Tuesday, December 1, 2015

MASS FISH DIE-OFFS: Massive Fish Kill Spotted Along Glen Cove Creek, Glen Cove, New York - Experts Baffled?!

December 1, 2015 - NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
- Long Island waters have seen yet another massive fishkill, with fish seen floating near the shores of Glen Cove Creek — many dead, but others just fighting to survive.

“There’s a lot of fish in a small area, they use up the oxygen and they’re fighting to breathe,” Lt. Lawrence Demmler, of the Glen Cove Harbor Patrol, said.

Demmler estimates well over a hundred thousand bunker fish have crowded the creek this year, opening their gills and mouths to desperately try to draw in more oxygen.

Dozens of fish have already died, with some sinking to the bottom. Others have floated to the shore to be picked apart by seagulls, CBS2’s Elise Finch reported.

“They’re just waiting for an easy meal,” Demmler said of the seagulls. “They’ve been doing it all morning.”

This recent die-off follows another massive fish die-off earlier this year on Long Island’s East End, where tens of thousands of dead fish were seen floating along the shores of the Peconic Bay.

Environmentalists believe the Glen Cove die-off is being caused by more than a lack of oxygen in the water, WLNY TV 10/55’s Long Island Bureau Chief Richard Rose reported.

WATCH: Glen Cove Fish Kill.

“We could do more testing of the water, we could understand the science better of what’s happening and we could put into action keeping people accountable,” Adrienne Esposito, of the Citizen’s Campaign for the Environment, said.

Esposito said the state needs to go after tankers spilling oil in the Long Island Sound. She also said the state should target leaking shoreline septic tanks and the excessive use of pesticides and fertilizers that decrease oxygen levels.

“People aren’t doing enough, I don’t know if I’m doing enough — I’m still using fertilizer on my lawn,” Dean Yoder, of Glen Cove, said.

Officials hope the colder temperatures will help boost oxygen levels and prevent another massive die-off. - CBS.

PARADIGM SHIFT: BRICS Rising - China And Russia To Launch Joint News Agency To Boost Eurasian Integration!

December 1, 2015 - CHINA / RUSSIA
- Russian and Chinese authorities have agreed to set up a joint information agency that would work in both countries, as well as a major discussion club with the provisional name of the Amur Dialogue.

“The proposal to create a joint news agency has been made at the Russian-Chinese forum that is currently taking place in Beijing. Also, there is an initiative to set up an expert panel that would host a permanent dialogue for Pacific Region countries,” the head of the State Duma Committee for Mass Media, Yuri Shuvalov, said in comments to Izvestia daily.

Shuvalov added that both projects were likely to be implemented in 2016, which has been declared as the year of the Russian and Chinese mass media.

The official noted that, in his view, the Russian and Chinese mass media were in the “quality growth phase” and new joint projects would contribute to mutual trust, adequate appraisal of events across the world and precise understanding of positions that the two nations hold on various issues.

“This concerns the whole range of international politics, economic development of the Eurasian continent and the junction between the Eurasian Economic Union and the ‘Silk Road’ economic region, because these two projects had been developed in two different countries, but together they work in synergy.” Shuvalov told reporters.

The Eurasian Economic Union was started in 2015 as the Customs Union of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus. Soon the bloc was joined by Armenia and later by Kyrgyzstan. Many other countries have expressed interest in setting up a free trade zone with the EEU. Vietnam has already signed the agreement, while India may follow suit. Thailand is expected to launch a free trade zone with the EEU in 2016. In July, Syrian Prime Minister Wael Halqi said that Damascus wants to join the Eurasian Union and set up a customs-free zone to boost economic relations with friendly states.

The new Silk Road is China’s project with the goal of establishing an economic corridor with Russia and Mongolia.

In May, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping signed an agreement that will see the two countries cooperate on linking the development of the Eurasian Economic Union with the Silk Road economic project, along with a number of other deals in energy, trade and finance. - RT.

