Archive | August 12, 2016

Massive Blast At Dangyang Power Station Leaves More Than 20 Dead In China

China's industrial safety record remains poor
At least 21 people have been killed and several injured in an explosion at a power plant in central China.
 
The blast happened in Dangyang city in central Hubei province when a high-pressure steam pipe exploded, the official Xinhua news agency said.
 
A Chinese government team has been sent to the plant to help rescue efforts and to investigate the cause of the blast, according to the state-owned China News Service quoting official Yang Huanning.
 
Mr Yang said there were lessons to be learned to prevent similar accidents happening again.
 
One victim’s father said his son was taken to hospital and had been badly injured in the accident, on Thursday afternoon.
 
China continues to suffer from frequent industrial accidents despite a central government-ordered drive to upgrade safety in factories, power plants and mines.
 
The blast in Dangyang occurred on the eve of the one year anniversary of huge explosions that ripped through a warehouse in the port of Tianjin, in which more than 170 people were killed and 798 injured.
 
China subsequently promised to improve its safety record, with President Xi Jinping saying authorities would learn the lessons from chemical blasts.
 
Since the accident, Tianjin is reported to have completely overhauled 583 dangerous chemicals companies, with 68 firms ordered to shut or relocate. 
 
Building teams are still clearing rubble from the disaster site a year later.
 
A year after the accident, building teams are still working to clear rubble from the disaster site. 
 
An official investigation in February said the the blasts had been caused by hazardous materials, which were improperly and illegally stored at the site, being set alight.
Courtesy of Sky News

MAGNITUDE 5.2 SUNDA STRAIT, INDONESIA

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Depth: 76 km

Distances: 176 km W of Tangerang, Indonesia / pop: 1,372,124 / local time: 15:30:10.3 2016-08-12
105 km S of Bandarlampung, Indonesia / pop: 800,348 / local time: 15:30:10.3 2016-08-12

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MAGNITUDE 5.0 SOUTHWEST INDIAN RIDGE

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 1056 km S of Port Louis, Mauritius / pop: 155,226 / local time: 12:11:48.3 2016-08-12
1072 km SE of Saint-Denis, Reunion / pop: 137,195 / local time: 12:11:48.3 2016-08-12
1775 km SE of Antananarivo, Madagascar / pop: 1,391,433 / local time: 11:11:48.3 2016-08-12

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MAGNITUDE 5.1 SUNDA STRAIT, INDONESIA

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Depth: 72 km

Distances: 190 km W of Tangerang, Indonesia / pop: 1,372,124 / local time: 14:17:17.8 2016-08-12
121 km S of Bandarlampung, Indonesia / pop: 800,348 / local time: 14:17:17.8 2016-08-12

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MAGNITUDE 4.0 OKLAHOMA, USA

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Depth: 11 km

Distances: 443 km N of Dallas, United States / pop: 1,197,816 / local time: 00:27:10.5 2016-08-12
140 km N of Oklahoma City, United States / pop: 579,999 / local time: 00:27:10.5 2016-08-12
28 km SE of Cherokee, United States / pop: 1,498 / local time: 00:27:10.5 2016-08-12
20 km NE of Helena, United States / pop: 1,403 / local time: 00:27:10.5 2016-08-12

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MAGNITUDE 5.0 TONGA

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Depth: 80 km

Distances: 64 km SW of Nuku‘alofa, Tonga / pop: 22,400 / local time: 18:02:39.3 2016-08-12
709 km SE of Suva, Fiji / pop: 77,366 / local time: 17:02:39.3 2016-08-12
938 km SW of Apia, Samoa / pop: 40,407 / local time: 18:02:39.3 2016-08-12

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MAGNITUDE 5.0 SOUTHEAST OF LOYALTY ISLANDS

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 709 km E of Nouméa, New Caledonia / pop: 93,060 / local time: 13:34:43.7 2016-08-12
540 km SE of Isangel, Vanuatu / pop: 1,437 / local time: 13:34:43.7 2016-08-12

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MAGNITUDE 2.4 LONG VALLEY AREA, CALIFORNIA, USA

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Depth: 5 km

Distances: 402 km N of Los Angeles, United States / pop: 3,792,621 / local time: 19:30:13.3 2016-08-11
185 km SE of Carson City, United States / pop: 55,274 / local time: 19:30:13.3 2016-08-11
92 km E of Mariposa, United States / pop: 2,173 / local time: 19:30:13.3 2016-08-11
4 km SE of Mammoth Lakes, United States / pop: 8,234 / local time: 19:30:13.3 2016-08-11

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MAGNITUDE 4.7 WESTERN XIZANG

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 751 km N of Kathmandu, Nepal / pop: 1,442,271 / local time: 06:31:24.5 2016-08-12
703 km NW of Lhasa, China / pop: 118,721 / local time: 08:46:24.5 2016-08-12

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