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  • Poor maintenance cited in China chemical plant blast

    11 December 2018

    According to the Chinese news website Ecns.cn, a safety expert from the Ministry of Emergency Management said that the explosion at a chemical plant in Zhangjiakou, Hebei province, that claimed 23 lives last month, was the result of sloppy management, poor maintenance and the mishandling of the emergency...

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  • Chemical truck explosion kills 22 in north China

    28 November 2018

    A truck carrying combustible chemicals exploded in north China's Hebei Province early on the morning of 28 November, causing a series of blasts that wrecked nearby vehicles and killed 22 people, local authorities said. Another 22 were injured in the explosions in the city of Zhangjiakou, the Xinhua news agency reported....

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  • Two Vietnamese killed in factory explosion in South Korea

    12 November 2018

    An explosion at a plant in eastern South Korea on November 10 killed two Vietnamese and injured two other Vietnamese workers, Yonhap reported. The two dead workers are presumed to have been killed inside a tank, a fire official said. The company, Foosung Precision Industry Co. in Wonju, which is 130 kilometres east of Seoul, makes fluoropolymer-lined tanks, pipes and valves....

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  • China chemical plant blasts kill twelve

    12 November 2018

    An explosion at a chemical fertiliser plant in Xinle city in North China's Hebei Province left six dead and seven injured on November 7. A gas furnace at the Hebei Jinwantai Chemical Fertilizer LLC exploded at about 3:10 p.m., according to a statement on Weibo by the local information office....

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  • Tepco offers English-language virtual tour of crippled Fukushima nuclear plant

    07 November 2018

    Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), the owner of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, has launched an English-language online virtual tour of the interior of the crippled power plant allowing website visitors to check the progress of decommissioning work since the plant was destroyed by a tsunami in 2011, causing one of the world’s worst nuclear crises....

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Two die, 20 trapped after rock burst in China coal mine 22 October 2018

Two people have died and 20 remain trapped following a rock burst in a water drainage tunnel on October 20 at a coal mine in east China's Shandong Province. Xinhua said 334 people were working underground at the time of the incident, and rescuers brought 312 to safety. ...

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Advanced firefighting robot on display at conference in Australia 10 September 2018

A Chinese-built firefighting robot was presented to Australian emergency services professionals in early September. The CITIC Heavy Industries RXR-MC80JD is a tracked robot designed to conduct reconnaissance and fight fires in extreme situations and hazardous areas. The company developed the robot after the Tianjin disaster in 2015, where explosions at a chemical depot killed 175 and injured a further 900....

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Japan holds major disaster drill following nuclear plant restarts 04 September 2018

According to a JIJI news agency report, a nuclear disaster drill took place on August 22 mobilising 21,000 people in Fukui Prefecture which assumed simultaneous major radiation release incidents at the Oi and Takahama nuclear power plants, both of which now have operational reactors....

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Five killed in explosion at aluminum plant in eastern China 28 August 2018

Five people were killed by an explosion at an aluminum plant in eastern China’s Jiangsu province on the morning of August 28, China News reported, citing local authorities. The blast occurred at around 2 a.m. local time in the city of Jiangyin, at a plant belonging to a company named as Yize Aluminium, according to the report....

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Explosion at South Korean coal-fired power plant kills one, injures four 09 August 2018

An explosion at a coal-fired power station in South Korea on August 8 left one worker dead and four others injured, the Yonhap agency reported. The blast occurred at the plant of energy company GS E&R in the city of Pocheon, about 50 km northeast of Seoul. Police believe that combustible dust could have caused the explosion....

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