Monday, August 12, 2013

RATTLE & HUM: Halesowen Residents In The UK Driven To Distraction By "Mystery Sound" - Unknown Explosions Occur Every 30 Minutes For 12 Hours A Day?!

August 12, 2013 - UNITED KINGDOM - Mystified residents in Halesowen are being driven to distraction by a loud banging noise every 30 minutes for 12 hours a day.

As well as annoying human residents around Manor Way the constant loud bangs are disturbing pets and wildlife throughout the day.

David Taylor contacted the Halesowen News after being unable to find out what was making the din which the police were unable to shed light on.

He said: "Residents who live close to Manor Way are being plagued by mysterious 'explosions' from 8am until 9.30pm every day.

"The sounds, which sound like gun fire, occur every 20-30 minutes for over 12 hours every day, and no one seems to know what causes them."

"In the hot weather, it means that residents in the Brier Mill Road, Chadbury Road and Cloister Drive area of Halesowen are unable to sit outside and enjoy the weather in peace and local pets and wildlife are also disturbed by the sounds."

Carolyn Taylor added: "Enquires with Halesowen police have so far drawn a blank, and attempts by some local residents to track down this annoying sound has so far failed."

Dudley Council's environment team have been drafted in to get to the bottom of the mystery.

Councillor Tracy Wood, cabinet member for environment and culture, said: "We have recently received a complaint from a member of the public about a noise problem associated with rural land adjacent to Manor Way, Halesowen.

"We suspect that the noise may be due to the operation of a bird scarer."

She added: "We are currently investigating the situation to confirm the source of the noise and to assess its impact on local residents, once this investigation is complete we will be in a position to assess the appropriate action to take in the matter." - Halesowen News.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: The Global Volcano Report For August 12, 2013 - Russia's Shiveluch Volcano Enters Phase Of Very Elevated Explosive Activity With Ash Plumes Rising To 23,000 Feet Altitude; And Partial Collapse Of The Active Lava Dome Triggers Pyroclastic Flows At Indonesias's Paluweh Volcano!

August 12, 2013 - WORLDWIDE VOLCANOES - The following constitutes the new activity, unrest and ongoing reports of volcanoes across the globe.

Shiveluch (Kamchatka): The volcano has apparently entered a phase of elevated explosive activity.

Over the past days, several explosions have occurred from the growing lava dome and produced ash plumes rising to up to about 23,000 ft (7 km) altitude. Small block avalanches and pyroclastic flows accompany the process as well.

WATCH: Canal Volcan posted the following time-lapse webcam video on YouTube, illustrating the activity from August 10th to 11th..

Paluweh (off Flores Island, Indonesia): A larger eruption Saturday morning killed at least 6 people on the island in a pyroclastic flow.

It seems that the flow was triggered by a partial collapse if the still active lava dome. Other than most previous pyroclastic flows, this one traveled to the northern side and reached the coast where the victims were located.

Volcano Activity Summary for 12 Aug 2013:

Currently erupting:

Ambrym (Vanuatu): active lava lakes in several craters (updated 5 Aug 2013)
Batu Tara (Sunda Islands, Indonesia): strombolian explosions, ash plumes up to 500 m, extrusion of a small lava dome with rockfalls (updated 3 Jun 2013)
Cleveland (Aleutian Islands, Alaska): continuous small eruptions (updated 6 May 2013)
Colima (Western Mexico): lava flow on upper eastern flank (updated 19 Jul 2013)
Dukono (Halmahera): thermal anomaly, probably small explosive activity in summit crater (updated 2 May 2013)
Erebus (Antarctica): active lava lake in summit crater (updated 21 Jan 2012)
Erta Ale (Ethiopia): active lava lake in northern pit crater, active hornito with intermittent flow in southern crater (updated 11 Jan 2013)
Fuego (Guatemala): strombolian activity, new lava flow on upper southern flank (updated 6 Aug 2013)
Gamalama (Halmahera): ash eruptions since 17 Sep (updated 17 Sep 2012)
Grozny (Iturup Island): fumarolic activity (updated 3 Apr 2013)
Heard (Australia, Southern Indian Ocean): likely lava lake in summit crater (updated 1 Aug 2013)
Karkar (Northeast of New Guinea): possible ash eruption on 1 February (updated 15 Mar 2013)
Karymsky (Kamchatka): occasional small explosions, thermal anomaly (updated 6 Aug 2013)
Kilauea (Hawai'i): lava lakes in Halemau'uma'u and Pu'u 'O'o, lava flows on coastal flat and weakly active ocean entries (updated 5 Jul 2013)
Kizimen (Kamchatka): growing lava dome, lava flow on eastern flank, avalanches (updated 8 Aug 2013)
Lokon-Empung (North Sulawesi, Indonesia): steaming, degassing, occasional ash explosions (updated 25 Jul 2013)
Nyiragongo (DRCongo): active lava lake in summit crater (updated 12 Jun 2013)
Ol Doinyo Lengai (Tanzania): effusion of natrocarbonatite lava inside the crater (updated 8 Jul 2013)
Paluweh (off Flores Island, Indonesia): active growing lava dome (updated 12 Aug 2013)
Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): steam/gas/ash emissions (updated 7 Aug 2013)
Reventador (Ecuador): lava flow on upper southern flank, numerous small to moderate explosions (updated 25 Jul 2013)
Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): constant ash emissions and strong explosions (updated 7 Aug 2013)
Santa María / Santiaguito (Guatemala): Santiaguito volcano (Guatemala): lava flow on south flank of dome becomes more active (updated 5 Aug 2013)
Semeru (East Java, Indonesia): growing lava dome, ash venting and small to moderate explosions (updated 25 Jul 2012)
Shiveluch (Kamchatka): slow dome growth, occasional explosions and pyroclastic flows (updated 12 Aug 2013)
Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy): continuing lava overflows (updated 25 Jul 2013)
Tinakula (Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands): increased activity at the volcano (updated 8 Feb 2013)
Tolbachik (Kamchatka): effusion of fluid lava flows (updated 8 Aug 2013)
Tungurahua (Ecuador): constant ash emissions and strombolian activity (updated 3 Aug 2013)
Yasur (Tanna Island, Vanuatu): strong strombolian activity (level 3), crater closed (updated 29 May 2013)

Eruption warning / minor activity:

