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NEW PREDICTION: 2/2/05 -- In July 2006 US naval power in the Pacific not far from the Taiwan Strait, the Korean Peninsula, and the Sea of Japan will be massively reinforced. Several aircraft carriers will be positioned close to Taiwanese waters. Perhaps during war games, in August 2006, Chinese forces will attack two small islands in the Taiwan Strait. Taiwan will complain that its territorial waters have been breached and call the attack a prelude to invasion. Conversely, it is possible that Taiwan will provoke the war by attacking Chinese gunboats.
A US aircraft carrier will send several planes to the region to assess the situation. The Chinese navy then launches missile strikes against the aircraft carrier along with a very large sortie of fighter jets. The carrier will be overwhelmed by the combination of many fighter jets attacking and the sea missile strike. As a result, it is partially or completely destroyed. It is possible a very small nuclear warhead will have been used on one of the sea-launched missiles.
Retaliation against China commences almost immediately. US jets bomb Chinese naval bases, ships, and islands, and the US president threatens a massive air attack of the mainland. China engages the US navy presence with a multitude of fighter jets, attacking more warships. The US warships respond by blowing a few Chinese destroyers out of the ocean. Again, use of small tactical nuclear weapons may be used at sea.
Both China and the US threaten to use strategic nuclear ICBMs against each other's cities as hostilities escalate. After several days of fighting, a ceasefire is nervously agreed to. Even so, naval skirmishes involving "pot shots" between ships continue sporadically for the remainder of the year. A crisis brews that will lead to more incidents and, eventually, an all-out war in February/March 2007.
For possible visions by me relating to a Sino-US war and a global plague, war with North Korea, the horrific destruction of US aircraft carriers and battleships in the Pacific, the shooting down of enemy planes, long-range nuclear missile attacks against the Western US while war rages in the Middle East, and more, open Dream Window 11. There is also a timeline of events in the Master Dream Window where this conflict can be plotted.
UPDATE (7/9/06): The July 2006 vector regarding US naval buildup near the Taiwan Strait, the Korean Peninsula, and the Sea of Japan is now in full swing. It is spot on as the missile crisis with North Korea threatens to trigger war in the Pacific and the United States sends warships and missile destroyers into the region.
China's Hu pushes 'united front tactics' in Asia while U.S. preoccupied in Iraq
November 24, 2006
The Chinese leadership is taking advantage of Americas Iraqi quagmire and President George W. Bushs lame-duck status after the mid-term elections to boost the quasi-superpowers influence in the Asia-Pacific region. Since 2001, Beijing has bolstered its stature in Asia thanks to Yuan diplomacy. Economic aid to poor countries within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) network, in particular Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Philippines and Indonesia, has increased manifold.
For complete news regarding this potential threat, go to China Emergency Info Window.
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NEW PREDICTION: 12/13/04 -- I correctly plotted the "ball park" start of the still ongoing nuclear crisis between the US and North Korea as being in the neighbourhood of March 2003 (it actually began a bit sooner, in October 2002). Although the prediction was for a war, clearly the crisis, which has never ebbed, will likely be the cause of the war and, thus, is in itself the opening stage of the war. If war is averted (there have already been a number of skirmishes between N Korean and S Korean vessels, in the DMZ, and threats uttered against Japan coinciding with the progress of the crisis), it can still be claimed that prediction was a close one.
(NOTE: From 'Hawk Engagement: A Dangerous Turn in US Plans for North Korea' by Gregory Elich at www.globalresearch.ca, 30 Nov 2004: "President Bush came very close to actually launching an attack on North Korea in the spring of 2003. In March the U.S. moved a fleet of ships to the region, including the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson with its 75 aircraft. In preparation for the attack, 6 F-117 Stealth bombers were sent to South Korea and 25 F-15 Fighters and 24 B-1 and B-52 bombers were stationed in Guam. Plans to conduct air strikes were in place, Bush admitted to South Korean Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Pan Ki-Mun one year later. The danger of war was averted during the U.S.-South Korean summit in Washington in May 2003, when South Korean officials strenuously objected to the plan. As in 1994, the American public never knew just how close the U.S. came to war on the Korean Peninsula in 2003.")
Now it is time to plot the likely terminus of this ongoing crisis: one which I believe will result in a conflict between North Korea and Japan as well as against the United States. The vector for this terminus is August/September 2005. At that time North Korea may open the conflict with a volley of missiles at Japan, US ships, and possibly Seoul.
Of course my view is that any war involving Pyongyang will likely lead to China entering in as North Korea's ally, as was the case in 1950-53. There has also been a low-level crisis over Taiwan in progress since October 2003, on the other side of my March 2003 vector, one that at times gets very high-level and dangerous. So war in Taiwan could very well coincide with a Pacific confrontation between North Korea, Japan, the US, and South Korea.
Thus, trouble with one means trouble with the other. The two are therefore interchangeable in my predictions for either.
The coming battle will probably begin as a crisis between North Korea and Japan involving a missile test or tests. However, if things work out, the crisis may be diffused without war. In that case, rather than a terminus to the current crisis, this will be a blip. The next terminus for war with either China and North Korea (and likely both) comes in May 2006 and August 2006. After that, nothing for some time.
For possible visions by me relating to a Sino-US war and a global plague, war with North Korea, the horrific destruction of US aircraft carriers and battleships in the Pacific, the shooting down of enemy planes, long-range nuclear missile attacks against the Western US while war rages in the Middle East, and more, open Dream Window 11. There is also a time line of events in the Master Dream Window where this conflict might be plotted.
World Condemns North Korean Missile Tests
Jul 5, 2006 7:26 AM (ET)
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea test-fired a seventh missile Wednesday, intensifying the furor that began when the reclusive regime defied international protests by launching a long-range missile and at least five shorter-range rockets earlier in the day.
An official at the South Korea Joint Chiefs of Staff confirmed that North Korea had tested a seventh missile that was either short- or medium-range. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity citing agency rules, had no additional details.
Japan's Kyodo News agency reported that the missile landed six minutes after launch, but did not say where. The chief of Russia's general staff said that Russian tracking systems showed that Pyongyang may have launched up to 10 missiles during the day, the Interfax news agency reported.
The missiles, all of which apparently fell harmlessly into the Sea of Japan, provoked international condemnation, the convening of an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council and calls in Tokyo for economic sanctions against the impoverished communist regime.
North Korea remained defiant, with one official arguing that the country had the right to such launches. The tests and the impenitent North Korean attitude raised fears that further firings could follow ...
U.S.: World united against N. Korean missile threat -- Bush says Pyongyang making country more isolated
Thursday, July 6, 2006 Posted: 0102 GMT (0902 HKT)
UNITED NATIONS (CNN) -- Japan has called for "swift, strong" U.N. action in response to North Korea's missile tests, while U.S. officials cited "unprecedented" international unity on the issue.
The chief U.S. negotiator, Christopher Hill, warned the tests would not give North Korea a better bargaining position over its nuclear program, which is the focus of stalled six-party talks involving the two Koreas, Japan, China, Russia and the United States. "They're not going to get a better deal through this; in fact what they're going to face is a six-party (negotiating) process that's more united than ever before," Reuters news agency quoted him as telling PBS Television Wednesday night.
