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MAGNITUDE 2.8 OREGON, USA #earthquake #Oregon #USA

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Distances: 798 km S of Vancouver, Canada / pop: 1,838,000 / local time: 12:38:32.2 2020-04-30

320 km S of Salem, United States / pop: 155,000 / local time: 12:38:32.2 2020-04-30
29 km S of Medford, United States / pop: 75,000 / local time: 12:38:32.2 2020-04-30
18 km SW of Ashland, United States / pop: 20,100 / local time: 12:38:32.2 2020-04-30

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2,000 deer dead due to disease in Oregon, USA #Deer #Oregon #USA

White-tailed deer ODFW

Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife – White-tailed deer

Tests conducted by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife veterinarians have confirmed that Epizootic hemorrhagic disease is responsible for the die-off of an estimated 2,000 white-tailed deer in Eastern Oregon, the agency said Tuesday.

The EHD outbreak impacted white-tailed deer on the western face of the Blue Mountains, from Milton-Freewater to the Pilot Rock area.

EHD losses are not uncommon in Oregon and is not expected to have long-term effects on the deer population size, ODFW said. Mule deer in the area were not documented to be affected by the EHD outbreak.

Wildlife biologists first learned about the white-tailed deer die-off in late fall, when landowners began reporting dead deer. ODFW collected tissue samples for testing and lab results later confirmed EHD as the cause of death. Surveys in December showed fewer white-tailed deer, leading to an estimated potential loss of 2,000 deer from the disease.

ODFW said it is still determining if deer tags for the fall 2020 seasons need to be reduced or hunts cancelled in the units affected (Walla Walla, Mt Emily, Ukiah). Hunters will be informed of any changes by April 15, so they will have time to change their controlled hunt application choices before the May 15 deadline.

EHD is a seasonal disease that can occur during the late summer and fall months. It is different than Adenovirus hemorrhagic disease (AHD), which can occur year-round. EHD is transmitted by biting midges known as “no-see-ums” or gnats. These breed and live in small pools of warm, stagnant water; even in pools as small as a hoof print filled with water.

As deer gather at these water sources, they may become exposed to infected biting midges. However, freezing temperatures can kill off insects that transmit the disease.

EHD is known to have existed since the 1890s and is found in most of the United States, with the exception of the extreme Northeast and the Southwest.

Courtesy of ktvz.com


Hundreds of birds washing up dead or dying, ‘they are starving’, along the Oregon and Washington coast, USA

Hundreds of birds are washing ashore either dead or dying along the Oregon and Southwest Washington Coast.
The majority of them are common murres, which are a type of large auk bird.
Researchers say that the die-off started about three weeks ago.
Since then the Wildlife Center of the North Coast, which helps rehabilitate sick or injured sea-birds, has been getting calls daily about the problem. Right now – they are caring for close to a hundred birds- with about ten common murres coming in daily. Almost all of them are starving.
“They’re totally emaciated, sometimes there’s injuries, other times there’s not,” said Laurel Berblinger, a volunteer at the center.
According to the biologists, the fish the birds normally eat are not there.
Because of the El Nino weather phenomenon that is happening across the Pacific, scientists say the ocean is just too warm right now.
“It really limits the productivity of the ocean from the base level so in the case of the common murre which feeds on small fish, these are not as plentiful as they normally are during a normal ocean condition year,” explained Herman Biederbeck, ODFW biologist for the north coast.
The experts say if you do see a dying bird, or one in need of help, call the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
But with so many dead birds along the beaches now, it’s important to keep children and dogs away from them because some of the birds could be diseased.
Biologists say they are bracing for a lot more of this. They say this die-off could easily stretch into the fall.
Courtesy of kgw.com

Massive fire engulfs the historic stadium in Oregon, USA

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Historic Civic Stadium in Eugene, Oregon has been engulfed in flames.
Parts of the stadium grandstands have been burnt away and a giant plume of smoke is visible throughout the city, according to local media reports.Local police say that nearby structures are also at risk due to the blaze and have suggested that everyone within a two-block radius evacuate the area, the Register-Guard reported.
Dozens of firefighters have responded to the scene. The cause of the blaze is unknown.
So far, no injuries have been reported.
People have gathered to watch the fire and take videos outside the stadium.
Civic Stadium was built in 1938 as part of a venture between the local school district, the local Chamber of Commerce and a federal works program. Just this past April, it was sold to a nonprofit with plans for renovations. The stadium was to be repurposed as a soccer field and a site for children’s activities, the Register-Guard reported.
Prior to the sale, the stadium had served as the home of a Major League Baseball minor league team called the Eugene Emeralds from 1969 to 2009. It was listed as one of the ten oldest active minor league baseball stadiums in the US and included in the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.
Courtesy of rt.com

