Archive | Major Alert RSS for this section

Explosion causes building collapse, multiple injuries in Antwerp, Belgium

Gas Explosion
Several people have been wounded after an explosion caused damage to a number of buildings in Antwerp, Belgium. Police believe the incident is not terrorism related.
 
At least one building collapsed after an explosion rocked the Paardenmarkt area in Antwerp on Monday night. The explosion at the Italian restaurant Primavera was so powerful that it caused damage to three buildings.
 
Police said on Twitter that “multiple victims” were injured in the blast. Local media reports that at least five people have suffered injuries while more victims might be trapped under the rubble.
 
Emergency rescue teams were dispatched to the scene. Antwerp police believe the incident is not a terrorist act.
 
Authorities have launched an investigation into the cause of the blast, which happened shortly after 9:30pm local time. With terrorism ruled out, the incident was most likely caused by a gas explosion.
Courtesy of rt.com
Advertisements

Critical alert as Philippines volcano fears grow for ‘possible eruption in weeks or even days’

Volcano
The Mount Mayon volcano in Albay. Credit: @phivolcs_dost
Thousands of people have been forced into emergency shelters by an active volcano in the Philippines, with warnings a “hazardous eruption” could happen in days.
 
Officials raised the alert level around Mount Mayon in Albay province to critical after it spewed ash thousands of metres into the air and magma could be seen glowing in the crater.
 
The first “steam-driven eruption” started at around 5pm local time on 13 January, with the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology recording an ash column 2,500 meters high.
 
Two further eruptions have since been recorded, with villagers reporting a sulphurous smell and rumbling sound.
 
In a statement, the institute said: “Mayon is exhibiting relatively high levels of unrest and that magma is at the crater and that a hazardous eruption is possible within weeks or even days.”
 
Residents have been urged to protect against inhaling the ash by wearing masks or covering their noses and mouths with damp cloths.
 
Given the increasing danger, officials have recommended that a “danger zone” of a 7km radius be enforced “due to the danger of rockfalls, landslides and sudden explosions or dome collapses that may generate hazardous volcanic flows”.
 
Deadly cold lava flows or “lahars” may also be triggered.
 
People living outside the danger zone have been warned to take precautions against potential roof collapses due to the weight of ash and rainfall.
 
Mayon last erupted in 2014, with lava flows forcing thousands of people to evacuate.
 
It was most deadly in February 1841, when 1,200 people were killed and lava buried a town.
 
Experts say it has been displaying abnormal behaviour since late last year.
 
Courtesy of Sky News