Sunday, October 27, 2013

MASS MAMMAL DIE-OFF: Unusual Mortality Event - More Than 700 Dolphin Deaths Recorded In The Mid-Atlantic Since July?!

October 27, 2013 - UNITED STATES - More than 700 bottlenose dolphin deaths have been recorded in the mid-Atlantic since July, including 129 in New Jersey, but strandings have dropped a bit recently, experts said Wednesday.

"Hopefully, we'll continue to see this decrease in strandings, but we are prepared if it picks back up again for any reason," said Mendy Garron, marine mammal stranding coordinator for the Northeast at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries in Gloucester, Mass.

A dolphin undergoes a necropsy at the University of Pennsylvania. / Photo courtesy of
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

Officials "really don't know" if dolphin deaths will continue into next spring, although that's what happened during the last large East Coast die-off in 1987-88, she said.

Robert Schoelkopf, longtime director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, said, "We're hoping with this cold front coming through and the storm offshore that that might trigger (the dolphins) to move farther south."

More than 800 bottlenose dolphins have been found stranded from New York to North Carolina this year through Monday, and measles-like morbillivirus remains the most likely cause, according to NOAA Fisheries.

Garron said the dolphin death rate - more than 700 since July - is higher than in 1987, and NOAA has called it an "unusual mortality event."

The 129 dead bottlenose dolphins in New Jersey exceeds the 93 found by the end of September 1987, Schoelkopf said.

A couple of dolphins a week are being found dead in New Jersey now. Two more were found Tuesday: one in the Brant Beach section of Long Beach Township and the other in Brigantine, Schoelkopf said.

Garron said the dead dolphin count from New York through North Carolina declined from 38 during the week of Oct. 7 to 22 last week. The dolphins will start to head south, ranging from North Carolina to Florida, this winter, she said.

From June 1987 through May 1988, 742 dolphins were confirmed dead from New Jersey through Florida, according to a study published in 1994. Morbillivirus infections were confirmed during that die-off.

Of the 120 dolphins tested so far during this year's outbreak, morbillivirus has been confirmed or suspected in 110, according to NOAA.

"We're still examining the animals that are coming in," Garron said, "and we're gonna continue to do that," and deaths may increase as the dolphins start to move south.

Schoelkopf said he's hopeful the current die-off will end shortly in New Jersey and he doesn't think it will resume here in the spring.

"All the animals that are affected will be dead before next year's arrival," he said. "They'll be dying off in Southern states." - Battle Creek Enquirer.

FIRE IN THE SKY: Meteor Sighted Over Liberal, Kansas!

October 27, 2013 - UNITED STATES - A large, vibrant meteor lit up sky over Liberal early this morning, and one man who witnessed the meteor was impressed.

While dodging traffic turning into National Beef's north entrance at Eighth Street and U.S. Highway 54 this morning, Leader & Times Managing Editor Larry Phillips witnessed a large meteorite streaking through the sky just west of Liberal.


"Just as I was coming into town - at 65 mph - as always, two eastbound cars turned right in front of me onto Eighth Street," Phillips said. "I hit my bright lights and my brakes.

"As I passed the intersection just behind the second car turning in, I caught a large white light out of my peripheral vision in my upper right side of the windshield," he continued. "It was too large and moving too fast to be a plane, and then a large tail started developing, and I knew it was a meteor.

"It was coming in from the north and heading earthbound at about a 50- or 60-degree angle," Phillips said. "As the tail grew in length, it seemed to pass through low-lying clouds in the western sky and dimmed almost to a light blue or gray.

"As it neared the horizon, it just disappeared," he said, adding the whole incident seemed to last 3 to 4 seconds. It was 6:30 a.m.

"My immediate thoughts were it landed just west of town, and I wish I knew where - they're very valuable," Phillips said with a laugh. "But as I approached six points, I realized with that size of fireball, it may have landed in southern Colorado or even further west."

Phillips is hoping others in the area will call the paper and relate if they saw it or e-mail him.

"It was the biggest, brightest and longest shooting star I've ever seen in my 63 years," he said. "It was something to see."

Phillips can be reached at 626-0840 or at

- Leader & Times.

