Saturday, March 7, 2015

FUK-U-SHIMA: UCLA Researchers Declare That Fukushima Is "Not Only Affecting Japan, But Also WORLDWIDE;" Government Expert Says "Immediately The Iodine-131 Plume Moved Eastward Reaching U.S. West Coast, Covering ENTIRE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE,... SIGNIFICANT Concern On The Safety Of The Population And Environment WORLDWIDE"!

March 7, 2015 - EARTH
- In the Fukushima Disaster Zone with UCLA researchers, Mar 3, 2015: Four years after Fukushima disaster, some areas remain untouched, clocks recording the exact time that the tsunami swept through. Access is highly restricted but two UCLA researchers were recently given permission to document the disaster zone. — at 3:45 in — “With this study I think that’s what we’re trying to explore — is that once a nuclear catastrophe strikes, it’s not only affecting that local area, but also worldwide.”

Atmospheric dispersion of Iodine-131 released after the Fukushima event, by Giuseppe A. Marzo, ENEA (Italian National agency for new technologies, Energy and sustainable economic development), 2014: From March 12, 2011, a significant amount of radioactive material… discharged into the atmosphere…

Total emission of 131I has been estimated in [128** petabecquerels (PBq)], while 133Xe, and 137Cs total emissions have been estimated in [15,300 PBq and 36.6 PBq], respectively. In this work the global atmospheric dispersion of 131I released by the Fukushima accident is carried out, focusing on this specific radionuclide due to its radiological relevance in terms of consequences on the human health…

The image above summarizes the simulation results. It illustrates the radioactivity concentration due to 131I released into the atmosphere at specific times and integrated over the total atmospheric column. Immediately after the initial release on March 12, the plume moved eastward reaching the United States west coast on [March 15 at 10:00p PST]… In early April the plume extended over the entire northern hemisphere A significant accidental event occurred at the Fukushima NPPs… volatile radionuclides such as 131I were transported away from the source posing significant concern on the safety of the population and the environment worldwide the atmospheric dispersion of 131I [was] covering the entire northern hemisphere by early April

**According to a document released by TEPCO, “Our result shows a higher I-131 amount (500PBq) compared to the result obtained from a thirdparty organization (120-200PBq).”

WATCH: Fukushima Four Years Later - In The Disaster Zone.

- ENE News.

INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Small Plane Crashes Near Bixby, Oklahoma - No Injury To Pilot And Passengers!

Two people were able to walk away from a small plane crash Friday.

- A small plane crashed in a field in Bixby Friday afternoon but the pilot and his passenger were able to walk away without any injuries.

The plane was mostly still intact after the crash landing- near 161st Street South and 151st East Avenue.

“It’s an antique aircraft. It’s one that’s been in the family for a long time,” said Scott Rabbit.

Rabbit said the plane has been in his family for more than 40 years and that his 19-year-old grandson, Alexander Rabbit, was flying it when he made the emergency landing.

Alexander Rabbit is a licensed pilot who was flying a friend who is also a flight instructor. Officials said that ground conditions and the pilot’s skill is what kept them safe in the landing.

WATCH: Small plane crashes near Bixby.

“He did a great job getting it on the ground. They say that if you can walk from it, it’s a good landing,” said Scott Rabbit.

The cause of the emergency landing is under investigation. - FOX23.

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVALS: Family Leaves Home After Seawatch Sinkhole Opens In Canada!

A three-metre-deep sinkhole opened up on this property on Gale Ave. North, in West Porpoise Bay on Feb. 26. © Rik Jespersen

March 7, 2015 - CANADA
- The District of Sechelt was scrambling this week after a three-metre-deep sinkhole emerged on a residential property on Gale Avenue North in the Seawatch subdivision on Feb. 26, prompting the family to leave their home.

The District was scheduling meetings with a geotechnical engineering firm it has retained and the geotechnical firm connected with the developer, Concordia Seawatch Ltd., communications manager Connie Jordison said Wednesday.

Jordison said a second property could also be affected.

"There's a property across the road on lot 9 showing signs of there being an impact on the driveway area, and that house I don't believe is occupied," she said.

A meeting was held Tuesday night with a large group of residents to update them on the problem and the District's response.

The District is continuing to monitor the situation and closed a portion of the road to vehicular traffic as a precautionary measure. - Coast Reporter.

FIRE IN THE SKY: "Fireball" Seen In The Skies Over Illinois Creates Buzz!

- Did little green men take a cruise in their spaceship over Alton? Probably not — but something strange in the sky caught the attention of several Telegraph readers Thursday evening.

According to Robert Lunsford of the American Meteor Society (AMS), reports of a fireball came from across the state Thursday evening.

"The sightings were clustered right around Chicago," Lunsford said. "We've only received a couple from the St. Louis area. We have 34 total sightings. St. Louis seems to be on the southwestern edge of our reports. It was apparently seen as far away as Ann Arbor, Michigan."

Lunsford added that similar sightings came from Texas and Louisiana around 2 a.m. Friday. He said the southern fireball had about half as many reports as the one over Illinois. Such bright fireballs are common in February, March and April, he added.

"This is the peak time for evening fireballs," he said. "I have no doubt that it was a meteor."

Lunsford said most of the reports claimed to have seen a large green fireball, but some were blue or yellow. According to Lunsford, the seemingly strange colors are actually quite common when a large chunk of space debris enters Earth's atmosphere.

"Entering the atmosphere excites the oxygen molecules and creates a sort of greenish glow," he said.

The AMS is still investigating the case, which includes looking for evidence that the meteor metamorphosed into a meteorite by hitting the surface of Earth.

"There's still a possibility that it did," Lunsford said. "We look for signs of sonic booms that indicate that the object entered the lower atmosphere. We haven't had any of those so far."

Social media in the Riverbend was abuzz with chatter about the fireball — or whatever it was — late Thursday and early Friday. Facebook user Jason Cox wrote on the Telegraph's wall that he saw the object around 8:30 p.m. Thursday evening while traveling north on Homer Adams Parkway off Broadway.

Another user, Berthal Allsman said he saw a similar object on Homer Adams Parkway and described it as "kool as h—-."

Mandi Carroll wrote that she saw it while driving on Missouri Route 367 towards Alton.

Most Facebook users that claimed to have seen the object on the Telegraph's page described it as a meteor. Others jokingly theorized that it was a spaceship, a methamphetamine lab explosion or popular Star Trek character Spock, portrayed by the recently deceased Leonard Nimoy, reaching his destination on the final frontier.

