Why has the western United States suddenly been shaking so violently over
the past several weeks? On Tuesday, the constant barrage of headlines
about the coronavirus pandemic was interrupted by an enormous earthquake that
hit central Idaho. Of course Idaho is not exactly known for earthquakes,
and so this was quite a surprise. In fact, the largest quake in Idaho
history was the magnitude
6.9 Borah Peak earthquake in 1983. So when a magnitude 6.5 earthquake
stuck not too far from Boise on Tuesday, it really stunned a whole lot of
people. And according to the Spokesman-Review, this quake could be
felt as far away as Calgary…
An earthquake hit southern Idaho on Tuesday afternoon, with shakes felt as
far as Calgary, Canada, Boise and Spokane.
The United States Geological Survey measured a 6.5-magnitude earthquake at a
depth of 10 miles just before 5 p.m. The center of the quake took place about
45 miles west of Challis, Idaho.
This is an event that those living up in the Northwest will remember for a
long time to come. There was a tremendous amount of shaking all over the
region, and according to at least
one report some people actually “ran outside yelling”…
An entry in Volcano Discovery said: “Sustained moderate shaking for several
minutes, Rumbling sound heard, people ran outside yelling. Knickknacks fell off
“Items suspended from ceiling/beams still slightly swaying 10 minutes
Brett Woolley, a restaurant owner in Stanley, said he heard earthquake
coming before he felt it.
“I heard the roar, and at first it sounded like
the wind but then the roar was tremendous,” Woolley said about 10 minutes after
the earthquake. “The whole house was rattling, and I started to panic. I’m
sitting here perfectly still and the water next to me is still vibrating.”
Needless to say, any major seismic event anywhere near Yellowstone is a
cause for concern.
And of course this quake comes less than two weeks after a magnitude 5.7
earthquake hit near Salt Lake City on March 18th…
An earthquake struck near Salt Lake City Wednesday morning, shutting down a
major air traffic hub, damaging a spire atop a temple and frightening millions
of people already on edge from the coronavirus pandemic.
Though there were no reports of injuries and no damage was immediately
reported in areas along the Utah-Idaho border, there was damage scattered in
the Salt Lake City area — with the earthquake showering bricks onto sidewalks
and releasing a chemical plume outside the city.
The 5.7-magnitude earthquake that shook Utah Wednesday morning also
dislodged a symbolic part of Salt Lake City’s iconic Mormon temple: the trumpet
of an angel statue atop its highest spire.
The temple is the spiritual focal point for the 16 million members of The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Following that dramatic seismic event, there have been hundreds of
And remember, this is not a part of the country that is known for lots of
According to the University of Utah Seismograph Stations, there had already
been 658 aftershocks from that event as of Monday morning…
More than 600 earthquakes have hit across Utah and surrounding areas after a
5.7-magnitude quake struck near Salt Lake City about two weeks ago, according
to University of Utah Seismograph Stations.
As of Monday morning, the University of Utah Seismograph Stations, or UUSS,
recorded 658 earthquakes as part of a series of aftershocks.
Of course there will be plenty of aftershocks following the quake that just
hit Idaho as well.
As I write this article, there have already been five aftershocks greater than magnitude 3.0 that
have hit the region. By the time you read this article, that number may
be substantially higher.
With all of this shaking going on in Idaho and Utah, many on the west coast
may be wondering if they are next.
According to CalTech, there have been more than 1,100 earthquakes in
California and Nevada over the last 7 days. A couple of magnitude 5
quakes struck off the coast of northern California during March, and that
certainly rattled some nerves, but everyone understands that something far, far
larger is eventually coming.
For years, scientists have been telling us that “the Big One” is way overdue
and that we are not prepared for it.
And for years I have been warning people about what will eventually happen
if they remain on the California coastline.
Speaking at a contentious White House coronavirus news briefing on Sunday that involved testy
standoffs with multiple reporters, President Trump
declared that “the peak in death rate” in the coronavirus
pandemic “is likely to hit in two weeks,” and said the federal
government will be extending its social-distancing guidelines through April 30.
“The modeling estimates that the peak in death rate is likely to hit in
two weeks. I will say it again. The peak, the highest point of death
rates, remember this, is likely to hit in two weeks… Therefore, we will
be extending our guidelines to April 30, to slow the spread,” the
president said in the White House Rose Garden.
Saying his earlier hope that the country could reopen by Easter was
“just an aspiration,” Trump added: “We can expect that by June
1, we will be well on our way to recovery” and that “a lot of great
things will be happening.”
When asked about worst-case scenarios if the country were to remain
closed indefinitely, the president responded,
“You’re gonna have large numbers of suicides — tremendous [numbers
of] suicides… You will see drugs being used like nobody has ever
used them before, and people are going to be dying all over the place.”
On a positive note, Trump went on to say that “two of the
country’s largest health insurers — Humana and Cigna — have announced that
they will waive copays, coinsurance, and deductibles for coronavirus
In response to a question at the briefing, Dr. Anthony Fauci,
the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases,
reiterated his estimate from earlier in the day that it remained possible that
100,000 to 200,000 people could die in the United States. “What we’re
trying to do is not let that happen,” he said, calling the extension of
social-distancing guidelines “a wise and prudent decision.” Over
2,300 people with the virus already have died in the U.S.
“Models are good, but models often generate the kind of anxious
question you asked,” Fauci said, when a reporter asked how bad the
situation could become. “A model is as good as the assumptions you put
into the model, and very often, many of these assumptions are based on a
complexity of issues that aren’t necessarily the same… from one country to
Fauci said the April 30 extension came after he, Dr. Deborah Birx and
other members of the task force had made the recommendation.
“Why don’t you people act a little more positively —
it’s always get-you, get-you.”
— President Trump, to PBS News
Trump said he’d seen early estimates that 2.2 million people could have died
if the government had done nothing in a worst-case scenario, so “if
we can hold that down to 100,000” or less, it would be a “good
job.” Had the country simply ridden the virus “like a cowboy”
and driven “that sucker right through,” the president insisted,
disaster would have unfolded.
Separately, Trump openly questioned why the demand for surgical masks has
skyrocketed in New York City and elsewhere, urging assembled reporters that
they “oughtta look into it” because “something’s going on.”
