Sunday, August 11, 2013

PLANETARY TREMORS: Strong 6.3 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off Eastern Indonesia!

August 11, 2013 - INDONESIA - The Pacific Ring of Fire is active again as a powerful 6.3 magnitude earthquake has struck Saumlaki, Indonesia. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake hit at 00:53:43 UTC and was located at 7.128°S 129.806°E.

USGS earthquake location.

The tremor had a depth of 92.7km (57.6miles).

The epicentre was at a distance of 189km (117miles) northwest of Saumlaki, Indonesia; 363km (226miles) southwest of Tual, Indonesia; 420km (261miles) southeast of Ambon, Indonesia; 431km (268miles) southeast of Amahai, Indonesia; and 492km (306miles) northeast of Dili, East Timor.

No tsunami alert was issued, officials from the local Meteorology and Geophysics Agency, said.

USGS earthquake shakemap intensity.

Indonesia is on the Ring of Fire, an arc of fault lines circling the Pacific Basin that is prone to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

In 2004, a 9.1-magnitude underwater earthquake off the coast of Sumatra triggered a tsunami that killed more than 200,000 people in 14 countries. The majority of the deaths were in Indonesia, with Aceh bearing the brunt.

Tectonic Summary - Seismotectonics of the New Guinea Region and Vicinity.
The Australia-Pacific plate boundary is over 4000 km long on the northern margin, from the Sunda (Java) trench in the west to the Solomon Islands in the east. The eastern section is over 2300 km long, extending west from northeast of the Australian continent and the Coral Sea until it intersects the east coast of Papua New Guinea. The boundary is dominated by the general northward subduction of the Australia plate.

Along the South Solomon trench, the Australia plate converges with the Pacific plate at a rate of approximately 95 mm/yr towards the east-northeast. Seismicity along the trench is dominantly related to subduction tectonics and large earthquakes are common: there have been 13 M7.5+ earthquakes recorded since 1900. On April 1, 2007, a M8.1 interplate megathrust earthquake occurred at the western end of the trench, generating a tsunami and killing at least 40 people. This was the third M8.1 megathrust event associated with this subduction zone in the past century; the other two occurred in 1939 and 1977.

USGS plate tectonics for the region.

Further east at the New Britain trench, the relative motions of several microplates surrounding the Australia-Pacific boundary, including north-south oriented seafloor spreading in the Woodlark Basin south of the Solomon Islands, maintain the general northward subduction of Australia-affiliated lithosphere beneath Pacific-affiliated lithosphere. Most of the large and great earthquakes east of New Guinea are related to this subduction; such earthquakes are particularly concentrated at the cusp of the trench south of New Ireland. 33 M7.5+ earthquakes have been recorded since 1900, including three shallow thrust fault M8.1 events in 1906, 1919, and 2007.

The western end of the Australia-Pacific plate boundary is perhaps the most complex portion of this boundary, extending 2000 km from Indonesia and the Banda Sea to eastern New Guinea. The boundary is dominantly convergent along an arc-continent collision segment spanning the width of New Guinea, but the regions near the edges of the impinging Australia continental margin also include relatively short segments of extensional, strike-slip and convergent deformation. The dominant convergence is accommodated by shortening and uplift across a 250-350 km-wide band of northern New Guinea, as well as by slow southward-verging subduction of the Pacific plate north of New Guinea at the New Guinea trench. Here, the Australia-Pacific plate relative velocity is approximately 110 mm/yr towards the northeast, leading to the 2-8 mm/yr uplift of the New Guinea Highlands.

Whereas the northern band of deformation is relatively diffuse east of the Indonesia-Papua New Guinea border, in western New Guinea there are at least two small (less than 100,000 km²) blocks of relatively undeformed lithosphere. The westernmost of these is the Birds Head Peninsula microplate in Indonesia's West Papua province, bounded on the south by the Seram trench. The Seram trench was originally interpreted as an extreme bend in the Sunda subduction zone, but is now thought to represent a southward-verging subduction zone between Birds Head and the Banda Sea.