The Alton Police Department said that they did not receive any calls on the matter. Alton Police spokesperson Emily Hejna speculated that it was most likely not a visiting life form from the far reaches of the cosmos.

The Telegraph also reached out to NASA regarding the matter, but nobody from the administration had responded to the request as of press time. An official did confirm they were investigating the reports, however. The official echoed the belief that it was probably not a spaceship.  - The Telegraph.

INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Train Carrying Crude Oil Derails In Northern Ontario, Canada - Causing Massive Explosion And Fire; Fourth Derailment In The Province This Year!

Train derailment a carrying crude oil causing a large.

March 7, 2015 - ONTARIO, CANADA
- A train carrying crude oil has derailed in Northern Ontario and burst into flames. This is the fourth derailment in the province since the start of the year.

CN Rail, the owner of the rail network in the eastern Canadian province, said the crash took place at 2:45 am on Saturday. No one was injured.

FILE PHOTO: Heavy equipment is used in an attempt to extinguish a fire after a crude oil train derailment 50 miles (80 km) south of
Timmins, Ontario, February 16, 2015. (Reuters / Transportation Safety Board of Canada / Handout via Reuters)

Three roads near the community of Gogama, where the accident took place, have been sealed off for up to 36 hours.

The $70-billion Canadian National Railway Company suffered its last derailment in nearby Horneypayne just two days earlier, though there was no chemical spillage in that crash.

But a massive explosion, also in Gogama, just last month resulted in the spillage of more than 1 million liters of bitumen into the environment, after 15 carriage tanks were breached, following yet another derailment. The authorities said that the spill contaminated a nearby lake and pond, but insisted the toxicity levels were not threatening to humans or wildlife.

Last year Canadian authorities instituted more stringent safety standards for rail cars carrying flammable liquids, and last month new rules increased insurance liabilities for companies transporting dangerous goods.

The measures are a response primarily to the Luc-Megantic disaster of 2013, when an oil-laden train exploded after a derailment in an urban area in Quebec, causing the deaths of 47 people.

The industry has resisted sweeping measures, which it says will force it to refit 50,000 train carriages in a decade, scuppering the oil-by-rail revolution that has taken place in the last half decade, caused by production expansion in Western Canada, and limits in pipeline capacity. Canadian train tracks are expected to carry 700,000 barrels of oil a day by next year, up from less than 300,000 in 2009. - RT.

ICE AGE NOW: Exceptional Accumulations - 10 Feet Of Snow Falls In Majella, Italy!

Snow in Abruzzo

March 7, 2015 - ITALY
- So much snow that chairlifts are buried.

Bad weather in Abruzzo has brought exceptional accumulations of snow to the Apennines, with the Majella the most affected.

It snowed nearly three meters on Majella, on the Passolanciano-Maielletta site at 1,350meters.

Accumulations are even more significant at a higher altitude.

WATCH: Exceptional snowfall in Italy.

In one of the photos, you can see the chairlift submerged in an exceptional white blanket.

With so much snow, all ski resorts in the region plan to remain open long.  - Ice Age Now.

INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Medical Helicopter Crashes Near St. Louis Hospital - Killing The Pilot!

Firefighters and police examine the smoldering wreckage after a helicopter crashed near St. Louis University Hospital late Friday, March 6, 2015.
Photo by David Carson,

- The pilot of a medical helicopter was killed late Friday in a crash near St. Louis University Hospital, a spokesman for the St. Louis Fire Department said.

The pilot was the only person aboard the helicopter, which was bound for the hospital to pick up a crew when it went down about 11:13 p.m. near Spring Avenue and Rutger Street, just west of the hospital, fire Capt. Garon Mosby said.

Mosby said the cause of the crash had not been determined. Federal Aviation Administration investigators were on the scene Saturday morning, and National Transportation Safety Board investigators were on the way.

The helicopter had just left the ARCH Air Medical Services base at 2207 Scott Avenue, near Highway 40 (Interstate 64) and Jefferson Avenue. In an emailed statement, ARCH's parent company, Englewood, Colo.-based Air Methods, said the helicopter was an EC-130.

"We are deeply saddened by the news that our sole occupant, our pilot, was fatally injured, and our hearts go out to the pilot’s family," the statement said. "The FAA and the NTSB have our full cooperation as they investigate the accident."

Firefighters hose down smoldering wreckage from a helicopter crash at St. Louis University Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2015.
Photo By David Carson,

Firefighters and police examine the smoldering wreckage after a helicopter crashed near St. Louis University Hospital late on Friday, March 6, 2015.
Officials report one person died. Photo by David Carson,

A St. Louis Fire Department investigator looks at the smoldering wreckage of a helicopter crash at Saint Louis University Hospital in St. Louis on March 6, 2015.
According to fire officials, the Arch medical helicopter was arriving at the hospital to pick up a crew when the crash occured.
The pilot, who was killed, was the only person aboard. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

In operation since 1979, ARCH Air Medical Service provides critical car ambulatory transportation from accident scenes and from hospitals and other medical institutions in Missouri and Illinois. Air Methods operates more than 450 aircraft nationwide in 48 states, including 363 helicopters through its air medical services division. According to its website, ARCH operates EC-130 helicopters from bases in Sullivan, Mo.; Warrenton, Mo.; Urbana, Ill.; and Springfield, Ill.

Witnesses at the scene said they saw the helicopter and then heard what sounded like an explosion.

Willie Thomas, 57, of Jennings, said he was sitting in his truck with his son outside the hospital waiting for his daughter, who was inside getting X-rays.

Just before the crash, Thomas said he and his son saw a helicopter flying low with a light shining down on them and on the hospital. Then it dropped. He thought it had landed until he saw people running toward the crash site.

WATCH: Witness Says Helicopter Crashed At SLU Hospital.

Kenneth Grady, 48, who lives near the hospital, said he heard what sounded like a truck dropping a large trash container and saw a fire with flames reaching as high as the top of a light pole.

"It rocked the neighborhood," Grady said.

Authorities were still investigating Saturday morning and had an area around the crash site blocked off. The hospital remained open. Dialysis patients needing access to Drummond Hall, at 3691 Rutger Street, can enter by going south on Spring Avenue from Chouteau Avenue.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the pilot," said SLU Hospital spokeswoman Laura Keller in an emailed statement. - St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

ICE AGE NOW: Blizzard And Landslides Collapse Infrastructure In The Balkans - Thousands Without Power And Running Water; Dozens Of Motorists Stranded!