U.S. and Australian officials warned that more missiles may soon be launched. And U.S. President George W. Bush said Wednesday afternoon that North Korea has isolated itself further with the tests.
Stock markets around the world closed lower after the tests, while oil closed in New York Wednesday at a record high above $75 a barrel ...
Meanwhile, Pyongyang said it was prepared to deal with any U.S. challenge to its security, hours after its test-firing of seven missiles ignited international concern. An announcement on Pyongyang's Korean Central Broadcasting Station said North Korea's "strong war deterrent" had kept the country at peace and that it was prepared to respond to any moves by Washington, The Associated Press reported.
The broadcast did not mention the missile tests, but said, "Now, our military and people are fully prepared to cope with any provocation and challenge by U.S. imperialists," according to the AP.
North Korea fired seven missiles Wednesday, one long-range and five shorter-range missiles beginning shortly after 3:30 a.m. (2:30 p.m. Tuesday ET) and a seventh missile around 5:20 p.m. (4:20 a.m. ET) Wednesday ...
U.S. deploys missile destroyer to Japan
Saturday, July 8, 2006 Posted: 1150 GMT (1950 HKT)
TOKYO, Japan (AP) -- A new top-of-the-line U.S. guided missile destroyer was deployed to Japan on Saturday, amid tensions over North Korea's missile tests.
The USS Mustin sailed into the port of Yokosuka, home to the Navy's 7th Fleet, with a crew of 300 for permanent assignment to the region, 7th Fleet spokeswoman Hanako Tomizuka said.
The Mustin, commissioned
in 2003, is one of the most advanced in the fleet ...
North Korea claims nuclear test
POSTED: 0958 GMT (1758 HKT), October 9, 2006
North Korea says it
has successfully carried out underground nuclear test
SEOUL, South Korea (CNN) -- North Korea claimed it conducted a successful underground nuclear test Monday, according to the country's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
China, a close ally of North Korea, denounced the claimed test as "brazen" and South Korea said it would respond "sternly." The United States said a test would constitute a "provocative act."
South Korea's president said Pyongyang's claimed test "broke the trust of the international community." President Roh Moo-hyun said it brought "a severe situation that threatens stability on the Korean Peninsula and in northeast Asia."
South Korea would "react sternly and calmly" with "appropriate measures" in close cooperation with the international community, he told journalists after a summit with new Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Abe told the same news conference his country would work "to make ways to implement action for a tough resolution."
CNN's Dan Rivers, speaking from the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, said the key question now was what China -- which effectively allowed North Korea to exist economically -- would do.
The apparent nuclear test was conducted at 10:36 a.m. (1:36 a.m. GMT) in Hwaderi near Kilju city, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported, citing defense officials.
Reports of the claimed test triggered global condemnation.
Senior U.S. officials said the United States is consulting with allies around the world and would push for sanctions Monday at a 9:30 a.m. (1:30 p.m. GMT) meeting of the U.N. Security Council in New York.
South Korea's Defense Ministry raised the military alert level. "The field of scientific research in the DPRK (North Korea's official name) successfully conducted an underground nuclear test under secure conditions on October 9 ... at a stirring time when all the people of the country are making a great leap forward in the building of a great prosperous powerful socialist nation," KCNA reported.
CNN's Matthew Chance said that Moscow said Russian equipment in the area had confirmed an underground test.
Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said that the force of the blast was five to 15 kilotons.
In Washington, White House Press Secretary Tony Snow responded to the reports in a conference call with reporters. "U.S. and South Korean intelligence detected a seismic event Sunday at a suspected nuclear test site. North Korea has claimed it conducted an underground nuclear test," Snow said.
"A North Korean nuclear test would constitute a provocative act in defiance of the will of the international community and of our call to refrain from actions that would aggravate tensions in northeast Asia," Snow added.
A senior U.S. official said China was given a 20-minute warning ahead of the test and in turn passed the information along to the United States, Japan and South Korea. A U.S. military official told CNN that "something clearly has happened," but the Pentagon was working to fully confirm the report.
Other senior U.S. officials said they also believed the test took place, citing seismic data that appears to show one. The U.S. Geological Survey Web site recorded a light 4.2-magnitude earthquake in North Korea at 10:35 a.m., about 385 kilometers (240 miles) northeast of the North Korean capital, Pyongyang ...
Sanctions proposed against North Korea
POSTED: 2203 GMT (0603 HKT), October 9, 2006
U.S. pushes for
sanctions against North Korea at U.N. emergency meeting
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Diplomats at the United Nations are discussing sanctions Monday in the aftermath of North Korea's announcement that it tested a nuclear weapon.
The United States is suggesting international inspections of any cargo going into or out of the reclusive, communist country. Washington also is proposing a U.N. embargo on any goods or materials that could be used in Pyongyang's missile and nuclear programs. Those points are included in a draft resolution.
The Security Council voted unanimously for a statement opposing North Korea's reported test, but it is unclear whether the council will favor economic sanctions.
John Bolton, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said he is "strongly encouraged by the mood of the council."
"No one even came close to defending it," Bolton said.
The U.S. proposal calls for an overall arms embargo, prohibitions on any financial transactions that might support missile activities, a freeze on any assets related to North Korea's weapons programs, measures to prevent counterfeiting by North Korea and a ban on luxury goods. The proposal also calls for North Korea to cease any missile and nuclear-related activity and return to the six party talks.
The proposal would review North Korea's reaction 30 days from adoption of the U.N. resolution.
Senior U.S. officials said the United States will push for a Security Council resolution under Chapter 7 of the organization's charter that deals with "threats to the peace" and "acts of aggression."
Discussions are under way in New York among key Security Council members -- the United States and the other four veto-holding members: Britain, China, Russia and France -- as well as Japan. Later Monday, diplomats from all 15 council nations are expected to begin negotiations on specific resolution language.
Both Russia and China have voiced opposition to sanctions against Iran for its nuclear program. Ambassadors from both countries were vague on whether they also would oppose sanctions against North Korea. President Bush on Monday said North Korea's claim that it has tested a nuclear weapon is a threat to international peace and said the world "will respond."
"The transfer of nuclear weapons to states or nonstate entities would be considered a grave threat to the United States," Bush said. "And we would hold North Korea fully accountable to the consequences of such action."
Bush said the United States was trying to verify North Korea's claims that it had tested a nuclear weapon on Monday...
COMMENTS (7/9/06): The above presentation is intended to document the fact that at least part of this projected event has finally transpired. In other words, a PREDICTION PARTIALLY FULFILLED. There appear to be no photos of the actual tests themselves, so please pardon the photo featuring a test of the US North Korean defence shield.
There is no question that "a crisis between North Korea and Japan involving a missile test or tests" has begun. North Korea has actually done worse than to "open the conflict with a volley of missiles at Japan (and) US ships" by launching one or two long-range Taepo Dong II missiles at the United States itself, one specifically at Hawaii. Kim Jong Il has also threatened the US with "nuclear war" if it attacks missile launch sites or beefs up its military presence in the region for potential pre-emptive attacks. More launches remain a possibility and the US has begun sending missile destroyers into Japanese waters.