There have been 22 M7.5+ earthquakes recorded in the New Guinea region since 1900. The dominant earthquake mechanisms are thrust and strike slip, associated with the arc-continent collision and the relative motions between numerous local microplates. The largest earthquake in the region was a M8.2 shallow thrust fault event in the northern Papua province of Indonesia that killed 166 people in 1996.

The western portion of the northern Australia plate boundary extends approximately 4800 km from New Guinea to Sumatra and primarily separates Australia from the Eurasia plate, including the Sunda block. This portion is dominantly convergent and includes subduction at the Sunda (Java) trench, and a young arc-continent collision.

In the east, this boundary extends from the Kai Islands to Sumba along the Timor trough, offset from the Sunda trench by 250 km south of Sumba. Contrary to earlier tectonic models in which this trough was interpreted as a subduction feature continuous with the Sunda subduction zone, it is now thought to represent a subsiding deformational feature related to the collision of the Australia plate continental margin and the volcanic arc of the Eurasia plate, initiating in the last 5-8 Myr. Before collision began, the Sunda subduction zone extended eastward to at least the Kai Islands, evidenced by the presence of a northward-dipping zone of seismicity beneath Timor Leste. A more detailed examination of the seismic zone along it's eastern segment reveals a gap in intermediate depth seismicity under Timor and seismic mechanisms that indicate an eastward propagating tear in the descending slab as the negatively buoyant oceanic lithosphere detaches from positively buoyant continental lithosphere. On the surface, GPS measurements indicate that the region around Timor is currently no longer connected to the Eurasia plate, but instead is moving at nearly the same velocity as the Australia plate, another consequence of collision.

Large earthquakes in eastern Indonesia occur frequently but interplate megathrust events related to subduction are rare; this is likely due to the disconnection of the descending oceanic slab from the continental margin. There have been 9 M7.5+ earthquakes recorded from the Kai Islands to Sumba since 1900. The largest was the great Banda Sea earthquake of 1938 (M8.5) an intermediate depth thrust faulting event that did not cause significant loss of life. - USGS.

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Dramatic Mudslide Sweeps Away Hamlet In Northern Japan After FOUR Inches Of Torrential Rain Falls In An HOUR - Six Dead, 8 Buildings Destroyed, 300 Evacuated, Town Underwater!

August 11, 2013 - JAPAN - These were the shocking scenes of devastation in northern Japan this morning after torrential rain sparked floods and a massive mudslide killing six people.

Devastation: An aerial view shows the mudslide site at a hamlet where people are still missing, in Senboku,
Akita prefecture, Japan. At least eight houses are believed to have been swept away by the floods
which hit the area yesterday

Destroyed: A fallen tree trunk is seen in the foreground of this photo with the debris of a
collapsed home in the background.

At least eight buildings were destroyed by one mudslide in Senboku, Akita prefecture, which was triggered when about four inches of rain fell in an hour yesterday - a local record.

The Japanese Meterological Agency has issued evacuation warnings to residents and it's understood that at least 300 people have been forced out of their homes.

WATCH: Six dead after mudslide sweeps away hamlet in northern Japan.

Others have been wading through waterlogged streets in the town of Yahaba, in the Iwate prefecture as rivers over-spilled into the streets.

Tragedy: Rescue workers including Japan Self-Defense Forces soldiers battle through wreckage to carry
a resident who was found near a collapsed house .

Searching: Japan Self-Defense Forces soldiers search for missing people near a
destroyed house following the mudslide.

Dozens of soldiers and police have since been combing the area near Lake Tazwa in Semboku, looking for dead and survivors following the massive mudslide.

Pictures from the scene show the twisted wreckage of homes, tree branches and trunks buried underneath several feet of mud.

Rescue workers have been wading knee deep in the mud, using sticks to help them, in a bid to reach survivors.

ecovery: Soldiers are seen wading through the mud amid fallen power lines, trees and cables
to try and rescue trapped villagers.

knee deep in mud: Japanese Ground Self Defense Forces search for missing victims among debris of
houses following floods near Lake Tazawa.
So far they have found the bodies of a 93-year-old man, his 88-year-old wife and their 61-year-old son near their home.

