Archive | November 20, 2017


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Depth: 2 km

Distances: 112 km S of München, Germany / pop: 1,261,000 / local time: 00:04:05.6 2017-11-21
14 km S of Innsbruck, Austria / pop: 113,000 / local time: 00:04:05.6 2017-11-21
4 km NE of Neustift im Stubaital, Austria / pop: 4,500 / local time: 00:04:05.6 2017-11-21

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12,300 birds killed due to bird flu in South Korea

Bird Flu
South Korea’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs on Saturday said it had detected a fresh outbreak of bird flu at a farm in the country’s south and ordered the culling of 12,300 fowls as a preventive measure.
South Korean authorities said they were carrying out epidemiological investigations in the affected farms, situated some 300 km southwest of Seoul, to determine whether the detected H5 strain was highly pathogenic. 
The results were expected to come in by Tuesday, Yonhap news agency reported.
Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon urged the Ministry to use all available resources to prevent the spread of the virus, such as implementing a ban on moving livestock between places and disinfecting farms.
Meanwhile, the Agriculture Ministry has advised people to refrain from visiting the poultry farms or wild bird sanctuaries in the area, Efe news reported.
The country has witnessed several such outbreaks since last year, including one that led to the culling of over 33 million birds last November, making it the most extensive containment effort ever carried out in South Korea.
The mass culling caused a shortage of eggs in the Asian nation, which forced it to import around 25 million of them from the US and Spain.
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Hundreds of cattle found dead in Ganjam, India

Livestock Alert
“There have been no visible symptoms. The cattle are found dead everywhere in forest, riverside, canals, hills and farmlands in the village. This condition has been occurring for the last three days,” locals said.
The deadly issue came to the fore after the affected farmers brought the matter to the notice of Berhampur sub-collector. Surprisingly, the veterinary department has failed to tackle the disease as the cause of the outbreak of the disease is yet to be ascertained.
The unknown epidemic has spread panic among locals who held the administration responsible. Among the many farmers who had lost their cattle were Jagili Gouda, Bauri Gouda, Dhaneswar Pradhan, Balram Pradhan, Sudam Pradhan, L Panda, L Seemanchal, Narsingh Gouda, M Andha, D Bijay, K Trinath and M Kameshu.
According to locals, there are four cowsheds in the area. Locals of Lalmenda, Patigobindpur, Gumabirsinghpur and Birmekhpur under Lalmenunda panchayat keep over 700 cows in the shed.
The locals have appointed four caretakers in the cowsheds — M Andha, D Bijay, K Trinath and M Kameshu. More than 100 cattle have died in the last three days, the caretakers claimed adding that at least 20-25 cattle die every day.
On several occasions, locals had written to the block and also the district administration for construction of a permanent cowshed, but to no avail. They presumed that the cattle died due to continuous exposure to incessant rain caused by depression over Bay of Bengal.
On the orders of sub-collector, a team from Nuapada veterinary department reached the village and took stock of the situation. “Due to lack of a permanent cowshed, the cattle have been surviving under rain that is causing the death,” Nuapada veterinary doctor Subhasish Mallick said.
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Thousands of dead fish found in the Carcarana River in Argentina

Fish Kill Alert
Thousands of dead fish were the last days in the basin of the Río Carcarañá. La Vera are floating large variety of specimens that were dragged from the province of Cordoba, some follow their path by the force of the waters and others are trapped on the side of the river. In the whole of the coast feels a strong stench. LaCapital observed in its traveled bogas, moncholos, shads, carps and old water, among other varieties, floating lifeless.
The situation was detected Sunday in Cordoba localities of Moscow and Monte corn, on Monday began to see the first fish in Carcarañá, on Tuesday increased the picture and yesterday in sectors they covered the sides of the river. A fisherman explained that the species came from the arroyo Saladillo in Cordoba that, together with the Calamuchita – a few kilometers before – form the Carcarañá. Specialists noted that the reason for the carnage might be the high temperature in the region, though many fishermen consulted by this newspaper not brushed aside the issue of pollution of any company in Cordoba soil or any agrochemical which – by the rainfall – derived toxicity from the fields to the waters of the river.
“We are very concerned about what happened, many people enjoy the River at this time and many also live of fishing,” pointed out the locals. In addition, another resident of the area said that “are 10 or 20 thousand fish died in the bed of the River, not may require.” “Are large bream, moncholos, Tarpon and tents”. Another fisherman gave his testimony and said: “now a several week not you must fish in the area until it is determined whether they died of contamination or not; that affects income and up to the power of many, but have to take care of yourself”. And he said: “I live a mile from the River, and I said to the guys yesterday and today to not draw the fish which can be dangerous to your health”.
On the fact is pointed out that the death of the fish had its origin in the province of Córdoba. For that reason, given the intervention to Mediterranean environmental police, which took water samples to make different assessments in Bucharest and Monte corn, which was a similar situation in the Saladillo River. Apart from studies, many experienced local fishermen disbelieve that the cause of death of fish has been very sudden change of temperature or the downspout from the river. “Although it is under the runway, there were times that had lower level and did not take place this, never saw something of such magnitude”, said Martin, a local man and that comb reeds.
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Tons of dead fish found on beach in southwestern Latvia

Fish Kill Alert
Environmental experts are investigating the death of several tons of fish that have been washed onto a beach in Latvia’s southwestern seaside city of Liepaja this week, local media reported on Wednesday.
About three tons of fish washed ashore on a 1.3 km long stretch of the Liepaja beach, authorities said.
Andris Junkurs, head of resource control at the Latvian State Environmental Service, said that although initially it was thought that the fish had been dumped into the Baltic Sea by some fishermen, this hypothesis had to be ruled out eventually.
The environmental authority’s fish control department analyzed satellite images in an attempt to detect the fishing boat that might have dumped an unwanted catch of round goby at sea.
“The examination of the images revealed no unusual maneuvering of deep-sea fishing boats that would be worth paying attention to. So, this hypothesis had to be ruled out,” Junkurs explained.
Fishermen catching fish closer to the shore have also been cleared of suspicions, as part of the dead fish washed ashore in Liepaja were too small to be caught in fishing nets.
“We therefore have no reason to believe that a catch has been dumped at sea in this case,” Junkurs concluded.
An ichthyologist who was consulted about the unusual find said the fish might have perished in stormy waters as waves smashed them against a rocky surface like breakwater, for instance.
“We are inclined to believe that this has been a natural process,” Junkurs said.
Poisoning has been excluded as a possible cause of the mass death of gobies due to the absence of visual signs of poisoning.
Besides, a toxic substance would have killed fish of various species, but there were almost only gobies except for some plaice and cod.
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Depth: 6 km

Distances: 370 km W of Apia, Samoa / pop: 40,500 / local time: 08:51:05.8 2017-11-21
307 km W of Gataivai, Samoa / pop: 1,200 / local time: 08:51:05.8 2017-11-21

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 183 km NE of Baghdad, Iraq / pop: 5,673,000 / local time: 18:35:56.9 2017-11-20
110 km S of As Sulaymānīyah, Iraq / pop: 724,000 / local time: 18:35:56.9 2017-11-20
21 km NW of Sarpol-e Z̄ahāb, Iran, Islamic Republic of / pop: 51,700 / local time: 19:05:56.9 2017-11-20

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