Only in Japan. Fukushima has affected much more than they think!

Monkeys Trying to Have Sex With Deer Is a Thing Now, Says Study
https://www.sciencealert.com/female-japanese-macaques-having-sex-with-male-deer?perpetual=yes&limitstart=1

Yep, it happened again.
SIGNE DEAN
18 DEC 2017

At the start of this year, the world was left baffled when evidence emerged of a male snow monkey unsuccessfully getting it on with a female Sika deer on Japan’s Yakushima Island.

Now another research team has recorded female monkeys humping male deer, and these romps happened in an entirely different group of animals, in another part of the country.

Snow monkeys, or Japanese macaques, are known to cohabit with Sika deer, as the latter are attracted by food scraps discarded by the monkeys on the forest floor.

Researchers have seen monkeys grooming the deer and even riding them, but this sexual stuff is something new.

The single male macaque caught in the act on Yakushima was thought to be a low-status male who couldn’t get a female mate and thus reduced his sexual frustration by taking it out on the deer – who seemed unphased by the affair.

But it’s hard to judge what might be going on between the species with just one example, so primatologists from the University of Lethbridge in Canada decided to gather more data from the groups they were observing in Minoo, central Japan.

Scientists already know that adolescent female macaques have similar urges – they routinely interact with male and female monkeys in a sexy way, soliciting them for sex and even mounting them.

Having seen adolescent monkey girls mounting male deer in the vicinity, the team decided to compare these two behaviours to see whether the interactions really were meant to be sexual.

“This is the first quantitative study of heterospecific sexual behaviour between a non-human primate and a non-primate species,” the team writes in the study.

After counting a total of 67 mounts between two female monkeys and 258 female-monkey-on-deer mounts, the researchers identified 25 “successful” interactions, defined by three or more mounts within a 10 minute period.

Twelve of these happened between monkeys, and the other thirteen were monkey-deer liaisons. The romps would take anywhere between just a few minutes to as long as two hours.

Mostly, the deer didn’t seem to care at all – they nonchalantly stood still and even kept eating, and only a few reared up to dislodge the horny monkeys from their backs.

In a video featuring sample interactions recorded during the study, the whole thing looks fairly innocent, as the monkeys grind away atop bored-looking deer (although the biting and occasional antler-pulling is a bit more disconcerting).

After analysing the behaviours, the team concluded there was no significant difference between monkey-monkey or monkey-deer interactions – so what we’re seeing is indeed macaques having sexy time with deer.

But why are they doing this? The short answer is, we still don’t really know.

The team hypothesises there could be several reasons for these unproductive affairs – adolescent females could be practising their sex moves before engaging in the real deal, or perhaps relieving sexual tension since they couldn’t get a mate of their own species.

It all could be down to surging adolescent hormones, as female monkeys get a taste for what genital stimulation feels like, and decide to partake in it with non-threatening deer, as opposed to potentially aggressive adult male monkeys.

The researchers note they may have seen a larger number of interspecies action because of their observation area – a place in the national park where staff provide food twice a day to prevent monkeys from roaming too far out into the nearby city.

But apart from the possibly increased frequency, the researchers don’t think the sexual interactions had anything to do with human influence on the environment, as the two species hang around each other in many parts of the country.

“Future observations at this site will indicate whether this group-specific sexual oddity was a short-lived fad or the beginning of a culturally maintained phenomenon,” the team writes in the study.

The research was published in Archives of Sexual Behavior.

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EH-20171012-60175-AUS – Epidemic Hazard – Australia – Australia – New-Zealand
VI-20171012-60174-SWE – Vehicle Accident – Sweden – Europe
VE-20171012-60173-IDN – Volcano Eruption – Indonesia – Indonesian Archipelago
EH-20171012-60172-LKA – Epidemic Hazard – Sri Lanka – Asia
EH-20171012-60171-USA – Epidemic Hazard – USA – North-America
CC-20171012-60170-USA – Climate Change – USA – North-America
BH-20171012-60169-USA – Biological Hazard – USA – North-America
VE-20171012-60168-RUS – Volcano Eruption – Russia [Asia] – Asia
VIV-20171012-60167-USA – Vehicle Incident – USA – North-America
CC-20171012-60166-GTM – Climate Change – Guatemala – Central-America
WF-20171012-60165-USA – Forest / Wild Fire – USA – North-America
VIV-20171012-60164-JPN – Vehicle Incident – Japan – Asia
FL-20171012-60163-IND – Flood – India – Asia
BH-20171012-60162-USA – Biological Hazard – USA – North-America
EX-20171012-60161-USA – Explosion – USA – North-America
AC-20171011-60160-KEN – Technological Disaster – Kenya – Africa
EH-20171011-60159-FJI – Epidemic Hazard – Fiji – Pacific Ocean – East
ST-20171011-60158-VNM – Extreme Weather – Vietnam – Asia
EX-20171011-60157-TUR – Explosion – Turkey – Asia
FF-20171011-60156-IDN – Flash Flood – Indonesia – Indonesian Archipelago

