Monday, April 20, 2015

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!

April 20, 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.

Hundreds of dead fish wash up on Nuns' Island in Quebec, Canada

Hundreds of fish washed up on the shore of a man-made lake in Nuns' Island this week. (Thomas Gerbet/Radio-Canada)

Environmental officials were on the scene Friday morning in Nuns' Island, where hundreds of dead fish were found in a small artificial lake.

Catherine Kellner lives nearby and noticed the fish while walking by the lake a couple of days ago.

"The lake was still frozen over, and the dead fish were trapped in the ice floating, and thousands of seagulls were just feasting, and then along the borders of the lake was an unusually high number of dead fish," said Kellner.

The lake has since thawed completely, and municipal workers scooped the fish out of the lake with nets Friday and hauled them away in garbage bags.

Recurring problem

Verdun borough mayor Jean-Francois Parenteau said Friday this is a recurring problem.

"In the wintertime, the water supply is too low, and there's a formation of a layer of ice on the top of the lake preventing the water from receiving oxygen," said Parenteau.

He said the fish suffocate from the lack of oxygen.

Parenteau said this year more fish than normal died because the cold winter created a thicker ice cover.

He says the borough plans to build a pumping station this summer to bring oxygenated water from the St-Lawrence river into the lake, which should fix the problem. - CBC.

Millions of jellyfish-like creatures wash up on Washington coastline, United States

Millions of jellyfish-like creatures wash ashore on the coast.   Mikeyworld@Ocean Shores

For more than a month now, the Velella Velella have been washing up by the millions on West Coast Beaches, including Ocean Shores.

"It looks pretty messy," said Tim O'Cain who was visiting with his grandkids from Bothell. "Really gooey. And actually for a distance, I thought they looked like a muscle, until you got up close to them."

After the winter, as sea surface temperatures rise, the creatures migrate closer to the shore in droves.

"They have a sail fin that has a slight bend to it and that helps them curve again from the beach and stay off the beaches," said Steve Green with the Coastal Interpretive Center.

But it's when the wind starts to blow that sets the creatures off course.

"These guys have no chance once they start spinning around in circles," Green said.

That's when they're pushed on the shore, and become strange sight for all to see.

"They were blue, they were really goopy and mushy and they were weird to step on," said Brooke Brandweide from Seattle.

Velella Velella aren't poisonous, and they won't sting. You can pick them up with no worries.

"These are no threat to humans," Green said. "Unless you're a microscopic plantain, you have nothing to worry about."

The last time this happened was about six years ago and Green says they could keep floating ashore through the summer months. - KOMO.

Hundreds of marine mammals, including seals and whales have washed up dead during winter in Quebec, Canada

© Al Grillo/AP/La Presse Canadienne

With the arrival of spring and the melting of the ice, the Réseau québécois d'urgences pour les mammifères marins request the cooperation of local residents and other users of the St. Laurent to quickly report the discovery of carcasses.

Hundreds of carcasses of marine mammals, seals and whales, are beached during the winter. They represent valuable information for the conservation and scientific research.

Depending on the species and the State carcass, volunteers and partners of the network will go on the site of the grounding to collect additional data, such as the sex and age of the animal. These data among others to follow Saint-Laurent marine mammal populations.

Some species are under a tighter monitoring program. For example, in the case of beluga whales, fisheries and Oceans Canada continues a programme of systematic sampling of carcasses. If they are very fresh, they are sent to the Faculty of veterinary medicine of the Université de Montréal, Saint-Hyacinthe, for a full review. This necropsy to determine the cause of death, disease and contamination by toxic products among others.

If the State of the carcass does not justify this shift, the national Institute of ecotoxicology of Saint-Laurent performs a sampling on-site to determine at least the age of beluga, her sex and the levels of various contaminants in the fat of the animal.

The Réseau québécois d'urgences pour les mammifères marins exists thanks to the involvement of some 15 private and governmental organizations and over 100 volunteers. It is mandated to organize, coordinate, and implement measures to reduce accidental marine mammal mortalities, to help those who are in difficulty and to foster the acquisition of knowledge from dead animals in the neighbouring Saint-Laurent waters of Quebec. - MSN. [Translated]

Dead killer whale found near Fort Bragg, California, United States

Update, Sunday, 7:30 a.m.: More from Naked Whale Research's Facebook page:
Just finished up a long day on the beach. The Marine Mammal Center, who is the "locally" permitted stranding coordinating body came up with a team and equipment to collect skin and organ samples. Humboldt State also made their way down to collect samples. As you can imagine, lots of folks are interested in the findings and the re-articulation of the skeleton, especially our own Noyo Marine Science Center.

The animal was a male, 25ft in length with a 5ft tall rounded dorsal fin and a solid saddle patch. There was notable "human interaction" with crab pot floats and rope wound around the animals tail stock near the tail flukes and up around it's right pectoral fin. This had created some deep grooves on both sides of the tail stock.

The animal was not emaciated and had a thick blubber layer: stomach contents included a large harbor seal, nearly completely intact. This is, of course, what our transient marine mammal eaters feast on. There was also lots of scarring, possibly from this type prey. However, the animal's teeth were quite worn and it did have a few cookie cutter shark marks on it which may be more typical of an offshore type killer whale.
Dorsal and saddle patch photos have been sent out to several colleagues between California and Washington, in hopes that someone can help us make a match. Until then we have to wait for the genetics results to come in.

Director Jodi Smith is giving a talk at Fort Ross State Park today at 3 p.m. See more photos of the whale from yesterday here.

