Thursday, February 28, 2013

PLANETARY TREMORS: 5.1 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off The Coast Of Oregon And 4.0 Magnitude Tremor Rocks Central Oklahoma, Causes Some Damage!

February 28, 2013 - UNITED STATES - A 5.1 magnitude earthquake occurred Wednesday afternoon about 114 miles west of Bandon, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

USGS earthquake map and location.
The earthquake hit the ocean floor far off the Southern Oregon coast, but there were no immediate reports of anyone feeling it on land.  USGS spokeswoman Leslie Gordon says there were no immediate reports to the agency’s website from people feeling the quake on shore.

USGS earthquake shakemap.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports the magnitude 5.1 quake was 114 miles west northwest of Port Orford at 2:14 p.m. Wednesday.

USGS historical seismicity for the region.

The temblor struck in the Pacific Ocean about 6.1 miles deep. No tsunami warning has been issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.


4.0 Magnitude Tremor Rocks Central Oklahoma, Causes Some Damage.
Two earthquakes rattled nerves in the metro and caused damage to some homes in the southeast suburbs. 

The first hit Choctaw Wednesday morning. The second was recorded as a 4.0 magnitude earthquake centered in Nicoma Park Wednesday afternoon.

In November 2011, the largest earthquake in Oklahoma history shook Sooner soil just as News 9's Ed Murray was beginning to report the news. It was a 5.6 magnitude earthquake. The damage then was much more significant than what Oklahomans experienced Wednesday.

"My animals all took off in different directions," Midwest City resident Michelle Davis said. "I really thought somebody was coming through the back wall."

Davis says there's no damage at her Midwest City home, but just across the street, Melissa Haynie showed News 9 cracks in her walls and paint. Pictures sent in from viewers showed similar damage to other homes in the area.

"This house isn't really that old, and it's pretty sturdy … so it kind of surprises me that it got cracks," Haynie said.

Moments before the second earthquake, Haynie says her dogs were scared and whining. She believes they were sensing what was to come.

"My dogs started barking and my cats went and ran behind the furniture [when the second earthquake hit]," Haynie said.

No injuries were reported following the earthquakes. Residents say the shaking lasted less than 5 seconds following the Nicoma Park earthquake. - News9.

WATCH: Earthquakes Rattle OKC Metro, Cause Some Damage.





PLANETARY TREMORS: 6.9 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off Kuril Islands, Eastern Russia!

February 28, 2013 - RUSSIA - A magnitude 6.9 earthquake has hit the Kuril Islands, south of Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The quake had a depth of 18 miles.

USGS earthquake map and location.

There are no reports of damage.

It's the second quake to hit the Kuril Islands this year.  A magnitude 5.5 earthquake struck the Isles on January 1. The Islands were also hit with two earthquakes in November 2012, which measured magnitudes of 6.8 and 5.3.

USGS earthquake shakemap.

USGS earthquake shakemap.

The Kuril Islands are located 90 kilometers (56 miles) from Severo-Kuril'sk, Russia. Tokyo is located 2,204 kilometers (1,369 miles) away from the Isles.

The population of the Islands is around 19,000 people, and the total land area is about 15,600 square kilometers (6,000 square miles).

USGS earthquake population exposure.


USGS earthquake population exposure.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a statement saying, “Based on all available data, a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected, and there is no tsunami threat to Hawai’i.” - RT.


Tectonic Summary - Seismotectonics of the Kuril-Kamchatka Arc.
The Kuril-Kamchatka arc extends approximately 2,100 km from Hokkaido, Japan, along the Kuril Islands and the Pacific coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula to its intersection with the Aleutian arc near the Commander Islands, Russia. It marks the region where the Pacific plate subducts into the mantle beneath the Okhotsk microplate, part of the larger North America plate. This subduction is responsible for the generation of the Kuril Islands chain, active volcanoes located along the entire arc, and the deep offshore Kuril-Kamchatka trench. Relative to a fixed North America plate, the Pacific plate is moving towards the northwest at a rate that increases from 75 mm/year near the northern end of the arc to 83 mm/year in the south.

Plate motion is predominantly convergent along the Kuril-Kamchatka arc with obliquity increasing towards the southern section of the arc. The subducting Pacific plate is relatively old, particularly adjacent to Kamchatka where its age is greater than 100 Ma. Consequently, the Wadati-Benioff zone is well defined to depths of approximately 650 km. The central section of the arc is comprised of an oceanic island arc system, which differs from the continental arc systems of the northern and southern sections. Oblique convergence in the southern Kuril arc results in the partitioning of stresses into both trench-normal thrust earthquakes and trench-parallel strike-slip earthquakes, and the westward translation of the Kuril forearc. This westward migration of the Kuril forearc currently results in collision between the Kuril arc in the north and the Japan arc in the south, resulting in the deformation and uplift of the Hidaka Mountains in central Hokkaido.

USGS historical seismicity.

The Kuril-Kamchatka arc is considered one of the most seismically active regions in the world. Deformation of the overriding North America plate generates shallow crustal earthquakes, whereas slip at the subduction zone interface between the Pacific and North America plates generates interplate earthquakes that extend from near the base of the trench to depths of 40 to 60 km. At greater depths, Kuril-Kamchatka arc earthquakes occur within the subducting Pacific plate and can reach depths of approximately 650 km.

This region has frequently experienced large (Magnitude greater than 7) earthquakes over the past century. Since 1900, seven great earthquakes (M8.3 or larger) have also occurred along the arc, with mechanisms that include interplate thrust faulting, and intraplate faulting. Damaging tsunamis followed several of the large interplate megathrust earthquakes. These events include the February 3, 1923 M8.4 Kamchatka, the November 6,1958 M8.4 Etorofu, and the September 25, 2003 M8.3 Hokkaido earthquakes. A large M8.5 megathrust earthquake occurred on October 13, 1963 off the coast of Urup, an island along the southern Kuril arc, which generated a large tsunami in the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Okhotsk, and caused run-up wave heights of up to 4-5 m along the Kuril arc. The largest megathrust earthquake to occur along the entire Kurile-Kamchatka arc in the 20th century was the November 4, 1952 M9.0 event. This earthquake was followed by a devastating tsunami with run-up wave heights as high as 12 m along the coast of Paramushir, a small island immediately south of Kamchatka, causing significant damage to the city of Severo-Kurilsk.

