Archive | April 7, 2015

500 head of cattle dead from landslides in Northeast Afghanistan

The death toll from several avalanches recorded in Afghanistan in the last hours increased to 88, while 26 people were injured in the middle of a snowstorm that plagues the country’s northeast, an official said.
The governor of the northeastern province of Panjshir, Abdul Rahman Kabiri, said that in addition at least 15 people are trapped “in remote areas” of the northeastern territorial demarcation.
Kabiri said the death toll could rise as rescue operations continue its course, but said they do not have sufficient machinery and equipment for snow removal.
About 100 homes and several schools were destroyed by snow avalanches, Kabiri said, adding that about 500 head of cattle have also died.
The weather situation during the last days being particularly distressing in northeastern Afghanistan.
On Sunday, in the province of Badakhshan, twelve people were killed in an avalanche that destroyed their homes while they slept.
Afghanistan suffers frequent natural disasters that cause great loss, as landslides that killed 2,000 people in May last year in the Northeast.
Courtesy of RPP News International

Masses of dead fish found floating in Guanabara Bay, Brazil

Flagrante de peixes mortos na Baía de Guanabara (Foto: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters)
Flagrant of dead fish in the Guanabara Bay (Photo: Ricardo Moraes / Reuters)
A day after the governor of Rio, Luiz Fernando Bigfoot, say that the clean-up program of Guanabara Bay for the 2016 Olympics reached 49%, images showed hundreds of dead fish in the region on Tuesday (24).
In press on Monday (23), Bigfoot also said it will rely on the understanding of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), who is in town this week for meetings with municipal and state governments, if the target of 80% of the pollution is not attained. 
According Bigfoot, the question of Guanabara Bay, which will receive the sailing events of the Olympic Games should not shake the list of authorities with the IOC.
According to the State of the Environment (INEA), technicians found the presence of dead yellowtail in Fundão Canal. Water samples were collected and the results should be out in seven days.
Baía de Guanabara amanheceu com peixes mortos (Foto: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters)
Guanabara Bay dawned with dead fish (Photo: Ricardo Moraes / Reuters)
Peixes mortos na Baía de Guanabara (Foto: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters)
Dead fish in Guanabara Bay (Photo: Ricardo Moraes / Reuters)
Courtesy of Rio De Janeiro

Dozens of dead sea lions found on beaches in Malibu, California, USA

Malibu is known for it’s beauty and scenic views, but that’s changed at some local beaches. A family stumbled upon nearly 10 dead sea lions on a Malibu beach Sunday.
“We just came down the stairs and little sea lions are being washed on to shore dying,” Neda Soderqvist says in a video she posted on her Facebook Page after making the discovery with her family at State Dume State Beach.
“It was devastating to see a bunch of sea lions just lying dead. It wasn’t one or two it was six or eight,” Soderqvist said to FOX 11’s Christine O’Donnell.
The sight was especially difficult for her seven-year-old daughter Isabella Soderqvist. “They came up and just died right in front of us,” Isabella said. “I was crying to my mom and I said I was really emotional so i wanted to go.”
Earlier in the week, Kristin Thames says stumbled across the same devastating scene. “If you look down at the beach you’ll see them, and their pups are looking for their mothers,” Thames said. She snapped pictures of women from the California Wildlife Center’s rescuing some of the sea lions. They were able to carry three pups away in a crate, but had to leave dozens more.
“They’re only allowed to take three sea lion pups because there’s not enough space at the rescue centers for more,” Thames said, “it’s really sad.”
While, no one with the California Wildlife Center was available for a comment on Sunday, A recording on the hotline states they’re experiencing an “unprecedented year of sea lion strandings.”
The recording continues “due to the high number of reported animals we may not be able to return your call…we may not respond to the animal on the day of report.”
NOAA Fisheries says the warmer than average sea surface temperatures may be a factor in the strandings. They say the higher temperatures affect the sea lion’s food.
Courtesy of

Power outage strikes much of Washington, D.C., including the White House

Power Outages Alert

A power outage reportedly struck much of Washington, D.C., Tuesday morning.
The U.S. State Department, White House, Capitol and Justice Department were among the buildings that lost power.
A White House spokesperson said that backup generators kicked in initially after the outage, according to a tweet from Mark Knoller, a CBS News correspondent.
The Department of Energy, which is responsible for the nation’s power, was also affected by the outage. That fact did not go unnoticed in the Twittersphere.
Other areas throughout the D.C. metro area, including the University of Maryland in College Park, went dark.
“There is a campus-wide power outage. Crews are working on addressing the problem. Thank you for your patience,” university President Wallace D. Loh tweeted.
Shortly after, Loh explained that there was a problem with the electric feed to the campus and that Pepco, the main electricity service provider for D.C., was working on the problem.
At least one class at the university’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism decided to move its discussion outside.
A congressional aide said a backup generator was helping the U.S. Capitol complex to continue operations, according to Reuters.
The Washington Metro said that some metro stations in the nation’s capital resorted to emergency lighting, though all remained open. Commuters were asked to be cautious when entering a dark station.
As expected, plenty of people took to Twitter to crack wise about the outage. Some even suggested that this sort of incident could provide fodder for a film storyline.
The Washington Post reported that D.C. utilities and homeland security officials were investigating and that “an explosion at a southern Maryland electrical facility is believed to have caused the power surge that temporarily knocked out power to the White House and much of downtown Washington.”
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CME 9th April 2015


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Depth: 2 km

Distances: 613 km N of Kathmandu, Nepal / pop: 1,442,271 / local time: 10:26:51.2 2015-04-07
527 km N of Birendranagar, Nepal / pop: 31,381 / local time: 10:26:51.2 2015-04-07
438 km N of Saga, China / pop: 3,765 / local time: 12:41:51.2 2015-04-07

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Distances: 232 km SW of Apia, Samoa / pop: 40,407 / local time: 13:46:18.2 2015-04-07
196 km SW of Gataivai, Samoa / pop: 1,141 / local time: 13:46:18.2 2015-04-07

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 100km (62mi) NE of Hihifo, Tonga
217km (135mi) SW of Apia, Samoa
285km (177mi) WSW of Tafuna, American Samoa
289km (180mi) WSW of Pago Pago, American Samoa
689km (428mi) NNE of Nuku`alofa, Tonga

Map showing extent (w,s,e,n) = (-178.2223, -20.1979, -168.2223, -10.1979)