Wednesday, November 27, 2013

MASS FISH DIE-OFF: The Latest Incidents In China - Over 30,000 POUNDS Of Fish Suddenly Die In Ponds In Foshan; And Massive Fish Die-Off Stretching Over 2km Of A River In Jiangxi?!

November 27, 2013 - CHINA - The following constitutes the latest incidents of mass fish die-offs in China:


Over 30,000 POUNDS Of Fish Suddenly Die In Ponds In Foshan.
Bo ponds, 30,000 kilos of grass carp, yellow bone fish almost died out camera / Zhang Wen


November 24, the Yangcheng Evening News reporter received a tip lines, Foshan nine Shou Jiang Zhenhai island a fish pond was poisoned, 30,000 kilos of grass carp and yellow bone fish died suddenly overnight. More seriously, the connection ponds sea Ting Chung connectivity Xijiang Xijiang toxic water fear will pollute the water.

24, the reporter came to the nine Jiang Haishou Island. Thousands of people living on less than this island, most of the residents are fishermen. Walking on the village road, stench blowing, a road next to the village pond, a milky white liquid floating on the water, pond full of dead fish gathered on the shore, which is the primary victim Area contracting ponds.

Bo told reporters, on the 22nd night, he saw his wife's own pond by the side of the village road suddenly have white liquid floating on the water, while fish ponds continue to turn to jump. Bo experienced couple instantly knew: the pond was poisoned. "We immediately alarm and immediately with water pumps pumping, but most of them poisoned fish ponds, and do not know what drugs, police also check out", so, five hours in the past, looking at the fish pond and Bo 30,000 kilograms of fish slowly turned belly, pains, "we are borrowing money to buy fish, there are grass carp and yellow bone fish, and even feeds are borrowed, 30,000 kilos of fish, we owe 30 million in debt and now the fish gone, the debt is also not on. "

Bo's wife told reporters, fish ponds after the accident, she specifically went to see another home ponds, "near the village ponds Avenue, this one for our trouble." She said, the village pond is not was first poisoned, and last year there were two ponds poisoning, "after each report is nothing."

The more serious than poisoning the fish ponds, sea Shou Island West River water from ponds and then flows through the sea Ting Chung, and ultimately to go back into the West River. 22 evening, and Bo is the home pond water discharged to the sea in the Bay Shou branch, affected nearly 2,000 meters Chung Ting sea level surface is also full of the bodies of fish and shrimp. Fortunately, the sea water Shou Chung moderate support, as well as in the West River inlet at a gate.

Publicity Office, Jiujiang Town, a deputy director of the White surname introduced that, at present, Jiujiang Forestry Service Center, police have Shou village and the sea is conducting a joint investigation, initially suspected human poisoning, the public security organs have been filed, "Currently, we have asked the village to do the deep processing of all the dead fish. " However, for the loss of Bo, the government is also helpless.

White director, said the public security organs have been sampling water quality, "Agroforestry Centre has made clear that, in the absence of test results, treatment and disposal of water quality is also not done before, will not release on." However, when the test results came out, white director, said even communicate. "Shou Island sea water ponds are relatively low, slow flowing river water intrusion phenomenon should not happen." - IFENG. [Translated]



Massive Fish Die-Off Stretching Over 2km Of A River In Jiangxi.


Dense dead fish floating in the Gan River, forming a two kilometers long "dead zone", a gust of wind blowing, blowing stench. Recently, the reporter found in the Gan River, Yu Zhang Gan Jiang Yingxiong Bridge to Bridge section, discovered a large area of ​​dead fish, dead fish floating in the Gan River kilograms on both sides, and the scene is shocking.

Gan River is the mother river of Jiangxi, Nanchang is also the source of drinking water for millions of people, so many fish, strange deaths overnight, does that mean the Gan River is contaminated? What is the cause of fish death? How will deal with so many dead fish? For this series of questions, the reporter conducted a survey.

Reflect: a large number of dead fish appeared overnight GANJIANG

"This is how it is, there are so many overnight GANJIANG dead, really a pity." Recently, Mr. Chang, who lives near the Castle gates reflect the Morning, beginning from the 25th, Heroes Bridge and the Bridge of Yu Zhang Inter-emergent number of dead fish, but over time, gradually increasing the number of dead fish.