On October 4,1994, a large (M8.3) intraplate event occurred within the subducted oceanic lithosphere off the coast of Shikotan Island causing intense ground shaking, landslides, and a tsunami with run-up heights of up to 10 m on the island.

The most recent megathrust earthquake in the region was the November 15, 2006 M8.3 Kuril Island event, located in the central section of the arc. Prior to this rupture, this part of the subduction zone had been recognized as a seismic gap spanning from the northeastern end of the 1963 rupture zone to the southwestern end of the 1952 rupture. Two months after the 2006 event, a great (M8.1) normal faulting earthquake occurred on January 13, 2007 in the adjacent outer rise region of the Pacific plate. It has been suggested that the 2007 event may have been caused by the stresses generated from the 2006 earthquake. - USGS.



PLANETARY TREMORS: Magnitude 6.1 Earthquake Sways Buildings In South Pacific Nation Of Vanuatu - No Major Damage Seen!

February 28, 2013 - VANUATU - A strong earthquake has shaken the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu without causing major damage.

USGS earthquake map and location.
The magnitude-6.1 quake struck Thursday afternoon. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a tsunami warning.

Godwin Ligo, a reporter at the Trading Post newspaper, said he felt his office building in the capital Port Vila shake and sway. He said he wasn't aware of any major problems caused by the quake.

USGS earthquake shakemap.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the epicenter was 104 kilometers (64 miles) west of the capital at a relatively shallow depth of 15 kilometers (9 miles).

USGS earthquake population exposure.
Vanuatu is on the "Ring of Fire" — an arc of earthquake and volcanic zones that stretches around the Pacific Rim. It's where most of the world's seismic activity occurs. - FOX News.



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

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

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

USGS historical seismicity.

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

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

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

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

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


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

EXTREME WEATHER: Giant Hail Balls Rain Down On Mar del Plata, Argentina - Widespread Damage To 5,000 Cars; Homes; Offices And Schools!

February 27, 2013 - ARGENTINA - Hail the size of golf balls pummeled Argentina’s popular summer Mar del Plata beachside resort in Buenos Aires on Sunday, Feb. 24.


In 10 minutes, the storm damaged an estimated 5,000 cars, homes, offices and schools, some of which remain closed Monday for repairs.

It was just another beautiful summer day in the lovely Argentina resort town of Mar del Plata. When the hailstones started pounding down, this man tried a unique method for keeping them from ruining his car’s paint job — car swimming.

As You Tube poster 99telegrams explained, “A man decided to go up to the roof of his car and swim to protect the car from the severe hail storm. Everyone’s an idiot except him.”


Because it’s in the southern hemisphere, Argentina is usually enjoying its summer season while North Americans are stuck in miserable winter weather. This year, apparently there’s plenty of bad weather to go around.

But you have to hand it to Mr. Car Swimming Guy. He’s not afraid to do what it takes to protect his car’s finish from damaging hail.

See that photo up there of hailstones on my car’s windshield? Those suckers hurt when they hit. - Inquisitr.

WATCH: Man Protects His Car As Giant Hail Balls Rain Down In Argentina.





GLOBAL ECONOMIC MELTDOWN: The Euro-Zone Crisis - Implosion Alert As Europe Is On The Verge Of A Monumental Social, Political, Systemic Breakdown And Its Last Remaining Hope Is Slipping Away!

February 27, 2013 - EUROPE - They are going to demonstrate in front of the House of Representatives. People is fed up with politicians’ corruption and private debt. Far-right and far-left groups are marching along with liberals, libertarians, social-democrats, conservatives, communists, anarchists against the political corruption.A Government’s representative has said that this demonstration is a coup d’etat. Hope everything goes fine.


As EU bankers squeeze Greece beyond it’s ability to pay, the social consequences mount.

Unions question the wisdom of austerity as unemployment grows and a contracting economy means less tax revenue.

Greece’s austerity policies could create a crisis of insolvency within the country, undermining the very reason they were implemented – to repay the country’s debt – says the country’s biggest labour confederation.

“I am afraid that we may see a phenomenon that could cause a social explosion,” says Savvas Robolis, scientific director for the Labour Institute of the General Confederation of Workers in Greece (GSEE), the private sector’s confederation of unions. “Right now many people can’t pay their taxes.
That’s why state revenue fell 300 million euros ($395m) short of January targets. If that continues, I don’t know if the state will be able to meet its obligations by June or July. It may not have the cash to pay salaries and pensions.”

The state heavily subsidises approximately 1.3 million pensions, according to finance ministry data. It also pays the salaries of almost 800,000 state employees, roughly a quarter of all people still working in the country. Failure to pay those pensions and salaries in full would greatly impact on the state’s own tax revenues, and therefore its ability to maintain payments to international creditors.

Greece’s New Homeless: “We Have Not Even Water To Drink”
It’s a little known fact about the Spanish crisis is that when the Spanish Government merges troubled banks, it typically swaps out depositors’ savings for shares in the new bank.

So… when the newly formed bank goes bust, “poof” your savings are GONE. Not gone as in some Spanish version of the FDIC will eventually get you your money, but gone as in gone forever (see the above article for proof).

This is why Bankia’s collapse is so significant: in one move, former depositors at seven banks just lost virtually everything.

And this in a nutshell is Europe’s financial system today: a totally insolvent sewer of garbage debt, run by corrupt career politicians who have no clue how to fix it or their economies… and which results in a big fat ZERO for those who are nuts enough to invest in it.

Be warned. There are many many more Bankias coming to light in the coming months. So if you have not already taken steps to prepare for systemic failure, you NEED to do so NOW. We’re literally at most a few months, and very likely just a few weeks from Europe’s banks imploding, potentially taking down the financial system with them. Think I’m joking? The Fed is pumping hundreds of BILLIONS of dollars into EU banks right now trying to stop this from happening.


Now this: in 2012, Germany achieved something rarely seen anywhere in the world, and if it’s espied at all, it’s there only briefly, mirage-like: a budget surplus. It wasn’t much, €4.2 billion. The first surplus in five years, the third since Reunification. While the federal government and the states (Länder) still ran up deficits, the surplus of the communities and the social security system more than made up for it. Anytime a government gets anywhere near a budget surplus, it deserves a round of applause. Then, after the noise dies down, we can quibble over how it got there, if it got there at all, or if it was a figment of governmental accounting imagination, and why it had to extract that much in taxes from its strung-out taxpayers.