Bagana (Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea): ash explosions (updated 22 Jul 2013)
Bezymianny (Central Kamchatka Depression): slow lava flow extrusion from dome (updated 10 Jun 2013)
Chirinkotan (Northern Kuriles): unspecified activity - possibly lava flows (updated 7 Aug 2013)
Copahue (Chile/Argentina): degassing, weak sporadic ash emissions (updated 7 Jul 2013)
Dieng (Central Java): increased degassing (updated 28 Mar 2013)
Etna (Sicily, Italy): steaming, degassing (updated 2 Aug 2013)
Galeras (Colombia): sporadic ash emissions (updated 25 Jul 2013)
Gamkonora (Halmahera): seismic swam, minor ash emissions (updated 27 May 2013)
Gaua (Vanuatu): possible ash eruption on 29 april (updated 29 Apr 2013)
Ibu (Halmahera, Indonesia): growing lava dome, seismic unrest (updated 9 Jun 2013)
Iwo-Tori-shima (Ryukyu Islands): possible small ash eruption on 6 July 2013 (updated 6 Jul 2013)
Kerinci (Sumatra): occasional ash explosions (updated 5 Jun 2013)
Ketoi (Kurile Islands, Russia)
Kikai (Ryukyu Islands): steaming at summit crater of Iodake, occasional weak glows (updated 5 Jun 2013)
Kirishima (Kyushu): degassing, slightly increased seismic activity (updated 30 Jul 2012)
Krakatau (Sunda Strait, Indonesia): occasional explosions (updated 27 Jun 2013)
Langila (New Britain, Papua New Guinea): occasional ash explosions (updated 11 Feb 2013)
Manam (Papua New Guinea): occasional explosions (updated 8 Aug 2013)
Marapi (Western Sumatra, Indonesia): intermittent mild ash explosions (updated 17 Mar 2013)
Medvezhia (Kurile Islands, Russia): strong steaming, thermal anomaly (updated 17 Jan 2013)
Merapi (Central Java): moderate gas and ash plume on 22 july (updated 24 Jul 2013)
Nevado del Ruiz (Colombia): occasional ash venting (updated 20 Jun 2013)
Nyamuragira (DRCongo): steaming/degassing from pit inside summit caldera (updated 18 Jul 2013)
Pacaya (Guatemala): strombolian activity in summit crater (updated 5 Aug 2013)
Papandayan (West Java): strong hydrothermal activity, increased seismicity (updated 6 May 2013)
Poas (Costa Rica): Small phreatic explosions on 29 October (updated 1 May 2013)
Rabaul (Tavurvur) (New Britain, Papua New Guinea): explosions and ash emissions (updated 8 Aug 2013)
Rasshua (Central Kuriles)
Raung (East Java): strombolian activity in summit crater (updated 5 Aug 2013)
Rincón de la Vieja (Costa Rica): small phreatic eruption on 11 April (updated 6 Oct 2012)
Sacabaya (Northern Chile, Bolivia and Argentina)
Sangay (Ecuador): no recent explosions reported (updated 24 May 2013)
Turrialba (Costa Rica): ash venting, strong degassing (updated 24 Jul 2013)
Ulawun (New Britain, Papua New Guinea): steaming, degassing (updated 5 Aug 2013)
Veniaminof (Alaska Peninsula, USA): effusion of lava flows (updated 8 Aug 2013)

Complete Earthquake list (worldwide) for August 12, 2013.

- Volcano Discovery.

MASS FISH DIE-OFF: Fish Kill Reported Along A 4-Mile Stretch Of Panther Creek In Illinois?!

August 12, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Panther Creek was dammed to isolate a fish kill in the river.

Bob Hix, Woodford County emergency management director, said a four-mile stretch of the small river was affected by the fish kill, the cause of which was under investigation by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency on Monday afternoon.

Woodford County authorities responded to the creek Sunday evening and found that the river through Roanoke and for several miles east of the city was contaminated.

Both IEPA and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources were on the scene Monday afternoon to assess the biological damage and any potential health risks in the water. Illinois Conservation Police will also conduct an investigation. - Journal Star.


WEATHER ANOMALIES: Rare Lightning Discharge Caught On Camera Above Colorado!

August 12, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Have you ever seen a sprite?

I'm not talking about the mythological creature or the soft drink, now. I'm referring to rare flashes of lightning that happen high above storm clouds.

Not a UFO, but a sprite - a rare lightning discharge above the clouds.  © Jason Ahrns.

The normal kind of lightning that we see is usually inside storm clouds or between the clouds and the ground. Just like we talk about positive and negative charge when dealing with electricity, a lightning bolt can be positive or negative. When a rare positive lightning bolt arcs between the cloud and the ground, this discharge also sets off a sprite above the cloud.

Sprites happen so rarely and so quickly that they're very hard to capture, but Jason Ahrns, while flying on a plane was able to snap a picture of a sprite above storms in Colorado. He even captured video which shows the incredible detail of the jellyfish like tendrils of lightning as they cascade down.

WATCH: Rare sprite lightning discharge caught on camera.

The video is in black and white, but the photograph at the top of the article shows the true colour. This red colour is thought to come from nitrogen, which glows red when its electrically energized. - Yahoo.

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Rare Curlew Bird Found Wandering Around UK Supermarket?!

August 12, 2013 - UNITED KINGDOM - One of Britain's rarest birds stunned shoppers after it was found wandering around - a Lidl supermarket.

A wildlife expert releases a stone curlew to the wild – after it was found in a supermarket in Devizes, Wiltshire.

The stone curlew was discovered "dazed and confused" in the shop many miles from the nearest habitat.

Stone curlews are a ground-nesting bird that were once common in upland areas of the West, but nearly died out because of modern farming methods.

There are believed to be less than 350 nesting pairs of stone curlews left in Britain, and the RSPB have been campaigning to save the little brown and white birds.

The young stone curlew - also known as a dikkop - was spotted at the budget supermarket chain in Devizes, Wilts..

It was taken to a local vet by a member of the public, and passed on to the Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital at Newton Toney, near Salisbury.

Volunteer Marilyn Korkis said: "I couldn't believe it when I saw it. It is such an unusual bird and a privilege to see it close up."

RSPB stone curlew officer Nick Tomalin said: "We knew an ideal site to release the bird where the landowner has created some excellent stone-curlew habitat."  - SWNS.

EXTREME WEATHER: Why So Many Wildfires And "Out Of Control Blazes" - Wildfires Heat Up The Arctic As Climate Change Frazzles The North Of Siberia And Half Of The United States Is A Hot, Bone-Dry Burn Zone!

August 12, 2013 - EARTH - This unique summer for Northern Siberians brings Mediterranean temperatures but also 'out of control' blazes. Norilsk - one of Russia's coldest cities - basked in temperatures of 33C, as locals stripped off to catch a genuine Arctic tan, as we reported earlier.

Wildfires Heat Up The Arctic As Climate Change Frazzles The North Of Siberia.
Wildfires in Trans-Baikal region, 2012. © Alexander Lesnyanskiy

As NASA noted, the cause was a 'blocking high' - a persistent high pressure weather pattern over the Russian Arctic.

