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Archive | December 5, 2018

MAGNITUDE 5.5 SOUTHEAST OF LOYALTY ISLANDS

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Depth: 5 km

Distances: 358 km E of Nouméa, New Caledonia / pop: 93,100 / local time: 08:32:17.6 2018-12-06

242 km S of Isangel, Vanuatu / pop: 1,500 / local time: 08:32:17.6 2018-12-06
205 km E of Tadine, New Caledonia / pop: 7,500 / local time: 08:32:17.6 2018-12-06
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30,000 cattle dead due to cold in Peru

Livestock Alert

Almost 300 thousand head of cattle in Puno and more than 75 thousand in Apurímac will receive attention from the Agro Rural program (of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation), as part of the plan to counteract the frosts that hit several regions of the southern highlands.

The care consists of the delivery of kits of medicines and supplements for animals, in order to reduce morbidity and mortality rates in cattle and camelids in South America.

According to the recent reports of the National Institute of Civil Defense (Indeci), 29,896 livestock have been lost and 2,200,000 have been affected in high areas. Only in the Puno region have died more than 12 thousand animals in recent weeks due to frost .

So far there are more than 407 thousand people affected, according to statistics from Indeci.

Courtesy of elcomercio.pe

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Thousands of dead fish found in a lake in Illinois, USA

Fish Kill Alert

Residents on Lake Iroquois near Loda wake up to find dead fish floating in their lake Sunday morning.

Environmental agencies say it was caused by a lack of oxygen from the lake turning over.

This means the colder water at the bottom, which has less oxygen, rose to the top causing the fish to suffocate.

Neighbors are still working to clean up the mess.

“Just looking around it seems endless,” said neighbor Nick Rodriquez.

Not one, but thousands of dead fish floated to the top of the Lake overnight.

“We were kind of not knowing what to expect, so when we walked out there and just seeing how they were all laying out…it was unbelievable,” Rodriquez said.

Rodriguez and dozens of other neighbors have been taking turns using nets to pick up the dead fish.

“We had a dump trailer and the red dump truck. We filled that up about four different times and we are on our third hole now that we have dug to bury the fish,” he said.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Natural Resources came out to the lake to do testing.

Courtesy of foxillinois.com

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Hundreds of dead starfish wash ashore in Goa, India

Scores of dead starfish washed ashore on Caranzalem beach just walking distance from the popular Miramar beach have baffled locals as their mortality had not been reported in recent years.

Courtesy of timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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Millions of fish die in a lake in Hanoi, Vietnam

Ca chet dat vao bo noi trang ho Tay, cong nhan vot khong xue hinh anh 2

Despite being picked up from last night but the millions of unidentified fish still continues to the lake shore West and stinking smell decomposition, affect the lives of people around them.

Courtesy of news.zing.vn

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660,000 birds killed due to bird flu in Penza Oblast, Russia

Bird Flu

Russian agricultural holdings Cherkizovo and Damate have been affected by a series of outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI), which were reported in four regions of the country.

Courtesy of globalmeatnews.com

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Mass fish kill ‘due to red tide’ washes up in Englewood, Florida, USA

Fish Kill Alert

Mass fish kill ‘due to red tide’ washes up in Englewood, Florida, USA

24,000 birds killed due to bird flu in two areas of Ghana

Bird Flu

Ghana has reported two outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5 bird flu on farms, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Friday, citing a report from Ghana’s agriculture ministry.

One of the outbreaks killed 5,431 birds out of an 11,000-strong flock on a farm in Boankra in the Ashanti region, while the other killed 5,935 out of 13,188 birds on a farm in Nkawkaw in the Eastern region, the report said.

The remaining birds in the flocks were all slaughtered.

The outbreak in Eastern region followed the illegal movement of birds from the outbreak farm in Ashanti, the report added.

Ghana earlier this year reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H9N2 bird flu on a farm in the southwest.

Courtesy of africanews.com

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Thousands of dead sea birds found washed up in Western Alaska, USA

Seabirds in the state are washing up on beaches once again, this time in Western Alaska, in numbers estimated to be in the thousands.

The reason why they’re dying has been determined, but the true cause behind the die-off has scientists investigating further into the pattern.

“The results come back pretty quickly. Currently, they determined the cause of death appears to be due to emaciation, starvation.”

That’s Robb Kaler, a wildlife biologist at USFWS’s Migratory Bird office in Anchorage. He said one of the birds has been sent in and tested, and another six are on the way.

While labs and scientists can see the cause of death due to a number of contributing physical factors, how they got that way is another question; one that experts don’t yet have the definitive answer to.

“There’s probably multiple factors at play. You’ve got birds that are starving, so we know why they’re dying, they’re dying of starvation,” Kaler said. “But the question is, why are they not able to find food? What’s happening?”

Courtesy of ktuu.com

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Hundreds of dead fish, manatees, sea turtles, eels and other marine life wash up in Boca Grande, Florida, USA

Charter boat captain Chris Oneill videotaped those dead manatees, Tuesday, and posted the video to his Facebook page. The video has since been viewed more than a million times and drawn attention to the area’s fish kills.

“I haven’t been able to fish for a week, since mid-last week, because fish started dying and we’re not going to take people out here and subject them to these conditions because there are potential health concerns as well,” Oneill said.

Hundreds of dead fish were crowding Boca Grande’s coastline. Maggots were seen eating the rotting fish, which were emitting a strong odor.

Oneill counted more than 40 endangered Goliath Groupers washed up on the beach this week, ranging from 10 pounds to 400 pounds.

“Black grouper, gag grouper, red grouper, trout, eel, puffer fish, everything you could imagine is right here in this weed line that’s washed up the last couple days,” he said as he pointed out the rotting fish.

Guests were also frustrated by the fish kills. The beach was mostly empty, Wednesday, with the exception of a couple of visitors who were checking out the dead fish for themselves.

“We’ve been hanging out at the pool because… look, there’s no one hanging out at the beach. It’s terrible,” said one visitor. “We have another family vacation planned without kids in August and we’re not sure we’re going to come. If there’s red ride, we’re definitely not coming.”

The fish kills come as the National Weather Service issued beach hazards statements for red tide for coastal northern Lee County and coastal Sarasota County.

Captain Oneill is not sure what is causing the red tide, but notes after Lake Okeechobee water releases, Southwest Florida’s coasts regularly have fish kills.

“I can’t put my finger on what exactly the problem is, but I can certainly tell you any time they dump that lake, and the discharge comes out of the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River, within a week we start seeing significant kills along our shorelines here in Southwest Florida,” he said. “It’s sad to see that so much death is happening. I’ve only been here 15 years, and year after year I see things like this. This is the worst I’ve seen, and I’ve yet to see anyone out here assessing the problem or trying to figure it out.”

Courtesy of abcactionnews.com

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