Monday, November 10, 2014

PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: Chagas, The "Silent Killer,...The New AIDS" - Blood-Sucking "Kissing Bug" Has Infected 300,000 Americans With Deadly Disease!

Reuters / Tomas Bravo TB / JJ

November 10, 2014 - UNITED STATES
- The United States is being infected by Chagas, a deadly disease spread by the feces of a parasite nicknamed the “kissing bug.” It bites sleeping victims, ingests the blood and defecates on them; patients then unknowingly rub the feces into open membranes.

Chagas disease is seen as a “silent killer” by those who study and treat it, as it can often lurk in people’s bloodstreams for up to two decades before causing their organs to fail. The initial stage of the tropical illness ‒ the acute phase ‒ is mostly symptom-free and lasts for the first few weeks or months, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If a patient does exhibit symptoms, they can easily be mistaken for another disease.

The symptoms noted by the patient can include fever, fatigue, body aches, headache, rash, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and vomiting. The signs on physical examination can include mild enlargement of the liver or spleen, swollen glands, and local swelling (a chagoma) where the parasite entered the body, the CDC explained.

"People don't normally feel sick," Melissa Nolan Garcia, a research associate at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and the lead author of two of three recently published studies, explained in a statement, "so they don't seek medical care, but it ultimately ends up causing heart disease in about 30 percent of those who are infected."

It is the second ‒ or chronic‒ phase that is deadly. Patients can develop cardiac complications, including an enlarged heart (cardiomyopathy), heart failure, altered heart rate or rhythm, and cardiac arrest (sudden death), as well as intestinal complications, such as an enlarged esophagus (megaesophagus) or colon (megacolon) and can lead to difficulties with eating or with passing stool.

WATCH: Tropical Medicine Research - Chagas Disease Study.

In July, the Centers for Disease Control estimated that 300,000 people in the US had been infected, and but now it could be closer to 400,000. Medical research suggests that 40,000 pregnant North American women may be infected with the disease at any given time, resulting in 2,000 congenital cases through mother-to-child transmission, according to Fox News Latino. Garcia believes that the numbers may actually be higher than that, the Examiner reported.

The Baylor team presented the results of its work on Tuesday at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) in New Orleans. In one of their pilot studies, her team looked at 17 blood donors in Texas who tested positive for the parasite that causes Chagas disease.

“The concerning thing is that majority of the patients [I spoke to] are going to physicians, and the physicians are telling them, ‘No you don’t have the disease’,”
Garcia said, according to Al Jazeera America.

Chagas disease (American trypanosomiasis) is caused by Trypanosoma cruzi, a protozoan parasite related to an African version that causes sleeping sickness. It is endemic to Mexico, Central America, and South America, where an estimated 8 million people have the illness, most of whom do not know they are infected. If untreated, infection is lifelong and can be life threatening, the CDC noted.

Garcia spoke to several groups of physicians and cardiologists as part of an educational campaign to increase physician awareness.

“A lot of the cardiologists were aware of Chagas disease, but they don’t make the connection when the patient is sitting in front of them,”
she said.

‘Kissing bug disease’: What Canadians need to know about

Dr. Julie-Ann Crewalk, a pediatrician in Northern Virginia who has dealt with Chagas, also thinks that the disease is being underdiagnosed.

“It’s not something that we think of asking right away,”
she told the Atlantic. “I wouldn’t be surprised if the numbers were higher and we’re just not seeing it.”

The CDC says that most of the Chagas cases in the US are from people who have traveled to Latin America, and were infected there. But Garcia told HealthDay News her research showed that the parasite has arrived in the US, and the government agency has admitted that triatomine bugs can be found across the lower half of the country.

Voluntary reporting shows that people donating blood have tested positive all over the country
(US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/AABB Chagas Biovigilance Network)

"We are finding new evidence that locally acquired human transmission is occurring in Texas," she said. "We were surprised to find that 36 percent had evidence of being a locally acquired case.”

“Additionally, 41 percent of this presumably healthy blood donor population had heart abnormalities consistent with Chagas cardiac disease,"
Garcia noted. The illness can also be spread through blood and organ donation, as well as from mother to infant during childbirth.

The disease is also growing just outside Washington, DC. While the number of people with Chagas disease in Northern Virginia is small ‒ about two dozen cases, according to interviews by the Atlantic with local physicians ‒ doctors and experts there say they wouldn’t be surprised if the numbers were higher because, along with the lack of routine screening for it, many patients tend to be undocumented immigrants without health insurance.

Dr. Rachel Marcus, a cardiologist, believes Northern Virginia could be “ground zero” for Chagas disease, because of the volume of immigrants from Bolivia, where the disease is endemic. She told the Atlantic that it’s easy to diagnose the disease with an electrocardiogram (EKG), but that American doctors don’t know what they are looking for. “If you were to find that EKG from an area where Chagas is common, it’s diagnostic,” she said.

Garcia also agreed with the need to focus on EKGs as a diagnostic tool for the disease. "Physicians should consider Chagas when patients have swelling and enlargement of the heart not caused by high blood pressure, diabetes or other causes, even if they do not have a history of travel," she said.

The life cycle of Chagas disease, a zoonotic disease that can be transmitted to humans by blood-sucking triatomine bugs that contain
the protozoan parasite, Trypanosoma cruzi, in their feces (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

But even if the deadly disease is diagnosed, there are no viable government-authorized treatments. The Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved two medicines ‒ nifurtimox and benznidazole ‒ that are currently used to treat the disease but carry a risk of nerve damage, nausea and weight loss, according to the ASTMH statement.

The CDC makes the drugs available "when no satisfactory alternative treatment exists," according to the FDA, adding that "subjects are generally willing to accept greater risks from test articles that may treat life-threatening and debilitating illnesses." - RT.

PARADIGM SHIFT: The Rise Of The BRICS, Precursors To The End Of The Petrodollar And Collapse Of The U.S. Corporation – Russia And China Sign Mega-Deals, Making Major Investment Moves To End The Dominance Of The U.S. Dollar!

Russia's President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with his China's counterpart Xi Jinping (RIA Novosti/Mikhail Klimentiev)

November 10, 2014 - PARADIGM SHIFT - President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping have signed a memorandum of understanding on the so-called “western” gas supplies route to China. The agreement paves the way for a contract that would make China the biggest consumer of Russian gas.

Putin, Xi Jinping sign mega gas deal on second gas supply route

Russia’s so-called “western” or "Altay" route would supply 30 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas a year to China.

The new supply line comes in addition to the “eastern” route, through the “Power of Siberia” pipeline, which will annually deliver 38 bcm of gas to China. Work on that pipeline route has already begun after a $400 billion deal was clinched in May.

“After we have launched supplies via the “western route,” the volume of gas deliveries to China can exceed the current volumes of export to Europe,”
Gazprom CEO Aleksey Miller told reporters, commenting on the deal.

Speaking to journalists on the eve of his visit to Beijing, Putin was optimistic about prospects for the new gas deal with China.

“We have reached an understanding in principle concerning the opening of the western route,”
Putin said. “We have already agreed on many technical and commercial aspects of this project, laying a good basis for reaching final arrangements.”

The “western” route deal is one of the 17 agreements signed at the Sunday meeting between Putin and Xi.

They also included a framework agreement between Gazprom and China’s CNPC on gas deliveries and a memorandum of understanding between Gazprom and another Chinese energy giant, CNOOC.

Gazprom and CNPC have also signed a preliminary agreement for China National Oil and Gas Exploration and Development to take a 10 percent stake in Russia's Vancorneft.

Among the business issues discussed by Putin and Xi at their fifth meeting this year was the possibility of payment in Chinese yuan, including for defense deals military, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov was cited as saying by RIA Novosti.

Brendan P. O'Reilly, China-based writer and educator from Seattle, told RT that transport to China was extremely easy:

"One of the most attractive things about Russian gas for the Chinese is that it can be transported over land," he said. "Most of China’s energy resources are imported via sea through the Pacific, and this route is slightly threatened by the American military presence now in the Pacific. Of course there’re a lot of territorial disputes right now between China, Japan, and various other countries in the East China Sea and the South China Sea. So basically by strengthening energy ties with Russia, China can avoid the more dangerous maritime route."

"Russia stands to benefit from this development with China very much because right now the vast majority of Russian gas is being exported to Europe. So Russian having a second large buyer improves the situation of supply/demand for Russia by creating more demand in the east."

Russia ends dollar/euro currency peg, moves to free float

The Bank of Russia took another step towards a free float ruble by abolishing the dual currency soft peg, as well as automatic interventions. Before, the bank propped up the ruble when the exchange rate against the euro and dollar exceeded its boundaries.

"Instead, we will intervene in the currency market at whichever moment and amount needed to decrease the speculative demand,”
the bank’s chairwoman, Elvira Nabiullina, said in an interview with Rossiya 24 Monday.

The move is edging towards a floating exchange rate, which the bank hopes to attain by 2015.

“Effective starting November 10, 2014, the Bank of Russia abolished the acting exchange rate policy mechanism by cancelling the allowed range of the dual-currency basket ruble values (operational band) and regular interventions within and outside the borders of this band,”
the bank said in a statement Monday.

"As a result of the decision the ruble exchange rate will be determined by market factors, which should promote efficiency of the monetary policy of the Bank of Russia and ensure price stability,"
the central bank said.

Foreign exchange intervention is still at the bank’s disposal, and is ready to use in the case of “threats to financial stability,” according to the statement.

Propping up the ruble can cost the Central Bank of Russia billions of dollars per day, coming out of the country’s reserve fund. In October alone, the bank was forced to spend $30 billion to defend the weakening ruble. On November 5, the bank announced it had limited the reserves it is willing to spend to inflate the ruble to $350 million per day in order to slash speculation and volatility. The decision triggered a three-day plunge for the Russian currency.