Mr. Zhang said he is a fishing enthusiast, usually prefer to have time Gan River fishing. 25, 2009, Mr. Zhang came to the river, to see the scene that he was surprised. A large number of dead fish the river, looking ahead, has been stretching to the end of the line of sight, but the scene is filled with a putrid odor. "I'm fishing in the Gan River for several years, never had this situation, and now I can not here fishing. Moreover Gan River is our drinking water sources, this really will not affect our drinking water safe? "
The reasons for the death of fish, Zhang speculated Castle gates and sewage discharge may be relevant. "Castle Gate sewage discharge was black, with a large number of floating garbage and foam, the river wind, an intense sour smell very pungent. Looked around, here GANJIANG river resembles a terrifying 'yin and yang face 'Here's sewage is likely to cause massive death of fish. "

Scene: dead fish stretches two kilometers wide variety

Yesterday, the reporter went to the Gan River to visit. In Heroes Bridge downstream reporter from afar, I saw one floating on the river white spots, closer, was actually a strip of dead fish turned belly.

On the beach near the river and the water, a large dead fish and garbage mixed together, mostly rotten smell, the taste is very unpleasant. Since the days of sun, dead fish on the beach has shriveled, the top covered with flies. These fish variety, there are carp, carp, grass carp and so on. Reporter survey along the river, the basic distribution of dead fish found in these heroic Yu Zhang Gan River Bridge to Bridge, two kilometers long.

Reporters go to Gan River downstream from the bridge hero, found on Castle Gate, Yu Zhang Bridge near the beach and the water were densely covered with dead fish, sun drying, the majority of shore fish has become a dried fish.

Reporters along the way, found the river and even the formation of a two kilometers long "dead zone", a gust of wind blowing, blowing stench. Most of the dead were three or four pounds heavier grass carp, carp, and even half a meter long fish. Most of the dead fish have been rotten smelly, full of flies around, is very sick.

Guess one: Gan Jiang is a lot of dead fish, algae caused by eutrophication

"There are a lot of people had come here fishing, appeared dead after basically no one came, even if we catch a fish, fish live in water where we dare not eat them." According to local residents, the current river side basically can not see people fishing.

Nearby residents also revealed that the Gan River such a large area of ​​dead fish appeared the first time. I regret the public concern: "there are so many dead fish, it will not affect the safety of drinking water?"

So, why are so many sudden and massive fish deaths? Currently, Nanchang Hydrology Bureau, environmental monitoring detachment and fishery sector workers are to investigate evidence Gan River, because a large number of dead fish remains to be further investigated.

Two days ago, members of the public to reflect, Gan Jiang Nanchang section of the waters near Riverside hotel appeared a large green algae, green algae and dead fish are then associated with it?

In this regard, Nanchang Fishery Bureau official said, because the autumn season Gan River water level drops, the water flow is inferior to the spring and summer season, plus there are a number of life along the Yangtze River Gan sewage outfall, inadequate sewage diluted over time, prone to algae.

"Gan Jiang river described a large number of green algae 'eutrophication' serious." Insiders said the algae pollution occurs mainly due to the water rich in nitrogen and phosphorus, and its main source of domestic sewage, sewage discharge often leads to algae, etc. a large number of plant growth, resulting in reduction of oxygen in the water, which may be one cause of fish death.

Guess 2: Castle gates and other long-term discharges cause fish deaths

In addition, there are also people reflect, fish kills and sewage Castle gates are likely related emissions.

Reporters found just near Castle Gate, on the oncoming stench, dark green water pouring out from the outfall, which mixed with household waste. Reporters noted that the sewage outfall at Castle Gate no signs of fish life, in less than 500 meters away from this downstream, there are dead fish began to appear.

"You see, so much so dark and smelly sewage discharged to the Gan River, where the fish can stand?" According to nearby residents, the sewage discharged from Castle Gate perennial Gan River, generally no one will be there fishing, and on Not far downstream in Castle Gate, it is the beginning of a film where the fish died.
These water come from? Will it be one of the Gan River fish's death? Will have an impact on the public safety of drinking water? With these questions, the reporter linked to the Nanchang environmental monitoring detachment, the detachment of the two chief Gong Peng said: "There is no large factories near the Castle Gate sewage is discharged, as these will cause sewage Gan River fish death is unclear, we tested the water scene, but the test results probably had 30 days to come out. "

Progress: dead fish fishery sector has not contaminate drinking water cleanup

So many dead on both sides to get together in the Gan River, mostly rotten stink, whether this will affect the public drinking water? And how so many dead fish properly handled? To solve this problem, the reporter Nanchang water supply, fishery sector were consulted.

