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Mass die-offs from human impact and planetary response to the assault could occur by early 2016

‘No sign of survivors’ in Kashmir avalanche

Posted by feww on April 8, 2012

Disaster Calendar 2012 – April 8

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,438 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

NO sign of 135 people buried under 24m of snow at Siachen Glacier entrance

More than a day after a massive avalanche buried 124 Pakistani soldiers and 11 civilians at the entrance to the Siachen Glacier, the military officials said they had found ‘no sign’ of survivors.

  • Kashmir, Pakistan.  A massive avalanche buried a Pakistan Army camp with at least 135 people inside in the mountainous Gayari range, near the Siachen Glacier in the northern Pakistani region of Baltistan, in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.
    • The area is called “the world’s highest battleground,” with the military HQ  in Gayari, one of the most inhospitable places on the planet, situated at at an elevation of about 4,570 meters (15,000 feet).
    • In February, about two dozen Indian soldiers were killed on in the mountains of Kashmir when two avalanches buried their army camps.

Significant Events

  • Alaska, USA.  Anchorage has recorded its snowiest year,  breaking a 57-year-old record for snowfall in a single season, NWS reported.
    • The old record of 132.6 inches set in Alaska’s largest city in 1954-1955 season,  was broken when 3.4 inches of snow fell from midnight to 4 p.m. local time on Saturday pushing the season total to 133.6 inches (339.34cm).
    • Anchorage has received above-normal snowfall this season.  In November, the city saw its greatest snowfall with a record 32.4 inches, about three-times the average for the month.
    • Records are kept at or near the Ted Stevens International Airport since 1953.
  • California, USA.  An outbreak of avian cholera has killed at least  10,000 birds at the the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, near Tulelake, Calif., dubbed the ‘Everglades of the West.’
    • Due to the scarcity of water caused by drought, “the refuge has been able to flood only half it’s marshes this year, creating prime conditions for the spread of avian cholera,” reports said.
    • The dead bird include coots, pintail ducks, Ross’ geese and snow geese.

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