Dead killer whale. © Nadia El Adli

 © Nadia El Adli

Update, 4:40 p.m.: Naked Whale Research director Jodi Smith called from the scene with a bit more detail. The whale is about 25 feet long, she said, and the team was working on getting it to higher ground in hopes of performing a necropsy this afternoon. "There's no real obvious damage, she said, and suspects the animal to be an offshore type of killer whale as "it's teeth are quite worn down... they wear their teeth down eating on shark, there's about 8 or 9 species that they prey upon." They don't have an ID on the orca yet, but are working on it.

While killer whales have been a familiar - and exhilarating - sight off the coast of Fort Bragg in recent days, this morning's discovery of a dead male orca washed up at MacKerricher State Park came as a surprise, especially given the rarity of the finding. A 2013 study analyzing North Pacific killer-whale strandings back to 1925 noted that "while orcas are some of the most widely distributed whales on Earth, very few dead ones are ever found."

Such instances are indeed unusual, confirmed Jeff Jacobsen, local killer whale expert and marine mammal biologist. Jacobsen recalled one stranding at Centerville Beach several years ago, he said, and an orca was found washed up in Point Reyes in 2011.

What isn't uncommon is finding marine mammals entangled in derelict fishing gear. (LoCO readers may remember when a gray whale was tangled in crab pot netting a few years ago off the South Jetty.)

More than 300,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises die every year from being caught in such gear and drifting fishing nets. As seen in the photos submitted by Friend of LoCO Nadia El Adli, fishing buoys are wound around the orca's tail, but attributing the cause of death will have to wait for an official necropsy.

Preliminary observations suggest the killer whale was a transient, not a member of the Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW), the smallest of four resident communities most commonly seen off the coasts of Oregon, Washington and Vancouver Island, B.C.

The SRKW is an endangered clan of orcas that consists of the "J-pod," "K-pod" and "L-pod," and is of particular interest to the Fort Bragg-based Naked Whale Research organization. - Lost Coast Outpost.

Dog attacks increase by more than 50% in five years in Monash, Australia

Monash Council has put the increase in dog attacks down to “better awareness”. Do you agree?

Monash Council said in 2014 there were 85 dog attacks, up from 56 in 2010.

The council said about 40 per cent of the attacks were on people, with the remainder on other dogs or animals. Only two attacks involved restricted breed dogs, and both of those dogs were euthanised.

Yet by March 30, there had already been 17 dog attacks since the start of the year.

Mayor Paul Klisaris said the increase was due to better awareness as a result of patrols and community education.

"People are much more aware of who to contact if they are attacked by a dog," Cr Klisaris said.

He said phone calls and emails about wandering or stray dogs also tended to spike after media reports on restricted breed dogs.

Cr Klisaris said dog owners could reduce the risk of dogs attacking others by choosing a suitable breed for their family and lifestyle, training the dog and ensuring it is well socialised.

Dogs should also be kept in a secure yard and walked on a lead, he said.

Cr Klisaris said people approaching dogs could also take precautions such as asking permission from the owner before patting a dog.

"Dogs should be approached from an angle rather than directly from the front or rear," he said.

"If a dog appears startled or unhappy with your attention, and backs away or does not sniff your hand, then leave the dog alone."  - Herald Sun.

3-year-old girl in critical condition after being mauled by family dog in Philadelphia, United States

3-year-old girl in critical after being mauled by family dog. © Police | NBC 10 Philadelphia

A young girl is in the hospital after she was mauled by a family dog Saturday.

Police say the 3-year-old girl was visiting her grandmother at her home on the 5900 block of Washington Avenue in Philadelphia, shortly after 5 p.m. The girl was being held by her grandmother when the family dog, which police say is a Cane Corso, suddenly attacked.

"We're making the assertion that the dog got jealous that the grandmother was holding the child and the dog attacked the child, mauling it in the head area," said Philadelphia Police Captain Anthony Ginaldi.

Police say the grandmother tried to protect the girl and was bitten on the hands. The girl was taken to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia by responding police officers. She underwent surgery and is currently in critical but guarded condition, according to police.

The girl's grandmother did not need medical attention.

Ginaldi says the dog is owned by the girl's uncle who no longer lives in the home.

"He hasn't been there for awhile and the grandmother has been taking care of the dog," he said.

Ginaldi doesn't believe any charges will be filed against the dog's owner.

"I don't think there's any criminality here at all based on what I understand," he said. "It's just a tragic incident where the grandmother was playing with her granddaughter and the dog attacked her out of jealousy."

The dog was taken away by two animal control officers. Captain Ginaldi told NBC10 he's unsure what will happen to the animal.

"I know that they'll do an evaluation on the dog," he said. "They'll test it. The fate of the dog is gonna be in their hands."

The dog doesn't have a prior history of attacks, according to Ginaldi.  - NBC.

Wild boar kills hunter in Malaysia

Wild boar

A wild boar killed a hunter in Tapah, Perak, on Sunday.

Tapah district police chief Supt Som Sak Din Keliaw said yesterday the 36-year-old victim, identified as Ali Pak Kateh, was hunting alone in the jungle when he was attacked by the animal, which bit him in the thigh.

Som Sak said the victim died from excessive blood loss and his body was later discovered by other hunters.

He said based on initial investigations, the bite wounds on the victim were from a wild boar.  - The Sun Daily.

Hundreds of dead fish found floating on a lake in Pennsylvania, United States

Hundreds of dead fish have been found floating along the surface of Italian Lake, and city officials are unsure how they got there.

The fish are American Shad, a species which live in lakes. Italian Lake is a pond, and the fish were unable to adapt to the conditions.

WATCH: American Shad fish die in Dauphin County lake.

“This kind of fish can’t survive in a pond like Italian Lake,” Aaron Johnson, Harrisburg’s Director of Public Works, said in a statement. “I’m not sure who put then in or when.”