On Monday, the ruble recovered slightly after Russian President Vladimir Putin assured speculative drops would cease in the near future. The Russian currency gained 1 ruble against the dollar and the euro on the announcement.

The Russian ruble has weakened considerably along with dipping oil prices, as well as the introduction of western sanctions, which bars many Russian companies from long-term borrowing on western capital markets.

New focuses in monetary policy

The Central Bank of Russia’s un-pegging of the ruble from the dollar and euro brings to an end two decades of exchange rate controls. The transition to a free exchange rate means monetary policy in Russia moves to interest rates and inflation targeting.

Experts say, this CBR decision deprives speculators of baselines in the currency market and will stabilize the exchange rate of the ruble against the dollar and euro in the short-term, TASS reports.

Russia operated as soft peg currency band from 1995 until 2008 when it was replaced by a dual currency band of the euro and the dollar.

This mechanism allowed interventions in the foreign exchange market to be adjusted by the Central Bank conducting large-scale buying or selling of currency when the ruble fell beyond the trading band perimeter. It was a mild form of control over the ruble.

The Central Bank cancelled the currency band in 2011, after the crisis of 2008. Then the ruble devalued by 40 percent and about a third of the country’s foreign exchange reserves was spent supporting it. But the main reason for changing the CBR's policy was its inability to curb inflation and reduce it to low single figures.

The CBR then moved to a managed floating exchange rate, gradually widening the currency band perimeters. The managed float assumed the Central Bank didn’t prevent movements in the ruble exchange rate caused by the influence of fundamental factors. Instead it smoothed out fluctuations by intervening in the currency band. The rules were changed gradually until foreign exchange interventions stopped today.

Ruble-yuan settlements will cut energy sales in US dollars – Putin


Doing away with the US dollar and switching to ruble and yuan payments will significantly increase Russia and China’s say in energy and financial markets, Vladimir Putin has said, adding that the first deals are already underway.

In short the President said the US dollar has no future, and that the ruble and the yuan have better long-term prospects.

“Payments in rubles and yuan are very promising. Switching to such a large-scale work means that the impact of the dollar on the global energy sector will objectively decline. This is not bad either for the global economy, or the world of finance and the world energy markets,”
Putin said at the APEC Business Summit in Beijing Monday.

“It will help expand our capabilities in mutual trade and influence both world financial and energy markets,"
the president said.

Using local currencies will speed up trade between the two countries who are aiming to reach $100 billion by 2015. Trade between Russia and China is already nearly $90 billion, and is scheduled to hit $200 billion in the next six years.

"The People’s Republic of China is one of our key partners in the region. We will make greater use of settlements in our national currencies in our trade with China. We are already carrying out our first deals in rubles and yuan,"
Putin said.

Payments in national currency are planned particularly in trading oil and that Russian experts are currently assessing the possibility.

The two countries agreed on a currency swap worth up to $25 billion on October 13.

Moscow and Beijing aim for a broader use of the yuan and the ruble in mutual settlements across industries, including defense, telecoms, energy, and mining, possibly by one of Russia’s major companies, according to Putin.

WATCH: Putin - Trade in rubles & yuan will weaken dollar’s influence.

Russia’s second biggest bank, VTB, has already begun to reorient business towards China and is working with Chinese regulators to remove restrictions to allow ruble transactions.

“Our contact with the leadership of China’s biggest banks shows they share this interest. This is consistent with the plan for China to bring the yuan to the next level and make it a hard currency,”

VTB head Andrey Kostin said at the summit, as quoted by RIA.

A switch to domestic currencies is a huge move for Russia and China as both countries are members of the BRICS Bank which was established earlier this year to try and challenge the global dominance of the US dollar and such global lenders as the IMF and the World Bank.

China and Malaysia also announced a new bank that uses the yuan as a reserve currency, which means the dollar stands to lose its regional stronghold.

‘New level of cooperation’

The currency swap is just a notch in the belt in developing Russia-China economic ties. The two have grown closer over Russia’s disillusionment with the West over the Ukraine crisis and sanctions.

“Cooperation between Russia and the Asian-Pacific nations is of the utmost importance to us,”
Putin said.

Symbolic of the deepening rapport was the signing of the second major gas deal in six months, which has the potential to make China Russia’s largest energy customer.

Putin named China as Russia’s biggest regional partner, and even offered the country stakes in Russian energy projects.

WATCH: Ruble Bounce - Currency strengthens as central bank loosens controls.

“We are also examining possibilities for our Chinese partners to acquire stakes in some of our biggest production assets,” Putin said.

On Sunday, Russia’s oil giant Rosneft and China National Oil and Gas Exploration and Development Corporation signed an agreement on the acquisition of a 10 percent stake in Vankorneft, a Rosneft subsidiary that develops oil in Russia’s Eastern Siberia. Rosneft has also offered China a share in its second-largest oil field, Vankor, which is estimated to have reserves of 520 million metric tons of oil and 95 billion cubic meters of natural gas.

Russia may opt to include China in the big oil and gas projects in the Far East, namely on Sakhalin Island, north of Japan. Among the international partners is Japan which has a 30 percent stake in the Sakhalin-1 project and a 22 percent in the Sakhalin-2.

WATCH: Jim Rogers - By the end of this decade US dollar will lose world dominance.

Russia's second biggest bank VTB may leave London Stock Exchange

VTB Bank president, chairman of the board and Supervisory Council head Andrei Kostin (RIA Novosti/Vladimir Astapkovich)

VTB Bank may quit the London Stock Exchange (LSE), and is currently in talks to get more loans from Asia, CEO Andrei Kostin has said.

“We hope they [negotiations with London exchange – Ed.] will recover the situation. If not, we are considering quitting,”
Kostin told journalists at the APEC summit in Beijing, adding there’s a possibility of delisting.

Kostin said the bank is complaining about demands made by the LSE, which he considers tougher than those put forward by US sanctions.

“The issue must be somehow clarified or finished with soon,”
Kostin said.

He added the bank is now talking with Asian bourses about drawing down syndicated and subordinated loans. He mentioned both the Tokyo and Shanghai exchanges.

He said the exchange of Shanghai may be of particular interest due to the conditions created by the London and New York exchanges. The issue of costs that may occur in switching from one exchange to another hasn’t yet been negotiated, Kostin said.

On July 31 the EU introduced sanctions against the Russian financial sector. Five major Russian state-owned banks – Sberbank, VTB, Gazprombank, Vnesheconombank (VEB) and Rosselkhozbank (Russian Agricultural Bank) – have been banned from receiving any long-term (over 30-day) loans from EU markets.

Chinese banks to invest over $10bn in Siberian LNG project

RIA Novosti / Vitaliy Ankov

Russia's largest independent natural gas producer Novatek is in talks with Chinese banks to get over $10 billion for its Yamal liquid natural gas (LNG) project, according to the company’s key owner Gennady Timchenko.

"Given the situation with the sanctions, we will work tightly with Chinese banks. Negotiations are in full swing, it is necessary to agree on conditions,"
RIA quotes Timchenko saying on Friday. He added the total investment of Chinese banks is expected to be over $10 billion, but everything can change.

said the issue will be discussed in detail during the forthcoming visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to China.

Novatek is negotiating with various Chinese and Indian companies over the sale of a 9 percent stake in the Yamal LNG project, says Timchenko.

The Yamal project includes the construction of a plant capable of producing 16.5 million tons of LNG per year. The deposit located in the Northeast Siberian Yamal peninsula has potential gas reserves of more than 900 billion cubic meters.

The total cost of the project is $26.9 billion. The first stage of the plant is expected to be opened by 2017. It is planned to be developed in three stages. Yamal LNG is a joint project of Novatek with a 60 percent share, Chinese petroleum corporation CNPC with 20 percent, and France’s Total with 20 percent.

China announces $40 bn Silk Road fund

The Silk Road connected China and Europe from around 100 B.C. The 4,000-mile road linked ancient
Chinese, Indian, Babylonian, Arabic, Greek and Roman civilizations [Xinhua]

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday announced China will contribute $40 billion to set up a Silk Road Fund to strengthen connectivity in the Asia-Pacific region.

Xi said the goal of the Fund is to “break the bottleneck in Asian connectivity by building a financing platform.”

The new Silk Road Fund will be used to provide investment and finance for infrastructure, industrial projects along the “Belt and Road”, Xi said, referring to China’s Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road initiatives.

He added that the fund will be “open” to investors from both within and outside Asia.

The Asian Development Bank has estimated that in the next decade Asian countries will need $8 trillion in infrastructure investments to maintain the current economic growth rate.

“The Silk Road boasts a 3-billion population and a market that is unparalleled both in scale and potential,” Xi said in September last year.

The Silk Road connected China and Europe from around 100 B.C.

The 4,000-mile road linked ancient Chinese, Indian, Babylonian, Arabic, Greek and Roman civilizations.

A new map unveiled by Xinhua
shows the Chinese plans for the Silk Road run through Central China to the northern Xinjiang from where it travels through Central Asia entering Kazakhstan and onto Iraq, Iran, Syria and then Istanbul in Turkey from where it runs across Europe cutting across Germany, Netherlands and Italy.

The maritime Silk Road begins in China’s Fujian and ends at Venice, Italy.

In a landmark achievement, 21 Asian nations including China and India last month signed on a new infrastructure investment bank which would rival the World Bank.

One of the first projects of the new Bank is expected to be financing infrastructure projects along the “Silk Road Economic Belt” and the “Maritime Silk Road” re-establishment.