EXTREME WEATHER: Severe Earth Changes In Australia - Major Thunderstorms Warnings For Southeast Queensland Again - As Terrifying Green Storm Clouds Engulf Brisbane In Apocalyptical Scenery; Over 100,000 Lightning Strikes Recorded; Thousands Without Power! [PHOTOS + VIDEO]

Matthew Drinkall

December 1, 2015 - AUSTRALIA
- Severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued for parts of southeast Queensland this afternoon, as the region continues to clean up following yesterday's wild weather.

The Bureau of Meteorology says severe thunderstorms have been detected on radar between Cooyar and Crows Nest, with damaging winds and large hailstones likely. Read the full warning here.

Residents in the path of the storm are advised to secure loose outdoor items, move their car under cover or away from trees, and seek shelter.

During yesterday's storms fallen trees blocked roads and caused damage, with one collapsing onto a home in Collingwood Park, about 30km from the Brisbane CBD, almost splitting it in two. The Queensland Fire and Emergency Service said it received around 200 calls for help yesterday, with more than 100 of those in and around Ipswich alone.

Murray Fox Photography

A tree fell onto a house in Collingwood Park.  © Penny Dahl, @pennycopter

The storms are developing north-west of Brisbane.  © BOM.gov.au

Hail in Oxley, in south-west Brisbane.  © Narimani Afsaneh

Lightning strike caught on camera from Grange. © Supplied, Dean Hanson

Lightning strike viewed from Ipswich.  © Supplied, name withheld

Lightning strikes viewed from The Gap.  © Supplied, Coskun Gencerler

Murray Fox Photography

Murray Fox Photography

Murray Fox Photography

Bobby Skidmore

Bobby Skidmore

Kali Lock via Higgins Storm Chasing

Chris Gilchrist via Higgins Storm Chaser

Scott Drain via Higgins Storm Chasing

Adam Shuffla Fousketakis via ‎Higgins Storm Chasing

A 25-year-old man was struck by lightning in Ipswich, and suffered minor injuries. A 24-year-old man was taken to hospital in a stable condition after touch fallen power lines.

Energy provider Energex recorded 100,000 lightning strikes and around 20,000 homes lost power.

Ipswich woman Bec Daly recorded an incredible lightning strike near a bus stop.

Captioned "nothing like a little heart attack to end the day", the video uploaded by Ms Daly to Facebook showed two powerful orange bolts striking across the road as locals scrambled for safety.

November 30, 2015: A woman has recorded the moment lightning struck twice at a bus stop in Ipswich, in Queensland's southeast.

WATCH: Timelapse - Brisbane Lightning Storm.

The SES said most requests were for smashed windows, fallen trees and powerlines and leaking roofs.

Golf ball-sized hail fell at Tara, inland from Toowoomba, and 50mm of rain fell within half an hour at Campbells, north of Warwick. Around 70mm of rain fell in Harrisville, in the Scenic Rim region, in around 30 minutes.

The Darling Downs was also hit by large hail, with roads flooded within minutes.

Storms are expected to persist in the area for much of the week.

- 9 News | Strange Sounds.


PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: Zika Virus Spreads To More Countries In The Americas - Linked To Birth Defects In Brazil As First Deaths Recorded, Emergency Declared!

December 1, 2015 - AMERICAS
- In quickly evolving developments, more countries in the Americas reported Zika virus cases, as Brazil—one of the hardest hit countries—reported more microcephaly cases, which health officials suspect might be related to infections in pregnant women.

In a pair of updates, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) weighed in on the spread of mosquito-borne Zika virus to more countries and the possible connection to complications, which may also include Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) and congenital neurological malformations.

Also, the World Health Organization (WHO) said it has been notified of Zika virus infections in Guatemala and El Salvador, with infectious disease news sources flagging foreign language media reports suggesting that illnesses have been detected in Paraguay and Venezuela.

