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Bhopal disaster

This "route" differed from the MIC-free routes used elsewhere, in which the same raw materials were combined in a different manufacturing order, with phosgene first reacting with naphthol to form a chloroformate ester, which was then reacted with methylamine. In the early s, the demand for desastre de bhopal had fallen, but production continued, leading to build-up of stores of unused MIC where that method was used.

In a panic, he removed his gas mask and inhaled a large amount of toxic phosgene gas, leading to his death just 72 hours later. None of the workers had been desastre de bhopal to wear protective masks.

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One month later, in Februaryan MIC leak affected 18 workers. In Augusta chemical engineer came into contact with liquid MIC, resulting in burns over 30 percent of his body. Desastre de bhopal that same year, in Octoberthere was another MIC leak. In attempting to stop the leak, the MIC supervisor suffered severe chemical burns and two other desastre de bhopal were severely exposed to the gases.

During andthere were leaks of MIC, chlorine, monomethylamine, phosgene, and carbon tetrachloridesometimes in combination.

E, E, and E In the months leading up to the December leak, liquid MIC production was in progress and being used to fill these tanks.

Desastre de bhopal tank was pressurized with inert nitrogen gas. This pressurization allowed liquid MIC to be pumped out of each tank as needed, and also kept impurities out of the tanks.

It meant that the liquid MIC contained within could not be pumped out.

At the time of this failure, tank E contained 42 tons of liquid MIC. Maintenance included the shutdown of the plant's flare tower so that a corroded pipe could be repaired.

An attempt to re-establish pressure in tank E on 1 December failed, so the 42 tons of liquid MIC contained within still could not be pumped out of it. During decontamination of the plant, tank was removed from its foundation and left aside. Methylamine 1 reacts with phosgene 2 producing methyl isocyanate 3 which reacts with 1-naphthol 4 to yield carbaryl 5 In early Decembermost of the plant's MIC related desastre de bhopal systems were malfunctioning and many valves and lines were in poor condition.

In addition, several vent gas scrubbers had been out of service as well as the steam boiler, intended to clean the pipes.

Two different senior refinery employees assumed the reading was instrumentation malfunction. One was found by The decision was made to address the problem after a The incident was discussed by MIC area employees during the break.

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One employee witnessed a concrete slab above tank E crack as the emergency relief valve burst open, and pressure in the tank continued to increase to 55 psi The two siren systems had been decoupled from one another inso that it was possible to leave the factory warning siren on while turning off the public one, and this is exactly desastre de bhopal was done: Finally, they received an updated report that it was "MIC" rather than "methyl isocyanate"which hospital staff had never heard of, had no antidote for, and received no immediate information about.

Fifteen minutes later, the plant's public siren was sounded for an extended period of time, after first having been quickly silenced an hour and a half earlier.


People awakened by these symptoms fled away from the plant. Those who ran inhaled more than those who had a vehicle to ride.


Owing to their height, children and desastre de bhopal people of shorter stature inhaled higher concentrations, as methyl isocyanate gas is approximately twice as dense as air and hence in an open environment has a tendency to fall toward the ground.

Primary causes of deaths were chokingreflexogenic circulatory collapse and pulmonary oedema. Findings during autopsies revealed changes not only in desastre de bhopal lungs but also cerebral oedematubular necrosis of the kidneys, fatty degeneration of the liver and necrotising enteritis.