Archive | February 16, 2015


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Distances: 23 km SE of Tirana, Albania / pop: 374,801 / local time: 21:23:11.3 2015-02-16
6 km S of Krrabë, Albania / pop: 1,177 / local time: 21:23:11.3 2015-02-16

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Distances: 3122 km SE of Montevideo, Uruguay / pop: 1,270,737 / local time: 20:00:55.3 2015-02-16
3257 km SE of Buenos Aires, Argentina / pop: 13,076,300 / local time: 19:00:55.3 2015-02-16
4053 km SE of Santiago, Chile / pop: 4,837,295 / local time: 19:00:55.3 2015-02-16

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Distances: 285 km SE of İzmir, Turkey / pop: 2,500,603 / local time: 13:52:45.4 2015-02-16
62 km SW of Burdur, Turkey / pop: 66,158 / local time: 13:52:45.4 2015-02-16
17 km S of Kemer, Turkey / pop: 2,217 / local time: 13:52:45.4 2015-02-16

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Magnetogram 16.02.15  22.39 hrs UTC

Fish kill found in the waters of Holstein in Switzerland

Fischsterben zwischen Niederdorf und Hölstein: Die Ursache ist noch nicht geklärt. (Symbolbild) Quelle: AZ
On Friday morning, the water conservation call the Office for Environmental Protection and Energy via police was informed that in the Middle Frenke dead fish swim in the range between Lower Village and Hölstein in the water. However, it is relatively difficult to pinpoint the exact location of the fish kill, because “fish when they die, continue to be swept by the current,” says Dominic Utinger by the Office of Environment and Energy.Also, it is hard to say exactly when the fish kills have occurred and how long it lasted, explains Utinger. “It depends on the material, the residence time and concentration. A fish kill may take several hours, until the time when the toxin was again reduced or diluted. “Which toxin, it was exactly, is still unclear. “It’s obviously a substance that is toxic to fish, especially trout, which are among the most sensitive fish,” says Utinger on.

As a precaution, the nearby ground water pumping stations were turned off, to avoid “that get any substances from the water into the pump works,” says Utinger. How long the plants remain off depends on the situation.

The ARA Frenke 2 is continuously monitored. In addition, activated sludge was fed by ARA Frenke 3 in Bubendorf and thus the ARA Frenke 2 “vaccinated”. The cleaning performance have improved significantly over the weekend, the construction and transport department of Basel Land writes on Sunday. In the normal mode, the values ​​are, however, still increased. The ARA is therefore continue to be monitored.

But clear can not be given. On Monday groundwater samples from the seven pumping stations are collected and analyzed. The pumping stations to begin their work weider only if the water quality is considered safe by the State Laboratory.

Courtesy of Limmattaler Zeitung

100,000 turkeys killed due to avian flu in Aviel, Israel

Aviation Alert

Representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture came Aviel seat near Pardes Hanna after the disease was discovered in the coop isolated. Office began the destruction of birds and other poultry are testedCase of bird flu was discovered today (Saturday) turkey coop Aviel seat near Pardes Hanna. USDA officials arrived at the scene and ordered the destruction of 100 thousand chickens.

The decision was made after the ministry experts Video turkeys have the disease. Coop where the virus is located in an isolated area and stated session destruction of poultry operation began, lasting for several days.

Death will be carried out by special foam dispersion, cause the immediate death and then buried in the ground in the area of ​​poultry coop.

Ministry of Agriculture said that the disease was discovered in the coop they act in accordance with the procedures in western countries and other coops tests will be within a radius of three kilometers.

The firm is known for two additional cots are that this is a radius smaller coops and possibly birds are destroyed.

He added that the Ministry of Agriculture is still unclear how the virus reached the coop and the matter is under review.

Courtesy of Ynet

Dozens of sea birds found dead on a beach in ConCon, Chile

Encuentran 33 aves muertas en playa de Concón
Once alerted neighbors of Playa La Boca, Concon, by the discovery of 33 dead birds in unfamiliar situations, the municipality led to a veterinary clinic animal to carry them analysis.“The birds were collected to Veterinary Clinic Santo Tomas to make a necropsy to determine the causes of their deaths,” said local mayor, Oscar González Sumonte.