DELUGE: Floods Kill Dozens In Eastern India After Six Days Of Continuous Heavy Rainfall - 42 Dead, 85,000 Evacuated, Major Damage To Crops!

October 27, 2013 - INDIA - Flash floods swept Saturday through the eastern Indian states of Odisha, where at least 19 people were killed, and Andhra Pradesh, where another 21 were killed, CNN-IBN reported.

Indian rickshaw pullers carry passengers through a flooded street in Kolkata on October 26.

Indian police officials pull a boat through water-logged streets as they ferry residents to
a safer place in Kolkata on October 26.

"The flood water entered our village suddenly," one rescued villager told Reuters. "We tried to save our belongings but could not. At last we ran away to a safe place. Now the problem is we don't have food to eat and are staying under open sky."

But a local Puri government official, Madhusudhan Das, said help was under way.

 People wade through a flood-damaged road on the outskirts of Hyderabad on October 26.

 A villager carries an elderly man to safety after crossing floodwaters in Khurda district in the
eastern Indian state of Orissa on Friday, October 25.
A resident walks through a flooded house following heavy rain in Saroornagar, a low lying area
on the outskirts of Hyderabad on October 25.

Two villagers carry their bicycles and wade through floodwaters in Banapur
village in the eastern Indian state of Orissa on October 25.

"We have arranged for dry fruits and have also taken efforts for evacuation," he said. "We have arranged free kitchen for them. Tickets will be provided to them. We will give them house damage assistance. Houses have been damaged on a large scale. We are trying our level best to finish the huge amount of work within a week and we'll also provide them assistance for house damage."

 Pedestrians wade on a flooded street following heavy rain in Saroornagar on October 25.

Rescue team members from the National Disaster Response Force load a chopper with rescue
equipment in the Ganjam district of the eastern Indian state of Orissa on October 25.

In all, 13 districts in Odisha were affected, P.K. Mohapatra, special relief commissioner, said in a telephone interview.

Most affected was the Ganjam District, where 85,000 people were evacuated, he said.

WATCH: Rains claim 42 lives so far in India.

"The situation is very grim as the entire Delta area is completely inundated," Guntur district Collector S Suresh Kumar told CNN's sister network. "Drains and tanks are overflowing and there is a threat of breaches occurring at some places because of the nonstop rain."

Flooding led officials to cancel the fifth of a planned series of seven One Day International cricket matches between India and Australia. - CNN.

EXTREME WEATHER: "Wavenumber 5" - Newly Identified Atmospheric Weather Pattern Could Provide Early Warning For CATASTROPHIC United States Heat Waves!

October 27, 2013 - UNITED STATES - The emergence of a newly identified atmospheric pattern is likely to provide two to three weeks advance warning that a stifling and potentially deadly heat wave will hit the U.S., according to a new study. Since current forecasts go out no more than 10 days, the additional notice could give homeowners, farmers, electric companies and hospitals critical time to prepare for severe heat.

This map of air flow a few miles above ground level in the Northern Hemisphere shows the type of
wavenumber-5 pattern associated with US drought. This pattern includes alternating troughs (blue contours)
and ridges (red contours), with an "H" symbol (for high pressure) shown at the center of each of the five ridges.
Haiyan Teng

The precursor is a so-called "wavenumber 5" pattern, a sequence of alternating high and low pressure systems — five each — that ring the northern mid-latitudes several miles above the Earth's surface, according the research published Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience.

The more amplified the pattern, the more likely a heat wave will form over the U.S. about 15 to 20 days later, the researchers explain. In some cases, the probability is quadruple what would be expected by chance alone.

The pattern "favors the genesis, the formation, of U.S. heat waves," Haiyan Teng, an associate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., and the study's lead author, told NBC News. In the days leading up to a heat wave, the wavenumber 5 pattern slowly propagates westward around the globe, against the jet stream. Eventually, a high pressure system parks itself over the U.S.

"It just sits and you have persistent high pressure," Teng added. "And no rainfall. And hot temperature."

Fingerprint in the model
The scientists identified the pattern's connection to the pending formation of U.S. heat waves using a computer model that simulated 12,000 years of weather. The model allowed the team to collect thousands of heat wave examples and tease out the pattern from the atmospheric noise.