Firemen inspect a truck overturned by heavy winds, near Split, Croatia, Thursday, March 5, 2015. Winds caused traffic disruptions in much of coastal Croatia.
© AP Photo/Ivo Cagalj, PIXSELL

March 7, 2015 - THE BALKANS
- A man was killed in Bosnia and more than 100,000 homes across the Balkans were without electricity on Friday after blizzards brought down power lines and triggered landslides.

The Bosnian died when a tree, dislodged by a landslide, fell on his car near the central town of Zepce.

Dozens of motorists in southwest Bosnia were stranded by the snowstorm, which began on Thursday.

Authorities said more than 50,000 households were without power in Bosnia and over 30,000 in Serbia. Many in Bosnia were also without running water because electricity was cut to pumping stations.
"Teams are out in the field; they are facing heavy and wet snow and have to constantly remove broken trees that damaged power lines," Milovan Glisic, a Serbian electricity official, told Reuters.

A blizzard which dumped 2.5 meters (8 feet) of snow on mountains around Sarajevo has isolated dozens
of Bosnian mountain villages and left them without electricity.

"We are carrying out repairs constantly but the pace depends on the weather; we hope to fix everything today," said Tamara Utvic, spokeswoman for Serbia's electricity supplier, EPS.

In western Slovenia, about 1,200 households were without power. Gale-force winds and driving rain along Croatia's Adriatic coast uprooted trees, disrupting traffic and electricity supplies to some 24,000 homes.

In Montenegro, snow and strong winds prompted authorities on Friday to issue a blizzard warning for mountainous regions. A number of roads were closed for traffic.

Overnight, rescuers evacuated more than 40 people stranded in deep snow in mountains near the Montenegrin towns of Niksic and Savnik, said Zlatko Micanovic, an official with Montenegro's Department for Emergency Situations.

"Although we expect the weather to stabilize, more rescue actions are possible," he said. - Reuters.

ICE AGE NOW: Record Low Temperatures Across The United States As Global Cooling Trend Continues - March Is The New Winter In Washington, Record Snowfall And Temperature Lows In The D.C. Area; Kids Defy Sledding Ban, As The Capitol Law Turns Into A Snow Mountain; Detroit Breaks 114-Year-Old Winter Weather Record! [PHOTO + MAPS + VIDEO]

Kids ignoring USCP regulations and sledding on House side of US Capitol amid snowstorm.

March 7, 2015 - UNITED STATES
- It seems like March is the new winter in Washington.

If yesterday’s snow wasn’t enough to make one yearn for spring, this morning’s deep freeze might have been. Record lows were set for March 6 at both Dulles and Baltimore. Early-morning temperatures sank into the single digits to the teens across the D.C. area. This is as much as about 20 degrees below normal for lows.

Mesoanalysis model temperatures as of 7 a.m. Friday, the typical time at which low temperatures are recorded for the day. (

Let’s take a look at the morning records locally and beyond — plus, keep in mind that near-record cold lasts through today and tonight.

A look at where records were threatened or broken Friday morning. (

Washington Dulles International Airport dipped to 9 degrees this morning, colder than the previous record 15-degree low on this date in 1978. Records at Dulles go back to 1963.

Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport fell to 10 degrees, besting the previous record of 13 degrees set most recently in 1901. The Baltimore and D.C. records go back to the 1870s.

Reagan National Airport was the warm spot, as usual, with a low of 15 degrees. Not a record, but 20 degrees below the normal low of 35 degrees for the date.

NWS forecast for Friday night. Big-city stations where record lows are threatened are circled. (

It was also the coldest March 6 at the current location for observations, since the mid-1940s (readings for this climate station were taken downtown prior to the mid-1940s).

The record lows in the D.C. area were just a few of many across the broader Northeast. As of early this morning, in the neighborhood of 200 record lows were believed to be within reach or broken. Cities like Pittsburgh (all-time March low), Little Rock and Birmingham, just to name a couple, saw records for the date.

Cold air is in no hurry to go anywhere on Friday or on Saturday morning. Given Dulles’s relatively short historical record, its record cool high temperature for today is only 32 degrees in 2007. That’s compared to 21 degrees at both National and BWI back in the early 1900s. Dulles’s record cool high seems likely to fall today.

Temperatures will probably be about as cold tonight as last night, or even colder in spots that radiate “warmth” really well, given light winds and clear skies.

National’s record low of 13 degrees in 1890 is unlikely to fall tonight. Dulles’s record of 14 degrees from 1985 is a good bet. BWI may be in play, too, with a record low of 10 back in 1960.

Thursday’s record-breaking snowfall and review of the forecast

A plump cardinal sits on a snowy branch on Friday morning. (Kevin Ambrose)

Anywhere from 4 to 10 inches of snow fell across the Washington metro region Thursday, with the highest amounts in our northwest suburbs and the lowest downtown and to the south and southeast.

All three airports established new daily snowfall records.

  • Reagan National Airport received 4.8 inches – setting a new daily record for March 5, passing the previous record of 4.4 inches set in 1888 (when snow was measured at 24th and M streets downtown).
  • Dulles International Airport picked up 9.4 inches, a record for March 5 (crushing the previous record of 1 inch from 2001).
  • Baltimore-Washington International Airport logged 6.2 inches, besting its record for March 5 of 4.0 inches from 1902.

Impressively, Dulles’s total of 9.5 inches marked the airport’s second biggest March snow day, and third biggest snowstorm on record, trailing the March 1993 superstorm, which dropped 13.9 inches, and 2014′s March 16-17 storm that totaled 11.1 inches.

Across the broader region, the highest totals within about an hour’s drive of the District were around Frederick, Md., where about 9 to 10 inches fell. On the low end, downtown D.C. and scattered locations to the south reported just 4 inches. 

Here is a breakdown by region:

Northwest of the District: 6-11 inches (NWS)

Northeast of the District: 5-8 inches (NWS)

Southwest of the District: 5-7 inches (NWS)

Southeast of the District: 4-6 inches (NWS)

Forecast review:

This forecast emerges as one of our best in recent memory. We more or less correctly captured all of the following: the onset time, the time snow would be the heaviest and roads most challenging, the snow amounts, the effects on schools and government operations, and the end time.

A comparison of our forecast versus what actually fell is a close match:

Capital Weather Gang forecast map (left) and how much snow actually fell, right. (Jordan Tessler)

Our forecast totals were just about spot-on for the entire metro area. The only location where our predictions erred a little was toward the Pennsylvania line.

I must concede the rain changed to sleet and, ultimately, snow much faster than I thought. I assumed the process would take a couple of hours, but in most spots it required just 30 minutes. (We wrongly accepted the NAM’s high-altitude temperature forecast, which erroneously extended the period of sleet too long.)