Meanwhile on Saturday in Beijing, the Chinese President stressed that efforts should be made to realize Asia’s connectivity by making Asian countries a priority.

“Asian countries are just like a cluster of bright lanterns. Only when we link them together, can we light up the night sky in our continent,” he said.

China will provide neighboring countries 20,000 training opportunities for connectivity professionals in the coming five years.

Experts say these new announcements will boost China’s global influence and enhance its soft power.

Apart from the AIIB, the BRICS new $100 billion Development Bank is also being headquartered in China.
“China has considerable experience in infrastructure planning and construction, and financing projects outside the country. As Finance Minister Lou Jiwei has said, China Development Bank’s commercial infrastructure loan is now far bigger than that of the World Bank and ADB combined. And surprisingly, this process started only 20 years ago,” write Asit Biswas and Cecilia Tortajada, China scholars at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore.

- RT | The BRICS Post.

SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: Nibiru And Planet X Memes - Houston Skywatcher Films Stunning Object In The Sky, That Appears To Be A Second Sun?!

Screen capture from the YouTube video.

November 10, 2014 - SPACE
- You know how you sometimes can sense that something is present even though you can't see it? Well, astronomers are getting that feeling about a giant, hidden object in space.

It orbits our Sun in a far elliptical orbit, and is said to be 4x's the size of Jupiter! It has a helium and hydrogen atmosphere. It's most likely to have moons! This planet fits the exact description of Planet X or Nibiru.

Scientists have known about this planet since 1983 and they've been using WISE and IRAS to monitor it. See the 1983 Washington Post "Front Page" Story - Mystery Heavenly Body Discovered.

This image is taken from 2011 Google Sky and it shows a green square. What is Google hiding behind this square? Is this the position of Nibiru about 4 years ago? Check out the coordinates: 8 20 03, -17 53 34

The last two/three years there is not too much news on this planet X or Nibiru.

Agreements have been made, between the main stream media and government agencies not to publish articles related to the planet X / Nibiru issue, since NASA mistakenly confirms Planet X / Nibiru during a conference in 2011 for updating information about the database of near-Earth asteroids in our solar system, tracked by Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) telescope? See here the article and video on NASA mistakenly confirms Planet X / Nibiru.

It’s hard to get the real proof of the existence of planet X / Nibiru but on October 20, 2014 a skywatcher in Houstan has filmed a remarkable phenomenon what looks like a second sun or a planet.

Below the amazing footage.

WATCH: Second Sun over Houston?

- USH.

PLANETARY TREMORS: Strong 6.1 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Pacific Near New Caledonia - No Damage Reported Or Tsunami Risk! [MAPS + ESTIMATES+ TECTONIC SUMMARY]

USGS earthquake location map.

November 10, 2014 - NEW CALEDONIA
- A strong earthquake has struck off New Caledonia in the southwest Pacific Ocean Monday morning.

The magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck at a depth of approximately 6 miles shortly after 2 a.m. Pacific Time.

No damage or injuries were immediately reported.

USGS earthquake shakemap intensity.

Strong earthquakes with an epicenter off the coast can trigger tsunamis, depending on the size and type of the fault movement.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center tracks earthquake data for the West Coast. - CBS.

Tectonic Summary - Seismotectonics of the Eastern Margin of the Australia Plate

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

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

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

USGS plate tectonics for the region

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

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

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

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

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

INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Another Day, Another Plane Crash - Nine Killed In Bahamas Jet Crash, Including Prominent Bahamian Minister Myles Munroe! UPDATE: Propeller Smashes Through Plane Window In Air Canada Emergency Landing!

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November 10, 2014 - BAHAMAS
- Bahamas pastor Myles Munroe and his family are feared among nine dead aboard a small Bahamas-bound aircraft that crashed Sunday night, according to local reports.

The internationally known motivational speaker had been on his way to Monday’s Global Leadership Forum hosted by the Bahamas Faith Ministries, an organization Munroe founded, when his private Learjet crashed on approach to the Grand Bahamas International airport, according to a Tribune 242 report.

Photos show rescuers scaling piles of debris at the Grand Bahama Shipyard only three miles away from the Freeport airport, where the aircraft “exploded on impact” while attempting to land, the Tribune wrote.

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“The Department of Civil Aviation has been advised unofficially that the aircraft was destroyed and that there were no survivors,” the Ministry of Transport and Aviation said.

Nine passengers were aboard the Learjet when it crashed around 5 p.m. local time after departing Lynden Pindling International in the Bahamas capital of Nassau. The cause of the crash has not yet been determined, though there had been heavy rain across the region.

Munroe, a 60-year-old Bahamas native, is the published author of more than 100 spiritual and inspirational works. He is also a government and business consultant to Fortune 500 businesses, according to a biography on the Ministries website.


“The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but its life without a purpose. ...without purpose life has no meaning," Munroe wrote on Twitter in May.

Video from the Ministries headquarters shows a group of supporters sobbing upon hearing news of Munroe’s alleged death during the plane crash.

The Global Leadership Forum will continue as scheduled, according to a statement released by Munroe’s Facebook page. “This is what Dr. Munroe would have wanted. Please keep this family and the ministry in prayers,” a spokesperson wrote.

Bahamas Press

The page does not confirm his death.

The names of the victims and the cause of the crash were not immediately known.

Former Atlanta Mayor (and former UN ambassador) Andrew Young was scheduled to be on the jet, but didn’t travel due to concerns about bad weather, according to WSBTV. - NY Daily News.

Propeller smashes through plane window in Air Canada emergency landing

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A plane’s propeller burst through a window, striking a passenger in the head, when an Air Canada flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Edmonton, reportedly following a burst tire.

Christina Kurylo, one of five Grande Prairie radio station employees aboard the flight last Thursday, considers herself lucky to be alive. The propeller, which punctured the side of the aircraft during a rough emergency landing, narrowly missed her head.

“I'm really lucky. It could have been a million times worse,”
Kurylo, told Global News. “I could have died, you know, you never know what could have happened.”

The propeller knocked out part of the inside wall of the aircraft, sending fiberglass and pieces of wall flying at Kurylo’s head. “All of a sudden I got hit in the head. It was pretty confusing for me. It’s bits and pieces for me after that,” she said.

Propeller smashes through plane window during emergency landing

Kurylo, who was taken to an Edmonton hospital, suffered bruises and scratches from the impact.

“Just from the blow of it happening she had quite a huge head lump and it was quite purple and lots of bruises and scratches,”
said Melissa Menard, Kurylo's colleague who was also aboard the flight.

Of the 75 people aboard the flight, three other passengers were injured by debris, but no one was directly hit by the propeller.

WATCH: Air Canada plane has rough landing at Edmonton Airport.

“The sort of least worst scenario is minor injuries like this, so we’re certainly very happy to be in a position that there are no worse injuries than that,” said Heather Hamilton, a spokesperson for the Edmonton airport.

Genevieve Corbin, a representative of the Transport Safety Board of Canada (TSB) confirmed that “a portion of one of the propeller blades” was partially lodged into the fuselage of the airplane, and said that the TSB is continuing to investigate possible causes of the incident.

“At this stage, we cannot speak about how it got there and the damage that it might have caused.

This will be determined as we gather more information,”
she said.

This angle from Global 1 clearly shows missing propeller blade.

The Jazz Aviation aircraft, which was en route to Prairie from Calgary, ended up flipped on its side after the Edmonton landing.

After conducting minor repairs, airport crews reopened the runway where the accident happened Saturday. - RT.

SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: "This Is Surprising" - "Revolutionary" Planet Formation Around Star Captured By Astronomers!

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November 10, 2014 - SPACE - To the Greeks, planets were wandering stars rightly named after the pantheon of gods. Now, scientists have captured amazingly clear images showing the birth of these amazing heavenly bodies around a star some 450 light years away.

The stellar new image was made possible by the Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile.

Surrounded by clearly defined concentric circles of dust and gas, the young star HL Tau stands at the center of a massive, rotating, protoplanetary band.

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The dense cloud in which the embryonic planets are born blocked out visible light, complicating efforts to get a clear view of the planets forming in the accretion disk. With the aid of ALMA, however, a clarity previously unknown in human history was provided for the first time.

The most expensive ground-based telescope in operation, ALMA was first set up to explore the origins of the universe. Its towering 39-foot-tall radio telescopes serve as the perfect tools to make detailed images of a (relatively) nearby star and planet formation.

By using wavelengths much longer than visible light, ALMA was able to capture images of the massive cloud surrounding HL Tau.

WATCH:  ESOcast 69 - Revolutionary ALMA Image Reveals Planetary Genesis.

“These features are almost certainly the result of young planet-like bodies that are being formed in the disc. This is surprising since such young stars are not expected to have large planetary bodies capable of producing the structures we see in this image," said Stuartt Corder, ALMA deputy director.

The scientists were particularly surprised by the clarity of detail in the image; the sharpest picture ever made at sub-millimeter wavelengths.

The image provides a “revolutionary” resolution’ just five times the distance from the Sun to the Earth; better than what is routinely achieved with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

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“HL Tauri is no more than a million years old, yet already its disc appears to be full of forming planets. This one image alone will revolutionize theories of planet formation," said Catherine Vlahakis, ALMA deputy program scientist and lead program scientist for the ALMA Long Baseline Campaign.

Amazingly, while HL Tau is much smaller than our own sun, the dust cloud is far wider than our own solar system.

But despite its diminutive size, the distance from HL Tau to the edge of the disc is 2.8 billion miles – three times that of our sun to Neptune. The star has long been the subject of scientific inquiry. Previously, researchers had witnessed one burgeoning planet in orbit around the star, though they were unable to directly observe its formation.

