Hazards http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/28910/all en UPDATE 8-Explosion at Mexican oil giant Pemex headquarters kills 25 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130131/update-1-explosion-rocks-headquarters-mexican-oil-giant-pemex <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Interior minister says death toll could rise</p> <p>* Boiler explosion cited as possible cause</p> <p>* At least 100 people injured (Updates death toll, adds details, company statement)</p> <p>By Alexandra Alper</p> <p>MEXICO CITY, Jan 31 (Reuters) - A powerful explosion rocked the Mexico City headquarters of state-owned oil giant Pemex on Thursday, killing at least 25 people, injuring more than 100 and trapping others inside.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130131/update-1-explosion-rocks-headquarters-mexican-oil-giant-pemex" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Emergency management Energy in Mexico Gas explosion Hazards Labor Law Mexico Oil industry in Mexico Pemex Pemex Thomson Reuters Thu, 31 Jan 2013 23:16:03 +0000 5742327 at http://www.globalpost.com Mexico oil firm blast caused by gas build-up: official http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/mexico-oil-firm-blast-caused-gas-build-official <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The explosion that killed 37 people at the headquarters of Mexico's Pemex oil firm was caused by a gas build-up, not a bomb, the attorney general said Monday.</p> <p>"We were able to determine that the explosion was caused by an accumulation of gas in the basement" of the annex at the Mexico City complex, Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam told a news conference.</p> <p>The blast caused floors to collapse, killing 37 people, he said, four days after the explosion rocked the offices of the world's fourth biggest crude producer.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/mexico-oil-firm-blast-caused-gas-build-official" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hazards AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 03:45:48 +0000 5745966 at http://www.globalpost.com Mexico oil firm blast caused by gas build-up: official http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/mexico-oil-firm-blast-caused-gas-build-official-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The explosion that killed 37 people at the headquarters of Mexico's state-owned oil firm was caused by a gas build-up, officials said Monday, ruling out a bomb attack.</p> <p>The announcement ended a four-day-long mystery that had sparked a wave of speculation about the cause of the blast at the complex that houses the offices of Pemex in the heart of Mexico City.</p> <p>The explosion tore through an annex of the company's skyscraper in the capital last Thursday, injuring more than 120 people.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/mexico-oil-firm-blast-caused-gas-build-official-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hazards AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 04:00:29 +0000 5745974 at http://www.globalpost.com Deadly stampedes at religious events in India since 2008 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/deadly-stampedes-at-religious-events-india-2008 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>At least 36 people were trampled to death on Sunday evening as pilgrims headed home from the Kumbh Mela religious festival, which drew a record 30 million people to the banks of the river Ganges.</p> <p> Here is a list of the worst stampedes in India since 2008.</p> <p> --- 2012 ---</p> <p>- November 20: Eighteen women and children are crushed to death in a stampede when a rope bridge collapses at a Hindu festival in the eastern Indian state of Bihar.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/deadly-stampedes-at-religious-events-india-2008" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hazards Stampede States and territories of India AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 16:46:00 +0000 5752845 at http://www.globalpost.com Six held over fatal school stampede: official http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130228/six-held-over-fatal-school-stampede-official <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>China has detained six people after a stampede at a primary school saw four children die in an incident in which they were crushed against a locked gate, a local official told AFP Thursday.</p> <p>The six -- including the school principal -- were among 12 people being investigated for the accident in Laohekou, in the central province of Hubei, a city official said.</p> <p>The stampede happened at 6am Wednesday when large numbers of pupils left their school dormitory, on the fourth floor, and attempted to exit the block. The ground floor gate was closed, resulting in the crush.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130228/six-held-over-fatal-school-stampede-official" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hazards Microblogging Technology World Wide Web AFP Thu, 28 Feb 2013 05:45:31 +0000 5769300 at http://www.globalpost.com Two dead in France apartment block collapse http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130428/two-dead-france-apartment-block-collapse-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Two people died and 14 were injured Sunday when part of an apartment block in the French city of Reims collapsed after a suspected gas blast, just three weeks after a similar tragedy not far away.</p> <p>French President Francois Hollande sent his "condolences to the families of the victims" as shocked residents grouped around the scene of the accident in a council estate in the Champagne region.</p> <p>Local authorities said the "probable" cause of the accident -- which saw the extremity of a four-storey building containing some 10 flats crash down -- was a gas explosion.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130428/two-dead-france-apartment-block-collapse-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gas explosion Hazards AFP Sun, 28 Apr 2013 14:45:10 +0000 5827117 at http://www.globalpost.com Three dead in France apartment block collapse http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130428/three-dead-france-apartment-block-collapse <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Three people died and 14 were injured Sunday when part of an apartment block in the French city of Reims collapsed after a suspected gas blast, just three weeks after a similar tragedy not far away.</p> <p>French President Francois Hollande sent his "condolences to the families of the victims" as shocked residents grouped around the scene of the accident on a council estate in the Champagne region.</p> <p>Local authorities said the "probable" cause of the accident -- which saw the extremity of a four-storey building containing some 10 flats crash down -- was a gas explosion.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130428/three-dead-france-apartment-block-collapse" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gas explosion Hazards Reims AFP Sun, 28 Apr 2013 19:00:05 +0000 5827269 at http://www.globalpost.com Three dead in France apartment block collapse http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130428/three-dead-france-apartment-block-collapse-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Three people died and 14 were injured Sunday when part of an apartment block in the French city of Reims collapsed after a suspected gas blast, just three weeks after a similar tragedy not far away.