I was also surprised how long it took temperatures to drop below freezing inside the city once the snow started. It’s important for us to remember that downtown locations often have some challenges cooling and achieving snow accumulations during daytime March winter storms. Even though Reagan National Airport changed from rain to snow before 9 a.m., the temperature didn’t drop to freezing there until noon – reducing accumulation some (but still in the forecast range). 

We provided plenty of lead time for this event, first mentioning the possibility of rain changing to snow Wednesday night into Thursday in our forecast early Monday morning. During Monday and Tuesday, we laid out the range of possible scenarios – before converging on the right forecast Tuesday night.

What makes me most pleased about this forecast is that we formed our general ideas about this storm on Tuesday, issued our first call accumulation map Tuesday night (at 11:40 p.m.) almost 36 hours before the first flakes and did not waver (our second and final forecast made Wednesday morning was unchanged except along the northwest periphery of the forecast map – where we unfortunately lowered totals and made the forecast slightly less accurate there). It was tempting with the various model fluctuations to change our forecast (both up and down) at times. But we analyzed the situation, came up with a forecast we thought made sense given the pattern and situation, and stuck with it – because we saw no compelling reason to make a meaningful change.

This is the second straight event (to close the winter perhaps?) where this kind of steady approach worked out extremely well for us. - Washington Post.

Ban or not, kids allowed to sled at Capitol

From sledding to snowball fights, dozens of children and their parents took to Capitol Hill Thursday afternoon to protest a controversial sledding ban.

Capitol Police have refused to lift the sledding ban, but some parents organized a “sled in” on the west lawn of the Capitol to put a spotlight on the unpopular rule.

The snow day provided ample opportunity for the children and their parents to challenge the sledding ban.

“This is a great day for sledding and democracy,” said Tim Krepp, a parent who helped organize the event.

Krepp said the sledding ban is a “silly problem” that points to the larger issue of dysfunction in Washington.

Among those calling to lift the sledding ban is Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), who wrote to U.S. Capitol Police Board Chairman Frank Larkin Wednesday.

Capitol Police pointed out that more than 20,000 sledding injuries occur in the U.S. each year. They denied her request to lift the ban, but officers on the ground also refused to enforce it.

“No enforcement of #sledding ban on Capitol Hill today,” Holmes-Norton tweeted. “Thank you Capitol Police!”

It’s turning into a public relations nightmare for those who oppose sledding and support the ban.

“No member of Congress wants to go on the record saying, ‘Yeah, I hate children. Let’s ban this,’ ” Krepp said.

In the backyard of Congress, the children were not only sledding but also climbing trees, building snowmen and throwing snowballs at one another. Mostly oblivious to the protest, they were just there for fun.

WATCH: Slide free or die - Kids & parents sledge on Capitol Hill despite police ban.

“We come here every snow day,” said Kat Cummins, one of the parents. “This is our neighborhood and we want to sled.”

“There are not many other hills in the Capitol Hill area that are that great for sledding,” added Jason Petty, another parent.

The sled-in was also an escape for the many parents, who didn’t want to be cooped up with their children at home.

“We don’t want to be trapped in the house all day with the kids,” Krepp joked. - The Hill.

Metro Detroit Breaks 114-Year-Old Winter Weather Record

Just how cold is it in metro Detroit?

According to the National Weather Service, the low temperature Friday morning was zero degrees, breaking the old record of 2 degrees set in 1901.

It’s one of many cold weather records we’ve broken this winter, according Accuweather Meteorologist Brian Thompson.

“It’s the sixth record low that we’ve hit this year and most of them have occurred in the last few weeks,” he said.

It’s not going to get much warmer Friday, with highs barely reaching 20 degrees. But don’t worry, temperatures will finally feel a little more like normal this weekend, with highs in the 40s and mainly sunny skies.

Here’s the local forecast from the CBS Detroit weather team:

Friday: A mix of clouds and sun. High 24F. Low 19F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph.
Saturday: Cloudy with snow showers mainly during the morning. High 39F. Low 28F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 40%.
Sunday: Intervals of clouds and sunshine. A few flurries or snow showers possible. High around 40F. Low 27F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.
Monday: Sun and a few passing clouds. High 43F. Low 29F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday: Sunshine along with some cloudy intervals. High 47F. Low 31F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. - CBS Detroit.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Indonesia's Mount Sinabung Erupts Violently, Spewing Lava And Ash - Pyroclastic Flow Destroy Forest Areas; Thick Ash Cover Villages And Force Flight Cancellations; Mass Evacuations!

More than 50 eruptions on Saturday sent lava and searing gas tumbling out of the volcano in North Sumatra province down the southeastern slopes up to five
kilometers (three miles) away, said Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo NugrohoPicture: AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara

March 7, 2015 - INDONESIA
- Volcanic ash from the Mount Sinabung eruption is still covering a number of villages in three districts in Karo regency, North Sumatra, a day after the eruption and is disrupting people’s normal activities.

The continuing eruptions of Mount Sinabung caused a forest fire in Karo regency, North Sumatra, and forced the cancelation of a flight at Kuala Namu International Airport in Medan on Thursday.

Forested areas along the Lau Borus River in Berastepu village were reportedly destroyed by pyroclastic flow during eruptions early Thursday. No casualties were reported, but the eruptions caused anxiety among residents living around the volcano.

Residents were unable to tend to their fields as the ash remained thick, especially in Mardinding, Temburun and Perbaji villages in Tiganderket district, and several other villages in the Payung and Kutabuluh districts, and are preferring to stay at home until the ash disperses.

Temburun villager Sarah Singarimbun, a mother of two, said she had not worked in the fields for two days because of the ash and only stayed at home with her family.

“We couldn’t go anywhere as almost every place is covered by ash,” she told The Jakarta Post on Friday.

Sarah added the ash had evenly spread over a number of villages in Tiganderket district for the past two days because of their proximity to Mount Sinabung.

“Our village is located just 3.3 kilometers from Mount Sinabung, so when it erupts, our village is always covered by ash,” said Sarah.