Reporters from the relevant departments of Jiangxi Seong water industry learned that because the water intakes located upstream and downstream system where dead fish appeared, both eighty-nine kilometers apart, it will not affect people's daily drinking water.

"These dead fish stretches about 23 km, about a million pounds, so whether it is certainly not." Luo Nanchang Fisheries Fishery Bureau, deputy director, said after receiving the report that they have organized personnel dead yesterday conduct cleanup.

Yesterday afternoon, the reporter on the scene saw the council dispatched boats and salvage equipment to clean up the dead fish along the river. "Salvaged dead fish will choose the right place and properly buried and planted lime to disinfect." Lo, deputy director, said due to the large number of dead fish, all finished fishing need couple of days. - JX News. [Translated]



MASS FISH DIE-OFF: The Latest Incidents In China - Over 30,000 POUNDS Of Fish Suddenly Die In Ponds In Foshan; And Massive Fish Die-Off Stretching Over 2km Of A River In Jiangxi?!

November 27, 2013 - CHINA - The following constitutes the latest incidents of mass fish die-offs in China:


Over 30,000 POUNDS Of Fish Suddenly Die In Ponds In Foshan.
Bo ponds, 30,000 kilos of grass carp, yellow bone fish almost died out camera / Zhang Wen


November 24, the Yangcheng Evening News reporter received a tip lines, Foshan nine Shou Jiang Zhenhai island a fish pond was poisoned, 30,000 kilos of grass carp and yellow bone fish died suddenly overnight. More seriously, the connection ponds sea Ting Chung connectivity Xijiang Xijiang toxic water fear will pollute the water.

24, the reporter came to the nine Jiang Haishou Island. Thousands of people living on less than this island, most of the residents are fishermen. Walking on the village road, stench blowing, a road next to the village pond, a milky white liquid floating on the water, pond full of dead fish gathered on the shore, which is the primary victim Area contracting ponds.

Bo told reporters, on the 22nd night, he saw his wife's own pond by the side of the village road suddenly have white liquid floating on the water, while fish ponds continue to turn to jump. Bo experienced couple instantly knew: the pond was poisoned. "We immediately alarm and immediately with water pumps pumping, but most of them poisoned fish ponds, and do not know what drugs, police also check out", so, five hours in the past, looking at the fish pond and Bo 30,000 kilograms of fish slowly turned belly, pains, "we are borrowing money to buy fish, there are grass carp and yellow bone fish, and even feeds are borrowed, 30,000 kilos of fish, we owe 30 million in debt and now the fish gone, the debt is also not on. "

Bo's wife told reporters, fish ponds after the accident, she specifically went to see another home ponds, "near the village ponds Avenue, this one for our trouble." She said, the village pond is not was first poisoned, and last year there were two ponds poisoning, "after each report is nothing."

The more serious than poisoning the fish ponds, sea Shou Island West River water from ponds and then flows through the sea Ting Chung, and ultimately to go back into the West River. 22 evening, and Bo is the home pond water discharged to the sea in the Bay Shou branch, affected nearly 2,000 meters Chung Ting sea level surface is also full of the bodies of fish and shrimp. Fortunately, the sea water Shou Chung moderate support, as well as in the West River inlet at a gate.

Publicity Office, Jiujiang Town, a deputy director of the White surname introduced that, at present, Jiujiang Forestry Service Center, police have Shou village and the sea is conducting a joint investigation, initially suspected human poisoning, the public security organs have been filed, "Currently, we have asked the village to do the deep processing of all the dead fish. " However, for the loss of Bo, the government is also helpless.

White director, said the public security organs have been sampling water quality, "Agroforestry Centre has made clear that, in the absence of test results, treatment and disposal of water quality is also not done before, will not release on." However, when the test results came out, white director, said even communicate. "Shou Island sea water ponds are relatively low, slow flowing river water intrusion phenomenon should not happen." - IFENG. [Translated]



Massive Fish Die-Off Stretching Over 2km Of A River In Jiangxi.


