Jan 8, 1979: The oil tanker Betelgeuse explodes in Ireland

At around 1am on 8 January 1979, the oil tanker Betelgeuse exploded in West Cork, Ireland. Fifty people died in the explosion and fire, with only 27 bodies recovered. During the salvage operation a Dutch diver died. [wikipedia]

Context: We don’t see it, do we? The people who die mining the coal, or moving the oil from there to here. A measure of our “civilisation” is the invisibility of the energy we use.

Meanwhile, the satirical newspaper The Onion is, as ever, your most reliable source…

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