Authorities extended a danger zone around a rumbling volcano in western Indonesia after it spewed blistering gas farther than expected, sending panicked
residents streaming down the sides of the mountainPicture: Ade Sinuhaji / Barcroft Media

Mount Sinabung's booming explosion just after midnight triggered a panicked evacuationPicture: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

Men with ash-covered faces streamed down the scorched slopes on motorcycles, followed by truckloads of women and children, many crying. Officials barked
out orders on megaphones as rocks and debris rained from the sky.Picture: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

The volcano was still spitting clouds of gas and lava as high as 4,000 meters (13,000 feet) in several eruptions,
but no casualties were reportedPicture: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

Villagers evacuate their cows as Mount Sinabung eruptsPicture: EPA/DEDI SAHPUTRA

More than 20,000 people have been evacuated from villages around the crater into several temporary shelters since authorities raised the alert status for
Sinabung to the highest level in NovemberPicture: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

Mount Sinabung Observation Station head Armen Putra said the remaining volcanic ash currently affecting a number of villages was a remnant of Thursday’s eruption and the condition of the volcano has since remained normal.

“No eruption was recorded today, but just minor slides,” said Armen, who urged residents to raise their awareness as further eruptions remain imminent.

“The scale of eruptions is rising. Further eruptions should be anticipated, with uncertain intensity,” Armen told The Jakarta Post.

He added that eruption graphics from the past several months showed that the level of volcanic activities tended to rise.

Armen gave as an example Thursday morning’s first eruption, which was the biggest in two weeks.

Mt Sinabung initially erupted at 1:39 a.m. on Thursday, followed by eruptions at 2:32 a.m., 2:41 a.m., 3:07 a.m. and 3:13 a.m. The pyroclastic flows extended 3.5 kilometers south.

However, 30 minutes later the volcano erupted twice more, with two minutes between each eruption, and discharged pyroclastic clouds that spread as far as 4.5 km south.

“The last two eruptions were followed by a very loud rumble. The pyroclastic flow destroyed forested areas along the Lau Borus River,” said Armen, who observed the eruptions until 8:30 a.m., after which their intensity decreased.

Karo Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) head Subur Tambun said the eruption on Thursday would not hamper efforts to return evacuees home, as they would be repatriated next week.

“We plan to return the evacuees from March 9 to 13,” said Subur.

Separately, the BPBD's Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Affairs head, Baron Kaban, said the regency administration remained unclear on the level of damage caused by the eruption early on Thursday as the affected areas had been closed off and declared danger zones.

The 2,600-meter (8,530-foot) Mount Sinabung has sporadically erupted since September. An eruption in 2010 killed two people and caught scientists off guard
because the volcano had been quiet for four centuries.Picture: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

Ash covered motorcyclists drive on a road covered with ash following an eruption of Mount Sinabung in Karo DistrictPicture: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

A motorcycle is covered in volcanic ash from an eruption of Mount Sinabung in Tiga PancurPicture: AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara

Mount Sinabung spews ash and smoke after several eruptions in Karo District, North Sumatra, IndonesiaPicture: AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara

Mount Sinabung spews ash and smoke after several eruptions in Karo District, North Sumatra, IndonesiaPicture: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

However, he said that judging from several photos shown to him, a number of huts had been flattened and a fire had broken out.

Baron said besides the fire, the eruption also resulted in three districts located on the western side of the volcano — Tiganderket, Payung and Kutabuluh — being covered in ash.

“The three districts are covered in very thick ash that is harmful to people’s health and motorists,” Baron told the Post in Mardinding village on Thursday noon.

Baron said the Karo regency administration had deployed two fire trucks to clean areas covered in ash.

Asam Sembiring, a resident of Temburun village in Tiganderket district, said volcanic ash still covered her village as of Thursday noon.

The 51-year-old housewife said the ash was thick and disrupted people’s activities.

“The situation is terrible. We can’t leave our homes due to the very thick volcanic ash,” said Sembiring, adding that the village’s entire population was forced to wear masks to engage in outdoor activities.

Meanwhile, a Jetstar airliner destined for Singapore was forced to cancel takeoff from Kuala Namu International Airport in Deli Serdang on Thursday because of the volcanic ash.

Kuala Namu Airport operational manager Mardiono said the volcanic ash had reached the airport and an outgoing flight had to be canceled.

“A Jetstar flight to Singapore, which should have departed at 11:30 a.m. was canceled because of the effects of the volcanic ash,” Mardiono said.

He added that passengers of the Jetstar flight were initially enraged by the cancellation but calmed down when promised they would be put on the same plane the next day.  - The Jakarta Post.

ICE AGE NOW: Geological Upheavals And Infrastructure Collapse - Indian Air Force Rescues 220 Civilians Trapped By Heavy Snowfall And Landslides In Kashmir; Vehicular Traffic Suspended!

Snowfall in Kashmir

March 7, 2015 - KASHMIR
- Indian military said Thursday that Indian Air Force (IAF) rescued 220 civilians including women and children trapped in a remote snowbound area of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

The people, according to spokesman, were stranded in snowbound villages of Navpachchi and Sondar of Kishtwar district, around 275 km northeast of Jammu city, the winter capital of Indian- controlled Kashmir. "The Indian Air Force (IAF) airlifted as many as 220 people trapped in snow hit Kishtwar district on Wednesday," Indian military spokesman Lt Col Manish Mehta said.

"Braving piercing snow waves, and extreme cold conditions, IAF' s MI-17 Chopper in assistance with the local administration airlifted these people from the villages."

The villagers were stranded in these villages for past several days, following a heavy snowfall that cut off the road links to the area.

WATCH: Jammu and Kashmir receives fresh snow.

Vehicular traffic to these places remains suspended in wake of accumulation of snow on the roads.

Kashmir has a rugged terrain. Landslides and avalanches are often triggered from its mountains during frequent rains and heavy snowfall the region receives.

Authorities Monday evacuated dozens of people who were trapped in avalanche prone village Waltengo Nard of Qazigund in Anantnag district, around 75 km south of Srinagar city, the summer capital.

In 2005, a snowstorm hit Waltengo Nard village, killing 158 people and injuring scores of others.

The plains and upper reaches of Indian-controlled Kashmir experienced snowfall on Monday following which officials issued high and medium range avalanche warnings for the people inhabiting upper reaches and areas close to the line-of-control (LoC).

Meanwhile, the road link connecting Muslim majority areas of the region to Jammu and beyond remains closed for vehicular traffic for the fourth straight day Thursday due to landslides following snowfall and intermittent rains.

The 294 km Srinagar-Jammu highway is the only surface link that connects two capital cities.

"Work is going on to resume traffic on the road," a traffic department official said, Endi. - China.

MASS ANIMAL DIE-OFFS: Disaster Precursors And Warnings From Mother Nature – The Latest Incidents Of Strange Animal Behavior, Migratory Patterns, Attacks, Deaths, And Appearance Of Rare Creatures!

March 7, 2015 - 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.

