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I just heard about the explosions north of London.

Concerned about members in the UK?

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Thanks, ein, OK here. I don't think we've got anyone in the near vicinity, but from the various reports the explosion and the shockwave were heard and felt over an enormous distance. So some TIWWA-ers might have had a worrying awakening this morning. A number of people have reported that the door to their attic fell down because of the sudden increase in air pressure in empty attics.

The story's been about the only thing to run on UK 24 hour TV news. The satellite pictures of the extent of the plume is quite extraordinary. The major problem in the way of the smoke clearing is that there's high pressure over the UK at the moment which creates an inversion in the atmosphere. That has the effect of a barrier keeping the plume fairly near the ground so it doesn't dissipate into the upper atmosphere. At present it's spreading south east towards Europe.

Now that it's dark, the live pictures are even more scary. It's still burning fiercely. It's amazing that so few people were hurt.

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Now that it's dark, the live pictures are even more scary. It's still burning fiercely. It's amazing that so few people were hurt.

This was one i saw

Very scary.

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That's a really scary image. It almost seems like something out of an armaggedon movie.

There have been traces of the smoke in the sky to the north of us. I'm so glad I'm not underneath that plume which has meant some places have seen not much more than a dark sky all day. Even though I tend towards scientific explanations, I would still have felt very unsettled if the plume had come our way.

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Yeah that image looks like a real life doomsday scenario! Very shocking news.

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Hi,

I'm back from a short break and whilst away I switched on and saw the images. Quite frightening, it blews the windows out in houses over a large area. I'm not up to date yet with the news but I imagine its down to maintenance or rather the lack of it. I can't people started saying there was a plane involved - muppets. I'm glad that was quashed pretty soon by the Police.

The Fire fighters did a great job, in truly awful conditions without hesitation. Imagine being in one of the suits and masks for hours in that grime and heat. I was shocked to hear them being critised for pulling out when that large tank was thought to be on the way to exploding. A fire fighter doesn't have to pull someone out of a fire to be a hero. :ouro:

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