The son's wife is still believed to be missing, police said.

Struggle: The soldiers can be seen carrying a stretcher amongst debris as
they try to reach survivors and the dead.

Tragedy: Soldiers can be seen carrying a corpse in a blue body bag away from the house which
has been virtually destroyed by the mudslide.

They have also recovered the body of a 58-year-old in the rubble and the body of a 62-year-old man was also discovered.

It is believed that he was swept away by an overflowing river. - Daily Mail.

STORM ALERT: Category 4 Super Typhoon Utor Is Bearing Down On The Philippines - Earth's Strongest And Most Dangerous Tropical Cyclone Of 2013!

August 11, 2013 - PHILIPPINES - Earth's strongest and most dangerous tropical cyclone so far in 2013 is Category 4 Super Typhoon Utor, which is closing in on the northern Philippine Island of Luzon with 150 mph sustained winds.

Typhoon Utor near the Philippines Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013. (NOAA).

Landfall is expected at approximately 20 UTC (4 pm EDT) Sunday near Casigran. Satellite imagery shows a formidable storm with well-organized spiral bands, a prominent 15-mile diameter eye, and good (but not excellent) upper-level outflow.

Ocean temperatures are very warm, about 30°C (86°F), which is approximately 0.5 - 1.0°C above average. These warm waters extend to tremendous depth, giving Utor a huge source of energy to tap into. Wind shear is low, 5 - 10 knots. Theoretically, the Maximum Potential Intensity (MPI) that Utor can achieve under these conditions is sustained winds of 185 mph. However, Utor will not have time to reach that strength before encountering Luzon.

Add captionMODIS satellite image of Typhoon Utor taken at 04:30 UTC on Sunday, August 11.
Image credit: NASA.

Utor is a very wet storm, and will likely bring a large swath of 8+ inches of rain across Luzon. These rains will cause dangerous flash flooding and mudslides. Utor will likely weaken to a Category 1 storm as it passes over Luzon, but is expected to re-intensify to a Category 2 storm before hitting China a few hundred miles south of Hong Kong about 20 UTC on Tuesday.

Utor is a Marshallese word for squall line, and has been used for three tropical cyclones in the Western Pacific--in 2001, 2006, and 2013. Typhoon Utor is called Typhoon Labuyo in the Philippines. Utor's 150 mph winds make it the strongest tropical cyclone globally so far in 2013.

Earth's previous most powerful tropical cyclone of 2013 was Typhoon Soulik, which reached Category 4 strength with 145 mph winds on July 10. Soulik weakened to a Category 2 storm before hitting Taiwan on July 12.

Add captionLuzon island, Philippines, where Typhoon Utor is expected to hit Sunday, August 11, 2013.
It will likely sweep through Luzon and head across the South China Sea, hitting south of Hong Kong.
(Screenshot/ Google Maps)

The Philippines no stranger to powerful typhoons
The Philippines lie in the most tropical cyclone-prone waters on Earth, and rarely escape a year without experiencing a devastating typhoon.

Usually, these storms impact the northern Philippine island of Luzon, but last year, Earth's deadliest weather disaster of 2012 occurred on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, where Super Typhoon Bopha struck as a Category 5 super typhoon with winds of 160 mph (260 km/h), on December 3

Bopha made two additional landfalls in the Philippines, on central Visayas and on Palawan, on December 4. The typhoon left 1901 people dead, mostly on the island of Mindanao, making Bopha the 2nd deadliest typhoon in Philippine history.

Bopha affected over 5.4 million people and left over 700,000 people homeless. With damages estimated at $1.7 billion, Bopha was the costliest natural disaster in Philippines history. - Wunderground.

WATCH: Typhoon Utor / Labuyo - Landfall imminent.

WATCH: Super Typhoon Utor / Labuyo - Landfall.