The head-turning moment came just hours after Trump touted the sky-high ratings for his coronavirus press
briefings, and shortly after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio urged his constituents not to “look back” on his
prior statements downplaying the coronavirus.
“How do you go from 10 to 20 to 30,000, to 300,000 [masks] — even
though this is different,” Trump asked. “Something is going on, and
you ought to look into it as reporters. Where are the masks going? Are they
going out the back door? How do you go from 10,000 to 300,000? And, we have
that in a lot of different places. So, somebody should probably look into
that. I just don’t see from a practical standpoint how that’s possible to
go from that to that, and we have that happening in numerous places.”
Pressed on the matter later at the briefing, Trump called on New Yorkers to
“check” Gov. Andrew Cuomo and de Blasio, both Democrats, about the
changing mask numbers. “People should check them, because there’s
something going on.” He asserted that it could be “something
worse than hoarding.”
Cuomo said earlier this month that some people were stealing medical
supplies. “Not just people taking a couple or three, I mean just actual
thefts of those products,” Cuomo said. “I’ve asked the state police
to do an investigation, look at places that are selling masks, medical
equipment, protective wear, feeding the anxiety.” Nevertheless, a
CNN “fact-check” reporter, among others, accused Trump of making
his claim without “evidence.”
Furious nurses staged protests outside of Jacobi Hospital’s emergency
room in the Bronx over the weekend, claiming there was a dangerous shortage of
masks and gloves there. Sean Petty, a pediatric nurse at the hospital,
told the New York Post: ‘We need billions of N95 masks. This policy
that was put out by the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] is killing
nurses. We already lost our first nurse in New York City. We’re gonna lose
Trump remarked that “many of the states are stocked up” on various
critical supplies including ventilators — although, he added, “some don’t
admit it.” Later, Trump suggested that “there’s a question as to
hoarding of ventilators” in which some hospitals may be keeping the
devices in case of a major problem in the future.
Also at the briefing, Trump unloaded after PBS News’ Yamiche Alcindor — a
frequent Trump antagonist who previously has asked numerous questions
during coronavirus briefings about whether an unnamed administration
official really used the term “Kung Flu” — began with
another critical query about Trump’s past comments to Fox News on New York’s demands or ventilators.
Specifically, Alcindor accused
Trump of saying that governors were requesting equipment they “don’t
actually need.” In fact, Trump said that in some cases, “equipment’s
being asked for that I don’t think they’ll need” by the end of the
pandemic. Alcindor doubled down when Trump pushed back on her
characterization of his comments.
“Why don’t you people act a little more positively — it’s always
trying to get-you, get-you, get you,” Trump responded. “And you
know what? That’s why nobody trusts the media anymore. That’s why you used to
work for the Times and now you work for somebody else. Let me tell you
something: Be nice. Don’t be threatening. Be nice.”
That confrontation prompted another wave
of sympathy for Alcindor among left-wing journalists. Alcindor
herself complained on social media that she was unfairly
victimized by the president. (“I’m not the first human being, woman, black
person or journalist to be told that while doing a job,” she wrote.)
Minutes later, Trump tusseled with CNN reporter Jeremy Diamond, who alleged
the president had definitively said on Friday that he’d cut off communications with governors who weren’t
appreciative of his coronavirus efforts. Trump shot back that Washington state’s
governor, Democrat Jay Inslee, was a “nasty” person, and reiterated
that Vice President Mike Pence would remain in open communications even
with hostile governors.
“Your statement is a lie,” Trump said flatly. Trump slammed
Diamond for omitting a portion of Trump’s quote in which Trump said
governors and local officials needed to appreciate the broader federal disaster
relief effort, not just Trump’s own initiatives.
“We lift up their ratings, because their ratings are very low,”
Trump said, explaining why CNN had sent Diamond to the briefing even though
some network figures have expressed open disdain for the president.
“I’m well aware that Trump has made plenty of mistakes handling this
crisis,” wrote The National Review’s Alexandra DeSanctis after the briefing.”I’d just
like to know how the media baiting him and alternating between throwing
themselves pity parties and patting each other on the back improves that
situation. These Gallup numbers [showing declining media popularity]
are not a fluke.”
For the most part, however, the president largely sounded positive notes as
to practical developments over the past 24 hours of the crisis.
In addition to the waived copays and deductibles, Trump touted “some
interesting” therapeutics that “will be announced over the next few
weeks.” He said he has been working on getting a system that could
sterilize health-care workers’ masks up to 20 times more quickly approved
by the Food and Drug Administration.
Trump went on to praise the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Federal
Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] for turning New York City’s Javits
Center into a makeshift emergency hospital.
“It’s an incredible, complex, top-of-the-line hospital. Everyone’s
trying to figure out how they did it,” Trump said, noting that he was also
unsure. “And, I was a good builder.”
The president maintained distance from other speakers at the briefing, and
referenced social-distancing guidelines as soon as he took to the podium.
“Appreciate everybody being here — beautiful day in the Rose
Garden,” Trump remarked as the press conference began. “Tremendous
distance between chairs.”
“We’re all in this together — all us of us,” Trump said at the
conclusion of the briefing. “I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s a
beautiful thing to watch. Unfortunately, the enemy is death, so it’s very
unpleasant. But, the level of competence, the level of caring, the level of
love — I just think it’s brilliant. … I’m very proud to be your
1974, Sinis region, Sardinia (Oristano): the plow of a farmer being blocked by a piece of stone marked the beginning of a series of excavations in the area of Mont’e Prama, near the village of Cabras. Unable to continue plowing, the man got off the tractor and perplexedly examined an outcropping of stone. Digging with his hands, he pulled a huge head out of the ground. It had double-carved eyes, something he had never seen before and which no one else had laid eyes on for many centuries. Thus began the mystery of the Mont’e Prama Giants.
