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A giant glob of deadly algae is floating off the West Coast

August 2015 – PACIFIC OCEAN – From the air, the Pacific algal bloom doesn’t look like much of a threat: a wispy, brownish stream, snaking up along the West Coast. But it’s causing amnesia in birds, deadly seizures in sea lions, and a crippling decline in the West Coast shellfish industry. Here’s what you need to know about it, from what this bloom has to do with the drought to why these toxins could be a real threat to the homeless. What’s causing it? The culprits are single-celled, plant-like organisms called pseudo-nitzschia, a subset of the thousands of species of algae that produce more than 50 percent of the world’s oxygen through photosynthesis. They’re a hardy variety usually found in cool, shallow oceans, where they survive on light and dissolved nutrients, including silcates, nitrates, and phosphates. “They’re sort of like the dandelions of the sea,” says Vera Trainer, who manages the Marine Biotoxin Program at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle.
“They’re always there in some low numbers, just waiting for nutrients to be resupplied to the ocean’s surface.” In most years, blooms in the eastern Pacific are contained near “hot spots” that dot the West Coast—relatively shallow and sheltered places like California’s Monterey Bay or the Channel Islands. They usually flare up in April or May as trade winds cycle nutrient-rich waters from offshore depths to the coast in a process called “upwelling,” but they fade after only a few weeks. The jury’s still out, but scientists are beginning to get a clearer idea. These past few years have been “incredibly weird” in the northeast Pacific, says Nate Mantua, a research scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center in Santa Cruz. He points to the same “ridiculously resilient ridge” of high pressure that’s been causing the historic drought in the western United States: This pressure also resulted in a pool of exceptionally warm water in the Pacific (known as “the blob”), with little weather to disperse it. Those conditions, along with prevailing winds and colder currents that ferry nutrients back to the coast, are supplying the algae with a seemingly endless feast.
That makes the source of this bloom different from its cousin in the Gulf of Mexico, where fertilizers flowing from as far as Iowa are feeding a zone of algae that’s as large as New Jersey. “We’re seeing them in relatively pristine waters of the US West Coast,” Trainer explains, though she adds runoff and sewage discharge may be playing some role in the blooms off Southern California. So just how big is this thing? Bigger than researchers have ever seen: a patchy stream that stretches from Southern California up along the Alaskan coast. The hot spot blooms that appear each spring are merging for the first time, Trainer explains. Though the combined mass has ebbed and flowed over the past four months, it hasn’t let up; her team finds algae each time they journey out to sea, with no signs of abatement soon. And it’s also unusually potent. “These are the highest levels of toxicity we’ve ever seen,” says Raphael Kudela, a professor of ocean sciences at the University of California-Santa Cruz. “It’s a truly extraordinary phenomenon.”

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The algae produce a compound called domoic acid, a type of amino acid that leads to a condition commonly known as “amnesic shellfish poisoning.” Shellfish and some small fish, like sardines and anchovies, feed on the algae and concentrate the toxin in their flesh. When animals further up the food chain—like birds—eat those fish and shellfish, the domoic acid seeps into the bloodstream and eventually the brain, where it attacks cells in the hippocampus, the brain’s command center for memory and learning. The result: amnesia-stricken birds that will repeatedly fly into windows, and sea lions that writhe on the shore, plagued by seizures. Both are symptoms of rapidly firing neurons in the hippocampus, which will eventually burn out and kill the animal. Beaches have been littered with dead fish, birds, and sea lions up and down the Pacific coast since May—all the way up to Alaska, where NOAA is investigating the deaths of fin whales in connection with the toxin. – Mother Jones
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U.S. Army base in Japan explodes – follows two suspicious explosions in China

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August 2015JAPAN Multiple explosions were heard at about 1 a.m. local time at a warehouse at the U.S. army base in Kanagawa Prefecture near Tokyo. No injuries have been reported yet. Interesting to note, the US facility exploded precisely at the same time as the two explosions in China occurred – 1am.
The site is located near residential areas. Sagami General Depot is used for the storage of fuel and large quantity of munitions. The facility has been underused lately, as a result, Washington and Tokyo held talks on the return of most of the 200-hectare territory to Japan. Firefighters vehicles are at the scene. The reason of the accident is unknown so far. Currently, 35th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion and some logistics and medical departments are deployed at the base. –MINA
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At least 75 injured, man missing after Typhoon Goni wreaks havoc across southern Japan

