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  • Stricken Italian container vessel causes large oil slick off French coast

    15 March 2019

    French authorities are bracing for a large oil slick to hit the country's coastline after an Italian ship capsized and sank in the Bay of Biscay off La Rochelle on March 13. The container vessel, Grande America, caught fire on March 10 during a trip from Hamburg to Casablanca. All 27 crew have been rescued but a large amount of fuel was reported to have spilled into the ocean....

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  • Lightweight metal foams become bone hard and explosion proof after being nanocoated

    15 March 2019

    Strong enough not only for use in impact protection systems in cars, but able to absorb the shock waves produced by a detonation. Those are just some of the properties shown by the metallic foams developed by materials scientists Stefan Diebels and Anne Jung at Saarland University. Their super lightweight and extremely strong metal foams can be customized for a wide range of applications. The inspiration for the new foam system came from nature: bones. 

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  • Dutch public prosecutor to sue Shell for explosion and toxic gas leak at Moerdijk plant

    04 March 2019

    The Dutch Public Prosecution Service announced on March 1 it would prosecute Royal Dutch Shell for an explosion in 2014 at its Moerdijk petrochemical plant and for the release of tonnes of carcinogenic ethylene oxide from the site in 2015 and 2016. According to the service, Shell did too little to prevent both incidents....

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  • Dust explosion kills one, injures three at Belgian joinery plant

    07 February 2019

    On January 25, NWS reported that a dust explosion at the Pouleyn door and window manufacturing company in Anzegem, Belgium, had killed one person and seriously injured a further three. The victims were employees of a company contracted to clean out a silo containing wood shavings. Two of the injured have critical burn injuries....

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  • Huge blast at Lyon university campus in France leaves three injured

    17 January 2019

    Three people were injured in a large explosion at a university building in Lyon, France, on January 17. Footage of the blast shows a fireball erupting into the sky above the building where a large fire could already be seen on the roof. The building on the La Doua campus in Villeurbanne, north of Lyon city centre, is a science library....

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Four killed in Paris bakery explosion 14 January 2019

A powerful explosion at a bakery in the Rue de Trevise in the 9th arondissement in Paris killed four and injured dozens more on January 12. Two firefighters and a Spanish tourist died, as well as a women in a flat above the bakery. Around 55 people were injured, nine of them seriously, including several foreign tourists....

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Five crew rescued following blast, fire on Malta-flagged tanker 02 January 2019

Two members of a Malta-flagged tanker suffered burns and were being hospitalized in Nicosia after an explosion on December 29 caused a fire aboard the vessel, Cypriot police said in a statement. Rescue vessels picked up five crew members who jumped into the sea. Two crew members with serious burns were taken to hospital in Nicosia....

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Czech coal mine gas explosion kills 13 27 December 2018

A gas explosion killed 12 Poles and one Czech at an eastern Czech coal mine on December 20, according to mine operator OKD. The state-run company said that a methane blast more than 800 metres underground hit a gallery in the CSM coal mine near the town of Karvina. OKD said that attempts to rescue eight miners originally reported as unaccounted for had had to be abandoned due to conditions in the shaft....

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News Extra: France to close 14 nuclear reactors by 2035 - Macron 03 December 2018

President Emmanuel Macron said on November 27 that France would shut down 14 of the 58 nuclear reactors currently in operation by 2035, of which six will be closed by 2028. The total includes the previously announced shutdown of France's two oldest reactors in Fessenheim, eastern France, which Macron said was now set for summer 2020....

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Three killed in Spanish firework factory explosion 15 November 2018

An explosion at a fireworks in Guadix near the southern Spanish city of Granada killed three of the six workers in the factory at the time. The other three were treated for smoke inhalation but were otherwise uninjured. The specific cause of the blast is not yet known, local authorities said....

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