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Chemicals at Tianjin explosion site – expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on August 18th, 2015.

The exact cause of the huge explosions that rocked the Chinese port city of Tianjin remains a mystery for now, but chemical experts on the ground are assessing the situation. The series of explosions occurred around 3.30am (NZT) last Thursday at a container storage station at the city port, causing widespread damage and injury. Latest […]

Texas fertiliser plant explosion – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on April 18th, 2013.

An explosion at a fertiliser plant in the US is reported to have injured more than 100 people and killed an unknown number killed in the town of West in Texas. Our colleagues at the AusSMC collected the following expert commentary. Feel free to use these quotes in your reporting. If you would like to […]

Mining expert David Cliff arrives at Pike River

Peter Griffin posted in on December 1st, 2010.

Australian mining expert David Cliff has arrived at the Pike River site, as work continues to try and recover the miners’ bodies. The gag engine, a modified jet engine brought over to try put out the fire burning inside by the mine by pumping in inert, non-flammable gases and starving the fire of oxygen, is […]

Experts on potential techniques to stabilise Pike River

Peter Griffin posted in on November 25th, 2010.

UPDATED: Further explosions in the Pike River mine are possible as a volatile mix of gases prevents a rescue crew from entering the mine to retrieve the bodies of the miners who are presumed dead following a second massive explosion yesterday. A number of “inertisation” technologies, such as liquid nitrogen vapourisation are being considered to […]

Media coverage: Robots deployed in Pike River mine

Peter Griffin posted in on November 24th, 2010.

Three robots may soon be involved in the Pike River mine disaster – an unprecedented number. The first robot, which stalled yesterday due to water damage, was restarted this morning, and managed to travel a kilometre into the mine before running out of batteries.  Before doing so, it captured footage of the helmet of one […]

Mine CCTV footage – what it may tell us

Peter Griffin posted in on November 24th, 2010.

CCTV video footage taken from a camera at the entrance to the Pike River mine was released last night and shows the impact of the pressure wave that resulted from the explosion deep within the mine. The 52-second piece of footage can be viewed on most news websites including TV3 and Stuff. The Science Media […]

Coverage of the Pike River mine explosion

Peter Griffin posted in on November 22nd, 2010.

On Friday evening, the Pike River mine outside the South Island town of Greymouth experienced an explosion which trapped 29 miners below the surface. The explosion looks to have been due to a methane gas buildup, making rescue attempts difficult, both for fear of setting off a second explosion, and due to potentially high levels […]

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