What is more, I have not backed off my other prediction: a war with China over Taiwan. Watch to see if events begin to heat up in the Taiwan Strait this month as the two crises begin to fuse together. As I said in the China prediction above, "in July 2006 US naval power in the Pacific not far from the Taiwan Strait, the Korean Peninsula, and the Sea of Japan will be massively reinforced." We now see that this is beginning to come true where the Korean Peninsula and Sea of Japan are concerned.
It would appear, at the moment, that we have reached the terminus of the North Korean nuclear crisis that began in October 2002. We are now either entering the end game (war in the Pacific) or a new and more terrifying stage in the crisis. The July 2006 vector in the China prediction regarding US military buildup in the region is now in full swing. It is spot on. We had all better hope this is as far as either the North Korea or China predictions are ever going to get to completion as their mutual August 2006 vector approaches. The global environment at this time is terrible and any shooting war in the Pacific involving the US, Japan, and North Korea would quickly spread to South Korea, China, Taiwan, and possibly drag in Russia. If this did not result in World War III, it would result in something almost as bad.
Iran, N. Korea collaborating on new missile sites near DMZ
by Donald Kirk
August 23, 2006
Iranian advisers are working with N. Korean engineers on sites from which short-range Scud and mid-range Rodong missiles strike Japan. Most alarming, N. Korea has set up a new missile command post just 30 miles above the DMZ ...
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NEW PREDICTION: 3/19/05 -- According to several important prophecies I take very seriously, there are a number of events that must happen before the long-dreaded Russian/Eastern invasion of Europe can take place.
1) CONFLICTS IN THE BALKANS. There must be two Balkan wars back to back or simultaneously occurring at the same time there is a major war in progress throughout most or all of the Middle East. These wars must spread south to Albania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Greece; possibly west to Bosnia and Croatia; and at least threaten to spread north via Vojvodina to Hungary.
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2) ASSASSINATIONS. Two more Balkan leaders, or one Balkan and another Hungarian or Czecho-slovak, must be assassinated.
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3) THE SOUTHERN FLANK. Russia must wage a proxy war (support an ally) or personally engage in limited conflicts to claim control of its southern flank: Afghanistan, Iraq, Turkey, and Greece. Iran, the other southern flank member, it already has a defence pact with.
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4) BATTLES IN TRANSCAUCASIA AND EASTERN EUROPE. Russia must also reinforce its military strength in the former Soviet republics of the Trans-Caucasus and Eastern Europe. This may be done partly by alliance; but will also likely involve military action after inciting revolutions and civil wars in some of these countries through special agents known as Spetsnaz. We witnessed a failed attempt to achieve the latter in Ukraine, but agents are still at work in Ossetia and Abkhazia to destabilise Georgia. This could lead to war between Russia and neighbouring Turkey and also provide a pretext for Iran to invade Turkey as well. Moscow may even allow the Trans-Caucasus states and Turkey to be absorbed by its chief military ally, Iran.
Another Middle East war erupts Wednesday as 50,000 Turkish troops launch operation against Kurdish PKK bases, several thousand crossing into N. Iraq
June 6, 2007, 9:25 PM (GMT+02:00)
The official Turkish news agency Cihan reports the force, backed by armored vehicles and combat aircraft, is targeting rebel strongholds in 11 provinces in southeastern Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan Wednesday, June 6.
White House officials speaking from the G8 summit in Germany said there was no new activity from Turkish troops in northern Iraq. Military HQ in Ankara declined to confirm or deny that Turkish troops had entered Iraq.
DEBKAfiles military sources report that this is only the first wave of Turkish invaders, with more to come. A Turkish force of 90,000 troops has been massed at the sourthern town of Sirank opposite the meeting point of the Turkish, Iraqi and Syrian borders, drawing a warning to Ankara from US defense secretary Robert Gates to stay out of Iraq.
June 2, DEBKAfile reported that the US had removed troops from northern Iraq and passed responsibility for the regions security to the Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga.
Two days ago, Kurdish PKK rebels killed at least 8 soldiers, wounding 6, in a suicide attack on an E. Turkish checkpoint at Tunceli.
After the attack, Turkish foreign minister Abdullah Gulf defended his countrys right to drive into neighboring Iraq to destroy rebel bases.
Up to 3,500 separatists are believed based in northern Iraq poised for hit-and-run terrorist attacks in Turkey. The Turkish news agency reports three F-16 Falcon fighter bombers have carried out bombing raids on positions of the PKK Kurdistan Workers Party in northern Iraq. Artillery deployed at the border with Iraq has fired at pinpointed targets.
DEBKAfiles Iraq sources reported last week that Iraqi Kurdistans president, Massoud Barzani, had sent a personal emissary, Safin Dizai, to Ankara with an urgent warning. Turkish tanks would not be allowed to cross into northern Iraq, he said. The Kurdish peshmerga would repel them. The people of Kurdistan, said the messenger, would not stand by as spectators if Turkish tanks and panzers entered Kirkuk.
Turkish troop movements into N. Iraq raise oil prices past $71 in London Wednesday
June 6, 2007, 8:44 PM (GMT+02:00)
Analysts are concerned that Iraqi Kurdish resistance could spark a larger Turkish cross-border operation and further destabilize oil production in northern Iraq.
The US Navy reported Iran is increasing its fleet of small attack boats capable of striking at warships and disrupting oil traffic in the Gulf oil export chokepoint in the Strait of Hormuz.
COMMENTS (6/7/07): It may be a bit early yet to say for certain, but it is beginning to appear that point four of this prediction has the makings of another PARTIAL FULFILLMENT. We will have to wait to see how this plays out.
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5) CIVIL WAR, REVOLUTION IN ITALY AND GERMANY. Finally, civil war or revolution must break out at least in Italy and Germany.
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6) IN FRANCE AND ENGLAND? We are told by prophets Alois Irlmaier and Erna Stieglitz that France will also see civil war or revolution, but it appears to be post-war (after Russia's armies retreat from Europe). Still, the language in the works of one prophet, Josef Kugelbeer (1922), indicates that France will experience major civil unrest prior to World War III in Europe. He also sees the same possibility for England.
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I do not believe all of these things are possible before the August 2006 vector I originally plotted. Indeed, I suspect the proxy and/or limited conflicts between Russia and the United States in Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and the Persian Gulf region will last for at least two years -- three if they begin in 2005.
So what will happen in Europe by August 2006 if not a Russian/Eastern invasion?
Probably one or both Balkans wars will be in progress with Nato and the US dividing their militaries between the Middle East and the Balkans (and, for the US, the Pacific region too). Nato action may begin as early as March 2006.
We should see the the Balkans crisis, whatever form it will take, begin clarifying itself by June 2005!
Why do I say that?
Because the March 2006 vector is based, in part, on the Kosovo model from 1999. March favours a major Nato military initiative of some kind to resolve a major conflict in the Balkans. This war will probably break out small, over the deaths of a few people, like Kosovo did in late February 1998 and as it almost did again in March 2004. This war will therefore either break out as close to February/March 2005 as possible, probably in Kosovo or Macedonia, or, like the Slovenia and Croatia conflicts of 1991 fourteen (2 x 7) years ago, it will begin around June 2005. It may even begin as late as April 2006 on the fourteenth anniversary of the war in Bosnia.
