Archive | May 17, 2016

MAGNITUDE 5.1 SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 346 km S of Bandung, Indonesia / pop: 1,699,719 / local time: 04:08:56.3 2016-05-18
307 km S of Tasikmalaya, Indonesia / pop: 271,143 / local time: 04:08:56.3 2016-05-18


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Severe lightning kills at least 81 people in two days in Bangladesh

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At least 81 people were killed by lightning strikes in Bangladesh in two days during the recent spell of thunderstorms, a rare high casualty in the country attributed to climate change by the authorities.
 
“Such a high casualty figure in lightning just in two days is rare not only in Bangladesh but also in the world,” disaster management minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya told a media briefing at his office.
 
“The intensity of lightning has increased in recent years due to climate change sparking a massive public fear,” he said.
 
Secretary of the ministry Shah Kamal said that the government included lightening in the list of natural disaster since August last year in view of its growing intensity claiming 81 lives on May 12 and 13 alone in 26 districts.
 
Most of the deaths occurred in rural parts of north and central Bangladesh.
 
According to official count, lightning killed 17 people last year.
 
Kamal said the Science and Technology Ministry was asked to carry out a research on the cause of the frequent lightning causing high number of deaths.
 
He said the lightning which generally accompanies massive rains and storm and usually continue for 30 to 45 minutes when the people could avoid risks of being exposed to the disaster by staying indoors in line with weather forecasts.
 
He distributed a one-page guideline suggesting lightning precautions that advised people to use robber-sole shoes, sit down in down headed posture if anyone is in open field, avoid shelter in tin-roofed sheds and take refuge under concrete roofed structure, stay away from rivers and water bodies, avoid metallic touches, avoid use of electronic gadgets.
 
Experts and meteorologists said they recorded increased frequency of lightning this year and identified high temperature to be a factor for the phenomenon.
Courtesy of dailyexcelsior.com

Another 300 TONS of dead sardines wash up on the south coast of Chile

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Some 300 tons of dead sardines appeared off the coast of southern Chile, local press reports, highlighting the demands of fishermen, accusing the fishing industry of polluting with their discharges the coast and the Government of defend the interests of the industry.
 
“The Secretary (Fisheries Raul) Súnico and the Government does not want to realize that the situation affecting our sea not only has a climatic explanation, but is a consequence of the years has been given wide latitude great fisheries and aquaculture to plunder and kill the Chilean sea industry, “he told the newspaper La Tercera spokesman National Heritage Defense Council fisheries (Condepp), Hernán Machuca.
 
This new case comes just 12 kilometers from where two weeks ago thousands of tons of dead fish were found.
 
Machuca questioned the government for not cancel the Fisheries Act, also known as Longueira Law, referring to its promoter, the economy minister under President Sebastian Pinera (2006-2010), Pablo Longueira.
 
Adopted in 2012, the law gives great benefits to the fishing industry, harming workers and fisherfolk.
 
The industry has “its best ally in Longueira Law that the Government refuses to cancel” Machuca, adding that “the industry received free fishery resources, so that the state now has no money for scientific research said, define serious action, “reports La Tercera.
 
Condepp spokesman appealed to President Michelle Bachelet, who asked to end the improvisations in the sector.
 
In another development, the Government has not responded to the demand for artisanal fishermen in the area of Los Lagos, demanding a presidential delegate to continue the talks and find a solution to the conflict that isolated the Chiloe archipelago continent.
 
As reported by the news portal Bio Bio, artisanal fishermen demand that the government increase “substantially” the amount promised to alleviate the situation of workers affected by the appearance of the toxin known as red tide, which killed thousands of tons fish.
 
Fishermen say the death of the fish is due to the dumping of waste from the salmon industry working in the area.
Courtesy of mundo.sputniknews.com

MAGNITUDE 5.0 OFFSHORE BIO BIO, CHILE

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 616 km SW of Santiago, Chile / pop: 4,837,295 / local time: 14:41:49.9 2016-05-17
141 km W of Temuco, Chile / pop: 238,129 / local time: 14:41:49.9 2016-05-17
79 km SW of Cañete, Chile / pop: 20,158 / local time: 14:41:49.9 2016-05-17


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MAGNITUDE 5.0 YUNNAN, CHINA

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Depth: 60 km

Distances: 106 km SW of Dayan, China / pop: 1,137,600 / local time: 01:05:18.1 2016-05-18
60 km NW of Dali, China / pop: 134,040 / local time: 01:05:18.1 2016-05-18


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MAGNITUDE 5.1 YUNNAN, CHINA

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Depth: 20 km

Distances: 91 km SW of Dayan, China / pop: 1,137,600 / local time: 00:48:52.1 2016-05-18
64 km NW of Dali, China / pop: 134,040 / local time: 00:48:52.1 2016-05-18


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MAGNITUDE 3.1 WESTERN TEXAS, USA

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Depth: 5 km

Distances: 157 km E of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico / pop: 1,512,354 / local time: 10:12:23.1 2016-05-17
76 km SW of Carlsbad, United States / pop: 26,138 / local time: 10:12:23.1 2016-05-17


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MAGNITUDE 4.2 MENDOZA, ARGENTINA

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Depth: 23 km

Distances: 205 km E of Santiago, Chile / pop: 4,837,295 / local time: 07:20:58.3 2016-05-17
93 km S of Mendoza, Argentina / pop: 876,884 / local time: 08:20:58.3 2016-05-17
65 km S of San Martín, Argentina / pop: 82,549 / local time: 08:20:58.3 2016-05-17


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