Archive | October 11, 2017

MAGNITUDE 5.1 AEGEAN SEA

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Depth: 6 km

Distances: 135 km N of Athens, Greece / pop: 730,000 / local time: 01:49:43.8 2017-10-12
93 km NE of Chalkída, Greece / pop: 54,600 / local time: 01:49:43.8 2017-10-12
36 km E of Patitírion, Greece / pop: 1,700 / local time: 01:49:43.8 2017-10-12

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MAGNITUDE 5.2 EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG., P.N.G.

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Depth: 60 km

Distances: 434 km N of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea / pop: 284,000 / local time: 07:56:55.5 2017-10-12
61 km SE of Madang, Papua New Guinea / pop: 27,500 / local time: 07:56:55.5 2017-10-12

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Mass die off of livestock due to storm in Baja California, Mexico

Livestock dies in the Municipality of Loreto, due to the impact of the tropical storm Lidia, which lashed the state during last week.
 
When beginning to re-establish communication with the rancherías of the Municipality of Loreto, terrestrial data on the death of cattle mainly goat are beginning to know, a situation that will be a serious blow to the economy of families.
 
Since after the drought they were facing, the presence of the natural phenomenon Lidia, and its strong impact in this region, ended with the lives of many animals.
 
As we were told by ranchers of this region goat cattle died in many ranches due to the cold caused by the water and the strong winds, in the case of the greater cattle the death of these occurred because the animals were dragged by the streams, in both cases the number of dead animals has not been fully counted.
 
So far it is known that in the areas of Santa Cruz, Hutamote, San Juan Londó and San Javier, there is a loss of animals by the ranchers.
Courtesy of elsudcaliforniano.com.mx

Thousands of ducks dead due to bird flu in Cape Town, South Africa

Thousands of ducks have died and many have had to be culled amid an outbreak of bird flu at a Cape Town farm.
 
Avian influenza has spread to The Duck Farm in the Joostenbergvlakte.
 
Some ostrich farms in the Oudtshoorn area have also been affected by the deadly flu strain, as have poultry farms in the Helderberg region.
 
Owner of The Duck Farm, Leon Groeneveld, says that bird flu cases were detected last week. In a matter of days, thousands of ducks died or had to be killed.
 
“The mortality rate was 10,917. These birds died. We culled 24,580 birds on the farm.”
 
The farm’s local deli has been shut down.
 
Nearly a hundred staff members have had to be laid off.
 
Groeneveld says that millions of rands have been lost and it will be months before the farm will be able to do business again.
Courtesy of ewn.co.za

Thousands of dead fish found in a lagoon in Hellín, Spain

Thousands of tents, mostly large in size, have appeared dead in Laguna de los Patos, in Hellín, apparently due to the lack of oxygen to be consumed by a microscopic algae in its final cycle of life, added to the persistent drought that you live in the area and high temperatures recorded.
 
For this reason, a device has been activated for the removal of dead carps that has been run by SEPEI firefighters in the Hellinero park, who have been collecting those that appeared on the surface on board a boat.
 
In the operation have also participated environmental agents of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Junta de Castilla-La Mancha, explained the councilman of the Municipal Government Area, Julián Martínez, who has confirmed that “these deaths has been produced by lack of oxygen which consumes an algae that is in the bottom of the lagoon. “He added that” it has hardly rained in recent months, so the water level has dropped. “
 
After removing them from the interior of the water, the fish are taken to a pit where a sanitary burial is carried out, fulfilling the process that is articulated in this type of cases to bury the dead animals. Looking ahead, the councilman has been confident that the rains will recover normality and reappear new fish in the waters of this unique place of the city.
Courtesy of cadenaser.com

3 TONS of dead fish wash up in the waters of Fai Chi Kei, Macau

The Marine and Water Bureau (DSAMA) said that its staff members removed a total of three tonnes of dead fish from the waters off Fai Chi Kei and Ilha Verde on Monday.
 
According to the Macau Post Daily, officials from the Environmental Protection Bureau (DSPA) believe that the low level of dissolved oxygen in the Inner Harbour’s brackish water had killed the fish.
 
