Archive | March 20, 2016


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Depth: 9 km

Distances: 660 km S of Chicago, United States / pop: 2,695,598 / local time: 12:23:04.3 2016-03-20
265 km W of Nashville, United States / pop: 530,852 / local time: 12:23:04.3 2016-03-20
10 km SW of Caruthersville, United States / pop: 6,168 / local time: 12:23:04.3 2016-03-20

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 447 km NE of Thimphu, Bhutan / pop: 98,676 / local time: 22:54:13.6 2016-03-20
210 km E of Lhasa, China / pop: 118,721 / local time: 00:54:13.6 2016-03-21


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Depth: 30 km

Distances: 3824 km NE of Majuro, Marshall Islands / pop: 25,400 / local time: 04:43:59.8 2016-03-21
278 km SE of Honolulu, United States / pop: 371,657 / local time: 06:43:59.8 2016-03-20
64 km W of Hilo, United States / pop: 43,263 / local time: 06:43:59.8 2016-03-20
15 km SE of Waikoloa, United States / pop: 4,806 / local time: 06:43:59.8 2016-03-20

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350,000+ cattle dead due to cold weather in the Mongolian Steppes, Mongolia

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An exceptional weather phenomenon characterized by an extremely harsh winter has already decimated in the Mongolian steppes of the hundreds of thousands of livestock, but international aid remains insufficient and disastrous balance sheet continues to increase, warned the Red Cross Friday.
The Mongolia has been hit this year by a “dzud”, weather phenomenon characterized by a wave of extreme cold in the winter following a scorching summer.
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Thousands of fish dying in fish farms ‘due to heat’ in Taiping, Malaysia

Fish Kill Alert

Fish cages here, suffered a loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars after the dead marine life believed due to hot weather.
Breeders, Chuah Thye Guan, 55, said he did not think the occurrence of hot weather is can result in all fish of letting die.
According to him, it is the second occurrence after happening on 2007.
“Hot weather now result in sea water becomes hot and beyond cleaning up to heat rise.
“As a result, thousands of Seabass and Red lack of oxygen and die,” he said.
Thye Guan said early last week, he only insert new fish fry into the cage.
“I and some workers had to remove all the fish die so as not to rot in this pool.
“Next to save fish surviving and install an extra oxygen. However, I am only able to save a small portion, “he said.
He said, since Monday, the State had already resumed as usual and the number of fish that die is reduced.
“In an area of Kuala Sepetang and Kuala Strut there are about six to seven farmers. Each faced the same problem, but now completes successfully.
“In addition, we also hope the Fisheries Department is able to channel the assistance thus perform tests to investigate the cause of this incident occurred,” he said.
Meanwhile, Assemblyman Kuala Sepetang, Chua Yee Ling, said the incident likely caused the Equinox phenomenon sweep Malaysia currently.
“Extreme hot weather and sea water receding season might be contributing to the creation of the fish died this.
“It is hoped that the Fisheries Department noted with this hot weather too so that it can provide information to farmers to prevent the recurrence of similar incidents,” he said.
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Depth: 112 km

Distances: 114 km E of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic / pop: 2,201,941 / local time: 02:06:23.7 2016-03-20
23 km W of Salvaleón de Higüey, Dominican Republic / pop: 123,787 / local time: 02:06:23.7 2016-03-20
8 km SE of Guaymate, Dominican Republic / pop: 6,224 / local time: 02:06:23.7 2016-03-20

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Depth: 6 km

Distances: 147 km W of Monaco, Monaco / pop: 32,965 / local time: 23:39:04.2 2016-03-19
31 km NE of Marseille, France / pop: 794,811 / local time: 23:39:04.2 2016-03-19
4 km N of Rousset, France / pop: 4,115 / local time: 23:39:04.2 2016-03-19

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Major fish kill reported along Indian River Lagoon in Florida, USA

