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Amsterdam Apple store iPad explosion leads to evacuation 20 August 2018

An Apple store in Leidseplein Square in Amsterdam was temporarily closed after an iPad battery explosion resulted in leaking vapours. The device was placed in a container full of sand by staff and firefighters responded to the scene. Local media reported that three people had to be treated for respiratory issues after the incident....

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Two dead and up to 70 injured after tanker explodes near airport in Italy 07 August 2018

A huge explosion on a motorway near Bologna airport in northern Italy has killed two people and left at least 70 injured, some with serious burns, police said. The explosion was caused when a road tanker carrying liquefied petroleum gas crashed into another truck that had come to a halt in the lane in front of it. ...

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CEFIC publishes agreed guidelines for chemical emergency response 03 August 2018

The European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) has published a new set of guidelines for the supply and transport of hazardous materials to help chemical companies deliver best practice in telephone chemical emergency response.  ...

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Exploding mobile phone causes emergency aircraft evacuation at Spanish airport 01 August 2018

Passengers on a Ryanair flight from Barcelona to Ibiza evacuated their Boeing 737 via the aircraft’s emergency chutes after a passenger’s phone battery exploded and caught fire as the plane was about to take off, causing smoke to spread throughout the cabin. No one needed medical attention after the incident, which took place on the afternoon of July 31. ...

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French marine renewables specialist pulls out of tidal energy 31 July 2018

French renewable energy company Naval Energies has decided to stop investing in tidal turbines and concentrate its efforts on floating offshore wind and thermal energy conversion. The company had been an important developer of tidal technology with ongoing projects in France, Japan and Canada that could now be threatened....

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Dust confirmed as cause of Cargill Norway fish feed factory explosion 30 July 2018

Police told local news sources that a blast in a silo at the Cargill fish feed plant at Halsa in Northern Norway was caused by a dust explosion. Staff on the evening shift were working in the factory when the explosion occurred, but no one was injured in the incident....

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EDF increases cost estimate for Flamanville reactor after factoring in repairs for quality deficiencies 25 July 2018

France’s state electricity generator Electricite De France (EDF) has put the cost of repairing recently discovered flaws at the new EPR reactor being built at Flamanville in Normandy at 400 million euros ($468 million). This takes the total cost of the project to 10.9 billion euros, more than three times its original budget....

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Irish sawmill explosion and fire injures two firefighters 13 July 2018

Two firefighters were injured in an explosion and fire at a County Cork sawmill. The fire broke out at Palfab sawmill, owned by the GP Wood Company, outside Lissarda near Macroom on July 13. Eight units from Cork City and County tackled the substantial fire, and the two casualties suffered blast injuries from an explosion on the site....

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Investigators find metal fatigue caused fatal 2016 Airbus helicopter crash in Norway 10 July 2018

The crash of an Airbus Super Puma helicopter that killed all 13 people aboard was the result of metal fatigue in its gearbox, Norway’s Accident Investigation Board (AIBN) said in its final report into the incident published on July 5, 2018.  The crash occurred after the Super Puma’s main rotor blades separated from the helicopter as it was ferrying passengers from a Norwegian offshore oil platform to the mainland....

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Netherlands gas regulator says Groningen field production falling faster than planned 28 June 2018

Dutch gas regulator SodM said on June 28 that natural gas production in the Netherlands will have fallen to between 19 and 20 billion cubic metres (bcm) in the year ending October 2018, lower than the original cap of 21.6 bcm set for the year and down from 24 bcm last year....

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