LAURA KNIGHT-JADCZYK AND JOE QUINN
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:49 CDT
Nicaraguans were asked to sleep outdoors as seismologists warned of the possibility of a powerful earthquake rocking the Central American country.
Officials said the recent tremors had reactivated a fault which caused a devastating earthquake in 1972.
Between 5,000 and 10,000 people were killed in the disaster.
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:48 CDT
Robert DiGiovanni, the foundation's executive director and senior biologist, said researchers took a few samples Sunday, and that he was headed back to the beach Monday morning with a crew to conduct a necropsy on the whale.
"We'll do as much of a necropsy as we can, but it's going to have to remain on the beach," he said.
DiGiovanni said the Southampton Highway Department was able to move the animal further up on the beach, so it wouldn't wash away, but the whale is too large for researchers to take to the foundation's necropsy lab in Riverhead.
The team will look first for any external injuries, and then take more samples before disposing of it, DiGiovanni said.
DiGiovanni said the foundation usually sees one to two pilot whales wash ashore each year.
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:18 CDT
There's something fishy going on in our local waters. No pun intended. According to The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission: six dolphins, a shark, a humpback whale and multiple manatees/sea turtles have washed up in the last two weeks.
"We know the dolphins are related," marine biologist Nadia Gordon said. "As far as the shark and see turtles, I can't answer that."
The morbillivirus is believed to be the cause of the dolphin deaths. The disease has claimed the lives of 80 in Northeast Florida since July 2013. On a bigger scale, 1200 dolphins have been found dead from New York to Florida since July- up from the average 180 a year.
Biologists still have work to do, but they're hoping they get a lead soon.
"We're hoping it will die off soon and we won't have to worry about it anymore," Gordon said.
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 03:50 CDT
Ergon Energy has restored power to about 20,000 properties since noon on Sunday, although Premier Campbell Newman said the worst-hit areas could go weeks without electricity.
On Monday morning, Energy Minister Mark McArdle said vegetation damage and issues with access had made it difficult to restore power to parts of Kuranda and the Cairns northern beaches.
There were also 736 properties in Townsville that were waiting to be re-connected and 1100 customers offline in the Mackay, Whitsunday and Proserpine regions.
Gusts of 100km/h are forecast between Sarina, near Mackay, and Yeppoon, northeast of Rockhampton on Monday.
But the Bureau of Meteorology said the gales should start easing as Ita weakened to a tropical low and moved away from the coast.
US Geological Survey
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:12 CDT
2014-04-15 03:57:00 UTC
2014-04-15 04:57:00 UTC+01:00 at epicenter
53.493°S 9.152°E depth=10.0km (6.2mi)
394km (245mi) ENE of Bouvet Island, Bouvet Island
2263km (1406mi) SSW of Hermanus, South Africa
2274km (1413mi) SSW of Bredasdorp, South Africa
2285km (1420mi) SSW of Grabouw, South Africa
3071km (1908mi) SSW of Maseru, Lesotho
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:08 CDT
When a Snowy Owl wearing a GPS tracking device was found dead near Martha's Vineyard, many people became concerned and wanted to know why this bird and so many others were dying. Tufts University veterinary center and Norman Smith, who is an expert on Snowy Owls, decided to find out what caused the bird's death. They named the bird Sandy Neck.
The team examined the bird and released a report with their findings. The report said,
"The necropsy at Tufts showed no trauma except for a minor deep bruise in her left pectoral, no food in the proventriculus (stomach) or gizzard, and no signs of disease or unusual parasites. As Gus (Ben David) noted, she was in otherwise excellent condition - great muscle mass and fat deposits. Nor was there any water in the respiratory system. Mark Pokras (a veterinarian and professor at Tufts) said if he had to guess, she got swamped, swam to shore and went down from hypothermia - but also couldn't rule out drowning."
Update: Final toll from devastating Valparaiso fire in Chile: 12 dead - 3,000 homes razed - 8,000 people homeless
Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:10 CDT
At least two people have been killed in the fire that swept more than 2.5 million square meters (660 acres), according to Chile's National Emergency Office
Comment: CNN, 14 April
Chile poured firefighters and police into the battle against a wildfire that swept through hundreds of homes in the Pacific coastal city of Valparaiso, leaving at least 12 dead, according to an official.Update 15 April 2014
Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo reported at least 2,000 homes had been destroyed by the blaze, leaving some 8,000 people without a place to live.
Earlier, Chile's National Emergency Office's website, citing police, had said that at least 16 people were dead. It was not immediately clear why the reported death tolls were different.
More than 1,200 firefighters worked to control the wind-whipped blaze in Valparaiso and the suburb of Vina del Mar, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said Sunday.
The wind hampered firefighters' ability to create firebreaks, and the blaze had spread to more than 2,000 acres, Penailillo said.
More amateur video footage has surfaced showing the hellish scenes in Valparaiso:
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00 CDT
The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake struck some 6 km (4 miles) northwest of Managua at a depth of 14 km. The USGS initially registered the quake at magnitude 5.1. Emergency services in Managua were checking for signs of impact, but did not immediately report any damage. Earthquakes also struck Nicaragua on Thursday and Friday last week. The latter, of magnitude 6.6, was felt as far away as El Salvador and Costa Rica.
Times of India
Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:29 CDT
The slow movement, however, has only a 5% chance of becoming the sort of violent landslide that killed 36 people last month in rural Washington state, said Roxanne Robinson, Jackson assistant town manager.
"You know, I think that's on everybody's mind, but I think our slide is different because it's slow moving. Theirs was catastrophic, and ours has been slowly creeping down the hill," Robinson said Saturday.
The 100-foot-deep landslide is moving so slowly that local officials have been able to see how ground cracks are emerging and growing by inches each day the past week. Crews use binoculars to keep an eye on the hill while they stand at a fire truck across the road.
Sat, 12 Apr 2014 05:28 CDT
According to Nadia Gordon with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the humpback whale is 31-feet long and badly decomposed.
A crew from FWC was collecting samples from the body Saturday afternoon, and plans to anchor the whale overnight in order to complete the autopsy Sunday.
Gordon said humpback whales wash ashore in northeast Florida about once every 1-2 years, so it is somewhat rare.
Friday in Jacksonville beach a dead dolphin washed ashore in Jacksonville Beach.