20 TONS+ of dead fish wash ashore along the coast of Montevideo, Uruguay

The director of the Division of Clean explained that there are still areas where additional copies is on the rocks,
because the machine does not have access and personal needs

The Municipality of Montevideo (IMM) up 20 tons of dead fish on Thursday and will continue with the cleanup on the shores of Montevideo, he told The Observer director of the Division of Cleanliness IM, Andrés Martirena.

On Thursday morning appeared in the Montevideo coast hundreds of dead fish floating in the water. The situation drew the attention of the authorities of the National Directorate of Aquatic Resources (Dinara), who sent a group of technicians who ran the promenade from the center to the Arroyo Carrasco and a significant amount of spice known as Lacha was observed.

"Since yesterday being cleaned beaches with machinery, we collect some 20 tons of rotting fish from Pajas Blancas to Paso Carrasco," said Martirena.

In turn, explained that they were "hostages tide" which hampered a little more work and that the equipment normally used in season had to add a blade longer to perform the task.

"The more time passes the worse. Luckily there were fish with certain hardness and could lift well, "he said.

Furthermore, since the division was requested will monitor the situation from the air to see if in the coming days could expect a new wave of these dead birds. "Being dead animals float and told us that no other can be seen offshore, so do not come closer to the coast," he said.

The work culminated in the coast of Pocitos and Buceo and the director explained that the places where there are still plenty of fish is on the rocks where machinery can not access. "You have to take with officials with the clothes and the right tools. That takes more time, "he said.

As for the causes that explain the appearance of dead fish from the Dinara is "ruled it an issue of pollution" and favors the theory that they were thrown into the sea as a ship discard. - El Observador. [Translated]

600 TONS of dead fish due to algae in fish farms in the east of Singapore

Dead fish due to red tide at a Pasir Ris fish farm. (Photo: Frank Tan, Marine Life Aquaculture)

Up to 600 tonnes of fish belonging to 55 farms have been lost to algal bloom in recent days, said the Agri-food and Veterinary Authority on Thursday (Mar 5).

Issuing its first comments on the algal bloom since last Saturday, the authority said last year’s plankton bloom cost 53 farms about 500 tonnes of fish.

The AVA also said it would help the affected fish farmers - who operate off Pasir Ris in the East Johor Strait - to recover and restart their operations, and enhance their resilience to environmental challenges.

AVA’s media statement and replies to queries came after Minister of State for National Development Mohamad Maliki Osman visited two affected fish farms today. One of the farmers he visited, Mr Gary Chang, told TODAY via the phone that he managed to minimise his losses to just over a tonne - or 10 to 15 per cent of his fish - by moving half of his stocks to the farm of a good friend in Malaysia. He enveloped the remaining half in canvas bags and aerated the water in the bags, said Mr Chang, who rears grouper and sea bass.

Dr Maliki said farmers who suffered severe losses may not have taken measures early enough. “Plankton bloom occurrences are very difficult to prevent, but it is possible to reduce the impact. Whilst we provide assistance to help farmers tide over this difficult period, it is also important for farmers to do their part to take mitigating measures early,” he said. The AVA is looking to build up farmers’ resilience against these incidents, such as through robust contingency plans and contingency exercises. It will also ask farmers who have taken early action to share their experience with other farmers, Dr Maliki added.

Farmers reported the bulk of deaths to have occurred in the pre-dawn hours last Saturday, and many dead wild fish also washed up on Pasir Ris beach over the weekend. TODAY reported on Wednesday that a laboratory test had identified the algae species to belong to the Gymnodinium group, but AVA said its preliminary findings point to the Karlodinium veneficum species, which has been associated with fish kills worldwide.

According to website, the Karlodinium veneficum has been detected in places including France, Korea, Australia and New Zealand, and is known to produce karlotoxin, an agent responsible for fish kills. According to Western Australia’s Swan River Trust, there is no evidence that this species is toxic to humans.

The AVA said the dead fish had gill damage caused by plankton. No marine biotixins have been detected in fish samples from affected farms and live fish harvested from the farms are safe for consumption, it added.

DHI Water & Environment, which did the laboratory test for TODAY, said that the seawater sample tested was examined at a magnification of 400 times. At that level, species of algae belonging to the Karlodinium and Gymnodinium groups would appear very similar. To be able to positively identify the algae species, a genetic test or a microscope with 1,500 to 2,000 times’ magnification would be needed, said Dr Hans Eikaas, head of environmental technology and chemistry at DHI, a not-for-profit offering consultancy and water-modelling services.

To his knowledge, no Karlodinium algae has been found in the East Johor Strait, although they have been found in the West Johor Strait, said Dr Eikaas.

Blogger and marine enthusiast Ria Tan reported seeing dead wild and farmed fish at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve Extension, which is near the West Johor Strait, on Wednesday afternoon. But West Johor Strait farmer Malcolm Ong said there have been no fish deaths on his farm so far. His staff are on alert during this “dangerous period” and have pumps and aerators on standby, said Mr Ong, chief executive of Metropolitan Fishery Group, which is a major stakeholder in Singapore’s largest marine fish farm, off Lim Chu Kang.

On how it was dealing with plankton bloom in the longer term, the AVA said it has been working with the Tropical Marine Science Institute of the National University of Singapore on plankton bloom studies since last year’s episode. The studies, for the development of effective mitigating solutions, are ongoing, it said.The AVA also called for proposals to design and develop a closed-containment aquaculture system for coastal fish farming last year. It recently awarded the tender to five companies, which will be working on a sustainable option for fish farms to minimise exposure to changes in the environment, such as plankton bloom, said the authority. - Channel News Asia.

15,000 turkeys dead due to avian flu in Minnesota, United States

Federal agriculture officials have issued warnings after a deadly strain of the bird flu decimated a turkey flock in Minnesota.

The United States Department of Agriculture said a "highly pathogenic" strain of the avian influenza killed 15,000 turkeys in Pope County, Minn. It's the same type of flu that's been infecting wild birds in the Pacific Northwest recently.

The H5N2 strain is considered deadly to foul, but low risk to humans.

"These virus strains can travel in wild birds without them appearing sick. People should avoid contact with sick/dead poultry or wildlife," the USDA said in a written statement.

Workers started noticing dead birds in the turkey flock at the end of February. The virus is passed from bird to bird through fecal matter. The Minnesota Department of Health said four workers who came in contact with the dead birds are being monitored.

The first reported case of this strain appeared in Canada and has since made its way through Oregon, Idaho and Washington, which are all considered part of the Pacific flyaway migratory path.Minnesota produces a majority of turkeys in the U.S., with some 46 million each year.Amy R. Connolly. - Big News Network.