Given that extraction of taxes, private consumption—another detail in the awful GDP surprise—increased by a measly 0.6% in 2012. But consumption by the government, flush with record tax revenues, increased by 1.4%. It got worse towards the end of the year: December retail sales saw a brutal plunge of 4.7%. January retail sales weren’t available yet, but January vehicles sales were….

Total vehicle sales plummeted 9.3% from January last year. An equal opportunity fiasco. Passenger car sales tumbled 8.6%. The biggest losers of what Germans consider German brands: Ford swooned 32.2% and VW, the megastar that could do no wrong, skidded 13.3%. Among foreign brands, Lexus suffered a dizzying 62.8% dive. It’s tough in Germany these days. And an indicator of how businesses viewed the future in Germany, sales of light, medium, and heavy trucks fell by 14.6% and tractors by 23%. There wasn’t a scintilla of good news in this report.

This is the economic engine of Europe, the country that is expected to pull Europe out of its funk. Sure, things could turn around on a dime. China and other Asian countries could unleash a tsunami of orders. France could suddenly rebound. Miracles happened before. And this could be one of them.


Eurozone to Shrink Again in 2013 as Unemployment Rises, EU Says

The eurozone will not return to growth until 2014, the European Commission said on Friday, reversing its prediction for an end to recession this year and blaming a lack of bank lending and record joblessness for delaying the recovery.

The 17-nation bloc’s economy, which generates nearly a fifth of global output, will shrink 0.3 percent in 2013, the Commission said, meaning the eurozone will remain in its second recession since 2009 for a year longer than originally foreseen.

The Commission, the EU executive, late last year forecast 0.1 percent growth in the eurozone’s economy for 2012, but now says tight lending conditions for companies and households, job cuts and frozen investment have delayed an expected recovery. - Investment Watch.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

EUROPEAN VAMPIRISM: Human Population Control - Monsanto Found Guilty Of Chemical Poisoning In France!

February 26, 2013 - FRANCE - A French court on Monday declared U.S. biotech giant Monsanto guilty of chemical poisoning of a French farmer, a judgment that could lend weight to other health claims against pesticides.

In the first such case heard in court in France, grain grower Paul Francois, 47, says he suffered neurological problems including memory loss, headaches and stammering after inhaling Monsanto's Lasso weedkiller in 2004.


He blames the agri-business giant for not providing adequate warnings on the product label.

The ruling was given by a court in Lyon, southeast France, which ordered an expert opinion of Francois's losses to establish the amount of damages.

"It is a historic decision in so far as it is the first time that a (pesticide) maker is found guilty of such a poisoning," François Lafforgue, Francois's lawyer, told Reuters.

Monsanto said it was disappointed by the ruling and would examine whether to appeal the judgment.


"Monsanto always considered that there were not sufficient elements to establish a causal relationship between Paul Francois's symptoms and a potential poisoning," the company's lawyer, Jean-Philippe Delsart, said.

Previous health claims from farmers have foundered because of the difficulty of establishing clear links between illnesses and exposure to pesticides.

Francois and other farmers suffering from illness set up an association last year to make a case that their health problems should be linked to their use of crop protection products.

The agricultural branch of the French social security system says that since 1996, it has gathered farmers' reports of sickness potentially related to pesticides, with about 200 alerts a year.


But only about 47 cases have been recognized as due to pesticides in the past 10 years. Francois, who suffers from neurological problems, obtained work invalidity status only after a court appeal.

LESS INTENSIVE NOW
The Francois case goes back to a period of intensive use of crop-protection chemicals in the European Union. The EU and its member countries have since banned a large number of substances considered dangerous.

Lasso, a pre-emergent soil-applied herbicide that has been used since the 1960s to control grasses and broadleaf weeds in farm fields, was banned in France in 2007 following an EU directive after the product had already been withdrawn in some other countries.




Though it once was a top-selling herbicide, it has gradually lost popularity, and critics say several studies have shown links to a range of health problems.

Monsanto's Roundup is now the dominant herbicide used to kill weeds. The company markets it in conjunction with its biotech herbicide-tolerant "Roundup Ready" crops. The Roundup Ready corn, soybeans, cotton and other crops do not die when sprayed directly with the herbicide, a trait that has made them wildly popular with U.S. farmers.

But farmers are now being encouraged to use more and different kinds of chemicals again as Roundup loses its effectiveness to a rise of "super weeds" that are resistant to Roundup.


And while the risks of pesticide are a generally known and accepted hazard of farming in most places, and farmers are cautioned to take care when handling the chemicals, increased use of pesticides will only cause more harm to human health and the environment, critic say.

"The registration process does not protect against harm. Manufacturers have to be held liable for adverse impacts that occur," said Jay Feldman, director of Beyond Pesticides, a non-profit group focused on reducing pesticide use.

France, the EU's largest agricultural producer, is now targeting a 50 percent reduction in pesticide use between 2008 and 2018, with initial results showing a 4 percent cut in farm and non-farm use in 2008-2010.

The Francois claim may be easier to argue than others because he can pinpoint a specific incident - inhaling the Lasso when cleaning the tank of his crop sprayer - whereas fellow farmers are trying to show accumulated effects from various products.

"It's like lying on a bed of thorns and trying to say which one cut you," said a farmer, who has recovered from prostate cancer and asked not to be named.


The French association of crop protection companies, UIPP, says pesticides are all subject to testing and that any evidence of a cancer risk in humans leads to withdrawal of products from the market.

"I think if we had a major health problem with pesticides, we would have already known about it," Jean-Charles Bocquet, UIPP's managing director, said.

The social security's farming branch this year is due to add Parkinson's disease to its list of conditions related to pesticide use after already recognizing some cases of blood cancers and bladder and respiratory problems.

France's health and environment safety agency (ANSES), meanwhile, is conducting a study on farmers' health, with results expected next year. - Reuters.

FUK-U-SHIMA: Japan's Nuclear Disaster Spreads Far And Wide - United States Bluefin Tuna From Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown Still Have Traces Of Radiation; Cesium Found In 100% Of Small, Recently Migrated Tuna Tested!

February 26, 2013 - CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - Last May I wrote a piece about Bluefin tuna caught off the coast of southern California that carried radiation from the Fukushima, Japan, nuclear plant that was damaged in the March 2011. The fish were caught in August 2011 as they migrated east 6,000 miles from their spawning grounds in Japan in search of prey.

