Here are some details about the catastrophe of yesterday morning. Excerpts taken from website LeMonde.fr
The biggest explosion of a fuel depot ever in Europe in peacetime caused a huge fire (...) »
(...) everything suggests that this is an accident. The British media nonetheless recall that the number two al-Qaida, the Egyptian Ayman Al-Zawahri, had called in September to hit the oil facilities "Whose majority of revenues benefit the enemies of Islam", in a tape broadcast by Al Jazeera, and circulating on the Internet in recent days. "
The fire chief (...) hoped that the fire could be contained in Monday's day. (Hypothesis in our very optimistic given the direct flames this afternoon) (...) »
A curtain of gray smoke veiled the skies of London on Sunday and caused darkness in the middle of a very sunny day. Monday, this cloud was heading to France. According to several experts, these "slightly toxic" fumes mainly include carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide. They do not present an immediate danger to health, even though asthmatics and people with chronic lung diseases have been asked to protect themselves.
Ecologically, the current dry climate makes it unlikely a phenomenon of "black rain". The Environment Agency is particularly concerned about the risks of pollution from rivers in the event that fuels flow from the site. But she was judged unlikely Sunday. "
Buncefield stores up to 150 000 tons of fuel and petroleum derivatives, or 5% of national requirements. This is the fifth largest 50 repository in the country. (...) «