"Every climate model has biases, but we think this pattern is not just a pattern that exists in the model," Teng noted. "It has been noticed in nature by other studies." The problem, she explained, is that the observational record is so short — 1948-2012 — that too few extreme heat waves — just 17 — exist to reach a statistically significantly conclusion.

In this file photo, salesman Lu Pichardo carries a customer's air conditioner at Appliances R Us in
Philadelphia during a July 2013 heat wave. New research may extend long-range forecasts of heat
waves, giving people more time to prepare.  Matt Rourke / AP

"In the model we can produce thousands of extreme events using this 12,000-year run and (the pattern) has a significant impact on heat waves. Therefore, we think this pattern may also have the same impact in nature."

Indeed, once the pattern was noted in the model, the team was able to tease it out from the atmospheric noise in several heat waves known from the observational record, including a series of heat waves and associated droughts in the 1950s.

Informing today and tomorrow

The identification of the pattern is important both as a tool for improved, longer-term forecasts in the current climate and advancing understanding of how the frequency and severity of heat waves may change as the planet warms, noted Noah Diffenbaugh, a climate scientist at Stanford University in California who was not involved with the new research.

"The longer lead and more accurate the warnings, the greater the potential for decreasing vulnerability and exposure in advance of an individual event," he told NBC News. "And there are many, many examples in the current climate where we haven't done that well enough and have suffered catastrophic consequences." - NBC News.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Global Volcano Report For October 27, 2013 - New Paroxysm At New Southeast Crater As Italy's Mount Etna Volcano Erupts; And Ash Explosion At The Sinabung Volcano In Sumatra!

October 27, 2013 - WORLDWIDE VOLCANOES - The following constitutes the new activity, unrest and ongoing reports of volcanoes across the globe, courtesy of  Volcano Discovery.

Etna (Sicily, Italy): Tremor has remained elevated and the New SE crater continued to produce weak strombolian activity and aliment the lava flow during much of the night. At the moment (Sunday morning), it is not clear if this activity is continuing.

The New SE crater last night.

Summary of yesterday's paroxysm:
The paroxysm yesterday ended around noon, after about 12 hours total of activity from the New SE crater which consisted in gradually increasing strombolian activity that merged into lava fountains after midnight. The lava fountaining reached its peak in the early morning hours (6-8 am local time) with heights of 4-600 m above the crater.

Etna's New SE crater this morning.

Current tremor signal (ESLN station, INGV Catania)

Strong ash and steam emissions continued to produce an impressive plume rising about 10 km above the volcano, i.e. to an altitude of 13 km (30,000 ft) and drifting SW. A relatively small lava flow was erupted from the saddle vent between the old and new SE crater, traveled south and then east into the upper Valle del Bove, reaching a length of approx. 0.5 km.

One of the most remarkable aspects of this eruption was that starting from 08:23 (local time), the NORTH-East crater activated also and produced a second ash plume.

It is still unclear whether the Bocca Nuova / Voragine craters participated in the activity as well, but it seems that they produced at least strong steaming and some ash as well in the later stages.

WATCH: Time-lapse video from INGV's Montagnola webcam:

Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia): A new explosion occurred yesterday evening (17:40 local time), producing an ash plume rising 2-3 km above the crater and causing ash fall in nearby villages.

Ash explosion from Sinabung yesterday evening.

Complete Earthquake list (worldwide) for October 27,  2013.

- Volcano Discovery .

INFRASTRUCTURE & SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: 66 Killed In Day Of Carnage As 11 Car Bombs Rip Through Iraq!

October 27, 2013 - IRAQ - Ten car bombs ripped through the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killing at least 42 and wounding dozens more, officials said. Further attacks, including a separate blast targeting soldiers in the northern city of Mosul, killed dozens more across Iraq.

Nine of the blasts targeted predominantly Shiite Muslim districts over the course of half an hour, police said.

Iraqis look at the remains of a vehicle following an explosion at a small bus station on October 27, 2013,
in the the Mashtal district of the capital Baghdad (AFP Photo / Sabah Arar)

The most violent of those blasts occurred in the town of Nahrawan, south of the capital, where two back-to-back car bombs exploded near a busy market, killing seven people and injured 15 others.