Over the weekend, city crews began to remove approximately 200 to 300 dead fish. As of Monday afternoon, some still remained. They apparently died after Italian Lake froze during the winter.

Harrisburg officials will begin their annual cleaning and treatment of Italian Lake on Monday. The city says they will continue to remove the fish during that time. - FOX43.

Pit bull kills young boy in Dallas, Texas, United States

A pit bull attacked and killed a Dallas toddler Sunday afternoon, after the dog was left along with the child for a few minutes, according to the parents.

Police responded to the 6800 block of Beechnut Street, shortly before 5 pm on Sunday, to reports of an animal attack.

WATCH: 2 Month Old Boy Dead in Dallas Pit Bull Attack.

Police say the father told them he had stepped outside to turn off the sprinkler system and returned to find the dog attacking the child in his bouncing seat. The child's mother was also bitten twice by the dog while trying to free the child from the dog.

Police say the father grabbed the dog by the neck, took it outside and shot it twice.

No word on the mother's condition.  - DFW-CBS.

Leopard kills boy after entering house in Junnar, India: 'Very abnormal activity'

The spot where the boy was found.
Two days after a boy lost his life in Khamundi village, the forest dept is still looking for big cat, confused over reason of attack

Over 48 hours after a six-year-old boy lost his life following a leopard attack at Khamundi village in Junnar, forest officials are still clueless about the big cat.

Now, to speed up the hunt before the animal decides to hit human settlement again, the forest department is planning to set up a quick response team (QRT) consisting of local villagers in order to increase vigil in the area. "Forest department staff, along with local villagers, will be keeping vigil and carry search operations to find the hiding animal. So far, there is no clarity behind the purpose of the attack and till the animal is captured, the additional staff will remain in that area," said chief conservator of forests Sunil Limaye.

As the leopard did not eat any flesh of the boy, forest officials are ruling out the possibility of the leopard being a man-eater. Now, they are taking the help of conservation experts to understand the motive behind the attacks on children.

The case so far

Early on Friday morning, the leopard attacked two children in Khamundi village. When local people called the forest officials, a search operation was carried out and Pravin Devram Dhudh-wade's body was found nearly two kilometres from his house. Initially, the forest officials were suspecting that the leopard might have attacked the children out of hunger but the body was unmarked. "We are not sure if the leopard attacked out of hunger. Since there is a fear among locals, we have increased our vigil and placed cages to catch the animal," said divisional forest officer Vitthal Dhokate and added that the forest officials were planning to take the help of nature conservationists, who could explain the psychology of the leopard and if this is a case of human- leopard conflict. According to conservation experts, it might be a case of accidental killing and not incidental killing.

"The big cats generally kill prey to eat. However, it looks like a case of accidental killing as in such cases, the leopard or other animals from the cat family attack the humans, particularly small children when they are squatting or bending, thinking of them as their prey. However, after killing them, they realise that it is not their meal and therefore not eat it," conservation biologist Pooja Bhale told Mirror

However, according to her, it might also be a human-leopard conflict due to deforestation in the area. "Leopards are territorial animals and it searches for prey in the same territory. Due to the increasing deforestation, these animals are facing scarcity of food and since the human locality is now settling near jungles, they are attacking humans," she explained.

On the other hand, Vidya Athreya, wildlife biologist and research associate with the centre for wildlife studies and wildlife conservation society, said, "This attack is a very abnormal activity as it appears that the attack was not for a meal. I know many cases where a leopard has attacked cattle but when the farmer has gone to rescue them, the big cat has not attacked the farmer. It is strange that the leopard came near the humans, entered the house and dragged away the child but did not eat the flesh. Since the leopard is a secretive animal, it is really very difficult to study its behaviour. It is difficult to understand the purpose behind this attack without a proper study." - Puna Mirror.

Thousands of dead fish wash up along a lake in Florida, United States

Dead fish have washed ashore Monday on Lake Weir in Ocklwaha. Residents started noticing a variety of fish washing up along the north shore late last week.
Alan Youngblood/Star-Banner

A blue-green algae bloom, which likely contributed to the death of thousands of fish in Lake Weir recently, has prompted the Florida Department of Health in Marion County to issue warnings about swimming in or eating fish caught from the lake.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission took water samples after reports of dead fish washing up on shore started coming in last Thursday.

On Monday afternoon, results of tests on those samples showed elevated levels of cyanobacteria, a family of algae that can produce toxins harmful to people or animals.

The health department today will start posting signs warning of the algae bloom and urging people and pets to stay out of the water. All of Lake Weir falls under the advisory.

Exposure to the algae can cause rashes, said Craig Ackerman, health department spokesman. “It’s all of Lake Weir. People should avoid the water right now,” he said.

The algae, which are ubiquitous in both freshwater and saltwater, can reproduce rapidly if conditions are right.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, blue-green algae blooms can form in warm, slow-moving waters that are rich in nutrients such as fertilizer runoff or septic tank overflows.

The explosion in growth can block sunshine from oxygen-producing plants. The enormous number of microorganisms overwhelm an area and depletes oxygen levels, causing fish to die in large quantities.

Brad Benton noticed a few dead fish on Thursday and Friday, but by Saturday, the shoreline was thick with hundreds of dead fish.

“I’m not one to jump to conclusions. I’m a pretty laid back guy, but when I saw that, I had to call someone,” said Benton, who fishes every day. - Ocala.

27,000 Chickens to be killed due to avian flu in Oxford County, Ontario, Canada

The Canadian Food Inspection agency will be euthanizing 27,000 chickens on an Oxford County farm after confirming the presence of H5 avian influenza, the second case this month.

The inspection agency confirmed Saturday that it had placed a broiler breeder chicken farm in Oxford County under quarantine, to control the spread of the disease.