However, unlike the April 1992-February 1994 period, Nato will not drag its feet as it did with Bosnia.
The August 2006 vector is based largely on the Chechnya model from 1999. August favours a Russian invasion of Trans-Caucasia, especially Georgia and Armenia, and possibly even Turkey.
7) FIRST NATO-RUSSIAN CONFRONTATION? There could even be a short but intense war between Nato and Russia over the future of one or two former Soviet republics in Eastern Europe. At the moment this looks like it may be Ukraine and Moldova (over Trans-Dneister); however, Lithuania is slated to become a major problem (I forget why) to Russians in summer 2005 and Duma Chief Speaker Vladimir Zhirinovsky is reportedly preparing for this.
Yes, there is one old European prophecy about a war between Europe and Russia where Russia feigns defeat, only to attack Europe when its guard is down at a later time:
When dealing with such prophecy, it is almost impossible to know how much time will pass between such a "phony war" and the "real big bad war." "Hardly they are at home" (like "a little while" or "a short time") can easily be two months ... or two years!
This "phony war" may also be the same confrontation predicted below by Nostradamus:
Through life and death the rule in
Hungary will change,
There always remains a possibility that the two twins, Castor and Pollux, might represent Russia and Belarus: "Big Russia" and "Little Russia." Thus, Castor and Pollux being "enemies in the field" may indicate that Russia and Belarus, rather than Russia and the US, will engage each other in combat at the same time that Yugoslavia and Hungary fall into turmoil. Either that or Russia and Belarus will together become enemies of Nato in this first "phony war."
It is also possible we will begin to see the seeds of civil unrest and terrorism rocking Italy and elsewhere sometime in 2006. There will doubtlessly be a major refugee problem with thousands of Albanians trying to escape the coming major conflict in the Balkans by fleeing to northern and eastern Italy.
So, to summarise the European conflict(s), I believe we will see, at least, a major Balkans war requiring Nato intervention in March 2006 and Russian military offensives in Trans-Caucasia by August 2006.
A possible short war between Nato and Russia in Eastern Europe may occur in 2006 or else not until 2008.
Likewise, civil unrest or civil war in Italy and Germany (France and England less likely, but possible), possibly incited by terrorism, for 2006 or else not until 2007-08.
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8) WAR IN THE LEVANT. One other thing concerns me when I think of a Balkans-style war: The current troubles in Lebanon could end up becoming an international "peacekeeping" sideshow like it was in 1982-84, distracting the momentum towards a wider Middle East war whilst the Iraq quagmire continues. There are several quatrains where Nostradamus describes European and US forces rushing to Hungary, Italy, the Balkans and the Levant (the Mediteranean coast of Egypt, Israel, LEBANON, Syria, and Turkey). This may be yet another feature of 2006:
Yes, folks, it will be quite a mess when Q.8.9 comes to pass.
Hizbollah says seizes Israeli soldiers in border raid
Wed Jul 12, 2006 8:49 AM BST
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Hizbollah guerrillas captured two Israeli soldiers in attacks from Lebanon on Israeli border posts on Wednesday, Hizbollah television said.
It said the Islamic Resistance, the military arm of Hizbollah, announced the capture in a statement.
Lebanese security sources said Israeli aircraft retaliated by bombing a key bridge in southern Lebanon.
The Syrian-backed Hizbollah earlier fired dozens of Katyusha rockets and mortar bombs at Israeli border posts and a town, wounding four Israeli civilians, according to Israeli and Lebanese security sources.
Israeli gunners retaliated, firing salvoes of artillery shells into the outskirts of four Lebanese border villages while Israeli soldiers exchanged gunfire with guerrillas in the area.
The fighting apparently began when at least two rockets fired from south Lebanon exploded near Shlomi, an Israeli frontier town about 15 km (9 miles) east of the Mediterranean coast.
Hizbollah guerrillas also attacked Israeli posts in the Israeli-occupied Shebaa Farms area to the east, the Lebanese security sources said.
The Hizbollah attack coincided with a major Israeli military incursion in the Gaza Strip, ordered partly in retaliation for the abduction by Palestinian guerrillas earlier this month of an Israeli soldier from a border post.
Israeli jets hit Beirut airport
Thursday, July 13, 2006 Posted: 0519 GMT (1319 HKT)
JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Israeli aircraft bombed Beirut International Airport Thursday, sending plumes of smoke into the morning sky, the Israel Defense Forces said. The IDF said it targeted the airport because it served as a central hub for the transfer for weapons and supplies to Hezbollah.
The strikes at the airport came hours after Israel's Cabinet authorized a "severe and harsh" response to the abduction of two soldiers by Lebanon's Hezbollah guerrillas and declared Lebanon's government responsible for their safe release.
Journalist Anthony Mills reported hearing fighter jets, explosions and anti-aircraft fire in the area of the airport. Mills said Lebanese media was reporting that two of the airport's runways had been hit and that officials had closed the airport.
In northern Israel, CNN's John Vause reported numerous Katyusha rocket strikes in Nahariya near the hotel he was staying in. He said buildings have been damaged and people injured.
Hezbollah fighters fired mortars and rockets at Israeli towns and army posts, while Israel said its air force carried out more than 100 raids on what it said were Hezbollah bases, bombing roads and bridges guerrillas could have used to move two abducted Israeli soldiers out of the area.
Israeli artillery and airstrikes have been pounding Hezbollah installations in southern Lebanon after a cross-border raid Wednesday that left three Israeli soldiers dead in addition to the two captives. Four more Israelis died in an attack on their tank during the clashes, and another died as soldiers went to their aid, the Israeli military said. The new fighting on Israel's northern border comes amid a two-week-old Israeli campaign in Gaza in search of a soldier kidnapped by Palestinian militants there.
Hezbollah, an Islamic militia backed by Syria and Iran, demanded "direct negotiations" for a prisoner exchange to resolve the crisis. Israel has rejected that call, arguing it would lead to more attacks. "We expect them to be returned to us alive and safely, immediately without any precondition -- no negotiation," government spokesman Gideon Meir told CNN ...
Vehicles clog the Masnaa border between Lebanon and Syria on the outskirts of Lebanon's Bekaa Valley.
Israeli fighter jets have bombed Beirut International Airport, expanding its campaign against Lebanon's Hezbollah guerrillas holding two Israeli soldiers captive. All three of the airport's runways were rendered unusable in the air strikes and as a result the airport was closed, a senior Lebanese aviation official said.
Israel strikes back after Haifa attacked -- Hezbollah rockets sent deeper into northern Israel from Lebanon
Monday, July 17, 2006 Posted: 0203 GMT (1003 HKT)
BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNN) -- The Israeli military and Hezbollah traded deadly attacks for a fifth straight day on Sunday, with the Lebanon-based militants striking Haifa and other towns deeper inside Israel. World powers meeting in Russia Sunday appealed for an end to the violence, even as Israel warned of fierce retaliation for the Haifa attack, which killed eight Israelis.
Hours after the Haifa attack, Israeli airstrikes pounded the southern suburbs of Beirut on Sunday. Twenty people were killed and 50 were wounded Sunday south of Beirut in an Israeli airstrike on the Lebanese port city of Tyre, according to Lebanese television.