Dense dead fish floating in the Gan River, forming a two kilometers long "dead zone", a gust of wind blowing, blowing stench. Recently, the reporter found in the Gan River, Yu Zhang Gan Jiang Yingxiong Bridge to Bridge section, discovered a large area of ​​dead fish, dead fish floating in the Gan River kilograms on both sides, and the scene is shocking.

Gan River is the mother river of Jiangxi, Nanchang is also the source of drinking water for millions of people, so many fish, strange deaths overnight, does that mean the Gan River is contaminated? What is the cause of fish death? How will deal with so many dead fish? For this series of questions, the reporter conducted a survey.

Reflect: a large number of dead fish appeared overnight GANJIANG

"This is how it is, there are so many overnight GANJIANG dead, really a pity." Recently, Mr. Chang, who lives near the Castle gates reflect the Morning, beginning from the 25th, Heroes Bridge and the Bridge of Yu Zhang Inter-emergent number of dead fish, but over time, gradually increasing the number of dead fish.

Mr. Zhang said he is a fishing enthusiast, usually prefer to have time Gan River fishing. 25, 2009, Mr. Zhang came to the river, to see the scene that he was surprised. A large number of dead fish the river, looking ahead, has been stretching to the end of the line of sight, but the scene is filled with a putrid odor. "I'm fishing in the Gan River for several years, never had this situation, and now I can not here fishing. Moreover Gan River is our drinking water sources, this really will not affect our drinking water safe? "
The reasons for the death of fish, Zhang speculated Castle gates and sewage discharge may be relevant. "Castle Gate sewage discharge was black, with a large number of floating garbage and foam, the river wind, an intense sour smell very pungent. Looked around, here GANJIANG river resembles a terrifying 'yin and yang face 'Here's sewage is likely to cause massive death of fish. "

Scene: dead fish stretches two kilometers wide variety

Yesterday, the reporter went to the Gan River to visit. In Heroes Bridge downstream reporter from afar, I saw one floating on the river white spots, closer, was actually a strip of dead fish turned belly.

On the beach near the river and the water, a large dead fish and garbage mixed together, mostly rotten smell, the taste is very unpleasant. Since the days of sun, dead fish on the beach has shriveled, the top covered with flies. These fish variety, there are carp, carp, grass carp and so on. Reporter survey along the river, the basic distribution of dead fish found in these heroic Yu Zhang Gan River Bridge to Bridge, two kilometers long.

Reporters go to Gan River downstream from the bridge hero, found on Castle Gate, Yu Zhang Bridge near the beach and the water were densely covered with dead fish, sun drying, the majority of shore fish has become a dried fish.

Reporters along the way, found the river and even the formation of a two kilometers long "dead zone", a gust of wind blowing, blowing stench. Most of the dead were three or four pounds heavier grass carp, carp, and even half a meter long fish. Most of the dead fish have been rotten smelly, full of flies around, is very sick.

Guess one: Gan Jiang is a lot of dead fish, algae caused by eutrophication

"There are a lot of people had come here fishing, appeared dead after basically no one came, even if we catch a fish, fish live in water where we dare not eat them." According to local residents, the current river side basically can not see people fishing.

Nearby residents also revealed that the Gan River such a large area of ​​dead fish appeared the first time. I regret the public concern: "there are so many dead fish, it will not affect the safety of drinking water?"

So, why are so many sudden and massive fish deaths? Currently, Nanchang Hydrology Bureau, environmental monitoring detachment and fishery sector workers are to investigate evidence Gan River, because a large number of dead fish remains to be further investigated.

Two days ago, members of the public to reflect, Gan Jiang Nanchang section of the waters near Riverside hotel appeared a large green algae, green algae and dead fish are then associated with it?

In this regard, Nanchang Fishery Bureau official said, because the autumn season Gan River water level drops, the water flow is inferior to the spring and summer season, plus there are a number of life along the Yangtze River Gan sewage outfall, inadequate sewage diluted over time, prone to algae.

