Tuesday, October 15, 2013

PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: China Confirms New Human H7N9 Infection!

October 15, 2013 - CHINA - One new human H7N9 avian influenza case has been confirmed in east China's Zhejiang Province, local authorities said Tuesday.

It was the second such case reported in Zhejiang since late April, according to a statement from the provincial health department.
A 35-year-old man surnamed Liu tested positive for the H7N9 virus at the Zhejiang Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention, according to the statement.
Liu, a company employee from Shaoxing County, was admitted to a township hospital on Oct. 8. He is in critical condition and is receiving treatment at a Shaoxing county hospital.

H7N9 bird flu cases in China reached 134 by the end of August. Of the cases, 45 patients have died, according to the National Health and Family Planning Commission.
No new cases of H7N9 infection were reported on the Chinese mainland in September, according to the commission. - China.

GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS: Mass Animal Die-Off - Nearly 3,000 Head Of Cattle Die From Drought In Chaco Tarijeno, Bolivia!

October 15, 2013 - BOLIVIA - The president of the Federation of Livestock Villamontes, Javier Cuéllar, reported today that the problem of drought in the Chaco tarijeño continues and is exacerbated by the lack of water and fodder.

"The situation is getting worse, and has reported more than 2,900 dead heads and this tends to worsen since there is no tank at this time and ranchers need to take the tank water," said the leader.

He said that while there are a few wells drilled in the region, "many farmers have not fitted because they can not sell their livestock for the state meet."

"We believe that all Bolivians have the right to water, we live without water in the field and is a state obligation to give us this liquid element, right now people are suffering for a glass of water in the field, you fight with bees "sued.

Cuellar reported that in areas such as "the landmark October 10, the 13, the sheds, the Toledo July", among others, the concern is great because "they see that the leaders tackled begins to dry and no water what to wear ". - Erbol. [Translated]

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Global Volcano Report For October 15, 2013 - Updates On Klyuchevskoy, Kizimen, Shiveluch, Fuego, Sakurajima, Tangkubanparahu, Veniaminof, Popocatépetl, Santiaguito, Reventador And Tungurahua!

October 15, 2013 - WORLDWIDE VOLCANOES - The following constitutes the new activity, unrest and ongoing reports of volcanoes across the globe, courtesy of  Volcano Discovery.

Klyuchevskoy (Kamchatka): KVERT reported a small decrease in activity, although it seems during the past hours (after the report) to have increased again (see video below). The activity in any case can be considered high. An ash plume rises to up to 26,200 ft (8 km) a.s.l. and extends to the east-north-east of the volcano.

Klyuchevskoy volcano half an hour ago (KVERT webcam).

Phreatic explosions (due to lava-snow interaction) at the south-western flanks of the volcano continue. Lava flows, fed by fountaining at the summit effuse on the south-western, western and south-eastern volcanic flanks.

Kizimen (Kamchatka): VAAC Tokyo reported an ash plume drifting at 13,000 ft (4 km) altitude from the volcano this morning at 05:28 UTC. Webcam images show a sustained steam-gas plume that might contain some ash.

WATCH: Glow from the summit lava dome can be seen on night-time images, indicating that lava extrusion continues:

Shiveluch (Kamchatka): The lava dome has become more active again, and frequently produces small incandescent avalanches. Strong degassing and occasional ash venting accompany this process.

Glowing avalanche from Shiveluch's lava dome half an hour ago (KVERT webcam).

WATCH: A weak ash plume rose today from the volcano to an altitude of about 12,000 ft, as can be seen on the following video:

Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): After a very productive 12 and 13 October, the volcano has only had smaller explosions since yesterday and often remained almost completely calm for hours, with no ash emissions.

Tangkubanparahu (West Java): No more eruptions have occurred since the series of 11 phreatic explosions between Saturday and Tuesday last week (5-8 Oct), but VSI continues to detect volcanic tremor.
This suggests ongoing internal movements of pressurized fluids that could lead to new explosions any time. An exclusion zone of 1.5 radius around the crater is maintained.

Veniaminof (Alaska Peninsula, USA): Satellite images from a period of clear weather last night showed that lava effusion has paused. Seismicity remains elevated and is characterized by numerous small discrete events. There is no evidence of ash emissions in seismic or satellite data. (AVO)

Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): No significant change in activity occurred, although a slightly increasing trend is visible in the past days. Emissions were at rates of 3 per hour on average yesterday. CENAPRED also recorded 10 explosions with ash plumes up to 1.5 km height. Some of them ejected incandescent material up to 300 m outside the crater on the northern slope. Alert status remains at Yellow Phase 2.