EH-20171012-60175-AUS – Epidemic Hazard – Australia – Australia – New-Zealand

Posted: 12 Oct 2017 01:05 AM PDT
A Toowoomba school has issued an alert to its students after a case of chickenpox was confirmed today. Toowoomba State High School said the viral and highly contagious illness had been confirmed and any sick students must stay home for five days after a rash associated with the condition appeared. Chickenpox is infectious for two days before the rash appeared until all blisters had “formed scabs or crusts”. “We have been advised of a confirmed case of chickenpox in the school,” the statement from TSHS read. “Chickenpox is a viral illness that comes on suddenly and is highly contagious. “It …

VI-20171012-60174-SWE – Vehicle Accident – Sweden – Europe

Posted: 12 Oct 2017 12:51 AM PDT
A train carrying dangerous goods derailed and caught fire in central Sweden early on Thursday morning. The 36-carriage train derailed by the station in Ludvika, Dalarna, bringing train traffic to a stop as ten of its carriages covered lay over five tracks. “It’s a long freight train and one of the carriages was on fire, with ten-metre high flames. The fire seems to have extinguished itself,” Peter Persson, a local police officer who was on duty at the time, told TT. “It will take a long time to clean up, according to the information I have. There is no other effect on traffic in the area,” …

VE-20171012-60173-IDN – Volcano Eruption – Indonesia – Indonesian Archipelago

Posted: 12 Oct 2017 12:01 AM PDT
Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung volcano, located in Karo regency in North Sumatra province, erupted on Thursday (Oct 12) early, sending an ash column as high as 2km into the sky. A disaster agency senior official said the eruption took place at 2.45 am local time. There was no casualties. Mount Sinabung, one of Indonesia’s 129 active volcanoes, has been on top alert since July 2015.

EH-20171012-60172-LKA – Epidemic Hazard – Sri Lanka – Asia

Posted: 11 Oct 2017 11:59 PM PDT
About 200 workers attached to a private garment factory in Haragama, Kandy have been admitted to the Kandy Teaching Hospital due to suspected food poisoning, Hospital sources said. They said the employees had been hospitalised after they fell sick soon after having their breakfast, today. The Hospital director said they were out of danger.

EH-20171012-60171-USA – Epidemic Hazard – USA – North-America

Posted: 11 Oct 2017 09:29 PM PDT
Parents in a New Jersey school district are demanding answers over worries their high school is making them sick. From respiratory issues to rashes, student have been coming down with all kinds of symptoms. CBS2’s Jessica Layton was there as school board members were in their respective hot steads Wednesday night, forced to face fired up moms and dadss. “This is so damn frustrating,” one concerned father said. “We don’t know where to turn. Would somebody take responsibility that something went wrong?” The parents say anyone would be passionate too if they were worried about their children’s …
Epidemic Hazard in USA on October 12 2017 04:29 AM (UTC).

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Date/Time October 12 2017 04:29 AM (UTC)
Last update October 12 2017 04:32 AM (UTC)
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Continent North-America
Country USA
County / State State of New Jersey
Area Pinelands Regional High
Settlement Tuckerton
Coordinate 39.60, -74.34
Number of affected people / Humanities loss
Dead person(s) 0
Injured person(s) 0
Missing person(s) 0
Evacuated/rescued person(s) 0
Affected person(s) 0
Foreign people 0
Biohazard information
Biohazard level 2/4 – Medium
Biohazard description Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
Disease, agent name Unidentified Illness
Infected person(s) 0
Species 1
Status 2
Symptomes burning in their chests, rashes, coughing and headaches.

CC-20171012-60170-USA – Climate Change – USA – North-America

Posted: 11 Oct 2017 09:22 PM PDT
About a year ago, Tununak opened a $19 million, state-of-the-art airport. But now, local airlines are refusing to fly there. The village’s shifting permafrost is buckling the runway, and both Ravn Alaska and Grant Aviation say that it’s too dangerous for pilots to land on it safely. According to Gordon Tester, Tununak’s school principal, the airport has been effectively shut down since last Thursday. Community members weren’t really told what was happening. “We were calling the airlines [and] asking when the next plane was coming in,” Tester said. “And they just said they’re not landing …


BH-20171012-60169-USA – Biological Hazard – USA – North-America

Posted: 11 Oct 2017 09:17 PM PDT
A coyote has tested positive for rabies after biting a man in Marion County. The man told health officials the coyote walked up to him, sniffed him and then bit him on the leg. It happened at a farm in the Gervais area. The man and another person shot the coyote and then sought treatment for the bite wound. Marion County Environmental Health workers responded to the scene and collected the coyote for testing. Test results received Tuesday from the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory confirmed rabies in the animal. The man who was bit was treated with a rabies post-exposure prophylaxis, …

* Biological Hazard in USA on October 12 2017 04:17 AM (UTC).