Bluefin tuna. © Richard Herrmann / Seapics.com.
In that piece I talked about how, perhaps counter-intuitively, the radiation—which scientists say do not harm the fish—could actually be a good thing for the fish population. Bluefin, found in the Atlantic and northern and southern Pacific, are among the most prized table fish in the world (a single 489-pound fish fetched $1.76 million at a Tokyo fish auction last month). Because of that, their stocks have plummeted to dangerously low levels. Scientists assert that the radiation levels found in these tuna are not high enough to harm humans. But it is safe to say that the general dining public does not like to hear about radiation in their food.

Last week one of the authors of the study from last year, Daniel J. Madigan from Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station—along with five other scientists— published a new follow-up study. The main question that this new study wanted to answer: Would the migratory Bluefin tuna show up again a year later off the coast of California carrying radiation from Fukushima?

The answer was yes. (See below for the PDF of the study.) That means, ultimately, that there is still a high level of radiation in the waters near the Fukushima plant most likely because, as marine chemist, Ken Buessler, asserts, the plant is still leaking radiation into the ocean nearly two years later.

Madigan, in a phone interview, pointed out another interesting fact that he and his partners discovered: The radiation is, over time, excreted by the Bluefin. It is found in the fish’s muscle tissue and just the act of swimming eventually helps them work it out of their bodies. Some of the fish they sampled (from recreational catches) showed no traces of radiation after a year of swimming in and around California waters.

(As a side note, the Pacific Bluefin, once believed to be among the healthiest populations of Bluefin, were recently discovered to have dropped 96.4% from unfished levels.)

Bluefin remain a heated topic among scientists, environmentalists and commercial fisherman. Madigan also pointed out that his initial study was attacked by vocal members of both the environmental community (which charged him with underplaying the radiation levels in some sort of government conspiracy) and the commercial fishing community (which accused him of overplaying the radiation levels as some sort of environmentalist conspiracy).

Bluefin Tuna Study (PDF)
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- Forbes.



Radiocesium In Pacific Bluefin Tuna Thunnus Orientalis In 2012 Validates New Tracer Technique.
The detection of Fukushima-derived radionuclides in Pacific bluefin tuna (PBFT) that crossed the Pacific Ocean to the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem (CCLME) in 2011 presented the potential to use radiocesium as a tracer in highly migratory species. This tracer requires that all western Pacific Ocean emigrants acquire the 134Cs signal, a radioisotope undetectable in Pacific biota prior to the Fukushima accident in 2011.

We tested the efficacy of the radiocesium tracer by measuring 134Cs and 137Cs in PBFT (n = 50) caught in the CCLME in 2012, more than a year after the Fukushima accident. All small PBFT (n = 28; recent migrants from Japan) had 134Cs (0.7 ± 0.2 Bq kg–1) and elevated 137Cs (2.0 ± 0.5 Bq kg–1) in their white muscle tissue. Most larger, older fish (n = 22) had no 134Cs and only background levels of 137Cs, showing that one year in the CCLME is sufficient for 134Cs and 137Cs values in PBFT to reach pre-Fukushima levels. Radiocesium concentrations in 2012 PBFT were less than half those from 2011 and well below safety guidelines for public health. Detection of 134Cs in all recent migrant PBFT supports the use of radiocesium as a tracer in migratory animals in 2012. - ACS Publications.

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MASS ANIMAL AND FISH DIE-OFF: 40 Adult Penguins Die In Mass Die-Off On The Otago Peninsula In New Zealand, And Mass Fish Kills In Albany And Canberra, Australia!

February 26, 2013 - NEW ZEALAND - Tests are being carried out to determine what caused the deaths of more than 40 adult yellow-eyed penguins on the Otago Peninsula.

Officials hope the die-off does not become as bad as that of 1990 when almost 150 adult penguins died.

Department of Conservation (DOC) officer David Agnew said it took the penguin population in the area several years to recover from those deaths.

It was hoped the current deaths were being caused by a biotoxin occurring naturally in the marine environment, and for now it was assumed the fish the penguins were eating were making them ill.


40 Adult Penguins Die In Mass Die-Off On The Otago Peninsula In New Zealand.
"We're hoping that whatever is causing it, perhaps weather conditions affecting the water column, will dissipate so the penguins will return to normal, and hopefully penguin adults will stop dying," Agnew said.

The first dead penguin was found on January 21 and the latest were found last weekend, although some had been dead for some time.

"It's quite a blow," he said.

"In some cases, both the male and female of a pair might have succumbed to this."

Agnew, who is DOC's programme manager for biodiversity assets in coastal Otago, said staff were surveying more beaches today.

The dead birds had been sent to Massey University for autopsies. All had been found to have been in good condition when they died, without any obvious cause of death.

Two birds that had died recently were being sent to the Cawthron Institute to be tested for toxins.

It was hoped to have the results of those tests by early next week, Agnew said.

As well as the impact on the penguin population, another issue was that the birds were important for some tourism businesses.

He said the 40 deaths were spread over 13 breeding sites, so people visiting the sites were still able to see penguins.

As in 1990, dead birds were being found only around the Otago Peninsula, while penguins in North and South Otago were unaffected, Agnew said.

There were 450 to 500 breeding pairs around the South Island coast.

The timing was different in 1990, when the penguins started dying earlier, meaning many more chicks had to be taken into captivity, where they had to be looked after for much longer.

He said that was not such a big issue this time as the young birds were due to head out to sea about mid-February.

This summer had been good for chicks, with the young birds mostly reaching healthy weights. Any that were found to need help, perhaps underweight or with both parents dead, were being cared for.

"For us it's the loss of the breeding adults. They know how to survive, where to forage and where to breed," Agnew said.

A plan was being prepared to ensure as rapid a recovery as possible of the yellow-eyed penguin population on the peninsula, he said. - Stuff.

Lake Ginninderra. Photo: Carmel Nelson.
Fish Kill In Lake Ginninderra In Canberra, Australia.
A redfin virus is believed to be responsible for a fish kill in Lake Ginninderra last week.

Staff from Territory and Municipal Services and the Environment Sustainable and Development Directorate were called out to clean up many hundreds of dead fish on Thursday last week.