What came to light immediately held
considerable importance: in the approximately 50 meters (164 ft.) that
initially delimited the burial ground, there were numerous stone slabs that
covered many tombs with large statues originally placed above them. The dating,
at the time not completely certain, assigned the construction to the 9th
century BC and was attributed to the families of local aristocrats. It was
obviously a sacred complex of great importance. Never before had such an imposing
and pronounced complex been found, with a form of statuary so unusual and older than the Greeks.
of a Mont’e Prama grave. (DedaloNur/CC BY SA 3.0 )
The statues soon began to be
studied, despite the scarcity of means and funds at the time, and boxers,
archers and warriors soon were unearthed with models of nuraghe
and betyls (from the Hebrew Beth-El, house of God) – stones of sacred value
worked in a truncated cone shape, sometimes with quadrangular recesses.
Over time, 16 big statues of boxers
emerged, all over two meters (6.56 ft.) tall and carrying a large shield raised
over their heads and a glove armed with spikes on their right hands; six
warriors were found with a round shield and armed with a sword, wearing
long, horned helmets; six archers also emerged from the earth with their quivers
and a finely decorated bow in their left hands, as well as 13 menhir-like
betyls and nuraghe models.
The finds began to be collected and
catalogued and a selection of the more than 5000 fragments have been exhibited
since 1980 at the museum of Cagliari.
In December 1979 the excavations
stopped. The row of tombs showed slabs put at the ends as if to indicate the
end of the burial ground. Tests carried out in the continuation both towards
South and North and trenches towards the West gave negative results.
After 30 years, the numerous blocks
were transferred to the center of Li Punti, where an analysis and intervention
laboratory was set up to restore and study the statues with various types of
scientific investigations. They were found to have realistic decorations on the
shields, armor, and weapons.
of the Mont’e Prama Giants. (Author Provided)
About 30 years passed, in which the Giants , as they
became known, were hosted in some exhibitions, and studies continued. But it
was only in 2014, thanks to a University of Sardinia research project together
with the Archaeological Superintendence of Cagliari that excavations resumed at
the site where the Mont’e Prama Giants had been found; this brought new
extraordinary finds to light.
In particular, two figures were
found, one still with the head connected to the body, which are assumed to be magicians
or priests. They differ from all the others because of their shoes – the other
statues are for the most part barefoot – and a particular cone shaped headgear,
curiously of the same type as a bronze statuette found in a tomb in Lazio
(Vulci), where a Nuragic princess and her Etruscan husband were buried. And
other Giants seem to be waiting for their turn to return to the light as well.
But why is the Mont’e Prama site so
Most Extraordinary Archaeological Discovery of the 21st Century
The statues found at Mont’e Prama
are unique, both in appearance and age. And they date back several centuries.
In fact, before the discovery there was no news of such impressive artistic
elements prior to the Greek and Etruscan statuary documented to the beginning of the seventh century BC. But
the Giants changed everything and dealt a decisive blow to the usual perception
classical archaeology had assigned to the Nuragic culture (second half of the
2nd millennium BC).
Mont’e Prama revealed a much more
refined culture than was previously thought. It shows a culture that was able
to produce an imposing sacred complex and the most ancient statues of the
Mediterranean basin and Europe.
excavation (1975) of Mont’e Prama, Sardinia, Italy. ( Public Domain )
From the findings we can understand
that the Iron Age in Sardinia,
from the 9th century BC, was an extremely varied and culturally active period.
It seems clear that the island at this time was a crossroads of populations,
cultural and artistic influences, and ideas; literally it was at the center of
a specialized network of art and trade professionals. The Sardinian people
exported their goods from Andalusia to Morocco and throughout the Mediterranean
area in northern Africa.
Sardinia thus participated directly
in the trade and perhaps assimilated construction techniques and stylistic
influences, creating the first great statues in Europe. The constitutive
peculiarities of the Giants, the highly suggestive eyes , the realistic decorations of the panoply (complete armor),
the large shields, the imposing positions with the shield raised or the bent
arms supporting the bow, clearly state that the creators of the Mont’e Prama
area had access to avant-garde techniques for the time, and their work was very
Not only that, the uniqueness of the
complex and impressive statuary tells us that there were aristocracies so
powerful and rich that they wanted to hand down their culture through a refined
example that would last for many centuries. The site itself, as will be
discovered through a new generation of geo-radar thanks to the geophysicist
Prof. Gaetano Ranieri, is known to be much more extensive than what has emerged
today, and it testifies to the considerable constructive and artistic skills of the people.
It is very interesting that this new
vision of Sardinia offered by Mont’e Prama matches what is presented in
classical sources. According to Diodorus Siculus, the island was
inhabited by the 50 sons of Heracles,
conceived with the daughters of Thespius, the Thespiades. Supposedly the hero
wanted to populate Sardinia before being hired by the Gods and sent his nephew
Iolaus to lead the Thespiades to colonize Sardinia.
The result was a sort of paradise
where the inhabitants produced valuable architectural works, gymnasiums, and
courts – this was the image of a happy island. A tradition reported by Pseudo –
Aristotle adds interesting notes about the advanced culture and art of the
island, which in ancient times would have been scattered with temples of
exquisite workmanship and fields cultivated with technologies that were
unusually advanced for their time.
Heroon of Mont’e Prama
The site is considered by many
scholars to be a Heroon,
a monumental sanctuary dedicated to a hero (or exemplary heroes) who became
mythical or mythological over time. The area is located about two km (1.24
miles) from the pond of Cabras and is essentially formed by a series of 60
cockpit tombs with a depth between 70 and 80 cm (27.56-31.50 inches), aligned
on a north-south vector, (others without slabs are located further east). They
run alongside a road and many are covered by slabs about 20 cm (7.87 inches)
thick, on which about 5,000 sculptural fragments of statues, betyls, and models
of sandstone nuraghe were scattered.
The betyls are created with
different materials than the statues. They are made of sandstone while the
statues are of limestone. Sandstone is located a few kilometers from Mont’e
Prama, while the limestone was extracted from the quarries between S’Archittu
and Santa Caterina (Cuglieri) posing new questions about how the blocks were
Various models of nuraghe have also
been found that sometimes deviate from the classical image; they are rather
complex: some of them even have eight towers (however, we do not have examples of
this style in Sardinia) of various sizes joined by terraces to a larger central
body. They are rather unusual and resemble small medieval castles .
