could worsen.


The forecast was also calling for increased humidity, which could slow the fire's progress Saturday night, Hamilton said.


Up to 2,000 firefighters were battling the blazes across the state from the ground and the air, with more than a dozen aircraft dumping water onto the flames. Four firefighters have suffered minor physical ailments, including dehydration and asthma, Hamilton said.


In neighboring Victoria state, firefighters had controlled more than 300 fires since Friday, with only one still considered a danger. One home was destroyed in the blaze in the western Victoria town of Moyston, state Country Fire Service spokesman Mario Xuereb said.


A shift in the weather Saturday afternoon was expected to bring light rain, wind and lightning to the area, which could exacerbate the blaze. The rain wouldn't be enough to quell the flames, and the lightning could spark fresh fires, Xuereb said.


Destructive wildfires are common across much of Australia during the summer months. In 2009, wildfires killed 173 people and destroyed more than 2,000 homes in Victoria.

By End-Times, Dec 30 2014 06:24PM

MANILA, Philippines – Officials say flash floods and landslides triggered by Tropical Storm Jangmi left at least 29 people dead and 10 missing in the Philippines, including in areas still recovering from last year's Typhoon Haiyan.


Jangmi, packing winds of 65 kilometers (40 miles) per hour and gusts of 80 kph (50 mph), dumped heavy rains Monday on southern Mindanao Island, where floods destroyed bridges and highways, sending thousands of residents to evacuation centers. The storm then pushed its way through eastern and central islands, where most of the deaths occurred Tuesday.


Mayor Stephanie Uy-Tan says 12 people died when a landslide buried two vans and six houses near a mountainside highway in eastern Catbalogan City. She says voices could still be heard from one of the vans and rescue efforts are ongoing.

By End-Times, Dec 27 2014 11:14AM

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – At least nine people have been killed in mudslides triggered by heavy rains in the central hills of Sri Lanka.


Disaster-response officials say more than 60,000 people have been evacuated and 3,000 homes destroyed as floods and mudslides covered many parts of the Indian Ocean island in the last four days.


Pradeep Kodippili, a spokesman at the state disaster management center, says nine people were killed in the Badulla district on Friday. Another eight have been injured and two are missing.


It is a monsoon season in some parts of Sri Lanka, but many other areas not normally affected are also experiencing non-seasonal rain.

By End-Times, Dec 25 2014 01:55PM

JACKSON, Miss. – Emergency workers in Mississippi planned to go out Christmas Eve and survey the damage caused by storms that hit the South a day earlier, killing at least four people, flipping over cars, knocking out power to thousands and damaging several homes and businesses.


Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declared an emergency for two southeastern counties where officials say four people died in the storms and 50 people were injured. Thousands remained without power Wednesday around Columbia, which is about 80 miles southeast of Jackson, officials said.


Marion County Emergency Management director Aaron Greer said one woman was killed Tuesday night in a mobile home and a second woman died in a business south of Columbia that was hit by the storm. Greer said Wednesday storm's path was about a half a mile wide and one to one and a half miles long.


Greer said the 50 people injured in county were being treated at Marion General Hospital in Columbia and Forest General Hospital in Hattiesburg. He did not know the extent of the injuries.


Summer Davis with the Jones County Emergency Management office said a man and woman were killed inside a mobile home in the Calhoun community west of Laurel.


Davis said the storm damage was confined to a small area with damage to other homes.


"The whole town of Columbia is without power," Millie Swann, a spokeswoman for Marion General Hospital said. "The hospital is running on generator (power), but was able to treat people in the ER unless they needed a higher level of care."


Eight patients were transferred to a hospital in nearby Hattiesburg.


Swann said the hospital's emergency room has since quieted.


"Any time there's an event like this things get hectic, but health care people are used to working under pressure," she said.


Photos tweeted by from several local media and the National Weather Service in Jackson showed damage to a Walgreens, car dealership, day care and the strip mall. Several local news outlets said none of the children at the day care were injured.


Meteorologist Latrice Maxie said significant damage has been reported to many homes and businesses in the city of about 6,500 people. A survey team would be sent Wednesday to determine whether a tornado was responsible, she said. Storm spotters said it was.


"It's chaos over here," Marion County coroner Norma Williamson said. "All the lines are down."


Mississippi Highway Patrol Lt. Johnny Poulos said authorities have shut down the three highways that lead into Columbia because of downed trees, power lines and other debris.


Most of Georgia was under a flood watch as thunderstorms moved across the state Wednesday morning. Several counties in south Georgia were also under a tornado watch as severe storms moved into the state from Alabama and the Florida panhandle.


Earlier Tuesday, according to local media reports, a tornado touched down in Amite, Louisiana, downing several power lines and trees and tearing the roof off at least one home. Golf ball-sized hail fell in Enterprise, Mississippi, along with some pea-sized hail in the Bude area.


