According to Stephen Broadbridge of the activist group, Papa Bois Conservation, the birds showed signs of poisoning–with foam leaking out of their beaks and their talons curling up.
More than 30 injuries were reported across the country, mostly related to falls after strong gusts of wind or getting hit by debris. Three injuries in northeastern Japan’s Miyagi Prefecture included a 79 year old man inside a shed that blown nearly 50 meters, a 55 year old woman who was knocked to the ground, and another man who was hit in the head by a flying object in front of his house. In addition, three deaths were reported in relation to the storm, all people who drowned after getting swept out to sea by large waves when standing near the ocean shore; one in Hokkiado, Japan’s northernmost islands, one in Kagoshima Prefecture, and the last in Mie Prefecture.
ENVIRONMENTALISTS have raised concerns for marine life on the East Coast after extreme weather claimed tens of thousands of animals. The “mass mortality” has been put at an estimated 150,000 velvet swimming crabs, 10,500 edible crabs, 2,000 common lobsters and a staggering 635,000 mussels in just one 10-mile stretch from Barmston to Bridlington along the Holderness Coast - in all around 800,000 individuals. Cuttlefish bones have been recorded along the length of the East Coast, as well as increased numbers of dead harbour porpoises on Lincolnshire beaches. The death of hundreds of seabirds, found washed up on beaches from Aberdeenshire to North Yorkshire, has also been blamed on the weather, with over 200 dead or dying puffins recorded on Yorkshire beaches alone between Scarborough and Withernsea. The RSPB have described it as the worst puffin “wreck” seen for half a century, with around 10 per cent of the puffin population lost at Bempton.
“In terms of the seabirds it has had the worst effect since the strong easterlies in 1947, and in terms of crustacean mortality I’ve not seen anything like that in the last five years. “It does happen but it has happened in such high numbers in such a short period of time to a lot of species at the same time.” She said lobsters had been plucked out of their burrows and subjected to washing-machine-style churning, which had affected numerous creatures including filter-feeding razorshells, which have been washed up in large numbers at Saltfleetby on the Lincolnshire coast.
The sinkhole that caused explosions and odors and forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents had now expanded by 12 acres in the course of a weekend to the tune of rumblings, tremors and giant smelly gas bubbles coming from underground. The escaping gas is being burnt to avoid a massive explosion.
A strong thunderstorm produced a waterspout – essentially a tornado over water – that was backlit by frequent lightning as it approached the Long Beach Estates community from the west-southwest. It moved ashore along the ocean side of Long Beach Drive, on the extreme southern part of Big Pine Key, the National Weather Service said. The waterspout made landfall and became a tornado at about 3:10 a.m. Friday, which is a rare event for the Florida Keys, said Bill South, a senior meteorologist in the National Weather Service’s Key West office. “It’s fairly uncommon. We might have one landfalling waterspout every 10 years or so,” he said.
The twister stayed on the ground for 2 miles, was an estimated 80 yards wide, and had 75-80 mph wind gusts that lasted an estimated 3 seconds each.
Maybe you can explain the connecton between methane and hydrogen sulfide for me.
Methane microseepage, gas concentration in offshore and onshore vents, and gas dissolved in water springs, including the isotopic analysis of methane, have shown that the seeps are caused by thermogenic methane that had accumulated in Mesozoic limestone and had migrated upward through faults, or zones of weakness, induced by salt diapirism.
A link between local seismicity and salt tectonics is suggested by the analyses of hypocenter distribution. Methane acts as a carrier gas for hydrogen sulfide produced by thermal sulfate reduction and/or thermal decomposition of sulfur compounds in kerogen or oil. Methane seeps in potentially explosive amounts, and hydrogen sulfide is over the levels necessary to induce toxicological diseases and lethal effects.
When 'S-labeled methionine was added to the sediments in tracer quantities (1.75 nmol/ml), labeled hydrogen sulfide was produced, and a roughly equal amount of label was incorporated into insoluble material. Methane and
carbon dioxide were produced from [methyl-"C]methionine. Evidence is given favoring methane thiol as an intermediate in the formation of methane, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen sulfide from the terminal methiol group of methionine. Methionine may be an important source of sulfide in lake sediments.
nother scientific paper
Evolution of volatile sulfur compounds from animal manures [beef cattle (Bos taurus), dairy cattle (Bos taurus), poultry (Gallus domesticus), sheep (Ovis aries), and swine (Sus scrofa)] was studied by gas chromatographic techniques permitting detection and identification of trace (nanogram) amounts of sulfur gases in the presence of nonsulfur gases known to be released through microbial decomposition of organic materials. All manures studied released hydrogen sulfide (H2S), methyl mercaptan (CH3SH), and dimethyl sulfide (CH3SCH3) when incubated under anaerobic conditions, and some released dimethyl disulfide (CH3SSCH3), carbonyl sulfide (COS), and/or carbon disulfide (CS2).
abstract from scientific paper