The beginning and the end of the
burial ground is marked by two vertical sunken stones adjacent to the first and
last tomb. About 20 meters (65.62 ft.) from them, to the west, are the remains
of a Nuragic
At the time of opening, all the
tombs were devoid of any funerary equipment, except for number 25, which
returned an Egyptian scarab from the 12th/ 11th century BC, reused in a
Do the Mont’e Prama Giants Look Like?
The statues, carved from a single
block of stone, mainly represent boxers, archers, and warriors with round
shields, all of them around 2.30 meters (7.55 ft.) tall. Several of them have
helmets with frontal horns, visible combat gloves, a cap on the head from which
long braids descend, and large shields which are held above the head.
All of the statues show feet resting
on irregular squares with well-outlined toes, well-shaped faces, and especially
unique eyes, marked by a double concentric circle executed to perfection, and a
of one of the Mont’e Prama Giants. ( spritz77 /Adobe Stock)
The boxers are bare-chested, wearing
a sort of triangular tip back skirt with perceivable closing laces, while the
archers wear a tunic. The warriors also wear armor on their tunics. Archers are
copies of Sardinian bronzes found everywhere in Sardinia and Etruria.
Other elements present are the well-sculpted and visible greaves (leg guards),
and in some cases a two-horned helmet. Quivers and sword sheaths are clearly
An anthropological analysis
conducted on recovered bone remains shows that they belong to young men.
Radioactive carbon (C-14) dating places the site to between 1100 and 800 BC.
Expanding Archaeological Site
Sardinian archaeological authorities
state that the burials and other elements at the site suggest this was meant to
be an imposing complex aimed at celebrating deceased nobles or exemplary
ancestors who magnificently represent the best characteristics of the local
The construction methods identify
three phases inserted chronologically between the 9th and the end of the 8th
century BC: in the oldest one the tombs were excavated, in the second one the
perimeter was delimited with a fence and stone slabs covered the tombs, and in
the last phase the statues were made. These create an appropriate monumental
decoration for a site of evident importance for the Nuragic civilization.
According to the 1st century
historian Diodorus Siculus, between the 10th and 7th century BC warrior
aristocracies developed in the area and imposed their power on other local
people. It is commonly believed that these aristocracies commissioned the
construction of the Heroon to glorify their success and their wealth.
The necropolis can also be framed in
its cultural place through the evaluation of the populations that gravitated
around the area. The hill of the site is in fact the home of several Nuragic structures . Unfortunately we do not know the exact date of these
buildings and therefore we cannot directly link them with the necropolis.
However, other nearby Nuragic sites
are certainly contemporary. Moreover, the Phoenician
colony of Tharros was about 10 km (6.2 miles) away and it is certain that there
was constant contact between the two areas due to the discovery of small
Nuragic objects in Phoenician burial sites near Mont’e Prama. This could
suggest the possibility of the two ethnic groups mixing.
of the Phoenician colony of Tharros. (Author provided)
The excavations also outlined an
interesting final epilogue to the history of the Mont’e Prama area: the
destruction of the statues into thousands of pieces. Their heads were taken off
and eye lines were erased in a sort of eternal damnatio memoriae .
Someone has deliberately erased the traces of the civilization that produced
the Mont’e Prama site. But who? When? And most importantly why?
It’s difficult to say with
certainty, since there is no specific data about the event except a partial
dating on the basis of the analyses carried out. The destruction of the
statues, betyls, and all that surrounded the tombs took place before 300 BC. On
the basis of this data, various hypotheses have been put forward; all are
possible explanations for the destruction: a Carthaginian
expedition, internal wars between the various tribes or local people to conquer
the territory, Phoenician incursions of the nearby colony of Tharros, natural
degradation of the stones, and the site being used as a landfill.
The discovery of a monumental
necropolis in an unimposing field far from hot springs and raw materials poses
many questions, especially of its real intention. Was there anything like a
built-up area or a shrine at Mont’e Prama that could justify the presence of a
necropolis? A research project was set up involving the two universities of the island :
on the technological side was the University of Cagliari, which was directed by
Prof. G. Ranieri, and the archaeological side was covered by Prof. R. Zucca’s
team from the University of Sassari.
In 2013 the Cagliari unit
highlighted numerous possible archaeological structures. To the north and south
of the old archaeological area they found circular (Nuragic huts?), rectangular
(buildings?), linear and flat (roads?), elliptical (fences?), and row (tombs?)
anomalies, and, nearby there were important scattered anomalies (statues?).
Many innovative geophysical methods were used (multi-channel georadar, 3D
electric tomography, thermal tomography, ARP, etc.) and the 7-hectare subsoil
around the old archaeological site was scanned and digitally represented up to
three meters (9.84 ft.) deep.
In 2014, multi-channel georadar
immediately showed important anomalies. Prof. Zucca’s team, together with the
Superintendence Department, verified the integrity of the method that was used
with high precision (sometimes down to the centimeter.) They discovered two
enormous beetles (2.35x 60 cm), lined with millenary furrows from plows and
placed at the edge of two other groups of four tombs each.
More than 4000 finds were brought to
light – feet, statue heads, busts with quivers, and many models of nuraghe.
Further geophysical research discovered two unusual statues of unarmed people,
one of which with its head still attached to the body. In 2015 the geophysical
exploration of Prof. Ranieri’s unit led to the finding of another 8 hectares
with important anomalies still waiting to be verified.
In 2015 / 2016 the Archaeological
Superintendence of Cagliari, with the participation in 2017 of the University
of Sassari, carried out extensive research outside the area of the 1974-1979
findings, verifying the archaeological correspondence of the anomalies found in
2014 by Prof. Ranieri’s team. Other elements (a monumental wall) excavated by
the Superintendence in the N-NW direction corresponds to the anomalies revealed
by the electrical and Georadar investigations.
It is obvious that there is a vast,
hidden universe under the surface just waiting to be brought to light.
