October 2010 Current Events: Disasters & Science News

Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

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Here are the key events in Science and Disasters news for the month of October 2010.

  • Toxic Spill in Hungary Kills 8 (Oct. 4): A sludge reservoir bursts in Hungary, sending 200 million gallons of toxic mud into the roads of three villages, killing 8 people and injuring scores of others. The toxic sludge, a byproduct of the conversion of bauxite to alumina, for aluminum, burns on contact. Hundreds of people are forced from their homes. (Oct. 11): The managing director of the company whose reservoir burst and spewed toxic sludge over the streets of Hungary has been arrested. Officials have reason to suspect that the director, Zoltan Bakonyi, knew that the reservoir was weakening and risked collapsing but chose not to fix it.

  • First of 33 Trapped Chilean Miners Rescued (Oct. 12): After spending 68 days trapped in a mine half a mile underground, and a massive, multi-million dollar rescue operation, the first of the 33 Chilean miners is rescued from the mine. He is pulled to safety via a capsule made for the rescue mission. The rest of the miners will be carried to safety over the next 24 hours. (Oct. 13): All 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for over two months are pulled to safety in what is being hailed as a brilliant rescue mission.

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