According to the CFIA, initial tests were done at the University of Guelph on Friday, after birds on the farm suddenly died over several days. The agency could not confirm the exact number of birds that had died from the virus.

All of the birds on the farm will be humanely destroyed and disposed of, the agency said.

The CFIA will also perform further tests to determine the subtype and strain of the virus. Tests will also be performed to confirm the severity of the disease, the agency said in a statement.

Earlier this month, 29 Ontario poultry farms were put under quarantine after the CFIA confirmed it had found H5 avian influenza on a turkey farm in Woodstock, Ont.

Approximately 10,000 turkeys on that farm had died of the disease, and CFIA officials euthanized 35,000 birds to stop the virus from spreading.

After putting the turkey farm under quarantine, the agency expanded the control zone to include a 10-kilometre radius from the infected area.

Avian flu rarely affects humans that do not come into close contact with infected birds. It also does not pose a risk when poultry products are properly handled and cooked, according to the CFIA. - CTV News.

Over 250,000 birds dead due to more outbreaks of avian flu in South Dakota, United States

In this file photo, turkeys are pictured at a turkey farm. AP

Five commercial turkey farms in South Dakota have now been infected with a bird flu strain that’s led to the deaths of more than 250,000 turkeys in the state and over 2.4 million birds in the Midwest.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced Friday that the H5N2 strain of avian influenza in a flock of 66,000 birds in a Roberts County farm in the far northeastern corner of the state, marking South Dakota’s largest outbreak to date.

The approximately 6-mile quarantine zone that officials set up around the impacted farm also stretches into parts of North Dakota and Minnesota. Dr. Dustin Oedekoven, the South Dakota state veterinarian, said Thursday that crews were beginning to euthanize the farm’s surviving birds to prevent the disease from spreading.

The commercial turkey farm is the latest in the region to be hit with the disease that has cost producers millions of birds since early March. Dr. John Clifford, the USDA’s chief veterinary officer, told The Associated Press on Thursday the nation’s poultry industry may have to live with the deadly bird flu strain for several years.

Once response teams have “depopulated” the Roberts County farm, approximately 256,000 turkeys in South Dakota will have died as a result of the disease. While that’s a considerable chunk of the approximately 4.5 million turkeys the state’s Hutterite growers produce annually and a severe loss to individual producers, Oedekoven said it shouldn’t threaten the overall health of the state’s industry.

“So, it’s not good, but it’s not going to put anybody out of business,” said Jeff Sveen, board chairman for Dakota Provisions, a farmer-owned plant that processes the birds raised by the state’s 42 turkey farms.

As the weather gets warmer and drier, the virus won’t survive as well. Experts warn that producers should be wary of symptoms they notice in birds, such as ruffled feathers or discharge from beaks.

“But with this particular strain, the most obvious sign is: they’re dead. They’re suddenly dead,” Oedekoven said.

Even if producers only have a dozen birds, Oedekoven said they should still alert state veterinary officials if they notice an unusual drop.

“The sooner we know about it, the sooner we can attempt to do something about it,” he said. - Magic Valley.

Over 1,000 cattle have died 'due to drought' in Ninh Thuan Province, Vietnam

In Ninh Thuan, prolonged drought situation has led more than 1,000 cattle died due to lack of food, drinking water.

As of this moment, the total volume of 20 reservoirs in the province of Ninh Thuan around 10.6% coolant design. While the Agency meteorological hydrological predictions to mid September in this rain so the next time, the drought situation will continue and take place on the scale.

The lack of water and damaged crops, livestock, causing people to stop production, the land is desertification, people's lives more difficult capital more difficult, poor re risk is very high, epidemics can break out at any time.

Before the fierce drought situation in Ninh Thuan Province, in a meeting with the leaders of the 13/4 last, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung asked, Ninh Thuan Province must focus for the work against the run, limiting the damage in a low, take measures to protect the herd and an area of existing plants, find the means to convert the plant, ensure adaptation to edaphic, climatic conditions, turn challenge into opportunity to thrive and grow.

Ninh Thuan Province have also suggested the Government assist local rice drives operations in 2015, the Government offers support to 132 billion due 2015 against funding to make connections, extended water supply system, open hydrants, water; buying and transporting water for the inhabitants; dredge canals, dug a pond, well against the run. - VTV. [Translated]

Hundreds of dead fish found in a pond in Bangalore, India

Morning walkers were shocked to see dead fish in the Cubbon Park pond on Thursday.— Photo: Bhagya Prakash K.

Hundreds of fish have died over the last two days in the lotus pond on the Bal Bhavan premises in Cubbon Park. Morning walkers on Thursday were shocked to see fish floating in the pond.

Although Deputy Director (Cubbon Park) Mahantesh Murgod attributed the fish kill to depletion of dissolved oxygen levels in the pond, S. Umesh, president of the Cubbon Park Walkers’ Association, claimed inflow of sewage and effluents (petrol and diesel) from vehicles parked near the Bal Bhavan into the pond as the reason for it.

Mr. Umesh said fuel from vehicles parked near the Bal Bhavan gets spilled on the road and enters the pond along with rainwater. This contaminates the pond water, resulting in fish kill, he said. Mr. Murgod, however, said low dissolved oxygen level was a common phenomenon during the first summer showers.

“We noticed dead fish floating in the pond on Tuesday. More than 700 dead fish had been removed and buried. The pond has been cleaned,” he said.

We noticed dead

fish floating in the pond on Tuesday. More than 700 dead fish have been removed and buried. The pond has been cleaned

Mahantesh Murgod,Deputy Director (Cubbon Park)

We noticed dead fish floating in the pond on Tuesday. More than 700 dead fish have been removed and buried. The pond has been cleanedMahantesh Murgod,Deputy Director (Cubbon Park). - The Hindu.