A TAMS spokesman said the majority of dead fish were redfin, an introduced species, and a virus is the suspected cause.

“Tissue samples of the dead fish have been sent for laboratory testing in Sydney with results expected early next week,” the spokesman said.

“EHN or redfin virus, which has previously been reported in Lake Ginninderra and Lake Burley Griffin, is believed responsible. EHN poses no risk to human health.”

He said there was no correlation between the fish kill and the recent release of more than 30,000 golden perch fingerlings into the lake.

Any further sightings of dead fish in Canberra’s lakes and rivers should be reported to Canberra Connect on 13 22 81. - Canberra Times.


Phytoplankton analysis of water samples taken from Marbellup Brook by the Department of Water confirmed the bloom was cyanobacteria Nodularia spumigena, a species common to waterways in the region. Image: Wikicommons.
Great Southern Algae Bloom Kills Waterway Fish In Albany, Australia.
A SIGNIFICANT freshwater fish kill 15km west of Albany earlier this month has been attributed to a large bloom of blue-green algae affecting the waterway.

Residents in Elleker living adjacent to Marbellup Brook first notified water authorities of the bloom at the end of January when hundreds fish were found dead along a 1.4km stretch of water within the Torbay catchment area.

Phytoplankton analysis of water samples taken from Marbellup Brook by the Department of Water confirmed the bloom was cyanobacteria Nodularia spumigena, a species not uncommon to waterways in the region.

Nodularia is known to produce a liver-damaging hepatotoxin that can adversely affect birds and mammals, but evidence in the water samples showed no sign of any microalgae species toxic to fish.

Department of Water south coast regional manager Brett Ward says analysis indicated the algal bloom was in late stages of decomposition when samples were taken.

“During the decomposition phase [of an algal bloom] oxygen is taken up, which often depletes the system, as indicated by the very low oxygen levels present at the time of sampling,” he says.

“This supports the likely cause of the fish deaths being due to the low oxygen levels.”

At least 100 black bream and five mullet were officially recorded dead.

However, department staff were unable to obtain suitable fish samples for analysis due to decomposition, thus were unable to conclusively state oxygen depletion caused the fish-kill event.

Low rainfall over winter resulting in reduced stream flow, combined with recent hot weather has been attributed to the increased risk of algal blooms, which according to many Elleker residents have been a common occurrence throughout the Torbay catchment for 25 years.

The annual stagnation of Marbellup Brook also has residents concerned as provides conditions for the spread of mosquito-borne Ross River virus (RRV).

At least two recorded incidents RRV have been recorded in the area in the last seven years.

The Water Corporation has installed a temporary pumping operation in the affected area to help improve water circulation, aiming to minimise reformation of large algae blooms. - Science Network.

THE PRIEST CLASS OF THE MAGI: Tracking Monumental Developments At The Vatican And The Unraveling Of The Papacy - Final Verdict Is Rendered In First Common Law Court Case Against The Vatican And Canada For Genocide; Pope, Queen And Canadian Prime Minister Found Guilty Of Crimes Against Humanity And Sentenced To 25 Year Prison Terms; Court Orders Them To Surrender By March 4 Or Face Citizen's Arrests!

February 26, 2013 - BELGIUM - Pope Benedict will go to jail for twenty five years for his role in Crimes against Humanity, and Vatican wealth and property is to be seized, according to today's historic verdict of the International Common Law Court of Justice.

The Brussels-based Court handed down a unanimous guilty verdict from its Citizen Jurors and ordered the citizens' arrest of thirty Defendants commencing March 4 in a Court Order issued to them today.


The verdict read in part,

"We the Citizen Jury find that the Defendants in this case are guilty of the two indictments, that is, they are guilty of committing or aiding and abetting Crimes against Humanity, and of being part of an ongoing Criminal Conspiracy"

The Jury ruled that each Defendant receive a mandatory twenty five year prison sentence without parole, and have all their personal assets seized.

The Court went on to declare in its Order No. 022513-001,

"The Defendants are ordered to surrender themselves voluntarily to Peace Officers and Agents authorized by this COURT, having been found Guilty as charged.

"The Defendants have seven days from the issuing of this ORDER, until March 4, 2103, to comply. After March 4, 2013, an International Arrest Warrant will be issued against these Defendants".

The guilty parties include Elizabeth Windsor, Queen of England, Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, and the head officers of the Catholic, Anglican and United Church of Canada. (A complete copy of the Verdict, the Court Order and a list of the Defendants is enclosed on the accompanying you tube link).

The guilty verdict followed nearly a month of deliberations by more than thirty sworn Citizen Jurors of the 150 case exhibits produced by Court Prosecutors.

These exhibits detailed irrefutable proof of a massive criminal conspiracy by the Defendants' institutions to commit and conceal Genocide on generations of children in so-called Indian residential schools across Canada.

None of the Defendants challenged or disputed a Public Summons issued to them last September; nor did they deny the charges made against them, or offer counter evidence to the Court.

"Their silence told me a lot. Why wouldn't innocent people defend their own reputation when accused of such horrible things?" commented one Juror, based in England.


"These crimes were aimed at children, and were a cold and calculated plan to wipe out Indians who weren't Christians. And the defendants clearly are still covering up this crime. So we felt we had to do more than slap their wrist. The whole reign of terror by state-backed churches that are above the law has to end, because children still suffer from it".

The Court's judgement declares the wealth and property of the churches responsible for the Canadian genocide to be forfeited and placed under public ownership, as reparations for the families of the more than 50,000 children who died in the residential schools.

To enforce its sentence, the Court has empowered citizens in Canada, the United States, England, Italy and a dozen other nations to act as its legal agents armed with warrants, and peacefully occupy and seize properties of the Roman Catholic, Anglican and United Church of Canada, which are the main agents in the deaths of these children.

"This sentence gives a legal foundation and legitimacy to the church occupations that have already begun by victims of church torture around the world" commented Kevin Annett, the chief adviser to the Prosecutor's Office, who presented its case to the world. (see www.itccs.org, November 6 and January 30 postings)

"The verdict of the Court is clearly that these criminal church bodies are to be legally and practically disestablished, and their stolen wealth reclaimed by the people. Justice has finally begun to be be served. The dead can now rest more easily."

Court officers are delivering the Order to all the Defendants this week, including to the Canadian Prime Minister, the Queen of England and to Joseph Ratzinger, the retiring Pope Benedict who is avoiding arrest within the Vatican after suddenly resigning two weeks ago.