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Urgency Past Responsive action is no longer required
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EDIS Number BH-20171012-60169-USA
Event type Biological Hazard
Date/Time October 12 2017 04:17 AM (UTC)
Last update October 12 2017 04:18 AM (UTC)
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Damage level Is not or not known Damage level
Affected area County-level : Event affected one county.
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Continent North-America
Country USA
County / State State of Oregon
Area Marion County
Settlement Gervais
Coordinate 45.11, -122.90
Number of affected people / Humanities loss
Dead person(s) 0
Injured person(s) 0
Missing person(s) 0
Evacuated/rescued person(s) 0
Affected person(s) 0
Foreign people 0
Biohazard information
Biohazard level 3/4 – Hight
Biohazard description Bacteria and viruses that can cause severe to fatal disease in humans, but for which vaccines or other treatments exist, such as anthrax, West Nile virus, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, SARS virus, variola virus (smallpox), tuberculosis, typhus, Rift Valley fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, yellow fever, and malaria. Among parasites Plasmodium falciparum, which causes Malaria, and Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes trypanosomiasis, also come under this level.
Disease, agent name Rabies (coyote)
Infected person(s) 0
Species 2
Status 1
Symptomes

VE-20171012-60168-RUS – Volcano Eruption – Russia [Asia] – Asia

Posted: 11 Oct 2017 09:03 PM PDT
Mt Shiveluch has erupted many times in the past year. In June, The Siberian Times reported nearby villagers were being provided with gauze masks to protect them from hazardous ash falling due to Mt Shiveluch’s eruption. It is Mt Shinmoedake’s first eruption since 2011. Volcanic tremors in the area have intensified since late September, prompting Japan’s Meteorological Agency to raise the alert to level three and restrict entry. Ash has been falling in three cities and some small towns, but no injuries have been reported so far.

VIV-20171012-60167-USA – Vehicle Incident – USA – North-America

Posted: 11 Oct 2017 08:56 PM PDT
A C-130 aircraft made an emergency landing at Bradley International Airport on Wednesday afternoon. According to the Connecticut National Guard, the aircraft had an issue with smoke in the cockpit about five minutes after takeoff. The smoke prompted the aircraft to immediately return to Bradley Air National Guard. The C-130 aircraft made a safe landing, the Connecticut National Guard said. State firefighters said 103rd Airlift Wing and Bradley International Airport fire departments responded to the scene. There were five crew members on board, however, no injuries were reported. The cause …

CC-20171012-60166-GTM – Climate Change – Guatemala – Central-America

Posted: 11 Oct 2017 08:53 PM PDT
Shuffling through the acres of robust green bushes, plucking off the ripe red coffee beans and filling bucket after bucket was what Miguel Pol Suy did best. He didn’t earn much in his rural Guatemalan town, but it was enough to buy maize and oil. He could feed his growing family. “Before, where we lived we could work and support our families,” says Pol Suy. Then the weather began to change. Too much rain one year and then no rain the next. The coffee plantation owners told Pol Suy and other workers not to come back. “The harvests turned bad. The farm owners couldn’t grow coffee anymore and …


WF-20171012-60165-USA – Forest / Wild Fire – USA – North-America

Posted: 11 Oct 2017 08:48 PM PDT
Firefighters facing a resurgence of high winds on Wednesday struggled to halt wildfires that have killed at least 23 people, destroyed 3,500 structures and left hundreds missing in chaotic evacuations across northern California’s wine country. Nearly two dozen blazes spanning eight counties have charred around 170,000 acres (68,797 hectares). Flames erupted on Sunday night when gale force winds toppled power lines across the region, possibly igniting one of the deadliest wildfire outbreaks in California history. Flames were spread rapidly by hot, dry “Diablo” winds – similar to Southern …

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on October 12 2017 03:48 AM (UTC).
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Common Alerting Protocol information
Category Fire Fire suppression and rescue
Certainty Observed Determined to have occurred or to be ongoing
Scope Public For general dissemination to unrestricted audiences
Severity Extreme Extraordinary threat to life or property
Urgency Past Responsive action is no longer required
Base data
EDIS Number WF-20171012-60165-USA
Event type Forest / Wild Fire
Date/Time October 12 2017 03:48 AM (UTC)
Last update October 12 2017 03:59 AM (UTC)
Cause of event
Reliability of information Authentic source : Information from trusted source (newspapers, emails, websites). Reliability: at least 70%
Damage level Catastrophic Damage level
Affected area State wide level : Event affected onestate (province).
Geographic information
Continent North-America
Country USA
County / State State of California
Area State-wide
Settlement
Coordinate 36.78, -119.42
Number of affected people / Humanities loss
Dead person(s) 23
Injured person(s) 0
Missing person(s) 670
Evacuated/rescued person(s) 20000
Affected person(s) 0
Foreign people 0

VIV-20171012-60164-JPN – Vehicle Incident – Japan – Asia

Posted: 11 Oct 2017 08:38 PM PDT
A US military transport helicopter made an emergency landing and burst into flames near a training area in Okinawa Prefecture, southernmost Japan, Wednesday afternoon. None of the seven crew members or residents were injured, according to the local fire department and others. The crash occurred at a pasture outside the US military’s Camp Gonsalves training area in the village of Higashi around 5:15 p.m. (8:15 a.m. GMT), according to the Defense Ministry and others. The US Marine Corps in Okinawa said a CH-53E helicopter made an emergency landing after catching fire and that the cause of the …

FL-20171012-60163-IND – Flood – India – Asia

Posted: 11 Oct 2017 08:33 PM PDT
Downpour in Polavaram in West Godavari district rendered around 200 people homeless. Itukalakota, a tiny village near the Polavaram Right Main Canal delivery point in Polavaram Mandal, bore the brunt of heavy rain on Wednesday. Many poor people live in the village have lost their utensils, aadhar, pattadar passbooks and ration cards. On account of heavy rain in the mandal, water is overflowing on the Kothuru Causeway, the only way to the tribal villages. Due to the floods, 19 tribal villages were cut off from the mainland. The crop in 600 acres of land at Pattiseema Lift Irrigation Scheme …