Eruption from Popocatépetl yesterday night.

Santa María / Santiaguito (Guatemala): The lava dome has been very calm recently. No explosions or movements at the lava flows on the dome's flanks were observed during the past day, INSIVUMEH reported.

Fuego (Guatemala): After its brief surge in activity, the volcano has calmed down again a bit, but continues to produce strombolian explosions ejecting glowing lava to 50-75 m above the crater and feeding its lava flow on the southern flank. This morning, it had reached a length of 800 m, the volcano observatory reports.

Fuego volcano this morning (? - certainly not 28 Oct 2013)

Reventador (Ecuador): Steam and ash emissions with occasional explosions from the summit vent continue. Yesterday morning, a plume was seen rising about 1 km. IGPEN characterizes activity as moderate to high.

Ash explosion at Reventador volcano yesterday.

Tungurahua (Ecuador): IGPEN reports no significant changes in the ongoing eruption, dominated by strombolian activity. Glowing blocks were seen rolling down for 1 km from the crater and there were sporadic cannon-shot explosions. A steam and ash plume rose to up to approx. 2 km height above the crater and caused ash fall in the areas of Mocha, Quero, Tisaleo and (a bit) in Mandur.

Complete Earthquake list (worldwide) for October 15, 2013.

- Volcano Discovery.

FIRE IN THE SKY: Brilliant Fireball Seen Over Most Of Western Australia!

October 15, 2013 - AUSTRALIA -  A brilliant meteor seen over most of Western Australia about 7pm yesterday was unusual, but not unexpected, according to Guardian astronomy expert Dave Reneke. Mr Reneke said to expect an intense period of meteor activity over the next week or so, with the 'Orionids' meteor shower.

File photo.

"The Orionids are one of the better showers of the year and are well known to produce 'fireballs,' slow-moving meteors that are actually on fire, producing a variety of colours and long, extended tails," he said. "It was more than likely the cause of the one spotted early last night.

"Once seen, these objects are seldom forgotten!" Mr Reneke said a meteor shower occurred when the Earth passed through the tail of a comet that came by years before. "When the Earth intercepts a debris stream, individual particles travel through the earth's atmosphere and start to burn up," he said.

"This time we are passing through the tail of Halley's Comet that came by in 1986.

"Meteors are typically seen around 100 km altitude, but the slower-moving ones, and the ones that are more spectacular - like the one last night - can actually appear to pass almost overhead.

"The Orionids can be seen in the early hours of the morning over the next seven days in the north-eastern skies between October 17 and 21."

He said the 'Orionids' were so named because they come from the direction of Orion the Hunter, a constellation better known in Australia as the Saucepan. - Yahoo.

THE AGE OF OBAMA & AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM: Precursors To The End Of The U.S. Corporation And The Collapse Of The FAILED White Supremacy Paradigm - China Calls For A New World Order That Is "de-Americanise"!

October 15, 2013 - CHINA -  The looming prospect of a US default on debt prompted China to call for the world to “de-Americanise”, amid warnings of a new global recession.

It is the third time since Barack Obama took power that budget negotiations have gone to the wire in this way.
Photo: AP

In China, Xinhua, the official government news agency, said that as American politicians continued to flounder over a deal to break the impasse, “it is perhaps a good time for the befuddled world to start considering building a de-Americanised world”.

The jibe came as Christine Lagarde, the International Monetary Fund chief, raised the spectre of a repeat of the 2008 financial crash as hopes dwindled for a resolution of the crisis over the debt ceiling and partial government shutdown.

Harry Reid, the leader of the Democrat-controlled Senate and Mitch McConnell, who heads the Republican minority, met on Sunday for “preliminary” talks following the acrimonious collapse of negotiations between the White House and Republicans in the lower chamber.

Jack Lew, the Treasury secretary, has said that the US will run out of money to pay its bills on Thursday if Congress does not authorise an increase in federal borrowing limits.

Ms Lagarde repeated her warning about the impact of failing to raise the debt ceiling following the fund’s annual meeting of finance ministers in Washington.

“If there is that degree of disruption, that lack of certainty, that lack of trust in the US signature, it would mean massive disruption the world over,” she told NBC’s Meet the Press programme. “And we would be at risk of tipping, yet again, into recession.”

