A large number of dead fish emerged off the barrier reef just ESE of Mayotte, the oldest volcanic island in the Comoros Basin located between Madagascar and Mozambique — the site of an intense earthquake swarm that started in May 2018 and continues to date.
Specialists were immediately sent to the area to make an assessment.
Visual observations of dead fish are accompanied by a strong smell of gas, burning rubber, plastic or sulfur, officials said on Monday, Jan 14.
There are several possible causes, the most probable being the earthquake swarm and its volcanic origin disturbing the fragile ecological balance of the shallows in which this fauna evolves.
“Stay away from these areas and exercise great caution,” Prefecture officials have warned.
“Do not take any risks.”
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Mayotte has been subjected to a swarm of earthquakes since May 2018. Most have been minor, but the biggest — on May 8 — was the largest in the island’s recorded history, registering as an M5.8.
Last November, the island was discovered to be the origin of some peculiar seismic waves that circled the globe, baffling geologists, and lasting around 20 minutes.
“I don’t think I’ve seen anything like it,” National Geographic reports Colombia University seismologist Göran Ekström as saying.
The French Geological Survey suspects the strange thrum may have been generated by a movement of magma some 50km off the coast and under deep water. This is supported by GPS sensors detecting the tiny island of Mayotte has moved some 5cm to the southeast in less than five months.
The French link that to the possibility of a new volcano developing off Mayotte’s coast.
While the island was created by volcanic activity, it has been dormant for the last 4000+ years.
Seismic and Volcanic activity has been correlated to changes in our sun.
The recent global uptick in earthquakes and volcanic eruptions is likely attributed to the drop-off in solar activity, coronal holes, and the increase in Galactic Cosmic Rays penetrating silica-rich magma.
Check out these link for more info:
Grand Solar Minimum
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