Archive | June 10, 2015

120,000 birds killed due to avian flu in Mudanya, Turkey

Bird Flu

120,000 birds killed due to avian flu in Mudanya, Turkey


127,000+ antelope dead in a ‘sudden die off’ in Northern Kazakhstan

Dead Antelope in Kazakhstan

127,000+ antelope dead in a ‘sudden die off’ in Northern Kazakhstan

415,000 chickens to be killed due to new outbreak of avian flu in Minnesota, USA

Bird Flu

Disproving the notion that warmer weather would kill off the bird flu, the virus keeps wiping out poultry flocks in Minnesota, the latest a pullet farm in Renville County with 415,000 chickens.
It’s the first time the flu has hit a Minnesota pullet operation, though a dozen Iowa pullet farms — with a total of nearly 5 million birds — have been stricken. Pullets are young hens not yet laying eggs, and their demise could complicate rebuilding the Upper Midwest’s battered egg business.
The lethal H5N2 bird flu has claimed 45 million chickens and turkeys nationwide, the majority of them in Iowa and Minnesota.
Minnesota animal health authorities Wednesday said that in addition to the pullet farm, another turkey farm in Renville County had been stricken, bringing the total number of farms to 106. Nearly 9 million birds have been killed in Minnesota, the majority of them turkeys.
Scientists are still scrambling to figure out how the bird flu has spread, but they believed that warmer weather would quash the flu at least until the fall. Indeed, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health did not disclose any new bird flu cases from May 15 through May 25, the longest period free of outbreaks since mid-March.
But since May 26, another 18 cases have been reported in Minnesota, and outbreaks continue to be steadily reported in Iowa, too. On Tuesday, Iowa disclosed that a pullet farm with 1.1 million hens had been hit. Pullet farms get day-old chicks from hatcheries, and raise them for about 17 weeks before the hens are sent to egg-laying operations.
As flu-afflicted chicken and turkey farms begin to repopulate their barns with live birds, they will be looking to suppliers of pullets and turkey poults.
“I think [the stricken pullet farms] will slow down the repopulation process,” said Maro Ibarburu, a business analyst at Iowa State University’s Egg Industry Center. “We really need these pullet houses.”
Turkey farms that raise poults also have been hit by the flu. Still, Steve Olson, head of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, said farmers should be able to get young birds.
“On the turkey side especially, I think there will be enough poults to repopulate,” he said.
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Tons of dead fish found in a lake in Aldama, Mexico

'Upholstered' Dam dead fish
Several tons of dead fish in the water surface and work these days for removal to prevent further infection of a focus generated. 
It was noted that the relevant authorities concentrated on the site located about 15 minutes from the Beltway, in the “Guadalupe” sector, where they found that apart from the dead fish, a rotten smell was issued. 
Also they collected dozens of dead fishes at the ford leading from the Chihuahua-Aldama road to the community of Los Leones, where he went to Conagua staff to make a second inspection. 
According to industry ranchers, “The Presón” feeds Chuvíscar river water. 
Chuvíscar also crosses the river at the ford of the Lions, so Conagua staff performs investigations.
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Hundreds of dead fish appear in the waters of Michoacan, Mexico

The Pichi bar dawned full of dead fish, which the passing of the hours begin to give off a foul odor. Fish are of the species known as Lisa and according to biologist José Luis Valdovinos phenomenon was expected due to the heat wave that is recorded on the coast, causing lack of oxygen in the water. That bar is located in the tourist area of ​​the harbor in the seaside boulevard, Lazaro Cardenas Playa Azul section is currently closed due to sea swell of still present in the area. Being in the tourist area, the enramaderos request the support of the authorities for appropriate cleansing.
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88 sea birds and 52 dolphins and sea lions dead due to oil spill in California, USA

