Archive | May 29, 2015

3 TONS of dead fish found in the waters in Lonate Pozzolo, Italy

various animals
A fish kill within two settling tanks placed between two reservoirs that serve to purify the waters of the stream before they are fed into the Arno River Ticino. It happened last Saturday, May 9 in the early afternoon of Lonate Pozzolo. On site they operated agents Team wildlife provincial police that has contacted dell’AIPO operational staff in order to ascertain any problems of hydraulic and colleagues of the security service of the Parco del Ticino warned of ARPA and ASL to the extent of their competence.
 
Declared a failure to quickly recover the fish in trouble, it was decided to add water in the settling tank at risk, using the means that suit the Parco del Ticino made ​​promptly, provided by volunteers.
 
On the morning of Sunday, May 9, then, the Company Graia, alerted the day before, with the help of the Fire Department, the team personnel wildlife Provincial Police and the Parco del Ticino, has sought repayment of approximately 300 kg. of cyprinids (mainly carp) and their storage at the slaughterhouse of Luino for disposal.
 
Not yet, unfortunately, identified the causes that led to the influx of fish representing more untenable in relation to the space occupied and the resulting lack of oxygen, it is expected that this phenomenon will continue over time.
 
The team Faunistica provincial police is therefore in constant contact with the Ente Parco del Ticino, AIPO, the Lombardy Region and all institutions involved in order not only to remedy the incident but also to put in place strategies to prevent events analogues.
 
“This incident is yet another demonstration of professionalism and effectiveness by the Wildlife Section of the provincial police – said the provincial councilor in charge Fabrizio Mirabelli – are under investigation to determine the causes of this phenomenon. The attention of the Province is maximum to help protect an area important and sensitive environmentally as the one in question. “
Courtesy of varesenews.it

5.7 MILLION birds now killed (or to be), after new outbreak in Minnesota, USA

Bird Flu

One new Minnesota turkey farm has been hit by bird flu, raising the state’s total to 85 since the outbreaks were first confirmed in early March.
 
The Minnesota Board of Animal Health says the latest case is in Swift County. The flock size hasn’t been reported yet, but Minnesota turkey and chicken producers have now lost nearly 5.7 million turkeys and chickens to the disease.
 
The U.S. Department of Agriculture now reports over 140 findings of highly pathogenic avian influenza across the country, which have affected more than 30 million chickens and turkeys.
 
Minnesota, the country’s top turkey producing state, has had the most farms hit by the H5N2 virus, but Iowa, the country’s top egg producer, has lost by far the most birds at more than 24 million.
Courtesy of startribune.com

Hundreds of dead fish washing up in Hamilton, Bermuda

Fish Kill Alert

The Ministry of Health, Seniors and Environment has received several reports of fish ‘die-offs’ occurring recently in the inshore waters of the Island.
 
Reports began on Saturday, May 9th regarding the discovery of dead red-eared sardines (also known as pilchards) in the region of Shelly Bay, Hamilton Parish.
 
A biologist from the Department of Conservation Services attended the area and estimated that several hundred fish had been affected and observed a suspected algae bloom, which may be the cause of the dead fish. Samples of the fish and water were collected for testing.
 
Additional reports have also surfaced of dead fish of the same species in the Spanish Point area, Whalebone Bay and Coot Pond, St. George’s; however the number of fish at the latter sites were small. A further suspected algae bloom was reported in the waters off Tuckers Town and another along the north shore of Harrington Sound.
 
The plankton bloom, when coupled with calm weather and light easterly winds, can create low oxygen levels in the waters of western-facing bays, such as Shelly Bay and at Spanish Point. These conditions could have caused the fish mortality.
 
“A change in wind direction may bring more fish carcasses to shore but would also disperse the bloom and re-oxygenate the water column,” explained a spokesperson for the Department of Environmental Protection. “We expect the conditions which caused the die-off to diminish; already a check of Shelly Bay today revealed no further mortality.
 
“It is important for the public to keep in mind that these kinds of episodes do occur naturally. Swimmers at Shelly Bay have not reported any resultant illness, and the Department of Health has no reports of related illness. There is no cause to avoid swimming, however the Ministry reminds people to not consume any dead fish, nor should the fish be offered to any pet animal.”
Courtesy of todayinbermuda.com

Mass die off of fish in fish farms in Xingbin District, China

Fish Kill Alert

Mass die off of fish in fish farms

in Xingbin District, China

Thousands of dead fish wash up in the fjords of More and Romsdal, Norway

Fish Kill Alert

Several thousand dead small fish was Sunday washed up on shore by Bøbrua in Bøfjorden. Residents in the area feared that it was due to pollution, but in all probability it is a natural cause of fish death. It believes in any case daze Otte Bjelland at IMR in Bergen.
 
It is the second time in less than a month that it is ascertained such mass deaths in fjords in Møre and Romsdal.
 
The first time was on April 20 when fishing Yngve Steen according Romsdals Budstikke found a kilometer long belt of dead small fish by backpack.
 
Also at that time could Bjelland affirm that it revolved around salmon herring. It is here talking about fully grown fish, not fry, the modest considering its size.
 
It is interesting that this happens twice in a short time, within relatively modest distances, says Bjelland, who believes that a possible cause of fish death is that the population in the fjords Nordvestlandet has become too great.
Courtesy of tk.no

MAGNITUDE 4.0 NEPAL

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=444394

Subject To Change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 12 km NW of Kathmandu, Nepal / pop: 1,442,271 / local time: 01:52:30.0 2015-05-30
439 km W of Thimphu, Bhutan / pop: 98,676 / local time: 02:07:30.0 2015-05-30
687 km NW of Dhaka, Bangladesh / pop: 10,356,500 / local time: 02:07:30.0 2015-05-30


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Strong eruption injures two at Kuchinoerabu-jima volcano in Ryuku Islands, Japan

Ash plumes from Kuchinoerabu-jima and Sakura-jima volcanoes today (MODIS Terra / NASA)
Two people have been reported injured, presumably burnt by pyroclastic surge, and were flown to a hospital in Yakushima Island.
Courtesy of volcanodiscovery.com

Hurricane season begins Monday: Prepare now

Hurricane Alert

Hurricane season begins Monday:

Prepare now

Severe power outages affect 45,000 people and cripple the Orange Train Line in Boston, USA

Power Outages Alert

A power outage confined to communities just north of Boston has left an estimated 45,000 people without power and crippled portions of the Orange Line with severe delays.
 
The source of the power outage is believed to be an issue at the Everett power plant.
 
Malden, Everett, and Medford are the communities directly affected by the outage.
Courtesy of masslive.com