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Ajka alumina plant accident

The photograph you see above isn’t the result of Photoshop or infrared photography. Captured by Spanish photographer Palíndromo Mészáros, it shows what the landscape of Ajka, Hungary looked like half a year after the Ajka alumina plant accident — an industrial disaster in which 35 million cubic feet of toxic waste flooded the land to a height of around 6.5 feet. Mészáros lined up the thick red line caused by the sludge with the horizon line to obtain this surreal image.
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13 Jul 2012 05:24:00
A man carries an injured child amidst rubble near a burning vehicle in a site damaged from what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the town of Douma, eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria December 30, 2015. (Photo by Bassam Khabieh/Reuters)

A man carries an injured child amidst rubble near a burning vehicle in a site damaged from what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the town of Douma, eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria December 30, 2015. (Photo by Bassam Khabieh/Reuters)
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01 Jan 2016 08:00:00
Carine Louis-Jean, 22, poses for a photograph in her destroyed house after Hurricane Matthew hit Jeremie, Haiti, October 17, 2016. “The roof of my house is completely gone and some of walls were destroyed. I have lost everything I had, but I thank God that I have a friend who is letting me stay at her house. I could say I'm lucky, because none of my family died during the hurricane, but I do not think I'm lucky”, said Louis-Jean. (Photo by Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

Carine Louis-Jean, 22, poses for a photograph in her destroyed house after Hurricane Matthew hit Jeremie, Haiti, October 17, 2016. “The roof of my house is completely gone and some of walls were destroyed. I have lost everything I had, but I thank God that I have a friend who is letting me stay at her house. I could say I'm lucky, because none of my family died during the hurricane, but I do not think I'm lucky”, said Louis-Jean. (Photo by Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)
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11 Nov 2016 08:23:00
Mount Sinabung, a highly active volcano on Sumatra island, erupted several times this week. A volcanology agency has declared a danger zone of about four miles from the crater after seven farmers were killed and two others seriously injured. Here: A man carries his dog as a giant ash cloud rises from the Sinabung volcano in Karo, Indonesia on May 26, 2016. (Photo by Sutanta Aditya/Barcroft Images)

Mount Sinabung, a highly active volcano on Sumatra island, erupted several times this week. A volcanology agency has declared a danger zone of about four miles from the crater after seven farmers were killed and two others seriously injured. Here: A man carries his dog as a giant ash cloud rises from the Sinabung volcano in Karo, Indonesia on May 26, 2016. (Photo by Sutanta Aditya/Barcroft Images)
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28 May 2016 12:09:00
A plume of smoke rises from the Waldo Canyon wildfire near Colorado Springs, on June 26, 2012. (Reuters/John Wark)

A plume of smoke rises from the Waldo Canyon wildfire near Colorado Springs, on June 26, 2012. (Reuters/John Wark)
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03 Jul 2012 04:39:00
Young Lebanese women wearing protective masks and gloves against the coronavirus pandemic, stand on August 5, 2020 amid the rubble in Beirut's Gimmayzeh commercial district which was heavily damaged by the previous day's powerful explosion that tore through Lebanon's capital, resulting from the ignition of a huge depot of ammonium nitrate at the city's main port. Rescuers searched for survivors in Beirut after a cataclysmic explosion at the port sowed devastation across entire neighbourhoods, killing more than 100 people, wounding thousands and plunging Lebanon deeper into crisis. The blast, which appeared to have been caused by a fire igniting 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate left unsecured in a warehouse, was felt as far away as Cyprus, some 150 miles (240 kilometres) to the northwest. (Photo by AFP Photo/Stringer)

Young Lebanese women wearing protective masks and gloves against the coronavirus pandemic, stand on August 5, 2020 amid the rubble in Beirut's Gimmayzeh commercial district which was heavily damaged by the previous day's powerful explosion that tore through Lebanon's capital, resulting from the ignition of a huge depot of ammonium nitrate at the city's main port. Rescuers searched for survivors in Beirut after a cataclysmic explosion at the port sowed devastation across entire neighbourhoods, killing more than 100 people, wounding thousands and plunging Lebanon deeper into crisis. The blast, which appeared to have been caused by a fire igniting 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate left unsecured in a warehouse, was felt as far away as Cyprus, some 150 miles (240 kilometres) to the northwest. (Photo by AFP Photo/Stringer)
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10 Aug 2020 00:05:00
Women take pictures between stone sculptures of half-buried people at the Lapindo mud field in Sidoarjo, October 11, 2015. Disaster tourism has become more common in Indonesia, where visitors are drawn to sites of earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions to witness the aftermath of catastrophes or simply do some soul-searching. (Photo by Reuters/Beawiharta)

Women take pictures between stone sculptures of half-buried people at the Lapindo mud field in Sidoarjo, October 11, 2015. Disaster tourism has become more common in Indonesia, where visitors are drawn to sites of earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions to witness the aftermath of catastrophes or simply do some soul-searching. (Photo by Reuters/Beawiharta)
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30 Oct 2015 08:01:00
A man helps a woman through a flooded neighbourhood in the aftermath of Cyclone Kenneth, in Pemba, Mozambique, April 28, 2019. (Photo by Mike Hutchings/Reuters)

A man helps a woman through a flooded neighbourhood in the aftermath of Cyclone Kenneth, in Pemba, Mozambique, April 28, 2019. (Photo by Mike Hutchings/Reuters)
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10 May 2019 00:01:00