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Eventually, these rotating rings will form all sorts of heavenly bodies, from asteroids and comets to planets. With time, as the star evolves and settles, the newly-born solar system will, in some small way, start to look a bit more like our own corner of the Milky Way. - RT.

FIRE IN THE SKY: "This Was A Very Bright Event,... EXTREMELY Unusual,..." - Massive Fireball Lights Up Texas Sky; Five Times Brighter Than The Full Moon; Picked Up By NASA Meteor Camera Over 500 Miles Away!

November 10, 2014 - TEXAS, UNITED STATES
- What burns five times brighter than a full moon and flies through the air with its tail sticking out behind it?

Many Texas residents reported seeing a meteor streaming across the Saturday night sky.

They were right, but scientists are still investigating the details, said Dr. Bill Cooke, lead for NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office.

"This was definitely what we call a fireball, which by definition is a meteor brighter than the planet Venus," he told reporters in a conference call Sunday.

"This event was so bright that it was picked up on a NASA meteor camera in the mountains of New Mexico over 500 miles away, which makes it extremely unusual," he said. "This was a very bright event."

Based on data from NASA's camera, Cooke estimated that the meteor was at least four feet wide, weighed about 4,000 pounds and burned five times brighter than a full moon.

The American Meteor Society has received more than 200 reports about it so far from people in various parts of the Lone Star State, who reported seeing it within minutes of the same time -- 8:45 p.m. Central (9:45 p.m. ET).

WATCH: Bright green fireball over San Antonio, Texas.

Descriptions of the fleeting flash spread rapidly on social media. One YouTube user apparently caught it whizzing by on camera and posted video online.

Did any pieces of it make their way to Earth?

It's possible meteorites from the fireball hit the ground, Cooke said.

To find out, investigators will be looking at things like weather radar data, he said.

The Maverick County Sheriff's Department reported around 8:45 p.m. that the ground shook when a meteorite landed, the National Weather Service in San Antonio said.

Where did the fireball come from?

American Meteor Society

When a piece of a comet or asteroid hurtling through space enters the Earth's atmosphere, pressure causes it to break apart violently in an explosion, Cooke said.

The fireball that Texans spotted Saturday night could have come from the North Taurid meteor shower, which is going on right now and is known for producing bright fireballs, Cooke said. It also could have been part a piece of rock from the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, he said.

"We're going to have to wait until we get more data to discriminate between the two of them," Cooke said.

Why did so many people notice it?

A NASA camera near Mayhill, New Mexico, captured an image of the sky that shows the brief, bright flash around 8:40 p.m. Central Time. Another camera in Las Cruces, New Mexico, didn't capture the event itself, but detected a change in the sky's brightness because of the fireball.

Fireballs aren't uncommon, Cooke said.

Thousands of them occur in the Earth's atmosphere each day, the American Meteor Society says. But most of them happen over oceans or uninhabited areas -- or are masked by daylight, the society says.

"A city dweller in the U.S. might expect to see events this bright once or twice per year," Cooke said.

But depending on what time they hit, they tend to draw more attention.

"This one was around 8:40, so there were a lot of people outside and those events get a lot of notice," he said. "There would have been far fewer reports if it happens around 3 a.m." - CNN.

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: Ice Age Now - Blast Of Arctic Air Via Polar Vortex To Chill FORTY TWO U.S. States And Western Canada; Siberian Express Brings Early -30 Degrees To Wyoming, Montana; Swath Of Winter Storms Extend From Turkey To Japan!

November 10, 2014 - EARTH - A colossal blast of heavily chilled Arctic air is spreading across the Northern Hemisphere of Earth, engulfing towns, cities and countries in record low temperatures.

Blast of arctic air via polar vortex to chill 42 U.S. states

As the polar vortex gets displaced to the south, the door will open for arctic air to plunge over the most of the United States as the new week progresses.

Only the Southwest, Hawaii, Alaska and South Florida will escape the grip of the upcoming arctic blast that the polar vortex can be blamed for.

"The polar vortex is a large pocket of very cold air, typically the coldest air in the Northern Hemisphere, which sits over the polar region," stated Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

"Occasionally, this pocket of very cold air can get dislodged farther south than normal, leading to cold outbreaks in Canada and the U.S."

For this current outbreak, the harshest cold in relation to normal will encompass the northern Rockies and Plains. However, temperatures will also plummet throughout the Northwest and to the Gulf Coast and I-95 corridor.

The arctic blast will drop into the northern Rockies on Monday, accompanied by a snowstorm on its leading edge, then will spread across the Northwest and Plains through Wednesday.

Later in the week is when the cold will reach the I-95 corridor, but it will not be of the same magnitude as earlier in the week.

Many communities across the northern Rockies and Plains will experience a 20- to 40-degree drop in high temperatures from one day to the next.

Tuesday and Wednesday will prove to be the coldest days of the week across the northern Rockies and northern High Plains, where highs will be held to the teens with subzero lows.

"The combination of cold air, wind and other conditions, including snow in part of the Midwest and northern Plains, will send AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures plunging into the single digits and teens."

"Such cold will raise the risk of hypothermia and frostbite for those not properly dressed," Sosnowski continued.

Across the Northwest, South and I-95 corridor, the arrival of the cold air will create a December-like feel with a 10- to 20-degree change in high temperatures from the preceding day.

While the chill in the South and East will not be as extreme as what communities to the west are bracing for, Sosnowski is still urging people to winterize their vehicles and plumbing.

"Freezing temperatures are possible in parts of the South and East that have not yet had such temperatures this season."

Once the frigid air arrives, it will not be quick to depart.

Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing for nearly two weeks in the Upper Midwest, Minneapolis included.

The impending cold may set off lake-effect snow downwind of the Great Lakes later next week, when meteorologists are also monitoring the potential for a storm to bring snow to other parts of the Northeast.

Latest indications also point toward another winter storm crossing the nation next Thursday to the following Monday. With the cold air still in place, there could be a swath of snow stretching from the Northwest to the central Plains to the Northeast.

Enough cold air could even be in place for wintry weather around Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington.

Continue to check back with for the latest details on the cold outbreak and any snowstorms.

Siberian Express to bring an early -30 degrees F to Wyoming, Montana

Even though it's still early November, a January-like cold wave just entering Montana and the Dakotas on Sunday will bring 30 below zero temperatures to scattered locations in Montana and Wyoming by Wednesday morning.

The cold will fill the nation's midsection by mid-week, with no let up in sight. The coldest air to arrive in a series of reinforcing surges is still a week away.

Temperatures are forecast to run 15 to 30 deg. F below normal for at least 5 days over a large portion of the central U.S. starting late in the coming week.

On individual days the temperatures will be as much as 50 deg. F below normal for this time of year, which is quite exceptional. The air mass temperature (850 mb, ~5,000 ft. altitude) will be as much as 4.5 standard deviations below normal, which is less than 1 in 100,000 in probability terms.

Northern Rockies snowstorm to expand to Minneapolis, Great Lakes

The snowstorm unfolding across the northern Rockies will spread a swath of snow to Minneapolis and the upper Great Lakes through the first part of the week.
Before reaching the Great Lakes, the system is expected to deliver snow from the Rocky Mountains to the northern Plains with accumulating snowfall reaching as far south as Denver.

The snow will then begin to build into the northern Great Lakes, moving into the region on Monday and continuing into Tuesday night.

Due to the path of the storm, it appears as though some of the bigger cities around the Great Lakes, such as Chicago and Detroit, will miss out on the snow.

The heaviest snow is expected to focus on a zone stretching from northern Wisconsin to central Ontario. A foot or more of snow will fall over this area with localized pockets receiving as much as 2 feet of accumulation.

Gusty winds also accompanying this storm will result in blowing and drifting snow.

While blizzard conditions are not expected, winds gusting up to 30 mph can greatly reduce visibility, resulting in major travel disruptions.

This wind will also cause RealFeel® temperatures to be held to the teens and single digits on Monday in places such as Minneapolis, making it dangerous for people to spend extended periods of time in the outdoors without wearing proper clothing.
Along the southern fringe of the snow, rain and/or sleet will mix in and hold down amounts.

A blast of frigid arctic air is set to dive southward into the Plains and the Midwest in the wake of the snowstorm, keeping temperatures as much as 30 degrees below normal.

This cold air blowing over the comparatively warm waters of the Great Lakes can cause lake-effect snow to develop downwind of the lakes, adding to snowfall totals Wednesday and Thursday.

Despite all of the negative impacts that this storm will bring, there will be some positives.

Ski resorts across the region will benefit from snow, allowing for some early season skiers to hit the slopes.

The cold air following the storm will also allow for ski resorts to utilize their snow-making machines, adding even more snow to the slopes for early season skiers.

Those planning to go skiing or snowboarding should check for the latest ski conditions forecast.

Polar vortex returns with 'Arctic blast' for parts of Canada

The frigid cold of the polar vortex is coming back, with snow and an "Arctic blast" of winter air set to sweep across Western Canada in the days ahead.

Environment Canada issued cold weather statements for all of British Columbia and parts of Alberta on Sunday, with temperatures expected to plummet up to 10 degrees Celsius below the seasonal norm. The polar vortex is expected to bring the coldest temperatures of the season, along with freezing rain or snow for many of the affected areas.

"Temperatures will drop across many regions as the coldest air so far this season moves in," Environment Canada said in a cold air statement

The southern part of Alberta is under a heavy snowfall warning, with 10 to 20 centimetres expected to fall in most areas by Monday morning.

Forecasters say the polar vortex will engulf much of Canada and the continental United States in the days ahead, and bring the first true chill of winter with it.