One of two dead dolphins found Sunday along Carpinteria’s shoreline. The photographer, area resident Robert Hubina, noted oil coming out of both dolphins’ mouths.
Dead and dying wildlife continue to wash ashore two weeks after the May 19 oil spill near Refugio State Beach.
On Monday alone, responders organized by the California Department of Fish & Wildlife and the Oiled Wildlife Care Network recovered the bodies of 30 dead sea birds (mostly brown pelicans) and 13 marine mammals (mostly sea lions.) Five oiled birds and two mammals were found alive.
Since May 19, nine dead dolphins — some with mouths full of tar — have washed onto South Coast beaches. A total of 45 mammals and 80 birds have been found dead in the last two weeks. Of the 57 live birds and 38 mammals rescued, eight birds and seven mammals died in care. Body counts for fish, crustaceans, and other types of intertidal animals were not immediately available.
Authorities with the Refugio Response Joint Information Center (JIC) — out of which all official spill-related communications flow — have stressed that not every dead animal was killed by oil. Some died of natural causes. Necropsies will be performed in the coming weeks to determine the true causes of death, they said.
The spike in Monday’s numbers may be due to the larger number of beaches response teams are now covering, a JIC spokesperson said. Shoreline teams are now canvassing as far south as southern Ventura County.
Local marine biologists have noted that many of the ocean-faring animals killed by the oil spill will likely sink into the sea and never be recovered. The true environmental impact to the region’s intertidal ecosystem — a delicate and narrow piece of the natural world where land and water meet — will be vast and long lasting, they’ve said.
Seals and sea lions rescued in Santa Barbara are being transported to SeaWorld San Diego because it’s the closest facility that can properly treat oiled marine mammals, a JIC spokesperson said. Pelicans are being cleaned and cared for in Los Angeles for the same reason, she explained.
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***BE ALERT***

Magnetogram 10.06.15  22.488 hrs UTC


Subject To Change

Depth: 51 km

Distances: 45km (28mi) SE of Umakadambung, Indonesia
115km (71mi) SSE of Waingapu, Indonesia
209km (130mi) SSW of Ende, Indonesia
216km (134mi) S of Ruteng, Indonesia
566km (352mi) WSW of Dili, East Timor


Subject To Change

Depth: 11 km

Distances: 152km (94mi) S of Kushiro, Japan
175km (109mi) SE of Obihiro, Japan
182km (113mi) SSE of Otofuke, Japan
185km (115mi) ESE of Shizunai, Japan
773km (480mi) NNE of Tokyo, Japan

NASA sees powerful storms within Tropical Cyclone Ashobaa

NASA sees powerful storms within Tropical Cyclone Ashobaa
On June 10 at 09:00 UTC (5 a.m. EDT), the MODIS instrument aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this visible image of Tropical Cyclone Ashobaa off the coast of Oman. Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team
Two NASA satellites provided a look inside and outside of Tropical Cyclone Ashobaa. NASA and JAXA’s GPM satellite observed rainfall rates and cloud heights identifying powerful thunderstorms within the cyclone, and NASA’s Aqua satellite provided an overall look at Ashobaa’s cloud extent.
The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) core observatory had an excellent view of Tropical Cyclone Ashobaa in the Arabian Sea over on June 8, 2015 at 2131 UTC (5:31 p.m. EDT). As expected, Tropical Cyclone Ashobaa was more powerful than when seen by GPM earlier in the day. GPM’s Microwave Imager (GMI) and Dual-Frequency Precipitation Radar (DPR) instruments showed that rain was falling at a rate of over 70.5 mm (about 2.8 inches) per hour in bands of storms west of the center of circulation.
Very powerful storms were seen west of tropical cyclone ASHOBAA’s center of circulation by GPM’s Ku Band Radar. A 3-D view constructed from GPM’s Ku band radar data shows that Tropical Cyclone Ashobaa had some extremely tall storms. GPM radar data indicated that some of these very intense storms were reaching the amazing height of 21 km (13 miles).
On June 10 at 09:00 UTC (5 a.m. EDT), the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured a visible image of Tropical Cyclone Ashobaa off the coast of Oman. There was no visible eye in the system, although it appears to be strengthening. Bands of thunderstorms were spiraling into the low-level center from the west and east. The MODIS image showed that the northwestern quadrant of the tropical storm was already sweeping over eastern Oman.
The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) noted that “Animated multispectral satellite imagery depicts tight spiral banding wrapping beneath a central dense overcast feature that is elongated to the west due to moderate (15-20 knot) easterly vertical wind shear that will persist throughout the forecast period.” Microwave imagery shows disorganized convection along the western edge of the storm, while an eye feature can be seen in microwave data.
By 1500 UTC (11 a.m. EDT), Ashobaa’s maximum sustained winds had increased to 55 knots (63.9 mph/ 101.9 kph). Ashobaa was centered near 20.9 North latitude and 61.0 east longitude, about 138 nautical miles (158.8 miles/255.6 km) east-northeast of Masirah Island, Oman. The tropical storm is slowly moving west at 3 knots (3.4 mph/5.5 kph).
The JTWC now expects that Ashobaa will not reach hurricane-strength before making landfall early on June 12 and will weaken quickly thereafter between the interaction with land and dry air that is forecast to move into the circulation.
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