"Gan Jiang river described a large number of green algae 'eutrophication' serious." Insiders said the algae pollution occurs mainly due to the water rich in nitrogen and phosphorus, and its main source of domestic sewage, sewage discharge often leads to algae, etc. a large number of plant growth, resulting in reduction of oxygen in the water, which may be one cause of fish death.

Guess 2: Castle gates and other long-term discharges cause fish deaths

In addition, there are also people reflect, fish kills and sewage Castle gates are likely related emissions.

Reporters found just near Castle Gate, on the oncoming stench, dark green water pouring out from the outfall, which mixed with household waste. Reporters noted that the sewage outfall at Castle Gate no signs of fish life, in less than 500 meters away from this downstream, there are dead fish began to appear.

"You see, so much so dark and smelly sewage discharged to the Gan River, where the fish can stand?" According to nearby residents, the sewage discharged from Castle Gate perennial Gan River, generally no one will be there fishing, and on Not far downstream in Castle Gate, it is the beginning of a film where the fish died.
These water come from? Will it be one of the Gan River fish's death? Will have an impact on the public safety of drinking water? With these questions, the reporter linked to the Nanchang environmental monitoring detachment, the detachment of the two chief Gong Peng said: "There is no large factories near the Castle Gate sewage is discharged, as these will cause sewage Gan River fish death is unclear, we tested the water scene, but the test results probably had 30 days to come out. "

Progress: dead fish fishery sector has not contaminate drinking water cleanup

So many dead on both sides to get together in the Gan River, mostly rotten stink, whether this will affect the public drinking water? And how so many dead fish properly handled? To solve this problem, the reporter Nanchang water supply, fishery sector were consulted.

Reporters from the relevant departments of Jiangxi Seong water industry learned that because the water intakes located upstream and downstream system where dead fish appeared, both eighty-nine kilometers apart, it will not affect people's daily drinking water.

"These dead fish stretches about 23 km, about a million pounds, so whether it is certainly not." Luo Nanchang Fisheries Fishery Bureau, deputy director, said after receiving the report that they have organized personnel dead yesterday conduct cleanup.

Yesterday afternoon, the reporter on the scene saw the council dispatched boats and salvage equipment to clean up the dead fish along the river. "Salvaged dead fish will choose the right place and properly buried and planted lime to disinfect." Lo, deputy director, said due to the large number of dead fish, all finished fishing need couple of days. - JX News. [Translated]



MASS FISH DIE-OFF: The Latest Incidents In China - Over 30,000 POUNDS Of Fish Suddenly Die In Ponds In Foshan; And Massive Fish Die-Off Stretching Over 2km Of A River In Jiangxi?!

FIRE IN THE SKY: What Was That Mysterious Boom - Possible Meteorite Strike In Western Quebec Following Overhead Explosion?!

November 27, 2013 - CANADA - Social media sites lit up Tuesday evening with reports that a meteorite may have been seen and heard in the Montreal and Ottawa regions.


This file photo shows a meteorite in the sky above Russia’s Ural mountains on Feb. 15, 2013


Numerous people posted Twitter messages reporting a bright flash of blue light accompanied by the sound of a booming explosion just before 8 p.m. ET

Although there is no official conformation of a meteorite, a spokesman for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada says all signs point to a meteor event.

"I've heard of reports south of Ottawa, through Cornwall, the Montreal area, folks down in northern New York state as well, said Andrew Fazekas.

"It's really just observations from regular everyday folks that they heard a sonic boom that was preceded by a blue flash of light high in the sky that lasted maybe one or two seconds."

The Sûreté du Québec said they had received several calls about the event, but had not been able to pinpoint the source of the noise.

And, although a meteorite strike can often be detected by seismographs, Earthquake Canada said it had not registered any such event. The United States Geological Survey also said it had no recent reports of any quakes in the region.

"At this point, it's waiting to see if there are any photographs, any video footage, maybe surveillance cameras caught something," said Fazekas.

By using such information, he added, scientists could then triangulate a trajectory to see if there are possible meteorites on the ground.

"It could be anything from the size of a living room chair to maybe the size of a car possibly. Everything really hinges on seeing what it looked like."

Fazekas earlier said on his webpage that this appears to be a minor event since there had been no reports of damage.

One person in St-Lazare said she heard what sounded like a huge garbage truck rumble past her house for a few seconds.

