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Didcot power station demolition causes mass power cut 19 August 2019

Thousands of households were left without power and three people suffered minor injuries after the remaining cooling towers at Didcot A power station were demolished in a controlled explosion on August 18. Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) said that around 40,000 homes in Oxfordshire were left without power after electricity pylons set ablaze soon after the demolition of the three towers....

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Blast and fire on Indian offshore support vessel kills one crew member, injures 16 13 August 2019

One crew member died and 28 were rescued after a fire broke out on the Coastal Jaguar, an offshore support vessel, in the Bay of Bengal on August 12. Of the survivors, 16 were hospitalised after the event, 15 with severe burns, and five are reported to be in a critical condition. ...

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NIOSH releases software to improve blast design in mines 13 August 2019

Mines can now reduce the risk of post-blast ground falls with DRIFT software, which helps engineers to create more effective blast designs. DRIFT was developed by the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Mining Program to help reduce the risk of ground falls, which remain a serious threat to the safety of miners....

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UK energy regulator asks National Grid for urgent report into country-wide blackout 13 August 2019

Britain’s energy regulator Ofgem has asked National Grid for an urgent report into the power cut which caused chaos across the country on the evening of August 9. National Grid, said the power cuts happened after a rare and unusual issue which had led to the almost simultaneous loss of output from two generators....

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Five nuclear engineers killed by rocket explosion in Russia 13 August 2019

Five Russian nuclear engineers have died and three injured following a rocket engine explosion on an offshore platform in the White Sea, northern Russia. The blast, which occurred on August 8, caused a spike in radiation levels in the nearby city of Severodvinsk....

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71 dead after fuel tanker explosion in Tanzania 12 August 2019

71 people died and 59 others injured when an overturned oil tanker exploded in Tanzania on August 10. The explosion happened after people began to siphon petrol and collect spilt fuel shortly after the tanker had crashed on a main road near Morogoro, 200 km (124 miles) west of Tanzania’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam....

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Approvals for new coal mines in China surge despite climate pledges 06 August 2019

A study by the Reuters news agency shows that approvals for new coal mine construction in China have surged in 2019. China’s energy regulator gave the go-ahead to build 141 million tonnes of new annual coal production capacity from January to June, compared to 25 million tonnes over the whole of last year....

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Two possible dust explosions injure six in Connecticut and Alabama 06 August 2019

On July 30, three people were reported injured after an explosion at a coatings plant in Alabama.Firefighters said the incident, at the Hot Metal Coatings facility in Midfield, was a dust explosion, which ignited the plant’s ceiling insulation....

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Seven killed in China coal mine blast 06 August 2019

Seven people were killed in a coal mine gas explosion in southwest China's Guizhou Province, local authorities said on August 2. The explosion happened at a coal mine in Liangyan Town near the city of Bijie. ...

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Russian town evacuated after explosions at ammunition depot 06 August 2019

Thousands have been evacuated from a Siberian town after an ammunition depot on a military base caught fire, triggering huge explosions that sent shrapnel flying for miles around. One soldier was killed and at least seven other people have been injured, according to Russian state news agency TASS....

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