Gravesend fire: Evacuation amid blaze near gas tanks

Police helicopter photo of the Gravesend fire

Police helicopter photo of the Gravesend fire

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The blaze in Canal Road was reported at just after 11:20 BST.

More than 70 firefighters with 12 fire engines are tackling the fire, Kent Fire and Rescue Service said, and Kent Police are also at the scene.

A large plume of black smoke can be seen around the area and local residents are being advised to keep windows and doors shut as a precaution.

“Crews are tackling a large fire of tyres and other vehicle parts,” a fire service spokesman said.

“There are no reports of any injuries and nearby gas containers have not been affected.”

Kent Police said the canal basin had been evacuated, and there have been road closures in the area of Prospect Road and The Terrace.

A cordon has been established, but no homes have been evacuated, a police spokeswoman said.

London Fire Brigade have also sent fire engines to the scene.

Kent Fire and Rescue said three main water jets were being used to tackle the fire at the yard.

Messages on Twitter say the smoke can be seen from London and Maidstone.

Fire in Gravesend

Fire in Gravesend

Perilous floods prompt tens of thousands to scramble in Russia’s Far East

Flood waters hide the streets in Blagoveshchensk, Russia, on Friday, August 16. Aid was being flown into the city on Saturday.

Flood waters hide the streets in Blagoveshchensk, Russia, on Friday, August 16. Aid was being flown into the city on Saturday.

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(CNN) — Catastrophic flooding has prompted the evacuation of thousands upon thousands of people in Russia’s Far East, a government ministry said Sunday, spurring hasty efforts to set up housing for the displaced.

Russia’s emergency ministry said Sunday that 18,000 people had been affected in three regions north of China not far from the Sea of Okhotsk. RIA Novosti, a state-run news agency, identified the affected regions as the Amur region, Khabarovsk Territory and the Jewish Autonomous Region.

This report, citing an emergency ministry spokesperson, had an even larger number of people affected after heavy rains spurred the floods — 32,000, of which 17,000 had been evacuated.

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Homes evacuated in Conway, Missouri during Saturday morning Flash Flood Emergency

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CONWAY, Mo. — High water forced several families out of bed early Saturday morning in the community of Conway, Missouri.  The National Weather Service had issued a Flash Flood Emergency.

A mobile home park was evacuated near J and CC Highways.  Authorities had to rescue seven people.  No one was injured.  The flooding damaged siding on a number of the homes and residents were moving out soaked furniture and belongings.

The flooding also forced MoDot to close part of I-44 for a few hours at mile marker 112.  It was reported 3 feet of water was over the interstate there.  Lanes reopened shortly before 7:00 a.m.

6 killed by hot lava as Indonesia volcano erupts

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Gushing hot lava from an erupting volcano killed six people sleeping in a beach village in eastern Indonesia on Saturday, after ash and smoke shot up to 2,000 meters (6,560 feet) into the air, a disaster official said.

Mount Rokatenda in East Nusa Tenggara province erupted early Saturday morning, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency. Nearly 3,000 people were evacuated from the area on Palue island. The volcano has been rumbling since October 2012.

The victims included three adults and two children, said agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. He said the age of the sixth person killed was unclear and that the children’s bodies had not been recovered from Ponge beach in Rokirole village.

Indonesia, an archipelago of 240 million people, is prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity because it sits along the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” a horseshoe-shaped series of fault lines.

Police investigate reports of an explosion in Cincinnati, Ohio

Police on scene of explosion on Vine Street – Building has been evacuated

CINCINNATI (wlwt.com) — Officers were on the scene of a small explosion in Mt. Auburn.
A building was evacuated in the 2200 block of Vine Street at about 8 p.m. Friday.

The Explosive Ordinance Disposal and Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms units responded alongside police.

Police said moderate structural damage was done to the building.

No other information was immediately available.

Firefighters said 12 people were displaced due to the evacuation.

Fuel truck spill into B.C. creek sparks evacuation order for 800 people

WINLAW, B.C. — The Canadian Press

Officials in British Columbia’s Central Kootenay region have issued an evacuation order affecting about 800 people after a tanker truck carrying 35,000 litres of jet fuel crashed into a creek.

Bill Macpherson of the Regional District of Central Kootenay said the regional medical officer issued the order around 9 p.m. Friday for an area stretching several kilometres along both sides of the Lemon Creek in the Slocan Valley.

Emergency Management B.C. said on its website that all areas 10 kilometres downstream of the accident site to the community of Winlaw are included in the order.

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One Injured in Toxic Gas Leak at Total Refinery in France

The logo of French oil company Total is pictured during the company's 2012 annual result presentation in Paris February 13, 2013. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

The logo of French oil company Total is pictured during the company’s 2012 annual result presentation in Paris February 13, 2013. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

(Reuters) – A leak of toxic gas from a Total oil refinery in northwestern France in the early hours of Thursday caused the plant to be briefly evacuated, disrupted local train services and injured one worker, Total said.

The company said a leak in the alkylation unit, which produces high-octane gasoline ingredients, had been repaired and the refinery, in the town of Donges, was operating normally again a few hours after the incident.

“There is no risk for the local population or environment,” Total said in a statement.

A spokeswoman added the leak had not affected production at the 230,000 barrel per day refinery.

Local media said the worker had suffered chemical burns from butane and hydrofluoric acid, but Total said the person’s condition was stable following hospital tests.

Total’s 2012 annual report showed that if the number of recorded incidents per million hours worked fell in the last three years, the incident severity rate rose last year, while still within the range seen over the last six years.

(Reporting by Catherine Bremer; additional reporting by Michel Rose; editing by Keiron Henderson)

Hundreds evacuated after train loaded with chemicals derails in Belgium

The incident happened in the early hours on Saturday and the train formed a zig-zag pattern across the tracks. At least 17 were injured and one possible death may be linked to the incident.

Hundreds had to be evacuated when a train derailed near the city of Gent, Belgium.

Hundreds had to be evacuated when a train derailed near the city of Gent, Belgium.  BENOIT DOPPAGNE/AFP/Getty Images

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BRUSSELS — Belgian media say that hundreds of people were evacuated after a train carrying chemicals derailed and caught fire in northern Belgium.

Amateur video showed the train ablaze in the early hours of Saturday; in daylight, the train cars could be seen forming a zig-zag over the track.

The train was carrying chemicals and was on fire in the early hours of Saturday.

The train was carrying chemicals and was on fire in the early hours of Saturday.  BENOIT DOPPAGNE/AFP/Getty Images

Media, citing a statement from the East Flanders government, said that authorities were investigating if a death of someone in the area of the derailment was linked to the accident.

Residents who lived outside the 500-meter evacuation zone were told to keep their windows closed to avoiding getting sick from the chemicals and fire.

Residents who lived outside the 500-meter evacuation zone were told to keep their windows closed to avoiding getting sick from the chemicals and fire.  NICOLAS MAETERLINCK/AFP/Getty Images

The statement said 17 people were injured. The fire was extinguished Saturday evening, the reports said.

Houses within 500 meters of the train were evacuated — and residents were asked to stay away even after the fire went out.

Others farther away were asked to stay at home and close their windows.