Later Sunday, Hezbollah rockets hit three northern Israeli towns more than 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of the Lebanese border, the farthest south of any rocket attacks to date, the Israeli military said.
Minor injuries were reported when the missiles hit the towns of Nazareth, Afula and Givat E'la near Israel's border with the West Bank, Israeli officials said. Those reports came shortly after the airport was struck in south Beirut, sending a fuel storage depot up in flames.
Hezbollah claimed responsibility for the attack on Haifa, saying it was responding to overnight Israeli airstrikes inside Lebanon. One of the Hezbollah rockets hit a railway depot, killing at least eight and wounding 17 others -- six of them seriously -- Israeli medical services said ...
Lebanese officials said Sunday that 104 people have been killed and 286 wounded in the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah militants that began Wednesday ...
A spokesman for the Italian government said Lebanon has been given a list of Israeli conditions for a cease-fire that includes the release of two Israeli soldiers captured by Hezbollah, the withdrawal of the group from south Lebanon and an end to rocket attacks on Israel.
The conditions were relayed to Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora in a phone call by Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi, according to spokesman Silvio Sircana.
In Beirut's Parliament building, Siniora met during the afternoon with European Union Foreign Affairs and Security Chief Javier Solana. "The gates of hell have been opened on Lebanon," Siniora told CNN. He called Israel's actions "disproportionate," and predicted they would encourage extremists ...
Overnight attacks hit Israel, Lebanon -- Blasts shake south Beirut; Hezbollah rockets wound 5 in Israel
Tuesday, July 18, 2006 Posted: 0402 GMT (1202 HKT)
BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNN) -- Loud explosions echoed across the southern suburbs of Beirut early Tuesday, indicating another Israeli airstrike a short time after a volley of Hezbollah rockets rained across northern Israel.
The Beirut explosions could be felt more than two miles away and lit up the sky over the south side of the city, where Hezbollah is headquartered. There was no immediate report of injuries from the blasts.
The Lebanese Army confirmed that a military base near Beirut had been attacked. The latest round of Hezbollah rockets wounded at least five Israelis and shattering the windows of a hospital in Safed, the Israel Defense Forces said.
The IDF said Hezbollah rockets fell from as far west as the kibbutz Rosh Hanikra to Kiryat Shmona in the east, striking at least nine towns and villages in between. The five wounded came from the Safed rocket, which the IDF said landed near the hospital but did not strike it. Israel's prime minister said Monday that Israel will continue fighting in Lebanon until the release of two Israeli soldiers abducted last week ...
Israeli troops enter southern Lebanon
Wednesday, July 19, 2006 Posted: 0400 GMT (1200 HKT)
BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNN) -- Israeli ground troops have entered southern Lebanon on a mission to destroy outposts of the militant group Hezbollah, an Israel Defense Forces spokesman told CNN early Wednesday. The spokesman said the troops are "close to the border." No further details were immediately available.
Hours earlier, Israeli airstrikes pounded the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital near the airport, lighting up the night with explosions. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties from the latest airstrikes, but at least a dozen people were killed in Israel and Lebanon on Tuesday.
Eleven Lebanese soldiers died in an Israeli airstrike on an army barracks, and one Israeli was killed by Hezbollah rockets fired into northern Israel, sources said.
Israel launched an extensive bombing campaign against the militant Islamist group after it abducted two Israeli soldiers and killed three others in a raid into northern Israel last Wednesday. Since Thursday, Hezbollah has fired 750 rockets into Israel, the Israel Defense Forces said.
Also Wednesday, Israeli tanks were rolling into a refugee camp in central Gaza, the IDF said. Israeli forces have been operating in parts of Gaza since one of its soldiers was captured June 25 by three militant groups. There was no immediate word on casualties in the Gaza operation.
The death toll in northern Israel stands at 25, including 13 civilians. Lebanese internal security forces said 183 people have been killed and 456 wounded in the country since the start of hostilities. There was no breakdown between civilians and military personnel ...
August 14, 2006: Just hours before a U.N.-sponsored cease-fire is due to go into effect at 5 a.m. GMT, Israel and Hezbollah pound targets with heavy missile barrages. Israel reports 250 Hezbollah rockets hit its territory, while Israeli jets strike Beirut.
COMMENTS (7/17/06): To avoid any confusion, "the current troubles in Lebanon" reference above (in point 8 of prediction, "War In The Levant") was concerning the terrorist bombings, assassinations, and drift towards possible civil conflict provoked by Syria that occurred last year and 2004, not to the war that is now ongoing. This eight-point prediction was posted on March 19, 2005. Nevertheless, point eight certainly has anticipated the current Israeli conflict in that part of the Levant which is Israel herself, Gaza, and, thus far, Lebanon. It also appears that peacekeepers may be sent to the region, or it is at least being considered. This part of the eight-point prediction has been remarkably accurate thus far. Indeed, I would say this point has been PARTIALLY FULFILLED. As to whether the Nostradamus quatrain will pan out as well remains to be seen.
France commits 2,000 to Lebanon
Thursday, August 24, 2006 Posted: 2158 GMT (0558 HKT)
PARIS, France (CNN) -- French President Jacques Chirac has announced he will commit a total of 2,000 French troops to the United Nations' international force that is to help Lebanon's army secure that country's borders.
Previously, France had promised only 200 troops for the U.N. deployment, which is part of a cease-fire deal that ended hostilities between Israeli forces and Hezbollah fighters in southern Lebanon on August 14. Chirac said he hoped other permanent members of the U.N. Security Council also would commit troops, and called on the international community as a whole to participate in the operation.
In a statement issued from the Bush family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, U.S. President George W. Bush said he was pleased with Chirac's decision. "This is an important step towards finalizing preparations to deploy the United Nations Interim Force of Lebanon," he said. "I applaud the decision of France, as well as the significant pledges from Italy and our other important allies. I encourage other nations to make contributions as well."
The 15,000 new troops will augment a small U.N. force already on the ground and Lebanese troops that are already being sent into southern Lebanon, a longtime Hezbollah stronghold.
Italy announced on Tuesday that it was willing to lead the contingent and could contribute as many as 3,000 troops.
But Chirac said Thursday that France would be ready to continue its command of UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) if the United Nations wished it to do so. Currently, French Maj. Gen. Alain Pellegrini is in command of UNIFIL.
Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi's office said both the Lebanese and Israeli governments contacted Rome about taking a leadership role in the U.N. force.
Powerful French tanks arrive to support UN force
Associated Press, THE JERUSALEM POST Sep. 5, 2006
For all those who moaned about toothless, ineffectual UN peacekeeping forces over the years, France is quietly sending a new message in Lebanon: We're getting tougher.
French troops have rolled out Leclerc tanks - some of the mightiest vehicles ever used under the UN flag - and sophisticated radar systems to pinpoint artillery launch sites.
Paris faced criticism last month for allegedly being slow to offer more peacekeepers in Lebanon, after French diplomats led a push to strengthen the mandate of the UNIFIL force there and France took on temporary leadership.
Amid the pressure, President Jacques Chirac announced Aug. 24 that France would increase its contribution to UNIFIL to 2,000 - up from 400 -backed by sophisticated equipment and firepower.
