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Chinese authorities punish more than 30 over 2016 power plant explosion 02 June 2017

According to a report by the Xinhua news agency, more than 30 people have been punished after their responsibility was highlighted in an investigation into a power plant blast in the city of Dangyang in central China's Hubei Province on 11 August 2016. The explosion killed 22 and seriously injured another four. ...

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Dust explosion follows major toxic waste leak at Taiwanese-owned steel plant in Vietnam 31 May 2017

A dust explosion rocked Taiwanese conglomerate Formosa Plastics Group's new steel plant in Vietnam on May 30, a day after it resumed test operations for the first time since taking responsibility for one of the country's worst environmental disasters last year. The explosion was caused by the combustion of fine dust particles in the air as a result of an equipment malfunction, the company said. ...

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China railway tunnel blast kills 12 03 May 2017

All of the 12 people trapped in a railway tunnel blast in southwest China's Guizhou Province were confirmed dead after a 14-hour rescue in the gas-filled tunnel failed to find them, Xinhua said in a report dated May 2. An investigation is still underway but initial reports say a methane explosion is suspected as the Qishanyan Tunnel under construction is designed to pass through a coal seam....

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Anti-piracy NGO says West Africa, Somalia and South-East Asia remained problem areas in 2016 03 May 2017

A report issued on May 2 by anti-piracy NGO Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) found an upsurge in pirate activity in some areas, and residual problems in areas where previous years had seen a reduction in piracy. The 2016 State of Maritime Piracy report includes analyses of the situation in the Western Indian Ocean, West Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean....

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News Extra: Official 2016 statistics show workplace safety improving in China, but coal mines still a problem 02 May 2017

According to a report by Xinhua, workplace accidents continued to decline in China in 2016 after the government took “iron-fisted” efforts to curb illegal operations. The State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS) reported 60,000 workplace safety accidents in 2016, down 5.8% on a year earlier....

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Japan steel factory blast leaves one dead, five injured 27 April 2017

An explosion at a steel factory in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, on April 25 killed the manager and left five people injured, police and firefighters said, according to the Kyodo News Agency. The explosion at the Hiyama Iron Works occurred near a furnace after melted steel may have inadvertently come into contact with the coolant water and triggered a vapour explosion, the police said....

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China reduces coal imports from North Korea as sign of displeasure 11 April 2017

China ordered ships laden with North Korean coal, the isolated nation’s most important export, to return home full after promising in February to suspend imports of the fuel for the rest of the year. On April 10, Reuters reported a fleet of cargo ships from the country returning to the North Korean city of Nampo after Chinese customs officials told trading companies to return the coal shipments. ...

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Five killed, three injured after blast at China oil plant 04 April 2017

Five people were killed and three others injured after a blast set a factory warehouse in eastern China on fire on the evening of April 2, Xinhua reported. The explosion was centred on the storage facility of a speciality oil plant in Anhui province’s city of Anqing owned by Wanhua Oil Products, and the fire at the plant was put out after three hours....

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One arrested after fatal Cambodia garment factory explosion 23 March 2017

Following the deadly explosion on March 22 at Levi’s supplier Zhen Tai Garment factory in Phnom Penh, authorities yesterday arrested a factory employee for alleged negligence. The blast, which occurred in an industrial boiler and sent large pieces of debris flying for some 100 metres, killed one and injured seven others....

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Three missing after explosion on Chinese tanker 20 March 2017

On March 19, the Chinese product tanker Xing Long Zhou 569 suffered an explosion and fire about 120 nm southeast of Qingdao in the Yellow Sea, according to Xinhua. The Ministry of Transport Beihai Rescue Bureau dispatched two salvage tugs and a helicopter to the scene, and the first responders rescued 13 out of the tanker's 16 crew members. Three seafarers remain missing, Xinhua said...

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