PLANETARY TREMORS: Two Earthquakes Strike Beneath Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano - Magnitudes 4.8 And 3.4 Hit South Of The Volcano's Summit!

August 11, 2013 - HAWAII - The U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) recorded a magnitude 4.8 earthquake beneath the Island of Hawai`i on Sunday, August 11, 2013, at 5:54 a.m., HST. It was followed by several aftershocks, the largest of which was a magnitude 3.4 earthquake at 6:06 a.m.

NOAA earthquake location.

USGS earthquake location.

The earthquakes were located 8 km (5 mi) south of the summit of Kilauea Volcano, almost directly below the Kulanaokuaiki campground within Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, at a depth of about 32 km (20 mi). A map showing the location of the earthquakes is posted on the HVO website at….

According to Wes Thelen, HVO’s Seismic Network Manager, “These earthquakes were most likely structural adjustments of the Earth’s crust due to the weight of the island on the underlying mantle. The earthquake likely occurred on a near-horizontal fault plane in the mantle, which has hosted earthquakes in this region before. Despite their location near Kilauea’s summit, it’s unlikely that the earthquakes were volcanic in nature due to their depth, which is below, and offset from, the volcano’s known magma plumbing system.”

Seismic activity recorded by the USGS/HVO Sunday, August 11, 2013 with labels added by Hawaii 24/7 staff.
Recording is left to right, top to bottom in chronological order.

HVO Scientist-in-Charge Jim Kauahikaua added that the earthquakes had no apparent effect on Kilauea’s ongoing eruptions. “HVO monitoring networks have not detected any significant changes in activity at the summits or rift zones of Kilauea or other Hawaiian volcanoes.”

The magnitude 4.8 earthquake was felt throughout the Island of Hawai`i, as well as on parts of Maui and O`ahu. The USGS “Did you feel it?” Web site (…) received almost 400 felt reports within the first hour of the earthquake.

USGS earthquake shakemap intensity.

Kauahikaua said the larger event is only the second earthquake with a magnitude greater than 4 to occur at this location and depth since the start of Kilauea’s ongoing East Rift Zone eruption in 1983. The first one occurred on February 17, 2000. There were six such earthquakes in the 20 years before Kilauea’s ongoing East Rift Zone eruption began.

For information on recent earthquakes in Hawai`i and eruption updates, visit the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website at - Hawaii 24/7.

GREAT DELUGE: Gone With The Water - Floods In Russia's Far East Cost Over ONE BILLION RUBLES In Damages, "Dangerous Phenomenon Not Seen Since 1896"!

August 11, 2013 - RUSSIA - Devastating floods that hit Russia's Far East as a result of heavy rains have caused at least one billion rubles (over US$32 million) in damages. Meanwhile, the water keeps rising in several regions.

Local people in a boat in the flood village of Vladimirovka in Amur Region.© RIA Novosti/Belozerov Ivan

For about three weeks now several regions in the Russian vast eastern part have been fighting with reportedly the worst floods in decades; a state of emergency has been declared in five of the regions.

About 3,500 people have evacuated from flooded areas in southern parts of the Amur Region, as the situation deteriorated dramatically, Emergencies Ministry said on Sunday. Over a thousand houses and 1,500 gardens in 28 settlements have been inundated, while 29 bridges and around 300km of roads have been closed for use.

More than 20,000 people and 1,200 pieces of machinery and equipment are engaged in fighting floods, authorities say.

Areas flooded due to the overflowing of the Zeya River in the Mazanovo district, Amur Region.© RIA Novosti/Mikhail Voskresenskiy

The damage has already cost the country's economy over one billion rubles, but the final figure is expected to be bigger.

The governor of Primorsky Region - one of the areas affected by the disaster - put the regional losses at 700 million rubles (over US$21 million).

"We compare it with the infamous Typhoon Judy that hit the region in 1989. Now nature has brought even more havoc than that typhoon," Vladimir Miklushevsky said on Saturday, during a conference call with President Vladimir Putin. According to the governor, a consolidated fund of 500 million rubles (US$ 15 million) was set up in the region to finance the post-flood rehabilitation, reported Itar-Tass.