Zika virus infections, spread by Aedes mosquitoes, have rapidly spread to new parts of the Americas since 2014 and continues to sicken people in other parts of the world. Symptoms are similar to dengue fever, but usually milder, lasting 4 to 7 days.

Growing list of Zika detections

The WHO said in separate statements that it was notified of a locally acquired case in Guatemala, a patient who got sick on Nov 11, and reports from El Salvador of three locally acquired cases. In both instances, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lab in Fort Collins confirmed the findings.

It said officials are taking prevention and control steps and are looking for additional cases. The WHO urged countries in the Americas to maintain the capacity to detect Zika cases and to prepare their health systems to take on more burden from the disease.

In an Nov 27 epidemiological update, the ECDC said the first two locally acquired cases have been reported from Mexico, one from Chiapas state, in the southeastern part of the country, and the other from Nuevo Leon state, located in the northeastern region. Aside from the already mentioned countries, other locations reporting cases this year include Colombia, Suriname, Cape Verde, Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, and Indonesia.

In addition, ProMED Mail, the reporting service of the International Society for Infectious Diseases, flagged a media report from Paraguay that said health officials have detected six locally acquired Zika infections. Meanwhile, FluTrackers, an infectious disease news message board, yesterday posted a media report from Venezuela that said 17 cases have been detected.

More microcephaly cases reported

The WHO is now reporting 739 microcephaly cases in newborns from northeastern Brazil, affecting 9 of the country's states, according to a Nov 27 statement. The WHO first acknowledged Brazil's unusual spike in cases on Nov 20, when 399 cases from 7 states were reported.

In its latest statement, the WHO investigations are underway into the cases, which include one death. It said technical experts have been deployed to help Brazil's health ministry with arbovirus virology, epidemiology, and disease surveillance.

Though the cause of the sharp increase hasn't been determined, the WHO said it wanted to raise awareness and asks other countries to be on alert for similar increases.

According to a Nov 27 ECDC assessment, Brazilian authorities have confirmed Zika virus RNA in amniotic fluid in two women who carried babies with microcephaly. Both women had symptoms consistent with Zika virus infection during their pregnancies. It added that the significance of the findings are still under investigation.

Also, the ECDC added that the Brazilian media has reported seven GBS cases linked to Zika virus illness, and it cited an earlier medical journal report of an increase in congenital nervous system malformations in newborns in French Polynesia following a Zika virus outbreak in 2013 and 2014.

In a risk assessment a few days earlier, the ECDC said there is only ecological evidence between the outbreak and microcephaly, and though an association can't be ruled out, further investigations are needed. It added that microcephaly can be caused by a variety of factors, but Flavivirus infections are known to potentially cause premature birth, congenital defects, and microcephaly. - CIDRAP.


PARADIGM SHIFT: Precursors To The End Of The U.S. Petrodollar And The White Supremacy Paradigm - BRICS Bank To Begin Borrowing In Yuan Currency!

December 1, 2015 - CHINA - The BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) could start operations by borrowing in the Chinese currency, according to the bank’s Vice President Vladimir Kazbekov.

He says the bank will focus on loans in the national currencies of the bank’s potential customers.

“Considering the stability of the Chinese currency and the scale of the Chinese debt market, I think that one of the first steps in providing the New Development Bank with funds may be entering the Chinese market to borrow in yuan," Kazbekov said on Tuesday at the opening of a BRICS media summit in Beijing.

On Monday, the Chinese yuan was included in the IMF Special Drawing Rights (SDR) joining the US dollar, euro, British pound and the Japanese yen.

Kazbekov said the NDB is examining ways of entering the financial markets of other BRICS members, Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa.

bank opens for operations in Shanghai http://on.rt.com/6ng1 

"We want to find new flexible instruments of lending, to significantly reduce the time to consider a loan, and try to actively use the model of private-public partnership," he added.

There might be a lack of resources for long-term projects without the active attraction of private capital, according to the NDB Vice President.