Attacks in the northern Shaab and southern Abu Dshir neighborhoods killed six people each. Other explosions hit the neighborhoods of Mashtal, Baladiyat and Ur in eastern Baghdad and the northern Sab al-Bor and Hurriyah districts.

Six medical officials confirmed the casualty figures to AP. All spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to speak to the press.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, although such coordinated attacks have in the past been a hallmark of The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – al-Qaeda's local branch.

Meanwhile, Sunday’s deadliest attack targeted soldiers in the northern city of Mosul, killing at least 14 people and wounding 30 others. A man driving a car packed with explosives blew himself up outside a government bank where soldiers were waiting in line to collect their salaries, Reuters cites police as saying. Five of those killed were civilians.

An Iraqi woman walks across the debris following an explosion at a bus center on October 27, 2013,
in the the Mashtal district of the capital Baghdad (AFP Photo / Sabah Arar)

In a separate incident, also in Mosul, gunmen killed two off-duty soldiers in a drive-by shooting.

Later on Sunday, four people were killed and 11 injured by an explosion at an outdoor market in the Sunni town of Tarmiyah.

In the evening, a further four people were killed and nine injured by a mortar shell that landed in a Shiite district of Madain.

On Friday, a series of nine bombs detonated by remote control killed 16 people across the country as Shiite Muslims commemorated the religious festival of Al-Gadeer. Last week, a suicide bomber killed at least 38 people outside a cafe in a mainly Shiite Muslim district of Baghdad.

WATCH: Scores dead as bomb blasts rip across Baghdad province. 

Violence has spiked in Iraq since April, when tensions between Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's Shiite dominated government and Sunni groups claiming to be the victims of discrimination boiled over.

Iraq is seeing its worst year of violence since 2008, when bloodshed leveled off following two years of intense sectarian violence which some scholars characterized as civil war. But while the upward spike in violence is universally recognized, determining exact causality figures in the country remains an inexact science.

According to AP, today's attacks bring the death toll across the country this month to over 500. Iraq Body Count, meanwhile, which did not include Sunday’s violence in its tally, placed October’s death toll at 904.  - RT.

ICE AGE NOW: Chile Hit With Worst Cold Spell In 80 Years - State Of Emergency Declared In Its Agricultural Sector; 50 MILLION Boxes Of Fruit Damaged!

October 27, 2013 - CHILE - Anyone looking to get some delicious Chilean fruit this winter is going to be disappointed, as the worst frost in more than 80 years has damaged 50 million boxes of fruit exports — causing the country to declare a state of emergency in its agricultural sector.

The Chilean Fresh Fruit Exporters Association said that freezing temperatures throughout mid-September hit the country’s fruit growers with the coldest frost since 1929. Temperatures fell to an average of 19 degrees Fahrenheit for an average of seven hours in several of the Chile’s growing regions, contributing to a huge drop-off in fruit exports.

Chilean growers exported about 282 million boxes of fruit last year, and experts believe that exports will fall short of that by about 50 million boxes for this year. However, when production increases are taken into account, the total frost damage to fruit production could be closer to 60 million or 65 million boxes.

The wine industry was hit hard by the frost as well.

Estimates put the total damage to Chilean crops at $1 billion. Reuters reports that between 35 percent and 61 percent of stone fruit crops were damaged, 57 percent of almonds, 48 percent of kiwis and 20 percent of grapes. The U.S. imports about 42 percent of the country’s grapes.

“These frosts are the worst that agriculture has faced in 84 years, impacting the area from Coquimbo to Bio Bio,” the National Agricultural Society said.

Because of the lost production, fruit prices are expected to rise.

“All throughout November, December and January, prices of peaches, nectarines and plums will be higher because there will be shortages,” said Cristián Allendes, president of the Federation Fruit Producers. ”There will be half the volume of a normal year, so it is impossible for them to cost the same.”

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared September 2013 to have tied with September 2003 as the fourth warmest on record. Global surface and oceanic temperatures were 1.15 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average for that month.

However, September also brought with it record levels of arctic sea-ice coverage — only six years after the BBC reported that global warming would leave eliminate arctic sea ice by 2013.

Antarctica also experienced record levels of sea ice in September, with 7.51 million square miles surrounding the continent. This beat out the previous sea-ice coverage record, set in 2012. - Daily Caller.

