Archive | December 27, 2018

Hundreds of thousands of dead fish found in rivers in New Taipei City, Taiwan

Fish Kill Alert

Hundreds of thousands of mullet were reported dead in rivers across New Taipei City Monday, with a preliminary investigation indicating the cause of death was consecutive days of high temperatures rather than water pollution, the city’s Water Resources Department said Tuesday.

The dead fish were found in the Tamsui River, Xindian River, Dahan River and Keelung River, officials said, adding that about 100,000 dead fish have so far been removed from the rivers.

The officials said they expected to finish removing the dead fish within three days.

According to the department, an initial investigation conducted by the city’s Environmental Protection Bureau excluded the possibility of contamination, and instead pinpointed a lack of oxygen in the water due to recent hot weather, adding that the investigation is ongoing.

The amount of dissolved oxygen in the water near the dead fish was recorded at 0.6 milligrams per liter, much lower than the 2mg-4mg/l considered necessary for fish to survive.

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Hundreds of dead fish wash up on a beach in Zorritos, Peru

Fish Kill Alert

The resort of Zorritos, province of Contralmirante Villar ( Tumbes region), awoke with a large amount of dead fish on its beach. At first it was thought that it would be some generalized evil among marine animals, however, it was known that the event was caused by the negligence of some boats.

In this regard, artisanal fishermen denounced, before the Harbor Master’s Office and the representatives of the Ministry of Production (Produce) , that bowling boats threw the dead fish into the sea, regardless of the pollution that this entails and the impact on tourism.

“The fish is stranded on the entire Zorritos beach. It is not one or two, but several marine species that are dead. The tourists who have tried to spend a pleasant moment in this spa have retired due to the pestilence, “said one fisherman.

It was also learned that this is because one of these vessels was operating illegally outside the five miles, because its main objective was to fish for the small fish, but in its activity it obtained other species, which were thrown into the sea.

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Depth: 40 km

Distances: 2271 km NW of Vancouver, Canada / pop: 1,838,000 / local time: 05:37:10.2 2018-12-27

202 km SW of Kodiak, United States / pop: 6,200 / local time: 04:37:10.2 2018-12-27
191 km SW of Kodiak Station, United States / pop: 1,400 / local time: 04:37:10.2 2018-12-27
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Distances: 137 km E of Saint Helier, Jersey / pop: 28,000 / local time: 12:29:10.2 2018-12-27

14 km NE of Caen, France / pop: 111,000 / local time: 13:29:10.2 2018-12-27
2 km E of Ouistreham, France / pop: 9,100 / local time: 13:29:10.2 2018-12-27
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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 130 km W of Caracas, Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of / pop: 3,000,000 / local time: 04:59:11.8 2018-12-27

224 km SE of Willemstad, Curacao / pop: 125,000 / local time: 04:59:11.8 2018-12-27
329 km SE of Oranjestad, Aruba / pop: 30,000 / local time: 04:59:11.8 2018-12-27
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Distances: 1146 km SE of Honiara, Solomon Islands / pop: 56,300 / local time: 16:39:12.8 2018-12-27

98 km NW of Kirakira, Solomon Islands / pop: 1,200 / local time: 16:39:12.8 2018-12-27
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Distances: 961 km S of Calgary, Canada / pop: 1,020,000 / local time: 16:10:35.6 2018-12-26

206 km N of Salt Lake City, United States / pop: 187,000 / local time: 16:10:35.6 2018-12-26
13 km SE of Soda Springs, United States / pop: 3,100 / local time: 16:10:35.6 2018-12-26
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Australia’s extreme heatwave spans five states with high of 49C forecast

Extreme Heatwave Alert

Australia’s post-Christmas heatwave continues to sweep across the country, with a near record-breaking 49C forecast for Western Australia, and fire danger, health and air quality warnings issued across the nation.

On Thursday morning, the bureau of meteorology forecast a scorching 49C maximum for Marble Bar and Pannawonica in the Pilbara region of WA – only 2 degrees below the highest temperature ever recorded in Australia, which is 50.7C at South Australia’s Oodnadatta airport in 1960.

By 8.40am on Thursday Marble Bar had already recorded 43.4C, with the worst of the heat to come.

The extreme heat is stretching across WA, SA, Victoria, New South Wales and parts of central Queensland. Temperatures in the south are 10C to 14C higher than average, the bureau said on Wednesday.

On Thursday SA will swelter through widespread 40C temperatures, with Adelaide forecast for a maximum of 41C and 46C for Port Augusta and Coober Pedy.

In Sydney the city centre is expected to reach 29C, with 39C for Penrith in the west. Further inland, Dubbo is slated for 42C and the Riverina region for 44C. At the weekend Sydney temperatures are forecast to reach 32C on Saturday and 34C on Sunday.

Melbourne is forecast to experience a maximum of 36C on Thursday, while further across Victoria, Mildura can expect 44C and Albury-Wodonga 42C.

On Monday, the Woodend Country Fire Association in Victoria posted a video of residents cooling off with a neighbourhood water fight.

On Thursday NSW Health issued an air quality warning for Sydney as ozone levels began to rise with the extreme heat.

NSW Health’s executive director, Jeremy McAnulty, said ozone exposure irritated the lungs, so people with asthma and other sensitivities should take extra care.

Severe to extreme fire danger warnings have also been issued for large parts of WA, SA and Victoria.

And, according to the bureau’s latest forecasts, there is no end to the heatwave in sight.

From Friday to Tuesday, low to severe heatwaves are still predicted for parts of every mainland state and territory – from the north-west coast of WA to central Queensland, to the south coast of Victoria. The extreme heatwave conditions forecast to hit WA, NSW and SA will abate.

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