Archive | March 6, 2017


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Depth: 5 km

Distances: 52 km SW of Vaduz, Liechtenstein / pop: 5,200 / local time: 22:57:32.7 2017-03-06
18 km SW of Glarus, Switzerland / pop: 5,700 / local time: 22:57:32.7 2017-03-06
6 km W of Linthal, Switzerland / pop: 1,100 / local time: 22:57:32.7 2017-03-06

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Power systems: weak power grid fluctuations can occur.
Spacecraft operations: minor impact on satellite operations possible.
Other systems: migratory animals are affected at this and higher levels

9 TONS of dead fish found floating in the sea by fishermen in Zhejiang, China

Sea surface appeared a large number of small fish. (Network pictures)
“The epoch times, February 23, 2017,” the afternoon of February 19, Zhejiang PuTuo white sands 2 boats in operation, suddenly surfaced and swarm of glistening yellow croaker. In the next 2 hours, fishermen catch fish over more than 9,000 kilograms in total, worth at least 330,000 yuan. A large number of Internet users questioned the flow table fish, be toxic?
According to the evening news reports in Zhoushan, Captain Zhang recalled, when I first saw, floating in the sea of yellow croaker is not a lot. When you can start fishing boat near, more and more fish found floating. In the end, fish will be surrounded by boats, RADIUS can have sixty or seventy metres.
Another fishing boat captain of Xia Guoping said, see that feels incredible. He said sea fishing for more than 30 years, has never encountered such a thing.
Finally, the two boats fished de 300 and 230 boxes, weighing more than 9,000 kg.
Experts say that so many fish or water-related.
However, a large number of Internet users expressed concern about the incident. Most people worry about, those clearly is out of fish still die, and flows to the dinner table, is poisonous?
Internet users “do not say will smother” analysis, to see this news, I am afraid, this is obviously not normal, or be a sign of geological disasters, or appearance of ecological disasters.
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4,200 waterbirds dead due to ‘avian cholera’ in Idaho, USA

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is reporting that the number of waterfowl killed by an outbreak of avian cholera has now exceeded 4,200.
Agency officials initially investigated the deaths of waterfowl after a Parma citizen reported the deaths on Feb. 9.
The outbreak occurred on private land, and the disease has killed mostly ducks, but also some geese and other birds. Fish and Game crews and volunteers are collecting the dead birds and burying them at nearby Fort Boise Wildlife Management Area to prevent and reduce further spread of the disease.
Avian cholera is not considered a high-risk disease for humans, according to the National Wildlife Health Center.
Avian cholera is the result of infection with the bacterium Pasteurella multocida. The bacterium is released into the environment by dead or dying birds or by birds carrying the disease. Consequently, dense concentrations of waterfowl can enhance disease transmission among healthy birds.
In 2013, an avian botulism outbreak killed about 600 ducks in the same area.
Wildlife officials continue to monitor for any additional deaths and encourage the public to report any observations involving numerous dead waterfowl.
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200 cows found dead, ‘due to heatwave’ in La Pampa, Argentina

On Thursday afternoon , when the thermal pierced the 40 degrees , 66 animals belonging to the firm Agronor suffered the consequences of high temperatures. Ceferino Orueta, foreman of the establishment, told MaracóDigital.Net that the steers died infartados. 
“In this area there is little shade, so the animals pile up to generate it, at the same time generate more heat between them and that’s when they suffer the heat stroke,” Orueta said. ” I never saw something like that, it makes me want to cry,” he added. 
The AgroLink site reported losses in fields near Quemú, where 29 other animals were found dead; At the same time, the firm Cereales Quemú would have died about 30 animals.
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Mass die off of birds due to bird flu right across Hungary and Romania

