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Hungarian Rhapsody in Red Major

Posted by feww on October 9, 2010

Hungary’s toxic reservoir may collapse

Hungarian town evacuated as cracks appear on reservoir walls

“Last night the interior minister informed us that cracks have appeared in the northern wall of the reservoir, whose corner collapsed, which make it likely that the entire wall will collapse,” Hungary’s PM Viktor Orban said.

An aerial view shows houses affected by a toxic red sludge spill from a Hungarian alumina plant, in Devecser, near Ajka, 100 miles (160 kilometres) southwest of Budapest October 7, 2010. Source: Greenpeace via Reuters

Up to a dozen people have been killed and scores more injured after one million cubic meters of toxic waste sludge escaped from Hungary’s MAL Zrt alumina plant reservoir inundating seven villages, local waterways and six rivers earlier this week.

The damaged reservoir near Hungary’s MAL Zrt alumina plant is seen from the air in Kolontar, 150 km (93.2 miles) west of Budapest, October 9, 2010.
Credit: REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh,. Image may be subject to copyright.

Up to half a million cubic meters of even deadlier sludge could now escape from the reservoir as a wall in the dam appears to be collapsing, Mr Orban said.

“The detached parts of the dam are growing apart, the distance between them widened by 7 cm from late last night until this morning … so it is very likely that we have to reckon on this wall collapsing.”

Some 715 people have been evacuated from the village of Kolontar, the worst affected area from the first wave of the spill on Monday.

Disaster teams are on stand by to evacuate the town of Devecser (population of 6,000), if necessary,  Reuters quoted Hungary’s national news agency (MTI) as saying.

An aerial view shows a toxic red sludge spill from a Hungarian alumina plant, near Ajka, 100 miles (160 kilometres) southwest of Budapest October 7, 2010.  Source: Greenpeace via Reuters

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Painting the Danube Alkaline Red

Posted by feww on October 7, 2010

Hungary’s Toxic Sludge Spill Has Killed All the Fish in the Marcal River

“It’s a serious ecological catastrophe,” Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban said.

Hungary’s Deadly Red Sludge Moves Toward the Danube. Freeze frame from a a BBC UK news video clip. Image may be subject to copyright. Click image to enlarge.

The Spill

At least seven villages were inundated by the deadly sludge on Monday after an alumina plant reservoir burst in the western county of Veszprem in Hungary.

The death toll currently stands at 4, with at least 3 people reported as missing and more than 120 injured, some of them with  severe burns.

“Visiting the village of Kolontar on Thursday, he said the worst-hit areas would have to be abandoned,” the report said.

As of Thursday morning the deadly sludge had reached the Raba river, and the Mosoni branch of the Danube, some 10km from the main branch, by early afternoon, Tibor Dobson, head of disaster relief in the area was quoted as saying.

The government suspended production at the MAL Zrt alumina plant on Tuesday, and declared a state of emergency in three counties.

Map of Danube.

The Danube

The Danube originates in Germany’s the Black Forest as two small rivers: Brigach and Breg. The Danube then flows southeastward for about 3,000 km passing through Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Moldova, Ukraine, Romania, before emptying into the Black Sea at the Danube Delta shared by Romania and Ukraine.

Danube passes through the following cities:

Cities Ulm, Ingolstadt, Regensburg, Passau, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Mohács, Vukovar, Bačka Palanka, Novi Sad, Belgrade, Drobeta Turnu-Severin, Vidin, Rousse, Galaţi.

The Disaster Area

Source BBC.  Image may be subject to copyright.

A House in the Kotontar Village

A man stands in his destroyed home in the flooded village of Kolontar, 150 km (93 miles) west of Budapest October 6, 2010.  Credit: REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh. Image may be subject to copyright.

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