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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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South Korean shipyard fatal explosion investigators seek arrest warrants for five 17 October 2017

On October 16, investigators sought arrest warrants for five people in connection with an explosion at the shipyard of STX Offshore & Shipbuilding in August that claimed the lives of four workers. Yonhap said Coast Guard investigators requested the warrants for the five — four of them STX workers and the other the head of a partner firm. ...

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Fire on board tanker at Indonesian shipyard kills five 12 September 2017

A fire killed five and injured one at ASL Marine Holdings' shipyard in Batam, Indonesia on September 7, according to the Straits Times. The vessel owner-operator and shipbuilder said that initial investigations showed the fire likely started inside the tanker and was confined to the pump room, and that the casualties were all employed by one of the shipyard’s contractors.

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Correction: Extensive South Korean oil spill threatens tourism, wildlife and seafood businesses 11 September 2017

On 11 September 2017, an article with this headline was published on the Hazardex website. In fact, this incident took place in September 2007 and the article was based on a misreading of the date....

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Fukushima operator hit by second multi-billion dollar US lawsuit 29 August 2017

Japanese utility Tokyo Electric Power Co Holdings (Tepco) said another lawsuit had been filed in a US court seeking $5 billion in compensation over the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, the second filed against the utility in a US court. The utility is being sued over improper design, construction and maintenance, claiming compensation for physical, mental and economic damages, the company said in a statement....

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Four killed in explosion at South Korean shipyard 21 August 2017

Four workers were killed in an explosion at the STX Offshore & Shipbuilding plant in Changwon, South Korea, fire authorities said on August 20. The blast occurred as workers carried out painting work inside a 12-metre-deep tank in a 74,000-ton oil tanker. The tanker is on order from Greek company Andriaki Shipping and is due for delivery in October, according to the Yonhap news agency....

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