4 Massive Explosions in 10 Days Destroy 2 Refineries, a Power Station, an oil Tanker
Fire crews extinguished a major fire after an explosion ripped through a refinery owned by Sinopec Yangzi Petrochemical Co. in Nanjing, capital of east China’s Jiangsu Province, June 9, 2014.
“Crude oil tanks near the sulfur recovery facility at the refinery exploded Monday noon, and three of eight oil tanks at the site were on fire after the explosion toppled them down. It was not immediately known whether the blast and fire have caused casualties.” (Xinhua/Wang Wei)
Deadly blast destroys “Europe’s worst polluter”
A massive blast at a coal-fired power station outside Kosovo’s capital Pristina has left at least three people dead, and 14 others injured, officials say.
The explosion occurred on Friday at the Kosovo A plant , the country’s second largest, and was felt in the capital Pristina about 10km away.
Kosovo A and B power plants produce more than 90% of the country’s electricity.
The aging Kosovo A plant, the country’s second largest with the capacity of 450 MW, is cited as the worst single-point source of pollution in Europe. The plant was scheduled to be closed by 2017.
The 40-year-old Kosovo A power plant, said to be Europe’s worst polluter, sustained major damage and was shut down after a hydrogen tank exploded on Friday, June 6, 2014. Image credit: AP.
Massive explosion, fire at Shell plant in the Netherlands
A massive explosion at a Shell production plant in Moerdijk, Netherlands, occurred on June 3, 2014.
People living as far as 10 miles away from the plant reported several enormously loud explosions, which shook the ground like earthquakes, followed by a major fire.
The explosion and subsequent fire occurred in a reactor of the MSPO-2 installation, which produces styrene monomer and propylene oxide, disabled the unit, said Shell Nederland Chemie BV.
Explosion paralyzes Shell’s Netherlands Moerdijk plant. Image Credit: IlseAngel via Internet.
Japanese oil tanker explodes, sinks off SW Japan coast
A 998-ton Japanese oil tanker, Shoko Maru, exploded off the coast of Hyogo prefecture, about 450km west of Tokyo, on May 29, 2014.
The vessel slowly listed and sank within hours, said the local coastguard.
Four crew severely burned and the tanker’s captain was reported missing.
Japanese oil tanker, Shoko Maru, is sinking off the SW coast of Japan after a large explosion and subsequent fire sent towering columns of of poisonous smoke into the air. Photo credit: Reuters
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