A view of flooded areas from a Russian Emergencies Ministry helicopter.© RIA Novosti

The neighboring the Khabarovsk Region preliminary estimated the damage at 370 million rubles (US$11.2 million). It is feared though that that water in the Amur River will continue to rise from the current critical level of 540 cm and may reach up to 690 cm by August 16.

"This will be a very dangerous phenomenon we have not seen since 1896. According to forecasts, water will rise by more than a meter," said the acting governor of the region, Vyacheslav Shport. - RT.

MASS FISH DIE-OFF: War On Mother Nature - Hundreds Of Dead Fish Found Due To Contamination In A Stream In Gorlice, Poland!

August 11, 2013 - POLAND - Hundreds of fish and contaminated stream - is the result of poisoning Kotlanki, which took place at the beginning of the week. Fisheries Guard estimates that can go up to ponadtrzykilometrowy section of the river.

The fact that something was wrong, Social Watch Kobylanki Fisheries informed citizen. In place of the guards went away.

This fish, which the guards had gathered from around the pipe section pięćdziesięciometrowego

- Water the entire width of the stream channel was bluish-gray in color, hovered over him suffocating odor. The bottom of the creek and the edges covered with a layer of gelatinous substance, everywhere you could see dead fish. Some really large size. Dwudziestocentymetrowe such as perch - reports Miroslaw devout, Chief Social Fishing Guard. - Part padniętych fish was covered with sludge at the bottom of the pipe and is impossible to identify - he adds.

Apart from the perch, anglers have found roaches, ślizy, chub, hellion, dace, minnow. Some species are protected, for example, said hellion.

The contamination informed the police and fire brigade arrived the team from the Regional Inspectorate for Environmental Protection in Nowy Sacz. The study sampled water.

- The preliminary findings showed that the cause of water contamination was mechanical failure manhole located on one of the private property - said the District Police Headquarters in Gorlitz. If the effluent reached the scale of the tragedy Oil would be much larger.

- As far as the Kotlankę is living in the contaminated section practically does not exist. Sacz district Polish Anglers Association proceeded to inventory losses. Appropriate expertise arises. The low level of ground water and high temperatures certainly did not help restore life in Kotlan-hand. Fortunately, the stream is not distorted melioracjami and still has a relatively high capacity for self-cleaning - says Łukasz Kosiba, President of wheels fishing town-Coaches.

It is questionable future Kobylanka joints that are shallow reservoirs. Without clean water from the creek, they face a shortage of oxygen, the so-called przyducha.

The action associated with cleaning and pipe protection lasted for hours. 20th

- All fish were collected. Firefighters pumped water from this episode. The creek poured hundred cubic meters of clean water. Besides, at my command has been contaminated sludge collected soil around the damaged well, nawieziono new and fresh. All indications are that the sump could be damaged during the field work. It is a pity that someone who it happened, did not inform us. It would not be all this confusion - says Richard Button, Mayor of Gorlitz.

Toxic substances as runoff over the creek are becoming greater dilution. This means that during the first period of contamination effects are most visible in the direct vicinity of its source. The full impact assessment is only possible after a period of time.

- First fish die from lack of oxygen in the water and because of the toxins. These accumulate in the bodies of fish more quickly the fish are closer to the source of contamination. This means that necrosis can be observed for some time after removal of the source of contamination, and a distance from it. In addition, contamination can be reduced not only to fish. Imagine that the stream flowing down toxins, although they are too diluted to kill the fish, then cover the bottom with a thin layer thus leading to the death of benthic organisms, which feed on fish and the creation of putrefaction. The result will be exactly the same, except that later - says Łukasz Kosiba. - Dziennikpolski24. [Translated]

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Landslides Bury Five Villages In Bududa, Uganda - 1 Killed; 17 Injured; 3,000 Displaced; 10,000 Require Urgent Resettlement!