The citizens' arrests of these and other Defendants will commence on March 4 if they do not surrender themselves and their assets, as per the Court Order.

These actions will be filmed and posted at here in the coming week, along with further updates from the Court and its Citizen Agents.

Please see the accompanying you tube video.

Issued by the Central Office,
The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State

25 February, 2013

Brussels

- ITCCS.

WATCH: Verdict And Sentence - Genocide In Canada.





EUROPEAN VAMPIRISM: Human Population Control - 60 Lab Studies Now Confirm Cancer Link To A Vaccine You Probably Had As A Child; Contaminated Polio Vaccine Responsible For Human Cancer Cases; Rotavirus Vaccine Contaminated With Pig Virus; Vaccines Can Cause The Very Disease They’re Meant To Prevent, And Worse!

February 26, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Dr. Maurice Hilleman made astounding revelations in an interview that was cut from The Health Century — the admission that Merck drug company vaccines had been injecting dangerous viruses into people worldwide. Bear in mind that Dr. Hilleman was the developer of Merck’s vaccine program. He developed over three dozen vaccines, more than any other scientist in history. He was a member of the U.S. National Academy of Science, the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. He received a special lifetime achievement award from the World Health Organization. Hilleman was one of the early vaccine pioneers to warn about the possibility that simian viruses might contaminate vaccines.


Dr. Mercola’s Comments:
I think it’s important to remember history when it comes to vaccines, especially in light of current developments.

For starters, the HPV vaccine Gardasil, which is being vigorously pushed on unsuspecting young girls and women to theoretically guard against cervical cancer still has never been proven to actually prevent cancer. On the contrary, evidence suggests that under certain circumstances the vaccine increases your risk of precancerous lesions by nearly 45 percent, and an ever increasing number of girls are being seriously injured by this unnecessary vaccine. As of December 13, 2010, 20,915 adverse reactions had been reported in the United States alone, including 89 deaths, 297 miscarriages or stillbirths, and 370 reports of abnormal pap smears post vaccination.

All of this from a vaccine that has only been on the market for four years!

Making matters worse, as of 2009 the US FDA approved Gardasil for use on young boys as well, and the first male death has also been reported. In September of last year, a young boy died just eight days after being vaccinated with Gardasil.

So what’s going on here?

Is it possible that vaccines sold by drugmakers like Merck are causing lethal disease? Judging by history, the answer may be yes.

Contaminated Polio Vaccine Responsible for Human Cancer Cases

In 2002, the journal Lancet published compelling evidence that contaminated polio vaccine was responsible for up to half of the 55,000 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cases that were occurring each year.

What was it contaminated with?

SV40, a cancer-causing monkey virus. The puzzle began in 1994, when Dr. Michele Carbone, a Loyola University researcher, found the virus SV40, which had never before been detected in humans, in half of the human lung tumors he was studying. Since then, 60 different lab studies have confirmed the results, and SV40 has been found in a variety of human cancers, including lung-, brain-, bone-, and lymphatic cancer.

At first no one could fathom how the virus had been transmitted into the human population. But in the censored interview with Dr. Maurice Hilleman above, Hilleman admits Merck’s responsibility in unleashing this virus via their polio vaccine, as well as the likelihood that there was an importing and spreading the AIDS virus in the same manner.

Just Who is Dr. Maurice Hilleman?

Now, for those of you who may think Dr. Hilleman was just another crackpot (he passed away in 2005), think again. He was, and still is, the leading vaccine pioneer in the history of vaccines. He developed more than three dozen vaccines—more than any other scientist in history—and was the developer of Merck’s vaccine program.



He was a member of the U.S. National Academy of Science, the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society, and received a special lifetime achievement award from the World Health Organization.

When he was chief of the Department of Respiratory Diseases with what’s now the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, he discovered the genetic changes that occur when the influenza virus mutates, known as shift and drift. He was also one of the early vaccine pioneers to warn about the possibility that simian viruses might contaminate vaccines.So Dr. Hilleman knew what he was talking about. And in his own words, “vaccines have to be considered the bargain basement technology for the 20th Century.”

Vaccines Can Cause the Very Disease They’re Meant to Prevent, and Worse

For years, researchers suggested that millions of vials of polio vaccine, contaminated with SV40, infected individuals between 1953 and 1963 and caused human tumors, and by 1999, molecular evidence of SV40 infections were showing up in children born after 1982. Some experts now suggest the virus may have remained in the polio vaccine until as late as 1999.
Still, the FDA and health authorities turned a blind eye.

In addition, just like Gardasil may well increase your risk of cervical cancer rather than reduce it, the live polio vaccine has also been found to cause polio. And, in rare instances the virus in the vaccine has even been known to mutate into a much deadlier version.  As reported by MSN News in 2009, genetic analysis has proven such mutated viruses have caused at least seven separate outbreaks in Nigeria.

According to the CDC the last case of wild polio in the US—meaning polio caused naturally and not due to the live polio vaccine—occurred in 1979. From 1980 through 1999, there were NO wild polio cases in the US. Instead we had 144 cases of vaccine-associated paralytic polio (VAPP) caused by live oral polio vaccine.

Polio outbreaks in Haiti and the Dominican Republic in 2002 were also traced back to a strain of oral polio vaccine (OPV) that mutated back to virulence.

According to a report by Neil Z. Miller of the Global Vaccine Institute, the live polio virus from the vaccine can remain in your throat for one to two weeks and in your feces for up to two months. So not only is the vaccine recipient at risk, but he or she can potentially spread the disease to others.

In 1999, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended that the United States replace the live-virus vaccine with an inactivated “killed” virus vaccine, which is what remains in use today. However, the inactivated polio virus vaccine has not been without its share of serious side effects either.

Rotavirus Vaccine Contaminated with Pig Virus

Last year, the US FDA suspended the rotavirus vaccine Rotarix after an independent lab discovered it was contaminated with “a substantial amount” of DNA from the porcine circovirus. In pigs, this virus causes poor growth, weight loss, weakness, enlarged lymph nodes, skin rashes, difficulty breathing, jaundice, stomach ulcers, and sudden death.

As expected, both the FDA and GlaxoSmithKline spokespeople stated that the contaminated Rotarix vaccine carried no known human health risks. However, this is easy to say since there are no studies to confirm or deny a link between these viruses and human disease.

