Archive | October 20, 2016

Thousands of dead fish washing up on beaches in Ceredigion and Gwynedd, Wales

Dead sprats at Aberaeron
Reports of thousands of small fish being washed up on beaches in Ceredigion and Gwynedd are no cause for concern, said Natural Resources Wales (NRW).
 
People have reported dead fish in Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, Barmouth, Harlech and Chwilog.
 
Other beaches are also likely to be affected.
 
NRW experts said it was a “natural phenomenon” caused by mackerel and other fish chasing food in calm seas.
 
Rowland Sharp, marine fisheries officer for NRW, said: “The calm seas means that mackerel chase small fish all the way on to the beaches.
 
“The fish in these bait balls will ground themselves on beaches in an effort to escape.”
 
He added: “It may appear worrying, but it’s only nature at work really.”
Courtesy of BBC News

Hundreds of dead fish wash up on a beach in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Fish Kill Alert
Large number of dead fish washed up on the beach in a Saudi city due to the discharge from the sewage increasing the number of toxic and harmful algae in the sea, Ali Achki, Associate Professor at The Faculty of Marine Sciences at King Abdul Aziz University, told Al Arabiya Net.
 
Strollers at a corniche in Jeddah, a port city on the Red Sea, were startled on Wednesday when they saw hundreds of fish lying dead on the beach, emanating an awful smell, prompting not only people, but birds as well, to leave.
 
Achki described the dead fish on the beach as a worldwide phenomenon known as “the red tide,” where it occurs once or twice in the seas and oceans of the world.
 
Red tide occurs when discoloration of seawater caused by a bloom of toxic red marine plankton called ‘dinoflagellates’. However, this is happening more often in Jeddah due to the increase in number of organisms and algae feeding on the nutrients from the sewage, causing the algae to grow in number.
 
The associate professor said these algae are divided in two groups. One group absorbs the oxygen in the water, suffocating and killing the fish, while the other type produces toxic substances which can kill marine life, including whales.
 
“These algae live on the surface of water, at a 20-meter depth, because they need sunlight,” he said
 
Achki warned fishermen and the public against capturing, consuming or merchandising these fish, since they are “deadly and toxic.”
Courtesy of english.alarabiya.net

Hundreds of dead duck fish wash up on the coast of Maharashtra, India

Fish Kill Alert
Hundreds of Bombay Duck, the fish found in the waters of Maharashtra, were found dead on the Dahanu beach on Thursday morning.
 
Locals on a morning walk to the beach said that the dead fish was spread on the beach as far as the eyes could reach. Nanasaheb Ladkat, deputy conservator, forests, in Dahanu who was on his morning walk said that he saw the dead fish lying around two kilometers on the beach. “I walk on the beach every day. It was the first time in many months that I saw so many dead fish,” said Ladkat.
 
Bombay Duck or ‘Bombil’ (in Marathi) found in the Dahanu belt is known for its taste. Local fishermen blamed pollution for the dying of the fish, which is known to be dried and salted for consumption.
 
Hiten Naik, a fisherman said that there hasn’t been cases of fish dying in such large numbers along the coasts of Palgher district so far. He said that in case of Bombay Duck, the practice is to dry them on the shore. “Many a times people mistake the drying of fish for having been washed ashore. But if the dead fish is found close to the water, it needs to be investigated.”
Courtesy of timesofindia.indiatimes.com

MAGNITUDE 5.3 TIMOR REGION, INDONESIA

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=538337


Subject To Change

Depth: 104 km

Distances: 202 km W of Dili, Timor-Leste / pop: 150,000 / local time: 05:50:14.7 2016-10-21
121 km N of Kupang, Indonesia / pop: 283,000 / local time: 04:50:14.7 2016-10-21
55 km N of Naisano Dua, Indonesia / pop: 2,400 / local time: 04:50:14.7 2016-10-21

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MEGA DIP SPIKES ON THE WEAK MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 20:00, 20:15 HRS UTC

**VERY URGENT**
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  MEGA DIP SPIKES ON THE WEAK MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 20:00, 20:15 HRS UTC. FURTHER EARTHQUAKES, VOLCANO ACTIVITY & ADVERSE WEATHER PATTERNS WILL BE GREATLY INFLUENCED BY THE COSMIC RAYS STRIKING THE EARTH’S CORE
***BE ALERT***

Meteor-like objects fall in Peerumade, India

Meteorite Alert
Meteor-like objects that fell in Peerumade on Tuesday night created moments of tension.
 
District Collector G.R. Gokul told The Hindu that the image he received was similar to meteoroids and the Peerumade police were directed to cordon off the area.
 
However, the image was not of a rock, he said adding that people were advised against coming in contact with the objects.
 
A team of officials led by a senior scientist from the Geological Survey of India would examine the objects on Wednesday, he said. Meteoroid is a rocky or metallic body in the outer space. When coming into contact with the atmospheric pressure, it burns. A police officer said that they had alerted the people about the fallen objects and they would not be allowed to go near the objects.
Courtesy of thehindu.com

MAGNITUDE 4.8 CENTRAL IRAN

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=538274


Subject To Change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 411 km E of Shīrāz, Iran, Islamic Republic of / pop: 1,250,000 / local time: 18:40:30.9 2016-10-20
63 km NW of Kermān, Iran, Islamic Republic of / pop: 578,000 / local time: 18:40:30.9 2016-10-20
15 km S of Zarand, Iran, Islamic Republic of / pop: 59,000 / local time: 18:40:30.9 2016-10-20

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MAGNITUDE 5.7 VOLCANO ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us20007fj2#executive

Subject To Change

Depth: 107 km

Distances: 225 km (139 mi) NNW of Farallon de Pajaros, Northern Mariana Islands
808 km (500 mi) NNW of Northern Islands Municipality – Mayor’s Office, Northern Mariana Islands
809 km (501 mi) NNW of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
832 km (515 mi) NNW of JP Tinian Town pre-WW2, Northern Mariana Islands
974 km (603 mi) N of Yigo Village, Guam

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