September 11, 2012 · 0 Comments
Post by Sasha Brown-Worsham
For those who live in Southern California, Monday brought a whiff of something horrific to come. The Salton Sea — a saltwater lake 150 miles southeast of Los Angeles — is thought to be the culprit of a stench in the city that was so foul, some people called 911 in a smell-induced panic.
The smell, which was described as “rotten mush” by some, was no figment of SoCal’s imagination. It permeated the area and upset many people, but air quality investigators weren’t willing to 100 percent blame the Salton Sea. Many initially believed a toxic spill or sewage leak had caused the stench.
The Salton Sea is a “dying sea,” which means if something isn’t done soon to help preserve it, it will disappear forever. It’s possible that a fish die-off within the past week combined with strong storms could have moved the water enough to release smelly bacteria from the sea floor. Yum!