The bureau dispatched a number of boats to remove the dead fish after receiving reports about a large quantity of fish carcasses floating in the water, the statement said, adding that its workers finished removing the fish by the evening.
 
According to the statement, the results from a DSPA water quality monitoring station operating there showed that the level of dissolved oxygen has been low in the waters recently.
 
The statement said that the two bureaus would continue to closely monitor the water quality there.
 
The statement urged residents not to eat dead fish found in the city’s coastal waters.
Courtesy of macaunews.mo

Mass die off of fish in a river in Xinmin, China

Should be clear and winding town-level river, even glow a large number of dead fish, so that the villagers were terrified. Recently, who lives in Chongming District, Chen Town, Yu Xi Village, part of the residents into the newspaper phone hotline, reflecting the flower crossing the river suddenly become turbid, a large number of wild fish “turned his belly.” Reporters learned that, at present, most of the dead fish has been removed, the river has been diluted, the specific reason is still under further investigation.
The river suddenly a large number of dead fish
 
Mr. Liu is one of the first villagers to find dead fish. He told reporters that when the incident for the afternoon of August 27, the villagers passing through the flower River, suddenly found a calm water appeared on the dozens of dead fish. “Small fry, big carp and flat fish slowly floating on the surface, belly up, are broken gas.” At first the villagers did not care much, but did not expect, after a few days later, more and more dead fish, The river from the original crystal clear, become yellowing, turbid endless. Some villagers began to salvage their own, but fishing up the fish was put on the shore, no one to deal with, exudes bursts of smell, provoke mosquitoes.
 
“There are no chemical companies around our village, there have been no similar things before.” Interview, many villagers puzzled, why the river will be mixed, and what caused a sudden death of a large number of fish?
Send a fish to open the valve dilution
Reporters linked to the town of Chen water office. Comprehensive management of the letter to visit the Office of Tao Liang said that after receiving the residents to reflect the first time to send staff to investigate the scene. After a preliminary investigation found that the river has been suspected of drug trafficking. In this regard, the water immediately dispatched personnel to salvage dead fish, and gate water, dilute the polluted flower crossing the river. “We opened the first time Xi Jiagang sluice and eight port of South Gate, so that water flow, the dirty water to dilute.
 
However, the villagers reflect why the past few days, or can often see a new dead fish emerge, whether it is not found the crux of the problem. Tao Liang explained that some fish caught in the river grass and reed, there are some drift near the sluice. In this regard, he will allow staff to further investigation salvage, do not miss the “corner”.
 
The villagers are also concerned about the water quality of the flower crossing the river. In this regard, Tao Liang said that after the opening of the dilution, the flower of the river water quality is no security risk, the future once found a similar situation, the first time sent to deal with. As for who is “medicine fish”, at present, the local police have been involved in the investigation of the matter.
Courtesy of newsxmwb.xinmin.cn

Thousands of dead fish found, ‘causing shock’ in a billabong near Darwin, Australia

Screen shot from a video posted by croc wrangler Matt Wright of thousands of dead fish in a shallow river
 
THE sight of thousands of dead fish and just as many crocs eating them has stopped Outback Wrangler Matt Wright in his tracks.
 
While flying his helicopter around the Finniss River on Friday afternoon, Mr Wright caught sight of a sea of barra belly-up in a billabong.
 
He said it was unusual for a fish kill-off to occur at this time of year — and the first time he’d seen anything like it.
 
“It was crazy, usually you see it when it’s the run off (end of the wet season) and it’s deoxygenated the water,” he said.
 
“I think these guys have been cooked. We’ve been getting pretty cold nights and the days are hot and the billabong has silted up and the billabong has overheated.”
 
He said he’d never seen so many dead barra in one spot at this time of year.
 
“There were about the same amount of crocs having a feast as there were dead fish. There were thousands of them there,” he said.
 
While he forgot to check if any of the fish had an elusive $1 Million Dollar Barra tag, he said the amount of dead fish was a massive waste.
 
“You just think about all the waste — there’s just so many dead fish there it’s unbelievable. It stunk too, it smelled like a rotten fish market,” he said. “You see a lot of stuff flying around but that one was definitely something that I didn’t expect.”
 