The U.S. is already bracing for the full force of the Arctic blast. Temperatures will plummet well below their November averages across the country, with Minnesota expecting record-breaking snowfalls.

In Canada, temperatures dropped below the freezing mark in Calgary to around -10 C on Sunday, bringing snow and biting winds to the city. Edmonton, Winnipeg and Saskatoon are also facing double-digit freezing temperatures and snow.

Weather experts say Typhoon Nuri is the main culprit behind the big chill, as the tropical storm's presence over Alaska is forcing a cyclone of cold Arctic air to shift south in a "polar vortex" effect.

The polar vortex is a large pocket of intense cold air that typically sits over the North Pole. However, weather patterns occasionally shift that pocket south, resulting in a sharp, prolonged dip in temperature over the area affected.

Canadians last felt the icy grip of the polar vortex in January, when a deep freeze settled over the country for weeks.

Swath of Winter storms extend from Turkey to Japan

While much of the tropical activity tends to diminish in the Northern Hemisphere during the winter, sometimes the western Pacific can remain active.
"The cooler waters southeast of Asia will likely yield far less tropical activity in the western Pacific compared to last winter," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls said.

Six of the eight named tropical systems struck the Philippines from November 2013 to February 2014. Super Typhoon Haiyan delivered a devastating blow to the Philippines in November.

Nicholls and AccuWeather Long Range Team expect no more than one named tropical system [tropical storms and typhoons] to directly affect the Philippines or to pass near Japan this winter.

Cold Air to Aim for Northeastern Areas

Cold air will make lunges toward the traditionally chilly winter locations of northeastern China and Manchuria.

According to Nicholls, "The most significant cold shots will occur during January and February but will tend to be brief."

By the end of the winter, the back-and-forth pattern should result in near-average temperatures from Beijing, China, to Seoul, South Korea.

Comparatively less frequent cold intrusions will result in above-average temperatures by the end of the three-month period from Shanghai and Hong Kong, China, to Tokyo, Japan.

Active Storm Track Expected Turkey to Japan

Cooler-than-average water temperatures from the Philippines and South China seas will play a role in the track of non-tropical storms during much of the winter.

Most Pacific Ocean storm systems will tend to track farther east, when compared to last winter. Most of the storms will track near or east of the Mariana Islands. Much of the area from southern India and Malaysia to Vietnam and the Philippines will be dry and warm as a result.

"Storms are likely to focus from the North China Plain, across the Korean Peninsula and into southern Japan," Nicholls said.

Snowfall is forecast to average above normal in Seoul (normal is 15 cm) and near normal in Tokyo (normal is 10 cm) as a result. However, a slight shift in the storm track or a single major storm could greatly affect snowfall in this swath. Snowfall in this area is not likely to linger very long.

Visitors walk in the snow at Enoshima Shrine in Fujisawa, near Tokyo, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. Tokyo received 48 cm (18.8 inches) of snow during the winter
of 2013-14. The majority of the snow fell in two storms during February.  © AP/Shizuo Kambayashi

Visitors walk in the snow at Enoshima Shrine in Fujisawa, near Tokyo, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. Tokyo received 48 cm (18.8 inches) of snow during the winter of 2013-14. The majority of the snow fell in two storms during February.

Farther northwest, a temperature contrast zone will likely set up a storm track in a swath from Turkey to the Hindoo Koosh and the Himalayas. This swath, which includes part of the Middle East, is forecast to be an extension of the stormy zone across the Balkan Peninsula of Europe.

Episodes of locally heavy rain, snow and wind are in store in this swath, which could disrupt travel. It is possible one or more winter storms may affect Istanbul.

Quiet and Dry South of the Storm Track

The area south of the Himalayas and Hindoo Koosh tends to be dry during the winter. This winter should be no exception.

South of the storm track, over southwestern Asia, areas from near the Arabian Sea to northern India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Myanmar will have temperatures averaging near normal this winter. Rainfall in this area will be near to below average.

Storms passing by to the north could kick up episodes of wind and dust in parts of Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

- AccuWeather | Dr. Roy Spencer | CTV News.

DISASTER PRECURSORS: Omen – The Latest Incidents Of Strange Animal Behavior, Mass Animal Die-Offs, Appearance Of Rare Creatures And Warnings From Mother Nature!

November 10, 2014 - EARTH
- The following constitutes the latest reports of unusual and symbolic animal behavior, mass die-offs, beaching and stranding of mammals, and the appearance of rare creatures.

187 dead sea lions found along the coast of Sechura, Peru

Less than a week after the appearance of one hundred seals killed in booking Illescas in the province of Sechura ( Piura ), again dead marine species were found in this jurisdiction.

This time, a total of 187 sea lions were found dead between the beaches Saint Peter and Saint Paul, and the Turtle Cove.

This was confirmed by sources from the National Service of Protected Areas Regional ( Sernanp ).

However, expressed ignorance about the reason for the killing of wolves.

Meanwhile, local fishermen claimed that warming would cause sea. 
- Peru 21. [Translated]

Massive amount of dead sardines wash ashore along 4km of coast of Hokkaido, Japan

On 11/3/2014, numerous sardines were found washed ashore in Pacific coastal area of Hokkaido. A fisherman found it around 6AM of the day.

The location was Mukawa-cho in Hokkaido. The dead sardines were approx. 15 ~ 20cm long, which have grown up. They were found washed ashore for 4km along the coast.

The local fishermen state they have been fishing there for 60 years but haven’t seen such a thing.

Hokkaido fisheries experiment station comment it might be due to the storm one night before, but the exact cause is not identified.

On the other hand, local citizen commented on Twitter that that kind of storm was nothing rare, can happen quite often. - Fukushima Diary.

Group of five brown bears attack hunters, severely injuring one, Alaska

A hunting trip to the remote wilderness of Alaska went awry for a group of deer hunters after they were attacked by a group of brown bears. While most of the hunters escaped safely, an elderly man among the group was severely injured, reports CNN. The bear attack took place on the remote Sally Island, where the hunters had come for deer hunting. The injured man has been identified as Michael Snowden from Alaska. Some reports mention his age to be 68.

According to an official statement released by the U.S. Coast Guard, the man, along with his hunting party, were carrying the carcass of a deer they had shot towards their fishing vessel when the bear attack took place. While the coast guard hasn't confirmed the number of animals that were involved in the bear attack, the CNN report says the group was attacked by at least five bears. An earlier report by NBC News had put the number of bears at three. According to that report, two of the bears were fatally shot by one of the hunters. This is yet to be confirmed.
While most of the members managed to fend off the attack, one 65-year-old man was brutally mauled by one of the bears and was seriously injured. The hunting party was initially unaware of the bears congregating to attack the group of men. They were in fact alerted by the master of the fishing vessel they had used to come to the island.

It is highly unusual for a group of bears to carry out an attack on humans, the U.S. Coast Guard said in the statement.
"The fact that there were five bears was an abnormality and this serves as a reminder that anything can happen and we need to be aware of our surroundings," said Lt. Joseph Schlosser, operational unit watchstander for the Coast Guard 17th District.
Meanwhile, the master of the fishing vessel Mary J alerted coast guard officials about the attack and told them about Mr. Snowden requiring urgent medical assistance. Soon, help arrived in the form of a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter. The man was medevaced from the island and flown to the Kodiak Municipal Airport and then handed over to emergency medical services.

This is not the first time we have heard of bear attacks in the United States this year. Earlier, the Inquisitr reported about quite a few bear attack cases, the latest one being late last month when the body of a hiker was almost completely eaten by a black bear. - Inquisitr.

Hundreds of dead Trout found 'is a mystery' in a river in Schelpe, Germany

In the Schelpe at Brenkhausen many dead fish were found on Wednesday afternoon. The fishing club is concerned that
the entire portfolio has died in the village.
Photo: WB
A mysterious fish kills in the Schelpe employed residents of Brenkhausen. There are several hundred trout have been found.

Citizens in Brenkhausen have found a number of dead trout in the stream of Schelpe on Wednesday afternoon and informed the water authority of the circle Hoxter. From the department of water samples and dead fish were seized for examination. Legged subsequent Bach commission gathered members of the fishing club Brenkhausen a three ten-gallon bucket full of dead fish. The first dead trout were about 100 meters above the registered Tennis home, the last in the amount of the old sewage treatment plant. In the Schelpe are due to the low water level mostly undersized fish that migrate in larger state in the Weser.

So about 300 trout were collected in size from ten to 15 centimeters and about 15 large specimens from the dead stream. "I'm assuming that the entire stock of fish is found dead in the area of ​​the village Brenkhausen," said Chairman of the Fisheries Association Brenkhausen, Johannes Hahn angle. In addition to the financial loss to the club and the environmental damage is large. For it was killed and the large inventory of Mühlkoppen. Mühlkoppen, also known as sculpins, are ten to 15 centimeters big fish, which are among the endangered species and are therefore particularly protected. The fishing club Brenkhausen filed a complaint with the police. Notes accepts this answer with 0 5271/9620. - Westfalen. [Translated]

Wolves return to Denmark for first time in 200 years

A file photograph of a male European grey wolf. © MATT CARDY/GETTY IMAGES
At least one male wolf has permanently settled in Jutland, Denmark, scientists say, in first case since 1813

Wolves have returned to Denmark for the first time in 200 years, according to researchers.

When wolves last roamed wild in Denmark, Napoleon was still terrorising Europe and the Battle of Waterloo had yet to be fought.

But now a team of researchers say they have conclusive evidence that wolves have re-established themselves in much of the Jutland peninsula, the part of Denmark that is in mainland Europe, and that at least one male wolf has permanently settled there.

There have been sporadic sightings of wolves in Jutland since 2012, but this is the first time scientists have officially confirmed their return.