Flocks of rare bohemian waxwing seen in New Hampshire, United States

Bohemian waxwing. © Wikimedia Commons/Andreas Trepte

An irregular visitor in winter from the far north, several flocks of Bohemian waxwings have been spotted in the Granite State this past week.

Slightly larger than a cedar waxwing, with a reddish brown under its tail, Bohemian waxwings only come as far south as states which border Canada.

Sightings during the past week included: a flock of 75 near the library in Strafford on Feb. 25 and again on March 1; a flock of over 80 behind Stan's Auto Service Center in Conway on the 26th; a flock of 12 in Hart's Location on the 27th; a flock of over 150 near the traffic circle in New London on the 27th and a flock of 209 in the same area on March 1.

Also, a flock of 40 was seen along Route 106 near Sam's Club in Concord on Feb. 28; a flock of 50 along Winona Road in New Hampton on March 1, and a flock of 45 in Hanover on March 2.

These flocks were seen mainly foraging on ornamental fruit tress, or resting nearby. - WMUR.

Thousands of dead fish wash up on beaches in Buenos Aires, Argentina

On the beaches of Santa Teresita and Mar del Tuyú appeared countless dead fishes. No one knows the cause,
but the neighbors are altered by the odor given off.  WhatsApp Chronicle.

According to what some neighbors told him Chronicle via WhatsApp this story comes from earlier this year, but the number began to increase since February 2nd.Mariano a lifeguard in the party of the coast said: "It's amazing the amount of dead fish appeared, someone has to figure this out or at least explain the reasons why it happened The smell is nauseating, can not be. the beach ".Among the neighbors handle some hypotheses as to why this occurred. The species was found dead on the seashore, is known as "saraca" are very weak fish which may have affected the constant change in water temperature and Descents in their oxygen levels.It could also be of fishing vessels are thrown into the sea because they have little commercial value. The last possible factor considered is the emergence of factory ships seeking to eliminate the species with bombs in schools because they take place in networks and unloved. - Cronica. [Translated]

Aggressive badger shuts down hotel in Stockholm, Sweden

Another day, another badger. This one was spotted on the prowl in Solna, Sweden in 2009.  © Henrik Montgomery/TT

A luxury hotel in the Swedish capital was on lockdown early Friday due to "a crazy or stressed-out badger" refusing to let anyone near the door, police said.

Stockholm police said the badger was spotted near the entrance of the Radisson Blu hotel about 5 a.m. Friday and authorities were called when the animal acted aggressive toward anyone who attempted to get in or out of the building.

"A crazy or stressed-out badger is preventing the staff and clients at a major hotel from leaving their cars, and from picking up their bags," a report on the Stockholm Police website said.

WATCH: Aggressive badger shuts down hotel in Stockholm, Sweden.

The report said police summoned a game warden to the scene, but the badger was gone by the time the official arrived. The hotel was on lockdown for about 40 minutes.

"Nightlife in Stockholm is beastly," Albin Naverberg of the Stockholm Police told newspaper DN.

Naverberg said the badger may have been stressed from waking early from hibernation. He said the animal was likely on the hunt for some food.

The badger apparently has good taste -- the Stockholm hotel was named the "Radisson Blu Hotel of the Year" Friday morning. - UPI.

Cougar captured at Promenade mall in Temecula, California, United States

A mountain lion lies sedated in the bed of a pickup truck in the Promenade mall parking lot in Temecula. © Joe Fanaselle

A mountain lion that wandered into the Promenade mall parking lot in Temecula was tranquilized for removal but died shortly after, an official said.

At least one witness called the Riverside County Sheriff's Department reporting the lion walking near the Macy's store early Friday morning, March 6. The sheriff's department called in a Fish and Wildlife warden who used an air-powered gun to shoot it with a tranquilizer dart, said Kyle Orr, a spokesman with Fish and Wildlife.

As officials were taking the adult male lion into the wilderness, it died, Orr said.

The cause of death is unknown and a necropsy is planned, but in general, when an animal dies after being shot with a tranquilizer dart, the two most common causes are damage done by the needle and a bad reaction to the drug, Orr said.

The animal was not acting aggressively but because the area is so densely populated by humans, removing it was a necessity, he said.

How the big cat ended up at the mall is unknown, but the lion appeared a little younger than two years which is an age marked by a case of wanderlust, Orr said.

"At that age, that generally means they're dispersing, looking for their own territory," he said.

Though it's rare for them to get deep into populated areas without being detected, it's not unheard of, he said.

"They're pretty elusive animals and can move pretty stealthily," he said.  - The Press-Enterprise.

Hundreds of cattle are dead due to drought in southern Ecuador

Drought leaves losses in Loja

Mangahúrco dwellers, Cazaderos, Bolaspamba, Heron and Lemons, Canton Zapotillo, Loja, parishes are concerned about the lack of rain, which caused, according to them a few times viewed drought.

Carmen Chamba, a resident of one of these sites, said he lost two cows. "The loss in agriculture is high, goats almost no longer exist. No how to plant corn for the animals. Bank we have taken out to buy some corn, but we do not have how to pay, "he said.

According to farmers in these areas would be about 120 animals in Mangahúrco, Cazadteros 250 and 400 in other border areas who have died from drought.

Osman Romero, president of the parish Board Mangahúrco, seeks help from the authorities to address the situation, stating that, in the last days the weather has improved a little, have even flourished guayacanes, but who knows until when will this improvement.

WATCH: Mass cattle die-off in Ecuador.

One solution would be digging deep wells, expressed some inhabitants of the border. They also note that the allocation of credit through Banco de Fomento is necessary.

Activation of Emerging Operations Committee was held in early February. "We have prioritized issues such as water supply for human consumption and livestock production, and humanitarian aid fodder," said Yuliana Rogel, mayor of Zapotillo.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Aquaculture and Fisheries delivered 1,360 cases silage to feed the goats and 27,000 kilograms of grass cutting for cattle.

The Secretariat Risk Management endowed with 18 tanks reservoirs of 2500 liters. The Ministry of Defense, through the Armed Forces, provides water daily with a tanker to the sectors concerned.

The governor of the province, Johanna Ortiz said drought in total are 984 goats and 170 cattle that have died.  - El Universo. [Translated]

Thousands of cattle dead due to flooding of the river Ebro in Spain

A dead several feet beef farm. - Photo: JAIME GALINDO

The public company Serge has already withdrawn more than 7,000 carcasses of livestock farms of zaragozanas flooded by the rising populations of Ebro of this week.