Thousands of fish dying due to algae in Norfolk, England

A toxic algae has killed thousands of fish on the Norfolk Broads. Conservation teams from the Environment Agency have managed to net nearly half a million fish from around West Somerton and Hickling Broads and released them into fresher water, like at the Herbert Woods boatyard in Potter Heigham. The fish affected are mostly bream, roach, pike, perch and eels.

"It's very distressing, especially for the public who come past. The Environment Agency are doing a really good job moving that many fish means they've got a chance of survival. If they leave them down at West Somerton there may have been more deaths than 5000. We don't know what's going to happen down there at the moment"

– John Brunning, Boatyard Manager

There are concerns that large numbers of dead fish will not only impact the environment but also the essential tourism trade in the area. Angling, alone, is worth an estimated £100 million a year.

"There's been lots of work done on the socio-economic value of angling on the Broads. A recebnt survey undertaken last year shows that 18% of visitors to the Broads take part in angling when they're here. And we don't want their memories of the Broads to be dead fish"

– Kelvin Allen, Angling Trust

There's no definitive cause of the prymnesium aglae. It's probably existed on the Broads for a century. The algae thrives in mild weather and is probably exacerbated by two elements. salt in the water, either from tidal surges or deep drainage systems and nutrients washing into the rivers from the land"

The fish instinctively move away from the toxin and form giant shoals - often in the same areas where they use up all the oxygen and die. More fish may be moved away in the next few weeks. Meanwhile, scientists from the John Innes centre are working on developing a dipping stick that can be used to test the water. If anyone sees a fish in distress they can contact the Environment Agency

- ITV.

Mass die off of fish along a canal in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The phenomenon of mass dead fish floating on the surface lềnh Thinketh, along with tons of garbage that has emerged over the past days on Many Loc-The Poor (HO CHI MINH CITY.HCM).

The first major rains in HCMC which tore down drains to channel much of the Poor A Loc do local pollution triggers the condition the fish die-off. Recorded at the black water canal hole, rotten stink, dead fish floating on the surface lềnh Thinketh white along the Canal 2 Much Loc-Poor variety and A waste of time (from bridge to bridge the Procession Le Van Sy Hoang Sa-District 3-Ho Chi Minh City).

Many people living in the area said: "the status of dead fish have occurred from days that still and yet, black water stinking stink hole also affects the lives of many people on both sides of the channel".

Mr. Tran Van son-Deputy Bureau Chief, branch quality management and protection of aquatic resources-HCM (Department of agriculture and rural development Ho Chi Minh City), said: "the situation dead fish occur on Many Loc-The Poor is because the first big rain, water spills down channel stream contaminate local water supplies. After receiving information, we had to go check out the outdoor pump, Water Purifier on the source to ensure clean water supply reducing toxic gas to return the clean source of water for the fish to live. "

In addition, the source of people's garbage dump down the channel also caused water supplies contaminated and dead fish. - Kenh14. [Translated]

Bee-ware: ‘Very aggressive, deadly’ Asian hornets may be headed for UK

Reuters/Regis Duvignau

Britain’s top bee specialists have called a ‘council of war,’ warning a species of Asian hornet with a chilling reputation could arrive in Britain with deadly results in the near future.

Millions of the beasts, which at three inches long dwarf the UK’s native hornets, are said to be heading across Europe because of the early, hot spring.

They have already been blamed for six deaths in France, and have also been found in Spain and Portugal.

The National Bee Unit will hold an emergency meeting at Easton and Otley College in Norfolk in May to discuss what can be done in the event of an airborne invasion.

Carolyne Liston, chair of Norfolk Beekeepers’ Association, told the Telegraph the hornets “are a very, very aggressive predator.”

“They wait by the entrance and grab foraging bees as they come back into the hive. They can absolutely decimate bee colonies.

“We are concerned they are going to come into Britain on someone's caravan who has been traveling in France.”

The hornets are reported to be capable of eating up to 50 bees a day, and routinely take over the nests of other insects, leading to fears for the UK’s native population – which already faces a number of challenges.

Earlier this month British garden centers were urged to withdraw a widely-used bug killer containing thiacloprid – a pesticide belonging to neonicotinoid group. They are controversial as many scientists believe they are contributing to the mass death of honeybees.

According to the UK Ethical Consumer magazine, promoting “ethical consumerism,” nine leading garden centers in the UK sell a bug killer that contains thiacloprid.

Bees are the most important crop pollinators and many species of the insects have been facing drastic declines in recent years.

In 2013, the European Commission placed restrictions on three neonicotinoids (imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam), citing worries about their impact on the insects. It said it would review the situation within two years.

Anyone who finds an Asian hornet nest, usually located high in trees or on buildings, is urged to contact the National Bee Unit, which will in turn alert specialists equipped with the proper chemicals to take on the volatile insects. - RT.

ICE AGE NOW: Irony Overload - Global Warming Rally In Colorado Disrupted By Heavy Snowfall!

Global warming sit-in

April 20, 2015 - COLORADO, UNITED STATES - Student activists with Fossil Free CU camped out the University of Colorado, in an attempt to force the Board of Regents to dump its endowment of fossil fuel holdings.

Instead, the group's Facebook page shows students camping out in the snow.

Hey you, look at all this 'global warming'.   Facebook

So much for global warming.

Thanks to Zandhaas in the Netherlands for this link

- Ice Age Now.

EXTREME WEATHER: Tourist Carried Off Cliff By Huge Wave On Inis Mor, Ireland! [VIDEO]

Woman saved after wave sweeps her off cliff on Aran Islands

April 20, 2015 - IRELAND
- A student taking video in Ireland's Aran Islands captured the moment a tourist taking pictures atop a tall cliff was washed away by a massive wave.