For a few glorious summer days, the temperatures doubled from an average of 16C, but this also dried the land and led to wildfires, for example in the mainly Arctic autonomous district of Yamal-Nenets.

'The fires are burning in an unusual area. Most summer wildfires in Siberia occur south of the 57 degrees North latitude line, along the southern edge of the taiga. The July 2013 fires are significantly north of that, raging in woodlands near the 65 degrees North line,' said one report.

'High temperatures play an important role in promoting wildfires.

'Warm fuels burn more readily than cooler fuels because less energy is required to raise their temperature to the point of ignition. With temperatures soaring in northern Russia, it was easier for previously active fires to continue burning and for lightning to spark new ones.'

At one point 56 fires were registered in Yamal-Nenets, along with nine in the permafrost region of Yakutia, also known as the Sakha Republic. As many as 133 paratroopers from the aviation forest security service were working in Yamal and 50 additional paratroopers were dispatched in Yakutia

'The fires are burning in an unusual area. Most summer wildfires in Siberia occur south of the 57 degrees
North latitude line, along the southern edge of the taiga. The July 2013 fires are significantly
north of that, raging in woodlands near the 65 degrees North line'. 

Maps showing fires ablaze in Arctic regions highlight a phenomenon that led to official blandishments. The Federal Forestry Agency (Rosleskhoz) accused the Yamal authorities of underreporting the scale of forest fires by 91,000 hectares.

'The first fires in Yamal were fixed in May. Those were small man-caused fires. Now the fire situation has gone out of control of the regional authorities,' said Andrei Zhilin, deputy head of Rosleskhoz, on 1 August.

'The authorities of Yamal have been repeatedly warned about such development of the situation,' he stated.

At the time there were 44 fires in the region, engulfing a territory of about 5,700 hectares, he said, stressing that according to Rosleskhoz there also about 60 fires affecting an area of about 77,000 hectares which were unconfirmed by the region.

He warned fires were spreading uncontrollably. Space monitoring data suggested that 130,000 hectares of woodland were destroyed by wildfires in 2013 in this region, while local officials put it at 39,000 hectares. - Siberian Times.

Why So Many Wildfires, Half Of The United States Is A Hot, Bone-Dry Burn Zone.
Famous Bitterroot Valley Wildfire Photo© John McColgan, BLM

Did you know that 8 of the 9 worst years for wildfires ever recorded have all been since the year 2000? The western half of the United States just keeps getting hotter and drier, and this is creating ideal conditions for wildfires. The furious wildfire that took the lives of 19 brave firefighters in Yarnell, Arizona on Sunday is just one example of this. That wildfire has already consumed more than 200 buildings in the town of Yarnell, and it now spans nearly 9,000 acres even though more than 400 firefighters are battling it. High winds, record setting heat and bone dry conditions have created a "perfect storm" that firefighters are having a very difficult time contending with. Unfortunately, scientists tell us that things may continue to get even worse for the western half of the country. Most of the territory between the Mississippi River and the west coast seems to be steadily getting drier, and that means it is rapidly being transformed into an intensely hot, bone dry burn zone.

What we just witnessed in Arizona was not an isolated incident. Last week, the nation was captivated by the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history. And according to NBC News, officials are saying that this could be the worst season for wildfires in the state of California in 100 years...
Southern California fire officials warned Monday that the state should take caution during a brutal fire season that projections suggest could be the worst to hit the region in a century.

"We're going to have a very volatile fire season," Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said at a Monday afternoon news conference, who noted it could be the worst in 100 years.
So what is causing all of this?

Well, drought is one of the primary reasons why we are seeing so many fires. In a previous article, I explained that scientists believe that the 20th century was the wettest century in the western half of the United States in 1000 years. During that time, we built cities in a lot of places that historically have been very hot and very dry.

And now things appear to be reverting to more normal historical patterns. And that means very dry conditions. The past year has been the driest ever recorded for both California and New Mexico, and this past winter was extremely dry for the entire western half of the country.

Sadly, the drought never seems to end. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, intensely dry conditions stretch from east Texas all the way to the California coastline right now.

 Wildfires. © Unknown

And of course the crazy heat wave that western states are experiencing at the moment is certainly not helping things. The high temperature in Phoenix was 115 on Sunday, and the mercury hit 129 in Death Valley.

Meanwhile, the western half of the country continues to dry up at a staggering rate. Will we soon see severe water restrictions imposed in cities and towns all over the Southwest?

If you think this is just hype, check out what is already happening in one town in Utah...
Look around the city of Lehi and you see beautiful green lawns. You would never know they were in the middle of a water emergency. Some residents don't even know. That's why the city is passing out fliers to every resident, letting them know if they don't change their ways some neighborhoods could be out of drinking water as early as tomorrow.

Anna Morales got one on her door yesterday and couldn't believe how serious the situation had become.

"I was shocked because I hadn't heard anything prior to that," Morales said.
Sadly, even most of the people that live in these areas don't really know what is going on. They just assume that everything will be fine and that plenty of fresh water will always be there.

But as I wrote about recently, the truth is that we are rapidly seeing conditions emerge which are reminiscent of the 1930s. In fact, some western states are already experiencing absolutely massive dust storms that can last for up to 15 hours. And in Nevada recently, an "apocalyptic" dust storm caused a 27 vehicle pileup...
Twenty-seven vehicles slammed into each other during a sandstorm in rural Northern Nevada, killing one person, seriously injuring several others and sapping already-thin emergency resources Monday evening, officials said.

Humboldt County sheriff's dispatchers called in virtually every medical, law enforcement and fire worker in the sparsely populated area after drivers reported "near-apocalyptic" conditions on Interstate 80 three miles west of Winnemucca, according to officials at the Humboldt General Hospital.
For much more on all of this, please see my recent article entitled "Dust Bowl Conditions Are Literally Returning To The Western Half Of The United States".

In this day and age, we like to think that our technological advancements have conquered nature, but that is most definitely not the case.

Our most important sources of fresh water in the western half of the nation are rapidly running dry, and the "breadbasket of America" is starting to turn back into the Dust Bowl.

What are we going to do when the water is gone?

What is going to happen to food prices if crops start failing out west year after year?

And what is the western half of the country going to eventually look like if wildfires continue to get even worse?

Scientists tell us that what we experienced last century was not normal. For some reason, the western half of the country was unusually blessed with rain. But now that has changed. Things are going back to how they were before.

Are we going to be able to handle that?  - EOTAD.

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Wolf Found In The Netherlands For The First Time In Over 140 Years!

