Greenpeace investigates the toxic sludge flood in Hungary

Photo | 8 October, 2010

Greenpeace activists collect samples of toxic sludge in the Hungarian town of Kolontar.

October 5, 2010 - The toxic Hungarian sludge flood was caused by the rupture of a red sludge reservoir at an alumina production plant in western Hungary and has affected seven towns near Ajkai, 100 miles (160 kilometers) southwest of Budapest. The sludge contains a highly toxic mixture of heavy metals, and so far the flood has been responsible for six missing people and 120 injuries.

A Greenpeace team examined the causes of the toxic spill and its effects on the land, water, and air and have sent samples to two private labs for analysis.