A Primary Industry Department spokeswoman could not confirm the cause of the death, but said there were a number of causes for fish kills including environmental factors that cause low oxygen levels in water, toxicants, pollutants, and aquatic diseases.
 
“Most of the fish kills in the Top End are natural and the result of low concentrations of dissolved oxygen in the water,” the spokeswoman said.
 
“Fish kills can occur throughout the year in the Top End but are more common during the build-up and early Wet.”
Courtesy of ntnews.com.au

Thousands of dead fish found in a river in Coimbra, Portugal

The Municipal Council of Coimbra (CMC), through the Municipal Civil Protection Service, today called on EDP for the “urgent” opening of the flood gates of the Alto Ceira dam to deal with the large fish mortality in the Rio Ceira.
 
The continuous discharging of a possible flow would not only be beneficial in terms of water renewal, but would contribute to eliminating the agents that are causing fish death and saving the lives of specimens that may be at risk, as would which are now in putrefaction, to float in the river.
 
According to the CMC, this is “a real environmental and public health problem with riverine settlements with possible serious consequences for the abstraction and distribution of water for human consumption”. Given the size of the problem, the Municipality alerted the Portuguese Environment Agency (APA), the GNR / SEPNA, the ICNF and the Health Delegation of Coimbra to this situation.
 
Among other aspects, the Municipality asked these entities to “carry out analyzes of water quality to guarantee their characteristics and, consequently, the supply and health of citizens, in addition to determining the factors that gave rise to this situation; the collection of specimens (fish) for examinations to determine the causes of death and their toxicity; and the confirmation that there is no environmental criminal problem causing this situation. “
 
Under the supervision of the APA, CMC is intervening in the problem in the face of the public health risks that it entails. In this sense, members of the Coimbra Firefighters Company of the CMC and the Environment Division of the CMC, with a boat, are since this morning in the Cabouco area – at the nascent entrance of Coimbra county – where there were more dead fish , to collect these specimens.
 
Only during the morning, CMC members collected 280 kg of dead fish, which were taken to landfill; during the afternoon were removed and put in landfill plus 240 kg, which makes 520 kg. The staff involved were even forced to wear masks because of the nauseating smell.
 
The CMC says it will continue to carry out this collection during the day in Cabouco, Boiça and Tapada.
Courtesy of noticiasdecoimbra.pt

Massive amounts of dead fish wash up in the Keelung River, Taiwan

Workers on a boat yesterday remove dead fish from the banks of the Keelung River in Taipei – Photo: EPA
 
Large numbers of dead fish have washed up on the shores of the Keelung River from Zhongshan Bridge to Dazhi Bridge, probably because of consecutive days of high temperatures, the Taipei City Government said.
 
The city government said it expected to finish clearing the dead fish from the river today.
 
The Taipei Environmental Protection Bureau said that the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water near the dead fish was 3.5 milligrams per liter, which is about four to five times lower than normal.
 
The water temperature was 30.3oC, far higher than the average high temperature of 28.1oC in recent years, the bureau said.
 
The pH of the river was 7.3 which is normal, the bureau said, adding that despite the mass fish deaths the tilapia population in the river was alive and well.
 
“We suspect that the cause of mass death in fish is not due to contamination, but high temperatures,” the bureau said.
 
The bureau said it set up netting and floating blocks near the Bailing and Zhongshan bridges to prevent the dead fish washing downriver and was working with the Water Resources Agency to remove the dead fish.
 
The bureau said it could not give an accurate estimate on the total number of fish killed.
 
The bureau said that similar incidents have occurred in Yilan County’s Dongshan River (冬山河), Taoyuan’s Laojie Creek (老街溪), the Bitan area (碧潭) in New Taipei City’s Xindian District (新店) and in Xizhi District (汐止).
 
Taipei Public Works Department official Yu Pai-sung (游百崧) said that the greatest concentration of dead fish was near a river junction.
 
The department yesterday sent out three boats to help clear the fish, and at least one returned before noon fully laden, Yu said.
 
The department sent out an additional two boats yesterday afternoon to expedite the operation, Yu said.
Courtesy of taipeitimes.com