Xinhua attacked America’s pre-eminent position in the world, adding that “such alarming days when the destinies of others are in the hands of a hypocritical nation have to be terminated”.

State-run newspapers nonetheless have also noted the inseparable economic ties which bind China and the US together. China is the biggest foreign holder of US Treasury bonds, worth a total of $1.28 trillion according to American government data.

“The cyclical stagnation in Washington for a viable bipartisan solution over a federal budget and an approval for raising debt ceiling has again left many nations’ tremendous dollar assets in jeopardy and the international community highly agonised,” said the commentary.

Back in Washington, Mr Reid did not strike a particularly optimistic tone as he described the first meeting with Mr McConnell. “I hope that our talking is some solace to the American people and the world,” was the best he could offer after leaving the discussions.

WATCH: American Exceptionalism - Monopoly on Democracy? 

Republican congressmen from the House of Representatives earlier left the capital for today’s Columbus Day holiday after President Barack Obama rejected their proposal for a stop-gap six-week extension of the federal debt ceiling.

The Republican-controlled House, which would have to approve any deal, is not scheduled to meet until Monday afternoon as the partial government shutdown enters its third week

In a rare piece of good news, several national landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty and Grand Canyon, re-opened to the public after individuals states agreed to pay for the running of the federal parks during the government shutdown. - Telegraph.

PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: Mass Bird Die-Off - Over 600 Waterfowl Birds Have Died During The Past Month From Avian Botulism Outbreak In Idaho!

October 15, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Waterfowl hunters who venture out this opening weekend may see fewer birds in the Fort Boise Wildlife Management area, since 600 mallard ducks and other waterfowl have died in the past month from a botulism outbreak.

Evin Oneale, regional conservation educator for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, said officials first discovered the disease was affecting the birds in the area near Parma in early September. The strain is not one that is transmissible to humans.

“It’s a pretty common disease this time of year,” Oneale said. “The birds are concentrated on a few ponds out there, and when you have wildlife concentrated like that, the disease transmission is pretty high.”

When one bird carrying the disease dies, flies and maggots feed off the carcass and nearby birds eat those bugs, he said. That can sometimes mean thousands or tens of thousands of bird deaths, so he said they felt “pretty fortunate” the number was comparatively low.

To contain the outbreak, Oneale said workers have been collecting and promptly disposing of carcasses in the area.

“The good news is, we’ve seen no dead ducks in the last 10 days, so it appears the botulism has run its course,” Fish and Game Habitat Biologist Andy Ogden said. “The bad news is, the outbreak killed considerable numbers of local ducks, and these are normally the birds harvested in the first few days of the waterfowl season.”

Oneale said he hasn’t heard of any other botulism outbreaks in Idaho. - Idaho Press.

FIRE IN THE SKY: Spectacular Fireball Seen Over Saitama, Japan!

October 15, 2013 - JAPAN - On Tuesday, October 15th, a spectacular meteor was seen over Saitama, Japan.

Here is an image of the fireball:

© Saitama Allsky Video Capture / Credit- ts007

WATCH: Fireball over Japan.

See more HERE at the SonotaCo Network Japan Forum.

MASS ANIMAL DIE-OFF: "They're Dead Everywhere" - South Dakota Ranchers Reel After "Catastrophic" Storm Leaves Up To 100,000 Cattle Dead!

October 15, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Ranchers in South Dakota fear they may lose everything after a freak storm dumped up four feet of snow in parts of the state last week, killing as many as 100,000 cattle.

Matt Kammerer, a 45-year-old rancher whose family has operated in South Dakota’s Meade County since 1882, told FoxNews.com that he lost 60 cattle in the storm, or one-third of his entire herd.

Oct. 7, 2013: Frozen cattle are seen along Highway 34 east of Sturgis, S.D., another casualty of the
early October blizzard. (AP/Rapid City Journal, Kristina Barker)

“You’re talking about $120,000 of assets that are just gone,” Kammerer said Friday by phone. “And we still owe the banks, too. It’s like driving a brand-new pickup off a cliff and still having to make payments.”

Kammerer painted a gruesome scene north of Rapid City, where a record 23 inches of snow fell.

“It’s just unreal,” he said. “There are cattle that are 8 or 9 miles away from the pasture they were in, just lying dead. And within that whole stretch, it’s just dead cow after dead cow, where they’ve gotten caught in dams, streams, fences, you name it. They’re dead everywhere.”

Carcasses of mature cows as well as calves were floating downstream local waterways in droves, Kammerer said, stoking fears of a potential outbreak of disease.

