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Yellowstone supervolcano warning as eruption would ‘bring world to its knees’

Supervolcanoes are among the most sinister natural creations Earth has to offer.

They go one step further than their regular volcanic neighbours in the intensity with which they explode, coming in at a magnitude of eight on the Volcano Explosivity Index (VEI).

It means that at some point in history, more than 1,000 cubic kilometres (240 cubic miles) of material blew out of their lids.

Perhaps the world’s best-known supervolcano is Yellowstone caldera, a vast crevice in Wyoming, US, that sits beneath a sprawling national park.

While millions of people visit Yellowstone every year, one volcanologist told Express.co.uk about the level of destruction that would take place in the event of an eruption — and the extent to which it would affect the world.

The way supervolcanoes might erupt depends on where they are in the world and what their geological makeup looks like.

Events range from avalanches of hot rock and gasses to extreme changes in the global climate.

This latter point would result from an eruption at Yellowstone, one that Professor Christopher Kilburn, a volcanologist at University College London (UCL), said would affect much if not all of the world.

“The immediate vicinity of the super eruption would be completely devastated,” he said.

But then comes the global effect: “That’s a different story. Clouds of fine volcanic ash will rise into the stratosphere and will block sunlight for maybe several years.

“More important is the release of volcanic gasses like sulphur dioxide, which form opaque droplets of sulphuric acid and reduce the amount of sunlight but for much longer than the ash.

“It would cause a total disruption of the global food supply; depending on where the eruption occurs it will have major knock-on effects.”

What scientists call a nuclear winter would ensue, where ash and debris from the eruption travel across the world and blanket the sky, blocking out a high percentage of sunlight.

This would reduce global temperatures and lead to crop failures, health implications, and reduced energy production.

Prof Kilburn continued: “If it happens at Yellowstone that would have the possibility to overwhelm the global economy because the world’s leading economy will be brought to its knees.

“Many economic repercussions would follow which would then disrupt trade, food supplies, general activities around the world and that in turn may lead to other destabilising effects.”

While such an eruption wouldn’t necessarily lead to the extinction of the human race, Prof Kilburn said many volcanoes and supervolcanoes aren’t actively being monitored to detect such movements.

“It’s a myth that the world is properly observing monitors,” he said.

Catastrophic flooding in Dominican Republic after ‘largest rainfall event ever’

The Dominican Republic has been severely impacted by a tropical disturbance that brought record-breaking rainfall and catastrophic flooding across various regions.

  • The capital Santo Domingo and several provinces including San José de Ocoa, Duarte, El Seibo, La Altagracia, San Cristobal, and San Pedro De Macoris are among the hardest hit.
  • Infrastructure damage includes over 2 600 houses, 5 bridges, and 6 roads, with 45 communities isolated.
  • President Luis Abinader has described this event as the “largest rainfall event ever” in the nation’s history, with record-breaking figures reported by the Oficina Nacional de Meteorologia (ONAMET).

As of November 19, 2023, the Health Ministry has confirmed 21 deaths due to extreme weather conditions since Friday, November 17. Among the tragic incidents, a retaining wall collapse along a highway in Santo Domingo claimed nine lives. The Emergency Operations Center (COE) has reported additional fatalities in the La Zurza and Arroyo Hondo districts, with one person perishing in Higüey Debido, La Altagracia, after being swept away by floodwaters.

The impact of the torrential rains is widespread, affecting the National District and several provinces including San José de Ocoa, Duarte, El Seibo, La Altagracia, San Cristobal, and San Pedro De Macoris. According to the COE, 2 644 houses have been damaged, with 17 completely destroyed. The infrastructure has also taken a significant hit, with five bridges and six roads damaged, leaving 45 communities isolated. Rescue operations have been intensive, with emergency teams successfully evacuating over 13 000 people to safer areas and rescuing 2 541 individuals from perilous situations. Dominican President Luis Abinader has described this event as the “largest rainfall event ever” in the country’s history. The Oficina Nacional de Meteorologia (ONAMET) reported 431 mm (16.9 inches) of rain in some parts of the National District – a figure that dwarfs the 266 mm (10.4 inches) recorded on November 4, 2022.