August 12, 2013 - NETHERLANDS - The first wolf found in the Netherlands in over 140 years walked there freely from eastern Europe, scientists said Wednesday, dismissing allegations its body had been dumped as joke.

Eurasian wolf (Canis lupus lupus)© Johannes Jansson/

The female wolf has mystified the Netherlands since its body was found by the roadside near the tiny village of Luttelgeest in the north of the country in July.

Some had even suggested that eastern European agricultural workers employed in the Netherlands had brought the wolf from their home country in order to confound the Dutch.

But now a bevvy of Dutch scientific and wildlife groups have come together to establish the truth.

The Dutch Wildlife Health Centre (DWHC) said in a statement after a press conference that "the wolf died from a heavy blow to the head, apparently from being hit by a car."

The wolf was in good health, around one and a half years old and had just eaten some young beaver, the DWHC said in a joint statement with the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, the Alterra research institute and WolvenInNederland (Wolves in the Netherlands).

The wolf apparently originally came from "eastern Europe, near the Russian border," Naturalis and Alterra said.

It seemingly entered the Netherlands "by natural means" and lived here for some time before being run over, WolvenInNederland and Alterra said.

However, more research needs to be done to be more precise, the groups said.

"In any case the body showed no signs of having been transported to the Netherlands. There were no signs it had been frozen.

"Furthermore there were no signs of wear on the fur, paws or claws that would suggest captivity."

Wolf droppings have also been found in the area, although they did not necessarily come from the dead wolf, the statement said.

Alterra researcher Geert Groot Bruinderink told state broadcaster NOS that "there's a big possibility" that wolves are present in the Netherlands.

"If one is found then there are more," he said.

The last sighting of a wolf in the Netherlands was in 1869, but in the southeast of the country near Germany, national news agency ANP reported.

Changing conservation policies since the 1990s have allowed wolf populations to increase in western Europe, including in France, Germany and Italy. - News Daily.

MASS FISH DIE-OFF: Mass Fish Kill Found Again In Neuse River In North Carolina?!

August 12, 2013 - UNITED STATES - The second Neuse River fish kill in a month was reported Sunday on the south shore in the area between Flanners Beach and Slocum Creek.

Dead fish float in the Neuse River on Sunday. A fish kill produced hundred of dead fish
between Slocum Creek and Flanner's Beach. Submitted photo

Early Monday morning thunderstorms and winds washed away all but small traces of the kill by daylight.

Rick Dove, president of the Coastal Carolina River Watch and a nearby resident, said thousands of fish were seen Sunday morning.

“I would call this a small to moderate fish kill,” he said. “The kill shows clear evidence of being caused by low dissolved oxygen. There were no sores on the fish that I could find. It involved multiple species including croakers, flounder and menhaden. The dead fish were stacked along the shore and presented a very bad odor of rotting fish.”

On July 10, a similar kill was reported in the same area.

The last major fish kill on the Neuse was last October, lasting about a month and resulting in an estimated 200 million dead fish.

Dove said that while Sunday’s kill could be termed small, each fish kill shows further evidence of an unhealthy river and that the kills contribute to the problem of nutrients in the water. - Havelock News.

WEATHER PHENOMENON: Massive Saharan Dust Cloud Covers The Atlantic - Travels Thousands Of Miles And Lands In Texas Causing Widespread Allergy Symptoms!

August 12, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Dust from the Saharan Desert has traveled thousands of miles across the Atlantic and covered the state of Texas in a cloud of haze.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration created this animation to illustrate how the
dust plume moved across the Atlantic.
A number of Texans are reporting an increase in allergy symptoms as a result of the African dust cloud.

The tiny particles can aggravate existing heart and lung conditions, such as asthma, so doctors are advising people to stay indoors until the cloud passes in the next couple days.

This is an example of a large Saharan air dust outbreak,' Texas A&M Atmospheric Sciences Professor Kenneth Bowman said in an interview with

WATCH: Animation of the Saharan dust cloud traveling across the Atlantic.

This isn't the first time Saharan dust has traveled to Texas. The same thing happened last year, as well.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration captured the dust plume, known as Saharan Air Layers when it moves into the Atlantic, in an enhanced satellite image.

Following wind currents, the dust moved across the Caribbean, into the Gulf and then into Texas.

Following wind currents, the dust moved across the Caribbean, into the Gulf and then into Texas.

Allergists have been getting a steady stream of patients since the dust moved in.

'I've been sneezing and having kind of a sore throat lately,' Leslie Janac of Burleson County, Texas told - Daily Mail.

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Body Of Trapped Snowboarder Found After Mount Hood Ice Cave Collapse In Oregon!

August 12, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Collin Backowski, 25, was buried underneath ice and snow Saturday after an ice tunnel in Mt. Hood, Oregon collapsed above him.

An image of an ice tunnel in Mt. Hood, Oregon, shows the scene just minutes before it collapsed and trapped 25-year-old Collin Backowski. © Hood River County Sheriff's Office

Rescuers have recovered the body of a 25-year-old snowboarder who was buried alive in an ice cave collapse in Mount Hood, Oregon.

Friends of Collin Backowski of Pines, Colorado say he was standing only 30 feet to 40 feet ahead of them when the natural ice cave abruptly crashed down on Saturday.

Authorities say the lone snowboarder was instantly covered with a mass of ice and snow the size of a school bus. A full-scale search began on Saturday, and rescuers returned on Sunday with chainsaws and hand tools. They discovered Backowski's body under about 10 feet of snow.

A block of ice and snow described as being the size of a school bus covered the 25-year-old from Pines, Colorado.©

Hood River County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Tiffany Peterson told The Associated Press the rescuers had to remove tons of snow and ice to get to Backowski.

A photo taken just before the collapse shows one of the six snowboarders in Backowski's group standing directly underneath the massive lean-to-like cave. Only moments later would it collapse, according to his friends. Backowski is said to not be the man seen in the photo.

"Two of the other men were hit with debris from the collapse but were not injured," said the Hood River County Sheriff's Office. "The other men attempted to dig into the collapse but could not do much due to the density of the snow and ice and danger of further falling debris."

The search on Mt. Hood was suspended at 11 p.m. Saturday before resuming at 4 a.m. Sunday.

Authorities say they will most likely have to use chain saws to cut through the thick ice.

Collin Backowski, 25, was standing just yards ahead of his group when the natural ice cave abruptly crashed
down, Saturday. Authorities say he was buried in ice and snow the size of a school bus.
© Facebook

A fellow snowboarder and friend of Backowski said he had been at the same location just days before.

"I wasn't up there today, I was going to go today but I didn't," Grant Giller told KPTV. "Those are like my roommates, my coworkers, my friends."