NDB was established by the BRICS countries Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa in 2014.

Its main goal is to promote sustainable development projects within the BRICS complementing the World Bank.

In July the bank opened operations in Shanghai with start-up capital of $50 billion. - RT.


ICE AGE NOW: Another Snowfall Record For Sioux Falls, South Dakota - The SECOND TIME In November!

Gabrielle Spangler, owner of Man Code, shovels the sidewalk in front of the neighboring business, Engage Paperie,
during a winter storm Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in Sioux Falls.   © Joe Ahlquist / Argus Leader

December 1, 2015 - SOUTH DAKOTA, UNITED STATES - Sioux Falls set a snowfall record for the second time this month Monday.

The National Weather Service reported that 8 inches of snow had fallen at the Sioux Falls airport by 9 p.m., beating the old record of 7.4 inches set in 1954.

The NWS said more than 3 inches were possible to fall in the city by noon Tuesday.

A city of Sioux Falls truck clears 14th Street during a winter storm Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in Sioux Falls.  © Joe Ahlquist / Argus Leader

A winter storm warning remains in effect until Tuesday night.

Parts of Sioux Falls shattered the previous record at the airport on Nov. 20 when 14 inches fell in the southern part of the city.

Tea reported 18 inches that day. 

WATCH: Snowing in Sioux Falls.

Argus Leader.


PLANETARY TREMORS: Strong 5.2 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Kyrgyzstan - USGS! [MAPS + TECTONIC SUMMARY]

USGS earthquake location.

December 1, 2015 - KYRGYZSTAN - A magnitude 5.2 earthquake rocked the region 40 km south of Uch-Terek in Kyrgyzstan at 6:13 UTC time Tuesday morning.

The remote region has some tourism. Arslanbob a small town close to the epicenter is known for its picturesque valley, mountain range, and a large wild walnut forest. It's the Jalal-Abad Province of Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyzstans first known export to Europe was the Arslanbob walnut. Two waterfalls are located in the area which attract tourists, pilgrims and other visitors during the spring and summer months.

According to USGS the earthquake location was:

40km (25mi) S of Uch-Terek, Kyrgyzstan
53km (33mi) NNE of Jalal-Abad, Kyrgyzstan
54km (34mi) NE of Bazar-Korgon, Kyrgyzstan
56km (35mi) SSE of Toktogul, Kyrgyzstan
200km (124mi) SW of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

No reports of damages or injuries are yet known. - ETurboNews.

Seismotectonics of the Himalaya and Vicinity

Seismicity in the Himalaya dominantly results from the continental collision of the India and Eurasia plates, which are converging at a relative rate of 40-50 mm/yr. Northward underthrusting of India beneath Eurasia generates numerous earthquakes and consequently makes this area one of the most seismically hazardous regions on Earth. The surface expression of the plate boundary is marked by the foothills of the north-south trending Sulaiman Range in the west, the Indo-Burmese Arc in the east and the east-west trending Himalaya Front in the north of India.

The India-Eurasia plate boundary is a diffuse boundary, which in the region near the north of India, lies within the limits of the Indus-Tsangpo (also called the Yarlung-Zangbo) Suture to the north and the Main Frontal Thrust to the south. The Indus-Tsangpo Suture Zone is located roughly 200 km north of the Himalaya Front and is defined by an exposed ophiolite chain along its southern margin. The narrow (less than 200km) Himalaya Front includes numerous east-west trending, parallel structures. This region has the highest rates of seismicity and largest earthquakes in the Himalaya region, caused mainly by movement on thrust faults. Examples of significant earthquakes, in this densely populated region, caused by reverse slip movement include the 1934 M8.1 Bihar, the 1905 M7.5 Kangra and the 2005 M7.6 Kashmir earthquakes. The latter two resulted in the highest death tolls for Himalaya earthquakes seen to date, together killing over 100,000 people and leaving millions homeless. The largest instrumentally recorded Himalaya earthquake occurred on 15th August 1950 in Assam, eastern India. This M8.6 right-lateral, strike-slip, earthquake was widely felt over a broad area of central Asia, causing extensive damage to villages in the epicentral region.

