Toxic Sludge in Hungary Friday, October 15, 2010

Photo of spill in the towns of Kolontar and Devecser in Hungary.

Great photo from NASA taken on October 9, 2010 of the recent toxic sludge in Hungary.
On October 4, 2010, an accident occurred at the Ajkai Timföldgyár alumina (aluminum oxide) plant in western Hungary. A corner wall of a waste-retaining pond broke, releasing a torrent of toxic red sludge down a local stream. Several nearby towns were inundated, including Kolontar and Devecser, where the sludge was 2 meters (6.5 feet) deep in places. Four people were killed immediately, likely from drowning, and several more were missing. Dozens of residents were hospitalized for chemical burns.

To read more, or to view high resolution photos from NASA plus a Google Earth link visit the NASA website.

Where in Hungary did the spill occur, we have marked it on the map of Hungary below by the orange triangle, just north of Lake Balaton.

Map of Hungary (higher resolution maps in Know Your Europe)

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