The group of six snowboarders are said to have been scouting locations for a snowboarding video, bringing them to the ice tunnel.

Backowski's Facebook profile lists him as recently coaching snowboarding at High Cascade Snowboard Camp in Portland. - NY Daily News.

FIRE IN THE SKY: Asteroid 2011 EO40 - Meteor That Crashed In Russia Was Part Of A 656-Foot Wide Asteroid That Broke Off During Its Orbit Around Earth; Meteor Weighed 10,000 Tonnes And Was 55 Feet Wide!

August 12, 2013 - RUSSIA - Experts say the meteor weighed 10,000 tonnes and was 55 feet wide  The rock created a 50-foot hole in a frozen lake near Chelyabinsk  Scientists have analysed more than 53 tiny fragments of the meteor  It is thought to have been part of a large Apollo asteroid called 2011 EO40  The meteor fireball that crashed into Russia in February was part of a 656-foot wide asteroid called 2011 EO40.

 The meteor fireball, pictured, that crashed into Russia in February was part of a 656-feet wide asteroid
called 2011 EO40. Spanish astrophysicists analysed fragments of the meteor and claim it came from
the Apollo asteroid that regularly crosses passed Earth as it orbits the sun

Spanish astrophysicists analysed fragments of the meteor that were scattered across the Russian town of Chelyabinsk, where the meteor landed, and claim it came from the large Apollo asteroid that regularly crosses passed Earth as it orbits the sun.

They added that the piece may have broken off because of the stress caused by the gravitaional pull of the planets and the sun, or could have been caused by the asteroid hitting into something else during its orbit.

This caused the fragment to separate off and plummet towards Earth.

The meteor fireball, also known as a superbolide, was seen over Chelyabinsk in the south of the country near the border of Kazakhstan and around 900 miles east of Moscow.

It exploded over Russia's Ural Mountains and is the biggest space rock to have hit earth in more than a century.

The 10,000 tonne rock, measuring around 55 feet in diameter, created a huge hole in a frozen lake when it crashed into the ground.

Over 1,000 people were injured by the exploding rock and scientists managed to recover more than 50 tiny fragments of the meteor, allowing them to study its contents and origin.

WATCH: Moment meteorite from "2011 EO40" hits Russia in February.

Nasa scientists at the time said the shockwave caused by the crash was greater than 30 Hiroshima nuclear bombs and was so powerful it travelled twice around the world.

The Russian meteor hit the Earth just hours before an asteroid called 2012 DA14 was spotted nearby but the two incidents were not found to be related.

Professor Carlos de la Fuente Marcos and his brother Raul from the University of Madrid identified 20 possible sources from a cluster of asteroids dubbed Chelyabinsk asteroid family.

They told The Telegraph: 'The most probable parent body for the Chelyabinsk superbolide is 2011 EO40. Under such conditions, the cluster cannot be older than about 20,000 - 40,000 years.'

However, the only way to confirm this theory, claims Marcos, would be to go into space and take samples of the 2011 EO40 asteroid.

German scientists are also set to publish finding later this year that claim the meteor was made of a stony material called chondrite breccias. Most asteroids are made up of boulders, dust and ice.

Professor Carlos de la Fuente Marcos added that another similar incident is 'unlikely' but smaller fragments might crash to Earth as the asteroid continues its orbit.

The meteor caused widespread property damage in Chelyabinsk city, with health officials saying that 46 of the injured remain hospitalised.

The debris narrowly missed a direct and devastating hit on the industrial city which has a population of 1.13 million but spread panic through its streets as the sky above lit up with a blinding flash.

Paul Chodas of NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office said at the time: 'We would expect an event of this magnitude to occur once every 100 years.'

Experts said the meteor that left a 50-foot hole in a frozen lake on the outskirts of Chelyabinsk, in the Urals,
weighed around 100,000 tonnes and measured 55 feet in diameter

He told the Wall Street Journal: 'When you have a fireball of this size we would expect a large number of meteorites to reach the surface and in this case there were probably some large ones.'

Viktor Grokhovsky, who led the expedition from Urals Federal University, said that 53 fragments of the meteor had been plucked from the ice-covered Chebarkul Lake.

The local governor estimated the damage at 1 billion rubles (£21.5million) and said he hopes the federal government will provide at least half that amount.

Lidiya Rykhlova, head of the astronomy department at the Moscow-based Institute for Space Research, said experts have drafted a program that envisages building powerful telescopes, including space-based ones, to warn against potentially dangerous asteroids, comets and other threats.

As it raced through the sky, the 50-foot wide chunk of space rock compressed the air ahead of it, creating the enormous temperatures that meant it exploded in a fireball somewhere between 18 and 32 miles above the ground at around 9.20am local time on 19 February.

Although some debris fell to earth, 'whipping up a pillar of ice, water and steam' and creating a 20-foot-wide crater, the damage in nearby towns was actually caused by shockwaves created by the meteor breaking the sound barrier and then exploding.

Collectors from around the world will be keen to get hold of a piece of the meteor. Film director Steven Spielberg is a noted collector. In October a 9in piece of the Seymchan meteorite found in Siberia in 1960 sold in New York for $43,750 (£28,200).

Astronomers have also revealed that the meteor could have hit UK cities if it had hit at a slightly different time of day. - Daily Mail.

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Mystery In Blythewood, South Carolina - Neighbors Searching For Answers After Pond Mysteriously Drains OVERNIGHT?!

August 12, 2013 - UNITED STATES -  A pond that was once a place of enjoyment for some families in Blythewood is nothing more than a big mud hole and why the water drained from the pond is a mystery.

© Kelly Serafine.

Sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, something happened in the Dawson's Creek neighborhood that caused most of the water to rush out of a pond there.

For a while even nearby Wilson Boulevard was impassible between Rimer Pond Road and Blythewood High School as the water flowed away from the neighborhood.

Residents say a wall holding the water near Wilson Boulevard gave way, but what caused the failure is still not known. Some residents speculate utility work on Wilson Boulevard is the culprit, but that's not been substantiated.

The people who live there now have a big smelly mess to deal with.

"Like any other morning, I look outside to see what the weather is doing and I notice the pond was gone," said Kelly Serafine.

Serafine says she couldn't believe it happened right in her own backyard. She and her family have enjoyed the pond for years.

She's now worried about the problems the pond turned mud hole will create for her home.

"My initial concern is everyone's property value," said Serafine. "I mean it makes a huge dent in the value of your property. But my immediate concern is the stench."

Kelly isn't the only one feeling "drained" about what has happened.

"I'm just flabbergasted, I don't even know what to say," said Neighbor Carol Drew-Peeples. She is devastated by the ponds transformation into a mud pit, and she's trying to get some answers on how it happened.