Philippines Hit By Earthquake of 6.8 Magnitude

A powerful 6.8 magnitude undersea earthquake rocked the Philippines on Friday, Nov. 17, officials said. The quake occurred in the southern Mindanao region at 4:14 p.m. local time. Although initially logged as having a magnitude of 7.2, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) later downgraded the earthquake to 6.8, local news reported. There is currently no tsunami warning in effect.

When news of the earthquake first broke on Friday, it was logged that no injuries or casualties had been noted, yet reports of both have since emerged. At present, the official death toll remains unknown. The Office of Civil Defense told TIME in an email on Saturday that “information on the number of casualties is all subject to validation.”

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRMMC) told TIME in a separate email that it had tallied a total of seven deaths so far, but is still verifying reports. The working group is currently investigating three reported deaths in General Santos City, South Cotabato, two in Glan, Sarangani, one in Jose Abad Santos, Davao Occidental, and another in Malapatan, Sarangani. TIME reached out to the relevant government authorities for further details.

Major eruption at Ulawun volcano triggers highest Alert Level, ash reaches 15 km (50 000 feet) 

On Monday, November 20, 2023, at approximately 15:30 local time (06:30 UTC), Papua New Guinea’s Ulawun volcano erupted violently, sending volcanic ash as high as 15.2 km (50 000 feet) above sea level. The Aviation Color Code was raised to Red and the Alert Level to 4 (highest). Despite widespread rumors, no tsunami warnings have been issued for the surrounding regions, including Japan and Australia.

The Geohazards Management Division of Papua New Guinea promptly responded by raising Ulawun’s volcanic Alert Level to the maximum stage of four. The Division also highlighted that the eruption is expected to continue for an indefinite period.

The Aviation Color Code was raised to Red, with ash cloud height reported as high as 15 km (50 000 feet) at 06:30 UTC, moving west of the volcano.

By 07:20 UTC, the plume was extending approximately 55 km (34 miles). The height of the plume to 15 km a.s.l. was based on IR temperatures of approximately -60 °C (-76 °F).

At 14:20 UTC, Darwin VAAC said the volcanic plume continues moving W at a height of 15 km a.s.l. At the time, it was extending 518 km (322 miles) W of the volcano. The Aviation Color code remains Red.

Despite initial concerns and media speculation, there is no tsunami warning in effect following the eruption. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) assessed the potential for a tsunami affecting Japanese coasts but has not issued any advisories or warnings. They noted no significant sea level changes at observation sites in and around Japan.

Similarly, Geoscience Australia and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center confirmed that there is no tsunami threat to Australian waters. However, JMA has advised coastal residents to remain cautious due to the unpredictability of delayed tsunami waves.

Nuclear War Will Happen, Putin Ally Warns

A Russian propagandist with close ties to Vladimir Putin has warned nuclear war is “unavoidable” but that it won’t lead to the collapse of humanity by citing previous nuclear blasts.

In a recent debate on state TV, Rossiya-1 host Vladimir Solovyov justified his view by saying that a nuclear strike would not lead to widespread death and destruction if “used against a non-nuclear nation”—perhaps a foreboding hint at the ongoing invasion of Ukraine, which has turned into a slow, attritional war with over 300,000 Russian casualties.

Newsweek reached out to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs via email for comment on Friday.

The use of nuclear arms is something the Russian president has previously threatened, sparking outrage from NATO, but has yet to act on given the nuclear arsenal held by members of the alliance, including the United States.

However, the threat of nuclear attacks by Russia is something propagandists have increasingly been mentioning as the military situation in Ukraine grows more dire.

According to a translation by the Daily Beast’s Russia Media Monitor unit, published on Thursday, Solovyov told panelists nuclear war was “unavoidable,” adding: “It will happen, no doubt about it.”

When Vitaly Tretyakov, a Russian journalist and dean of a TV school at Lomonosov State University, expressed a desire to make sure that it does not happen, Solovyov disagreed.

“Nuclear war is the means for something,” he said. “It’s strange to fight over the means; a nuclear war fulfills a certain goal. Not every nuclear war leads to destruction.”