Mega Heatwave Set To Break Records This Weekend In North Western And Western USA

West Heat Wave Setup
A brutal heat wave kicking in later this week may shatter June or even a few all-time records in parts of the Great Basin and Northwest. Furthermore, it may last into the first days of July
June has already been a hot month in parts of the West.
Earlier in the month, Yakima, Washington, tied its all-time June high of 105 degrees. This occurred 15 days earlier on the calendar than the previous June 105-degree high. Medford, Oregon, is pacing for their hottest June on record, dating to 1911. Portland, Oregon, has already tallied 4 days of 90-degree-plus heat this month through Monday, just 2 days shy of the June record set in 2003.
The culprit in this hot setup is part of an overall pattern shift taking place this week across the United States.
A dome of high pressure aloft that has been searing the Desert Southwest over the past week will surge northwestward, becoming established over the Great Basin by late this week. 
In addition to suppressing thunderstorm development over much of the Great Basin, this will allow the sizzling late-June sun to send temperatures soaring not simply in the typically hot Desert Southwest, but also locations well to the north including the Pacific Northwest, interior Northwest and northern Rockies. 
By late this week into the weekend, highs in the triple digits are possible in many lower-elevation locations west of the Continental Divide and inland from the Pacific Coast.
This includes parts of Nevada, California’s Sacramento Valley, the Salt Lake Valley, Idaho’s Snake River Plain, much of Oregon’s lower elevations east of the immediate coast, and areas to the east of the Cascades in Washington State. Valley locations in western Montana such as Kalispell and Missoula will also top the century mark by this weekend into early next week.
In particular, parts of the Columbia Basin and lower Snake River Valley may surge above 110 degrees. This includes cities such as Yakima, Kennewick and Walla Walla in Washington as well as Lewiston, Idaho.
Forecast Highs
The extreme heat is even expected to surge north into Canada. Even Revelstoke, British Columbia – 130 miles north of the U.S. border and better known for skiing – could touch 100 degrees (38 degrees Celsius) this weekend.
Compared to what the more arid Great Basin is used to, evening and overnight temperatures will be slow to drop, possibly only bottoming out in the 70s in the hottest locations. 
This heat appears to be locked in place well into next week, as the upper-level dome of high pressure remains camped out. There may be some relief in sight in the Northwest as we get closer to the Independence Day holiday. 
The hot, dry weather will also produce high fire danger, as drought conditions have worsened over the Northwest and northern Rockies in the spring. 
In mid-May, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee issued a statewide drought emergency, and spring runoff from winter’s paltry snowpack was expected to be the least in 64 years. 
Seattle has seen only 7 days with measurable rain since May 1, one-third the average number of such days, according to NWS-Seattle. Portland, Oregon, has set a new record June dry streak of 19 straight days through Monday, according to NWS-Portland.
Courtesy of weather.com

Drought emergencies declared in 19 of Oregon’s 36 counties

Drought Emergency Alert

Drought emergencies have now been declared in more than half of Oregon’s 36 counties.
Gov. Kate Brown on Friday confirmed emergencies in Coos, Douglas, Gilliam and Jefferson counties. That makes 19 counties officially in a state of drought.
Such declarations allow the state to prioritize use of water for human consumption and livestock, and enable residents hurt by drought to get federal aid. State agencies are using the hashtag #ORdrought across social media to keep people informed about drought-related developments.
With conditions so dry, Brown also warned that Oregon is likely to face a severe wildfire season. She says Oregonians must rise to the challenge that a changing climate brings.
Courtesy of kgw.com

Massive die off of jellyfish washed up on Rockaway Beach, Oregon, USA

(Photo: Don Best)
Thousands of jellyfish-like creatures were seen piled up on Rockaway Beach Sunday morning in what appeared to be a massive die-off.
The animals are called Velella velella. They’re like a cousin to the jellyfish.
They are commonly called “purple sailors,” “little sail,” and “by the wind sailors.”
The die-offs occur each spring along beaches from Oregon to California.
Velella velella typically live in the open ocean, but when warm water and storms draw them near shore, the wind blows them onto beaches, where they die in piles.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says Velella velella do sting their prey while in the water, but they are harmless to humans.
The creatures are like a cousin to the jellyfish.
The creatures are like a cousin to the jellyfish. (Photo: Don Best)
Courtesy of nwcn.com

