Residents of Richmond, Calif., were ordered to stay in their homes Monday night after a series of explosions and fires erupted at a Chevron refinery in the area. There were no fatalaties but one employee did suffer burns. Health officials' main concern was fumes from crude oil and diesel fuel. The Chevron Richmond refinery is Northern California's largest, capable of processing more than 242,000 barrels of oil each day.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- The mystery behind China's aggressive push into space
- Here's the schedule very successful people follow every day
- Yes, Republicans can impeach President Obama
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- The 5 best and worst states for a well-lived life
- What religious traditionalists can teach us about sex
- Why Texas' abortion rates aren't falling as quickly as everyone expected
- Why all drugs should be legal. (Yes, even heroin.)
- The 6 best low-cost smartphones
- The NFL is terrified of the culture war
Subscribe to the Week