Freezing Europe – In Photos

Heavy snow in spring?

Many Europeans are facing winter’s icy grip on lands that should be thawing in springtime temperatures by now, with Britain on track for the coldest March since 1962.

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Hungary Sludge Reservoir Could Collapse

Bus drivers wait beside their buses on a highway to pick up evacuees outside Kolontar, Hungary, Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010. The Hungarian town of Kolontar near the toxic red sludge reservoir that flooded the area and killed at least seven people is under evacuation over fears of a new leak of the dangerous heavy metal waste, officials said. (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky)

I hope that this disaster will not happen again.

But the cracking wall of the alumina plant reservoir could collapse at any moment.

And the whole wall may collapse.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban told reporters that a crack in the concrete wall widened by 2.76 inches (7 centimeters) overnight.

Officials have started to build dams to the north so that it won’t hit too many people.

Kolontar has been evacuated.

And they may evacuate the next town of Devecser.

Both were hit by the red toxic flood on Monday.

If the wall collapse, it will be a great tragedy for Hungary.

An Ecological Disaster In Hungary

 

An aerial view of the red mud covering streets and neighborhood of Kolontar, 167 kms southwest of Budapest, Hungary, taken on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010, after the rupture of a red sludge reservoir at an alumina plant, in nearby Ajka, with over one million cubic meters of the poisonous chemical sludge inundating several villages. The flood of toxic mud killed killed a yet unknown number of people, injured more than one hundred, with some people still missing. (AP Photo/MTI, Gyoergy Varga)

On Monday, a gigantic sludge reservoir burst its banks at an alumina plant in Ajka, Hungary caused a bad red sludge flood.

An aerial photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010 shows the ruptured wall of a red sludge reservoir of the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in Kolontar, 100 miles (160 kilometers) southwest of Budapest, Hungary. The government declared a state of emergency in three counties affected by the flooding. (AP Photos/MTI, Gyoergy Varga)

 

Ajka is a town 100 miles (160 kilometers) southwest of Budapest, the capital of Hungary.

By Tuesday, it was reported that about 35.3 million cubic feet of sludge had poured from the reservoir, flooding a 16 square mile area.

An aerial view shows overturned cars in the red sludge yard of a house in Kolontar, 167 kms southwest of Budapest, Hungary, taken on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010. (AP Photo/MTI, Gyoergy Varga)

 

The red sludge is dangerous because the material is a waste product in aluminum production that contains heavy metals and is toxic if ingested.

At least four people were killed, six were missing and 120 injured, many with burns.

Hundreds were evacuated.

In Kolontar, the town closest to the plant, a 12-foot-high wave of red slurry hit, swept away everything in its path.

A villager checks his yard flooded by toxic mud in the Kolontar, Hungary, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky)

 

Houses were flooded, cars were swept off and bridges were damaged.

By Tuesday, it swept toward the Danube River.

It will be an ecological disaster if it reach the Danube River.

Emergency workers wearing masks and chemical protection gear rushed to pour 1,000 tons of plaster into the Marcal River to bind the sludge and keep it from flowing on to the Danube some 45 miles away.

I think we should stop making aluminium because this disaster can happen again and again.

The disaster kills people. animals, plants and trees.

We must stop polluting our Earth!

Go green!

Logs carried in by the flooding toxic mud cover a yard in the town of Devecser, Hungary, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010. Monday's flooding was caused by the rupture of a red sludge reservoir at an alumina plant in western Hungary and has affected seven towns near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka, 100 miles (160 kilometers) southwest of Budapest. (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky)

 

A grain field is flooded by toxic mud outside the village of Kolontar, Hungary, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky)

 

A rescue worker clearing the flooded village of Devecser, Hungary, October 5, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo.

 

A resident stands in his flooded garden in the village of Kolontar 150km (93.2 miles) west of Budapest October 4, 2010.(REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo)

 

Local residents are rescued by excavators in Devecser, 164 kms southwest of Budapest, Hungary, Monday, Oct. 4, 2010. Three people are missing. (AP Photo/MTI, Lajos Nagy)

 

Cool Off In The Hot Weather-Photos

It is a very hot summer almost everywhere.

Just a few months ago, it was freezing in Florida, U.S.A.!

A blanket of ice covers strawberries Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2010, in Plant City, Fla. Farmers spray their crops to help protect them against the cold temperatures. Temperatures in the area dipped into the mid-20's, and farmers are working to salvage millions of dollars' worth of strawberries and other crops. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Now Japan, Serbia, Germany, Italy, U.S.A.,Hungary, Russia and Poland are being hit by very hot weather and heat wave.

And people get into the rivers, fountains, beaches, sprinkles and others places where there are water to cool off 🙂

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In Belgrade, Serbia people crowd a swimming pool to cool off Saturday,July 17,2010.
A boy enjoys splash at Tokyo park Saturday, July 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
Kids play in a water park in Indianapolis, Friday, July 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Tubers float down the lower Salt River Friday, July 16, 2010 in the Tonto National Park in near Mesa, Ariz. Temperatures are expected to hit 115 today with an excessive heat warning for the Phoenix metro area. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Tourists cool down themselves in a fountain at the central Prague's Wenceslas Square.(AP Photo)
Cooling down at All-Russian Exhibition Centre, Moscow Friday July 16,2010. (AP Photo)
Cool off with a sprinkler system on the lawn of Mariannenplatz in Berlin, Germany. (AP Photo)
Vitus the polar bear trying to cool off at a zoo in Budapest, Hungary. (AP Photo)
People cooling off in a fountain in central Moscow in Russia. (AP Photo)
A tourist cools off his head into a fountain in Rome's People square, Friday, July 16, 2010, as temperatures are expected to reach 38 Celsius degrees (100.4 Fahrenheit) over the week-end in central and northern Italy. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
A man swims in a fountain outside the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, July 16, 2010. A heat wave hit central Russia with temperatures rising above 30C (86F) breaking temperature records. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)
Boys ride bicycles at a fountain try to cool themselves in the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg, about 1500 kilometers (900 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 15, 2010.A heat wave hit central Russsia and Ural breaking temperature records going higher than 30 C (86 F). (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Cooling off in a fountain in Minsk, Belarus. (AP Photo)
People cool off at the Santa Monica Beach in Santa Monica , Calif., Wednesday, July 14, 2010. The first significant heat wave of the year is expected to intensify Wednesday in Los Angeles with temperatures climbing into the mid to upper 90s. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)