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The Blackout of 8/14/2003: “A major outage knocked out power across the eastern United States and parts of Canada on August 14, 2003. Beginning at 4:10 p.m. ET, 21 power plants shut down in just three minutes. Fifty million people were affected, including residents of New York, Cleveland and Detroit, as well as Toronto and Ottawa, Canada…..”


An upper floor of a South Korean nightclub collapsed early Saturday, killing 2 and injuring 17


  • Among the injured included athletes competing in the FINA World Aquatics Championships
  • The two people killed were both South Koreans
  • The injured included four Americans, two New Zealanders, one Dutch, one Italian and one Brazilian

Cambodia: Through the rubble of a collapsed seven-story building rescuers recovered the bodies of 17 construction workers and pulled out 24 injured

NY Post

Blackout: All of mainland Argentina and Uruguay lost power early Sunday, affecting tens of millions of people in an unprecedented electrical failure.


“…..The blackout may have affected a population greater than California’s, across a region four times the size of Texas: Argentina has more than 44 million people, and Uruguay about 3.5 million...….By 10:30 p.m., power had been restored throughout Argentina and in most of Uruguay.….”

4/28/1995: A gas explosion beneath a busy city street in Taegu, South Korea, kills more than 100 people on this day in 1995.


“……an underground railroad was being constructed beneath the city streets. Metal sheets were put down in place of asphalt to cover holes in certain sections of downtown roads during the construction.

At about 7:30 a.m., during a busy rush hour, a large explosion rumbled beneath the streets, blasting the metal sheets high into the air. Flames shot out from underground, some 150 feet high, throughout a 300-yard area. Cars were transformed into fireballs and one was reported to have been thrown 30 feet into the air. Some pedestrians in the area were enveloped by fire; others further away were blown to the ground. Flaming debris hit people up to half of a mile away. The final death toll was 110, with hundreds injured……”


Notre dame: After the fire

Bangladesh: The government could assume responsibility for safety in workplaces producing clothing for major western brands this week despite demonstrating a “shocking level of unreadiness” to do so.

The Guardian

“…..Not a single garment factory under the government’s control has completely eliminated all the “high-risk” safety hazards in their buildings, according to the report. Outstanding issues include buildings with lockable emergency exits, a danger that is required to be fixed within two weeks of being identified…….

In addition, more than 50 factories identified by the accord as too dangerous to continue making clothing were found to still be operating under the government’s inspection programme….”

Nigeria: A three-story building housing apartments and a primary and nursery school collapses with at least 8 dead and many more missing


Lights go out on Venezuela



Guess who owns the bridge that collapsed in Genoa and killed 43 people? Benetton: the Italian family famous for wool sweaters and a global clothing..


“……The calamity in Genoa is now the subject of a criminal inquiry, with 21 people under investigation, including nine employees of Autostrade and three officials from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport. The authorities are sorting through years of email exchanges and documents, plus the contents of a few dozen mobile phones, to try to determine who is to blame.….”


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