BH-20171012-60162-USA – Biological Hazard – USA – North-America

Posted: 11 Oct 2017 08:28 PM PDT
Otter Creek was impacted by a manure spill that killed 1,300 fish, including brown and brook trout, on Oct. 4, but there are encouraging signs a week later. Department of Natural Resources Conservation Warden Shawna Stringham monitored the stream all weekend after the spill. She said she saw hundreds of fish swimming in the trout stream Sunday. Otter Creek is a tributary of the Kickapoo River, and fish in the Kickapoo were not affected, according to the DNR. The DNR measured, took photos and froze all of the dead fish pulled from Otter Creek. “Our trout streams, because they are spring-fed, …

Biological Hazard in USA on October 12 2017 03:28 AM (UTC).

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Common Alerting Protocol information
Category Env Pollution and other environmental
Certainty Observed Determined to have occurred or to be ongoing
Scope Public For general dissemination to unrestricted audiences
Severity Moderate Possible threat to life or property
Urgency Past Responsive action is no longer required
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EDIS Number BH-20171012-60162-USA
Event type Biological Hazard
Date/Time October 12 2017 03:28 AM (UTC)
Last update October 12 2017 03:30 AM (UTC)
Cause of event
Reliability of information Authentic source : Information from trusted source (newspapers, emails, websites). Reliability: at least 70%
Damage level Is not or not known Damage level
Affected area County-level : Event affected one county.
Geographic information
Continent North-America
Country USA
County / State State of Wisconsin
Area Otter Creek
Settlement La Farge
Coordinate 43.60, -90.67
Number of affected people / Humanities loss
Dead person(s) 0
Injured person(s) 0
Missing person(s) 0
Evacuated/rescued person(s) 0
Affected person(s) 0
Foreign people 0
Biohazard information
Biohazard level 1/4 – Low
Biohazard description Bacteria and viruses including Bacillus subtilis, canine hepatitis, Escherichia coli, varicella (chicken pox), as well as some cell cultures and non-infectious bacteria. At this level precautions against the biohazardous materials in question are minimal, most likely involving gloves and some sort of facial protection. Usually, contaminated materials are left in open (but separately indicated) waste receptacles. Decontamination procedures for this level are similar in most respects to modern precautions against everyday viruses (i.e.: washing one’s hands with anti-bacterial soap, washing all exposed surfaces of the lab with disinfectants, etc). In a lab environment, all materials used for cell and/or bacteria cultures are decontaminated via autoclave.
Disease, agent name Mass Die-off (fish)
Infected person(s) 0
Species 2
Status 1
Symptomes


EX-20171012-60161-USA – Explosion – USA – North-America

Posted: 11 Oct 2017 08:26 PM PDT
Multiple people have been hospitalized Wednesday afternoon, including one person who was air-lifted to Portland, after a chemical explosion in Detroit, Maine. Police, fire, and emergency officials were called to North Agriculture Sales around 1 p.m. in response to the explosion. The explosion caused a fire, which has since been put out. Authorities say the explosion was caused by sulfur dust being ignited. The conditions of the victims who were hospitalized are unknown at this time.

Explosion in USA on October 12 2017 03:26 AM (UTC).
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Common Alerting Protocol information
Category Safety General emergency and public safety
Certainty Observed Determined to have occurred or to be ongoing
Scope Public For general dissemination to unrestricted audiences
Severity Severe Significant threat to life or property
Urgency Past Responsive action is no longer required
Base data
EDIS Number EX-20171012-60161-USA
Event type Explosion
Date/Time October 12 2017 03:26 AM (UTC)
Last update October 12 2017 03:27 AM (UTC)
Cause of event chemical explosion
Reliability of information Authentic source : Information from trusted source (newspapers, emails, websites). Reliability: at least 70%
Damage level Medium Damage level
Affected area Local event : The affected area up to a few kilometers
Geographic information
Continent North-America
Country USA
County / State State of Maine
Area Northeast Agricultural Sales
Settlement Detroit
Coordinate 44.80, -69.32
Number of affected people / Humanities loss
Dead person(s) 0
Injured person(s) 0
Missing person(s) 0
Evacuated/rescued person(s) 0
Affected person(s) 0
Foreign people 0

AC-20171011-60160-KEN – Technological Disaster – Kenya – Africa

Posted: 11 Oct 2017 11:09 AM PDT
Five people have been confirmed dead and 27 reported missing after a four-storey building at Membe area in Kisii town, collapsed Wednesday morning. The building, which was still under construction, collapsed at around 8.30 am. According to Julius Tinega, the director of the Disaster Management team in Kisii, many were pulled out of the building and rushed to hospital where they are recuperating. Rescue operations are still underway though they are being hampered by heavy rains pounding the area. Kenya Defence Forces rescue team has arrived at the scene with their state of the art machinery to …


EH-20171011-60159-FJI – Epidemic Hazard – Fiji – Pacific Ocean – East

Posted: 11 Oct 2017 11:02 AM PDT
Fiji confirmed on Wednesday a typhoid outbreak in one of the islands in the Lomaiviti Group, one of the 14 provinces in the South Pacific Island state. The Ministry of Health said in a statement that 13 patients who were diagnosed with typhoid on Moturiki Island have been treated with the required medical care and the Public Health Team continued to monitor the situation. In consultation with the community, mass gatherings have been temporarily suspended in the hot spot areas as a preventative measure. The ministry said the health team has taken prompt action to assist the communities in …

Epidemic Hazard in Fiji on October 11 2017 06:02 PM (UTC).