"I came out and realized the pond was gone," Drew-Peeples. "Don't know why it happened or how. So I started making some phone calls."

Peeples reached out to Richland County, DHEC, and the Army Corps. of Emergencies. So far she has not gotten any answers.

"There's no way for us to get rid of that stench," she said "So our concern is who is responsible." - WIS TV.

PLANETARY TREMORS: Pacific Ring On Fire - Strong 6.2 Magnitude Earthquake Recorded Off The Coast Of Northern Peru!

August 12, 2013 - PERUThe U.S. Geological Survey says a strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 has struck off the coast of northern Peru.

USGS earthquake location.

The quake struck at 4:49 a.m. local time and was centered 58 miles (94 kilometers) west-southwest of the city of Paita.

The USGS says it was at the relatively shallow depth of 10 miles (16 kilometers).

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. - FOX News.

USGS earthquake shakemap intensity.

Tectonic Summary - Seismotectonics of South America (Nazca Plate Region).
The South American arc extends over 7,000 km, from the Chilean margin triple junction offshore of southern Chile to its intersection with the Panama fracture zone, offshore of the southern coast of Panama in Central America. It marks the plate boundary between the subducting Nazca plate and the South America plate, where the oceanic crust and lithosphere of the Nazca plate begin their descent into the mantle beneath South America. The convergence associated with this subduction process is responsible for the uplift of the Andes Mountains, and for the active volcanic chain present along much of this deformation front. Relative to a fixed South America plate, the Nazca plate moves slightly north of eastwards at a rate varying from approximately 80 mm/yr in the south to approximately 65 mm/yr in the north. Although the rate of subduction varies little along the entire arc, there are complex changes in the geologic processes along the subduction zone that dramatically influence volcanic activity, crustal deformation, earthquake generation and occurrence all along the western edge of South America.

Most of the large earthquakes in South America are constrained to shallow depths of 0 to 70 km resulting from both crustal and interplate deformation. Crustal earthquakes result from deformation and mountain building in the overriding South America plate and generate earthquakes as deep as approximately 50 km. Interplate earthquakes occur due to slip along the dipping interface between the Nazca and the South American plates. Interplate earthquakes in this region are frequent and often large, and occur between the depths of approximately 10 and 60 km. Since 1900, numerous magnitude 8 or larger earthquakes have occurred on this subduction zone interface that were followed by devastating tsunamis, including the 1960 M9.5 earthquake in southern Chile, the largest instrumentally recorded earthquake in the world. Other notable shallow tsunami-generating earthquakes include the 1906 M8.5 earthquake near Esmeraldas, Ecuador, the 1922 M8.5 earthquake near Coquimbo, Chile, the 2001 M8.4 Arequipa, Peru earthquake, the 2007 M8.0 earthquake near Pisco, Peru, and the 2010 M8.8 Maule, Chile earthquake located just north of the 1960 event.

USGS plate tectonics for the region.

Large intermediate-depth earthquakes (those occurring between depths of approximately 70 and 300 km) are relatively limited in size and spatial extent in South America, and occur within the Nazca plate as a result of internal deformation within the subducting plate. These earthquakes generally cluster beneath northern Chile and southwestern Bolivia, and to a lesser extent beneath northern Peru and southern Ecuador, with depths between 110 and 130 km. Most of these earthquakes occur adjacent to the bend in the coastline between Peru and Chile. The most recent large intermediate-depth earthquake in this region was the 2005 M7.8 Tarapaca, Chile earthquake.

Earthquakes can also be generated to depths greater than 600 km as a result of continued internal deformation of the subducting Nazca plate. Deep-focus earthquakes in South America are not observed from a depth range of approximately 300 to 500 km. Instead, deep earthquakes in this region occur at depths of 500 to 650 km and are concentrated into two zones: one that runs beneath the Peru-Brazil border and another that extends from central Bolivia to central Argentina. These earthquakes generally do not exhibit large magnitudes. An exception to this was the 1994 Bolivian earthquake in northwestern Bolivia. This M8.2 earthquake occurred at a depth of 631 km, making it the largest deep-focus earthquake instrumentally recorded, and was felt widely throughout South and North America.

Subduction of the Nazca plate is geometrically complex and impacts the geology and seismicity of the western edge of South America. The intermediate-depth regions of the subducting Nazca plate can be segmented into five sections based on their angle of subduction beneath the South America plate. Three segments are characterized by steeply dipping subduction; the other two by near-horizontal subduction. The Nazca plate beneath northern Ecuador, southern Peru to northern Chile, and southern Chile descend into the mantle at angles of 25° to 30°. In contrast, the slab beneath southern Ecuador to central Peru, and under central Chile, is subducting at a shallow angle of approximately 10° or less. In these regions of “flat-slab” subduction, the Nazca plate moves horizontally for several hundred kilometers before continuing its descent into the mantle, and is shadowed by an extended zone of crustal seismicity in the overlying South America plate. Although the South America plate exhibits a chain of active volcanism resulting from the subduction and partial melting of the Nazca oceanic lithosphere along most of the arc, these regions of inferred shallow subduction correlate with an absence of volcanic activity. - USGS.

PLANETARY TREMORS: Strong 6.0 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Near The Kermadec Islands - Tremor Confused Seismic Monitors, Setting Off A Civil Defence Alert!

August 12, 2013 - NEW ZEALAND - A magnitude 6 earthquake near the Kermadec Islands confused monitoring systems this afternoon and set off a civil defence alert.

USGS earthquake location.

The quake was located 815 kilometres northeast of Whakatane at a depth of 470km, deep beneath the Kermadec Islands at 4.16pm.

It was initially recorded by Geonet as being a magnitude 4.5 shake 75km north of Te Araroa and a second 6.1 earthquake 10km southwest of Tokomaru Bay.

GNS duty seismologist Bill Fry said the Kermadec event had confused their systems and prompted two false readings.

"We measure earthquakes using the two different types of waves it produces. Sometimes the system can get confused when it thinks the later arriving wave is the first one, producing an incorrect reading."

Duty officers quickly assess quakes when the data comes in, and they work to make the readings more accurate, Fry said.

"We get a notification and the system comes up with its best location and we work to make sure it is accurate."

An earthquake so far away and so deep would not usually be felt anywhere in New Zealand, but the waves it produced could have resulted in smaller, more localised tremors.

"There's an ephemeral increase or decrease in stress on neighbouring areas whenever there is an earthquake. It's like if you are on a boat and the paddle going into the water sends small waves across the water's surface."

USGS earthquake shakemap location.

Seismologist Anna Kaiser said their systems had not noticed any other quakes elsewhere in the North Island after the Kermadec event, but it was not impossible that people could have felt something.

