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MAGNITUDE 3.0 BULGARIA #earthquake #bulgaria

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Depth: 2 km

Distances: 136 km SE of Sofia, Bulgaria / pop: 1,153,000 / local time: 20:09:18.2 2020-05-07

8 km NE of Plovdiv, Bulgaria / pop: 341,000 / local time: 20:09:18.2 2020-05-07

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MAGNITUDE 4.5 BULGARIA #earthquake #Bulgaria

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 135 km E of Sofia, Bulgaria / pop: 1,153,000 / local time: 14:01:39.4 2020-05-01

13 km NE of Plovdiv, Bulgaria / pop: 341,000 / local time: 14:01:39.4 2020-05-01

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More Dolphins have washed up dead this year totalling 26 along the coast of Bulgaria

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Summer 2015 is again seeing numbers of dead dolphins washing up on the shore of Bulgaria’s Black Sea coastline, with violence suspected as the cause of death in some cases, but as in all previous years, there is no clarity on what causes the phenomenon.
In some cases in previous years, there have been allegations of dolphins being shot or otherwise killed by fishermen protecting their nets.
None of these allegations has been proven and no one has been arrested in connection with the killing of a dolphin along Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast for years. Activists have alleged that police show scant interest in investigating the cases.
There are three species of dolphins in the Black Sea off Bulgaria – the short-beaked common dolphin, the harbour porpoise, and the common bottlenose dolphin – all of them protected by law. The penalty for killing a dolphin from any of these species is 5000 to 20 000 leva (about 2500 to 10 000 euro) and imprisonment of up to five years.
Bulgaria’s Biological Diversity Act also bans harassing, chasing or capturing dolphins from these species, and says that if a dead dolphin is washed ashore, it should be moved until examined by the Regional Environment and Water Inspectorate to establish the species and to report on the death of the Minister of Environment and Water.
In 2006, a national network concerning dolphins washed ashore or caught in fishing nets was set up, run by the Institute of Fishing Resources in Varna and with the participation of the Regional Environment and Water Inspectorate in the city of Bourgas and the Green Balkans NGO.
In 2015, dead dolphins have again made headlines in Bulgaria, the total since the beginning of the year running to 26 by the beginning of August.
According to the Regional Environment and Water Inspectorate in Bourgas, violence was suspected to the cause of death in three cases.
A report by Bulgarian National Radio said that, “according to experts”, the number of dolphins washed ashore was not large considering their rapidly growing population.
Causes of death are estimated to include, besides natural causes, entanglement and strangulation in fishing nets, as well as diseases.
To prevent entanglement of marine mammals in fishing nets, it is possible to use special devices attached to the nets to deter animals such as dolphins, according to Krusto Popov, an official in the biodiversity department of the Environment Ministry. He said that Bulgaria was beginning a pilot project to test the effectiveness of these devices.
The number so far in 2015 appears slightly lower than in previous years. In 2012, for example, a total of 74 dolphins were found dead on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast.
The issue was in the forefront particularly in 2011, when photographs that spread in social networks and were published by the media appeared to show bullet wounds in a dolphin found dead on the beach in the Black Sea resort town of Tsarevo.
In spite of the large-scale killing of dolphins in the Black Sea, especially in the second half of the 20th century, there have been reports that recent years have seen population growth.
According to a 2002 report by the Species Survival Network, the primary current threat to the Black Sea bottlenose dolphin is habitat loss and a decline in habitat quality.
The ecosystem of the Black Sea has been highly changed and disturbed, primarily due to extensive pollution, coastal development, disturbance caused by extensive vessel traffic, over-fishing and the impacts of introduced species. The ecosystem is also affected by global changes such as climate change and increased UV-B radiation, the report said.
The Black Sea, as an enclosed water body with limited water exchange and slow circulation, is especially vulnerable to pollution. The input of nutrients from agriculture and sewage has caused eutrophication and widespread algal blooms.
Dolphins, as top predators, are uniquely at risk from pollution, the report said. Very high concentrations of certain contaminants have been reported in the bodies of dolphins in the Black Sea, making them especially vulnerable to reproductive disorders and infectious diseases. Recent mass-mortalities of dolphins in the Black Sea have been associated with the degraded state of their environment, especially exposure to chemical pollutants, according to the network’s report.
Courtesy of sofiaglobe.com

Landslide triggered under the Central Square of Bulgaria’s Plovdiv

Landslide Alert

A landslide has triggered under the Central Square of the second biggest Bulgaria’s city of Plovdiv. The landslide has been triggered in archaeological excavations of the Roman Forum.
The news was announced for Radio FOCUS – Plovdiv by the head of the aetiological team, Elena Kesyanova.
“We have serious concerns about possible incident. There must be urgent reinforcement of the area,” Kesyanova said.
The landslide was triggered last year, and this year’s rains have further complicated the situation, as dug out the foundations of the square. The area must be reinforced. The archaeologists have filed two signals last year, and now they again warn on the case.
Courtesy of focus-fen.net