August 11, 2013 - UGANDA - Landslides yesterday afternoon covered up five villages in parts of Bushiyi Sub-county in the eastern Bududa District, but there was no immediate report of deaths. The Sunday Monitor was told some 17 badly-injured survivors had been admitted to Bududa Hospital. One person was confirmed missing, the district chairman, Mr John Bosco Nambeshe, said.

Survivors of yesterday's landslides stare at the collapsed Namirumba Parish, Bududa District.
Photo by David Mafabi 

A huge mass of soaked soil broke off from uphill, knocking down trees and toppling houses on its path in the third such blanket punishment by Mother Nature in the same district. In 2010, landslides flattened villages in Nametsi Parish, burying an estimated 350 residents. And where tragedy struck yesterday is close and adjacent to Nametsi.

Yesterday’s 3pm landslide which severely affected five villages in Namurumba, Bushiyi and Matuwa parishes, followed three days of heavy downpour and hailstorms that Uganda Red Cross Society secretary general, Mr Michael Wataka, said had earlier destroyed at least 10 homes and vast crop fields.
Preliminary estimates showed some 3,000 people were displaced and in immediate need of assistance, although up to 10, 000 of those living on the foot of Mt Elgon may eventually require relocation.

Many survivors were reported stranded on one of the high-risk villages cut-off by River Manafwa that burst its banks.
Government last evening said it was unable to evacuate the survivors using helicopters as requested by local leaders. Maj Gen Julius Oketta, the disaster and relief coordinator in the Office of the Prime Minister, advised them to move to safer areas uphill.

“I have told them [Bududa leaders] to tell survivors to move away from the river bank and relocate to higher areas that are safe,” the General said. “They should at this time forget about rescuing personal property in the house because they first need to keep alive.”

Survivors shift
Dozens of survivors were last evening spotted with mattresses and other salvaged household items on their heads, and trekking perilously to the safety of their relatives’ homes. Some hesitated, preferring they would rather die on their fertile ancestral land to which they profess a sturdy bond.
According to Wanjusi Kalisto, a local elder, it had been raining daily since Thursday but yesterday’s intensified downpour, which began falling around midday, combined with heavy hailstorm to wreak the nastiest havoc.

Vast gardens of coffee, banana and maize remained blanketed white with hailstones as dense cumulonimbus clouds drifted in the mountainous expanse, a warning sign of likely more rains and associated hazard. A recent hazard mapping by Uganda Red Cross Society, the National Environment Management Authority and Ministry of Disaster Preparedness, indicated a deepening uphill fissures running several kilometres across Mt Elgon ridges, potentially considered a trigger for landslides.
By press time, an emergency response team comprising police, UPDF soldiers and Uganda Red Cross volunteers led by Manafwa River Basin project manager Tumuwa Wanambwa was reported on ground to help in rescue efforts.
Officials said it was still too early to ascertain the extent of the damage, or how much resources would be required to restore normalcy.

The director general in the ministry of Health, Dr Ruth Aceng, last night dispatched a team of different health professionals to Bududa to do on-the-ground assessment and determine first-line of emergency response.
The Sunday Monitor understands both the government and other humanitarian agencies were considering supplying survivors with water purification tablets and household items as well as tarpaulins, as a temporary measure as discussions continue about their resettlement.

In 2010, the attempt to shift Mt Elgon area settlers to Kiryandongo District in Bunyoro suffered a setback after the survivors of the Nametsi landslide complained of improper shelter, lack of land as well as food and water in the new settlement, with hundreds returning to the landslide-prone homes voluntarily.

Yesterday’s disaster struck after the government announced it had released Shs8 billion for leaders in Bugisu sub-region to identify land for resettlement of the previous landslide victims after they preferred to relocate within the area so they can be able to cultivate their rich soils. - Sunday Monitor.

A four-year-old child has been confirmed dead after a hailstorm Saturday ravaged several villages causing multiple mudslides and floods in Bushiyi sub-county in Bududa district.

At least 17 other injured persons have been admitted to Bududa Hospital.