A television in Plattsburgh, N.Y. (WPTZ) near the Quebec border reported receiving numerous phone calls reporting what sounded like an earthquake.

"Felt like an explosion, or a 'short' earthquake," Faith MacLeod said on Off Island Gazette's Facebook page. "Stepped outside and neighbours were out wondering what it was."

"Yes, was sitting watching TV and I thought one of my kids fell out of bed. It was super loud," added Jenn Ryan Baluyot on the same Facebook page.

Tracy Moore was at home in St-Lazare with her boyfriend and heard and felt something strange around 8 p.m.

"It was really freaky - we heard this boom outside," she told The Gazette an hour later. "It sounded like that explosion we had last summer at the fireworks factory here.

"It was just this boom. It lasted a few seconds."

Moore went online to a local Facebook "community connections" group she's a member of, and wrote: "Did anybody hear the boom? Or was it just us?"

"And, like, 211 posts later, people are still talking about it," she said.

"People felt their house shaking and thought a tree had landed on it. The dogs were freaking out. My girlfriend in Cornwall, her husband works for Ontario Hydro and he saw this flash of light in the sky.

"He says he never saw anything like it before - and he works for Hydro!" - Montreal Gazette.



INFRASTRUCTURE & SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: Train Derails In Ohio - Chemical Spill Forces Hundreds To Evacuate!

November 27, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Hundreds of people were forced out of their homes Tuesday night after a railcar, possibly damaged in a derailment, leaked flammable liquid in a rail yard, according to police.




A train derailment at CSV Railroad in Willard, Ohio, led to the release of a styrene monomer — “highly flammable” chemical — into the air, said Willard Police Department Detective Jeremy Draper.

Roughly 500 people were ordered to evacuate their homes after the spill was reported to police at 11:42 p.m. Tuesday night, Draper said.

Jennifer Barnett told the Blade newspaper in Toledo that police woke up her family around 2:30 a.m., forcing her, her husband and her three children to take a van to school, without their own vehicle.

“Most likely we’re not going to have Thanksgiving with our family,” Barnett told the newspaper.

Willard Police Sergeant Ryan Gillmor said police went “door to door” to urge people to leave their homes. Gillmor said no one had been reported injured, and everyone in the hazardous area had been evacuated by Wednesday morning.

Four cars derailed at the rail yard late Tuesday while switching trains, and officials believe that’s when one car was impaired, although that was not confirmed, freight railroad spokesman Gary Sease told the Associated Press.

He said the full tanked that leaked was hauling roughly 26,000 gallons of styrene monomer.

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), styrene is used to manufacture plastics and rubbers. Exposure to styrene could cause “headache, fatigue, dizziness, confusion, drowsiness, malaise, difficulty in concentrating and a feeling of intoxication," the OSHA website said.

The city said in a tweet Wednesday evening that the toxicity levels surrounding the immediate impact area were low, and that the chief concern was the “flammability of the styrene monomer.”

“Again, if you live within a one-half mile of the Main Street underpasses, LEAVE YOUR HOME NOW. THIS IS NOT A DRILL,” read a tweet from the City of Willard’s Twitter page at 2:51 a.m.

Draper said it would be hours before residents were allowed back into their homes. The leak was plugged at 3:20 a.m. Wednesday after running for several hours and spilling 12,5000 gallons of chemicals, but crews had not yet started the cleanup process, Draper said.

Officials cautioned that the cleanup process could take a while, although a tweet from the city’s Twitter page said it is “our hope and expectation that most of the impacted residents will be able to return to their homes sometime tomorrow.”

Willard, a town with a population of about 6,000, is 80 miles north of Columbus. - NBC News.


GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Small Explosive Eruption Reported At Alaska's Mount Cleveland Volcano!

November 27, 2013 - ALASKA - Mt. Cleveland, an active volcano in the Aleutian Islands underwent a brief, small explosion Tuesday evening.




The explosion, which took place at about 7:31 p.m. Alaska time, was detected by remote seismic devices and other monitoring equipment, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory. "It is possible that a small ash cloud was generated but if so, it was too small to be observed in satellite data," reported AVO.

Cleveland, a stratovolcano (that's the steeply-sided, symmetrical cone-shaped variety for lay folks) that comprises the western half of Chuginadak Island, is one of the Aleutians most active volcanoes.