Solovyov added: “We already had a nuclear war. Two nuclear bombs were dropped on the territory of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan.”

Tretyakov argued this was not a nuclear war in the conventional sense.

Solovyov hit back: “Why not? Nuclear weapons were used. Not every nuclear war leads to destruction.

“If nukes are used against a non-nuclear nation, it won’t lead to the nuclear collapse of humanity. Everyone in the military studies the use of tactical nuclear weapons—they know…and they understand how and where [they can be used].”

“Tragically, we observed the aftereffects of radiation on two occasions, at least for our generation: one of them, the territory of the Soviet Union,” he goes on to say, seemingly referencing the nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl, “another one, the territory of Japan. It didn’t lead to the global demise of humanity.”

Iran’s former IRGC chief: New war fronts could open against Israel

The former head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps has warned that “new war fronts” could open if Israel continues its offensive in Gaza.

Mohsen Rezaee, now the head of the Supreme Council for Economic Coordination, told the Hezbollah-affiliated Al Mayadeen: “The axis of resistance will play a bigger role in the future and the Zionist regime will definitely lose in this war.”

He said he believed the war will cause the downfall of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and “in the coming years we will witness the downfall of the Zionist regime.”

Rezaee argued that the deeper Israel goes into Gaza, the deeper it will sink into a quagmire.

Netanyahu: With attack on ship, Iran has ratcheted up its aggression

Tehran has increased its aggression against Israel and the free world, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after Yemen’s Houthis, an Iranian proxy group, had seized a British-owned and Japanese-operated cargo ship in the southern Red Sea.

Netanyahu immediately blamed Iran.

“We strongly condemn the Iranian attack against an international ship,” Netanyahu said. “This is another act of Iranian terrorism that expresses a leap forward in Iran’s aggression against the citizens of the free world, and creates international implications regarding the security of global shipping lanes.”

Some 25 crew members of different nationalities, including Ukrainians, Bulgarians, Filipinos, and Mexicans were onboard the ship. No Israelis were present on it. The attack came as the US and other Western powers have worked to prevent the regionalization of the Gaza war between Israel and the Iranian proxy terrorist group Hamas that perpetrated the October 7 massacre of at least 1,200 people, including at least 250 foreign nationals, with more still missing and possibly kidnapped.

At issue is the fear of a second front between Hezbollah in Lebanon, another Iranian proxy terrorist group, and a wider and more direct conflict with Iran itself.

The Houthis said they had seized a ship in that area, but described it as Israeli. “We are treating the ship’s crew by Islamic principles and values,” a spokesperson for the group said, not referring to the Israeli account. Its armed forces said on Sunday they would continue to attack Israeli ships.

United Nations slammed for silence over Hamas rapes, mutilation and murder of Israeli women

Women’s rights groups and officials in Israel who have been working tirelessly for the past six weeks to document cases of rape and gender-based atrocities carried out by Hamas terrorists during their mass, brutal terror attack in Israel on Oct. 7., say the United Nations is ignoring them. 

They say they have also shared much of this evidence, some of it horrifyingly graphic and all of it extremely intimate, with the United Nations and groups that protect and empower women. 

The response: Silence. 

“We’ve sent letters and shared graphic documentation,” Sarah Weiss Maudi, a senior diplomat and legal adviser in Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told Fox News Digital. “Their silence is so deafening that it’s sickening,” she said.

Weiss Maudi, who last year became the first Israeli representative to serve as a senior adviser to the president of the 77th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, said that U.N. bodies, particularly U.N. Women, whose specific mandate is to champion the rights of women regardless of race or ethnicity, have simply refused to acknowledge that atrocities were committed against Israeli women – and young girls – despite much of it filmed by Hamas, and other Palestinian terrorists from Gaza, themselves.

More than 1,200 people were killed in the mass terror attack, which took place in more than 20 Israeli communities, army bases, and a mass music festival. A further 240 individuals, including women and young children, were kidnapped back to Gaza. While no victims of sexual crimes have yet to come forward directly – mainly because they were murdered, kidnapped, or are still reeling from the trauma, the Israel Police said last week that it had collected some 60,000 videos, including footage from the terrorists, victims, first responders, and CCTV, showing these gruesome crimes. Some disturbing eyewitness testimonies of gang rapes and other sexual acts have also been documented, the police said.