Bududa LC5 chairman John Baptist Nambeshe identified the child as John Mangoye, the son of Stephen Waninga a resident of Matuwa parish. The child’s body was found buried under a heap of hailstones.

Nambeshe said an unspecified number mostly children, the elderly and disabled were still unaccounted for and feared dead. He said the affected area was by 6.00 p.m not accessible after River Manafwa burst its banks destroying gardens and flooding several homesteads in the landslide prone district.

He said the ferocious water of River Manafwa has also destroyed the Bukigai- Nalwanza bridge that was constructed recently at a cost of Sh320m under the Peace Recovery and Development Programme (PRDP) funds. He said over 10,000 people may require urgent resettlement as more details of the disaster come to light.

Nambeshe appealed to the office of the Prime Minister to implement the urbanization resettlement programme in the district as agreed upon by government, district leaders and the affected communities.

According to a principal nursing officer at Bududa hospital Zeles Nabusayi Wakubona, among those admitted is a 55-year-old Peretina Nabifo of Namirumba village who was hit on the chest after the walls of the house in which she took shelter crumbled and hit her on the chest.

Wakubona who said the hospital ambulance had gone to pick more injured people from Bushibuya Trading Centre about a kilometer away from the disaster area identified the injured children as Anjela Nabushawo, Derrick Kutosi, Justine Nafuna, Newumbe and Watsemba.

Bulucheke sub-county LC 5 councillor Geoffrey Natubu who visited the disaster area said the badly affected villages in Bushiyi sub-county include Namirumba, Matuwa, Nabooti and Bufuuma.

It is exactly a year since the last landslide, where according to Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS), eight people were buried at Bunakasala parish in Bududa district in June 2012.

A URCS report identified the deceased persons as Patrick Bwaya, 44, Jessica Wandeka, 35, Zaina Wandeka, 4, Fred Wangoko, 10,Esau Namugoye, 6, Fred Washiwuku, 4, Night Kimono, 30, and Kevin Wandeba. The relief body URCS also established that 735 people in the disaster-stricken parish fled their homes due to the emergence of cracks while 3,368 people in the neighbouring villages in Mabayaam, Bunamulembwa, Walwayi and Bumakakha were at high risk. - Relief Web.

MASS FISH DIE-OFF: War On Mother Nature - Hundreds Of Fish Have Died Due To Sewage In The Chienti River In Italy!

August 11, 2013 - ITALY - Late yesterday afternoon has been identified and blocked by agents of the State Forestry Corps Stations forest Montegiorgio and Macerata, a severe spill of waste water from a well-known firm of Sant ' Elpidio a Mare the 'Ambruosi and Viscardi'.

Dead fish in Chienti.

Fluvial Ete dead and Chienti to the mouth compromised because of sewage, hundreds of dead fish, dark waters with obvious foams pollutants in suspension.

Some stretches of the river ecosystem completely destroyed due to the severe eutrophication of waters and the consequent sudden reduction of oxygen, the risk of algal blooms. Helicopter AB 412, the State Forestry Corps got up early this morning from Falconara, has scoured the whole the area in order to limit the amount of pollution and identify perpetrators of serious environmental crime.
Withdrawals by technicians of the Regional Agency for Environmental Protection of the Marches (ARPAM) pollution is visible to the mouth of Chienti.

The owner of the company was reported to the judicial authorities for the crimes of aggravated damage to public waters, illegal disposal of waste and jet dangerous things, risks penalties of up to three years imprisonment.
Large quantities of sewage destined to fertilize fields, are merged in the river water, resulting in a severe eutrophication of waters and severe fish kills.

Agents Stations forest Montegiorgio and Macerata in conjunction with the Environmental Police Unit and Forestry of Ascoli Piceno investigate with the help of aerial surveys and delll'ARPAM, the level of pollution, authorization and documentation in possession of the company in question .
The Harbour of Civitanova Marche was activated to check the possible effects on the coastal bathing together with the mayors of the municipalities concerned. - Ilrestodelcarlino. [Translated]