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According to Sgt. Patrick Swanton of the Waco Police Department, the first call of a fire came in at 7:29 PM local time. Firefighters and other emergency workers responded to the call and began evacuating the area.
Minutes later, the devastating explosion occured. The first call of the explosion came in at 7:53 PM local time said Swanton.
Toxic, flammable and dangerous: What is an anhydrous ammonia explosion?
“The West Fertilizer facility suffered an anhydrous ammonia explosion, according to Waco Assistant Fire Chief Don Yeager.
That term applies to ammonia in its liquid or gas state. Anhydrous ammonia is classified as toxic and dangerous for the environment – and is extremely flammable and is capable of forming highly explosive mixtures.
If Ammonia is exposed to iodine, Nitrogen triiodide is formed – which is described as a high explosive – capable of exploding out to six miles out.
According to Yeager, the explosion affected other parts of the fetilizer plant too – which could have accelerated the mixing of toxic materials. Anhydrous ammonia is transported as a liquid at temperatures below -28°F.
In the event of a large spill it can form a toxic vapor cloud that is heavier than air until its temperature increases.
Anhydrous ammonia is corrosive to copper, silver, aluminum, zinc, and alloys. It reacts with body moisture, so it may burn body tissue – skin, eyes, mouth, throat, lungs, and stomach – on contact, if inhaled or swallowed.”
(Mail online UK)
“I will confirm there have been fatalities,” said Swanton who estimated 5 to 15 were thought to be dead.
Swanton also said that between 3 and 5 firefighters were missing.
There were a “tremendous amount of injuries and we do have confirmed fatalities,” said D.L. Wilson, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Safety at a conference late Wednesday night, He was not able to provide specific numbers.
The blast was so massive that it registered as a 2.1 magnitude earthquake, according to the USGS.
Watch The Massive explosion here
Sources. ABC News,The Mail Online UK
The world is run by the Rich , for The Rich and by The Rich.
And of course it is of the Rich.
At times one laments the Death of Communism!
Wish The Communists had been less brutal and less Corrupt.
‘Four pages with the names of some 132 companies and individuals who withdrew the bulk of their deposits in euros, dollars and rubles kept in local banks reveals protothema.gr.
Transfers of money totaling causes vertigo made within 15 days, namely the period from 1st until March 15, 2013.On Friday, March 15 at the Eurogroup meeting which decided formally levy, as has been called the “haircut”, on deposits of companies and individuals in all banks in Cyprus. These 132 companies and individuals seem to have “inside” information about impending single taxation of deposits in Cypriot banks so it proved as the elements contained in lists, in most cases, they withdrew all their deposits in Euro, dollars and rubles, which moved to other banks outside Cyprus, which apparently considered a “safe harbor.”
The disclosure of the list, which shows that the outflow of deposits from local banks other financial institutions outside Cyprus became massively creates reasonable suspicion that some had inside information about the decisions taken by the other 16 eurozone countries in exchange for funding deficits of the economy.
Apart from the huge moral issue raised, the government of Nikos Anastasiadis is heavily exposed, since in some cases, those who took huge funds from abroad are relatives of the President of the Republic, as the company Loutsios & Sons ltd owned by father of groom Nikos Anastasiadis, who three days before the decision to “haircut” deposits transferred to a British bank 21 million euros!
Read the lists with the names of all companies and individuals who withdrew their deposits from Cyprus during the period from 1st until March 15.
The first column are names of companies and individuals in the second record of the amounts withdrawn in the third column refers to the account balance of the People, the currency in the fourth and the fifth and last column refers to the date of transfer.”
Most of us are aware of the Financial Crisis, when the Government seized amounts from the Bank account of small investors to manage its financial crisis, which triggered of a run on Banks . by people rushing to ATMs to withdraw their cash.
Under this dispensation,Deposits under 100,000 euros will be protected.
The reasoning behind this is that these amount are (small amounts) are protected by Insurance!
I fail to understand that the Government will be losing the money appropriated ((or Misappropriated) by way of the payment by the Insurers.
Even if the Insurance firms belong to private Sector, it will drive inflation further.
Leave alone US, even Soviets are concerned.
To me it looks like a bluff Game.
Better call it off.
Better still Ignore it.
Photos Source .The Atlantic.
- Top News: North Korea increases tensions with South by issuing threat over factories (guardian.co.uk)
The ranks of the world’s billionaires have yet again reached all-time highs, both in terms of the number of billionaires (1,426) and record net worth ($5.4 trillion). The United States still has more billionaires than any other country, but once again the world’s richest person comes from outside its borders
He urged people “not to forget those who had fallen during the war” as they had “shed their blood on Argentine soil”
In April last year, at a memorial mass in Buenos Aires 30 years on from the Falklands conflict, he said: “We come to pray for all who have fallen, sons of the homeland who went out to defend their mother, the homeland, and to reclaim what is theirs, that is of the homeland, and it was usurped.”
And a year earlier, he urged people “not to forget those who had fallen during the war” as they had “shed their blood on Argentine soil”
Not that his relation with the present Argentinian is cozy..far from it.
He is against Gay marriage.
Previously, in a snipe at Cardinal Bergoglio, Mr Kirchner reportedly said: “Our God is everyone’s, but careful because the Devil also reaches everyone – those who wear trousers and those who wear cassocks.”
Despite their differences, the Cardinal called for the Argentine people to pray for Mr Kirchner when he died in October 2010.
Now this statement on Falklands, where a referendum has taken place about 4 days ago on its status.
Britain, though outwardly cool awaits the result of the Referendum.
Hope it has not manipulated the Referendum process.
Britain formed a new sect of Christianity because the Catholic pope did not allow a king to marry when his wife was alive.
Let’s see if the Pope creates a new Britain. outside Britain.
Anyway, we can find Britain squirming in the coming years.
People living in the Falkland Islands are voting in a referendum on their political status on Sunday and Monday at a time of heightened tensions between Argentina and Britain over their sovereignty.
The two countries went to war over the territory, known to the Argentinians as Las Malvinas, in 1982 after the then-military government in Argentina landed troops on the islands.
According to the Falklands legislative assembly, the vote is intended to affirm islanders’ desire to remain a self-governing territory of the United Kingdom and to reject claims of ownership by Argentina.
The question put to voters is: “Do you wish the Falkland Islands to retain their current political status as an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom?”
I received a colorful comment for this post and there are two ratings “Poor’.
(that the post received 18 Likes is a different matter-Obviously from the colonized!)
Obviously from the British.
They asked me to Study History.
This is Britain’s History.
“Everybody knew that the British loved to conquer lots of countries for their precious empire. It’s not until somebody sits down and actually counts all of them that we realize just how many. Historian Stuart Laycock was happy to volunteer for the job and presents his findings in a new book All the Countries We’ve Ever Invaded: And the Few We Never Got Round To. The book stays true to its title and finds in a survey of 200 of the world’s countries through that, in one shape or form, Great Britain has invaded all but 22 of them. That amounts to about 90 percent of the world’s countries.”