A team of researchers from Aarhus University and the Danish National History Museum studied locations where wolf DNA was found and where wolves were photographed in the wild.

By analysing DNA traces they were able to show that a particular male wolf was detected seven times in the same area in 2013. Wolves are considered to have settled in an area if they are seen there twice in six months.

"That is most certainly the case with this wolf, which means we can say that we have our first evidence that the wolf is settled in Denmark," Liselotte Wesley Andersen, a senior researcher at Aarhus University, told Denmark's national broadcaster, DR.

Wolves once roamed across Europe, before their numbers were heavily depleted in the 19th century. They have been making a recovery since the 1950s, and wild populations have re-established themselves in a number of countries, including France, Germany, Norway and Sweden.

When a wolf was spotted in Denmark in 2012, it was the first sighting since 1813. But researchers caution that so far they have only found DNA traces of male wolves resident in Denmark, and have not been able to locate any traces of females or cubs, despite numerous claims of sightings of a wolf pack.

"We're hoping for a snowy winter so wolf tracks can lead us to further documented finds," Thomas Secher Jensen, a senior researcher with the Natural History Museum, told DR. - Telegraph.

Unusual animal behaviour: Sea lion chases down fishing boat and jumps on board

Incredible footage shows a sea lion chasing down a fishing boat before leaping on board to collect a fish

An amusing video has emerged of a sea lion jumping onto the back of a fishing boat.

The video, captured off the coast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico late last month, shows the determined seal trailing behind the boat before leaping on board to collect a piece of fish.

After collecting the fish, the sea lion reverses back into the sea and swims away.

"Sea Lions often follow fishing boats in Cabo San Lucas in the hope of getting a free meal," the filmer wrote online.

WATCH: Sea lion catches fishing boat and jumps on board.

- Telegraph.

New species of deep-sea coral discovered off California coast

This Sept. 6, 2014 photo released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows a new species of deep-sea white coral found by NOAA
researchers off the coast of Sonoma County, Calif. The research team also found a "highly unusual" nursery area for catsharks and skates in the
underwater canyons close to the Gulf of Farallones and Cordell Bank national marine sanctuaries. The discoveries were made in September
as part of the first intensive exploration of California's offshore areas north of Bodega Head. © AP
U.S. scientists have discovered a new species of deep-sea coral and a nursery area for catsharks and skates in underwater canyons off the coast of Northern California, the researchers said.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said on Wednesday the team used technologies including small submersibles to investigate marine life that has adapted to survive in offshore waters up to 1,000 feet deep.

The team made two big discoveries off the Sonoma coast, it said, including hundreds of egg cases from skates, which are similar to rays, on the seafloor, and in bundles on the rocks surrounding a catshark nursery area.

"This is a highly unusual nursery because rarely, if ever, are shark nurseries in the same area as skate nurseries," Peter Etnoyer, a deep-sea biologist at NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, said in a statement.

Separately, the researchers also discovered corals living at about 600 feet underwater that they said are a new deep-sea species belonging to the Leptogorgia genus, NOAA said.

The work took place in September close to the Gulf of Farallones and Cordell Bank national marine sanctuaries, it said, and it was carried out by a consortium of federal and state marine scientists.

Prior to the expedition, it added, little was known about the areas except that they were thought to contain nutrient-rich and biologically diverse marine life.

The researchers also conducted video surveys of terrain that previously was documented only by sonar imaging.

Submarine canyons, such as the area's Bodega Canyon, act as a refuge for important species of fish and provide a habitat for sensitive species of deep water corals and sponges.

Coral is a stationary animal that slowly grows on sea floors over tens and even hundreds of years. Coral reefs are nurseries for many types of fish, and they also they help protect coasts from storms and tsunamis, as well as attracting tourists.

"This work helps inform our knowledge and understanding of ... areas that are extremely important to the ocean environment," said Danielle Lipski, Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary research coordinator and expedition leader. - Reuters.

Elephant tramples man to death in Zambia

A 20- year- old man of Kalemba village in chief Nabwalya's area has been crushed to death by an elephant.

ZANIS in Chinsali reports that Muchinga provincial education officer Jobbicks Kalumba confirmed the incident today.

Mr Kalumba said the incident happened in the early hours of yesterday near Nabwalya primary school.

Mr. Kalumbamba who is on a 14-day mobile teaching service in the area named the deceased as Mulenga Kalemba who died shortly after he was taken to Nabwalya rural health center.

He added that Kalemba's fate was witnessed by children who where going to school in the morning when they shouted for help upon seeing the elephant stepping on him leaving all his intestines out while his head was smashed beyond recognition.

Mr. Kalumba explained that the deceased was mentally disturbed and due to his violent behavior,his parents resorted to be tying him to a tree during day time.

However, on Tuesday afternoon the deceased managed to cut the rope and went loitering in the village until he met his fate.

Mr Kalumba added that the incident has affected a lot of children in the area who are refusing to go to school for fear of being attacked by wild beasts hence affecting the lessons.

He further appealed to the Zambia Wild Life Authority(ZAWA) to keep vigil on the wild animals from going into villages.

In a related development, people of Mutekwe are also living in fear as elephants from North Luangwa have gone on rampage destroying houses and eating their harvest.

Councilor for Mutekwe ward Ernest Kaluba told ZANIS that the situation has brought fear in the area as pupils and teachers were failing to go to school.

Efforts to get a comment from ZAWA Senior Warden for Muchinga and Northern provinces Patrick Nyirenda failed by press time.  - Lusaka Voice.

10-meter long dead whale cleared from Qatar's Al Huwaila beach

A 15-ton dead whale found on Al Huwaila beach in northern Qatar was removed by a government beach clean crew earlier this week.

Photographs posted by the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning (Baladiya) show the 10-meter long whale being lifted by a digger off the beach on Tuesday.

The ministry did not give any details of the type of whale or how they believed the mammal died.

A number of animals have been removed in recent years after washing up on Qatar's shoreline.

In September, a dead dolphin was removed from Al Wakrah port, while in March, a reader sent Doha News photos of a dead sea lion that remained out in the open for several days outside Al Khor.   - Doha News.

Two women attacked by a group of bears in India

 Panic gripped Kochdi village of Rampur subdivision in Shimla district on Friday after bears reportedly attacked two women who were collecting fodder for the cows. The seriously injured women were rushed to Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital (IGMCH) for treatment. They have been identified as Hema Devi and Heera Devi.

Hema Devi, who is also the panchayat member of village, sustained maximum injuries in the attack. According to official sources, it is a common practice for villagers to head towards forest areas to collect wood and fodder for domestic use during winter months. On Friday, Hema and Heera had gone to forest like any other day.

As they reached near the forest, a group of bears attacked them on their face, arms and other parts of the body. In panic, the two women screamed, upon which the bears left and fled towards the dense forest. Hearing their desperate cries, villagers ran towards the spot only to find the two women lying unconscious in a pool of blood, they said. With the help of ambulance, villagers shifted them to a nearby hospital from where they were shifted to Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital in Shimla for further treatment.

Man-animal conflict has increased in Himachal Pradesh in recent years with wild boars, black bears and monkeys damaging standing crops, besides instances of lifting of domestic animals by leopards and attack on humans were also being reported.

The otherwise dwindling population of wild animals has seen an increase since the imposition of total ban on hunting since 1984, sources said. Extension of agriculture, coupled with increased human interference in hitherto undisturbed areas, has led to greater human-animal conflict, said an official from wildlife department. Stray cases of injuries to people and loss of human lives in attacks by leopards and black bears have been reported in the state, he added.  - The Times of India.

Woman killed in elephant attack, Nepal - 6th fatality in 10 weeks

A woman has been killed at Chisapani of Banke district at 1 pm on Thursday after being attacked by an elephant. The deceased, identified as 32-year-old Sharmila Chaudhary, had gone to Shree Krishna Community Forest situated at Chisapani-4 to fetch fodder for her cattle.

The elephant attacked and killed Chaudhary while two other women who were with her managed to save their lives by running away.

On basis of the information provided by the women who saved their lives, police went for a search in the forest where they found the dead body of Chaudhary, said DSP Janak Shahi of Area Police Office, Kohalpur.

The dead body of woman has been sent to Bheri Zonal Hospital, Nepalgunj for post-mortem.   - Ekantipur.

Global Canine Insurrection: Another week of savage dog attack

A best friend?

Sensational headline, right? Maybe not. Below I have included reports of dog attacks from around the word in just the last few days. These reports are in no way anywhere near comprehensive. They are simply offered up as examples of typical canine attacks of late. But some are doubly notable, as they are assaults on owners or other family members. In other words, they're not your typical stories of freak attacks on strangers. Something else seems to be going on.

A particularly vicious mauling by 2 pitbull terriers of a young child and of a man trying to intervene took place on the 3rd of this month in Indianapolis:
An Indianapolis man is being called a hero after rescuing a 12-year-old boy from two attacking pit bulls Sunday afternoon.

An Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) officer responded to a report of aggressive animals actively attacking a young mentally challenged child in the 3000 block of N. Gladstone Ave Sunday afternoon. While in route to the scene, the officer was told that the dogs were attacking an adult male that was trying to protect the child.

The officer arrived and saw a man in the middle of the intersection of 31st and Gladstone being attacked by two pit bulls. The man, later identified as Russell Hill, was on the ground with both dogs biting him.

Hill's clothing had been ripped off and he was bleeding profusely from numerous wounds. The officer exited his vehicle, and immediately shot a black and white pit bull twice. The wounded dog started limping away, but eventually turned around and came back towards Hill and the officer.

The officer then shot the dog two more times. The dog stumbled a few feet away and laid down on the ground.