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Distances: 247 km E of Sofia, Bulgaria / pop: 1,152,556 / local time: 05:27:08.1 2015-04-02
41 km SW of Yambol, Bulgaria / pop: 80,116 / local time: 05:27:08.1 2015-04-02
12 km NW of Topolovgrad, Bulgaria / pop: 6,464 / local time: 05:27:08.1 2015-04-02

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Distances: 249 km E of Sofia, Bulgaria / pop: 1,152,556 / local time: 05:24:10.8 2015-04-02
45 km SW of Yambol, Bulgaria / pop: 80,116 / local time: 05:24:10.8 2015-04-02
8 km NW of Topolovgrad, Bulgaria / pop: 6,464 / local time: 05:24:10.8 2015-04-02

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Severe flooding devastates Miziya, Bulgaria

Flood hits Bulgaria’s Miziya (ROUNDUP)
Miziya, a town in Vratsa District, northwest Bulgaria, and the region suffered a flood on late Saturday evening and Sunday, which led to the collapse of houses, the press centre of the Interior Ministry announced.
It was announced the disaster had claimed two lives although the death toll might rise.
On late Sunday evening chief commissar Nikolay Nikolov, head of the Fire Safety and Civil Protection chief directorate, announced for FOCUS News Agency the information about the second victims had not been confirmed yet.
”There was some inaccuracy, a discrepancy in our information about a second victim. It turns out the information about the second victim has not been confirmed yet,” he said.
The first victim was a citizen of Miziya found dead inside a flooded house in the town.
According to initial information he was about 60.
“The victim was found inside by [his or her] son, who is an Interior Ministry employer in the [his or her] house. All the people in need of help are receiving it. I suppose the water will flow away not earlier than 24 hours. The situation will get more complicated when the water is no longer here. Then the search for more dead people will begin,” said chief commissar Nikolay Nikolov, head of the Fire Safety and Civil Protection chief directorate, announced for bTV.
Later the news broke there was a second victim, this time a middle-aged woman.
”Situation in Miziya is tragic. Many buildings collapsed, there are people in distress,” said mayor of the town of Miziya, northwest Bulgaria, Violin Krushovenski, speaking for Nova TV in connection with the news it had been flooded.
He remarked over 500 people had been evacuated overnight and all the possible things were done to provide what was needed despite the accessibility issues.
“The road between Miziya and Vratsa has been closed and we are only relying on the helicopters flying over Miziya,“ Krushovenski said further.
The Mayor added the situation was the same in the village of Krushovitsa, where the flood wave had come from.
“We have built levees but there was torrential rain when the water level rose, it is just nature did not favour us,“ he commented.
Krushovenski gave later an interview for FOCUS News Agency.
”We almost forcefully evacuated people seeing the big threat for their lives,” he said.
”There were people who did not want an evacuation. We transported them almost forcefully, seeing the big threat for their lives. Despite it all, these people as if displayed stubbornness. We evacuated over 600 people in total. We left them at the two ends of the city which are not flooded to provide them with the care they need, to provide them with water, food, blankets and medical aid,” he stated.
”We did our best to warn the people,” Krushovenski commented.
”Miziya was hit by a tragedy as a result of heavy rainfall and a wave formed by water coming to the region. The wave caused by the overflowing of many dams in Vratsa District hit us. Miziya is located in the lowest place in Vratsa District and here the Skat River flows into the Danube. Miziya turned out to ”meet” the wave and many houses were flooded. The level of water exceeds 2 m in some neighbourhoods, many building fell as well as many agricultural premises, probably a high number of people got injured,” Krushovenski said further.
Some parties also got involved with providing aid to the people.
The Bulgaria without Censorship party opened a crisis staff to provide coordination and collect donations for the people in Miziya, which had been struck by a flood, the party press centre announced.
Some 20 volunteers in Vratsa District went with vehicles of the Bulgaria without Censorship structures to transport mineral water to the evacuated people in the north-western town.
Bulgaria without Censorship also informed it was turning its office in Vratsa at 3 Mito Tsvetkov Street into a crisis coordination staff to which donations could be made and volunteers could enroll to take part in the rescue operation after the water level drops.
”Totyu Mladenov and other MPs with the Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB) party as well as other representatives of ours from the local authorities and the party structures are in Miziya to help tackle the hard situation,” CEDB leader and former premier, Boyko Borisov, posted on Facebook.
In his words, the CEDB arranged for a heavy-freight vehicle to transport mineral water to the affected people and they will also provide aid as MP Totyu Mladenov makes an assessment of the situation.
Borisov also wrote in Facebook post Mladenov had informed him the situation in Miziya and Byala Slatina was the most difficult.
According to Borisov, there were over 250 families in Byala Slatina that need aid, while their number in Miziya stood at over 500.
Dimitar Metodiev executive director and member of the board of directors at Napoitelni Sistemi [English: Irrigation Systems] EAD, gave an interview for FOCUS News Agency in connection with the flood.
”There is no danger of dams and facilities of Napoitelni Sistemi overflowing,” he said.
”I can only say the facilities outside the urban environment are in a good state and have not been affected. They function normally and Irrigation System and our facilities are not to blame for what happened in the towns. As a whole, the state of dams in the country is good. The water levels and facilities are monitored on a daily basis,” he said further.
”The financial state of Napoitelni Sistemi [English: Irrigation Systems] is really poor,” the official remarked.
”I would like to say the new management at Napoitelni Sistemi [English: Irrigation Systems] managed with [outgoing] Minister of Agriculture and Food, Dimitar Grekov, in only 5 months to amend the Water Act. Paragraph 4 is concerned, which already allows the activity connected with prevention of the harmful influence of water to be financed by the budget of the Republic of Bulgaria,” he remarked.
In his words, the money allocated for this activity cannot be taken for 5 months to come so that this activity is performed in a normal way.
”My employees who are in Miziya at the moment along with equipment are under the control of the district governor and the staff established and are not currently receiving salaries,” Metodiev commented.
According to him, the things happening now, which will continue to happen, could be limited to some extent but all of this costs financial resources.
”The same holds true for mayors, I cannot say what the situation in Miziya is but it is likely the mayor did not have the money so that the Skar River, which passes through the town, was cleaned. I would like to accuse anyone and I do not know if this is so but I suppose he did not have resources for that activity, either, ” the official added.
He said this activity was among the most important ones for the country and was of strategic importance.
The Bulgarian army and the Bulgarian Red Cross provided aid to the flood-hit people.