USGS plate tectonics for the region.

The Tibetan Plateau is situated north of the Himalaya, stretching approximately 1000km north-south and 2500km east-west, and is geologically and tectonically complex with several sutures which are hundreds of kilometer-long and generally trend east-west. The Tibetan Plateau is cut by a number of large (greater than 1000km) east-west trending, left-lateral, strike-slip faults, including the long Kunlun, Haiyuan, and the Altyn Tagh. Right-lateral, strike-slip faults (comparable in size to the left-lateral faults), in this region include the Karakorum, Red River, and Sagaing. Secondary north-south trending normal faults also cut the Tibetan Plateau. Thrust faults are found towards the north and south of the Tibetan Plateau. Collectively, these faults accommodate crustal shortening associated with the ongoing collision of the India and Eurasia plates, with thrust faults accommodating north south compression, and normal and strike-slip accommodating east-west extension.

Along the western margin of the Tibetan Plateau, in the vicinity of south-eastern Afghanistan and western Pakistan, the India plate translates obliquely relative to the Eurasia plate, resulting in a complex fold-and-thrust belt known as the Sulaiman Range. Faulting in this region includes strike-slip, reverse-slip and oblique-slip motion and often results in shallow, destructive earthquakes. The active, left-lateral, strike-slip Chaman fault is the fastest moving fault in the region. In 1505, a segment of the Chaman fault near Kabul, Afghanistan, ruptured causing widespread destruction. In the same region the more recent 30 May 1935, M7.6 Quetta earthquake, which occurred in the Sulaiman Range in Pakistan, killed between 30,000 and 60,000 people.

On the north-western side of the Tibetan Plateau, beneath the Pamir-Hindu Kush Mountains of northern Afghanistan, earthquakes occur at depths as great as 200 km as a result of remnant lithospheric subduction. The curved arc of deep earthquakes found in the Hindu Kush Pamir region indicates the presence of a lithospheric body at depth, thought to be remnants of a subducting slab. Cross-sections through the Hindu Kush region suggest a near vertical northerly-dipping subducting slab, whereas cross-sections through the nearby Pamir region to the east indicate a much shallower dipping, southerly subducting slab. Some models suggest the presence of two subduction zones; with the Indian plate being subducted beneath the Hindu Kush region and the Eurasian plate being subducted beneath the Pamir region. However, other models suggest that just one of the two plates is being subducted and that the slab has become contorted and overturned in places.

Shallow crustal earthquakes also occur in this region near the Main Pamir Thrust and other active Quaternary faults. The Main Pamir Thrust, north of the Pamir Mountains, is an active shortening structure. The northern portion of the Main Pamir Thrust produces many shallow earthquakes, whereas its western and eastern borders display a combination of thrust and strike-slip mechanisms. On the 18 February 1911, the M7.4 Sarez earthquake ruptured in the Central Pamir Mountains, killing numerous people and triggering a landside, which blocked the Murghab River.

Further north, the Tian Shan is a seismically active intra-continental mountain belt, which extends 2500 km in an ENE-WNW orientation north of the Tarim Basin. This belt is defined by numerous east-west trending thrust faults, creating a compressional basin and range landscape. It is generally thought that regional stresses associated with the collision of the India and Eurasia plates are responsible for faulting in the region. The region has had three major earthquakes (greater than M7.6) at the start of the 20th Century, including the 1902 Atushi earthquake, which killed an estimated 5,000 people. The range is cut through in the west by the 700-km-long, northwest-southeast striking, Talas-Ferghana active right-lateral, strike-slip fault system. Though the system has produced no major earthquakes in the last 250 years, paleo-seismic studies indicate that it has the potential to produce M7.0+ earthquakes and it is thought to represent a significant hazard.