"Sometimes when you get an earthquake event like that you get a smaller local event embedded in the earthquake waves.

"You could get passing, low frequency waves felt lightly."

The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management sent out a national advisory just after 4.30pm stating the National Crisis Management Centre was activated and advising people to check their homes and workplaces for damage.

It was not clear if the alert had been lifted once the earthquake was redefined. - Stuff.

Tectonic Summary - Seismotectonics of the Eastern Margin of the Australia Plate.
The eastern margin of the Australia plate is one of the most sesimically active areas of the world due to high rates of convergence between the Australia and Pacific plates. In the region of New Zealand, the 3000 km long Australia-Pacific plate boundary extends from south of Macquarie Island to the southern Kermadec Island chain. It includes an oceanic transform (the Macquarie Ridge), two oppositely verging subduction zones (Puysegur and Hikurangi), and a transpressive continental transform, the Alpine Fault through South Island, New Zealand.

Since 1900 there have been 15 M7.5+ earthquakes recorded near New Zealand. Nine of these, and the four largest, occurred along or near the Macquarie Ridge, including the 1989 M8.2 event on the ridge itself, and the 2004 M8.1 event 200 km to the west of the plate boundary, reflecting intraplate deformation. The largest recorded earthquake in New Zealand itself was the 1931 M7.8 Hawke's Bay earthquake, which killed 256 people. The last M7.5+ earthquake along the Alpine Fault was 170 years ago; studies of the faults' strain accumulation suggest that similar events are likely to occur again.

USGS plate tectonics for the region.

North of New Zealand, the Australia-Pacific boundary stretches east of Tonga and Fiji to 250 km south of Samoa. For 2,200 km the trench is approximately linear, and includes two segments where old (>120 Myr) Pacific oceanic lithosphere rapidly subducts westward (Kermadec and Tonga). At the northern end of the Tonga trench, the boundary curves sharply westward and changes along a 700 km-long segment from trench-normal subduction, to oblique subduction, to a left lateral transform-like structure.

Australia-Pacific convergence rates increase northward from 60 mm/yr at the southern Kermadec trench to 90 mm/yr at the northern Tonga trench; however, significant back arc extension (or equivalently, slab rollback) causes the consumption rate of subducting Pacific lithosphere to be much faster. The spreading rate in the Havre trough, west of the Kermadec trench, increases northward from 8 to 20 mm/yr. The southern tip of this spreading center is propagating into the North Island of New Zealand, rifting it apart. In the southern Lau Basin, west of the Tonga trench, the spreading rate increases northward from 60 to 90 mm/yr, and in the northern Lau Basin, multiple spreading centers result in an extension rate as high as 160 mm/yr. The overall subduction velocity of the Pacific plate is the vector sum of Australia-Pacific velocity and back arc spreading velocity: thus it increases northward along the Kermadec trench from 70 to 100 mm/yr, and along the Tonga trench from 150 to 240 mm/yr.

The Kermadec-Tonga subduction zone generates many large earthquakes on the interface between the descending Pacific and overriding Australia plates, within the two plates themselves and, less frequently, near the outer rise of the Pacific plate east of the trench. Since 1900, 40 M7.5+ earthquakes have been recorded, mostly north of 30°S. However, it is unclear whether any of the few historic M8+ events that have occurred close to the plate boundary were underthrusting events on the plate interface, or were intraplate earthquakes. On September 29, 2009, one of the largest normal fault (outer rise) earthquakes ever recorded (M8.1) occurred south of Samoa, 40 km east of the Tonga trench, generating a tsunami that killed at least 180 people.

Across the North Fiji Basin and to the west of the Vanuatu Islands, the Australia plate again subducts eastwards beneath the Pacific, at the North New Hebrides trench. At the southern end of this trench, east of the Loyalty Islands, the plate boundary curves east into an oceanic transform-like structure analogous to the one north of Tonga.

Australia-Pacific convergence rates increase northward from 80 to 90 mm/yr along the North New Hebrides trench, but the Australia plate consumption rate is increased by extension in the back arc and in the North Fiji Basin. Back arc spreading occurs at a rate of 50 mm/yr along most of the subduction zone, except near ~15°S, where the D'Entrecasteaux ridge intersects the trench and causes localized compression of 50 mm/yr in the back arc. Therefore, the Australia plate subduction velocity ranges from 120 mm/yr at the southern end of the North New Hebrides trench, to 40 mm/yr at the D'Entrecasteaux ridge-trench intersection, to 170 mm/yr at the northern end of the trench.

Large earthquakes are common along the North New Hebrides trench and have mechanisms associated with subduction tectonics, though occasional strike slip earthquakes occur near the subduction of the D'Entrecasteaux ridge. Within the subduction zone 34 M7.5+ earthquakes have been recorded since 1900. On October 7, 2009, a large interplate thrust fault earthquake (M7.6) in the northern North New Hebrides subduction zone was followed 15 minutes later by an even larger interplate event (M7.8) 60 km to the north. It is likely that the first event triggered the second of the so-called earthquake "doublet". - USGS.

MASS BEES DIE-OFF: Global Food Crisis - MILLIONS Of Bees Have Died Off Since May In Bio Bio, Chile?!

August 12, 2013 - CHILE - Since May, when they killed millions of bees, beekeepers and Liucura Quillón Alto, located near the river Itata in the Bio Bio region, seeking solutions to continue with their work. But SAG, state agency headed by Anibal Ariztía nationwide, does not respond to the emergency that extends to other communities in the region.

Some beekeepers lost all their bees, and others, who were no drawers, only contemplate the flaming centrifugal honey extraction purchased by themselves or in some cases, supported by INDAP. Not being evaluated so far the influence of the disappearance of these millions of bees in pollination required for fruit crops in the region. Until last year, the official version was that in Chile SAG had no incidents that show that the country also lived global collapse syndrome of bees. While government policy Sebastián Piñera continues with the slogan "Chile Food Power", the reality is otherwise contaminated food, high prices of fruits and vegetables for Chileans, and threats to the seed farmer, whose announced privatization further obscures this critical scenario.

As demonstrated in this incident, the small crop farming only negative externalities agro-export model, intensive use of agrochemicals.
Instead, multinationals like Monsanto, Pioneer and Bayer, producing hybrid and transgenic seeds, but also pesticides, redoubled their lobbying for new privileges through the draft Plant Breeders Act pending in Congress that guarantees delivery unpublished your business, including the prohibition of exchange and store of seed and the right to own the seed patents, to bring to justice those who use their seed producers, accusing them of "piracy".

