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Four of the Largest Earthquake disasters have fallen on or around Catholic holidays....
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Note from Bill:
Four of the largest earthquake disasters in world history have fallen on Catholic holidays.
The massive events have fallen on All Saint�s Day in 1755, Good Friday on March 27, 1964, and Christmas Day (December 26 at the epicenter) in 2003 and 2004.
We are continuing our research and will add more to this report later.
All Saint�s Day, a Catholic Holiday � November 1, 1755 � Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon, the devoutly Catholic capital of the devoutly Catholic Portuguese empire, shook -- first a big earthquake, then a big tsunami, and then a big fire. More than 100,000 people died. (Washington Post)
The Good Friday Earthquake � March 27, 1964 � Prince William Sound, Alaska
The second largest earthquake of the 20th Century and the largest ever recorded in the northern hemisphere, occurred in Alaska on March 27, 1964 (3/27/64 05:36:14.0 p.m., local time; 3/28/64 03:36:14.0 GMT). The earthquake had a magnitude 9.2 (Moment Magnitude) and caused extensive damage in Alaska. Local tsunami waves triggered by this earthquake were extremely destructive in Prince William Sound and other areas of Alaska.
A Pacific-wide tsunami was generated which was destructive in Western Canada, Oregon, California and the Hawaiian islands. It was recorded by tide gages throughout the Pacific. Even tide gauges in Cuba and Puerto Rico recorded sea level oscillations from that event. A Tsunami Warning was issued by the Tsunami Warning System in Honolulu for Hawaii and the West coast of United States and Canada. Regional Tsunami Warning Centers in Japan, Chile, the former Soviet Union and elsewhere, issued warnings. Combined, the earthquake and tsunami took 125 lives (tsunami 110, earthquake 15), and caused about $311 million in property loss (in 1964 dollars). (USGS)
Christmas Day Earthquake - December 25-26, 2003, devastated the ancient historic city of Bam, Iran -- Magnitude 6.6
On December 24, 2003, Iran's minister of defense threatened Israel with a long-range missile attack should the Jewish state hit any nuclear facilities in the country.
"We will strike Israel with all weapons at our disposal, if the Zionist regime ventures to do so," Ali Shamkhani told the Islamic Republic News Agency, Iran's government-controlled news outlet.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran will strongly deal with the action against its national territory. The Israeli threat emanates from its evil literature. It is too cowardly to threaten Iran," Shamkhani is quoted as saying.
On December 26 (December 25 in North America and South America) a 6.6 earthquake levels Bam, Iran; over 30,000 people were killed, 30,000 injured, 85 percent of buildings damaged or destroyed and infrastructure damaged. (USGS)
Christmas Day Earthquake - December 25-26, 2004, Southeast Asia
Magnitude 9.0 - Massive Tsunamis -- Vatican Accuses Israel - Vatican Says they Were Mistranslated
On December 26 (December 25 in North America and South America), eight of the 12 countries hit -- Malaysia, Burma, Bangladesh, Somalia, Maldives, Sri Lanka, India and Indonesia, "are among the top 50 nations who persecute Christians." Depending on the list, �Open Door� or �International Christian Concern,� Maldives, Myanmar and Indonesia rank among the top ten.
Over 148,000 dead, some sources believe the death toll could exceed 400,000. More than a million people are homeless. Tsunamis caused damage in Madagascar and Mauritius and also occurred on Cocos Island and Reunion. The tsunami crossed into the Pacific Ocean and was recorded in New Zealand and along the west coast of South and North America. The earthquake was felt (VIII) at Banda Aceh and (V) at Medan, Sumatra and (II-IV) in parts of Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand. This is the fourth largest earthquake in the world since 1900 and is the largest since the 1964 Prince William Sound, Alaska earthquake. (USGS)
Vatican Accusation (See their response following this excerpt)
The official Vatican newspaper on Thursday, December 30, falsely accused Israel of denying requests for help in tsunami-ravaged Sri Lanka. Calling for "a radical and dramatic change of perspective" among Israelis "too often preoccupied with making war," Vatican paper L'Osservatore Romano blasted Israel for "declining" a Sri Lankan request for emergency medical help.
The Vatican paper said in what "should be a time for unconditional solidarity," some world leaders seem incapable of escaping a "small-minded approach that restricts their horizons."
Contrary to the Vatican report, Israeli aid was some of the first to arrive in the area. An Israeli medical team, along with 82 tons of food, water, blankets, tents, nylon sheeting, electric generators and medical supplies arrived in Sri Lanka Wednesday, and a similarly equipped mission arrived in Thailand the day before. The IDF offered to send a rescue team and supplies to India. (WND)
Vatican press: We were mistranslated
The National Business Review article click here
Note: On Monday, January 3, the Vatican stated they were mistranslated here is their response:
The Catholic World News, which last week issued a translated story from the Vatican press that appeared to condemn Israel for attempting to staff a tsunami rescue mission with military personnel, has issued a revision to the story and an apology for what it says was a crucial mistranslation.
While the original story appeared to fault Israel as "too often preoccupied with making war" the new version casts that aspersion in a wider frame and faults Sri Lanka for having rejected the Israeli offer.
Israel had planned to send a 150-strong contingent to Sri Lanka to assist with the emergency response effort there, but the Sri Lankan government vetoed the trip, apparently on the grounds that some 60 of the team were IDF soldiers.
The mission would have included about 80 tonnes of food and medical supplies worth $US100,000 and was supposed to depart Israel last Monday, only hours after the disaster struck.
But according to the original story from the CWS, the Vatican press said that Israel had decided to withold aid rather than reconstitute the mission.
The mission was eventually sent, but on a much reduced scale.
Calling for "a radical and dramatic change of perspective" among people "too often preoccupied with making war," L'Osservatore Romano was said in the CWS story to have singled out Israeli military leaders for declining a request for emergency medical help.
The Vatican paper was credited with having said that in what "should be a time for unconditional solidarity," some world leaders seem incapable of escaping a "small-minded approach that restricts their horizons."
Israel news outlets and others were quick to respond critically. Haaretz said the Sri Lankan president's military secretary later sent a notice to Israel's foreign and defense ministries expressing support for the arrival of a much smaller 50-member Israeli delegation.
"We are not opposed to a plane loaded with medical supplies, food and blankets that will be accompanied by a medical team comprised of 50 IDF people, as the Israeli Foreign Ministry requested in a letter," the Sri Lankan military secretary said.
Now, it seems, the Vatican press was actually criticising the Sri Lankan government.
The revised CWS story, datelined 28 December, states:
The Vatican newspaper has denounced a decision by Sri Lanka to reject emergency aid offered by the Israeli government. Sri Lanka declined the Israeli aid because it would have been furnished by a military team.
Calling for "a radical and dramatic change of perspective" among people "too often preoccupied with making war," L'Osservatore Romano chastised the government of the stricken Asian nation for putting unnecessary restrictions on an Israeli offer to furnish medical help.
The Vatican paper observed that in what "should be a time for unconditional solidarity," some world leaders seem incapable of escaping a "small-minded approach that restricts their horizons." The suffering caused by the tsunami has created "a mass of deaths, across borders," L'Osservatore observed. The fact that the devastation swept across different societies, cultures, and nations should help to reinforce the universal perspective, the paper suggested.
[link to watch.org]
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