Global & Disaster Medicine

2/25/1984: A huge gas leak explosion destroys a shantytown in Brazil, killing at least 500 people, mostly young children.

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“….When workers opened the wrong pipeline on February 24, highly combustible octane gas poured into the ditches of Vila Soco. Soon after midnight, an explosion was sparked, and a fireball ripped through the favela. Some homes were literally thrown hundreds of feet into the air; others were instantly incinerated. The temperature at the heart of the fireball was estimated at 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit…..”

 

 


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