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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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  • 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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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fires caused by battery design flaws and manufacturing defects 24 January 2017

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fires and explosions were caused by defects in the smartphone's battery, and the company has now released details of its investigation into the issue.The South Korean tech giant said that leading industry consultancy groups UL, Exponent and TUV Rheinland also conducted investigations into the problem....

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China's largest coal province to cut 20 million tonnes of capacity in 2017 - Xinhua 16 January 2017

China's top coal-producing province Shanxi will cut 20 million tonnes of output capacity this year, state news agency Xinhua reported. Tackling excess coal production capacity will remain the provincial government's priority in 2017, Xinhua quoted Shanxi Governor Lou Yangsheng as saying on January 14....

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China coal mine explosion kills 12 06 January 2017

At least twelve people were killed after a gas explosion and roof collapse at a coal mine in central China’s Henan Province. The explosion took place on January 4 at Xingyu Colliery in Xuzhuang Township in the city of Dengfeng. After gas density in the colliery was lowered to safe levels, rescuers entered the shaft and found first five and then another seven bodies, according to Xinhua....

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Toilet explosion kills 1, injures 7 in Shaanxi 03 January 2017

A blast in a public toilet in northwest China's Shaanxi Province on January 1 was triggered by an explosive mixture of sewer gas in the toilet, local authorities said two days later. The toilet, in Hengshan District of Yulin city, collapsed in the explosion, killing one person and injuring seven others, according to Xinhua....

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Fire, explosion deaths surge in Vietnam in 2016 03 January 2017

The Vietnamese Fire Prevention and Fight Department said a total of 3,256 fires and explosions were recorded across Vietnam over 2016, killing 135 people and injuring 278. Losses caused by these fires and explosions came to 1,474 billion Vietnamese dong (66.1 million US dollars) the organisation said, in a report picked up and disseminated by Xinhua....

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