In a press release, the Government of Aragon indicates that all day today Twill staff is dedicated to the work of collection.

During the morning were removed 1,400 corpses of Villafranca, Swirls and Nuez de Ebro, to which must be added the 6,000 who have retired in previous days Gallur and Boquiñeni.

It is expected that the remaining 4,000 corpses can be collected in the rest of the day and in any case, is expected to finish the work tomorrow.

The withdrawal is done with heavy machinery and trucks to access the flooded farms.

The main difficulty lies in two farms of Swirls, for the difficult access to the high water level, and to address this situation are being considered various options.

Even has sought the cooperation of Pontoneros Regiment, who this morning has been studying the situation on the ground.

As for live animals throughout the morning a helicopter Department of Agriculture and Environment has transported 10 tons of food, in addition to medication, 700 calves and cows 1,650 exploitation of swirls.

In addition, firefighters Council of Zaragoza have taken food for livestock farms boating Swirls and Heifers.

The Directorate General of Public Health, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Animal Health and the Department of Agriculture, have extreme measures to ensure public health.

Thus, populations where there have been floods and animal deaths has shifted a team of professionals, veterinarians, animal, skilled pathologist food and pharmaceutical safety to discuss the situation on the ground and check the current status of farms livestock and live animals. In addition pharmacists should do in the area every day until further notice bacteriological and microbiological analysis of water. - El Periodico. [Translated]

Thousands of dead fish found in Cabo Frio, Brazil

Fish were found on the morning of Thursday (5) (Photo: Personal Archive)

A team from the Superintendent of State Environmental Institute (INEA) in the region was inspecting the Itajuru Channel and the Passage in Cabo Frio, in the Lakes Region of Rio on the morning of Thursday (5). The move comes after the appearance of a large amount of sardines found on site. Remember that the closed season ended earlier this month, which increases the suspicion disposal of fish due to the devaluation.

According to a statement sent by INEA, due to the prolonged drought that has caused environmental changes, such as high water temperatures and increased salinization, all possibilities are being investigated."During the survey it was found that the dead fish were all species of no commercial value (maromba sardines, slab and colloid), which also causes suspicion disposal.

The INEA will propose a joint operation with the City Department of Environment to monitor and suppress, if caught the practice, which sets environmental crime, "the statement said.The G1 Report also contacted the city to know what will be done about the school. Also note by the Secretariat of the Environment reported that the fish inspection responsibility dead in the water is the IBAMA and the Cabo Frio City Hall will make the fish cleaning as soon as possible. - Globo. [Translated]

Millions of birds killed due to avian flu during past 6 months in South Korea

Rachid H / Flickr cc
South Korea and Taiwan have destroyed more than 2.7 million poultry in recent weeks and months in efforts to halt highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreaks of the H5N8 and H5N2 varieties, according to reports posted yesterday by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

In addition, South Vietnam has reported another H5N1 avian flu outbreak, and low-pathogenicity avian flu (LPAI) H7N7 recently struck a turkey farm in Germany, according to media and OIE reports.

The latest outbreaks prolong a string of avian flu episodes that have surfaced this winter in Asia, Europe, North America, and Africa. Last week the World Health Organization said the diversity and geographic extent of recent avian flu outbreaks are greater than at any time since the debut of modern surveillance methods.

South Korea cites 65 H5N8 outbreaks

A South Korean report posted by the OIE yesterday describes 65 H5N8 outbreaks dating all the way from late last September to late January and involving about 2.6 million poultry. The report profiles 22 stand-alone outbreaks and "outbreak clusters" including from 2 to 13 individual incidents.

The affected sites had a total of 2,589,062 birds, including ducks, chickens, geese, and doves. Only 177 cases, all fatal, were reported, but all the rest of the birds were destroyed to stop the virus. Most of the outbreaks were in the southwest and northwest of the country, with a few in the southeast, according to a map in the report.

South Korea had widespread H5N8 outbreaks in January and February of 2014, followed by isolated outbreaks in June and July.

Taiwan reports H5N2, H5N8 outbreaks

Meanwhile, Taiwan reported that seven recent H5N2 outbreaks and two H5N8 eruptions have forced the destruction of about 180,000 poultry, according to two reports posted by the OIE yesterday. The country has had many H5N2, H5N8, and H5N3 outbreaks this winter.

The report said the seven H5N2 outbreaks involved six farms and one abbatoir and killed 29,960 of 177,328 susceptible chickens and geese, prompting the culling of all the rest. They occurred in the city of Tainan and in Yunlin, Pingtung, and Changhua counties. Authorities said all farms within 3 kilometers of the affected ones would be under surveillance for 90 days, among other precautions.

Taiwan authorities said H5N8 struck a turkey farm in Tainan and a goose farm in Yunlin County, both in the southwest. The virus killed 782 of 1,250 turkeys and 613 of 2,500 geese, prompting the culling of all the rest.

Findings in Vietnam and Germany

In Vietnam, the H5N1 virus hit a poultry farm in the southern province of Soc Trang, according to a Xinhua report today. Provincial veterinary officials said more than 1,100 birds were culled, among other response measures to arrest the virus. The story didn't specify what type of poultry was affected.

And in Germany, an LPAI H7N7 virus sickened 2,320 of 23,500 turkeys, killing 100 of them, on a farm in the northwestern state of Lower Saxony, according to an OIE report posted yesterday. All the rest of the turkeys were destroyed. - CIDRAP.

1,100 Birds killed due to avian flu outbreak in Mekong Delta, Vietnam

The Department of Preventive Medicine, a part of the Ministry of Health, yesterday announced an outbreak of A/H5N1 avian flu in a farm at Dai Hai commune, in Ke Sach District of the Mekong delta province of Soc Trang.

The provincial Department of Animal Health liaised with the local government to bury 1,100 two month-old chickens which infected with the dangerous avian flu virus in the farm and implement measures against the disease as per the regulation.

The Department of Preventive Medicine said that A/H5N1 avian flu is the virus causing avian flu amongst chicken in Asia since 2003 and is plaguing other nations. From 2003 to January 2015, around 777 cases of bird flu were reported in 16 nations and 428 people succumbed to the disease (or accounting for 55.1 percent).

Accordingly, the Department of Preventive Medicine warned people not to eat dead poultry; farms must be disinfected and people have to wear protective clothes when contacting with poultry to reduce the risk of transmission.

When a person experiences a symptom of chest pain and breathing problem, he/she has to go to a nearby medical clinic for examination and treatment. - Saigon GP Daily.