“What I don’t understand is that we provided very graphic and descriptive evidence of rapes, including gang rapes and the remains of semen on young girls, it was not good enough for the U.N.,” said Weiss Maudi. “Yet data provided by the Hamas Ministry of Health is accepted and quoted without any verification at all,” she added.

On the U.N. Women’s website, the only reference to Israel since the Oct. 7 massacre deals with the “devastating impact of the crisis in Gaza on women and girls,” where Hamas’ Ministry of Health estimates that more than 11,200 people have been killed, of whom some 4,506 are said to be children and 3,027 women.

U.N. Women also details a two-day trip to Egypt by its executive director, Sima Bahous, where she called for “immediate and unhindered humanitarian access,” to Gaza.

End Times News Report-Week in Review 11/3 to 11/10/23

Welcome back to another edition of Jesus 24/7 with Susan Davis and Dina Kalmeta. Listen in as they go over the many headlines in the last 7 days that match perfectly with Bible Prophecy! Here are some of the headlines they will discuss:

Israel-Hamas War Raises the Potential for an Attack Against the U.S., FBI Says
Pentagon launches UFO reporting form
5 Million Residents Mailed Iodine Tablets ‘In Case of Nuclear Disaster’
Extreme weather disrupts life in northern Italy, causing flooding and blackouts
Israel rushes missile boats to Red Sea after Yemen’s Houthis declare war
6.2 earthquake hits Timor region, Indonesia
North Korea Issues Ominous Warning of Preemptive Nuclear Weapons Use in Response to “Undisguised Military Provocation” by the U.S.
North Korea closes multiple embassies around the world
Southern California’s Highland Fire destroys structures, forces evacuations
Row crop harvest grinds to a halt after rain, snow and cold hit northern Plains
Russian Official Has New Prediction for How World War III Will Start
Meanwhile in the Western Pacific, China is getting ready to isolate Taiwan
Brazil – Rains and Floods Wreak Havoc in Santa Catarina as Emergency Declarations Escalate
And so much more…

Pentagon chief says US hit Iran-linked sites in Syria after American troops attacked

 The United States carried out strikes against two Iran-linked sites in Syria on Sunday in response to attacks on American forces, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said.

It is the third time in less than three weeks that the US military has targeted locations in Syria it said were tied to Iran, which supports various armed groups that Washington blames for a spike in attacks on its forces in the Middle East.

“US military forces conducted precision strikes today on facilities in eastern Syria used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Iran-affiliated groups in response to continued attacks against US personnel in Iraq and Syria,” Austin said in a statement.

“The strikes were conducted against a training facility and a safe house near the cities of Albu Kamal and Mayadeen, respectively,” he said.

The United States targeted a Tehran-linked weapons storage site in Syria on Wednesday, and also hit two facilities in the country on October 26 that it said were used by Iran and affiliated organizations.

It is Washington’s assessment that none of the previous strikes resulted in casualties.

The United States says the strikes are aimed at deterring attacks on American forces in Iraq and Syria — more than 45 since October 17 — that have wounded dozens of US personnel.

The surge in attacks on US troops in recent weeks is linked to the war between Israel and Hamas, which began when the Palestinian terror group carried out a shock cross-border attack from Gaza on October 7 that Israeli officials say killed about 1,200 people. Hamas-led terrorists also took at least 240 people as captives into Gaza.

Israel’s military responded with a relentless air, land and naval assault on Gaza that the territory’s Hamas-controlled health ministry said has killed more than 11,100 people — deaths that have sparked widespread anger in the Middle East, and criticism against Washington from Iran-backed groups. The figures cannot be verified independently and are believed to include terrorists and civilians killed by misfired rockets.

There are roughly 2,500 American troops in Iraq and some 900 in Syria as part of efforts to prevent a resurgence of the Islamic State group.

The jihadists once held significant territory in both countries but were pushed back by local ground forces supported by international air strikes in a bloody, multi-year conflict.

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