COMMENTS (8/25/06): Now come the international peacekeepers, just as I predicted in the title: "International Peacekeeping in Lebanon?" as well as in the prediction itself. Thus far, the French and Italians are on board, as are the Russians and possibly the Turks. When all the troops are actually deployed, then my base 7 prediction will be entirely FULFILLED.
As for Nostradamus' Quatrain 8.9, it looks as though it is beginning to be fulfilled too. That is one reason for the post above concerning Chirac's decision to send 2,000 French troops to Lebanon ("the Levant"). Of course, it also highlights my prediction of peacekeepers being sent by Europe. Italy (represented by Savona) is also fulfilling Quatrain 8.9, but we must wait to see if the "eagle" is Germany or the US, for one of them also send troops. We must also wait to see if trouble in Hungary and Italy arises that forces "the cock" (France) and "the eagle" (Germany or the US?) to deploy troops there too.
RATING: + 1.0
Well before this time the US should have begun its war with Iran. However, although the opening US air salvos against Teheran and its military and nuclear installations might appear spectacular when they are launched, expect the hostilities to trickle down to a "tanker war" quagmire in the Persian Gulf.
Meanwhile, the US will have an additional headache in Iraq: along with continued insurgent attacks and terrorism, Iran will be at war with US forces in Iraq and at war with the Iraqi government.
Nevertheless, I must warn: We may have entered a final conditional period where it can all hit the fan as early as next year in August 2006 or drag out until as late as August 2009. So I do not suggest dispensing with 2006 altogether; only to be mindful of the much greater potential presented by the 2009 date (as will be demonstrated on the 2009 (Part Two) page).
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NEW PREDICTION: 1/25/05 -- The cause of this destruction will largely be by both flooding and ferocious winds. It should happen either in August/September 2005 or August/September 2006.
The question is will this be a natural hurricane or will it be an asteroid-spawned disaster (or even a collapsing volcano)?? On April 28, 2001, I dreamt of a small asteroid impacting 50 to 90 miles off the coast of Florida and then witnessed the massive flooding of a major city in Florida from what seemed a helicopter view looking straight down. Indeed, the flooding of New York City sequence in the 2004 blockbuster film, The Day After Tomorrow, as seen straight down from a high altitude, so much resembles my dream of the Florida city it is frightening. Just before awakening, I was shown a map where all of this was happening. I could distinctly see the Florida peninsula and understood that what happened to the city would happen to most of the state.
Here is a Dream Window where you can read my dream vision (if that is what it really was) and those of four other individuals (two new dreams by David Orlovic and Andrew posted May 28, 2005).
RATING: + 0
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NEW PREDICTION: 1/8/06 -- I anticipate a very busy year for extremely large earthquakes throughout the world (above 6.0). Both Turkey and Greece will experience their worst quakes in at least seven years if not in over twenty years. Southern Greece has already been struck by a deep quake registering 6.7 today; however, I do not think it is the one that will strike later this year. The vectors for both countries are very close, so I will simply say August/September 2006 for both. It is quite probable that one or both temblors will be considered "great" earthquakes.
RATING: + 0
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German cardinal elected new pope --- Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to be known as Benedict XVI
Tuesday, April 19, 2005 Posted: 2234 GMT (0634 HKT)
VATICAN CITY (CNN) -- Wearing traditional papal robes and a large smile, Joseph Ratzinger of Germany appeared Tuesday on a Vatican balcony as the 265th pontiff, Benedict XVI, as tens of thousands gathered in St. Peter's Square to cheer him.
"Dear brothers and sisters, after our great pope, John Paul II, the cardinals have elected me, a simple, humble worker in God's vineyard," according to a translation of remarks he made in Italian. "I am consoled by the fact that the Lord knows how to work and how to act, even with insufficient tools, and I especially trust in your prayers. In the joy of the resurrected Lord, trustful of his permanent help, we go ahead, sure that God will help. And Mary, his most beloved mother, stands on our side."
He then delivered his first "Urbi at Orbi" ("for the city and for the world") papal blessing, after which the crowd in St. Peter's Square chanted, "Viva il papa," or "Long live the pope."
In Ratzinger's hometown of Traunstein, Germany, seminary students happily reacted to the news, according to The Associated Press.
But not everyone was enthralled with the selection. "It seems that he is too conservative. Hopefully the Holy Spirit can help him change," Jurandir Arauj of the National Conference of Bishops Afro-Brazilian Section told Reuters.
Once the archbishop of Munich, Germany, and for many years prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, Ratzinger has been one of the most powerful men in the Vatican and is widely acknowledged as a leading theologian. Ratzinger, who turned 78 on Saturday, was John Paul II's chief theological adviser for 20 years.
As a young priest he was on the progressive side of theological debates but shifted to the right after the student revolutions of 1968.
In the Vatican, he has been the driving force behind crackdowns on liberation theology, religious pluralism, challenges to traditional moral teachings on issues such as homosexuality, and dissent on such issues as women's ordination.
The dean of the College of Cardinals since November 2002, he was elevated to cardinal by Pope Paul VI in June 1977.
On Tuesday, Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez announced Benedict XVI's election in the traditional Latin, but he prefaced it by saying the words "brothers and sisters" in several languages, an introduction that is likely a bow to the universality of the Roman Catholic Church and its 1.1 billion members.
NEW PREDICTION: 4/23/05 -- Some things are hidden from us, however perfect God's number 7 may be. There are some events we are meant to be confused about, and that we cannot be allowed to tamper with .. for better or for worse. Yet, it is surprising the many things we are allowed to know about in advance ... and to change or at least postpone. Evidence of the number 7, and multiples thereof, working through diverse historical patterns and trends is more plentiful than one man alone can possibly predict. Often I discover, after it is too late, that yet another "base 7" historical repetition has played out.
Still, some things are intended to be hidden. All of these projections of past events repeating again in some fashion in the future and the dating "vectors" for them are merely "windows of opportunity." That is all they are: opportunities for an event to happen again in some way. Yet, by anticipating the future through the study of past events and repetitive trends, these projections can fulfill the same function as prophecy.
I believe Pope Benedict XVI could succumb to natural causes as early as August-October 2006 -- an important base 7 numerological anniversary (4 x 7) of the deaths of Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul I, and Pope John Paul II's ascension to the Holy See in 1978. Yet another vector, albeit a weak one, appears in October 2007 on the forty-ninth anniversary of the death of Pius XII when the pontiff might die of natural causes. If not, he may prevail until May 2009 and die at Avignon during a Moslem attack on southern France, having fled Rome some time prior.
Mark the 2009 dating well, because if Pope Benedict XVI should die of natural causes in 2006 or 2007, then it will be his successor, Petrus Romanus or one of the intervening popes not foreseen by St Malachy, who is killed at Avignon in May 2009.
But here is an additional problem (and warning): If world events spin out of control sooner than anticipated, this death of a pope by military hands near Avignon could happen sooner: during the said August-October 2006 vector.
What is more, it is possible the this pope and the next two popes may be assassinated elsewhere or killed during a terrifying military attack on Avignon. According to Nostradamus a Sabine pope (the sabines were a pre-Roman tribe from NW Italy that eventually settled Rome) will die near Rome when Italy and Spain are under attack by Albanians and a plague is rampant in Europe. Another pope is assassinated approaching a city watered by two rivers. This could be Avignon, between the Durance and Rhone rivers, but it could just as easily be another city in another place, possibly in Iraq.
