Thursday, September 13, 2012

Millions of dead fish washed up in salt lake confirmed as the source of rotten egg stench in Los Angeles

Scientists have confirmed that the hideous stench engulfing Southern California on Monday came from dead fish that washed up in the Salton Sea, as rotting carcases continued to fill the salt lake.

Investigators collected air samples in 10 locations in the Inland Empire, Coachella Valley and Salton Sea and the tests confirmed the 376-square mile lake, about 150 miles southeast of Los Angeles, was the source of the foul odour.

At the start of the week, the South Coast Air Quality Management District received a barrage of complaints all the way to LA about the overwhelming rotten egg smell but the number of people calling up had dropped significantly by Tuesday lunchtime.

'We now have solid evidence that clearly points to the Salton Sea as the source of a very large and unusual odor event,' South Coast Air Quality Management District executive officer Barry Wallerstein told the Los Angeles Times.

AQMD investigators sent officials all over the region in an attempt to track the stench after being flooded with 200 complaints spread over an area of 10,000 square miles. The air samples that they recovered were found to contain hydrogen sulfide.

But experts were amazed the stench was able to travel all the way to LA. They believe a powerful storm over the weekend helped blow the fumes from the southeast to the city. Read More