Two countries in Europe—Hungary and Romania—reported more highly pathogenic H5N8 outbreaks in wild birds and poultry, as South Korean researchers revealed new findings about the H5N6 strain, which hint that Mandarin ducks could be a host species that can spread the virus beyond its borders.
In an update today on H5N8, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said the virus with pandemic potential has now been confirmed in birds in four of the world’s regions, including 40 countries.
Latest H5N8 outbreaks in Europe
Hungary’s agriculture ministry today reported 47 more H5N8 detections in wild birds found dead from Jan 5 to Feb 15, affecting 11 bird species, though the largest portion were mute swans, according to a report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
The birds were found dead across a wide area of Hungary, encompassing 16 different counties. Five of the events involved dead birds in Budapest, Hungary’s capital.
Details of the numerous H5N8 outbreaks come less than a week of a report on 19 outbreaks in Hungarian poultry covering roughly the same period.
Meanwhile, Romanian officials said in two new OIE reports that tests have linked H5N8 to five more outbreaks in wild birds and two more in backyard poultry.
The outbreaks in backyard poultry began on Feb 6 and Feb 20 at holdings in Arges County in the south-central region and Constanta County in the southeastern corner. The virus killed 50 of 57 birds at the two locations.
Meanwhile, officials said H5N8 was found in wild birds—swans and a mallard—found dead between Feb 15 and Feb 20 at five locations in three counties: Bucuresti, Constanta, and Galati.
Korean scientists profile H5N6 virus
In the H5N6 study, researchers from South Korea described genetic findings from an isolate collected from a Mandarin duck fecal sample at a wintering habitat for wild birds in October 2016. The team reported its findings yesterday in an early online edition of Emerging Infectious Diseases.
Starting in November, South Korea and Japan have reported several H5N6 outbreaks in wild birds. China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Myanmar, and Vietnam have also reported recent H5N6 outbreaks.
Analysis of the South Korean H5N6 isolate showed that it was a reassortant clade influenza A virus that is genetically similar to H5N6 viruses isolated from birds in China, Vietnam, Laos, and Hong Kong, as well as human isolates. Since 2014 H5N6 has sickened 17 people, all in China.
The team said Mandarin ducks are year-round resident in South Korea, with some migrating to Russia and eastern Asia. They added that Mandarin ducks were found to harbor H5N1 in 2010 and H5N8 in 2014 and 2016, suggesting that they could be a host species for the H5 clade and could carry the virus throughout South Korea and into other countries.
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Hundreds of dead fish found in Nowendoc river, New South Wales, Australia

More than 400 dead fish have been found in the Nowendoc River at Caffrey’s Flat.
Luke Everingham, who owns the Rotating House situated on the banks of the river at Caffrey’s Flat, found the disturbing fish kill on his property on Tuesday, February 14. He immediately reported it to the relevant authorities.
On Friday, February 17, aquatic ecologist Dr Keith Bishop visited the site to collect data to determine the nature of the kill and the most likely cause. He found the kill was mostly confined to one pool, and the fish appeared to have been dead for seven to 10 days.
“Australian bass fishermen would be horrified at the losses – at least 300 dead in one pool alone!” Dr Bishop said.
The kill had a “clear signature of being caused by dissolved oxygen depletion” due to only larger fish of larger species being primarily affected. 
Dr Bishop’s data confirmed severe oxygen depletion in the water.
“I have never recorded such poor dissolved oxygen conditions in all my time working on NSW east coast rivers!” he said.
The oxygen depletion was caused by a very heavy load of aquatic plants, low river flows due to insufficient rainfall, and very high water temperatures, Dr Bishop concluded.
“Basically, the river starts cooking,” he said.
In addition to the fish, Luke Everingham said he also found dead eels and a dead platypus, however Dr Bishop said he didn’t see any dead platypus at the site.
“I don’t necessarily see the connect there,” Dr Bishop said, adding that dissolved oxygen depletion would not kill a platypus. “They don’t have gills; they breathe the atmosphere.”
Luke Everingham is concerned about the “ramifications of the river reaching this state”.
“I’ve owned this place for 31 years and I’ve never seen it  like this,” he said. “My big concern is people using the river for domestic use. Can we use this water for domestic purposes?
“We’re scrambling for alternative sources of water. We’re having to buy water in.”
Mr Everingham said that drawing water from the river for irrigation is the “only explanation.”
“It’s very clear that times have changed and our present weather patterns dictate that we can’t keep using this river for irrigating,” he said.
Mr Everingham has been in contact with the NSW Department of Primary Industries in regard to water testing and removal of the fish.
“There’s no-one saying they’ll come get the dead fish,” Mr Everingham said.
“It would be nice for the fish to be removed.”
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