Brian Smith, a U.S. student studying in Ireland, was taking video on Inis Mor, the largest of the islands, when a massive wave swept Aparajita Gupta, 21, off the cliff where she was taking pictures of the crashing waters.

Smith said he and his girlfriend ran to call for help.

"It was pretty scary at first," Smith told NBC News.

Gupta, who was visiting Ireland from India with her parents, estimated she fell about 50 feet to the water below.

"The water cushioned my fall, so when I finally fell the impact wasn't as great as it could have been and next to me, there was a boulder and I held onto it," Gupta said.

Seamus McCarthy, a paramedic, witnessed Gupta's fall and saw her limping at the bottom of the cliff.

"I could see her limping close to the bottom of the cliff. The waves were still coming in so it was very dangerous. When I reached down I could barely get my fingertips to her," he told the Irish Independent.

WATCH: Woman knocked off cliff by huge wave in the Aran Islands.

McCarthy fashioned a rope out of a jacket, tied it to a backpack, and lowered it for Gupta.

"She put the rucksack on and tied the bellystrap. As one of the others pulled her up and was able to reach out and grab her," he said.

Gupta was taken to Galway hospital, where she was treated for a broken ankle.

"The video shows just how quickly our powerful aquatic environments can change especially in coastal areas subject to Atlantic swells. It is terribly important to stay away from the edge and to make sure that children receive constant uninterrupted supervision near water," a representative for Irish Water Safety said. - UPI.

MONUMENTAL GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVALS: Planetary Transformations - Mysterious Giant Sinkholes Emerge In Siberian Village?!

A view of a giant crater discovered in Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug.(RIA Novosti/Press-servis governor Yamal-Nene)

April 20, 2015 - SIBERIA, RUSSIA
- A fresh giant crater has appeared in Siberia's Novokuznetsk region. Measuring 20 meters in diameter and up to 30 meters in depth, the hole is unnerving the local population, who fear the next one might swallow their homes.

The mysterious sinkhole was first spotted by Rinat Sharifullin, a local man whose house is a mere 100 meters away from where it emerged. He blames the sagging of earth into abandoned mine tunnels snaking beneath the ground in the area.

"We have to get out of here", Rinat's wife Natalia told local media. "There are mines under our garden, closed down in the 1990s."

Subsidence from old coal mine a possible cause of latest mystery hole in Siberian city

Emergency ministry staff promptly arrived to the spot, fenced the crater away and filled it with earth. Experts are now investigating it to find out why it emerged.

The new crater emerged some 3,500 kilometers away from a group of similar holes not far from Gazprom’s Bovanenkovo gas field. There, about 20 'baby' craters appeared in February around a giant one filled with water, which could mean there could be more to come in the new spot.

In either location, there's no full certainty as to what caused them. While locals blame old mine shafts, geologists name another possible reason: methane emissions from permafrost melting due to global warming. Methane is a highly flammable gas, and locals are being advised to avoid using fire near the craters. This also makes it a dangerous job for scientists to study the holes.

Whatever the cause, such craters always appear in groups, says professor Vasily Bogoyavlensky from the Moscow State University of Oil and Gas. "I would compare them to mushrooms. If you find one, you will most likely discover a dozen more nearby."

Geologists say similar craters in the past could have caused the formation of a number of lakes in Siberia's Yamal peninsula. - RT.

INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Plane Crashes At Winchester Municipal Airport, Winchester, Tennessee - Five People Injured!

Authorities are investigating a small plane crash in Winchester, Tennessee, that injured five people on board.

- Authorities confirmed a small plane crashed just after takeoff at the Winchester Municipal Airport on Saturday afternoon (4/18/2015).

Officials said the Mooney 21 aircraft had 5 people on board.

All 5 suffered injuries and were taken to nearby Southern Tennessee Medical Center for treatment.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office said they were expected to survive.

The names of those injured have not been released.

A 1967 Mooney M20C

Authorities said the plane initially made impact in the ground, skidded across Williams Cove Road, and spun around, stopping partially on the road.

Apparently, the small airplane was not able to get above the power lines, so the pilot banked left and crashed.

WATCH: Plane crash at Winchester Municpal Airport.

At this point it is not known if the plane was having engine troubles or if the load limit had an effect on the flight. The plane seats 4, but 5 on on board.

According to the FAA, the fixed wing single engine plane is registered to Brent Pressley in Morristown, Tennessee.

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration. - WGNS News Radio.

WORLD WAR III: United States Showdown With Iran - U.S. Warship Heads To Yemeni Waters To Intercept Iranian Weapons Shipments, Navy Officials Say!

File:USS Theodore Roosevelt

April 20, 2015 - MIDDLE EAST
- The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is steaming toward the waters off Yemen to beef up security and join other American ships that are prepared to intercept any Iranian vessels carrying weapons to the Houthi rebels fighting in Yemen.

Navy officials said Monday that the Roosevelt was moving through the Arabian Sea. The U.S. Navy has been beefing up its presence in the Gulf of Aden and the southern Arabian Sea amid reports that a convoy of about eight Iranian ships is heading toward Yemen and possibly carrying arms for the Houthis.

Navy officials said there are about nine U.S. warships in the region, including cruisers and destroyers carrying teams that can board and search other vessels.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the ship movement on the record.

The Houthis are battling government-backed fighters in an effort to take control of the country. The U.S. has been providing logistical and intelligence support to Saudi Arabia-led coalition launching airstrikes against the Houthis. That air campaign is now in its fourth week.

The Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Vicksburg escorts the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (top) as they pass the Rock of
Gibraltar in the Mediterranean Sea March 31, 2015 and released April 1, 2015. Picture taken March 31, 2015.
(REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anthony Hopkins II)

The U.S. Navy generally conducts consensual boardings of ships when needed, including to combat piracy around Africa and the region. So far, however, U.S. naval personnel have not boarded any Iranian vessels since the Yemen conflict began.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest would not comment specifically on any Navy movements in Yemeni waters, but said the U.S. has concerns about Iran's "continued support for the Houthis.

"We have seen evidence that the Iranians are supplying weapons and other armed support to the Houthis in Yemen. That support will only contribute to greater violence in that country. These are exactly the kind of destabilizing activities that we have in mind when we raise concerns about Iran's destabilizing activities in the Middle East."

He said "the Iranians are acutely aware of our concerns for their continued support of the Houthis by sending them large shipments of weapons." - Yahoo.

PLANETARY TREMORS: Seismic Uptick Along The Caribbean Region - Trinidad Rattled By Second Earthquake Within Six Days! [MAPS + TECTONIC SUMMARY]

USGS earthquake location map.

- Trinidad and Tobago was jolted by an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.8 on Monday, the second tremor to affect the oil-rich twin island Republic within six days.

The Seismic Unit of the University of the West Indies (UWI) said that the quake, which was felt at 3.11 am, had a depth of 10 kilometers and was located 85 kilometers west, north west of the capital and was also felt in neighbouring Venezuela.

It was located 10.87 degrees north, 62.25 degrees west. There were no immediate reports of damages or injuries.

 USGS shakemap intensity.

Last Wednesday an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.4 rocked the island and was also felt in Venezuela and as far north as St George’s in Grenada. It was focused at an epicentre around 34 kilometres north-northeast of Irapa in Venezuela and about 105 kilometres west-northwest of Port of Spain in Trinidad.

The quake, which struck at around 10:24 local time, was felt across Trinidad and Tobago, with light to moderate shaking the norm. Many people took to social networks to report on the tremor, but disaster officials here said there were no immediate reports of damages to infrastructure or injuries.

UWI officials have in the past warned the country to be prepared for a much stronger earthquake. - Caribbean 360.

Tectonic Summary - Seismotectonics of the Caribbean Region and Vicinity

Extensive diversity and complexity of tectonic regimes characterizes the perimeter of the Caribbean plate, involving no fewer than four major plates (North America, South America, Nazca, and Cocos). Inclined zones of deep earthquakes (Wadati-Benioff zones), ocean trenches, and arcs of volcanoes clearly indicate subduction of oceanic lithosphere along the Central American and Atlantic Ocean margins of the Caribbean plate, while crustal seismicity in Guatemala, northern Venezuela, and the Cayman Ridge and Cayman Trench indicate transform fault and pull-apart basin tectonics.

Along the northern margin of the Caribbean plate, the North America plate moves westwards with respect to the Caribbean plate at a velocity of approximately 20 mm/yr. Motion is accommodated along several major transform faults that extend eastward from Isla de Roatan to Haiti, including the Swan Island Fault and the Oriente Fault. These faults represent the southern and northern boundaries of the Cayman Trench. Further east, from the Dominican Republic to the Island of Barbuda, relative motion between the North America plate and the Caribbean plate becomes increasingly complex and is partially accommodated by nearly arc-parallel subduction of the North America plate beneath the Caribbean plate. This results in the formation of the deep Puerto Rico Trench and a zone of intermediate focus earthquakes (70-300 km depth) within the subducted slab. Although the Puerto Rico subduction zone is thought to be capable of generating a megathrust earthquake, there have been no such events in the past century. The last probable interplate (thrust fault) event here occurred on May 2, 1787 and was widely felt throughout the island with documented destruction across the entire northern coast, including Arecibo and San Juan. Since 1900, the two largest earthquakes to occur in this region were the August 4, 1946 M8.0 Samana earthquake in northeastern Hispaniola and the July 29, 1943 M7.6 Mona Passage earthquake, both of which were shallow thrust fault earthquakes. A significant portion of the motion between the North America plate and the Caribbean plate in this region is accommodated by a series of left-lateral strike-slip faults that bisect the island of Hispaniola, notably the Septentrional Fault in the north and the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden Fault in the south. Activity adjacent to the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden Fault system is best documented by the devastating January 12, 2010 M7.0 Haiti strike-slip earthquake, its associated aftershocks and a comparable earthquake in 1770.

 USGS plate tectonics for the region.

Moving east and south, the plate boundary curves around Puerto Rico and the northern Lesser Antilles where the plate motion vector of the Caribbean plate relative to the North and South America plates is less oblique, resulting in active island-arc tectonics. Here, the North and South America plates subduct towards the west beneath the Caribbean plate along the Lesser Antilles Trench at rates of approximately 20 mm/yr. As a result of this subduction, there exists both intermediate focus earthquakes within the subducted plates and a chain of active volcanoes along the island arc. Although the Lesser Antilles is considered one of the most seismically active regions in the Caribbean, few of these events have been greater than M7.0 over the past century. The island of Guadeloupe was the site of one of the largest megathrust earthquakes to occur in this region on February 8, 1843, with a suggested magnitude greater than 8.0. The largest recent intermediate-depth earthquake to occur along the Lesser Antilles arc was the November 29, 2007 M7.4 Martinique earthquake northwest of Fort-De-France.