The AVO currently lists Cleveland at a yellow alert level; it has been at that level since being downgraded from orange following its eruption in May. That eruption threatened, but eventually failed, to disrupt the significant air traffic that travels in nearby corridors.

After Tuesday's explosion, the peak exhibited no further signs of what the AVO terms "eruptive activity." - Alaska Dispatch.



PLANETARY TREMORS: "Real Loud Boom... Real Spooky..." - Frequent Earthquakes In North Texas Rattle Azle Residents In Epicenter!

November 27, 2013 - UNITED STATES - On Tuesday morning, yet another earthquake rocked the small Tarrant County town of Azle. It was the sixth within a week in Tarrant and Parker counties. More than a dozen quakes have rattled North Texas in November. Azle residents are getting nervous and seismologists are trying to get to the bottom of what’s going on. Some point to natural gas drilling that’s happening in the Barnett Shale, a massive geological formation that covers about 20 North Texas counties. 




But a geophysicist with the National Earthquake Information Center says more testing is needed to make such a connection. Donna Luce is worried. “I was sitting there watching TV, and my house just shook, and I’ve never felt that before, ever,” she said. “Now, actually, I’m afraid of sinkholes.” Debbie Raub and her husband, Fred, described the big quake with a 3.6 magnitude as “real spooky.

Real loud boom, and then it just started shaking the ground under our mobile home,” she said. “Just rocking it. And our dogs, they go totally insane. They know it before it happens.” Each time there’s a quake, their two-bedroom trailer has to be re-leveled. “You just have to get under there, and jack it up in spots, put a level on underneath the trailer, and level it,” Debbie Raub said. “It’s just pulling the ground out beneath our stands.”

Fred Raub, who was born in Azle, says he doesn’t think the quakes are natural. He blames local natural gas drilling. “They say it ain’t what happens, but till then, we didn’t have it,” he said. “You gotta drill about every mile. You just start looking around at all the drills they’re putting down.” Don Blakeman, a geophysicist with the National Earthquake Information Center, says the quakes could be the result of oil and gas production.

But he says more testing is needed to know that for sure. ”Obviously, if it is oil and gas production related, they might continue until that activity stops,” he said. “The other possibility is that it’s just a natural swarm, because we do see that sort of thing occurring sometimes in areas where we haven’t had quakes before.”

A natural swarm is a series of small quakes. And Blakeman says they aren’t as dangerous as quakes with bigger magnitudes – quakes at 5.0 magnitudes can produce structural damage. In the meantime, in case the ground starts to shake again, Blakeman advises individuals and families to be prepared if a bigger quake strikes North Texas. 

Scientists and other experts are reportedly teaming up with the U.S. Geological Survey to collect more data to learn more about why these quakes keep occurring in North Texas. - KERA News.



GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Pacific Ring On Fire - About 35 Volcanoes Are Currently Erupting Across The Globe!

November 27, 2013 - EARTH - The volcano at Mount Sinabung at Jakarta, Indonesia, erupted six times early Monday, shooting volcanic ash 2,000 meters into the sky.




Thousands have been evacuated from the region since the Sinabung volcano began erupting sporadically in September. 5,000 people were evacuated from the area the day before the eruption on Monday, bringing the total number of evacuees to 11,000. There have been no casualties so far.

The Sinabung is just one of 35 active, erupting volcanoes in the world, according to a categorized list on Volcano Discovery. Of the 35 currently erupting volcanoes in the world, seven are in Indonesia.

Most of Indonesia is situated along the “Ring of Fire” -- a horseshoe shaped ring around the Pacific where most earthquakes and volcanic eruptions take place.

Here’s a map of the Ring of Fire and the 35 volcanoes that are experiencing sporadic eruptions and other active volcanic activity. - IBT.



GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Pond Swallowed By Massive Sinkhole Fuels Legends In Bosnian Village - Residents' Explanations Range From Volcano To Unexploded Bomb?!

November 27, 2013 - BOSNIA - Just outside the village, children fished in a tranquil pond bobbing with green algae and lined with willow trees, as cattle grazed nearby.

Now, Rezak Motanic gazes in disbelief down a gigantic crater where the pond used to be. It's like something from a science fiction movie: a sinkhole swallowed the water, the fish and even nearby trees.


