SEOUL: Nuclear-armed North Korea on Tuesday (Apr 25) marked a military anniversary with a massive conventional firing drill, Seoul said, as a US guided-missile submarine docked in South Korea amid tensions over Pyongyang’s weapons ambitions.
Speculation had mounted that the North could carry out a sixth nuclear test or another missile launch to mark 85 years since the founding of its army.
But no such event – which usually happens in the morning – had taken place by mid-afternoon, and instead Seoul’s defence ministry said Pyongyang was conducting a “massive fire drill” in the eastern port city of Wonsan. Read more
Sixteen people were injured in an explosion at an iron factory on Tuesday morning in Japan’s northernmost Hokkaido prefecture, local media quoted first responders as saying.
According to local reports, a furnace exploded at the iron factory in Asahikawa at 8:30 a.m. local time (2330 GMT Monday) with the injury count quickly rising from five to 16 with at least one person seriously injured, firefighters on the scene said.
Firefighters have cordoned off the area around the factory and advised local residents to evacuate in case there are further explosions. Read more
There was a deadly explosion aboard the Tamar Monday as the ship traveled to Portugal; Boston Coast Guard officials coordinated a rescue.
BOSTON, MA — An explosion aboard a huge bulk carrier ship halfway across the Atlantic Ocean Monday morning killed one crew member and seriously burned three more, according to the Coast Guard. The explosion happened aboard the 623-foot Tamar at about 7 a.m. when the ship was 1,300 miles off Cape Cod — halfway to its destination in Portugal, the Coast Guard said. Read more
Two ships, one Turkish flag-flying motorboat and one with Italian flag, collided in the port of Porto Nogaro (Udine).
The accident did not cause injuries or damage to the environment.
The crash happened yesterday – but it has been reported today – between the Turkish motorcycle “Erdogan Senkaya”, unloaded to embark on a load of steel products, and the Italian “Luca S” motorboat, already moored on a dock and Ready to begin at that moment the siliceous sandloading landing operations carried on board, occurred during the maneuvering of the first unit.
For causes under investigation by the Harbor Master’s Office, the Turkish ship was carrying out a maneuver to moor when it hit the bow bulb of the other ship, which had a major break on the starboard wall and began to Embark on water. Read more