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Common Alerting Protocol information
Category Health Medical and public health
Certainty Observed Determined to have occurred or to be ongoing
Scope Public For general dissemination to unrestricted audiences
Severity Severe Significant threat to life or property
Urgency Past Responsive action is no longer required
Base data
EDIS Number EH-20171011-60159-FJI
Event type Epidemic Hazard
Date/Time October 11 2017 06:02 PM (UTC)
Last update October 11 2017 06:05 PM (UTC)
Cause of event
Reliability of information Authentic source : Information from trusted source (newspapers, emails, websites). Reliability: at least 70%
Damage level Is not or not known Damage level
Affected area County-level : Event affected one county.
Geographic information
Continent Pacific Ocean – East
Country Fiji
County / State Lomaiviti Group
Area Moturiki Island
Settlement
Coordinate -17.77, 178.74
Number of affected people / Humanities loss
Dead person(s) 0
Injured person(s) 0
Missing person(s) 0
Evacuated/rescued person(s) 0
Affected person(s) 0
Foreign people 0
Biohazard information
Biohazard level 2/4 – Medium
Biohazard description Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
Disease, agent name Typhoid Fever
Infected person(s) 13
Species 1
Status 1
Symptomes

ST-20171011-60158-VNM – Extreme Weather – Vietnam – Asia

Posted: 11 Oct 2017 09:38 AM PDT
Floods triggered by a tropical depression in Vietnam have killed 15 people and left eight others missing, officials said Wednesday. The storm hit central Vietnam on Tuesday, bringing heavy rain to the region and to parts of northern Vietnam. Eight people, including two children, were killed in central Nghe An province, disaster official Nguyen Thi Kim Dung said. Provincial officials said three people died and five others were missing in the northern province of Yen Bai. In Thanh Hoa province, north of Nghe An, two people were killed and three others were missing. Disaster officials said two …

EX-20171011-60157-TUR – Explosion – Turkey – Asia

Posted: 11 Oct 2017 06:39 AM PDT
Turkey’s state-run news agency says four people have died in an explosion at an oil refinery in Izmir. Anadolu Agency said the blast occurred on Wednesday during maintenance work on a product tank at the Tupras oil refinery, killing four workers and injuring two others. Bayram Yilmaz, the governor for the Aliaga district in Izmir province, western Turkey, said that the blast occurred during work on a naphtha gas tank that had been out of use for a long time and confirmed that the explosion was an accident caused by gas pressure in a boiler. Dogan private news agency reported that Yilmaz said …

FF-20171011-60156-IDN – Flash Flood – Indonesia – Indonesian Archipelago

Posted: 11 Oct 2017 06:34 AM PDT
Flash floods submerged four villages in Sumpiuh Sub-district, Banyumas District, Central Java Province, on Wednesday, as a dike of the Reja River burst. The dike burst at 6:30 a.m. local time, and floods submerged the villages of Karanggedang, Karangpucung, Kemiri, and Nusadadi, Kusworo, head of the Banyumas disaster mitigation office, noted. Several rescuers have been deployed to help the flood victims, he added. In Karanggedang, at least 50 houses were flooded. Farming areas were also affected by the flooding. A landslide hit Watuagung Village in Tambak Sub-district, Banyumas, on the same …
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ENENews: Scientific American: Plant is in “crisis mode”… fuel has melted through containers — Official: Corium may never be extracted — Gov’t suggests dumping it under Pacific Ocean


Washington Post: “No one knows what to do with Fukushima” — Scientific American: Plant is in “crisis mode”… fuel has melted through containers — Official: Corium may never be extracted — Gov’t suggests dumping it under Pacific Ocean
Published: February 22nd, 2016 at 9:28 am ET
By ENENews
http://enenews.com/wash-post-one-fukushima-plant-crisis-mode-official-melted-fuel-never-be-extracted-govt-suggests-dumping-corium-pacific-ocean?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ENENews+%28Energy+News%29


Washington Post, Feb 10, 2016 (emphasis added): Five years after nuclear meltdown, no one knows what to do with Fukushima… one huge question remains: What is to be done with all the radioactive material?… Tepco has built a 1,500-yard-long “ice wall” around the four reactor buildings… however, Japan’s nuclear watchdog blocked the plan, saying the risk of leakage was still too high… [M]ost problematically, there’s the nuclear fuel from the plant itself… “The biggest challenge is going to be the removal of the nuclear fuel debris,” [Akira Ono, Tepco’s Fukushima Daiichi superintendent] said. “We don’t even know what state the debris is in at the moment.”… one of the options the government is considering is building a nuclear waste dump under the seabed, about eight miles off the Fukushima coast… Many groups… staunchly oppose the idea of burying the radioactive material at sea in such a seismically active area. “At some point it would leak and affect the environment,” said Hideyuki Ban, co-director of the Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center.
http://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/five-years-after-nuclear-meltdown-no-one-knows-what-to-do-with-fukushima-1.393368


