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Strong Earthquake Strikes Kazakhstan

Posted by feww on August 9, 2017


M6.3 quake occurs 107km SSE of Dostyq, Kazakhstan

The event was followed by at least 5 aftershocks measuring 5.2, 5.3, 4.5 and 4.5mb respectively, as of this report.


Magnitude: 6.3mww
Location: 44.323°N 82.837°E  [- 107km SSE of Dostyq, Kazakhstan]
Depth: 25.9 km
Time: 23:27:53 UTC, 2017-08-08

Other Significant EQs:

Magnitude: 5.3mww
Location: 36.955°N, 27.561°E [14km SE of Bodrum, Turkey]
Depth: 10.0 km
Time: 2017-08-08 07:42:22 (UTC)

Magnitude: 5.2mb
Location: 52.616°N, 172.600°E [47km WSW of Attu Station, Alaska]
Depth: 34.9 km
Time: 2017-08-08 @ 21:46:50 (UTC)


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Mass Die-off: 40 pct of Kazakhstan’s Saiga Antelope Died in 16 Days

Posted by feww on May 27, 2015

More than 120,000 saiga carcasses found in Kazakhstan since May 11: Agriculture Ministry

Mass deaths of saiga antelope have been reported in Kostanai, Aktobe and Akmola regions of Kazakhstan. An emergency situation has been declared in northern Kazakhstan.

Carcasses of dead antelopes litter the ground in the Zholoba area of the Kostanai region. Agriculture Ministry

The saiga antelope, classified as critically endangered, have been around since the Ice Age.

Excerpts from Internet translation of the Ministry’s website:

The Ministry of Agriculture has held a special meeting to identify the causes of mass deaths of the saiga antelope in Kostanai, Aktobe and Akmola regions.

Work on the disposal of saiga antelopes in Kostanai and Aktobe regions has been completed. Counting is carried out at the burial of dead animals. It should be noted that the mass deaths of calving saiga occurred  in Kostanai region, which is not a permanent habitat for the saiga. Winter saiga live in the southern regions of the country, but with the onset of spring they migrated north. Thus 90% of the total number of the dead wildlife are female.

According to the latest data, an additional 8,502 carcasses were disposed in Zharkainskom and Zhaksynskom areas of Akmola region. Arrangements for monitoring the state of wildlife and to identify the causes of mortality continue.

According to the Kazakhstan Association of Biodiversity (ACBK), there were more than 300,000 saiga antelope in Kazakhstan in 2014, about 50,000 heads more than there were in 2013.

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Russian Proton-M Rocket Explodes on Liftoff

Posted by feww on July 2, 2013

More than 620 tons of extremely toxic propellants were aboard the rocket

A Russian Proton-M rocket reportedly carrying three navigation and global positioning satellites crashed soon after launch from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome Tuesday morning, Russian Media reported.

The extremely toxic propellants used in the rocket were a combination of the hypergolic oxidizer, dinitrogen tetroxide, and hydrazine or its relatives monomethyl hydrazine and unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine.

“It’s either the control system or the engine that has caused the accident. If the accident occurred in the first 10 to 20 seconds, then the engine is likely to be the cause,” an informed source in the space agency told RIA Novosty News Agency.


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Posted by feww on November 18, 2010

Bleeding Heart!

How to Turn the World’s Fourth Largest Lake into a Desert

The Bleeding Heart of Central Asia! The vast salt plain that encompasses what was once the Aral Sea is now called the Aralkum Desert.
Image Source: ESA. Click image to enlarge. Download HI-RES (JPEG 818 kb)

Original caption: This Landsat image features the heart-shaped northern tip of the western half of the Large Aral Sea (or South Aral Sea) in Central Asia. The whitish area surrounding the lakebed is a vast salt plain, now called the Aralkum Desert, left behind by the evaporating sea. The Thematic Mapper on Landsat 5, jointly managed by NASA and the US Geological Survey, acquired this image on 24 July 2010. ESA supports the Landsat series as a Third Party Mission, meaning it uses its ground infrastructure and expertise to acquire, process and distribute Landsat data to users.

Map of Aral Sea. Source: World Bank.

Once described as the world’s fourth largest lake, fed by two major rivers of Amu Darya in the south, and the Syr Darya in the north,  Aral Sea spanned an area of about  70,000 km² with a total volume of more than 1 trillion cubic meters  (1,000 cubic km) in 1960. The bountiful sea provided annual catches of about 50,000 tons without fail.  The scenic deltas of its major tributaries, dotted with dozens of smaller lakes, were rich wetlands and marshes teeming with life, covering an area larger than half a million hectares.

The Aral Sea has been shrinking steadily since 1960, as water was diverted for irrigation. It reduced to a pond measuring about 8% of its original size in 2007, and split into three lakes: North Aral Sea, and the two heavily shrunk eastern and western basins of the South Aral Sea.

The south-eastern lake completely disappeared last year, leaving behind the south-western lake, now a thin strip of shallow water. (See image).

Aral Sea captured by MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite –  true-color image dated March 26, 2010. A plume of dust blows from the sediments of the South Aral Sea toward the southeast, along the Kazakhstan-Uzbekistan border. Northeast of the plume, two red outlines indicate hotspots associated with fires.The lakebed sediments, prone to forming dust plumes, have become a repository for salt, fertilizers, and pesticides and pose a threat to human health in the region. Source: Nasa/Modis website.

Two images of Aral Sea. L: 2008. R:1989.  Source: Nasa

This natural-color satellite image shows the Aral Sea on August 16, 2008. The colored contour lines show the approximate shorelines of the sea since 2000. The image is from the MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite. The contour lines are based on MODIS data. The image documents the progress of a conservation plan to stabilize the North Aral Sea, and the continued decline of the South Aral Sea. Deeper, clearer waters are darker blue; shallower, murkier waters are greenish. Source: NASA

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