Meanwhile in Tallahassee, Florida, the weather service tweeted that travel was strongly discouraged and that several water rescues were in progress. At least 6 inches of rain had hit the area in a short time.

By End-Times, Dec 25 2014 01:53PM

MOSCOW – A massive snowstorm in Moscow has caused delays to dozens of flights and brought traffic to a standstill.


Although none of the three airports has been closed, several dozen flights were delayed on Thursday at two airports south and south-west of Moscow.


The snowstorm began early in the morning Thursday and the Russian Meteorological Office said it expects up to 4 inches of snow to fall in Moscow in a single day.


The Yandex traffic monitoring service said the congestion in Moscow reached the record-high 10 points in the early afternoon, which normally happens only occasionally every year during rush hour.


Unlike in Western European capitals, snowstorms in Moscow hardly ever disrupt public transport or shut down air traffic.

By End-Times, Dec 8 2014 04:33PM

BEIJING, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- A 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck near Panama's Pacific coast at a depth of 20 km on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.


In the latest update, the USGS said the epicenter was located 20 km southeast of the town of Punta de Burica and 58 km southwest of the city of David.


In earlier USGS bulletins, the magnitude of the quake, which occurred at 0854 GMT, was put at 6.7 and the depth at 10 km.


No tsunami alert was issued in the wake of the temblor.

By End-Times, Dec 2 2014 11:53AM

Eleven people have been killed in floods caused by torrential rains in Morocco, with one area receiving rainfall equal to a whole year in just three days.


Floods triggered by torrential rains have killed 11 people in Morocco, a week after a storm left 36 dead.


Storms again lashed the south of the kingdom, with the resort of Agadir experiencing the equivalent of an entire year's rainfall - more than 250mm - between Friday and Sunday.


The bad weather, which finally eased on Monday, led to many rivers bursting their banks and causing widespread damage, especially in the Guelmim region 200km south of Agadir, which has been declared a disaster area.


The 2M public TV channel said the storm killed 11 people, citing an "authorised source", as no official national death toll has yet been released. Previous reports gave seven dead.


Among the dead are two college students who drowned on Friday in the Anti-Atlas mountain range, and a youth swept away southwest of Marrakesh. A woman and her child were also killed when a house collapsed near Figuig.


Several thousand homes were damaged or destroyed, roads cut and power networks damaged, the authorities said, adding that at least 250 villages had been cut off.

By End-Times, Nov 26 2014 05:27PM

JAKARTA, Indonesia – A powerful earthquake has struck off the coast of northern Indonesia, but officials say a tsunami is unlikely.


There are no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage.


The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-7.0 quake hit late Wednesday about 150 kilometers (93 miles) northwest of Kota Ternate. It said it was centered 65 kilometers (40 miles) below the seabed. The U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center said based on historical records the quake was not sufficient to trigger a tsunami.


Indonesia is prone to earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. In 2004, a massive earthquake off Sumatra triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

By End-Times, Nov 24 2014 03:28PM

RABAT, Morocco – Morocco's government says heavy flooding in the south of the country has killed at least 17 people with a further 18 missing after heavy rains over the weekend.


In the southern city of Guelmim alone, 13 people were killed by a flash flood that roared through a dry river bed, reported the Interior Ministry in a statement carried by the national news agency late Sunday.


There has also been flooding around the resort city of Marrakech, highly popular with European tourists, with roads being cut and tour buses briefly stranded, according to local media.


The ministry added that at least 18 people have been reported missing.


The press has also reported that dozens of homes have been swept away and bridges cut by the flooding.

By End-Times, Nov 15 2014 11:14AM

JAKARTA, Indonesia – A 7.3-magnitude quake hit Indonesian waters Saturday morning and has the potential to generate tsunami waves along nearby coasts, a monitoring agency said.


According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake hit 154 kilometers (96 miles) northwest of Kota Ternate at a depth of 47 kilometers (29 miles).


There are no immediate reports of casualties or damage.


The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake could cause hazardous tsunami waves within 300 kilometers (186 miles) of the epicenter along the nearby coasts of Indonesia and the southern Philippines. Waves could reach up to a meter (3.28 feet) or less, it said.


The nearest communities of Tabukan Tengah on North Sulawesi island could be at risk within an hour or so if a tsunami occurs, the agency said.


The waves could also reach as far as Taiwan, Okinawa in southern Japan, the U.S. territory of Guam, Papau New Guinea, Solomon Islands and the Marshall Islands in the Pacific within the next six hours, it said.


The world's largest archipelago, Indonesia is prone to earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.


In 2004, a monster temblor off Aceh shores triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries. Most of the deaths were in Aceh.