FUK-U-SHIMA: 28 Signs That The U.S. West Coast Is Being Absolutely Fried With Nuclear Radiation From Fukushima - Map From The Nuclear Emergency Tracking Center Shows Elevated Levels Of Radiation Across The United States!

October 27, 2013 - UNITED STATES - The map below comes from the Nuclear Emergency Tracking Center. It shows that radiation levels at radiation monitoring stations all over the country are elevated. As you will notice, this is particularly true along the west coast of the United States. Every single day, 300 tons of radioactive water from Fukushima enters the Pacific Ocean. That means that the total amouont of radioactive material released from Fukushima is constantly increasing, and it is steadily building up in our food chain. Ultimately, all of this nuclear radiation will outlive all of us by a very wide margin. They are saying that it could take up to 40 years to clean up the Fukushima disaster, and meanwhile countless innocent people will develop cancer and other health problems as a result of exposure to high levels of nuclear radiation. We are talking about a nuclear disaster that is absolutely unprecedented, and it is constantly getting worse. The following are 28 signs that the west coast of North America is being absolutely fried with nuclear radiation from Fukushima…

1. Polar bears, seals and walruses along the Alaska coastline are suffering from fur loss and open sores

Wildlife experts are studying whether fur loss and open sores detected in nine polar bears in recent weeks is widespread and related to similar incidents among seals and walruses.

The bears were among 33 spotted near Barrow, Alaska, during routine survey work along the Arctic coastline. Tests showed they had “alopecia, or loss of fur, and other skin lesions,” the U.S. Geological Survey said in a statement.

2. There is an epidemic of sea lion deaths along the California coastline…
At island rookeries off the Southern California coast, 45 percent of the pups born in June have died, said Sharon Melin, a wildlife biologist for the National Marine Fisheries Service based in Seattle. Normally, less than one-third of the pups would die. It’s gotten so bad in the past two weeks that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared an “unusual mortality event.”

3. Along the Pacific coast of Canada and the Alaska coastline, the population of sockeye salmon is at a historic low. Many are blaming Fukushima.

4. Something is causing fish all along the west coast of Canada to bleed from their gills, bellies and eyeballs.

5. A vast field of radioactive debris from Fukushima that is approximately the size of California has crossed the Pacific Ocean and is starting to collide with the west coast.

6. It is being projected that the radioactivity of coastal waters off the U.S. west coast could double over the next five to six years.

7. Experts have found very high levels of cesium-137 in plankton living in the waters of the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and the west coast.

8. One test in California found that 15 out of 15 bluefin tuna were contaminated with radiation from Fukushima.

9. Back in 2012, the Vancouver Sun reported that cesium-137 was being found in a very high percentage of the fish that Japan was selling to Canada…

• 73 percent of mackerel tested
• 91 percent of the halibut
• 92 percent of the sardines
• 93 percent of the tuna and eel
• 94 percent of the cod and anchovies
• 100 percent of the carp, seaweed, shark and monkfish

10. Canadian authorities are finding extremely high levels of nuclear radiation in certain fish samples…
Some fish samples tested to date have had very high levels of radiation: one sea bass sample collected in July, for example, had 1,000 becquerels per kilogram of cesium.

11. Some experts believe that we could see very high levels of cancer along the west coast just from people eating contaminated fish

“Look at what’s going on now: They’re dumping huge amounts of radioactivity into the ocean — no one expected that in 2011,” Daniel Hirsch, a nuclear policy lecturer at the University of California-Santa Cruz, told Global Security Newswire. “We could have large numbers of cancer from ingestion of fish.”

12. BBC News recently reported that radiation levels around Fukushima are “18 times higher” than previously believed.

13. An EU-funded study concluded that Fukushima released up to 210 quadrillion becquerels of cesium-137 into the atmosphere.

14. Atmospheric radiation from Fukushima reached the west coast of the United States within a few days back in 2011.

15. At this point, 300 tons of contaminated water is pouring into the Pacific Ocean from Fukushima every single day.

16. A senior researcher of marine chemistry at the Japan Meteorological Agency’s Meteorological Research Institute says that “30 billion becquerels of radioactive cesium and 30 billion becquerels of radioactive strontium” are being released into the Pacific Ocean from Fukushima every single day.