In addition, the authority said that Sernapesca was already aware of the situation.

On the cause of death of thirty birds still unknown but “see if you can make a complaint if applicable responsibilities,” the mayor, who also ruled that oil was to blame because, at first glance, no traces were found.

Courtesy of Lanacion

14 whales and 16 turtles washed up dead in Baja California, Mexico

Gray whales are 14 and 16 dead turtles in BCS
Gray whales are 14 and 16 dead sea turtles in BCSLa Paz, Baja California Sur .- The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection detected the stranding of 14 gray whales (13 calves and an adult) and 16 sea turtles “prietas” after two separate tours surveillance on the shores of Laguna Scammon, Black Warrior, town of Mulege, Baja California Sur.

Specialists from the Federal Office for the agency and the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas in Baja California Sur, estimated that the death of the whales, which have an advanced state of decomposition, could be due to natural causes.

This, because in this area foster that kind of marine mammal, the calves are commonly lost or are abandoned by the mother, so do not receive adequate nutrition and tend to die, since they consume on average total of 200 liters of breast milk per day.

It should be noted that cetaceans found no rips or injury caused by ships or entanglements that might have caused his death. Also, most of the bodies of these cetaceans are intact and have only two shark bites.

In a second action taken in the area of marshes Scammon Lagoon, Profepa inspectors detected 16 copies of “brown” turtle (Chelonia midas agassizii) in an advanced state of decomposition.

The turtles found no rips or wounds on their bodies, although some of these were dismembered by scavengers (mainly coyotes).

Courtesy of Azteca Noticias

200,000 chickens killed due to avian flu in Okayama, Japan

Bird Flu

Public health workers began a cull of roughly 200,000 chickens Friday morning at a farm in Okayama Prefecture, western Japan, where an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5 bird flu was confirmed.

The prefectural government said the cull would take four days, with roughly 50,000 birds killed each day. The dead hens will be incinerated.

Self-Defense Forces personnel and local government staff are taking part in the work.

Authorities have banned farmers moving chickens and eggs at six farms within 3 km of the farm in Kasaoka, and 15 other farms within 10 km have been ordered not to ship their products.

The 21 farms account for nearly 1 million birds in all.

It is the fourth case of avian influenza detected at a poultry operation in Japan this winter.

The previous three cases this winter have resulted in the killing of thousands of chickens, ranging from 4,000 to 42,000 in each case.

Late Thursday night, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the agricultural ministry and other offices to implement epidemic prevention measures without delay.

The farm ministry said senior vice minister Toshiko Abe will travel to the prefecture to oversee the response.

The hatchery in Kasaoka filed a report to the local livestock health center Thursday morning after it found 28 birds dead from Wednesday.

A preliminary check confirmed infection in four of the dead birds and one live chicken. A further genetic test confirmed that it was the feared virus.

Okayama is the fourth-largest chicken egg producing prefecture nationwide. Its farms have around 10 million birds, figures from last February show.

The latest case comes after bird flu cases at two farms in Miyazaki Prefecture and another in Yamaguchi Prefecture in December.

In 2007, Okayama Prefecture culled around 10,000 chickens after a highly pathogenic virus was detected in the city of Takahashi.

Courtesy of Japan Times

Thousands (8 TONS) of fish wash up dead along beaches in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Fish Kill Alert

Thousands of dead fish are taking the Long Island beaches, tourist town on the southern coast of São Paulo. The carnage occurring since last week, spans 18 kilometers of sand.

The city has collected eight tons of fish only on the beaches of the central region, as informed the press office. The stench bothers tourists seeking the quiet beaches.

The dead fish are examples of corvina, hake, swordfish and even shark pups. The presence of dogs and vultures attracted by the carnage bother residents.

Environmentalists relate the death of the fish to the heavy traffic of fishing boats near the coast. In trawling for catching shrimp, boats rule the fish of little commercial interest that are caught in the net.

Many specimens die and end up being taken to the beach by the tide. The Environmental Police said it would intensify fiscalizaão the fishing activity in the region.

Courtesy of Diario De Pernambuco