The second pit bull, brown in color, stopped attacking Hill when the officer fired his weapon at the animal. It fled back to its residence in the 3100 block Forest Manor.

Animal Control Officers arrived at the home and were able to capture the brown dog.

A few days later in New Zealand a toddler was savaged by two large dogs:
The mother of a toddler mauled by two dogs in an estate near Queenstown says the attack was ghastly.

Her son, 3, was playing with other children in Herries Ln, Lake Hayes Estate, at 5pm yesterday when the youngsters were startled by barking dogs.

The children started to run but the toddler fell over and two dogs, a rottweiler and a labrador cross, bit his legs.

His mother, who wished to remain anonymous, said the family hoped no-one else had to go through anything similar.

''It's been a ghastly experience. I would hate to see something like this repeated in our lovely community and hope this sends a message to dog owners.

''I would also like to acknowledge the owners of the dogs that were involved. They have been very kind and co-operative. They are distraught about what has happened."

The toddler was taken to Lakes District Hospital with lacerations, where he needed stitches for two of three deep cuts on his legs, and the attack was referred to Queenstown Lakes District Council animal control by police.

In a statement, a council spokesman said the dogs were immediately impounded pending an investigation.

The outcome potentially included an infringement notice, a menacing or dangerous dog classification, prosecution and the destruction of the dogs, he said.

Two dogs attacked a three-year-old boy in Lake Hayes Estate, mauling his leg

Two dogs attacked a three-year-old boy in Lake Hayes Estate, mauling his leg

Again from New Zealand came this report of another attack by pitbulls on a youngster, on this occasion by a pack of four:
The owner of four dogs which viciously attacked a 7-year-old Japanese girl in Murupara has admitted a criminal charge against him.

Gareth Clive Boyt, 35, pleaded guilty in the Rotorua District Court today to a charge under Section 58 of the Dog Control Act for owning four dogs that caused serious injury.

He was originally jointly charged with his wife, Charlotte Boyt, 31, but police withdrew the charge against her today.

After standing in the dock next to her husband she returned to the public gallery in tears where she was supported by family and friends.

Defence lawyer Bill Lawson entered a guilty plea on behalf of Gareth Boyt.

"He was the owner of the dogs at the time even though he did not have formal control of them, however the responsibility is attached to the owner," Mr Lawson said.
At the end of October in the UK, a pitbull was busy sinking its teeth into a woman attempting to deliver a parcel in Eastbourn:
A 42-year-old woman whose leg was savaged in a dog attack on Friday afternoon has spoken of her horrific ordeal.

Kerry Stevens, who works with businesses in the Rye and Battle area in newspaper sales, was delivering a parcel to a flat last Friday when the dog rushed out and sank it's teeth into her thigh.

She is now recovering after two operations at the Conquest Hospital in Hastings and faces the prospect of having plastic surgery.

Kerry said the moment the dog, a cross between a pit bull and an America bull dog, bit her on the thigh and refused to let go was one of the "most terrifying" of her life.

The attack happened at a property in Eastbourne.

Kerry said: "It was communal flats so I pushed the buzzer and got let in. The woman I was dropping the package off to and her toddler came to the door.

"We were talking then her husband came to the door and started talking too when the dog pushed out of the doorway and launched at me and bit me several times before locking onto my thigh.

"The woman's husband was punching the dog to release the jaws. She ran inside the flat with her toddler and locked the door leaving us out in the hallway. Eventually the dog let go, the man sat on it and called an ambulance.

"I crawled to the front door and he slid his phone across the floor do I could talk to the ambulance people outside in safety.

"It was the most terrifying experience of my entire life. I was in such a state of shock, trauma and pain. It was horrible."

Police and ambulance crews arrived at the scene and Kerry was rushed to hospital. A vet was called out and the animal was destroyed.
Meanwhile in California a pitbull viciously ripped the ear off an 18-month-old boy (and this was the family pet, mind you:
An 18-month-old Jurupa Valley boy was attacked Wednesday by the family pit bull, which ripped off one of the toddler's ears before neighbors scared away the dog.

The child, whose identity was not released, was apparently playing with
the canine in the back yard of his home on Pontiac Avenue around 7:40 a.m. when 2-year-old ''Poncho'' bit the boy several times and tore away his left ear, according to the Riverside County Department of Animal Services.

''It just broke my heart -- he's just a baby,'' said animal control Officer Tiffany Fuller. ''He'll be scarred for life.''

Fuller was one of two Animal Services officers called to the house to seize the dog. She said when she and her partner rolled up, neighbors were
standing on the property, holding baseball bats for protection.

''They ... heard the attack and went out to help the boy,'' Fuller said.
According to county officials, the boy's mother was out of the house
shopping at the time, and his grandmother was supposed to be watching him, but evidently didn't notice when he got up from a nap and wandered into the backyard.

The tot's screams alerted the household.

He was taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center for treatment, according to Animal Services spokesman John Welsh, who said the child's mother surrendered Poncho to the county to be euthanized.
To complete this short series of reports, another from the 5th, involving yet another pitbull terrier terror attack on a child:
Police in Newport say a 5-year-old boy has about 100 puncture wounds after a pit bull attacked him on Tuesday.

Newport Police Lt. William Fitzgerald tells WPRI-TV that the boy was playing outside the Park Holm Housing Complex when the dog ran out of an apartment at about 3 p.m. and attacked him. One of the boy's parents fought off the dog with a pipe.

The boy is being treated at Hasbro Children's Hospital for non-life-threatening wounds on his faces, hands and legs.

A visiting Fall River, Massachusetts, woman who owns the dog has been cited for not restraining it.

Police were still looking for the animal Wednesday.
It's amazing (or maybe not) how this same breed keeps popping up in these and similar reports. This dog is bred for its loyal, protective, bloody vicious characteristics, so perhaps it's no big surprise really? Take a look at the pie chart below, which vividly illustrates which breed of dog has caused by far, the most fatalities in the US over an 8-year period, between 2005-2012:

But it's not just pit bull attacks. To bolster my bold headline claim, consider this recent report from the Yarra Ranges in Australia:
Yarra Ranges Council is desperately trying to get dogs under control as the number of attacks continue to skyrocket.

But despite the surge in attacks, the council has only declared six dogs as dangerous in the municipality.

Early this year, Yarra Ranges Mayor Fiona McAllister said the council was "at a loss" to explain why so many dog attacks had occurred within the first few months of the year, with 51 attacks by the end of February.

But numbers have continued to climb, with 179 dog attacks reported by September.

This is up from 157 dog attacks at this time last year.
According to Wikipedia the population of Yarra Ranges is just 144,541. To experience 179 dog attacks in only 8 months for an area containing 144,500 people does seems rather excessive, to put it mildly.

In addition, there is this September story about Rumbek in Sudan:
At least nine people have died in Lakes state's Rumbek Central county after being bitten by stray dogs.

The public health department in Rumbek has confirmed the deaths, saying the presence of dogs in town is on the rise.
There has been more than 500 separate dog attacks on residents in Rumbek, while 40 people are also undergoing treatment.
The population of the Rumbek district is 82,500 (again going by Wikipedia data), the 500 attacks here are even more striking, with a ratio of 165 to 1.

These reports should additionally be viewed in the much wider context of all the recent wild animal attacks by numerous diverse species, currently being recorded from across the globe. Whatever is going on, it is certainly out of the ordinary and not just more of the same. Deadly elephant attacks, bears, bobcats, muskox, hyenas, foxes; the animal world in general is going wild recently.

Running in parallel are the increasing amounts of stories of bizarre human behaviour. Just as the craziness in the human population increases, perhaps this is being reflected in the animal kingdom, including, not least of all, our domesticated canine friends? - SOTT.

31,000 birds killed to outbreak of Avian flu in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany

 Heinrichswalde / Schwerin first time, a previously known only from Asia and dangerous avian pathogens in Germany has surfaced. The affected turkeys operation with about 31,000 animals in the Vorpommern-Greifswald was locked. The turkeys are infected with the influenza virus of subtype H5N8. On Thursday began with the killing, which is to be completed on Friday.
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Agriculture Minister Till Backhaus (SPD) said, on the evening cautious confidence that the disease remains limited to operation in Heinrichswalde. In contrast to the first major bird flu outbreak in February 2006 was so far been discovered in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern no infected wild bird.

In the turkey fattening there was increased death rates since the beginning of the month, which would have increased in the past few days, the President of the Friedrich-Loeffler Institute (FLI), Thomas Mettenleiter dpa said.
The FLI is the Federal Research Institute for Animal Health.

As the causative agent of avian influenza or bird flu came in the stock, is therefore unclear.
The FLI have four experts sent in the place, the search for the causes. Finally, a highly contagious H5 Virus in 2008 occurred in Germany.

"We must assume that any highly pathogenic virus can also be a hazard to humans," Mettenleiter said.
For the H5N8 pathogen transmission to humans had not yet been observed - not even in South Korea, where previously hundreds of thousands of animals had to be killed. But experts see no reason to panic.

Backhaus warned, however, that it must be crucial to ensure that the virus does not jump to mammals.
Within a radius of 50 kilometers around the outbreak of the bird immediately have to stay in the stable. Even pet owners in the vicinity of water resting places for migratory birds on lakes and along the Baltic coast to bring their chickens, ducks or geese in the barn.

In the words of the District Veterinary Officer Holger Vogel Anklam in the area in which animals have in the stall last, beyond the circle of Vorpommern-Greifswald addition to the Uckermark (Brandenburg), the Mecklenburg Lake District and to Poland. - Handelsblatt. [Translated]

Thousands of dead fish found in a canal in Valencia, Spain

Thousands of dead fish floating stacked against a wall.
That is the image of a section of azarbe the new channel, the channel that runs along the left edge of the new channel and where they drain the waters of the canals that cross Valencia.