The northern portion of the Tibetan Plateau itself is largely dominated by the motion on three large left-lateral, strike-slip fault systems; the Altyn Tagh, Kunlun and Haiyuan. The Altyn Tagh fault is the longest of these strike slip faults and it is thought to accommodate a significant portion of plate convergence. However, this system has not experienced significant historical earthquakes, though paleoseismic studies show evidence of prehistoric M7.0-8.0 events. Thrust faults link with the Altyn Tagh at its eastern and western termini. The Kunlun Fault, south of the Altyn Tagh, is seismically active, producing large earthquakes such as the 8th November 1997, M7.6 Manyi earthquake and the 14th November 2001, M7.8 Kokoxili earthquake. The Haiyuan Fault, in the far north-east, generated the 16 December 1920, M7.8 earthquake that killed approximately 200,000 people and the 22 May 1927 M7.6 earthquake that killed 40,912.

The Longmen Shan thrust belt, along the eastern margin of the Tibetan Plateau, is an important structural feature and forms a transitional zone between the complexly deformed Songpan-Garze Fold Belt and the relatively undeformed Sichuan Basin. On 12 May 2008, the thrust belt produced the reverse slip, M7.9 Wenchuan earthquake, killing over 87,000 people and causing billions of US dollars in damages and landslides which dammed several rivers and lakes.

Southeast of the Tibetan Plateau are the right-lateral, strike-slip Red River and the left-lateral, strike-slip Xiangshuihe-Xiaojiang fault systems. The Red River Fault experienced large scale, left-lateral ductile shear during the Tertiary period before changing to its present day right-lateral slip rate of approximately 5 mm/yr. This fault has produced several earthquakes greater than M6.0 including the 4 January 1970, M7.5 earthquake in Tonghai which killed over 10,000 people. Since the start of the 20th century, the Xiangshuihe-Xiaojiang Fault system has generated several M7.0+ earthquakes including the M7.5 Luhuo earthquake which ruptured on the 22 April 1973. Some studies suggest that due to the high slip rate on this fault, future large earthquakes are highly possible along the 65km stretch between Daofu and Qianning and the 135km stretch that runs through Kangding.

Shallow earthquakes within the Indo-Burmese Arc, predominantly occur on a combination of strike-slip and reverse faults, including the Sagaing, Kabaw and Dauki faults. Between 1930 and 1956, six M7.0+ earthquakes occurred near the right-lateral Sagaing Fault, resulting in severe damage in Myanmar including the generation of landslides, liquefaction and the loss of 610 lives. Deep earthquakes (200km) have also been known to occur in this region, these are thought to be due to the subduction of the eastwards dipping, India plate, though whether subduction is currently active is debated. Within the pre-instrumental period, the large Shillong earthquake occurred on the 12 June 1897, causing widespread destruction. - USGS.


ICE AGE NOW: Extreme Weather - Severe Snow Storm Warning For Iceland!

Tomorrow morning is looking extremely bad, weather wise.  © Mbl.is/ Halldór Sveinbjörnsson

December 1, 2015 - ICELAND
- Please be warned: tomorrow morning is looking extremely bad, weather wise. Mbl.is/ Halldór Sveinbjörnsson

Despite having already released a forecast for extreme winter weather tomorrrow, Tuesday, the Iceland Met Office has now issued a storm warning.

The storm is expected to hit Reykjavik early tomorrow morning, as well as most of South Iceland, which means that with the strong winds, snow will blow across roads. Many roads may become impassable. More snowfall accompanied by the storm is expected in the late morning and early afternoon.

People are strongly advised from travelling anywhere around Iceland tomorrow and possibly even travel within Reykjavik could become very difficult.

Update at 16:00

Schools warn that school may be disrupted tomorrow due to the weather. The Reykjavik Fire Department has also issued a warning that children may have a very difficult time getting to and from school. Please check both the weather news and the school before sending your child to school. - Iceland Monitor.