Archive | December 14, 2014

Thousands of dead fish appear in a lake in Puebla, Mexico

Fish Kill Alert

In Puebla, a weather phenomenon caused the death of thousands of fish in the lake of Valsequillo.

“Much water It flutters and start dating fish, everybody is there on the shore and we believe that is lack of oxygen,” said Enrique Gómez, settler.

The fish of the carp and tilapia, floating dead varieties from the area of the panga in San Baltazar Tétela up to the dam Maximino Avila Camacho.

“This is a cyclical phenomenon, appeared I remember in October last year, called thermocline and consisting of a sudden warming of the water layers also makes a sharp reduction in the amounts of oxygen which kills fish, “said Alberto Jimenez Merino, delegate of SAGARPA.

“There is the thick edge. If every year is, is temperature change, that is,” said Ramon Aguilar, fisherman.

In the area known as the Oasis, a foul odor is recorded due to the decomposition of dead fish that have not yet been removed from the lake.

Residents claim that this phenomenon is typical of this time of year, however authorities and conducted an investigation to rule that it is some kind of contamination in the water.

Valsequillo Lake is one of the major bodies of water in Puebla, used for irrigation, fishing and recreation.

Mass deaths of fish and crabs found washed up in Sampur, Sri Lanka

Mass death of fish in Sampur, Kattankudy seas; authorities take immediate action

The National Aquatics Research Agency has commenced an investigation with regard to the sudden death of fish in the Sampur, Ralpalam and Kattankudy seas.

The agency stated that a team of officials have already been dispatched to the area to investigate the mysterious deaths. The mass deaths of fish at the Ralpalam sea started to occur on Friday.

The deaths have prompted the Fisheries Department to issue a temporary ban on fishing in these seas.

Meanwhile, according to our correspondent, death of fish has also been reported in the Puttalam and Kattankudy seas.

Hundreds of dead fish wash ashore along the waters in Montelimar, France


Hundreds of dead fish have been found since Wednesday on the banks of Roubion in Montelimar. A disaster for the Drôme Fishing Federation which had invested specifically in the repopulation of this river. An unknown sources of pollution.

Eight years of dashed resettlement policy … Fishermen in Drôme who had their habits on the banks of Roubion well have had to face the facts. Several hundred pounds of fish died following a pollution whose origin has not yet formally established. Fisheries Federation is devastated and she will file a complaint: She had invested heavily in recent years by reintroducing the noble fish, perch, carp and pike in this stretch of water.

The prefect of the Drome asked the National Rhone Company to conduct a drop of water to reduce pollution of the river. But fishing is obviously forbidden for now.

Major fish kill is ‘a mystery’ in Yerrabi Pond, Canberra, Australia

Fish Kill Alert

THE Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate have explained they can’t explain why there was a major fish kill event in Gungahlin’s Yerrabi Pond.

Test samples analysed by experts in Sydney have ruled out a virus as the cause of a significant number of fish deaths in Yerrabi Pond over the past month, Dr Lisa Evans, Aquatic Ecologist from the Environment and Planning Directorate has confirmed today.

“Since late September the ACT Government has been undertaking a range of tests to establish why a significant number of fish were found dead in Yerrabi Pond,” Dr Evans said.

“A range of water samples were taken by the Environment Protection Authority to help determine the cause of the deaths, but all results returned with readings in the normal ranges.

“The ACT Government has also been working with experts from the University of Sydney to examine other possible causes of the deaths, as more dead fish were discovered in early October.

“Test results from the University of Sydney have ruled out a number of fish viruses, and it is believed that the cause could be linked to a short term dissolved oxygen shortage associated with nutrient runoff from a recent storm, warmer water temperatures and significant amounts of filamentous algae in the pond. Breeding stress at this time of year could also be a contributing factor in the deaths.

“This is the first time that a Murray Cod fish kill has been observed in Yerrabi Pond in the 14 years that the pond has been stocked with these fish,” Dr Evans said.

The recent fish deaths are a timely reminder to Canberra residents that fish diseases can be transferred by people dumping unwanted pet fish into our waterways and illegally moving fish between waterways.

Dissolved oxygen levels in the water have since returned to normal.

9 Pilot whales strand, 2 dead in Prince Edward Island, Canada

Scientists and officers from several government departments, educational institutions and volunteer groups were on the scene Thursday morning as the last two whales were lead back out to sea. 

The whales were discovered by a woman walking her dog Tuesday afternoon. A large male had beached himself in Sunbury Cove, between St. Nicholas and Linkletter, while eight females and juveniles swam around him. 

Provincial conservation officers and scientist managed to refloat the male Wednesday evening but had to return to shore because of a lack of proper equipment. When the proper gear arrived Thursday morning, various officers went out in boats to secure the remaining two whales and by noon had them back out in deep water.