The barrier is located upstream of the mouth, adjacent to the Yacht Club, Although is downstream of the treatment plant of Pinedo, is not confirmed to be due to a discharge of the plant, so the reason for the death could be due anoxia.

The lack of oxygen and was the reason last year of lower mortality when the flow stagnation led to a rapid decay of the waters.
Then, research the Confederation Júcar discarded the presence of pesticides in the fields or contaminants from the wastewater treatment plant.

Anyway, the president of the Fishermen Community of El Palmar, José Caballer, citing as an example the mortality increased to discourage the flow of treated water to the lagoon.

This is one of the solutions shuffled by the city to cover the lack of contribution coming from the river XUQUER.
Councilman Devesa-Albufera, Vicent Aleixandre alluded to this possibility in a recent meeting with the president of the Júcar, Maria Angeles Ureña, where they discussed the dangerous low level in the lake.

Cavalry will meet next week with the Director General of Environment, Salome Pradas, to send you a number of claims, in addition to its refusal to allow the flow of the treatment plant of Pinedo is increased.

Of these facilities out 40 cubic are a year, sources in the Ministry of Agriculture.
The water must pass through fields which act as filters to clean green organic debris before it reaches the lake.

Experts consulted, however, indicated that flow remains an excess of salt, nitrates and ammonium.
The Government now has under construction a pipeline from the plant to the vicinity Pinedo port Catarroja, a pipeline will increase the volume of water if necessary.

The sources did not specify whether these contributions should be made only when the fields are in culture, ie lake leaving fallow months.
Later this month will occur throughout the marsh the 'perellonà' Flood of 'tancats' used to wash the land and accommodate thousands of birds that come to the natural park to spend the winter months.

According to Caballer, the lake is at least four inches below its minimum to ensure navigation and fish survival under conditions suitable level.

As published this paper, the level recorded in October and early November were the lowest since 2006, reflecting starkly the gravity of the situation.
The president of the Confederation of Júcar promised to find solutions, although the company had said a few days before extraordinary desembalses not be made from the Tous dam. The solution could come from the treatment plant of Pinedo, although fishermen reject this flow, indicating the fish kill in azarbe. Las Provincias. [Translated]

Large die off of fish in Indian River Lagoon, Florida, United States

The Indian River Lagoon system is experiencing a major fish die-off.

Florida Today ( ) reported Saturday that dead fish are fouling canals around Merritt Island.

Among the dead fish are catfish, flounder, mullet, pinfish and red drum.

A spokesman for the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg told the newspaper that a recent water test on Merritt Island found no evidence of a harmful algae bloom or raw sewage. Biologists continue to monitor the fish kills.

The latest fish die-off is happening in an area from Satellite Beach to Fort Pierce.

Researchers have been testing the tissues of hardhead catfish but haven't reached conclusions about a cause of the die-off.

"You're talking about a wide span of area," Doug Adams, assistant research scientist with the institute's Melbourne field office, said of the hardhead catfish deaths. "We've seen these hardhead catfish die-offs in the past. We've even seen them Florida-wide."

In 2005, scientists suspected a toxic algae similar to red tide caused thousands of baby hardhead catfish to die near Rockledge and Melbourne.

The same algae bloomed in Port St. Lucie the previous year and killed several species of fish.

During the summer of 1996, thousands of hardheads floated up dead in the lagoon and statewide. Biologists never identified the exact cause, but suspected a virus that killed only hardheads. - The Republic.

20 Tons of fish washing up, 'agonizing and dying' is a 'mystery and concern' in Guanabara Bay, Brazil

20 tons of shads, a species of fish, have been found agonizing and dying in the bay. (Photos: AFP)

The unusual situation is harshly affecting the local fisherpeople’s life, while authorities have finally started an investigation to find the cause of the problem. 

For reasons as yet unknown, huge numbers of fish from the same species have been dying on the tourist beaches of Ganabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil over the past month, an unprecedented situation that is scaring the population.

The municipal cleaning service have found 20 tons of shads, a particular species of fish similar to sardines and herrings, as well as four sea turtles.

Surprisingly, “the tests proved that it is not a matter of chemical or toxic contamination of water,” declared the oceanograph David Zee to AFP, from the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ).

The fisherpeople have complained of being forced to buy fish to resell, as their weekly wage has been cut by more than half, and have blaimed the activities of the giant national oil company, Petrobras.

“The fisherman aren't going to poison the water as it's their lifeline. This is not because of fishermen. Why are [the authorities] not checking the activities of the petrochemical industry? Why are they not checking the refineries? It is very clear that we are witnessing a crime against the environment. What we need to know is who is responsible and what products are being used," said Alexandre Anderson, president of the Men & Women of the Sea Association to AFP.

Two years ago, the Brazilian general attorney accused the Petrobras company of environmental crime, for contaminating the bay and one of the rivers.

As only one species seems to be involved so far, another possible cause would be thermal pollution: the water would be too warm, therefore diminishing the solvability of oxygen, something the shads are very sensitive to, explained Zee. According to the scientist, this phenomenon would be aggravated by the fact that the circulation and change of water is more difficult in this part of the bay.

Five specimens of shads have been sent for examination on Tuesday to the department of biology of the UFRJ, and the results should be known within the next week. - Telesur.

Tons of fish die along several miles of the River Aumance in France

In crossing Hedgehog, a stench rises from the waters of
the Aumance, whose bottom is littered with dead fish.

There, at the dam, bubbling froth ... - The Mountain
While a new set of government measures announced is to "curb rising cost of living," the waters of the Au- mance are victims of a new pollution.

Once again, the waters have been polluted Aumance at the beginning of November.
In July already, between Neuville and Cosne-Allier, hundreds of pounds of fish were destroyed, but this time the disaster is greater.

Indeed, for several days, about eight kilometers from Cosne-Allier, to the deck of Hollow at Hedgehog, "large pieces and small fry were victims of water contamination," as stated Centre-Matin newspaper, in its issue of Tuesday, November 10.

Naturally, the fishing company Aumance Roach, by its president, Jean Pichard, has once again moved to "the disastrous turn was taking the situation".

The samples were taken, for the purposes of analysis and the gendarmerie Hedgehog was seized of the matter.
But the first experiments performed using reagents used to assume "that the poisoning was caused by ammonia from industrial residues." And the damage would be several tons of fish.

Rugby:. ASF-Commentry Montluçonnais Stadium in a friendly
part of the cut-Albert Legrand, first name, a friendly match away in the city of Blacksmiths, ASF Commentry, Auvergne current leader of the championship, the Montluçonnais stage, resident of the second division.

If the first were full, the latter lined a mixed team.
They imposed on the score of 24-9, scoring eight tries, none of which transformed (test worth three points at the time). The Commentryens entering, for their part, a test, a drop and a penalty.

Salon des Amis des Arts: an award for Jean Bougret
The seventeenth Fair Friends of the Arts, held in the conference room of City Hall, closed its doors and, as usual, the counting of the vote. Visitors took place for the Prize of the public.
This distinction has returned this year to Jean Bougret for his painting "La Halte Gypsies." He beat Lucien Mandosse Roland Houot-Pierre and Laloire Auberger. - La Montagne. [Translated]

Thousands of dead fish, crabs, shrimp, eels suddenly die in a river in Pangkajene, Indonesia FITRIANA
The last two days, since Saturday (11/08/2014) through Sunday (11/09/2014), residents on the banks of the River Pangkajene, Pangkajene District, Islands, South Sulawesi, shocked by the rare natural occurrence.

Fish, shrimp, crabs, eels, and creatures of the main river that divides the city districts within 56 km north of Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi province, floating dead in the water.

At the mouth of the river, Like a natural phenomenon of fish poisoning occurs around 13:00 pm Saturday.
"Pas bonang water (tidal)" said Endang (35), a housewife in the village of Toli-Toli, Tekonglabbua, Pangkajene, Pangkep Saturday (11/09/2014).

Meanwhile, Bachtiar Mattoangaing who lived in the village about 3 km from the river mouth Pangkajene, see for the incident on Saturday at about 17:20 pm.
"When the rain runs, shrimp shrimp rose all, jump to the edge," he said.

Until Sunday morning, not unlike the river Pangkajene harvest fish pond again.
The fish are usually caught with a fishing line, nets, or nets since yesterday afternoon, just caught with a bucket, hand, or glove that is created.

"I've been 60 years old born and raised in the village of Solo, but only this time the fish rose all, as requested arrested," said Zainuddi, of Hamlet Solo, Bucinri Village, Bungoro, at the western end of the river estuary Pangkajene on Sunday (9/11 / 2014) morning.

Zain is working as a fisherman at the mouth of this river, since last Saturday, did not go to sea.
He and dozens of neighbors, enough to provide a simple nets to catch the tiger prawn, mud crab, grouper, baramundi, and other estuary fish.

He claims this natural phenomenon in his favor, but he is concerned, after this disaster, he would lose the eye pencabariannya for a long time.
"If the big fish are floating, this blessing, but this was a baby fish and Ambari (ebi) also die all," he said.

Kekahawatiran also experienced fisherman Hasan (54) and Amir (42).
Tolo-Toli village residents, Tekolabbua village, district Pangkajene, Pangekp is also 30 years since the last of their livelihood on fish catches in the river.

"Maybe people who live in cities Mattoanging, Tumampua, and Jagong happy, because they are servants and merchants, but our life of these fishermen fish in the river," said Hasan, owner of butterflyfish shrimp in his backyard.
  - Kompas. [Translated]