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Major Explosion and Fire Reported at Louisiana Chemical Plant

Posted by feww on June 13, 2013

Williams Olefins Chemical Plant Explodes

The explosion at the plant, located in the Geismar area, south of Baton Rouge was followed by a large fire. Injuries have been reported. 

The plant produces about 1.3 billion pounds of ethylene and 90 million pounds of polymer grade propylene, according to the Williams Olefine plant website.

Williams Olefins plant
Image: U.S. Environmental Services


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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – 9 May 2013

Posted by feww on May 9, 2013

Massive explosion derails Russian cargo train, forces mass evacuation

Dozens of people have been injured after a massive explosion derailed a cargo train in southern Russia sending more than 50 fuel tanks off the tracks and setting off a huge blaze, which forced about 3,000 people to evacuate nearby area.

  • “Over 50 rail cars of a 71-car-long cargo train derailed at the Belaya Kalitva station in Russia’s Rostov region at around 2 am local time,” said a report.
  • Interfax news agency quoted an official representative of the North Caucasian railway as saying the derailment had caused a propane gas leak, which engulfed the locomotive.
  • “According to preliminary information, there was no explosion, instead, the tank caught fire,” the source has said.

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Photo from via RT.

Meantime, another blast has ripped through a Moscow bus during the Victory Day, as Russia marks the 68th anniversary of World War II, RT said.


Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Severe Flooding in Inner Mongolia

Thousands have been forced to flee their homes amid severe flooding in Inner Mongolia. Yimin River overflowed inundating multiple towns and villages downstream.


Property Damage in northern and central Vietnam

Hailstorm and high winds have caused significant property damage in northern and central Vietnam since May 7, reports said.


Dhaka building collapse death toll reaches 921

Death toll from the collapse of Rana Plaza, the stricken factory building near the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, has climbed to 921, after 55 additional bodies were recovered on Thursday, officials said.



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Massive Explosion at Texas Plant ‘Kills Many,’ Injures Hundreds, Levels 5-Block Radius

Posted by feww on April 18, 2013

Deadly explosion at fertilizer plant rocks Texas town

A massive explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant 20 miles north of Waco has caused “many fatalities,” injuring  hundreds of others and destroying scores of homes and businesses, emergency official reported.

The fire officials fear as many as 70 fatalities may have occurred, and Texas Department of Public Safety says more than 200 others have been injured in the explosion, 48 critically.

At least 100 houses and business were completely destroyed near the plant, which is located in the small town of West (Population:  ~ 2,700), officials said.

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Inferno at West Fertilizer Plant – Freeze frame from an aerial news clip possibly by WFAA.

The West Fertilizer Plant exploded about 8:00 p.m. Wednesday local time, sending a massive plume of hazardous gas into the air, and prompting the authorities to evacuate the area.  Two subsequent explosions occurred about 10 p.m., according to local reports.

Buildings in a five-block radius from the plant were destroyed or severely damaged by the explosions, said West’s mayor.

At least a dozen buildings were still on fire, but the cause of the explosion, which was described as being like “an atom bomb” where  was unconfirmed, as of posting.

“It was a small fire and then water got sprayed on the ammonia nitrate, and it exploded just like the Oklahoma City bomb,” said a clerk at the Czech Best Western Hotel in West. “I live about a thousand feet from it and it blew my screen door off and my back windows. There’s houses leveled that were right next to it. We’ve got people injured and possibly dead.”

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Photo credit:  Brandon Bird, volunteer firefighter in West.

“A shock wave from the explosion may have been felt in parts of North Texas and mistaken for an earthquake,” according to WFAA.

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French oil giant Total pleads guilty

Posted by feww on November 13, 2009

Total UK, a subsidiary of French oil giant Total SA, pleads guilty to 2005 UK explosion charges

Total UK pleaded guilty to two charges of breaching the UK’s Health and Safety Act and one of causing pollution.

A major explosion at the Buncefield oil storage facility in Hertfordshire on December 11, 2005 devastated the area, injuring 43 people and forcing more than 2,000 others to evacuate their homes.

The Buncefield explosion measured 2.4 on the Richter scale and could be heard 200 km away. Photo: AFP. Image may be subject to copyright.

In what was said to be the largest explosions in Europe since after World War 2, a vapor cloud formed after 300 tons of petrol was spilled, ignited resulting in an explosion with an intensity  equivalent to a Magnitude 2.4 earthquake.

The oil terminal was jointly owned by two of the world’s giant oil companies: the French company Total,  and the US company Chevron.

“Buildings on the surrounding industrial estate – and some homes up to three miles from the scene – suffered severe structural damage. The depot held massive stocks of not only oil and petrol but also the aviation fuel kerosene, used to supply airports across the region including Heathrow and Luton.” UKPA reported.

The High Court in the UK ruled in March 2009 that Total should pay £750m [$1.24billion] in damages to the individuals and businesses who sustained losses as a result of the explosion.  Total UK will appeal the ruling next year, the report said.

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