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Bhopal-type gas leak in California: Emergency declared

Thu, Jan 07, 2016, 06:01 PM
What if a Bhopal gas-type tragedy were to occur in the homeland of Union Carbide? Luckily it was not the deadliest methyl isocyanate but methane gas that was leaking out of the underground storage tank of Southern California Gas Company at Porter Ranch.

Methane is also dangerous but nothing to match methyl isocyanate that accounted for hundreds of lives in Bhopal on the intervening night of December 2-3 in 1984. In all, 500,000 people were affected, most of them maimed for life and passing on the ill-effects to their unborn children.

Methane leak at Porter Ranch was going on and blood flow began from the nose and mouth of the affected people after the gas emission increased to serious levels. Emergency has been proclaimed in the part of California.

The Government of California has decided to evacuate the people from the area. The government has taken the responsibility to evacuate the people. Every cent of the costs would be borne by the government, Governor Jerry Brown announced.

The underground tank is estimated to be storing 1200 tons of methane. Owing to chemical reactions, other gases were also emanating, the government confirmed.

A simple blowout preventer was not installed by Union Carbide that caused the deadliest industrial disaster in the world in Bhopal. Even in Porter Ranch, the same seems to be the case.
Agency: Ap7am Desk

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