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Government orders operator to partially halt Taiwan refinery after blast and fire 14 March 2018

Taiwan’s government has ordered state-run refiner CPC Corp to partially suspend operations at a refinery in the southern city of Kaohsiung after an explosion and fire on March 10 injured three workers. CPC said it would resume full production at the plant by end-March after a review by the government....

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China chemical plant explosion kills four, injures six 05 February 2018

Four people died and six were injured after an explosion ripped through a chemical plant on February 3 in east China's Shandong Province, local authorities said. The blast occurred at the Jinshan Chemical Plant Co. in an economic development zone in Linshu County while maintenance work was under way, according to the county government....

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Iranian oil tanker explodes and sinks after eight days ablaze in East China Sea 15 January 2018

An Iranian tanker carrying ultra-light crude oil to South Korea has sunk in the East China Sea, more than a week after its collision with a cargo ship 160 nautical miles east of Shanghai, China's Ministry of Transport said on January 14. Shanghai Marine Search and Rescue Centre confirmed that the oil tanker Sanchi sank about 150 nautical miles from its initial collision point with the Panamax dry bulk carrier CF Crystal....

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Automation of ammunition production in China could triple output and reduce fatal accidents 09 January 2018

Artificial intelligence and robotics could triple China’s production of bombs and shells by 2028, according to a senior scientist involved in the program to boost ammunition productivity quoted by the South China Morning Post. The scientist told the Hong Kong newspaper that smart machines have begun replacing workers in a quarter of the country’s ammunition and ordnance f...

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Iranian oil tanker on fire in East China Sea - 32 crew missing 09 January 2018

On January 9, the stricken Iranian tanker Sanchi was still ablaze some 160 nautical miles off China’s coast near Shanghai three days after fire broke out on the vessel after a collision with a grain carrier. Strong winds, high waves and toxic gases are hindering dozens of rescue boats struggling to douse the flames and locate its missing crew. ...

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Two killed, seven trapped after explosion in Chinese chemical plant 11 December 2017

Xinhua reports that two persons died while seven others were buried in debris following an explosion at a chemical factory in east China's Jiangsu Province on December 9. A reaction vessel in Workshop 4 of the factory exploded, which led to the collapse of the neighbouring Workshop 6. ...

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Explosion at Japanese chemical plant kills one, injures 11 01 December 2017

At least one worker was killed and 11 others injured in an explosion and fire on December 1 in the city of Fuji, Shizuoka Prefecture, 100 km east of Tokyo. Residents living within 100 metres of the plant were ordered to evacuate as 17 fire engines and nearly 60 firefighters tackled the blaze....

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Two dead, two missing in China factory blast 27 November 2017

An explosion in a port city south of Shanghai on November 26 killed at least two people and injured 19 others, knocked down buildings and left streets littered with damaged cars and debris, Chinese news sources said. The official Xinhua news agency said the blast happened at a riverfront site in Ningbo, Zhejiang province, one of China's busiest ports....

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Malaysia cement plant blast kills three 06 November 2017

On November 3, an oil storage tank exploded at the Rawang cement factory at Kuala Garing in Selangor state, killing three workers. The victims fell into the tank after the explosion and their bodies were recovered after the Selangor Fire and Rescue Department, with the cooperation of factory management, pumped out diesel from the tank....

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Fireworks factory explosions and fire in Indonesia kill 47 27 October 2017

Two explosions and a subsequent blaze at a fireworks factory in Tangarang, near Jakarta, have killed at least 47 and injured another 46, according to local media. Police in Tangerang said the bodies were discovered by officers when they entered the factory warehouse and the death toll could rise further as many of the injured have extensive burns....

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