Possible Causes

Beekeepers related mortality of these millions of bees with toxic insecticide application recently banned in Europe, which remain legal in Chile: Poncho (trade name of the active ingredient clothianidin), Gaucho (Imidacloprid) produced by Bayer and Syngenta, and other pesticides used in grape and cherry crops. Another cause of the plague, as beekeepers, pesticides spraying is carried out in the plantations sector, 80% of which are from Celco and remaining Hosain Senator Sabbath. A third case mentioned is that foods like fructose and pads vitaminizadoras, supplied officially recommended bees and are made with genetically modified corn that poisons bees.

Transgenics in the Bio Bio

By ignorance, beekeepers do not include the issue of GM crops, but in the region of Bio Bio, in Yungay, Los Angeles and other communities in the 2012-2013 season were grown transgenic 3019.23 hectares of experimental and / or certification export. Of these 2,222 acres are certified transgenic rapeseed, transgenic corn are 431 and there are 125 acres of transgenic soybeans (seed Certification 2012-2013 ). According to scientists researching the subject, bees have a "fatal attraction" that leads them to travel greater distances than the usual to make it to the corn flower in search of pollen, transgenic here. The Bio Bio region ranks third in production of transgenic seeds export, with the regions of Maule and O'Higgins those in the first and second place in the ranking associated with a high use of agrochemicals such as glyphosate (Roundup) and other pesticides

Maria Elena Rozas, coordinator of Pesticide Action Network RAP-Chile, commented: "The Agriculture and Livestock should have a ban and / or immediate suspension of the use of imidacloprid, clothianidin, fipronil Thiametoxam and responsible for the death large number of families of bees, pollinating insects and birds, and banned in Europe.
The inaction on this issue seriously endangering continue these beneficial insects and biodiversity. The authority has powers to apply the precautionary principle, and emulate what was done in April this year by the EFSA European health authority in that regard. Among the reasons for the European ban are the risks posed by these pesticides in pollen and nectar crops attractive to bees. "

Millions Lost

Nearly a thousand crates of bees, which in the post-harvest holding about one hundred thousand individuals per drawer miscarry from the first week of May 2013, according to Juan Carlos Abarzúa, one of the beekeepers affected, current president of Quillón Beekeeping Committee. A box of bees has a value of between 55 and 60 thousand dollars, so that the direct losses reach sixty million pesos, excluding future losses (profits) for the low production of honey. At the time of producing many offspring are born and total population per drawer should reach skirting the 180-200000 bees.

Given the ecological disaster, they told beekeepers four Prodesal officials of local, dependent on each other, in the municipalities of Quillón and Bulnes.
The SAG in its report says that the plague is caused by the varroa a mite. Juan Carlos Abarzúa, of the town of Santa Clara in Liucura Alto, refutes: "No samples were taken that will ensure that. We have the proper and authorized treatments themselves. This is not to recognize that large forest piecework sprayed without warning nor warning. We also know of a fly that was introduced to him to eat pine moth. But we wonder, this fly has to mutate and what will you eat? This fly was supposed to die in winter! At the same time, wild rabbits are dying, the country people thought to die from starvation after this fly them itchy eyes and go blind, bumping into trees. For SAG, rabbits die from a fever "continues incredulous Juan Carlos Abarzúa.

SAG Inaction

In the meeting with agricultural officials beekeepers expressed concern about use of neonicotinoids in grapes to attack two insects, thrips and mealybugs, and the use of carbaryl in cherry. They complained of lack of control by the SAG. At this convening, INDAP arrived with Biomiel consultant, represented by Marcelo Rodriguez, whose approach was considered distracting for those affected. The consultants only referred to the responsibility of the beekeepers in the care of bees, incorporating the figure of the "beekeeper absent" and attributing the millions of dead bees to inattention.

The damage was patchy.
"Many left with zero drawer drawers I was 25 and I had total loss. Just this year had made a significant investment: a centrifuge for extracting honey. Another beekeeper did too, but with funds acquired a centrifuge Indap worth over 2.5 million dollars, "says Juan Carlos Abarzúa, adding that beekeeping requires much attention as investments to succeed is very high.

Abarzúa continues: "The July 5 meeting was conducted with representatives beekeepers affected Indap, and Mr. Pedro Burgos, SAG official Bulnes city and municipal officials in charge of the respective Prodesal.
We asked them for health analysis they were doing and had no answer. Neither explained why SAG continues to authorize the use of insecticides that are harmful to bees, as we are informed that clothianidin and tiametoxan are neonicotinoids that kill bees and were banned in other countries for that, but they did not give us answers our concern. "

In the meeting held in July emanated not proposed solutions, and a month later only concerned beekeepers were summoned to form a Beekeeping Committee, whose characteristics do not know.
Juan Carlos Abarzúa also criticized the role of the consultant Biomiel and added: "It hurts the indolence on the part of the authorities with regard to sustainability in our country and the planet. Without bees there is no future. We do not ask for replacement of bees, but clarity about what is going to adopt appropriate measures. No sampling sani secretariats to give a technical or scientific answer. "

The latest incidents of death of bees globally occurred in early July this year in Elmwood, in the Canadian province of Ontario, where 37 million bees found dead.
In turn, the British Beekeepers' Association said in a recent report that the past year saw the largest loss of bees in its history, while in Gerona, Catalonia, beekeepers have also lost millions of bees. David Schuit, who runs a bee farm in Elmwood, states were responsible for a loss of 600 hives insecticides family of 'neonicotinoids', manufactured by the multinational Bayer. - Rebelion. [Translated]

MASS FISH DIE-OFF: MILLIONS Of Dead Fish Found Wash Up On The Coast Of Tolu In Colombia?!

August 12, 2013 - COLOMBIA - Locals and tourists were surprised by the appearance of millions of dead fish in the sea of Tolu.

Courtesy of Dairo Perez Neck.

Small fish were driven ashore on the beaches in the early hours of Friday. The wake bright, for the color of the fish, spread over a mile into the sea and the beach.

Among the dead fish native species identified as Amarguita, Conchua, Bearded and Pelona.

Morrosquillo Gulf Fishermen, said this is an ecological catastrophe that is not normal.

Several of them said that this could be effects of the release of the chemicals used by oil companies in neighboring port of Covenas to disperse the oil that spills of shipments.

Technicians on the subject claim that the case could be due to a number of factors to be analyzed carefully. Death could be the result of contamination from people fishing population, changes in water temperature, lack of oxygen for fish crowding or lack of food.

The director of the Regional Autonomous Corporation of Sucre, Carsucre, Baduin Ricardo Ricardo said sampled both dead fish and water which appeared to determine possible causes of death.

The official stressed that laboratory results expected during the next week. - RCN Radio. [Translated]