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States of Emergency Declared in Peru and Nigeria

Posted by feww on May 24, 2016

Mercury contamination prompts state of emergency declaration in Peru

Peru’s President Ollanta Humala has declared a 60-day state of emergency in the three provinces of Madre de Dios, Southern Amazon, because of extremely high levels of mercury contamination allegedly from illegal gold mining.

The Executive Order proclaims states of emergency in the three province of Manu, Tahuamanu and Tambopata, covering the towns of  Puerto Maldonado, Inambari, Las Piedras, Labyrinth, Fitzcarrald, Huepetuhe, Madre de Dios, Iñapari and Iberia said a report.

About 41% of the population, 40,000 to 50,000 people,  have been exposed to high levels of mercury contamination, particularly in the area of the Upper and Lower Madre de Dios and reserves inhabited by indigenous people in Amarakaeri area, where the exposure is six times the maximum permissible levels, said the country’s environment minister.

The mercury exposure is poisoning the people, polluting rivers and contaminating the fish, he said.

Nigeria declares a state of emergency as insects destroy crops

Nigeria’s Kaduna State has declared a state of emergency after moths destroyed up to 80% of tomato farms across the state. The damage caused by the tomato leafminer (aka tuta absoluta and South American tomato moth) exceeds 1bn naira ($5.1m).

More than 200 tomato farms in Kaduna have been affected over the past month.

A leaf miner is the larva of an insect that lives in leaf tissue of crops and consumes it. Most leaf-mining insects are moths, sawflies (a type of wasp) and flies, though several types of beetles also destroy plants in similar ways.

“Governor Nasir El-Rufai has declared a state of emergency on tomatoes in the state. In the past one month 12 local government areas of the state who produce tomatoes have lost 80% of their tomatoes harvest,” said the Commissioner of Agriculture.

“In three local government areas about 200 farmers have lost one billion naira worth of their tomatoes. So you can imagine the magnitude of the losses. It is so severe that even Dangote [conglomerate] who has established a tomato processing plant in Kano had to shut down production.”

At least eight other states in northern Nigeria have also been affected by the insects, the Commissioner added.

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Latest Significant Global Seismicity – May 24, 2016

Posted by feww on May 24, 2016


M5.2 quake strikes 11km W of Cintalapa de Figueroa, Mexico

  • Location: 16.747°N, 93.822°W depth=124.0 km (77.1 mi)
  • Time: 2016-05-23 at 19:20:39 (UTC)

Chile, China, Japan, Philippines, Taiwan

  • 4.9 – 50km SSE of Putre, Chile 2016-05-24 00:29:35 UTC 120.7 km
  • M4.6 – 52km N of Miyako, Japan 2016-05-24 09:48:03 UTC 35.0 km
  • M4.8 – 4km SE of Pilar, Philippines 2016-05-23 23:57:33 UTC 74.2 km
  • M4.5 – 178km NNW of Dili, East Timor 2016-05-23 21:14:00 UTC 511.4 km
  • M4.5 – 5km SSW of Yachimata, Japan 2016-05-23 16:42:58 UTC 56.4 km
  • M4.8 – 102km W of Makurazaki, Japan 2016-05-23 15:17:42 UTC 14.8 km
  • M4.8 – 30km WNW of Chaoyang, China 2016-05-22 09:08:06 UTC 16.5 km
  • M4.9 – 20km N of Pingtung, Taiwan 2016-05-22 02:06:18 UTC 10.0 km
  • M5.0 – 21km ENE of Pingtung, Taiwan 2016-05-21 20:51:39 UTC 10.0 km
  • M4.8 – 3km N of Carlagan, Philippines 2016-05-21 11:14:49 UTC 40.0 km
  • M4.5 – 107km NE of Agrihan, Northern Mariana Islands 2016-05-21 08:17:35 UTC 32.0 km
  • M5.5 – 239km S of Hachijo-jima, Japan 2016-05-21 06:06:42 UTC 130.4 km

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