Major earthquake hits Mexico. According to Reuters, a major earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday, unleashing panic as it damaged hundreds of buildings and caused homes in the capital to bounce like "trampolines". Office workers fled into the street when the 7.4-magnitude quake shook Mexico City for more than a minute. Cell phone lines went down, buildings were evacuated, traffic snarled and the stock exchange had to suspend trading early. The tremor was one of the strongest since the devastating 8.1-magnitude earthquake of 1985, which killed thousands in Mexico City.
The Bible says in Matthew 24:7 that in the last days, "nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places."
Kuwait says Iran has assured it will not shut down Hormuz. According to Reuters, after threats by Iran that it could shut down the most important oil transit channel in the world, if Western governments stop it from selling crude, Kuwait's emir and other Gulf leaders have sought assurances that Tehran will not follow through with the threats. During a visit to Japan, the emir said, "We have received assurances from Iran that it will not take this step."
Sweden is moving towards a cashless economy. According to the Associated Press, Sweden was the first European country to introduce bank notes in 1661. Now it's come farther than most on the path toward getting rid of them. Bjoern Ulvaeus (JORN UL-VAY-US), former member of 1970's pop group ABBA, and a vocal proponent for a world without cash said, "I can't see why we should be printing bank notes at all anymore". In most Swedish cities, public buses don't accept cash; tickets are prepaid or purchased with a cell phone text message.
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