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Costa Concordia after the disaster

Published July 7, 2013 by Tony

– Concordia Salvaging –

The cruise ship “Costa Concordia” is lying half-submerged on the rocks of Giglio’s isle and has remained so since January 13, 2013, when the tragedy struck, with 4229 people on board, of which 30 died and 2 still missing.
The common goal, now, is to remove the boat and keep the sea clean protecting the environment. For this reason, together with technicians and engineers also collaborate researchers of University in Rome and agencies for environmental protection. From the tanks have already been removed more than 2,000 tons of diesel fuel without polluting the sea. Recovery works, divided into 4 phases and which will be lasting six months, have already begun. With the first phase by August, poles and cables will be stuck in the seabed and other poles in the cliff, in order to create a sort of “cradle” made with sandbags and a steel platform. The ship’s keel will be reinforced with steel plates and at the submerged side will be attacked some big and empty boxes. With the second phase, the boxes on the left side will be filled with water, to try to rotate and straighten the ship by pulling the cables. In the third phase, others bins will mount on the right side. Thru the final stage all the bins will be filled with air, to let the ship float and tow it.
The large piece of rock of 140 tons, still stuck in the keel, will be removed in pieces and put in its original place as a monument in memory of the tragedy.


Published May 17, 2012 by Tony


In case you or any relative are planning a trip to distant lands, to visit an unusual place during vacation e.g. , first take a look to the following list because there are hazardous or inadvisable  destinations you’d better avoid, or going there well aware of what you’re getting.


According to the Wif (World Interesting Fact), Burundi has the highest death rate in relation to population / poverty rate / number of crimes.
Among the industrialized countries it is perhaps the poorest because the recent crisis. In the favelas is daily survival.
Tripoli, Libya
Stuff of our days. Going to Tripoli now is unwise.
Despite its natural beauty, for the presence of Al Qaeda and Taliban, Pakistan is a country considered too dangerous for foreigners.
The only safe tourist area seems to be Cap Skirring, while around the battles between rebels and army are frequent.
Not only war. In parts of Iraq and the busiest centers is a high risk of infectious diseases. From May to November the focus from malaria, and throughout the year from infections due to food and drink.
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
In the capital, civil tension is always high. Millions of people live in areas affected by natural disasters and lack of basic services.
Although since 2004 is officially called the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, because the Taliban is an outbreak ready to explode at any time.
People continue to die in Sudan. And getting sick here can be very dangerous: there is one of the worst health systems in the world. As AMREF reports.


Riachuelo Basin, Argentina
Here reigns the wrongful refusal with about 42 open dumps.
Dzerzhinsk, Russia
The cities most polluted by chemicals in the world.
Appalachia, West Virginia
The site of the U.S. most polluted by clouds of coal mines.
Kabwe, Zambia
On the soil of this city is not growing anything more. It is one of the most polluted (for levels of lead) of the Earth.
Lake Karachay, Russia
The largest lake polluted by nuclear waste of the Earth.
La Oroya, Peru
99% of children in this city has rates of blood lead above the limit.
After the earthquake of 2010 is still in a state of health emergency. Continue the cholera epidemic.
Research and UNICEF statistics say that  this is the country with the highest maternal mortality rate in the world for medical malpractice and infections.
The long shadow of Chernobyl after 25 years is still present. Access to the center is forbidden for anyone who does not have a valid reason to enter.
Fukushima, Japan
After the disaster of 11 March and the release of radioactive material, is currently one of the most risky place of the Planet.


Dasht e Lut, Iran
This is the hottest desert in the world.
The only country where the species of venomous animals are more than non-poisonous.


Christchurch, New Zealand
According to the WTO, New Zealand is one of the highest seismic risk zones in the world. The recent earthquake in Christchurch shows this.
Fiji Islands
This is a favorite destinations for many tourists (mostly Europeans) but also the favorite place for earthquake and resulting tsunami risks.
As for the Fiji Islands, Panama is also a destination for tourists. But even here, because of the significant level of seismic, tsunami warning is always present.
California people is accustomed to earthquakes but this not mean you have to be unworried.
Easter Island
It is the area of the world most surrounded by volcanoes and in marine surface (about 1,133).
Ubinas, Peru
The Peruvian authorities are certain: the eruptive activity of the volcano Ubinas, which had affected some provinces in the past, could resume.
Galeras, Colombia
One of the largest active volcanoes in Colombia, is located about 700 miles southwest of Bogota, and in recent years has seriously threatened the population of Narino.
It is the city in the world with more natural hazards: earthquakes, typhoons, landslides, floods.
Volcano Villarrica, Chile
A continuing goal of sightseeing but it is the most active volcano in Chile.