The southern Caribbean plate boundary with the South America plate strikes east-west across Trinidad and western Venezuela at a relative rate of approximately 20 mm/yr. This boundary is characterized by major transform faults, including the Central Range Fault and the Boconó-San Sebastian-El Pilar Faults, and shallow seismicity. Since 1900, the largest earthquakes to occur in this region were the October 29, 1900 M7.7 Caracas earthquake, and the July 29, 1967 M6.5 earthquake near this same region. Further to the west, a broad zone of compressive deformation trends southwestward across western Venezuela and central Colombia. The plate boundary is not well defined across northwestern South America, but deformation transitions from being dominated by Caribbean/South America convergence in the east to Nazca/South America convergence in the west. The transition zone between subduction on the eastern and western margins of the Caribbean plate is characterized by diffuse seismicity involving low- to intermediate-magnitude (Magnitude less than 6.0) earthquakes of shallow to intermediate depth.

The plate boundary offshore of Colombia is also characterized by convergence, where the Nazca plate subducts beneath South America towards the east at a rate of approximately 65 mm/yr. The January 31, 1906 M8.5 earthquake occurred on the shallowly dipping megathrust interface of this plate boundary segment. Along the western coast of Central America, the Cocos plate subducts towards the east beneath the Caribbean plate at the Middle America Trench. Convergence rates vary between 72-81 mm/yr, decreasing towards the north. This subduction results in relatively high rates of seismicity and a chain of numerous active volcanoes; intermediate-focus earthquakes occur within the subducted Cocos plate to depths of nearly 300 km. Since 1900, there have been many moderately sized intermediate-depth earthquakes in this region, including the September 7, 1915 M7.4 El Salvador and the October 5, 1950 M7.8 Costa Rica events.

The boundary between the Cocos and Nazca plates is characterized by a series of north-south trending transform faults and east-west trending spreading centers. The largest and most seismically active of these transform boundaries is the Panama Fracture Zone. The Panama Fracture Zone terminates in the south at the Galapagos rift zone and in the north at the Middle America trench, where it forms part of the Cocos-Nazca-Caribbean triple junction. Earthquakes along the Panama Fracture Zone are generally shallow, low- to intermediate in magnitude (Magnitude less than 7.2) and are characteristically right-lateral strike-slip faulting earthquakes. Since 1900, the largest earthquake to occur along the Panama Fracture Zone was the July 26, 1962 M7.2 earthquake.

References for the Panama Fracture Zone:

Molnar, P., and Sykes, L. R., 1969, Tectonics of the Caribbean and Middle America Regions from Focal Mechanisms and Seismicity: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 80, p. 1639-1684.

More information on regional seismicity and tectonics


GLOBAL ECONOMIC MELTDOWN: Greece Is On The Brink - Government Orders Raid On Coffers As Cash Dwindles; Decree Forces ALL STATE BODIES To Transfer Funds To The Central Bank!

The move could help the Greeks from defaulting on their citizens in the coming weeks Photo: AFP PHOTO / Angelos Tzortzinis

April 20, 2015 - GREECE
- The Greek government has ordered a mandatory transfer of cash reserves from state-owned enterprises to its central bank, in a desperate bid to gather enough cash to remain solvent.

Citing "extremely urgent and unforeseen needs”, the government issued the emergency decree which will also apply to all local government bodies.

The move comes as Athens' cash crisis degenerates with every passing day. Even the most conservative estimates calculate the government's coffers will run dry in a matter of weeks.

Despite the risk of violating its fiduciary obligations, the decree could now help the government meet its monthly €1.7bn wage and pension bill, averting a default on its own citizenry.

It is thought the confiscation of reserves held in commercial banks to the Bank of Greece could generate as much as €2bn.

"Central government entities are obliged to deposit their cash reserves and transfer their term deposit funds to their accounts at the Bank of Greece," said the presidential decree.

The move saw yields on Greek government bonds continue their recent ascent, with the country's three-year bonds spiking to 28pc - the highest level since Greece was forced into a debt restructuring in 2012.

In a sign of the desperate measures being considered by European authorities, the European Central Bank touted the possibility of imposing capital controls in a bid to prevent money from fleeing the country.

The ECB's vice president Vitor Constancio said officials would consider the measure if Athens' Leftist government requested them. Capital controls were last used in the eurozone at the height of Cyprus's banking crisis in 2013. Mr Constancio said the Cypriot precedent showed that the measures did not have to lead ineluctably to a Greek exit from the eurozone.

But in a sign of escalating defiance from Athens, Greece's Deputy Prime Minister Yannis Dragasakis said his government would not retreat from its red lines and did not rule out a referendum or early polls if talks failed to progress.

Hopes of securing a deal by the end of the month have faded rapidly, following a series of fraught days in which debt drama moved temporarily to Washington for the IMF's Spring conference.

"There has been a little bit more impetus in the negotiations between the three institutions and the Greek government for several days," said Europe's IMF chief Poul Thomsen, who calculated the government could last out without fresh funds until June at the very latest.

"The burden of repayments which are coming up for Greece is very big. We need to reach an agreement beforehand so that further assistance loans can be paid out."

Greece owes just under €1bn to the IMF in the first two weeks of May. Athens has already narrowly avoided becoming the first developed country to ever fall into arrears with the Fund, but could now be forced to choose between defaulting on its creditors or on its own people.

France's central bank chief has also warned Greek banks may soon run out of collateral to access ECB refinancing unless Athens reaches an agreement with its creditors powers on implementing economic reforms.

"At some point, Greek banks are likely to be unable to offer enough collateral to access refinancing even for emergency liquidity," said Christian Noyer.

"It is therefore urgent that Greece put an end to the current situation and that Athens should establish a programme with the IMF and the backing of other eurozone countries in order to reestablish confidence."

Mr Noyer added that Greece's possible exit from the euro would be "a trauma for the eurozone" whose impact would be felt more widely across the global economy.

"But it's generally acknowledged that the most dramatic consequences would be felt by Greece," he said, "which would suffer a major economic crisis while doing nothing to resolve its fundamental problems of growth and unemployment." - Telegraph.