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Yokkaichi Explosion

There was an explosion at Mitsubishi Materials chemical plant in Yokkaichi (ABC, BBC, Japan Times). It has been reported that there are 5 dead. This part of Japan has suffered numerous industrial problems including Yokkaichi Asthma, and drinking water issues. It has been known to be the most polluted city in Japan.

I believe I have taken a photo of the affected plant. According to Google Maps, the Mitsubishi Materials plant and this photo (Sony a77 GPS data) are of the same place.

Probably the Mitsubishi Materials plant where the 9th January 2014 explosion occurred.

Probably the Mitsubishi Materials plant where the 9th January 2014 explosion occurred.

The photo below was taken from the Yokkaichi Port Building, and looks over the Mitsubishi Materials affected plant. For this photo, and others like it, see my agent’s website, “Yokkaichi”.

A view of the Yokkaichi industrial area

A view of the Yokkaichi industrial area

Explosion in Kyoto

Earlier, the BBC News website reported that there was a fireworks explosion, injuring and seriously injuring about 50 people including children in Kyoto, and of which caused the cancellation of a fireworks display (BBC News). It was later revealed that it was a food stall or similar (like shown below) was using a generator and possibly was refilling the generator fuel tank when some fuel splashed onto the generator itself, causing a fire and explosion of the fuel tank. Then later a second fuel tank exploded, of which was recorded and released on the internet. Stalls like these below are typical scenes seen all over Japan for all festival and cultural events. See the Japan Today article for more information. These images, and others like them are available at my portfolio and my agent’s website.

Both images are typical stalls found at all Japanese festivals. The lights are typically powered by fuel generators.

Images like these are available at http://ablyth.photoshelter.com.