The author would like to sincerely
thank Prof. G. Ranieri and Prof. R. Zucca for their kind help in drafting this
Yellowstone volcano is acting up once again, with an “increased
risk” warning. Scientists are uneasy with the deep magma intrusion that
has been building up ever since it was discovered in nearly four decades
Scientists Use GPS Data to Model What Might
Have Happened Below The Surface
As scientists continue to speculate as to what happened underneath the
surface of Yellowstone, they had to resort to the usage of GPS
modeling to render what might have happened to explain the erratic nature
of the location. The surface seems to be deflating and inflating in irregular
Research Published Last January
Their research published in the Journal of Geophysical Research has revealed
that a vast body of magma had “intruded” beneath Norris sometime in
the Nineties. It also wrote, “Recent activity has provided new insights
into the causes of surface deformation in and around the Yellowstone Caldera, a
topic that has been debated since the discovery of caldera floor uplift more
than four decades ago.
“An episode of unusually rapid uplift centred near Norris Geyser Basin
along the north caldera rim began in late 2013 and continued until an
earthquake on March 30, 2014, thereafter, uplift abruptly switched to
“Split at rates of several centimetres per year resumed in 2016 and
continued at least through to the end of 2018.
“Modelling of GPS and interferometric synthetic aperture radar data
suggests an evolving process of deep magma intrusion during 1996-2001.”
What is The Norris Geyser Basin?
This is a part of the park that is the oldest, hottest, and most lively in
terms of thermal emission. This is also an area as large as the size of
Chicago, and so far is the most at risk where an eruption would start in
Dzurisin has also published something in reference to the supervolcano and
had this to say: ‘Hydrothermal explosion features are prominent in the Norris
Geyser Basin area, and the apparent shallow nature of the volatile accumulation
implies an increased risk of hydrothermal explosions.’
‘For the first time, we’ve been able to track an entire episode of magma
intrusion, degassing, and gas ascent to the near-surface. For those in the
know, like you, that’s awesome-not alarming,’
What Happens Now And Should You Worry?
Magma-derived fluids are closer to the surface now just about a mile or so
below Yellowstone. Thankfully, the research has debunked many who believes that
their lives are in danger. Many people say that it is already overdue for an
eruption, Jacob Lowentern is Yellowstone Volcano Observatory’s
Scientists-in-Charge said: “When you see people claiming it’s overdue,
usually the numbers they come up with say the last eruption was 640,000 years
ago, but it erupts every 600,000 years.”
“But, in fact, if you average the eruption intervals, there’s 2.1
million to 1.3 million and then another 640,000 years ago. If you average
those numbers you come up with something that’s over 700,000 yearsSo, in
reality, even if you tried to make this argument, it wouldn’t be overdue for
another 70,000 years,” said Lowentern.
Natural disasters pose a major threat to the US, perhaps even more than a
political threat, because the former cannot be controlled for the most part,
and if such were to happen at a politically unstable time, the results could be
disastrous. According to a recent report from the Charlotte Observer, five
earthquakes hit the Carolinas and Tennessee in less than fifteen hours.
At least five earthquakes reaching up to 2.4 magnitude rattled the Carolinas
and Tennessee within 24 hours, the U.S. Geological Survey reports.
The other quakes ranged from 1.7 to 2.2 magnitude, according to the USGS.
The series of quakes began around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday in Mulberry, North
Carolina, the USGS reported. More followed over the next several hours, with
the most recent one striking around 8 a.m. Monday.
The largest 2.4 quake hit around 11 p.m. near Centerville, South Carolina —
about 30 miles southwest of Greenville, according to the USGS. At least 480
people, some as far as 300 miles away in Georgia, reported feeling the tremor
to the agency. (source)
Could this be a sign of more earthquakes in the region? It is possible, but
the main to watch is if one starts seeing them near the Mississippi river
region or near Yellowstone, as there are major inland fault lines in those
regions that pose a direct threat to the country.
William Haseltine, president of the global health think tank ACCESS Health International, who recently chaired the U.S.-China Health Summit in Wuhan, where the virus likely originated, has a theory. “There are four ways,” the doctor told The Daily Beast. “One, it peters out with the weather. Two, everybody gets infected, so it’s got no new places to go… so it ends—but that’s a pretty horrible ending. Three is a vaccine, which is about a year away. Fourth way is the most likely: We’re going to have a few drugs, within a few weeks to a few months, that prevent people from getting infected—like PrEP for HIV—and for treatment.”
As major cultural events are forgotten, workplaces, bars, and restaurants close, and prominent politicians around the world go into quarantine, two simple questions about the novel coronavirus pandemic seem to rise above the rest: How long will this last? And how will it end?
Last night we brought to you an intense, 2-hour
bible study on the timeline arc for how prophetic events come to pass.
We showed you the 400-year arc from Malachi 3 and 4 to Luke 2 that resulted in
the fulfillment of prophecy of the coming Messiah. We showed you the 51-year
arc from 1897 to 1948 regarding the ‘phase one’ prophecy for God to regather
the Jews back to the land of Israel. And last we showed you how, for all
practical intents and purposes the New World
Order found in Daniel
7:23-26 began on September 11, 1991, and here 29 years into that the
whole world has gone crazy over the COVID-19 coronavirus.
“Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth
kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour
the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. And the ten
horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that
shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from
the first, and he shall subdue three kings. And he shall speak great
words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High,
and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until
a time and times and the dividing of time. But the judgment shall sit, and they
shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto
the end.” Daniel 7:23-26
Make no mistake about it, the COVID-19 coronavirus is real,
it is not a hoax, and it is actually making thousands sick with
a small percentage of those people dying from it. Take any and all precautions
you deem necessary for the protection and safety of you and your loved one, I
it seriously and taking precautions. But while the coronavirus is in
fact real, the fear and panic that is being forced upon us is not, we are being
told to be afraid and we are obeying.
I believe that the key sign that this is being done by the
New World Order will be if and when the Internet begins to get
really spotty and sporadic, or if it for whatever reason shuts down altogether.
If that happens, it will be proof that after isolating us in our homes, they
are then taking away our ability to communicate with each other and share the
truth. If anything happens to the Internet, then in my opinion, it will truly
be time to panic. NTEB will be monitoring this around the clock, and as soon as
we know something new, so will you.
The Department of Health and
Human Services experienced some form of cyberattack Sunday night related to its
coronavirus response, administration sources confirm to ABC News.