Bird Flu Virus Strikes Washington and Oregon, USA

Bird Flu

Commercial poultry producers say they’re concerned the outbreak of highly pathogenic bird flu virus found in Washington and Oregon will hurt exports by prompting some nations to impose trade barriers.
“It’s probably going to be a problem anyway because some countries aren’t going to properly distinguish between backyard and commercial” flocks, export council President James Sumner told Capital Press. “This likely will have repercussions that will likely impact the entire U.S. industry.”
Sumner said China already bans poultry imports form five states because of cases of low pathogenic bird flu.
He said he hoped the U.S. Department of Agriculture would be able to convince other countries to continue buying U.S. poultry by showing the virus has not spread to commercial producers.
Officials suspect that wild ducks that breed in Alaska and northeast Asia have spread the virus to the U.S.
The Oregon Department of Agriculture announced last week that a strain of highly pathogenic bird flu virus, H5N8, had been found in a flock of 100 guinea fowl and chickens in the southern Oregon town of Winston. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has quarantined the Winston yard and will dispose of any surviving birds.
The spot is along the Pacific Flyway, where the birds could easily have contact with wild birds carrying the virus while migrating south for the winter, department spokesman Bruce Pokarney said.
Both the H5N2 and H5N8 strains of the virus were found in Washington state. The state Department of Agriculture reported H5N2 in a wild northern pintail duck found in Whatcom County. A captive gyrfalcon that was fed a wild duck from the same area died of H5N8.
In British Columbia, 11 poultry farms have been quarantined after discovery of the virus, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
Many countries, including the United States, have imposed restrictions on Canadian poultry and eggs.
The USDA said Friday that it has reported the Oregon case to the World Organization of Animal Health, and is working with other countries to minimize trade impacts.
The last outbreak of highly pathogenic bird flu in the United States was in 2004, when 7,000 chickens in Texas were infected.
Courtesy of The Register Guard

Landslide damages barrier, Highway 101 closed indefinitely in Oregon, USA

Courtesy of KATU News
Highway 101 will remain closed indefinitely to pedestrians, bicyclists and all but emergency vehicles 12 miles north of Florence.
Heavy rains, an active landslide and a failing retaining wall have resulted in damage to the roadway, Oregon DOT.  
ODOT is taking steps to manage water accumulations near the roadway, which can contribute to slide activity.
Those steps, along with diminishing rainfall, may allow the road to be reopened to a single lane of traffic controlled by flaggers and a pilot car, ODOT said.
Any decision on partially reopening the roadway will not be made until Monday. 
Travelers will have to choose an alternate route to the Central Coast. There is no detour available.
Northbound traffic is being turned around at Sea Lion Caves. Southbound traffic is being turned around at the Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park.
SATURDAY EVENING UPDATE: Pacific Coast Highway 101 will remain closed after a retaining wall adjacent to the highway failed in heavy rain, causing damage to the roadway, the Oregon DOT said.
The location is approximately 12 miles north of Florence in Lane County.
ODOT said engineers will develop a plan to address the wall failure and repairs will be constructed as soon as weather allows.  
Travelers should plan alternate routes to Central Coast destinations, as there is no detour available, ODOT said.
The landslide comes on the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Christmas floods, which caused widespread problems in Oregon.
HECETA HEAD, Ore. — A landslide closed Highway 101 just north of Heceta Head Saturday after the slide “compromised” part of the roadway and a retaining barrier, the Oregon Department of Transportation said.
Officials said the Oregon Coastal Highway will remain closed at milepost 177 until geotechnical experts can assess the damage and handle safety concerns.
Transportation officials said the slide was caused by the heavy rains hitting the Pacific Northwest through the weekend.
Traffic heading north on Highway 101 will be rerouted at the Sea Lion Caves, while southbound drivers will be turned around at the Washburne Memorial Park (milepost 176).



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Distances: 63km (39mi) ESE of Lakeview, Oregon
174km (108mi) E of Altamont, Oregon
178km (111mi) E of Klamath Falls, Oregon
188km (117mi) NNE of Susanville, California
307km (191mi) N of Carson City, Nevada  

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