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Gewaltiges Flammeninferno in den Vororten von London: Sehr lauter Explosionsknall war bis nach HOL und F zu hören !

Startbeitrag von Björn. am 12.12.2005 00:49

Gestern um 06:00 Morgens BST gab es in einem Vorort von London eine sehr gewaltige Explosion in einem Treibstofflager, sie war nach einschätzung einiger Experten vor Ort womöglich die gewaltigste in Westeuropa seit dem 2. Weltkrieg. Die Schallwellen von diesem extrem lauten Explosionsknall waren so laut, dass sie im Gesamten Südosten von England sowie über der Nordsee hinweg bis in die Niederlande zu hören war und sogar in Nordfrankreich !

> http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4517962.stm

> http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/0,1518,389845,00.html


Many houses have been damaged, with some reporting feeling effects from the explosion as far away as Oxfordshire - while it was heard in a number of counties and even France and the Netherlands. (source: BBC News)


The fire chief described the incident at the Buncefield fuel depot near Hemel Hempstead, after 0600 GMT, as possibly the largest in peacetime Europe. (source: BBC News)


Hertfordshire's Chief Fire Officer Roy Wilsher said: "This is possibly the largest incident of its kind in peacetime Europe." (source: BBC News)


(source: thetimes.co.uk)


12 December 2005
Fuel depot fire rages on as1,500sq mile toxic gas cloud spreads across Britain
By Rod Chaytor And Martin Fricker

THE biggest blaze in peacetime Europe was still raging last night after a fuel depot was ripped apart by three devastating explosions.

Forty three people were injured, two seriously, when 60million gallons of petrol at the Hertfordshire base went up in a blast which registered 2.9 on the Richter scale and was heard 150 miles away.

Last night, as flames continued to belch hundreds of feet into the air, a 1,500 square mile-wide cloud of toxic smoke visible from space stretched from the scene to Swindon in the west, and over London to Bournemouth in the south.

Fearing it could trigger asthma attacks and other respiratory problems health chiefs advised people to stay indoors. "Black rain" from the £200million disaster could affect milk production by contaminating grass. There were also concerns that water supplies could be affected.

Amid fears of further explosions, 150 firefighters were waiting for 250,000 litres of foam concentrate to be rushed to the scene before tackling the massive inferno early today.

Houses buckled, doors were ripped off, roofs caved in and windows were sucked out by the force of the explosions. Two thousand residents were evacuated. Almost 300 people found their houses so badly dama__d they cannot return home.


One said: "The explosion felt like the end of the world." Emergency services said it was "miraculous" no one died. Hertfordshire Chief Constable Frank Whiteley said: "By the grace of God it was 6am on a Sunday and not 9am on a Monday."

Ruling out a terror attack, police are treating the destruction at the Buncefield depot, near Hemel Hempstead, as an accident. The cause is unknown.

Last night oil companies and the Health and Safety Executive were probing reports that liquid and vapours were seen seeping from the site last week.

Ten workers were on duty at the depot - Britain's fifth largest - when the blasts ripped into 20 tanks, each holding three million gallons of fuel.

Tanker driver Paul Turner, 38, was blown off his feet. He said: "A 50ft fireball erupted in front of me followed by the biggest bang I've ever heard. I thought 'This is it Paul, this is the end'."

Security guard Raheel Ashraf, 26, was next door to the depot. He said: "There was a long, thundering blast and I was thrown unconscious against a wall. When I woke, all the walls and roof had gone."

Steven Rixon, 52, was starting work at a bakery next to the depot. He said: "There was an almighty 'whoosh' and bang and the building rocked. Doors were ripped off their hinges and flew past my head."

A man who was standing 200 yards from the blast site is in intensive care at Watford General Hospital with injuries to his lungs. Another victim is under observation in Hemel Hempstead Hospital. The remaining 41 hurt had minor injuries.

Hans Michels, Professor of Safety Engineering at Imperial College, London, said enough oil to cover two football pitches 2ft deep probably leaked.

He said: "It's nothing short of a miracle so few people were hurt. If it had been the middle of the day anybody outside would have been killed."

As the fire raged, Hertfordshire Chief Fire Officer Roy Wilsher said: "This is possibly the largest incident of its kind in peacetime Europe."

There was traffic chaos as the M1 was closed in both directions between junctions 6A and 12. They are expected to remain closed this morning. Motorists were told not to go anywhere near the M1 "from the M25 upwards".

The Buncefield depot is operated by Total and part-owned by Texaco. It stores oil and petrol as well as kerosene which supplies airports across the region.

Referring to claims of leakages, Total said: "We have not previously heard of these reports but will look at them closely." Texaco said: "The plant has an excellent safety record."

Last night Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott travelled to the blast site where he was briefed by the emergency services. He said: "I wanted to see that senior officers had all the support needed." (source: mirror.co.uk)

(source: thesun.co.uk)

(source: thesun.co.uk)

> http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2005570458,00.html

> http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2005570463,00.html

von Björn. - am 12.12.2005 06:03
Kann man die gewaltigen Rauchwolken auch noch hier im Westen NRWs sehen, wenn der Wind über der Nordsee günstig steht???

von MarkDX - am 12.12.2005 06:54
Der Wind kommt momentan dort aus NW, also treibt die Rauchwolke jetzt richtung Nordfrankreich - Pays du Calais

von Björn. - am 12.12.2005 06:59
es ist pervers was da passiert ist,man kann froh sein daß es bis jetzt keine totesopfer gegebn hat...
Laut Nachrichten bewegt sich die wolke über den Ärmelkanal,allerdings wird sie sich dort wohl auflösen so daß wir hier nix davon sehn werden.
Ich bin mal gespannt wann die ersten Tankstellen dieses Unglück als anlaß nehmen die sprittpreise zu erhöhen :mad:

von Robert S. - am 12.12.2005 11:16

Ich bin mal gespannt wann die ersten Tankstellen dieses Unglück als anlaß nehmen die sprittpreise zu erhöhen

Gestern. Morgens 1,24 und abends bei uns an der Tanke 1,26.

Könnte es nicht vielleicht doch ein Terroranschlag gewesen sein?

von zerobase now - am 12.12.2005 12:52
Noch ein paar mehr Bilder:



Jetzt hat der Wind dort etwas gedreht auf S-SW, die Rauchwolke wird nach Süden ziehen auf den Englischen Kanal hinaus.

von Björn. - am 12.12.2005 16:58
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