In the case of the polio vaccine, the link between the SV40 virus and human cancer wasn’t discovered until 40 years later!  It is actually surprisingly common for vaccines to contain various animal matter, including foreign animal tissues containing genetic material (DNA/RNA). Once the Rotarix contamination was discovered, new technology was used to test eight infectious attenuated viral vaccines, and in addition to Rotarix, two others contained “unexpected viral sequences”:
  1. A measles vaccine was found to contain low levels of the retrovirus avian leukosis (AVL) virus—a virus known to cause cancer in chickens. This despite the fact that vaccine manufacturers have been required to use eggs from leucosis-free stocks for over 40 years.
  2. Rotateq, Merck’s rotavirus vaccine, was found to contain a virus similar to simian (monkey) retrovirus—the SV40 virus previously linked to human cancer.
Are you willing to bet that they a) know what they’re talking about, and b) are telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth about the potential health dangers of all these vaccines?

HPV Vaccine Now Routine for Boys as Well…

So far, very few parents have voluntarily lined up their sons for the HPV vaccine, but that may soon change. As reported by Paging Dr. Gupta, the American Academy of Pediatrics’ 2011 schedule of recommended routine vaccines for children and teens now includes the HPV vaccine for boys aged 9-18 as well.

Folks, this is a disaster in the making. I shudder to think about the statistics we’ll see in a few years if parents fall for this nonsense.

I urge you to consider the risks already revealed in the four short years since Gardasil came on the market. Already, there are close to 21,000 reported incidents of adverse effects and death, despite the fact that only two out of every 10 women in the approved age group have gotten the vaccine so far.

Add to this the fact that an estimated 90 to 99 percent of all adverse effects are never reported, and the abnormally large risks of the HPV vaccine compared to other vaccines should give most people reason to pause.

Although the FDA ultimately dismisses all side effects, including deaths, as being within the norm, even they have stated that:
“In VAERS, a higher proportion of Gardasil reports were of syncope [fainting] and VTEs [venous thromboembolic events] compared with other vaccines.
And according to the National Vaccine Information Center, the incidents of miscarriage and still birth events from Gardasil supersede the same event from all other vaccinations.
According to a recent Sane Vax press release on PR Log:
“There is no doubt the vaccine’s safety and efficacy has not been thoroughly investigated. And independent investigation on the safety and efficacy of the HPV vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix must be conducted before there are more injuries and deaths.”
What’s most frustrating about this is that not a single one of these 21,000 children and young women needed to be harmed or die.

Why?

There are still outstanding questions about whether HPV is or is not the direct cause of cervical cancer. The FDA knows there are many other co-factors involved with the development of cervical cancer, and as of 2003 acknowledged that “most infections (by HPV) are short-lived and not associated with cervical cancer.” The same news release also states that “with proper screening, cervical cancer is avoidable, and if caught early, curable.”

In essence, three years before the HPV vaccine came upon the scene, they knew that what was needed—if anything—was simply improved screening methods, such as regular pap smear testing for girls and women that are far less risky than getting an HPV shot.

Interestingly, and disturbingly, routine pap smears have DECLINED, coinciding neatly with the release of the HPV vaccine. Between 2007 and 2010, cervical cancer screening rates declined by nearly 7 percent, the New York Times reported in December of last year.

When you consider that the HPV vaccine increases your risk of cancer if you’re already infected with certain types of HPV, this is a double-whammy of bad news since rarely, if ever, are girls and women given HPV pap screening before they get an HPV shot.

It’s all madness! Not only is the HPV vaccine is one of the most unnecessary vaccines on the market, it is also the most dangerous! And now they want to unleash it on young boys, and they’re trying to get it approved for older women as well.

Weighing Benefits versus Risks

Even without a potential contamination scare, there are serious risks to every vaccine. The HPV vaccine is a perfect example. So before vaccinating you really need to be certain that the benefits will outweigh those risks.

In the case of Rotarix, along with RotaTeq (a similar vaccine made by Merck), the benefits are very questionable, especially if you live in the United States or another developed country. Typically, when a child in the United States contracts rotavirus, and most do in infancy and early childhood, all that is required is lots of rest, good nutrition and plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration from diarrhea. This infection also provides natural immunity that will protect your child for life.

Along with showing little benefit for a disease that is typically entirely treatable with fluids and rest, a recent drug review by the FDA found that Rotarix is associated with an increase in pneumonia-related deaths in children, compared to a placebo.

So with this particular vaccine, children living in developed countries like the US are potentially taking on serious risks with what appears to be very little benefit — and that was before the contamination was uncovered.

In the case of the HPV vaccine (Gardasil and Cervarix) the choice is clear. It has a high rate of risk and the potential benefits are unproven:
  • In more than 70 percent of cases, HPV clears up on its own within a few weeks or months. In over 90 percent of cases, it’s gone within two years, causing no symptoms or disease.
  • Only about 26 percent of girls and women ages 14 to 59 have been exposed to any HPV strain at all; and
  • Only 2 percent have been exposed to strains 16 or 18 – the two that Gardasil and Cervarix protect against – meaning this vaccine is completely unnecessary because HPV infection very rarely leads to cancer.
  • Women whose partners wore condoms during vaginal intercourse are 70 percent less likely to become infected with HPV. That’s a FAR greater level of protection than you can get from this vaccine!
For more in-depth information about the HPV vaccine along with the top 10 reasons why you don’t need it, please see this previous article.

The moral of the story?

Do your homework before subjecting your children to any vaccine. A great way to get started is to simply use the Search Feature at the top of each of my Web pages and search my site as it contains a litany of research on vaccine safety, and the lack thereof. The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) also provides well-referenced information on vaccines and diseases, such as HPV, rotavirus and polio.

SOURCES: Mercola and The Liberty Beacon.



MASS FISH DIE-OFF: Thousands Of Fish Killed By Chlorinated Water In San Mateo, California!

February 26, 2013 - UNITED STATES - A broken pipe sent thousands of gallons of drinking water cascading into San Mateo Creek over the weekend, killing scores, possibly thousands, of fish from chlorine poisoning.

The dead fish began floating to the surface Saturday when a thousand gallons a minute of chlorinated water flowed down a forested hillside into the creek about a half-mile below Crystal Springs Reservoir, according to utility officials and residents.

