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Offline zorgon

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Massive Releases of Methane - Responsible for Sounds and Animal Die Offs?

Okay along with all the strange noises hear around the world and the mass deaths by thousands of animals, fish and birds, there re many reports of huge methane releases.. yes that's right SWAMP GAS is to blame :P

The latest one here...

Large Release Of Methane Off Los Angeles Coast – Unusual concentrations detected by haz-mat crews – Gas may be from shift in tectonic plates



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CBS Los Angeles, March 3, 2013 (Emphasis Added): Authorities say a foul odor that spurred calls to fire departments throughout the city on Sunday is possibly the result of the large release of methane in the Santa Monica Bay. Santa Monica Fire said in a department statement that they believe the strong odor was caused by a naturally occurring methane leak below the ocean floor. “This morning there was a large release of natural ocean floor methane released in the Santa Monica Bay,” the statement said. [...] Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles City Fire Department, said the odor was noted inland from the Santa Monica Bay.

Coastal Stench May By Byproduct Of Large Release Of Methane

KPCC (h/t Anonymous tip), March 3, 2013: Santa Monica fire haz-mat crews detected unusual concentrations of odorless methane gas in the air that they believed to be coming from either a patch of pungent algae or a sulfurous gas-laced methane bubble, said a dispatcher. That may night be the case, however. Sam Atwood, a spokesman for the Air Quality Management District (AQMD), said his agency has not confirmed the Santa Monica Fire Department’s theory.

Gnarly ocean odor prompts swell of emergency calls

KTLA, March 4, 2013: Officials say a foul stench in Santa Monica over was probably caused by a large release of methane in the ocean. [...] A Santa Monica fire hazmat team took readings off the coast near San Vicente Blvd., and found methane in the water. [...] Authorities said that recent changes in water temperature may have caused plankton and algae beds to bloom, releasing methane just below the surface. The gas also might have been produced by a geologic event, such as a shift in tectonic plates.

Methane from Ocean Blamed for SaMo Stench

KABC, March 3, 2013: Santa Monica hazmat crews found unusual concentrations of odorless methane gas in the air. Officials believe either a pocket of stinky algae, or a bubble of methane laced with sulfurous gas, surfaced in the ocean.

Santa Monica bay was source of foul odor


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Now the thing is that METHANE is an ODORLESS gas. The smell you get from your home gas appliances or propane tanks has been ADDED for safety so you know there is a gas leak.

So what caused this release to have a foul odor? Sulfur dioxide is also associated with volcanic outgassings and THAT smells bad.

The news does say it was 'harmless' really? well maybe because it was dispersed quickly :P

But last year there was another such release near Redondo beach and that one killed thousands of fish because the methane dissolved in water replaced the oxygen the fish take out of the water.

That case also included huge underwater mud volcanoes that formed along the fault line. I will post that one shortly

 


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