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April 18th, 2013

Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion

Posted at 12:52 PM ET

west-tx-smallA fire at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas (about 80 miles southeast of Dallas) sparked a deadly explosion that killed an estimated five to 15 people and injured more than 160 on Wednesday April 17. According to reports, the explosion occurred at approximately 8:00 PM CDT (01:00 UTC). Prior to the blast, a fire was reported at the plant. A reported 50 to 75 homes were destroyed, as well as a 50-unit apartment complex. A nursing home and middle school were also reported to have severe damage. While officials have not determined a cause for the explosion, they do not believe that foul play was involved.

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April 16th, 2013

Update: Explosions - Boston Back Bay Area

Posted at 9:12 AM ET

boston1small1Two explosions in Boston, Massachusetts killed at least three people and injured more than 140 on Monday, April 15. Both explosions occurred in the Boston Back Bay area at about 2:50 PM EDT (18:50 UTC). The blasts occurred near the finishing line of the Boston Marathon, some four hours into the race. One blast occurred near a sports store and the other close to a viewing stand, near 673 Boylston Street at the intersection of Boylston and Exeter. Details around the explosions are still incomplete but the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has launched a “criminal investigation that is a potential terrorist investigation.”

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April 16th, 2013

Explosions - Boston Back Bay Area

Posted at 7:47 AM ET

boston1smallTwo explosions were reported in Boston yesterday. The explosions occurred in the Boston Back Bay area at about 2:45 PM EDT (18:45 UTC), on Monday April 15. The explosions occurred after winners had finished the Boston Marathon. One occurred near a sports store, and the other near a viewing stand near the finish line. Explosion locations were reported near 673 Boylston St, or near the intersection of Boylston and Exeter.

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January 17th, 2012

Cruise Ship Grounding, Italy

Posted at 6:59 PM ET

giglio-smallAt least six people died after a luxury cruise ship carrying 4,229 passengers and crew ran aground off the Italian west coast on January 13 in calm weather conditions. Italian, Spanish, German, French, British and American nationals were reported to be among the 3,200 passengers on board the vessel. The 290-meter-long Costa Concordia was on a trip around the Mediterranean when it hit rocks near Isola del Giglio off the Tuscan coast, ripping a hole in its hull and prompting a major rescue operation. A large gash can be seen in the ship’s hull but officials said its fuel tanks did not appear to have been damaged, lessening the danger of an oil spill.

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September 30th, 2011

Update: Oil Refinery Fire, Bukom Island, Singapore

Posted at 4:36 PM ET

oil-refine-small1A large fire broke out at Royal Dutch Shell’s massive Pulau Bukom refinery near Singapore on September 28, damaging parts of the plant and prompting the closure of the entire facility. Reports said the fire at the 500,000 barrels-a-day refinery in Pulau Bukom, an island 5 kilometers (3 miles) off Singapore, started at about 13:15 local time (05:15 UTC) and burned for around 36 hours. Eyewitnesses also reportedly heard three large explosions at the facility. Shell has stated it is in the process of shutting down the whole refinery. Reports said the fire is the worst to affect the plant in 23 years.

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September 29th, 2011

Oil Refinery Fire, Bukom Island, Singapore

Posted at 3:07 PM ET

oil-refine-smallA large fire broke out at Royal Dutch Shell’s massive Pulau Bukom refinery near Singapore on September 28, damaging parts of the plant and prompting the closure of some units at the facility. Reports said the fire at the 500,000 barrels-a-day refinery in Pulau Bukom, an island 5 kilometers (3 miles) off Singapore, started at about 13:15 local time (05:15 UTC) and has now been burning for more than a day. Eyewitnesses also reportedly heard three large explosions at the facility. Reports said the fire is the worst to affect the site in 23 years.

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July 25th, 2011

Bombing and Shooting Attacks, Oslo, Norway

Posted at 9:08 AM ET

oslo-smallTwin bombing and shooting attacks in Norway’s capital of Oslo killed at least 93 people and injured around 100 more on July 22, in western Europe’s deadliest attack since the 2004 Madrid bombings. According to reports, a Norwegian national with rightwing views detonated a car bomb in the government district of Oslo before traveling to an island outside of the city and gunning down youths at a summer camp. The bomb in Oslo targeted buildings connected to Norway’s governing Labor Party, and the youth camp on Utoya Island was also run by the party. According to the police, seven people were killed and 30 wounded in the initial bombing of government buildings in central Oslo, while 86 were killed and 66 wounded during the shooting at Utoya Island, some 20 miles (35 kilometers) northwest of the capital. The death toll in central Oslo is expected to rise as police have been unable to access some parts of the damaged buildings. At least four people from the island camp remain missing and divers continue to search the surrounding waters. Anders Behring Breivik, a man with links to far-right groups, has been arrested for the attacks. He has admitted carrying out the attacks and the killings, but has not accepted criminal responsibility for them.

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October 12th, 2010

Toxic Industrial Spill, Ajka Hungary

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

hungarysmallA toxic sludge that poured from a reservoir at an aluminium plant in the Hungarian town of Ajka has killed eight people after more than 700,000 million cubic meters (25 million cubic feet) of industrial waste inundated surrounding towns and villages and contaminated rivers. Officials said a dam wall at the Ajka Timföldgyár plant was breached on October 4, unleashing a two meter (6.5 foot) wave of red sludge that affected 41 square kilometers (16 square miles) of land, including the villages of Kolontar, Devecser and Somlovasarhely. Hungary’s government declared a state of emergency in three western counties of the country after property and infrastructure were damaged. Around 150 people were injured in what officials are describing as Hungary’s worst-ever chemical accident. Those who lost their lives are believed to have drowned and several burns and eye ailments were reported among the injured.

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July 28th, 2010

2Q 2010: Recap of Man-made Catastrophe Events

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Plane Crash, Tripoli, Libya: An Afriqiyah Airways plane carrying 104 passengers and crew on an international flight crashed as it attempted to land at Tripoli International Airport on May 12, killing all but one person on board. Afriqiyah Airways said Flight 8U771 was carrying 93 passengers and 11 crew. The sole survivor, a child reported to be Dutch, is being treated in a hospital. The Airbus A330-200 was flying from Johannesburg in South Africa to the Libyan capital when it crashed just short of the runway around 06:00 local time (04:00 UTC) after a nine hour flight, the airline said. Eyewitnesses said the aircraft started to break up as it came in to land in clear weather before totally disintegrating. Two flight recorders have been recovered and an investigation has been launched into the cause of the crash. Market sources quoted by Insurance Day said the aircraft had an insured value of USD123 million on a policy led by Catlin. Insurance Day added Afriqiyah Airways is thought to have a liability policy with a USD1 billion limit.

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Explosion and Fire at Offshore Oil Rig, Gulf of Mexico: An explosion and large fire on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico left 11 workers missing and 17 others injured on April 20. The blaze on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, which broke out around 22:00 local time (03:00 UTC on April 21), sent flames and smoke high into the sky about 40 miles off the coast of Louisiana. Seventeen workers were injured, three critically, and the 11 missing men are now feared dead. Reports said the rig, which is owned by Transocean Ltd, was under contract to the oil giant BP at a cost of USD533,000 (EUR395,000) a day and doing exploratory drilling. The rig was listing badly as it was consumed by flames and it eventually sunk on April 22, leaking oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The well is currently leaking oil at a rate of about 1,000 barrels per day. Reports said the rig was built in 2001 in South Korea at a cost of about USD350 million. Transocean said the 400-by-250-foot (120-by-80 meter) rig was located around 42 miles offshore Venice, Louisiana, on Mississippi Canyon block 252.

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