***BE ALERT***

Magnetogram 14.12.14  20.19 hrs UTC


Subject To Change

Depth: 228 km

Distances: 148km (92mi) WNW of Havelu, Tonga
149km (93mi) WNW of Nuku`alofa, Tonga
600km (373mi) ESE of Suva, Fiji
648km (403mi) SE of Lambasa, Fiji
713km (443mi) ESE of Nadi, Fiji

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Severe storm heads East leaving trail of mudslides, flooding in California, USA

Disaster Alert

Californians cleaned up Saturday after a major storm soaked the drought-stricken state before moving east to drop rain on the Southwest.
Perhaps the biggest job was in Camarillo, about 80 kilometres northwest of Los Angeles, where a mudslide on Friday buried houses, making 13 uninhabitable. The debris flowed down a hillside burned by wildfire last year.
“It’s quite an earth-moving operation,” said Elton Gallegly, whose wife’s family owns one of the damaged homes and who stopped by Saturday to check on progress.
Cleanup also was underway in south Los Angeles, where a small — and rare — tornado briefly touched down, ripping parts off several roofs and knocking down trees.
The cleanup came as more rain was forecast for coming days, though the National Weather Service said that precipitation shouldn’t cause the same amount of damage as the recent storm. Weather experts say many more storms are needed to pull the state out of its current water crisis, now in its third year.
APTOPIX California Storms
Power restored
On Saturday, utility crews restored power to nearly everyone who lost it, though roads including a stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway in Ventura County remained closed. In mountains east of Los Angeles, ski resorts welcomed up to a foot of fresh snow.
The storm was powerful enough that in Northern California, which was hit Thursday by up to 200 millimetres of rain but has been generally dry since, residents of two trailer parks in Redwood City were still bailing floodwaters Saturday.
North of San Francisco, Sonoma County residents said they were relieved that the Russian River didn’t overflow its banks as it has in past storms. The river did reach just above flood stage, but the water quickly receded.
A few low-lying areas of Guerneville did flood, but damage was minimal in a place where, for example, a 2006 flood caused $300 million in damage.
“This is nothing,” Judith Eisen, who has lived for 40 years in one of the neighbourhoods that flooded.
As the storm travelled east to Arizona, Phoenix and its surrounding suburbs received about a 76 millimetres of rain overnight, according to the National Weather Service. The northern Arizona city of Flagstaff received roughly half an inch of rain starting around midnight and then snow at around 6 a.m.
The weather service forecast more rain in California starting Sunday in the north and Monday in the south — and another storm later in the coming week.
One person was found dead on Friday in a rain-swollen flood-control channel in the Orange County town of Garden Grove, which could mark the third storm-related fatality on the West Coast since Thursday.
Harsh weather was blamed for two deaths on Thursday in Oregon. In southern Oregon near Ashland, a homeless man camping with his 18-year-old son was killed when a tree toppled onto their tent. Portland police said a tree fell on a car that then swerved into another tree, killing a boy who was a passenger.
It was not known whether the body in Garden Grove was a weather-related fatality or a victim who died of some other cause and was washed into the flood channel, officials said.

Deadly Ebola Virus: Sierra Leone bans Christmas celebrations in bid to halt virus

Ebola Virus

Paolo Conteh, who heads the country’s national Ebola response, said troops would be deployed to prevent any street parties, and residents should spend the holidays at home, Sierra Leone’s Awoko newspaper reported Friday.
“He sternly warned that there is a big problem with the Western Area and if they don’t change their behavior and attitude in the fight against Ebola, people will still continue to die,” the paper said.
Most Sierra Leoneans are Muslims, but Christians make up about a quarter of the population and celebrations are common during the holiday period.
It was the latest in a series of tough measures enacted as infection rates in the West African country have soared this year.  
Bars and night spots have been shut down and entire districts placed under quarantine. In September, Sierra Leone ordered people nationwide to stay at home for three days while health workers went door to door, distributing information about Ebola and searching for new cases.
More than 8,000 confirmed and suspected Ebola cases have been reported in Sierra Leone, with nearly 1,900 deaths, according to figures released Friday by the World Health Organization.
Sierra Leone has overtaken Liberia as the country with the heaviest caseload. The virus was first detected in March in neighboring Guinea, but cases have been traced to last December.
Health workers sent to investigate the latest Ebola flare-up, in the remote Sierra Leone diamond mining district of Kono, found a grim scene: bodies piling up, overwhelmed doctors and nurses, and exhausted burial teams and lab technicians, the WHO reported Wednesday.
“In 11 days, two teams buried 87 bodies, including a nurse, an ambulance driver and a janitor drafted into removing bodies as they piled up at the only area hospital, ill-equipped to deal with the dangerous pathogen,” the report said.
In the five days before the WHO team arrived in Kono, an eastern district bordering Guinea, 25 people had died in a hastily cordoned off section of the hospital that was serving as an Ebola holding center, it said.
Local health workers were doing the best they could but ran out of resources, Dr. Olu Olushayo, who coordinates the WHO’s Ebola response in Sierra Leone, was quoted as saying.
The government ordered a two-week lockdown in Kono while local and international health workers raced to get the outbreak under control, The Associated Press reported.