Japan Times, Feb 20, 2016: NRA commissioner suggests plan to remove all fuel debris at Fukushima plant may not be best option — A Nuclear Regulation Authority commissioner has suggested that removing all fuel debris from reactors at the meltdown-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant may not be the best option. “I wonder if the situation would be desired that work is still underway to extract fuel debris 70 or 80 years after” the nuclear disaster, NRA Commissioner Toyoshi Fuketa told reporters Friday. “There are a variety of options, including removing as much fuel debris as possible and solidifying the rest,” he added… Fuketa said that unlike the disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, it is “not realistic” to construct concrete buildings to cover reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 plant because the situation is different. The commissioner also questioned whether construction of an underground ice wall around the reactor buildings to prevent radioactive water buildup will prove effective.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/02/20/national/nra-commissioner-suggests-plan-remove-fuel-debris-fukushima-plant-may-not-best-option#.VsvFm_ySjaw


(bags of radioactive waste)
Scientific American, March 2016 issue: Five years ago this month… half of the facility’s uranium cores to overheat and melt through their steel containers… Today the disaster site remains in crisis mode…
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/5-years-later-the-fukushima-nuclear-disaster-site-continues-to-spill-waste/

See also: Nuclear Expert: Simply impossible to remove melted fuel from Fukushima — Corium “has spread all over… could actually have gone through floor of containment vessel” — Only way to deal with these reactors releasing dangerous radiation is to cover in concrete — Will take centuries of work (VIDEO):
http://enenews.com/japan-nuclear-expert-simply-impossible-remove-melted-fuel-fukushima-corium-spread-all-place-could-actually-gone-floor-containment-vessel-only-possible-outcome-cover-reactors-concrete-will-cen

ENENews: From Cynthia McKinney, Former Member of Congress: “The elephant in the room is Fukushima radiation”


Former US Gov’t Official: “The elephant in the room is Fukushima radiation” when it comes to Pacific Ocean animal die-offs… Gov’t has totally failed to inform public about full extent of fallout… Media’s silence is deafening — Mentions coverage by ENENews

Published: October 20th, 2015 at 6:40 am ET
By ENENews
http://enenews.com/former-govt-official-elephant-room-fukushima-radiation-when-comes-pacific-ocean-die-offs-govt-totally-failed-inform-public-about-full-extent-fallout-mentions-coverage-enenews?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ENENews+%28Energy+News%29

Cynthia McKinney
After serving in the Georgia Legislature, in 1992, Cynthia McKinney won a seat in the US House of Representatives. She was the first African-American woman from Georgia in the US Congress. In 2005, McKinney was a vocal critic of the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina and was the first member of Congress to file articles of impeachment against George W. Bush. In 2008, Cynthia McKinney won the Green Party nomination for the US presidency.
https://www.rt.com/op-edge/319053-fukushima-fallout-radioactive-japan/

Excerpts from column by Cynthia McKinney, former member of Congress who served six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, Oct. 19, 2015:

• In the aftermath of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power meltdown… the international community has totally failed in keeping the public properly informed and protected from the fallout. Scientists and environmental officials continue to express concern, even now, at the unusual events and wonder about the causes. At the same time, the media present the facts, but fail to make any connection whatsoever to the ongoing state of affairs stemming from the tragic 2011 events at Fukushima. Here are a few recent examples… A September 2015 audio report from Robin Corcoran, biologist from the Kodiak Wildlife National Refuge, confirms local reports that “emaciated” bird carcasses are washing up on Kodiak Island shores… The program concluded by stating that multiple species of birds have declined in number in other Alaska regions… A few days before the Kodiak reports… Josh Saranpaa of the Wildlife Center of the North Coast was quoted as saying, “Every bird we’re seeing is starving to death. It’s pretty bad.” Saranpaa added, “When you see so many starving, something is not quite right out there.”… Julia Reis of the Half Moon Bay Review writes with understatement, “There have been noticeable changes in the Pacific Ocean that have caused difficulties for marine life of late.” Gerry McChesney of the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge says that the die-off has him all the more “baffled” because of the strip of cold water in his area full of food for these birds. In my mind’s eye, I can see McChesney scratching his head as I read that he considers poisoning, starvation, and El Nino as possible causes for the die-off. The article ends with the following comment by McChesney, “We might have to see some other problem in the ocean before we understand what’s causing the die-off.”

• ENENews.com points to the problem of the massive die-off happening from San Diego to Alaska—all along the West Coast of the U.S. It highlights in various reports words like “strange,” “unprecedented,” “crazy,” “worst,” with this iconic quote from The Sacramento Bee: “Our gut tells us there is something going on in the marine environment.”

• [T]he media provide coverage of marine anomalies mentioning global warming, even El Nino and toxic algae, while the elephant in the room is Fukushima radiation. It is this silence that is deafening!… I do want to know why in the face of what appear to be Pacific Ocean die-offs, El Nino is mentioned and not the Fukushima-related elevated levels of radiation. As long as there is a palpable lack of transparency in the mainstream media’s ordinary coverage of extraordinary environmental events, that includes what one senses as a reticence to discuss the obvious, I predict that there will be a proliferation of citizen journalists and citizen scientists seizing upon each piece of new data trying to make sense out of a government-approved narrative that just doesn’t make sense… We should not rely on government officials to tell us the truth about the full extent of Fukushima’s fallout.

