Toxic Sludge Floods Hungary Villages

On Monday, October 4th, a large reservoir filled with toxic red sludge in western Hungary ruptured, releasing approximately 700,000 cubic meters (185 million gallons) of stinking caustic mud, which killed many animals, at least 5  people, and injured over 120 – many with chemical burns. The 12-foot-high flood of sludge inundated several towns, sweeping cars off the road as it flowed into the nearby Marcal River. According to the lateset news, Hungary’s toxic sludge spill has reached the Danube River but may not harm wildlife after emergency services battled to neutralise the alkaline substance. The red sludge in the reservoir is a byproduct of refining bauxite into alumina, which took place at an alumina plant run by the Hungarian Alumina Production and Trading Company. A criminal probe has been opened by Hungarian authorities.

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