As Natural News
had reported in this recent story, with the state of New York activating the National Guard
and erecting a ‘coronavirus containment zone’
around the small city of New Rochelle, just the first of likely many to come in
the days, weeks and months ahead should America not get this outbreak under
control, the show ‘Containment’ helps us to understand that any
estimate of just how short or how long a ‘medical martial law lock
down’ might really last is sure to change, with estimates of two
weeks sure to change to a month and then 3 months and possibly even longer should
this thing explode in America. And with COVID-19 taking
very little time to go from just breaking out to ‘endemic’ in
the state of Washington, many have warned that this is how the globalists could complete their
lockdown of America and the world with forced vaccinations, medical martial law
and tyranny ahead.
Patients sickened with coronavirus
may be infectious for up to five weeks after they first fall ill, a new study
Researchers from China discovered that people
could live with virus in their respiratory tracts
for as long as 37 days. That’s 2.5 times as long as the mandatory two-week
isolation period required by most healthcare experts.
It comes on the heels of the World Health
Organization finally declaring the global outbreak to be a pandemic on
For the study, published in The Lancet, 191
patients from two hospitals in Wuhan – the epicenter of the coronavirus
outbreak – were studied.
The team used electronic medical records to
collect demographic data as well as laboratory data.
Researchers detected the RNA of the virus –
which carries the genetic information – in respiratory samples from patients
for a median of 20 days after they first becoming sick.
The shortest amount
of time someone was infectious was eight days and the longest amount of time
was 37 days.
With that study likely helping to explain why there may be up
to 100,000 cases of undiagnosed coronavirus in the state of Ohio alone this very moment as
reported in the Daily Mail due to so-called ‘community spread’
with only 5 people officially diagnosed with coronavirus in the state, if those
numbers are repeated from state to state across America, there could be
millions of Americans walking around with coronavirus already, completely
undiagnosed, and spreading it to others to ‘wash, rinse and repeat’
the hellish cycle.
Ohio has estimated it has more than
100,000 undiagnosed cases of coronavirus, after the virus was detected in
people that had not traveled to affected areas.
The state’s director of health, Dr Amy Acton,
who is also a licensed physician, warned the virus was moving through the
population via ‘community spread’ as state governors moved to close all schools
from Kindergaten to K-12 on Monday.
The northern state, which has a population of
11.7 million, has only reported five cases of COVID-19 so far. Two have
contracted the virus via ‘community spread’.
Warning of the rapid spread of the disease from
the Ohio General Assembly in Columbus yesterday, Dr Acton said: ‘I know it is hard to understand COVID-19 since we can’t see
it, but we know that one per cent of our population is carrying this virus
today. That’s more than 100,000 people.’
so-called ‘super rich’ now bugging out to
their disaster bunkers as the Guardian
reports in this new story hopefully giving a hint to those who think that COVID-19 is only a ‘hoax’ to usher in medical tyranny
here in America that it is something real that we should prepare for, we still
can’t overlook the possibility that this ‘outbreak’ will
be used by tyrants to usher in global martial law.
Like hundreds of
thousands of people across the world, the super-rich are preparing to
self-isolate in the face of an escalation in the coronavirus crisis.
But their plans extend far beyond stocking up on hand sanitiser and TV boxsets.
The world’s richest
people are chartering private jets to set off for holiday homes or specially
prepared disaster bunkers in countries that, so far, appear to have
avoided the worst of the Covid-19 outbreak.
Many are understood to be taking personal
doctors or nurses on their flights to treat them and their families in the
event that they become infected. The wealthy are also besieging doctors in
private clinics in Harley Street, London, and across the world, demanding
private coronavirus tests.
Robert Vicino, founder and chief executive of
Vivos Group, a California-based company constructing underground shelters
designed to withstand a range of natural disasters and catastrophes, said his
firm had seen a surge in inquiries and sales since the crisis took hold.
Vivos has converted a a cold war bunker in
Indiana into accommodation for 80 people, and is offering space in 575 concrete
bunkers in an abandoned second world war ordnance depot in South Dakota.
So while most of us aren’t able to jet off to our disaster bunkers in some far
away places, far from the unfolding madness, we’re still able to buckle in for
a bumpy ride ahead and while New York governor Andrew Cuomo recently banned
gatherings of 500 or more people in New York in an attempt to cut the spread of this
beast in the state of New York, that still potentially puts 10’s of millions in
New York in the ‘line of fire’ of coronavirus as,
should only 1 person in that gathering of 499 people be positive for the virus,
it’s likely to spread much further anyways.
As this shocking new
story over at the Daily Mail reports, while only 5 people in the state of Ohio had been
officially diagnosed with coronavirus, doctors believe over 100,000 Ohio
residents might be infected with the disease via community transmission, having
no idea what-so-ever they’ve been infected, yet contagious to others.
How many more such situations are going on now here in America? Please join us
in prayer for the people of America.
Since the end of World War II, have we ever seen the entire globe gripped by
so much fear? This week, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the
U.S. and Europe has absolutely exploded, and authorities all over the western
world are rushing to shut down public gatherings of all kinds. The NCAA
has banned fans from upcoming tournament games, the NBA just suspended the
entire season because a Utah Jazz player tested positive, and dozens of
other sporting events have been canceled all over the planet. In both the
U.S. and Europe, schools are being shut down for weeks, some universities are
telling their students not to come back for the rest of the semester, and a
whole host of concerts, conferences, festivals and religious gatherings are
either being postponed or canceled altogether. We have never seen anything
like this before, and the implications are staggering.
Keeping everyone at home for a few weeks is one thing.
But what is going to happen if this pandemic just keeps growing for the rest
of this calendar year or even longer?
According to NBC News, the attending physician of
Congress believes that “70 million to 150 million people in the United States
will become infected”…
Dr. Brian Monahan, the attending physician of Congress and the U.S. Supreme
Court, said he expects 70 million to 150 million people in the United States
will become infected with COVID-19, NBC News reported Wednesday, citing two
Monahan made the comments to Senate staff during a closed-door meeting
Tuesday afternoon, according to NBC News.
Right now, there are less than 2,000 confirmed cases in this country and
fear is off the charts.
Can you imagine the societal meltdown that will ensue if 70 million
Americans get infected?