See the ENENews report mentioned by McKinney here:
http://enenews.com/mind-blowing-die-seabirds-underway-california-alaska-experts-unprecedented-theyre-dying-im-baffled-every-bird-starving-death-basically-withering-away-catastrophic-molting-observed-due-unknown

ENENews: Sickened animals “unlike anything doctors have ever seen” on West Coast — “They’re eating themselves from the inside”

Sickened animals “unlike anything doctors have ever seen” on West Coast — “They’re eating themselves from the inside” — Cancers… liver, pancreas, intestines shut down… infested with parasites and immune to antibiotics — Unprecedented catastrophe to cause loss of 200,000 sea lions (VIDEO)
http://enenews.com/sickened-animals-anything-doctors-along-west-coast-theyre-eating-inside-cancers-liver-pancreas-intestines-basically-shut-down-infested-parasites-immune-antibiotics-unprecedented-catastrophe-p
Published: January 7th, 2016 at 11:19 am ET
By ENENews


(Garnet the California sea lion, deceased, arrives at the Marine Mammal Center. Azure Gilman / Al Jazeera America)
Al Jazeera, Jan 6, 2016 (emphasis added): In warming ocean, record number of seals and sea lions sicken and starve — Ailing or dead seals and sea lions washed up on California beaches in record numbers in 2015; this year could be worse… They are brought in with all sorts of problems: lockjaw, poisoning, cancer… But most of the record number of seals and sea lions washing up on California’s shores and being brought to a regional rescue center are starving… this slow-motion catastrophe is likely to continue… In 2015, [NOAA] counted more than 4,200 California sea lions, 90 Guadalupe fur seals, and 70 northern fur seals. The [Marine Mammal Center’s] staff began to realize something was different early in the year… the pups brought in for rescue were unlike anything the veterinarians had ever seen… It was the worst year in the center’s 40-year history, staff said… Only half the usual number of sea lion pups were born off the California coast in 2015, [Dr. Shawn Johnson, director of veterinary science at the Marine Mammal Center] said… veterinarians at the Marine Mammal Center are bracing for the worst.
http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2016/1/6/in-warming-ocean-record-numbers-of-seals-and-sea-lions-are-sick-or-starving.html


(Volunteers using wooden sheilds to corrall an evasive animalAzure Gilman / Al Jazeera America)
Dr. Shawn Johnson, director of veterinary science at the Marine Mammal Center: “They were basically just skin and bones. Their liver, their pancreas, their intestines were basically shut down. And they were eating themselves from the inside to stay alive by the time we saw them… If it continues, if this is the new normal, the sea lion population and the fur seal population in California are going to have severe drops in their overall population.”

http://www.lagunabeachindy.com/sea-lion-pups-in-trouble-again/
Laguna Beach Independent, Dec 18, 2015: With the lowest body weights ever documented, California sea lion pups are not only starving from lack of food, they’re infested with parasites and immune to antibiotics, said [Keith Matassa] the director of the Pacific Marine Mammal Center… A record number of emaciated and dying sea lion and seal pups is expected along local shores this winter… Last year, 3,500 sea lions and seals were rescued by various California marine rehab facilities. This year, the stranded pinnipeds are expected to hit 4,000… The animals are riddled with intestine-perforating parasites, known as thorny-head hookworms. “We’re seeing such a high level of parasites now, it’s not normal,” said Matassa… Antibiotics for infections are proving ineffective… Conditions have “not gotten much better over the past couple of years,” [Sharon Melin, NOAA wildlife biologist] said… The food web, said Melin, “has been out of whack now for quite some time.”… The fact that northern pup seals are following suit signifies the domino effect of a distressed environment, she said… the California sea lion population tops out at 300,000… she predicts a drastic decline to 100,000 due to low food availability… “There’s so many stressors on the ocean right now,” Matassa said.


( An emaciated sea lion pup. Pups have had trouble finding their usual prey of sardines and anchovies, which are moving to cooler areas because of ocean warming caused by El Niño. Photograph: Noaa Fisheries West Coast)
Guardian, Dec 30, 2015: Unprecedented numbers of dead or starving seals washing ashore as Pacific Ocean warms, with experts saying they are ‘preparing for the worst’ in 2016… According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries, there has been a huge increase in stranded sea lions… According to NOAA, more than 4,200 sick sea lions have been washed up in California so far this year, comfortably the greatest number of strandings over the past decade.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/30/el-nino-ocean-warming-seals-california-pacific


( A sea lion pup under normal weight in a picture taken in January 2015. Photograph: Noaa Fisheries West Coast)
Dr Terry Gosliner, senior curator of invertebrate zoology at the California Academy of Sciences: “We are entering a really interesting period where the observations we make don’t have a precedent… It could take decades for these ecosystems to stabilize again.”
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/30/el-nino-ocean-warming-seals-california-pacific

ENENews: St. Petersberg Russia; Mass panic as radioactive cloud pours from nuclear plant —


