April 13, 2001 |
A blowout at a Brazilian offshore oil rig forced the evacuation of workers and dumped more than 3,400 gallons of crude oil into the sea, near the site where another platform caught fire and sank last month, state oil giant Petrobras said. The oil workers union said the spill was six miles long. No one was injured in the accident, which occurred 75 miles off Brazil's southeastern coast, Petrobras said. A blowout is an uncontrolled flow of oil, gas or water from a well.
July 2, 1994 |
A fireworks stall exploded Friday at an outdoor antique market in downtown Vitoria, in southeastern Brazil, killing as many as 30 people and injuring more than 40, fire officials said. Passing cars flipped over, trees were flattened, and flaming debris and tin roofs flew through the air, fire officials said. The market was jammed with about 250 shoppers.
March 16, 2001 |
Explosions and fire ravaged the world's largest offshore oil rig Thursday, killing at least one worker, weakening the nation's currency and shaking its biggest company. Three blasts shortly after midnight rocked the Brazilian rig, which weighs about 32,000 tons and stands 40 stories high. The platform is 75 miles off Brazil's southeastern Atlantic coast in the Campos Basin, northeast of Rio de Janeiro. It accounted for more than three-quarters of the 1.
March 21, 2001 |
A crippled Brazilian oil platform sank into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Rio de Janeiro and started spilling oil Tuesday, five days after explosions on the giant rig killed 10 workers and damaged the finances and image of Brazil's state oil company. Despite efforts to save the P-36 platform, one of the world's largest, the 40-story rig tipped and sank rapidly about 10:30 a.m.
March 17, 2001 |
Union leaders and government officials accused Brazil's national oil company Friday of failing to take precautions that could have prevented an accident that killed up to 10 workers and crippled one of the world's largest offshore oil platforms. Three explosions devastated the 40-story platform in the Roncador oil field in the Atlantic Ocean about 80 miles from the coast and 120 miles northeast of Rio de Janeiro on Thursday. It is unclear what caused the explosions.
March 18, 2001 |
Navy divers, engineers and U.S. consultants raced to salvage a crippled offshore oil rig Saturday despite a warning that the huge platform could sink in less than two days. The 30 specialists entered the partly submerged Brazilian rig, one of the world's largest, for the first time since explosions and fire Thursday forced its evacuation, state oil giant Petrobras said.