August 2015JAPAN At least 75 people have been injured and a 70-year-old man is missing after a powerful typhoon wreaked havoc across southern Japan, causing widespread disruptions to flights and train services, power outages and the evacuation of more than 200,000 households. Japan Airlines was forced to cancel about 130 flights and All Nippon Airways canceled 100 flights, mainly to and from airports in Kyushu, while some railway services, including bullet trains on the Kyushu and Sanyo shinkansen lines, were suspended temporarily. Typhoon Goni made landfall near Arao in Kumamoto Prefecture just after 6 a.m. Tuesday and reached the ocean off Kitakyushu by 10 a.m., the Meteorological Agency said.
Although now moving away from the Japanese archipelago, the typhoon is expected to bring heavy rain to western and eastern Japan through Wednesday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, warning of further landslides and flooding. The 15th typhoon this year prompted the agency to issue landslide warnings for Fukuoka, Saga, Oita and Kagoshima prefectures on Kyushu, Tokushima Prefecture on the island of Shikoku and Yamaguchi and Hiroshima prefectures on the Honshu mainland. The city of Hiroshima, which experienced a deadly landslide last August, issued an evacuation order to some 67,700 residents, the first such order since last year’s disaster.
On Tuesday, some 83,000 households in Fukuoka Prefecture were instructed to evacuate, while evacuation advisories were issued to 22,000 households in Kumamoto, and 130,000 households in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Power outages temporarily affected more than 470,000 households on Kyushu, according to Kyushu Electric Power Co. Shigetoshi Morita, 70, who drove a truck carrying newspapers, went missing in Kagoshima Prefecture. Police fear he may have been involved in a landslide early in the morning and are searching for him. More than 50 people were injured across Kyushu with other injuries reported in western and central Japan. –Japan Times
Ten killed in the Philippines: One of the twin typhoons in the Pacific has claimed its first casualties, killing 10 people in the Philippines and forcing the evacuation of almost 13,000 people, authorities said Saturday. Typhoon Goni, known as Ineng in the archipelago country, delivered its deadly blows in the islands’ Mountain Province, Benguet and Ilocos Norte, authorities reported. Goni and Typhoon Atsani made for a startling image in a satellite photograph this week. Goni unleashed a load of havoc: nine floods, eight landslides, two tornadoes and a collapsed bridge in the Philippines. At least three people remained missing and at least seven people were injured, authorities there said. As of Sunday morning, the storm had weakened slightly and had 86 mph sustained winds, with gusts of up to 106 mph.
The eye of Goni was 164 miles northeast of the Philippines’ far-flung northern province of Batanes and is projected to continue on its path to clip Taiwan, according to Philippine authorities and the Pacific Disaster Center. The only projected landfall for Goni is the Japanese Ryuku Islands and Japan’s southern mainland, CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller said. Meanwhile, Typhoon Atsani continue to twirl over open waters in the Pacific at 92 mph winds and 115 mph gusts, but it isn’t projected to strike any land, the Pacific Disaster Center said Saturday.
Twin typhoons are common in the western Pacific, occurring several times a year, but two super typhoons at the same time would be rare event, Miller said. Atsani was categorized earlier this week as a super typhoon with winds of 155 mph gusting to 186 mph, but has since been downgraded to a typhoon, according to the Pacific Disaster Center. –CNN
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Active volcano in Colima Mexico keeps sending ashes and smoke into the skies

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August 2015 MEXICOThe Colima Volcano sent smoke and ash three kilometers into the sky in a series of eruptions during the weekend. There have been more eruptions at the Colima Volcano this week, sending ash and smoke more than three kilometers into the air. Also known as the Volcano of Fire, it has been active since July 9, when ash falls forced the evacuation of several communities a few days later.
Various eruptions took place on Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th. This volcano was previously active during the months of January and February. A state of emergency was declared last month and nearly 700 people were evacuated in five municipalities in the states of Colima and Jalisco. –Yucatan Times
Lava flows out of the Piton de la Fournaise volcano, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, as it erupts on August 25, 2015, on the French island of La Reunion in the Indian Ocean. The volcano started to erupt on August 24, 2015 for the fourth time since the beginning of the year, according to a statement released by the Prefecture. –Economic Times
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Scientists studying mysterious swarm of more than 5,700 earthquakes in northern Nevada

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August 2015GEOLOGY Scientists at the Nevada Seismological Laboratory say there has been a “swarm” of more than 5700 earthquakes in northwestern Nevada since last July. They include 21 4.0 temblors. In 2008, the community of Mogul, west of Reno, also experienced an earthquake swarm. Graham Kent is Director of the lab on the University of Nevada-Reno campus. He says the number of tremors in that swarm pales in comparison to this one. “A magnitude 5.0 was the largest and a couple fours’s and a bunch of three’s and you look back at it and go ‘wow!’ that was hardly anything.”
Kent said this kind of seismic activity is rare anywhere. He says the location of the swarm, which is below an antelope preserve, makes it a perfect place to study earthquake behavior. “This is a great petri dish. So, now we have this kind of gold-medal swarm going and it doesn’t affect a lot of people. So, what we can learn from this, hopefully we can apply the next time there’s a swarm underneath a community.” More than 200 quakes 3.0 and stronger have been measured in the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge since last July. Seven of them were 4.5 or stronger.
On today’s Insight with Beth Ruyak, Kent says it’s impossible to know if a swarm of earthquakes will culminate with a big earthquake. According to the United States Geological Survey, two quakes measuring 7.2 and 6.7 rattled northern Nevada east of Fallon on two different faults within four minutes of each other. The area had had two earthquakes in the previous six months. –Capradio


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