• Short Summary

    A FULL-SCALE GOVERNMENT ENQUIRY HAS NOW BEEN LAUNCHED INTO THE GAS EXPLOSION DISASTER WHICH CLAIMED THE LIVES OF MORE THAN TWO PEOPLE ON WEDNESDAY (8 APRIL) IN OSAKA - SITE OF THE EXPO-70 WORLD FAIR.

  • Description

    A FULL-SCALE GOVERNMENT ENQUIRY HAS NOW BEEN LAUNCHED INTO THE GAS EXPLOSION DISASTER WHICH CLAIMED THE LIVES OF MORE THAN TWO PEOPLE ON WEDNESDAY (8 APRIL) IN OSAKA - SITE OF THE EXPO-70 WORLD FAIR.

    IN THE MEANTIME, AN ARMY OF DEMOLITION WORKERS IS STRUGGLING WITH THE AFTERMATH OF THE EXPLOSION, CLEARING WRECKAGE WHICH COVERS A WIDE AREA.

    ACCORDING TO THE OSAKA FIRE DEPARTMENT, 71 PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND 251 INJURED - 92 OF THEM SERIOUSLY-BY THE BLAST AND SUBSEQUENT FIRE.

    THE EXPLOSION OCCURRED BENEATH A DENSELY POPULATED DISTRICT WHERE CONSTRUCTION WORKERS ARE BUILDING A NEW UNDERGROUND RAILWAY LINE. A GAS LEAK IN AN UNDERGROUND TUNNEL WAS REPORTED ABOUT HALF AN HOUR EARLIER. EVACUATION OF THE AREA HAD STARTED, BUT MANY PEOPLE WERE CAUGHT ON THE BUSY STREETS AND IN THEIR HOMES WHEN THE FIRST BLAST SHOOK THE AREA. AT LEAST TOW MORE EXPLOSIONS FOLLOWED. CONCRETE BLOCKS STEEL PLATES WHICH HAD BEEN LAID OVER THE EXCAVATIONS, AND CARS WERE HURLED HIGH IN THE AIR; PASSERS-BY WERE KNOCKED DOWN. FLAMES SHOT 100 FT (30 M) INTO THE AIR AS THE GAS CAUGHT FIRE. THE CLOSELY PACKED WOODEN HOUSES LINING THE ROAD WERE GUTTED. THE CONFLAGRATION ENGULFED AN AREA OF 2,400 SQUARE (2,000 SQUARE METRES) AND DESTROYED MORE THAN 30 HOMES BEFORE FIREMEN COULD BRING IT UNDER CONTROL.

    PRIME MINISTER EISAKU HAS SENT TOW OF HIS CABINET MINISTERS TO THE DISASTER AREA.

    THE EXPLOSION OCCURRED ONLY A FEW HOURS AFTER THE NATIONAL DIET (PARLIAMENT) HAD PASSED A BILL TO STRENGTHEN THE SAFETY OF GAS IN CITIES. JAPAN HAS HAD A NUMBER OF FATAL GAS EXPLOSIONS IN RECENT YEARS, THE WORST OF THEM IN 1965 WHEN 11 PEOPLE WERE KILLED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAD5F1ML8P9648K6C6AQ4UEWOVK
    Media URN:
    VLVAD5F1ML8P9648K6C6AQ4UEWOVK
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/04/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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