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Toxic gas cloud in Brazil's main and busiest port area sends tens to hospital

Friday, January 15th 2016 - 12:31 UTC
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Guaruja Mayor Maria de Antonieta de Brito asked people to stay home because the gas causes skin irritation, burning sensation, fainting spells and breathing problems. Guaruja Mayor Maria de Antonieta de Brito asked people to stay home because the gas causes skin irritation, burning sensation, fainting spells and breathing problems.
According to the Sao Paulo Port Authority, a fire that flared shortly after the leak began spread to 12 other containers carrying chemical products at the terminal. According to the Sao Paulo Port Authority, a fire that flared shortly after the leak began spread to 12 other containers carrying chemical products at the terminal.

Toxic gas which on Thursday leaked from tanks in a cargo warehouse in the Brazilian coastal city of Guaruja, close to Santos the country's largest and busiest port, has sent some 40 people to hospitals.

 Guaruja fire department said rainwater apparently seeped into the container where the tanks containing sodium chloride isocyanate were stored, causing a chemical reaction that sent a large white cloud into the sky.

Guaruja Mayor Maria de Antonieta de Brito asked people to stay home because the gas can cause skin irritation, burning sensations, fainting spells and breathing problems.

The gas leak took place at a privately owned warehouse storage facility owned by logistics company Localfrio.

Localfrio spokeswoman Mariela Braga said emergency measures were in place and that the terminal had been evacuated. She added the gas that leaked was toxic, but “not that toxic.” But medical toxicologist Flavio Zambrone disagreed.

“It is an extremely toxic product. It irritates the skin and eyes and if inhaled will also irritate the lungs” he told the G1 news portal.

According to the Sao Paulo Port Authority, a fire that flared shortly after the leak began spread to 12 other containers carrying chemical products at the terminal. The fire was quickly put out, according to the fire departments.

Categories: Environment, Brazil.

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  • Marti Llazo

    Certainly encouraging that it wasn't elevenses that were sent to hospital.

    Jan 15th, 2016 - 01:21 pm 0
  • Jack Bauer

    “The fire was quickly put out, according to the fire departments”.....

    Sounds a bit odd...we saw the flames plus the enormous thick clouds of toxic smoke for a good 48 hours.....but I suppose it all comes down to the definition of “quickly”....

    Jan 16th, 2016 - 09:05 pm 0
  • Marti Llazo

    @2 You've heard of Beer Math?

    Jan 17th, 2016 - 12:03 am 0
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