Archive | July 10, 2015

MAGNITUDE 5.3 SOLOMON ISLANDS

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Distances: 198 km W of Honiara, Solomon Islands / pop: 56,298 / local time: 15:21:16.4 2015-07-10
1206 km E of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea / pop: 283,733 / local time: 14:21:16.4 2015-07-10
1445 km NW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu / pop: 35,901 / local time: 15:21:16.4 2015-07-10


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MAGNITUDE 6.8 SOLOMON ISLANDS

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Distances: 172 km W of Honiara, Solomon Islands / pop: 56,298 / local time: 15:12:41.7 2015-07-10
1231 km E of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea / pop: 283,733 / local time: 14:12:41.7 2015-07-10
1419 km NW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu / pop: 35,901 / local time: 15:12:41.7 2015-07-10


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Thousands of dead jellyfish cover beaches in North Devon, England, UK

Jellyfish on Putsborough. Pic by @redwoodsurfshop
Jellyfish on Putsborough. Pic by @redwoodsurfshop
There was an ‘alien’ invasion on North Devon beaches as thousands of jellyfish washed ashore.
 
Beach users on Saunton, Putsborough, Instow and Westward Ho! all reported seeing the sand littered with the stranded creatures last week.
 
And according to Dr Peter Richardson, biodiversity programme manager for the Marine Conservation Society, it’s been a ‘bumper year’ for the them.
 
He said: “Last year was a record year – we had around 1,400 jellyfish sightings and 40 per cent of these were large, barrel jellyfish.
 
“This year we have had around 600 reports so far and we don’t really know why this is.
 
“The last time we had anything like this was back in 2002.”
 
Dr Richardson said moon jellyfish were a common sighting as they ‘bloom’ at this time of year.
 
“As for the barrel jellyfish, we think in the winter they might be sinking to the sea bed,” he said.
 
“They are surviving the mild winter and then coming back when the water warms up.”
 
Dr Richardson added the two breeds had a ‘very mild’ sting which is hardly felt.
Courtesy of northdevongazette.co.uk

Tens of thousands of fish dead in a reservoir due to storms in Sichuan, China

Successive attacks by heavy rains in recent days in parts of Northeast in Sichuan province, one-hit Guangyuan and Pakistan and direct economic losses of billions of Yuan (RMB/photos below). Affected by heavy rains, the local part of the town was under water, flood waters mixed with the town’s waste into nearby point reservoir, resulting in tens of thousands of fish all died within the reservoir, reservoir fish farmers to contract losses of more than 100,000 yuan.
 
Villagers said Xiang Jiachao, “woke up this morning and saw dead fish floating around on the surface, my soul! “After the police, the local aquaculture experts after the floods of water quality pollution of the reservoir, causing massive fish death. Xiang Jiachao said dead fish caused by the floods at least more than 10,000 kilograms and a direct economic loss of more than 100,000 yuan. To prevent pollution to the water quality of the reservoir, he invited several friends to help salvage the dead fish in the reservoir, to the dump landfill.
 
Xiang Jiachao noted that he contracted reservoir for nearly 20 years, has never had such a serious fish kill incidents occurred, although this is not artificial, but maybe Dragon source towns could influence the long-term environmental pollution. Because he didn’t buy a fish-related insurance, white bear the loss.
Courtesy of on.cc

Large die off of fish, eels and frogs in a river in Tursi, Italy

The morìa of fish and frogs in the Trasta, the stream that crosses the Valpolcevera downstream of the pipeline for the Third pass, arrives in the City Council: after reporting from area residents, alarmed at seeing carcasses emerge from increasingly murky waters, to raise the issue in the red room was Stefano Dama , who requested updates on samples from Arpal.
 
The most likely hypothesis at the moment is that the water contains an excessive percentage of aluminium that has intoxicated the fauna of rio, but still lack official confirmation, as explained by the Deputy Mayor Bernini: ‘ we are still checking what the source of pollution, in the area there are several drains.
 
The alarm was triggered last June 26, when the inhabitants of Trasta, after having noted the large number of eels and frogs died in the torrent, had alerted the police that in turn demanded the intervention of Arpal to collect samples and check what kind of substance had caused the morìa: «we are waiting for the official results must inform us Once known and verified a possible correlation with the yards of the third Pass we will make all the necessary checks, “assured Bernini.“
Courtesy of genovatoday.it

Thousands of dead fish wash ashore in a river in Tasmania, Australia

Fish Kill Alert

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) said the fish were mostly bream, ranging in size from 50 grams to two kilograms.
 
They were found along about five kilometres of the river and along the bank, near the mouth.
 
EPA director Wes Ford said there was no sign of pollution in the river.
 
“We did further inspections to see if there were any obvious signs of pollution – you know, chemical drums or a spill or something – and nothing was found,” he said.
 
“Probably the most likely natural event occurring is probably a temperature-based event.
 
“In the upper reaches of the river, we had very cold temperatures a couple of weeks ago.
 
“You get ice on the surface of the water in the upper reaches – that’s a possible explanation, but it’s really hard to understand and really identify what the nature of the event might be.
 
“It’s a natural event that occurs in river systems right around the world.”
 
Mr Ford said the EPA was testing the dead fish and water samples to rule out pollutants in the river.
 
“All you can do is test the dead fish and see if there’s any evidence of chemical interaction – you know, chemical in the gills.
 
“You only get a positive outcome in terms of a test if you find something. So the testing results are more likely to be negative and inconclusive and we’re still going to be left wondering.
 
“We are unlikely to get certainty.”
 
Mr Ford said while concerning, the event was not extremely significant.
 
“Any large number of fish, when they get in their thousands, particularly over a relatively small area look like a significant event, but in terms of a context and with the population of fish over there it’s probably still a relatively small number of fish.”
Courtesy of abc.net.au