Mass panic as radioactive cloud pours from nuclear plant — Radiation levels reportedly spike near reactor after emergency shutdown — Traffic jams as people evacuate area — “Everyone got very worried and rushed to get iodine” (PHOTOS)

Published: December 22nd, 2015 at 10:47 am ET
By ENENews
http://enenews.com/mass-panic-radioactive-steam-pours-nuclear-plant-radiation-levels-spiked-area-plant-traffic-jams-people-evacuate-area-everyone-very-worried-rushed-iodine-photos


http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/628592/Chaos-Russians-flee-Chernobyl-style-plant-radioactive-leak

Express, Dec 21, 2015 (emphasis added): Russians flee Chernobyl-style plant over fears of radioactive leak — Russians took iodine and caused traffic jams… amid fears officials were covering up a radioactive leak. The panic followed the emergence of pictures showing a cloud of vapour pouring from Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant, some 50 miles from St Petersburg. The authorities insisted that the was no radioactive leakage… but people did not believe the “no danger” claim. Radio Svoboda reported that in the wake of the incident on Friday locals in Sosnovy Bor started withdrawing money from their credit cards. They said locals were in panic mode despite statements from officials that the radiation level was normal… One local said: “Everyone got very worried and rushed to get iodine.”… There were traffic jams as residents left the area and headed for St Petersburg… The plant manager (not pictured) insists there are no reasons for evacuation. [Oleg Bodrov, chairman of Green World ecological group] said: “They know well that the officials’ first task is to say all is normal but not to report about danger, even if there is one. All those who understand a bit about nuclear energy know that it was an attempt to mistake the wish for the reality… this vapour is surely radioactive… Bodrov called for medical checks for staff at the power plant. Interfax reported that a special commission was working at the nuclear station aiming to find out the reasons for the emission.

Daily Mail photo captions: A cloud of vapour pouring out of Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant in St Petersburg caused mass panic… Russian radio reported St Petersburg residents rushing out to buy iodine to protect against radiation poisoning after spotting the steam flowing out of the power station… The billowing vapour spreads across buildings

QHA, Dec 19, 2015: Accident occurred at Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant (PHOTO) — Eyewitnesses of the accident and the inhabitants of the Russia’s northern capital are scared. The second unit was stopped at the station… The accident occurred at the second power unit when a pipe with steam cracked in turbine hall yesterday. The steam filled the room, and leaked beyond the power plant. The employees of the Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant (LNPP) had to go home… According to specialists, the release was radioactive, because the waste steam entered the so-called loop reactor coolant. However, the population was encouraged not to panic.

Baltic Newsletter of the Green World, Dec 20, 2015: An emergency stop of the second power unit of Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant took place… The reason for the stop and cooling of the reactor was a sudden leak of radioactive steam from a faulty pipe in one of the rooms of the turbine shop… During the cooling – down step, the reactor steam was ejected through the pipe into the environment. A south – southeast wind of 5 meters per second (not typical for this area) blew the radioactive steam toward the Gulf of Finland… Thus, the five millionth city of St. Petersburg, located 40 km east of the Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant was fortunate this time. According to some sources , the radiation level rose a few times higher than the background radiation only in the NPP area.

Watch video from the Director of Leningrad NPP here

ENENews: TV: Underground wall around Fukushima reactors started “leaning” — Cracks developing due to rising water levels — Problems seen along almost entire length of sea wall

TV: Underground wall around Fukushima reactors started “leaning” — Cracks developing due to rising water levels — Problems seen along almost entire length of sea wall — Trying to make repairs to keep groundwater from surging (VIDEO)
Published: November 25th, 2015 at 10:56 pm ET
By ENENews
http://enenews.com/nhk-underground-wall-around-fukushima-reactors-started-lean-rising-water-levels-causing-cracks-develop-problems-occuring-along-almost-entire-length-sea-wall-tepco-trying-make-repairs-keep-gro

NHK World, Nov 25, 2015 (emphasis added): Groundwater wall at Fukushima plant leans slightly — The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has found that a wall it built 30 meters into the ground to block the flow of radioactive water is leaning slightly. {TEPCO] built the steel barrier along a coastal embankment to stop contaminated groundwater from seeping into the sea… TEPCO inspectors found that the wall is leaning up to some 20 centimeters toward the sea. They say this is due to the pressure of the groundwater flow. The officials also blamed rising groundwater levels for cracks found in the embankment’s pavement. The utility says workers are buttressing the wall with steel pillars…

NHK (Google translation), Nov 25, 2015: In TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, it can be seen that the equipment called “impervious wall”, which was completed last month in order to reduce the outflow of the contaminated groundwater, are slightly tilted to the sea side… [T]he pavement of the seawall also cracked… When depends on the Tokyo Electric Power Company, after the “impervious wall” has been completed, it is that it’s because the water level of the land side of the groundwater is rising.

Fukushima Minyu Shimbun (Google translation), Nov 26, 2015: … sea side wall is inclined about 20 centimeters at the maximum to the sea side, cracks of up to about 1 centimeter has occurred in the pavement of the seawall. That inclination and cracks have occurred in almost the entire sea side wall… TEPCO, rain water enters the cracks of the pavement, so that the groundwater does not surge, is promoting the repair to block the cracks spraying resin.

Watch NHK’s broadcast here