17. According to Tepco, a total of somewhere between 20 trillion and 40 trillion becquerels of radioactive tritium have gotten into the Pacific Ocean since the Fukushima disaster first began.

18. According to a professor at Tokyo University, 3 gigabecquerels of cesium-137 are flowing into the port at Fukushima Daiichi every single day.

19. It has been estimated that up to 100 times as much nuclear radiation has been released into the ocean from Fukushima than was released during the entire Chernobyl disaster.

20. One recent study concluded that a very large plume of cesium-137 from the Fukushima disaster will start flowing into U.S. coastal waters early next year

Ocean simulations showed that the plume of radioactive cesium-137 released by the Fukushima disaster in 2011 could begin flowing into U.S. coastal waters starting in early 2014 and peak in 2016.

21. It is being projected that significant levels of cesium-137 will reach every corner of the Pacific Ocean by the year 2020.

22. It is being projected that the entire Pacific Ocean will soon “have cesium levels 5 to 10 times higher” than what we witnessed during the era of heavy atomic bomb testing in the Pacific many decades ago.

23. The immense amounts of nuclear radiation getting into the water in the Pacific Ocean has caused environmental activist Joe Martino to issue the following warning

“Your days of eating Pacific Ocean fish are over.”

24. The Iodine-131, Cesium-137 and Strontium-90 that are constantly coming from Fukushima are going to affect the health of those living the the northern hemisphere for a very, very long time. Just consider what Harvey Wasserman had to say about this…

Iodine-131, for example, can be ingested into the thyroid, where it emits beta particles (electrons) that damage tissue. A plague of damaged thyroids has already been reported among as many as 40 percent of the children in the Fukushima area. That percentage can only go higher. In developing youngsters, it can stunt both physical and mental growth. Among adults it causes a very wide range of ancillary ailments, including cancer.

Cesium-137 from Fukushima has been found in fish caught as far away as California. It spreads throughout the body, but tends to accumulate in the muscles.

Strontium-90’s half-life is around 29 years. It mimics calcium and goes to our bones.

25. According to a recent Planet Infowars report, the California coastline is being transformed into “a dead zone”…

The California coastline is becoming like a dead zone.

If you haven’t been to a California beach lately, you probably don’t know that the rocks are unnaturally CLEAN – there’s hardly any kelp, barnacles, sea urchins, etc. anymore and the tide pools are similarly eerily devoid of crabs, snails and other scurrying signs of life… and especially as compared to 10 – 15 years ago when one was wise to wear tennis shoes on a trip to the beach in order to avoid cutting one’s feet on all the STUFF of life – broken shells, bones, glass, driftwood, etc.

There are also days when I am hard-pressed to find even a half dozen seagulls and/or terns on the county beach.

You can still find a few gulls trolling the picnic areas and some of the restaurants (with outdoor seating areas) for food, of course, but, when I think back to 10 – 15 years ago, the skies and ALL the beaches were literally filled with seagulls and the haunting sound of their cries both day and night…

NOW it’s unnaturally quiet.

26. A study conducted last year came to the conclusion that radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster could negatively affect human life along the west coast of North America from Mexico to Alaska “for decades”.

27. According to the Wall Street Journal, it is being projected that the cleanup of Fukushima could take up to 40 years to complete.

28. Yale Professor Charles Perrow is warning that if the cleanup of Fukushima is not handled with 100% precision that humanity could be threatened “for thousands of years“…

“Conditions in the unit 4 pool, 100 feet from the ground, are perilous, and if any two of the rods touch it could cause a nuclear reaction that would be uncontrollable. The radiation emitted from all these rods, if they are not continually cool and kept separate, would require the evacuation of surrounding areas including Tokyo. Because of the radiation at the site the 6,375 rods in the common storage pool could not be continuously cooled; they would fission and all of humanity will be threatened, for thousands of years.

Are you starting to understand why so many people are so deeply concerned about what is going on at Fukushima? - Scoop.

MASS MAMMAL DIE-OFF: "Very Unusual" - 32 Dead Turtles Found On Beaches During The Past 2 Weeks In Emilia Romagna, Italy?!