In either case, 2006 or 2008-2009, the current pope or his successor will be forced to leave the Vatican and take up residence in Avignon, France. If this happens, he will die there during a Muslim nuclear or Fuel Air Explosive attack on southern France and there will probably not be time or opportunity for a funeral:
the celibate will die three leagues from the Rhone
We were able to rule out an August 27, 2003 dating for the above quatrain when global war failed to occur at the time Mars achieved its closest opposition to earth in 60,000 years. Therefore, Nostradamus could only be writing of Mars in its usual role of the God of War. Dating the quatrain astronomically is not possible and it could take place any time in the future.
For more information on various dangerous prophecies for the papacy, including those of Nostradamus, the Third Secret of Fatima, and St Malachy, visit POPE BENEDICT XVI AND THE ROSE PROPHECY.
I also find the October 2007 death vector to be of great interest. Apparently, there could be a major comet at exactly that same time. The 2007 celestial visitor should be perfectly aligned with the 1965 appearance of Comet Ikeya-Seki -- perhaps the most spectacular comet of the 20th Century before Comet Hale-Bopp, aside from the Great Daylight Comet of 1910 (confused by many with the less sensational Halley's Comet which also appeared in 1910).
Perhaps the 2007 comet will go Hale-Bopp and the 1910 comets one better and be a spectacle unrivalled for many generations. Perhaps it will even be another Lexell's Comet. The next such comet to grace the skies will portend a great destruction of humanity and great tribulation for all of Christendom.
RATING: + 0.5
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NEW PREDICTION: 12/30/03 -- It appears a major, possibly super-volcanic, eruption will occur in August-October 2006, bringing great horror and death. Hundreds of thousands, indeed, millions may die from this event.
If the volcano erupts on the West Coast, will it be the supervolcano at Yellowstone? Possibly. However, indications point to California. The Caribbean is second most likely, with a more remote chance of the eruption happening in South America, possibly in Colombia.
Tungurahua Volcano Eruption in Ecuador Kills 1, 60 Missing, Dozens of Villages Destroyed -- "This is an indescribable catastrophe"
Full assessment of casualties and destruction not yet known -- Ash cloud reaches Pacific
Thursday, August 17, 2006; 9:03 PM
BANOS, Ecuador -- A volcanic eruption in Ecuador's Andes mountains showered incandescent rock and lava on nearby villages, smothering houses and burning residents as thousands tried to flee to safety. At least one person was killed and 60 were missing.
The Tungurahua volcano exploded overnight, raining ash for miles and sending molten rock flowing down its slopes for hours. The fiery mountain was still unleashing a blast of gas and ash Thursday that reached 5 miles into the sky.
At least a dozen villages on the volcano's western slopes were seriously damaged or destroyed -- televised images showed just the tops of electricity poles jutting out from the smoldering pyroclastic flow that smothered 107 homes in the village of Juibe Grande, on the volcano's northwest slope. Authorities said that village's 600 residents escaped in time.
They were less sure about the many holdouts who refused to answer evacuation orders Wednesday in three hamlets high on the slopes of the 16,575-foot volcano, which is some 85 miles south of the capital of Quito. "This is an indescribable catastrophe. The houses have collapsed. The rocks that fell caused injuries and burns," said Juan Salazar, mayor of Penipe, one of the villages.
In the village of Palitagua, roofs were pocked and perforated by flaming rocks, and there was heavy damage to the villages of Bilbao and Penipe. Chilibu, Choglontuz and Palitagua "no longer exist -- everything is wiped out," Salazar said.
Rescuers recovered one body in Penipe and four others were believed trapped under the rubble. "There are 60 other people who are on the high flanks of the volcano whom we could not get to this morning," he said.
The pyroclastic flow -- superheated material that shoots down the sides of volcanos like a fiery avalanche at up to 190 mph -- damaged access roads and blocked three rivers, the Patate, Puela and Chambo. That forced the shutdown of the nearby Agoyan hydroelectric plant, denying power to all or part of four jungle provinces, said Alejandro Ribadeneira, president of Ecuador's National Electrification Council. The electricity loss is particularly troublesome since Ecuador is suffering a serious energy crunch due to prolonged drought.
The ash cloud reached almost all the way from the Andes to the Pacific, forcing flights from Quito to Ecuador's largest city of Guayaquil to be suspended due to poor visibility, said Quito's airport chief, Rene Estrella.
Authorities had ordered the evacuation of a dozen hamlets on the volcano's slopes, and Ecuador's Civil Defense said about 4,500 people were able to escape the rivers of fire -- a horrific sight to villagers in the middle of the frigid Andean night.
But a doctor said about 50 people from Penipe were treated for burns caused by "lava flows and incandescent rocks that burned them as they tried to flee."
"They were also burned by vapor and the elevated heat in the zone. It was a scene of chaos, a Dantesque situation," Dr. Hernan Ayala told Ecuador's Channel 4 from a medical center in Riobamba, where many of the victims were taken. "There are six whom we consider the most grave, one of them with burns over 85 percent of the body."
President Alfredo Palacio said the government had released $2 million to help people displaced by the eruption. Col. Robert Rodriguez, deputy director of Ecuador's Civil Defense, said more than half the residents of Banos -- a popular tourist city of 18,000 at the northeast foot of the volcano -- had evacuated, many fleeing before dawn as the ash rained down.
By daylight, Banos was covered in a thick brown soup, its houses, cars and roads smothered, its trees ripped bare.
After remaining dormant for eight decades, Tungurahua rumbled back to life in 1999 and has been active ever since, registering booming explosions in May that shattered windows in outlying communities. About 3,700 people living on the volcano's slopes were ordered to evacuate in July after a sharp spike in the eruptive force, but many later returned.
Geophysics Institute Director Hugo Yepes said this eruption ended sometime between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. local time. He said the volcano is now in a "state of total calm," but couldn't rule out more destructive eruptions.
COMMENTS (8/18/06): This appears to be a PREDICTION FULFILLED. Other North, Central, and South American volcanoes have been flirting with major eruptions since last year, especially Mount St Helens, but none have quite attained the catastrophically explosive force of Tungurahua. This was still not a "supervolcanic" eruption, but it didn't have to be. In the prediction I said that "it appears a major, possibly super-volcanic, eruption will occur." It was not a certainty that it would be "super-volcanic," but it would surely be "major." I was also correct about the timing: August-October 2006. The eruption occurred August 17, 2006. The only way "hundreds of thousands, indeed, millions" would have died is if this had been a supervolcanic eruption. As it is, the casualties from this major eruption appear to have been extraordinarily light. However, not all of the information is yet in, so it is too early to say. Thus far, it appears 61 are dead since it is assumed the missing 60, all living high up on the volcano's slopes, were killed by the pyroclastic flow. 4500 more might have perished if not for a last minute evacuation.
I still believe Yellowstone may still erupt in the near future (or at least Mount St Helens). Such an event would likely occur the same year that NYC is destroyed by nuclear devices. According to base 7, a much stronger vector for a Yellowstone type event is May 2008. This will be posted on the 2008 pages soon. Still, I would not urge complacency; we must continue to watch the other American volcanoes for the remainder of this year, especially in September and October, as well as the South China/Indonesian region (that is a seperate prediction that was made for 2005, partially fulfilled by the eruption of Mt Merapi).