A dead fish floats in San Mateo Creek after coming in contact with chlorinated water. Photo: Lea Suzuki, The Chronicle.
Utility officials located the break in a 60-inch-diameter pipe next to a concrete bridge adjacent to Crystal Springs Road, near the border of Hillsborough and San Mateo. It took them eight hours to cut off the flow along a 4-mile section of pipeline, but water was still leaking out Monday at a rate of 200 gallons a minute, officials said.

The exact death toll has not yet been determined, but at least 30 fish could be seen lying on the bottom and floating along a 100-yard section of the creek, which rolls past stately homes beneath towering oak trees. Rare steelhead trout, which have been listed as threatened along the Central Coast under the Endangered Species Act since 1997, were believed to have been killed.

"It's bad," said Stephen Rogers, a local resident who stood along the shaded banks looking at the streambed. "The fish here are an indicator species - like the canary in the coal mine. As long as the canary's alive, things are fine, but when something like this happens, things are not fine."

Water from a broken water pipe runs down a hillside toward San Mateo Creek. Photo: Lea Suzuki, The Chronicle.
San Mateo Creek flows about 5 miles into San Francisco Bay from the reservoir, which collects rainwater as well as water piped in from Yosemite's Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza is said to have camped by the creek in 1776.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission oversees Crystal Springs and the rest of the sprawling network that supplies drinking water to 2.5 million people in San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Alameda counties.

The break, which was first reported at 4 p.m. Saturday, sent up a huge geyser of water that flowed 50 yards down a hillside through a backyard into the creek. The 1932-era pipe was between 3 and 8 feet underground and next to two tall oak trees with large root systems that may have played a part in the leak. Utility officials had been replacing pipe in the area, including a large section last fall.

Aging pipes
"We don't know if it was corrosion or a seal or what," said Steven Ritchie, the assistant general manager for water at the utilities commission. "There are joints in pipes. Sometimes they shift. We don't know exactly why it broke, but it was undoubtedly related to its old age."

Stephen Rogers walks along the San Mateo Creek behind his home. "It's bad," he says. "The fish here are an indicator species - like the canary in the coal mine. As long as the canary's alive, things are fine." Photo: Lea Suzuki, The Chronicle.
Workers found the break within three hours, but it took several hours before the flow could be substantially reduced. Ritchie said the water flow must be throttled down slowly because if it were shut down all at once, the pressurized water would then back up, creating breaks further up the line.

Halting flow
The flow was only a couple hundred gallons a minute by Sunday morning. By Monday, utility workers had channeled the leaking water into a pool carved out halfway down the hill, where they added sodium bisulphate to remove the chloramine, which the utility uses in drinking water to kill bacteria.

"One of the challenges with drinking water is that the things we need to add to it to make it safe can be toxic out in the environment," Ritchie said. "The chlorine is what makes it safe for us to drink, but it doesn't do very well in a stream. It's basically bleach and it kills fish, but it's far better to kill micro-organisms that might cause disease than to drink water that has disease-causing agents in it, like cholera."

Besides trout, sculpin, stickleback and suckerfish were killed. Ducks, great blue herons and other wildlife were feeding on the dead fish, which range in size from 6 inches to a foot.

"I don't know if it killed all the species," Rogers said, "but the creek looks sterile. It could take years for it to recover."
Preventive measures

Officials with the Regional Water Quality Control Board and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife were investigating Monday, but it was too early to tell what, if any, penalties will be instituted.

"As far as I'm concerned, any fish that we kill is a problem," Ritchie said. "We pride ourselves on taking care of the environment, so this is really of great concern to us. Our job now is to make sure it doesn't happen again." - SF Gate.





PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: Thousands Of Chickens And Hundreds Of Birds Found Dead From Bird Flu In Nepal!

February 26, 2013 - NEPAL - The rapid response team deployed by the District Veterinary Clinic, Kathmandu on Saturday culled all the remaining 2,610 chickens following confirmation of H5N1 virus in the poultry farm owned by Kishor Tandukar of Jitpurfedi- 1 Kathmandu.

The team that comprises vets and technicians also destroyed 1,000 kg of chicken feeds stored in the farm.


The outbreak is the fourth in the last one-and-a-half months in the district, said the Directorate of the Animal Health (DoAH).

“Of the 4,000 chickens in the farm, the rapid response team has culled 2, 610,” said Dr Narayan Prasad Ghimire, senior veterinarian at DoAH, adding, “The remaining chickens died of infection.”

The Central veterinary Laboratory under DoAH confirmed on Friday that the chickens had contracted the virus. Following the confirmation, the district co-ordination committee led by Chief District Officer (CDO) Chudamani Sharma had taken the decision to cull the infected chickens. “We have responded on time,” he added.

A surveillance team had brought the samples on Friday morning for the analysis. Tandukar had informed the veterinary officials after scores of chickens started to die in his farm.

Dr Ghimire said that the risk of H5N1 virus spread is high during winter and hence the need for extra precaution. The directorate has urged all poultry farmers to take good care of the fowls. Fowls avoiding feed, standing still with head down and excreting saliva could be symptoms of H5N1 virus infection, said Ghimire.

DoAH said that the team has also completed first phase of disinfection at the farm. It has also urged poultry farmers to immediately inform vet officials if chickens started to die. DoAH, Kathmandu said it has intensified surveillance.

Earlier in December last year, the disease was confirmed in a poultry farm at Ramkot and Sitapaila VDCs of the district. The virus was detected in poultry farms in Dhading and Nuwakot, the adjoining districts of Kathmandu.

Meanwhile, DoAH has said that people can consume chicken and eggs without any hesitation, as all the infected chickens have been culled. The office has also appealed people to cook the chicken properly before eating. - Republica.




Bird flu has been confirmed on fowls at a farm of a farmer at Anarmani VDC-1 in Jhapa district.

A test carried out at the Central Livestock Lab, Kathmandu, confirmed the bird flu on the fowls of the farm of Bhim Mukhiya as some 200 fowls started to die from the past few days.

According to Chief at the District Livestock Office, Dr. Dilip Sapkota, the report sent from the Lab on Sunday proved the bird flu.

A team comprising eight members including specialist doctor destroyed the remaining 30 fowls, carried out cleanliness of the coop and sprayed medicines this morning, said Sapkota. - The Himalayan Times.