“If you don’t get those picked up and buried, you’re looking at the possibility of disease or possibly contamination,” he said. “You’ve got to get them all picked up.”

Oct. 7, 2013: Frozen cattle are seen along Highway 34 east of Sturgis, S.D., another casualty of the
early October blizzard. (AP/Rapid City Journal, Kristina Barker)

Oct. 7, 2013: Major roads are plowed, but piles of snow are melting causing potential flood hazards
in Rapid City, S.D.. (AP/Rapid City Journal, Benjamin Brayfield)

Most ranchers in the state lost anywhere between 50 to 75 percent of their herds, according to Silvia Christen, executive director of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association, which represents 1,500 ranching operations.

“We’re certainly looking at tens of thousands if not pushing 100,000 at this point,” she said of the dead livestock.

Aside from the economic losses, which will be severe once finally tallied, the unprecedented storm has left an “incredible emotional burden” on the state’s ranchers, Christen said.

“They know how dependent these livestock are on them and they’re absolutely emotionally devastated at the losses they’re seeing,” she said. “It’s been extremely difficult.”

In the days since the storm, Christen said ranchers are now focusing on providing medical care to the animals that did survive.

“That really has to be the priority before we start counting loss,” she said. “They need to make sure they’re safe and that they stay healthy now.”

Complicating matters is this weekend’s forecast, which calls for heavy rain and strong winds just a week after the early fall blizzard. Crews in South Dakota and North Dakota are also still working to restore power to thousands of customers left in the dark.

Oct. 7, 2013: Josh Schumaker, 27, left, and Karl Knutson, 25, ride through pasture east of Sturgis, S.D., along
Highway 34. Knutson and Schumaker were checking on cattle at Knutson's father's place. "This is the worse
than I've ever seen for loss of livestock," said Knutson, who was born and raised in Belle Fourche.
(AP/Rapid City Journal, Kristina Barker)

Oct. 7, 2013: This photo shows the TMone building in Spearfish, S.D., which collapsed onto itself from the
weight of snow and pounding winds brought on by this weekend's blizzard.
(AP/Rapid City Journal, Kristina Barker)

Oct. 4, 2013: Zack Ruml, 20, of Rapid City, S.D, lifts a heavy crab apple tree branch off of his 1998 Pontiac
Gran Prix. The branch smashed the rear window and dented the trunk of the car. Trees in the city are still
fully leaved and the heavy snow is breaking trees throughout the city. (AP/Steve McEnroe)

The storm also killed a man in the Lead-Deadwood area of South Dakota and damaged numerous buildings, causing at least one to collapse from the weight of snow and relentless winds.

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard and U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., flew over the affected areas during an aerial assessment Thursday afternoon. The state’s congressional delegation has also vowed to push ahead for quick passage of the stalled farm bill to provide immediate financial relief to ranchers.

“We need to be doing everything we can to help the livestock producers whose livelihoods have been endangered by this storm,” Thune said in a statement. “Last weekend’s devastating storm is another example of why we need to complete work on the Farm Bill for our farmers and ranchers.”

Christen said passage of the legislation is critical for the region.

“It’s a disaster situation here, like a hurricane in other parts of the country,” she said. “We’re not looking for a handout or any kind of special subsidy, however, we’ve had a devastating loss to our industry. It’s critical to our economy in South Dakota and frankly the entire agriculture industry that we pass that. These cows feed a lot of this country.”

WATCH:  Catastrophic storm kills 100,000 cattle in South Dakota.

Gary Cammack, a 60-year-old rancher near Union Center in Meade County, said he lost about 15 percent of his herd, including 70 cows and some calves, which normally sell for $1,000. A mature cow usually brings in $1,500 or more, he said.

"It's bad. It's really bad. I'm the eternal optimist and this is really bad," Cammack told The Associated Press. "The livestock loss is just catastrophic ... It's pretty unbelievable."

Livestock were initially soaked by 12 hours of rain before 48 consecutive hours or snow and winds up to 60 mph, Cammack said.

"It's the worst early season snowstorm I've seen in my lifetime," he continued.

Kammerer said his ranch will be able to recover, but he’s more worried about his fellow cattlemen.

“We just had one of the worst droughts ever and now we take a hit like this,” Kammerer said, his voice cracking with emotion. “It’s just catastrophic. I’m going to be fine; it’s my counterparts … it’s my neighbors, my friends, the people you can’t even look in the face to tell them that you’re sorry.” - FOX News.