</p> <p>French President Francois Hollande sent his "condolences to the families of the victims" as shocked residents grouped around the scene of the accident on a council estate in the Champagne region.</p> <p>"The toll is near-definitive," said the top official of the Marne region, Pierre Dartout, following reports that a young man was being sought. "All the tenants have been accounted for."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130428/three-dead-france-apartment-block-collapse-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gas explosion Hazards AFP Sun, 28 Apr 2013 20:30:26 +0000 5827307 at http://www.globalpost.com Dozens hurt in powerful Prague gas blast http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130429/dozens-hurt-powerful-prague-gas-blast-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A powerful gas blast ripped through a four-storey building in Prague's historic centre on Monday, injuring 43 people including foreigners, and causing panic in the Czech capital.</p> <p>Rescuers had feared there could be bodies trapped under the rubble of the heavily damaged office block, but the city's mayor said nobody was believed to have been killed.</p> <p>The force of the explosion damaged parked cars and two adjacent university buildings, blew out windows in nearby streets, and shook apartment blocks across the Vltava river.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130429/dozens-hurt-powerful-prague-gas-blast-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blast wave Disaster Gas explosion Hazards Technology War AFP Mon, 29 Apr 2013 19:04:20 +0000 5827954 at http://www.globalpost.com Israel raids on Syria 'like an earthquake' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130505/israel-raids-syria-earthquake <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Israeli raids on a Syrian military facility interrupted the quiet of night, causing the ground to shudder and turning the black sky red, witnesses said on Sunday.</p> <p>"It was like an earthquake, the sky was yellow and red," said 72-year-old Najwa, a resident of the Dumar district of Damascus, about six kilometres (four miles) from the site of the raids.</p> <p>"The explosions went on for around four hours, they were incredibly powerful," she added, saying they could be heard far from the scene of the attack.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130505/israel-raids-syria-earthquake" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Explosion Hazards Social Issues War AFP Sun, 05 May 2013 10:15:10 +0000 5831249 at http://www.globalpost.com Sheen in Michigan drain likely caused by oil dumping: police http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130508/oil-spill-found-red-run-river-michigan-report <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Reuters) - A black sheen discovered in a storm drain in southeastern Michigan on Thursday was most likely the result of motor oil dumping and was not a crude oil spill, local police said.</p> <p>Lieutenant Luke Riley of the Sterling Heights police department said the spill was contained by booms in the Red Run drain, which leads into the nearby Clinton River near Warren, about 20 miles north of Detroit</p> <p>Warren Mayor James Fouts said the spill was estimated at 50 gallons of oil-based product.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130508/oil-spill-found-red-run-river-michigan-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Hazards Ocean pollution Oil spill Thomson Reuters Wed, 08 May 2013 18:37:22 +0000 5833614 at http://www.globalpost.com Report: 87 shipwrecks, most from WWII, could leak oil near US, but no 'ticking time bombs' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130521/govt-survey-spots-87-shipwrecks-could-foul-us-waters-oil-sti <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON - A new government report details 87 shipwrecks — most sunk during World War II decades ago — that could pollute U.S. waters with tens of millions of gallons of oil.</p> <p>Even so, the potential for pollution is less than scientists had expected. The report released Monday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration concludes "the scope of the problem is much more manageable than initially feared.... Our coastlines are not littered with 'ticking time bombs.'"</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130521/govt-survey-spots-87-shipwrecks-could-foul-us-waters-oil-sti" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill Disaster Environmental disasters Geography of the United States Hazards oil Politics Technology The Canadian Press Tue, 21 May 2013 06:17:02 +0000 5842589 at http://www.globalpost.com Deadly Philippine blast likely gas leak http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130607/deadly-philippine-blast-likely-gas-leak <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A powerful explosion in a high-end apartment complex in the Philippine capital that killed three people was likely caused by a gas leak and not a bomb as initially feared, the government said Friday.</p> <p>Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said investigators found no sign of explosives at the blast site in the fifth floor of the condominium on May 31, adding that the incident had all the characteristics of a gas explosion.</p> <p>"The explosion was not caused by a bomb. That is the first conclusion. We are saying this is likely a gas explosion," he told reporters.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130607/deadly-philippine-blast-likely-gas-leak" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Emergency management Gas explosion Hazards AFP Fri, 07 Jun 2013 08:24:04 +0000 5852262 at http://www.globalpost.com Back in the saddle: Stampede finalized as Calgary's state of emergency lifted http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130704/back-the-saddle-stampede-finalized-calgarys-state-emergency- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>CALGARY - Yahoo!</p> <p>Two weeks after extensive flooding that turned part of downtown Calgary into a lake and forced up to 100,000 southern Albertans from their homes, the city ended a state of emergency just in time for its annual Stampede.</p> <p>"I think there's a better feeling for the Stampede this year because people are saying not only are we going to have all the great times that we have every year during a Stampede, but we're doing it in the context of a community that's stronger than it's ever been," Mayor Naheed Nenshi said at a pre-Stampede pancake breakfast Thursday.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130704/back-the-saddle-stampede-finalized-calgarys-state-emergency-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hazards Naheed Nenshi Social Issues Stampede The Canadian Press Thu, 04 Jul 2013 19:32:28 +0000 5875961 at http://www.globalpost.com 17 die in Indonesian boxing match stampede http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130715/17-die-indonesian-boxing-match-stampede-0 Seventeen spectators were crushed to death at a boxing match in remote eastern Indonesia after supporters of the loser started a riot, police said Monday.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130715/17-die-indonesian-boxing-match-stampede-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hazards Sports Stampede Technology War Indonesia AFP Mon, 15 Jul 2013 06:33:00 +0000 5884010 at http://www.globalpost.com