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    Today: 30th anniversary of the Bhopal disaster

    Today is the anniversary of the Bhopal Gas Vent disaster, in India, in the small hours of the 3rd December 1984. between 3500 - 16000 (number disputed) people were killed and 500,000 gassed, as 40 tonnes of a toxic chemical Methyl Isocyanate exploded out of three tanks.

    The plant was an omnishambles, nothing was maintained, many systems and items were broken, including safety valves, vent pipes, and warning systems. Essentially, water was allowed to enter one of the tanks, causing a runaway exothermic reaction. The tanks which were supposed to be kept pressurised under nitrogen to prevent fire, were in fact full of air, because the nitrogen system was broken. The pressure in the tanks rose up to 150 psi, and the tanks erupted, literally flattening the entire plant and half the surrounding town. 40 tonnes of toxic methyl isocyanate spread out in huge cloud, gassing half a million people, the effects were not dissimilar to phosgene gassing in WW1.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhopal_disaster



    All disasters, wars and historic moments in history have their iconic images - think of the little girl burned by napalm, Kim Phuk, running out a Vietnamese village, or the three American troops raising the US flag on Iwo Jima. Bhopal has an iconic, but less well known image, just called Bhopal Gas Girl, the identity of the girl is unknown.

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