Dr. Anthony Fauci is also warning that we we should expect to see “more
cases” and that things will continue to “get worse”…
“I can say we will see more cases and things will get worse than they are
right now,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy
and Infectious Diseases, told the House Oversight and Reform Committee on
Wednesday at a hearing on the nation’s preparedness for the outbreak.
Unfortunately, these sorts of warnings don’t hit home for many Americans
until someone that they personally love is affected.
But now that Tom Hanks and his wife have both tested positive,
a lot of people that previously did not take this outbreak seriously are now
officially freaking out.
Tom Hanks is one of the most greatly loved actors in America, and this is
going to be the moment when a lot of Americans finally wake up and realize that
this virus is definitely not “like the flu”.
Has the flu ever left you “in blinding pain for weeks”?
Of course not.
And he was one of the fortunate ones that survived. For those that
die, the suffering can be far worse.
I truly don’t understand why there are still people out there that are
attempting to downplay this pandemic. This is a truly insidious virus,
and numerous experts are warning that it could eventually kill millions.
As I wrap up this article, I would like to share with you an excerpt from a
firsthand account from an American that is right in the middle of the nightmare
that is currently unfolding in Italy. I think that you will find
what Christina Higgins posted on her Facebook page to
be quite sobering…
When Prime Minister Conte announced last night that the entire country, 60
million people, would go on lock down, the line that struck me most was “there
is no more time.” Because to be clear, this national lock down, is a hail mary.
What he means is that if the numbers of contagion do not start to go down, the
system, Italy, will collapse.
Why? Today the ICUs in Lombardy are at capacity – more than capacity. They
have begun to put ICU units in the hallways. If the numbers do not go down, the
growth rate of contagion tells us that there will be thousands of people who in
a matter of a week? two weeks? who will need care. What will happen when there
are 100, or a 1000 people who need the hospital and only a few ICU places left?
On Monday a doctor wrote in the paper that they have begun to have to decide
who lives and who dies when the patients show up in the emergency room, like
what is done in war. This will only get worse.
There are a finite number of drs, nurses, medical staff and they are getting
the virus. They have also been working non-stop, non-stop for days and days.
What happens when the drs, nurses and medical staff are simply not able to care
for the patients, when they are not there?
And finally for those who say that this is just something that happens to
old people, starting yesterday the hospitals are reporting that younger and
younger patients – 40, 45, 18, are coming in for treatment.
You have a chance to make a difference and stop the spread in your country.
Push for the entire office to work at home today, cancel birthday parties, and
other gatherings, stay home as much as you can. If you have a fever, any fever,
stay home. Push for school closures, now. Anything you can do to stop the
spread, because it is spreading in your communities – there is a two week incubation
period – and if you do these things now you can buy your medical system time.
And for those who say it is not possible to close the schools, and do all
these other things, locking down Italy was beyond anyone’s imagination a week
Soon you will not have a choice, so do what you can now.
No matter how many reassuring press conferences our leaders hold, and no
matter what moves global central banks make, most people are going to want to
avoid places where they could become infected as long as this virus keeps
If our normal lives are interrupted for a few weeks, it ultimately won’t be
that big of a deal.
But if this crisis just keeps going month after month, it will quickly bring
us to the brink of societal collapse.
Let us pray for a miracle, because we definitely need one right now.
Jesus specifically warned us that there would be “pestilences” in the end
times, and so if we really are approaching the time of His return this is one
of the things that we should be watching for. Of course we don’t know if
COVID-19 is one of the “pestilences” that Jesus was referring to, but in recent
days it has greatly distressed me to see so many Christians attempting to
downplay the severity of this virus. The number of confirmed cases and
the global death toll have both been rising at an exponential rate day after
day, and experts are warning that over half of
the population of the world could eventually get this virus, but so many
voices out there are boldly assuring people that they don’t have anything to be
concerned about even though they don’t have any medical credentials at
all. Personally, I think that it pays to listen to the experts during a
crisis like this, and the experts are telling us that millions could soon die. In
fact, as you will see below, a doctor that sat on the White House Homeland
Security Council is saying that this is the most “frightening disease” that he
has ever encountered. After everything that we have already learned about
this virus, anyone that is not taking this pandemic seriously is not being
But is this just another pandemic that will come and go, or is this one of
the “pestilences” that we were warned about almost 2000 years ago?
In Luke chapter 21, Jesus explained to His disciples what conditions would
be like just prior to His return, and in verse 11 He specifically warned that
there would be “pestilences”. The following comes from the King James
11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and
famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs
shall there be from heaven.
We have definitely seen a rise in seismic activity in recent years, billions of locusts are
devouring crops from eastern Africa all the way to China right now, and
Australia just had the worst harvest season that they have ever recorded.
So it is interesting to note that the stage is being set for some of the
other signs that Jesus mentioned at the very same time that this coronavirus
outbreak is starting to spiral out of control.
Only time will tell if COVID-19 is truly one of the “pestilences” that Jesus
was referring to, but at this point it has become exceedingly clear that we
should all be taking it very seriously.
This virus jumps from person to person with incredible ease, and it has a
death rate that is about 34 times higher than the ordinary
flu. In fact, the death rate for COVID-19 is actually higher than the death rate
during the Spanish Flu pandemic. And let us never forget that the
Spanish Flu pandemic killed between 50 million and 100 million people from 1918
I do not understand why anyone would possibly want to try to downplay this
outbreak, and those that are doing so could end up greatly contributing to the
spread of this virus.
Proverbs 22:3 says this…
3 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but
the simple pass on, and are punished.
Fortunately for us, this outbreak started on the other side of the globe and
so we had some time to prepare before it got here.
An infectious diseases expert at the forefront of the search for a
coronavirus vaccine said on Friday that it was the most “frightening
disease“ he’s ever encountered, and that “war is an
appropriate analogy” for what the country is facing, as “50
– 70 percent of the global population” may become infected.
Dr. Richard Hatchett, who sat on the White House Homeland Security Council
in 2005 – 2006 and was a principal author of the National Strategy for
Pandemic Influenza Implementation Plan, and currently heads the Coalition for
Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, told the UK’s Channel
“This is the most frightening disease I’ve ever encountered in my
career, and that includes Ebola, it includes MERS, it includes SARS.
