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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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Korean contractor takes responsibility for power plant explosion in southern Vietnam 08 March 2017

Vietnam's state-owned power provider, EVN said chimney welders caused the explosion that severely injured them both. South Korea’s Doosan, the primary builder of a thermal power plant in the central province of Binh Thuan, has taken full responsibility for the explosion that injured two workers this week, according to Vn Express....

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News Extra: Fukushima internal radiation levels at highest level since 2011 meltdown 01 March 2017

Radiation levels inside a damaged reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station are at their highest since the plant suffered a triple meltdown almost six years ago. On February 3, the facility’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), said atmospheric readings as high as 530 sieverts an hour had been recorded inside the containment vessel of reactor No 2, one of three affected reactors....

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China coal mine blast fatality numbers rise after official accused of cover-up 21 February 2017

Xinhua reports that the death toll in the methane explosion at the Zubao Coal Mine in Lianyuan City, Hunan Province, has risen to 10 after a miner originally listed as injured was found to be dead. The news agency said police had arrested a mine official on suspicion of covering up the death. Three local government officials including two deputy mayors are also under investigation....

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Three missing Chinese mining engineers found dead in Albanian chromium mine 10 February 2017

After six days of intensive rescue efforts, the bodies of the three Chinese engineers who had been trapped in a chromium mine in Bulqize following a gas explosion on February 4 have been found by Albanian rescue teams. Albanian President Bujar Nishani expressed his condolences, calling upon state institutions to improve the safety of the country’s mines....

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Philippines furniture factory fire injures more than one hundred workers, with six missing 03 February 2017

A major fire at a Philippine factory complex which broke out on February 1 has injured at least 126 workers, according to Cavite province Governor Jesus Crispin Remulla, with a further six unaccounted for. The six hectare site in General Trias town, south of Manila, was still ablaze two days later but firefighters said they hoped to have dowsed the flames by nightfall....

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