A sinkhole has swallowed a village pond that had been lined with willow and plum tree.
Photograph: Amel Emric/AP

"I sat here only a day before it happened, sipping plum brandy," Cemal Hasan said. "And then, there was panic. Fish were jumping out, and a big plum tree was pulled down like someone yanked it with a hook."

Residents of this remote north-western Bosnian village have been in shock since the pond vanished two weeks ago.

The pond was about 20 metres in diameter and about eight metres deep. Now, the "abyss", as the villagers have dubbed the crater, is some 50 metres wide and 30 metres deep – and growing.

Scientists say it is not uncommon that ponds and small lakes suddenly disappear. They say it could be caused by drying underground water currents, or changes in soil drainage due to irrigation.


WATCH: Sinkhole swallows Bosnian pond overnight.




Sanica villagers, however, are having none of the scientific explanations.

"It could have been a giant cave that opened its doors," offered Milanko Skrbic. "Or a volcano."

Another popular theory – one that experts dismiss along with the others proposed by townsfolk – is that fish could have triggered the explosion of one of several world war two German bombs believed to have been thrown into the pond by an old woman after the war.

"She herself died when one of the bombs exploded in her arms," Cemal Hasan said as he stood on the edge of the "abyss."

Another spooky explanation: the owner of the pond took it with him when he died about a month ago.

"Only days before Hasan passed away he said: 'I'll take everything with me when I die.' And that's what he did," Motanic said. "His daughter saw him walk on the lake the night he died."

Husein Nanic said it could be a sign that the end is nigh. "All sort of miracles happen before the doomsday," he said. - The Guardian.



PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: Swine Flu - H1N1 Killed 10 Times More Than Estimated!

November 27, 2013 - HEALTH - The 2009 H1N1 "swine flu" epidemic killed up to 203,000 people across the globe - a death toll 10 times greater than initially estimated by the World Health Organization, researchers say.




In a study published Tuesday in the journal PLOS Medicine, epidemiologists used data on respiratory deaths in 20 nations to calculate a global mortality rate for the pandemic.

Prior to this research, the WHO counted just 18,631 lab-confirmed cases of H1N1, a viral infection of the airways.

"This study confirms that the H1N1 virus killed many more people globally than originally believed," read a statement from Lone Simonsen, a research professor in the Department of Global Health at George Washington University.

"We also found that the mortality burden of this pandemic fell most heavily on younger people and those living in certain parts of the Americas," Simonsen said.

The 2009 pandemic was far from the worst such outbreak. In 1918, the Spanish influenza pandemic killed 50 million people, roughly 2 percent of the world population at that time.

Nevertheless, researchers said it was important for health care providers to understand the full impact of recent flu pandemics.

The relatively modest number of deaths estimated by the WHO prompted some to question whether the overall response to the 2009 outbreak was excessive. However, Simonsen and her colleagues argued that lab-confirmed influenza deaths would underestimate the broad reach of the illness.

"Many influenza-related deaths result from secondary bacterial infections or from exacerbation of preexisting chronic conditions, and are not recorded as related to influenza infection," authors wrote.

Among the findings that surprised researchers was the age and geographic distribution of deaths. Most of the people who died - 62 per cent to 85 per cent - were younger than age 65. Traditionally, seasonal influenza hits seniors the hardest.

Researchers also calculated that flu-related deaths were 20 times greater in Central and South America than in European countries. That finding stood in sharp contrast to an earlier US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that heaviest mortality rates occurred in Africa and Southeast Asia, and that death rates in the Americas were lower.

The research was funded by the WHO and relied on viral illness and mortality data from 20 nations from 2005 to 2009. The sampled nations represented 35 per cent of the world's population, and researchers then used statistical methods to calculate mortality rates for all nations.

The authors noted that their conclusions were limited by a lack of data from poor nations, and other factors.

"The true total mortality burden is likely to be even higher because deaths that occurred late in the winter of 2009-2010 and in later pandemic waves were missed in this analysis, and only pandemic influenza deaths that were recorded as respiratory deaths were included," authors wrote.

Researchers said that if deaths due to cardiovascular disease and other causes were included, the death toll might be as high as 400,000. - Stuff.