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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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  • China chemical plant blast kills 19

    13 July 2018

    A series of explosions at a chemical plant in China’s Sichuan Province resulted in 19 deaths and another 12 injured on July 12. The incident occurred at the Yibin Hengda Technology facility in Jiang’an County, which is part of the Synfarm group. An eyewitness told Beijing News he heard seven explosions in ten minutes at the site....

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Japan chemical plant blast kills one, injures 11 03 July 2018

An explosion on June 6 at a chemical plant in Fukui Prefecture, western Japan, left one person dead and at least 11 injured. A total of 12 people were sent to hospitals after the explosion, one died and another is seriously injured, a fire official told local media. The blast took place at the Protein Chemical Co. facility in the town of Wakasa, according to fire authorities....

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Malaysian venture capitalist killed by charging mobile phone 21 June 2018

Nazrin Hassan, the CEO of a Malaysian venture capital fund, died after one of his cellphones reportedly caught fire while it was charging next to him in his bedroom. Conflicting reports attributed his cause of death to blunt force trauma and smoke inhalation, but authorities said they needed more time to investigate exactly what happened. ...

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China gas pipeline explosion seriously injures 24 11 June 2018

Twenty-four people were seriously injured in a natural gas pipeline explosion in southwest China's Guizhou Province on June 10, local authorities said. Gas leaked from a section of a gas pipeline operated by PetroChina in Shazi town of Qinglong county and then ignited, causing a significant explosion and fire....

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Eleven killed in Northeast China iron ore mine explosion 06 June 2018

Eleven people were killed and nine injured in a blast at an iron ore mine in Northeast China's Liaoning province, local authorities said on June 5. State media initially said 25 were trapped in the mine, which is owned and operated by the Huamei Group in Benxi City, although 23 were later reported to have been rescued....

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Two killed in South Korea munitions plant blast 29 May 2018

On May 29, two people were killed and three others seriously injured in a fire that broke out at the Hanwha plant in Daejeon, South Korea, according to the Yonhap news agency. All of the injured have been transferred to a nearby hospital....

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