Fish Kill Alert

FLORIDA TODAY is checking out reports of a major fish kill in the Indian River Lagoon, involving some 15 different species of fish and stretching from Titusville to the Pineda Causeway area.
The fish floated around the area of the no-motor zone of the Merritt Island Refuge to State Road 520.
Alex Gorichky, a charter captain who has been fishing in Brevard County his entire life, said he’s seen a variety of fish dead in the lagoon.
“We’ve seen everything now from several different types of bait fish, all the different types of puffer fish that we have in the lagoon which is three different types, we have black drum, redfish, we have seen snook, sea trout … sheepshead … a bunch of catfish,” said Gorichky.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission’s website, 100 puffer and sheepshead fish were reported dead at Watts Park on Merritt Island on Friday.
A strong smell that could be associated with dead fish was present at the Ulumay Wildlife Sanctuary on Friday evening.
Gorichky said that he initially saw dead fish in the area of Sykes Creek and Newfound Harbor Drive on Merritt Island. He’s worried about the connection between the fish kill and the recent rash of brown tide that has swept through the lagoons.
“I’ve now seen pictures of world class fish dead. That’s a big issue with me,” Gorichky said. “It’s obviously horrific. I don’t know if you could put a price on it.” 
“This is where I call my home. I chose to live here for my children so they could experience the water, and this is not what we need to leave behind,” Gorichky added.
Gorichky says that typically, any of our “lesser water conditions” happen in the summer and that that’s generally when they see fish kills of this nature occur.
He added that he’s seen similar fish kills before and it angers him to see it continually happening.
“At this point, beyond sad, I’m angry that it’s come to this point and even still to this day very little if any action is actually be taken by our elected officials (from) local, state and federal,” said Gorichky. “I would have to say above and beyond the fact that obviously that my business is in potential trouble unless I make serious changes in the way I operate, above and beyond the fact I was born and raised on these lagoons.”
Patty Piepmeier, who lives in the Bay Club condo complex off Minutemen Causeway in Cocoa Beach, says she saw hundreds of fish gasping for air when she took a look at around 7:15 this morning.
“They weren’t dead. They were gasping for air so they were all on the top of the water with their heads out of the water,” she said. “There was little, tiny, tiny flounders and there’s mullet and sheepshead and red all in our little cove.”
Tom Baldwin, who also lives off Minutemen Causeway says he saw something similar to Piepmeier had described.
“The water in front of the docks was nothing but dead fish, or almost dead,” he said.
In November 2014, FLORIDA TODAY reported catfish, flounder, mullet, sailor’s choice, pinfish, red drum, sheepshead and trout were all part of hundreds of dead fish in Merritt Island canals.  Brown tide returned to the Indian River Lagoon in January of this year after it first bloomed in 2012.
Baldwin, who said he’s lived in the area of six years, said this latest fish kill is unlike anything he’s seen before.
“Nothing even close,” said Baldwin. “Back in 2010 when there was the cold weather there were a few but nothing that came even close to this,”
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Hundreds of fish dead in a lake in Devarabeesanahalli, India

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Barely 11 days after thousands of dead fish washed ashore Ulsoor lake, a photo of dead fish afloat Devarabeesanahalli lake started doing the rounds on WhatsApp on Thursday. Ram Prasad, a member of Friends of Lakes group, requested those living close to the lake to visit the place and confirm it. Urban conservationist Vijay Nishanth reached the water body around 11.15pm and confirmed the death of hundreds of fish.
The lake had witnessed largescale fish deaths in June last year also. “The water body is landlocked and the stench hit me when I neared the lake. I couldn’t see too many fish because a sewage outlet from an adjoining apartment complex was open and water was gushing out,” he said. “Someone was trying really hard to get rid of the dead fish,” he added.
“Though Devarabeesanahalli Lake is not encroached upon, its buffer zone definitely is. It is surrounded by highrise apartment and corporate complexes. The entry of untreated sewage from these complexes has deteriorated the condition of the water body leading to fish deaths,” said Ram Prasad, one of the founders of the Friends of Lakes.
When Vijay visited the lake on Friday, he found sewage flowing from open pipes jutting out of buildings into the polluted lake. “There is an STP plant near the lake, which supposedly belongs to the luxury apartment, but it is clearly not working. The fish that died last night were floating on the surface. A few were found on the mud path as they must have fallen down while being cleared,” he said.
Courtesy of timesofindia