Colombia's Dormant Volcano Erupts After 500 Years, Thousands Evacuated
April 18, 2007 6:17 p.m. EST
Shaveta Bansal - All Headline News Staff Writer
Neiva, Colombia (AHN) - Nevado del Huila, a large ice-capped volcanic complex in Colombia erupted twice, late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, causing landslides and floods in adjoining villages. Thousands of people were evacuated but there have been no reports of injuries so far.
According to local news media, various roads, houses and bridges were washed away by when the Paez River flooded. "The eruptions caused the Paez River to rise, but an emergency plan took effect immediately and those zones affected were evacuated," said Luz Amanda Pulido, director of the office of prevention and attention to disasters. The low-lying towns of Belalcazar, La Plata, Nataga and Paicol were the most affected.
Nevado del Huila is the highest volcano in Colombia. After being dormant for 500 years, the volcano showed heavy signs of activity starting early 2007.
The eruption comes nearly two decades after another volcano Nevado del Ruiz erupted and completely covered the town of Armero with debris, killing approximately 70 percent of the town's population. The incident was the second-deadliest volcanic disaster in the 20th century, after the 1902 eruption of Mount Pelee in Caribbean.
Colombia Volcano Erupts, Thousands Flee
Apr 18, 4:15 PM (ET)
By FERNANDO VERGARA
NEIVA, Colombia (AP) - Thousands of people were evacuated after a long-dormant volcano erupted late Tuesday and again early Wednesday, provoking avalanches and floods that swept away houses and bridges. The Nevado del Huila volcano's eruptions were its first on record since Colombia was colonized by the Spanish 500 years ago.
There are about 10,000 people living in the area around the volcano, and about 3,500 had been evacuated, Luz Amanda Pulido, director of the national disaster office, told The Associated Press after flying over the volcano in southwest Colombia. There were no reports of deaths or injuries.
The eruption sent an avalanche of rocks down the volcano's sides and into the Paez and Simbola rivers, causing them to flood. "The bridges were swept away, the highway used by the indigenous in the zone was destroyed for various kilometers (miles) and the problem we have now is the lack of a route to deliver goods and medicines to the population," Police Gen. Orlando Paez said.
Experts were not ruling out more eruptions. "The seismic activity remains light but permanent, and we can't rule out another bigger event in the next hours or days," said Mario Ballesteros, director of the government's Institute for Geology and Mining.
The Nevado del Huila, which is topped with a crown of ice, is Colombia's third-highest peak at 18,484 feet. Located 170 miles southwest of Bogota, it became active again in March with a series of internal rumblings.
In 1985, the town of Armero was wiped from the map and 25,000 people were killed when another volcano, the Nevado del Ruiz, exploded and set off a series of mudslides. It was Colombia's worst natural disaster.
COMMENTS (4/19/07): Worst eruption in the region in 500 years ... hmmmmmm.... guess this record-breaker is the second time this prediction has been fulfilled. PREDICTION OVERKILL.
RATING: + 2.0
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NEW PREDICTION: 1/16/06 -- Not an ordinary earthquake like we often see in this region. This one will be a killer, many lives lost. Everything in Taipei flattened, unnatural, smoke and fires break out in different places. Magnitude will be above 7.0. Should happen around September 2006.
Powerful 7.1 and 7.0 quakes strike off Taiwan
POSTED: 1704 GMT (0104 HKT), December 26, 2006
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- A powerful earthquake struck off southwestern Taiwan on Tuesday, triggering a tsunami warning on the second anniversary of the waves that killed more than 200,000 in southern Asia. Two hours later, seismologists lifted the warning, saying the threat of destructive waves had passed.
Taiwanese media reported one person was killed and three injured in the southern city of Pingtung when their four-story home collapsed. Three other members of the family were trapped in the rubble and firefighters were working to free them, the reports said. One member of the family -- an 89-year old man -- escaped from the building unharmed. Initial reports said all the people in the collapsed building had been freed, but these turned out to be unfounded.
Elsewhere in Pingtung, 20 other people were injured, media reports said. They added that many streets in the city were cracked and a major bridge was damaged. Several fires broke out in the area, apparently caused by downed electric power cables.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake, which hit at 8:26 p.m. (1226 GMT), registered magnitude 7.1, while Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau measured it at 6.7. It was followed eight minutes later by an aftershock registering 7.0, the USGS said.
Japan's Meteorological Bureau said a one-meter (3.3-foot) tsunami might be headed toward the eastern coast of the Philippines, but later lifted the warning. "The expected waves did not materialize ... the danger has passed," said Hiroshi Koide of the agency's earthquake section. "We predicted a tsunami based on the depth and magnitude of the earthquake. But ultimately, it appears no large tsunami was triggered."
Philippine police said coastal areas had been alerted.
The warning underscored the higher level of caution about tsunami waves in the region since a massive earthquake off Indonesia exactly two years earlier triggered a powerful tsunami in the Indian Ocean that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.
Tuesday's quake was felt throughout Taiwan. It swayed buildings and knocked objects off the shelves in the capital, Taipei, in the northern part of the island.
Phone lines were cut in the southern cities of Kaohsiung and Pingtung, possibly hindering reports of damage by residents, the CTI Cable News reported. Several high-rise hotels swayed violently in Kaohsiung, it said.
Liao Ching-ling, a manager at Kaohsiung's Ambassador Hotel, said the quake was the strongest she had ever felt. "The building swayed so badly that many guests panicked and ran out of their rooms and into the streets," she said.
The tremor was centered at sea about 23 kilometers (13 miles) southwest of Hengchun on the southern tip of Taiwan, the bureau said. Hengchun is about 450 kilometers (260 miles) south of Taipei.
Quakes strike off Taiwan; tsunami appears unlikely
POSTED: 1802 GMT (0202 HKT), December 26, 2006
KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (CNN) -- Two earthquakes struck off the southwest coast of Taiwan on Tuesday, the second anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster that left more than 200,000 dead.
Tuesday's first temblor registered a magnitude 7.1, and the second one, which followed eight minutes later, was a magnitude 7.0 ...
Video footage showed collapsed, low-rise buildings as men tried to move chunks of concrete, possibly looking for victims ...
The quakes occurred about 500 miles (825 kilometers) from the Philippines. In Xiamen, China -- which lies opposite Taiwan -- buildings also shook, Reuters quoted residents as saying. "I felt a very strong shudder and didn't realize it was an earthquake until I saw people running from the building," teacher Luo Yuanling told Reuters.
COMMENTS (12/26/06): This event, if not an omen of something worse yet to come, is likely a PREDICTION FULFILLED. There were two quakes, one a 7.1 followed by a 7.0. As can be seen in the prediction, these magnitudes conform exactly to what was projected. The timing is off only by three months. The quake caused fires to break out in various places, something that was also projected to occur. Taipei was not flattened, but high rise buildings and skyscrapers swayed throughout the capital and some architectural damage was incurred. The quake was a killer, causing two deaths at last count, and forty-two injuries.
RATING: + 1.0
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