October 27, 2013 - ITALY - Five turtles that are stranded on the coast of Ravenna Sunday, two the day before in Lido Adriano and three to Cervia. It is a sad and alarming count one of the last days on our beaches: too turtles found dead with no apparent injuries. Master and Sunday volunteers were called in Marina di Ravenna, where, among the Coco Loco, the bathroom Paradise and the spa has been indiduate five tortoises, others are been found in the area of Lido Adriano. Several animals were large, with the shell length of about 50 cm and a weight of over 20 pounds.

A turtle beached (photo Zani).

He's worried the president of the Foundation cetacean Equal Sandro: "The situation is unusual and very delicate. From October 3rd to date on the coast of Emilia-Romagna, but particularly between Porto Garibaldi in Cervia, were found 32 dead turtles on the beach.'s A Alarmingly, both from a historical and seasonal. The largest stranding, if we look at the historical data, dates back to the summer of 2009, but was due to a specific disease: the animals were debilitated, today the condition is different. "

At first glance, as demonstrated by the photo taken Sunday on the beach, condition of the turtles are 'good'. "They are large specimens, not volume depleted and not overly decomposed - still the president -. To rule out this infection, which has a longer time: the state of decomposition seems that death is coming up at short notice. They will certainly be carried out by the institutes zooprophylactic necropsy to ascertain the causes of this plague. " Sunday, moreover, a volunteer contacted for two stranded specimens, once arrived at the scene did not then ritorvato animals. "Perhaps someone if he was released - said Pari -. I would draw anyone finds a turtle and follow the good practice: it must be contacted for the Harbour of reference, then the Cetacean Foundation. Important is not to touch the specimen: the animals are dead and you do not know the cause. " - il Resto del Carlino. [Translated]

FIRE IN THE SKY: Meteor Spotted Shooting Across The Colorado Sky!

October 27, 2013 - UNITED STATES - A meteor shot across the sky Thursday morning.

Chris Peterson, who works at the Cloudbait Observatory, said after comparing two videos, he believes it began over Mead and ended over Yuma.

It traveled about 125 mi. and the height was about 28 mi. Peterson estimates the meteor's speed to about 35,000 mph.

While that sounds fast to some, it classifies the meteor as a low, slow meteor, which will most likely to drop meteorites.

WATCH: Fireball over Colorado.

Peterson also said this meteor is not part of the Orionid meteor shower, which peaked a few days ago and still has some minor activity.

This is a sporadic meteor that's unassociated with any other showers. - 9 News.

PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: The MERS Contagion - WHO Informed Of Five Additional Cases Of MERS Coronavirus!

October 27, 2013 - CHINA - The World Health Organization (WHO) has been informed of two laboratory-confirmed cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in Saudi Arabia on Oct. 18 and Oct. 19, 2013, and three laboratory-confirmed cases on Sept. 18, 2013.

Of the five laboratory-confirmed cases, two died. The ages of the five patients range from 35 to 83 years old; four men and one woman; two from Medinah and three Riyadh. Four patients had underlying medical conditions. Two patients reported having no contact with a laboratory-confirmed case or with animals prior to becoming ill.

Globally, from September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a total of 144 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including 62 deaths.

Based on the current situation and available information, WHO encourages all of its member states to continue their surveillance for severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) and to carefully review any unusual patterns.

Healthcare providers are advised to maintain vigilance. Recent travelers returning from the Middle East who develop SARI should be tested for MERS-CoV as advised in the current surveillance recommendations.

Patients diagnosed and reported to date have had respiratory disease as their primary illness. Diarrhea is commonly reported among the patients and severe complications include renal failure and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) with shock. It is possible that severely immunocompromised patients can present with atypical signs and symptoms.

Healthcare facilities are reminded of the importance of systematic implementation of infection prevention and control (IPC). Healthcare facilities that provide care for patients suspected or confirmed with MERS-CoV infection should take appropriate measures to decrease the risk of transmission of the virus to other patients, health care workers and visitors.

WHO has convened an Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (IHR) to advise the Director-General on the status of the current situation. The Emergency Committee, which comprises international experts from all WHO Regions, unanimously advised that, with the information now available, and using a risk-assessment approach, the conditions for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) have not at present been met. - ICT.