“Drunken people cannot attain the Kingdom of God…?” On September 10, an industrial safety incident occurred in the central Portuguese city of Anadia: two large wine storage tanks at a winery suddenly burst, and more than 2.2 million liters of red wine had been stored. They ran towards the village and turned into a purple-red stream flowing at high speed through the village. The video also went viral on the internet. Behind the heady images, the public still needs to be mindful of how alcohol spillover affects the environment, and it also takes the opportunity to get a glimpse of the global wine overproduction crisis.
The winery that caused the accident on the 10th was The Destilaria Levira, which celebrated its 100th anniversary this year. The Guardian reported that this “wine flood” flooded one family’s cellar, but fortunately there were no injuries. A standard bottle of wine is 750 ml. 2.2 million liters is equivalent to 2.93 million bottles of wine, enough to fill an entire Olympic-sized swimming pool. Because the scene was as stunning as any special effect in a movie, related videos also became popular on the Internet. A large number of netizens joked that they would “immediately fly there with buckets”, and even thought of the miraculous story of Jesus turning water into water. Wine in the Bible.
Hours after the incident, Riviera Winery issued an apology on social media expressing “deep regret” and taking full responsibility for all damage and the subsequent cleanup. Winery CEO Pedro Carvalho told The New York Times that it was initially believed that one of the wine storage tanks at the factory had ruptured due to structural damage, and the impact of the exploding red wine spilled the other wine storage tank. A disaster occurred, and the local government is still investigating the more detailed causes of the disaster. Kavanagh doesn’t forget to emphasize that “those wines are of good quality”, so the smell in the air is not strong.
Spilling of beverage or food is one of the common accidents in modern industry. Although this scene often seems ridiculous, the impact cannot be underestimated. Most common spillover incidents result from traffic accidents such as truck overturns, which cause transported goods to be overturned on the road. The giant United States can be called a “veteran” in this field. Food items such as potatoes, chocolate beans, flour, yogurt, cranberries, etc. have been overturned on the road and temporarily blocked traffic.
Solid or packaged food is relatively easy to handle, but liquid food spills can cause a public safety nightmare and even lead to a fatal crisis. The “London beer flood” occurred in London in 1814. At that time, a wine storage barrel also burst, and approximately 580,000 to 1.47 million liters of beer flowed into nearby slums, killing eight people.
In 1919, United StatesbostonThe molasses disaster is the most serious example in modern times. Jaggery is a by-product of sugar production from sugarcane or beetroot, and resembles highly sticky honey. At that time, a molasses storage tank in a factory in Boston Harbor suddenly exploded. About 8.7 million liters of jaggery was spilled out. The force of the explosion created a “honey wave” of more than 7 meters high, which destroyed nearby buildings and roads. Ultimately 150 people were injured, 21 were killed and a large number of horses were killed. Since this incident occurred in the winter of January, the molasses became more sticky and hard when exposed to cold air, making rescue more difficult. Most of the victims died from suffocation. Later, more than 300 people were deployed to clean the incident site.
Apart from causing casualties, food spills can also cause massive pollution in the environment. In the 2013 Hawaii molasses spill, more than 1,400 tonnes of molasses spilled into the sea within three days because an old pipeline carrying molasses to a ship broke. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that at least 25,000 fish, shrimp and shellfish died as a result… British environmental management services company GPT reported that when large quantities of beverages enter water, microorganisms These foreign objects need to consume large amounts of oxygen to decompose, causing the oxygen content in the water to rapidly decrease, and aquatic organisms can easily suffocate due to lack of oxygen.