A massive explosion hit the West Fertilizer Co. plant some 18 miles north of Waco, Texas on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.
CNN reported that:
“The Wednesday night blast shook houses 50 miles away and measured as a 2.1-magnitude seismic event, according to the United States Geological Survey”.
At least 160 people were injured in this massive blast.
So far they are not sure how many people were killed but at least up to 15 people were reportedly killed including two emergency medical personnel.
West Mayor Tommy Muska forewarned on Wednesday night:
“There are a lot of people that got hurt. There are a lot of people that will not be here tomorrow.”
This explosion is far more greater than the ones in Boston during the marathon on April 15, 2013. (Please click the here for the photos and videos of the Boston Marathon tragedy)
“It was like a nuclear bomb went off,” said West Mayor Tommy Muska.
It is said that 10 to 15 buildings have been totally demolished and probably 50 homes were heavily damaged.
People expect more to be found dead because this is a very big one and some people might still be trapped in collapsed buildings.
Yahoo News reported that, Texas Public Safety Department spokesman D.L. Wilson said about half the town, about eight to 10 blocks, had been evacuated and that “we might even have to evacuate on the other side of town” if winds shifted.
The cause of the explosion is not immediately known.
It is really sad and scary to see another huge explosion just two days after the ones in Boston.
A big explosion caused a huge fire in an Indianapolis neighbourhood in the Richmond Hill subdivision damaging 80 houses.
2 people were killed and at least 7 people were injured in the incident that happened at about 11 p.m. on Saturday.
2 houses were totally destroyed while another 31 other houses were so badly damaged that they may have to be demolished.
About 200 other people evacuated from the neighbourhood.
The explosion could be felt at least three miles away.
Authorities are still investigating the cause of the explosion.
This is disaster and I am very sad and sorry for all the victims, their families and friends.
(Please click the photos for bigger images)
At least 10,000 people were killed in the earthquake and tsunami disasters.
This is the world’s most serious nuclear accident since the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine in 1986.
Nuclear power plant is a place where people produce electricity.
But nuclear radiation is very, very dangerous.
It can kill human, animals and plants and it can also caused cancer.
It could cause a big disaster and the effect will last for a long, long time.
This is the worst nuclear disaster in Japan after the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings in 1945.
On Friday night, July 16 2010 an oil pipeline exploded at the Xingang port in China.
More than 2000 fire fighters and 338 fire engines worked for 15 hours to stop the fire.
The explosion caused an oil spill around the Dalian port.
This oil spill is not as bad as the spill in the Gulf Of Mexico.
Oil spill can happen anywhere in the world.
So we must be careful to prevent it.
It is a disaster.
Oil spill caused serious water pollution and can pollute the lands around it.
It can kill animals such as fish, crab, clam and birds.
It can kill plants too.
Cleaning oil spill is hard and very expensive.
Below are photos of the oil spill in China from Yahoo News.
Is Malaysia ready for oil spill?
On the April 20, 2010 there was an explosion at the BP oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.
The oil spilled to the ocean and caused a bad pollution.
The waves carry the oil to the beaches.
The polluted water killed the sea creatures and birds.
The birds died because when they dived into the sea to get their prey, they were soaked in the oil.
The oil soaked bird cannot fly.
This is a disaster.
There are off shore oil rigs in Malaysia too.
So we have to be careful to avoid the oil rig explosion.
Are Malaysian oil rigs safe?
We can avoid the oil rig explosion if we do not dig the oil from the sea.
I took these pictures from Yahoo News.