And it’s frightening because of the combination of infectiousness and a
lethality that appears to be manyfold higher than flu.”
That sure sounds like a “global pestilence” to me.
Let us pray that he is completely wrong.
But as we pray, it will also be important for us to take recommended
precautions. During an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press”, Dr. Anthony Fauci
warned that the elderly and those with “underlying conditions” will need
to make adjustments to their lifestyles immediately…
“If you are an elderly person with an underlying condition, if you get
infected, the risk of getting into trouble is considerable. So it’s our
responsibility to protect the vulnerable,” he said.
“When I say ‘protect,’ I mean right now. Not wait until things get
worse. Say no large crowds, no long trips. And above all, don’t get on a cruise
Personally, I think that is great advice for all of us.
If you have family members or friends that are not taking this outbreak
seriously, you need to try to get through to them.
US hospitals are preparing for 96 million coronavirus infections and nearly half a million
deaths from the outbreak, leaked documents have revealed.
The spread of the deadly disease could be far worse than officials
claim, with 480,000 Americans expected to die from the virus and 4.8
million hospitalized, according to a presentation hosted by The
American Hospital Association (AHA) in February.
We haven’t seen anything cause this much worldwide fear in a really long
time. But even though there is so much fear, we still don’t know if this
is going to evolve into the next great global pandemic that kills millions of
people or not. I wish that I had a definitive answer for you. At
this point we do know that the number of confirmed cases outside of China
continues to rise at a very alarming rate, and we also know that this virus is about 34 times
more deadly than the flu according to the latest numbers. But in
order for it to kill millions of people, a substantial percentage of the global
population would have to be infected, and we don’t know if that is actually
going to happen.
But in major cities around the globe where there has been an eruption of
COVID-19 cases, we are seeing severe disruptions in normal activity.
For example, now that several coronavirus deaths have been reported in the
area, the lack of tourists has turned downtown Seattle into “a ghost town”…
In Seattle, bracing for the coronavirus also means preparing for what could
be a devastating economic impact. Business owners and residents have already
seen a drop-off in tourists in areas of the city that heavily depend on foot
“It’s like a ghost town,” Francisco said about
the famous Pike Place Market where she has her shop.
If you have ever been to Pike Place Market, then you know that it is
normally bustling with activity.
But now virtually everyone wants to stay away, and you can’t exactly blame
them. With this virus on the loose, I wouldn’t want to venture down there
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has already declared a state of emergency, and this
will give her the power to cancel a wide range of public events…
As the death toll climbed Tuesday, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, a Democrat,
proclaimed a civil emergency. The declaration allows her to bypass regulations
to increase city spending, contracting and borrowing to address the growing
public health threat. It will also allow her office to close facilities and
cancel events to prevent the virus from spreading further.
The streets of Seoul, the South Korean capital, stood nearly
empty this week. Those who do venture out wear masks. The
normally busy subways have few passengers and riders make sure to sit far away
from one another. Many residents are relying on grocery and restaurant delivery
Most Americans don’t realize this, but the population of Seoul actually
exceeds the population of New York City.
Normally it is one of the busiest cities on the entire planet, but due to
the fear that more than 5,700 confirmed cases in South Korea has caused, it has
also become something of “a ghost town”.
Speaking of busy cities, Beijing’s 21 million residents continue to wait for
life to return to normal.
Most people are staying home as much as possible, and those that do venture
out risk having their temperatures scanned “at regular checkpoints”…
Many shops are still closed in Beijing, and residents’
temperatures are scanned at regular checkpoints, as well as inside each store.
On streets that are normally so crowded that people are forced to brush
shoulders, those who are out keep a good distance from one another.
Could you imagine the uproar that would ensue if similar “checkpoints” were
set up here in the United States?
In Milan, Italy’s business capital and the center of the country’s outbreak,
restaurants, bars and train stations are much less crowded than normal. The
usually teeming Piazza del Duomo, home to the city’s cathedral and lined with
shops and bars, was almost empty at points Monday.
Italian authorities are absolutely desperate to get this outbreak under
control, and so they are implementing pretty extreme measures.
Incredibly, that even includes banning fans from all sporting events until April 3rd…
The Italian government have taken drastic measures to help
prevent the outbreak of coronavirus by closing all sport events to fans
throughout the entire country until April 3. Italy has been the
worst-hit European country from the coronavirus, with 107 deaths so far.
It is nice that they have set a deadline, but what are they going to do if
we get to April 3rd and this outbreak has gotten even worse?
Could it be possible that Italian fans will not be able to attend sporting
events for the foreseeable future?
And will other western countries soon follow suit?
Our lives could be about to change in ways that we couldn’t even imagine
just a few weeks ago.
Britons could be forced to put their lives on hold for three
months under a ‘battle plan’ to combat Coronavirus amid
warnings today that the deadly disease could incapacitate a fifth of the UK’s
Boris Johnson today set out the Government’s blueprint to deal with a mass
outbreak of the bug that includes a raft of socially and economically costly
contingency moves as a last resort.
Could you put your life on hold for three months?
Of course most major pandemics last longer than just three months. In
fact, the Spanish Flu pandemic lasted for three years and it killed tens of
millions of people.
Hopefully this outbreak will not be anything like that.
But without a doubt, this is a truly horrible virus. The following is
an excerpt from the account of a 25-year-old British man that actually caught
Day 12: I’ve had a relapse. Just as I thought the flu was getting better, it
has come back with a vengeance. My breathing is laboured. Just getting up and
going to the bathroom leaves me panting and exhausted. I’m sweating, burning up,
dizzy and shivering. The television is on but I can’t make sense of it. This is
By the afternoon, I feel like I am suffocating. I have never
been this ill in my life. I can’t take more than sips of air and, when I
breathe out, my lungs sound like a paper bag being crumpled up.
This isn’t right. I need to see a doctor. But if I call the emergency services,
I’ll have to pay for the ambulance call-out myself. That’s going to cost a
fortune. I’m ill, but I don’t think I’m dying — am I?
I certainly do not want to experience that, and I am sure that you do not
want to either.
Coming into this year, I warned about what was
ahead, but I definitely did not anticipate that we could potentially be
facing a full-blown global pandemic by early March.
Revelation 1:3 "Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near".
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