Train derailment crashes in Bulgaria kills one, injures 15

Train derailment in Bulgaria kills one, injures 15
A passenger train derailed in Bulgaria on Saturday, killing the driver and injuring 15, two seriously, the transport ministry and hospital sources said, as cited by AFP.
The train with some 160 passengers aboard was travelling from Sofia to Varna in the east of the country when it came off the tracks and crashed into a building, according to Kristian Krastev, head of the state-owned railway network.
The accident took place at the Kaloyanovets station in central Bulgaria.
Milcho Lambrev, director-general of the National Railway Infrastructure Company, said the cause of the accident was “probably human error”, adding that the part of the railway where the accident occurred had recently been renovated.

Violent storm hits Bulgaria’s Lovech, leaves 11 villages without electricity

Severe Weather Alert

In the latest blow from heavy weather in Bulgaria this summer, a violent storm broke over the town of Lovech on July 10, bringing a barrage of rain and hail and leaving 11 villages without power.

Local media reports said that streets were flooded and first reports said that there was no information yet on people injured.

Bulgaria’s weather office said that storms also raged east of Botevgrad, in the areas of the Pass of the Republic and Pleven, while storm winds also hit Bulgaria’s Danubian city of Rousse.

Weather forecasters said that further storms were expected in central and northern Bulgaria before midnight on July 10.

The maelstrom that struck Lovech came two days after a severe hailstorm struck Bulgaria’s capital city Sofia, causing damaged estimated to run into many millions of leva, and a few weeks after heavy weather caused deadly floods in Varna’s Asparouhovo area, Dobrich and Veliko Turnovo.

Following a meeting of the crisis staff, an emergency was declared in Lovech, mayor Mincho Kazandzhiev said.

In places in the town, the water reached more than a metre, disrupting traffic and damaging cars. Trees had been brought down and some buildings in the lower-lying parts of the town had been flooded, local authorities said.

A Europa League first-qualifying round football match between the Litex and Veris teams was postponed after the pitch was inundated.

Counting in the summer rain and hail storms that have hit Varna, Dobrich, Veliko Turnovo and Sofia in recent weeks, damage already runs into several million leva.

Severe flooding kills at least 12 in Bulgaria

People try to protect themselves from floodwater in the Black sea town of Varna

At least 12 people have died and several are missing after torrential rain and heavy floods hit eastern Bulgaria, officials say.

Floodwaters in the Black Sea port city of Varna surged up to 1m (3.2ft).

Many residents had to be rescued as cars were swept away. Hundreds have been left without electricity or food.

There have been hailstorms and heavy rain in several parts of Bulgaria in recent days. Forecasts say the extreme weather is set to continue.

Ten people died in Varna, including two children. There were also at least another two deaths reported a few miles north in Dobrich, where electricity was down and water was said to be flowing through the streets.

Forecasters said that the equivalent of a month’s rain fell in the regions of Varna and Burgas over the past 24 hours.

Partially-submerged caught in heavy flooding in the city of Varna (19 June 2014)

“The tragedy is enormous. I am here on a street in the suburb of Asparuhovo. The street is not here, the houses are not here, there are cars on top of each other,” Varna mayor Ivan Portnih was quoted by the Reuters new agency as saying.

Many residents told how they had to clamber on to their roofs to escape the floods.

In Dobrich, the River Suha burst its banks and there were fears of a flood surge although authorities said water levels were expected to fall in the coming hours.

Helicopters airlifted residents from their homes in the flooded nearby village of Prilep.

A state of emergency has been declared in parts of central and north-eastern Bulgaria, Novinite news agency reports.

A man walks past a damaged car in a flooded street of a suburb of the Black Sea port of Varna (AFP)

Damaged cars in Varna (19 June 2014)

Fire-fighters in the town of Kilifarevo in central Bulgaria rescued 11 people from the tops of their houses, police said.

Last month nearby Serbia and Bosnia were hit by the worst flooding since modern records began.