Environmental disasters - page 2

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Radioactive spill at the nuclear plant site in New York, US

The Indian Point nuclear plant in New York reported a radioactive spill that began on February 5, 2016. Since then, groundwater tests conducted directly at the plant site showed a 65 000% increase in radioactivity, media reported. The water leak happened when a...

February 09, 2016

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State of emergency declared over the largest natural gas leak in US, California

A state of emergency was declared over a large natural gas leak pouring high quantities of methane and other gases into a Los Angeles neighborhood on January 6, 2016. Numerous residents reported health issues and thousands of people have been forced to evacuate the...

January 08, 2016

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California methane leak one of the worst environmental disasters in US

The leak of natural gas observed by the Southern California Gas Company in its facility in Porter Ranch on October 23, 2015, is now the largest natural gas leak ever recorded in California, and it might be the worst environmental disaster since BP's Deepwater...

December 28, 2015

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Toxic mining waste spill in Brazil reaches the Atlantic Ocean in an unprecedented environmental disaster

A flow of toxic mining waste which spilled into a main river in the city of Mariana, Minas Gerais state, Brazil on November 5, 2015, devastated the village of Bento Rodrigues and affected thousands of hectares of land and water has now reached the Atlantic Ocean,...

November 24, 2015

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Mudslide devastates the village of Bento Rodrigues, Brazil

A mining waste dam in the city of Mariana, Minas Gerais state, Brazil collapsed on the afternoon of November 5, 2015 (local time) unleashing a surge of mud that devastated the nearby village of Bento Rodrigues, population about 600. At this time, it is unknown how...

November 06, 2015

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Toxic foams and fire bursting out of Bellandur lake, India

Bellandur Lake, the largest lake in the city of Bangalore, India, is extremely polluted by a high amount of ammonia and phosphate while a very low amount of dissolved oxygen and refuse waters from across the city make the situation even worse. To an observer, the...

October 10, 2015

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Over a million liters (264 000 gallons) of toxic cyanide leaked into Potrerillos River, Argentina

Over a million liters (264 172 gallons) of toxic cyanide solution has leaked from Barrick Gold's Veladero mine in western San Juan province, Argentina, newest estimation shows. Despite this being about five times higher amount than previously thought, federal judge

September 25, 2015

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Situation in and around Lake Baikal close to catastrophic

Massive wildfires are burning around Rusia's Lake Baikal - world's largest and oldest freshwater lake - for the last month and a half, and the situation is now close to catastrophic. But as if that wasn't enough, experts are saying underwater lake habitat

September 05, 2015

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Striking research shows 99% of the world's seabirds will ingest plastic waste by 2050

A team of scientists from Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and Imperial College London has conducted an in-depth study of the impact the plastic ocean debris has on the ocean's wildlife. The astounding results showed that 99% of s

September 02, 2015

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3 million gallons of toxic wastewater spreading toward Lake Powell, state of emergency declared

The Navajo Nation and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper declared a state of emergency on Monday, August 10, after EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) officially confirmed that 11 356 235 liters (3 million gallons) of toxic mining sludge from a mine in southwest

August 12, 2015

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3 million liters of oil floods Evrona Nature Reserve in one of Israel's worst environmental disasters

Israel is experiencing one of its worst environmental disasters after a pipeline breach near the Israel-Jordan border flooded Evrona Nature Reserve with about 3 million liters of crude oil on Wednesday, December 3, 2014.The breach occurred during construction work in

December 05, 2014

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Billions of gallons of oil industry wastewater illegally injected into central California aquifers

Almost 3 billion gallons of oil industry wastewater have been illegally dumped into central California aquifers that supply drinking water and farming irrigation, according to state documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity. The wastewater entered the aq

October 16, 2014

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New toxic spills confirmed in Sonora, Mexico

After a massive toxic leak from Mexico's Buenavista del Cobre mine on August 6, 2014, three new toxic spills have appeared in Sonora, northwestern Mexico on September 18, 2014.PROFEPA, an environmental protection agency said late Sunday, September 21, that the new s

September 22, 2014

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Environmental disaster for years to come - Massive breach of toxic waste pond at Mount Polley Mine, Canada

A dam at a waste pond on Mount Polley Mine in the Cariboo region of British Columbia, Canada, full of toxic heavy metals burst on August 4, 2014, releasing 10 million cubic meters of wastewater and 5 million cubic meters of toxic slurry int

August 14, 2014

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Los Angeles neighborhood tests positive for hazardous lead contamination

A quiet neighborhood nestled near the Los Angeles River known as Boyle Heights is slowly being invaded, ever so slightly, by hazardous lead levels. The residents, standing on the curb of their beautiful tree-lined streets, didn't see the invasion oncoming, but

March 19, 2014

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100 tons of highly radioactive water leaked from Fukushima nuclear complex

Operator of tsunami stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex said on Thursday, February 20, that roughly 100 tons of highly radioactive water leaked from one of the tanks again. According to the operator, a worker on patrol noticed water spilling from

February 20, 2014

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Never before seen levels of radiation reported near Pacific

Operator of crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex said on Thursday, February 13, that the latest samples of water tested inside the complex contained radioactive cesium at levels never seen before by the embattled utility. TEPCO, while admitting there may be a

February 14, 2014