Los Alfaques Disaster: road accident and tanker explosion (00:00:20)

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Los Alfaques Disaster: road accident and tanker explosion

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Location and time:

Spain, Alcanar, 11-07-1978


The disaster occurred at 14:35, while the truck was moving past the Los Alfaques campsite after travelling 102 km so far.

There are several different witness reports as to the events directly preceding the blast, all of which are more or less equally plausible. Some reported the tank was already leaking as it approached the site, or sprung a leak with a loud bang while passing the site, and was then stopped by the driver. Others reported the bang being caused by a blown tire which caused the truck to swerve out of control and strike the wall separating the campsite from the roadside, possibly overturning in the process.

In either case, the leaking tanker formed a cloud of gaseous propylene that partially entered the campsite and also drifted on the wind towards the discothèque to the northeast. The white cloud attracted the attention of campsite patrons, who approached the cloud with curiosity as it continued to spread. As the cloud began to permeate the crowded discothèque, it reached an ignition source and immediately flashed back into the tanker, causing a fire that nearly instantaneously ruptured the weakened tank and ignited the full load of gas in a massive BLEVE.

At that time the campsite to the south was crowded with nearly 1000 vacationers, mostly German and other foreign tourists, packed tightly in trailers and tents. The blast and fireball (which was estimated at over 1000°F and left a 65'x5' crater) destroyed everything — cars, trailers and buildings — within a 300-metre radius, gutting over 90% of the main camping area. The discothèque to the northeast, which contained almost 100 people and was later determined to be the likely source of the ignition, was also razed to the ground, killing all inside.

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Arabic :

الطريق، الخطر، الطوارئ، المخاطر، إسبانيا، حادث الانفجار،، كارثة ناقلة، لوس الفاكويس الكوارث، الكنار، البروبيلين السائل، تاراجونا، الأزمة، شاحنة صهريج، المخيم لوس الفاكويس,

Bulgarian :

пътищата, опасност, опасност, риск, Испания, бедствие, авария, експлозия, цистерна, Лос Alfaques бедствие, Alcanar, течен пропилен, Тарагона, криза, танкер камион, Лос Alfaques къмпинга,

Catalan :

carretera, de perill, d'emergència, risc, Espanya, desastres, accidents, explosió, cisterna, Los Alfaques desastre, Alcanar, líquid propilè, Tarragona, crisi, camió cisterna, càmping Los Alfaques,

Chinese Simplified :

路,危险,紧急情况下,风险,西班牙、 灾害、 事故、 爆炸、 油轮、 洛杉矶 Alfaques 灾害、 Alcanar、 液态丙烯,塔拉戈纳、 危机,油罐卡车、 洛杉矶 Alfaques 露营地,

Czech :

Road, nebezpečí, nebezpečí, riziko, Španělsko, katastrofy, nehody, exploze, Tanker, Los Alfaques katastrofa, Alcanar kapalné propylenu, Tarragona, krize, cisterny, Los Alfaques kemp,

Estonian :

Road, ohustada, avarii, riski, Hispaania, katastroofi, avarii, plahvatuse, Tanker, Los Alfaques katastroof, Alcanar ja vedela propeeni, Tarragona, kriis, tanker veoauto, Los Alfaques laagri,

Finnish :

Road, uskaltaa, hätä, riski, Espanja, katastrofi, onnettomuus, räjähdys, säiliöalus, Los Alfaques katastrofi, Alcanar, nestemäinen propeenin Tarragona, kriisi, säiliöautoilla, Los Alfaques leirintäalue,

Haitian Creole :

wout, risque, ijans, risque, peyi Espay, yon dezas, aksidan, eksplozyon, Pétrolier, Los Alfaques dezas, Alcanar, likid le, Tarragone, kriz, pétrolier kamyon, camping Los Alfaques,

Indonesian :

Road, bahaya, darurat, risiko, Spanyol, bencana, kecelakaan, ledakan, Tanker, Los Alfaques bencana, Alcanar, cair propylene, Tarragona, krisis, truk, perkemahan Los Alfaques,

Japanese :

道路、ハザード、緊急時に、リスク、スペイン、災害、事故、爆発、タンカー、ロサンゼルス Alfaques 災害、バルセロナ、液体プロピレン、タラゴナ、危機、タンカー トラック, ロス Alfaques キャンプ場,

Korean :

, 위험, 긴급, 위험, 스페인, 재해, 사고, 폭발, 탱 커, 로스 Alfaques 재해, Alcanar, 액체 프로필 렌, 타 라, 위기, 탱 커, 로스 Alfaques 야영지,

Lithuanian :

kelių, pavojaus, avarijos, rizika, Ispanija, nelaimių, avarijų, sprogimo, tanklaivis, Los Alfaques nelaimės, Alcanar, skysčių propileno, Tarragona, krizė, tanklaivis sunkvežimis, Los Alfaques stovyklavietės,

Romanian :

Road, pericol, de urgenţă, risc, Spania, dezastru, accidente, explozii, tanc, Los Alfaques dezastru, Alcanar, propilen lichid, Tarragona, criza, Camion cisternă, camping Los Alfaques,

Russian :

дорога, опасность, чрезвычайные ситуации, риск, Испания, катастрофы, аварии, взрыва, танкер, Лос Alfaques катастрофы, Alcanar, жидкого пропилена, Таррагона, кризис, автоцистерна, Los Alfaques кемпинг,

Slovenian :

cesti, nevarnosti, nujnih primerih, tveganje, Španija, nesreča, nesreča, eksplozije, Tanker, Los Alfaques nesreče, Alcanar, tekoči propilen, Tarragona, kriza, tovornjak cisterna, Los Alfaques kamp,

Spanish :

carretera, peligro, emergencia, riesgo, desastre, accidente, España, explosión, petrolero, Los desastres de los Alfaques, Alcanar, propileno líquido, Tarragona, Crisis, camión cisterna, Camping Los Alfaques,

Swedish :

Road, fara, nödsituation, risk, Spanien, katastrof, olyckshändelse, explosion, Tanker, Los Alfaques katastrof, Alcanar, flytande propen, Tarragona, kris, tankbil, Los Alfaques campingplats,

Turkish :

Road, hazard, acil durum, risk, İspanya, afet, kaza, patlama, Tanker, Los Alfaques felaket, Alcanar, sıvı propilen, Tarragona, kriz, kamyonun, Los Alfaques kamp,

Ukrainian :

дороги, небезпеки, надзвичайних ситуацій, ризикувати, Іспанії, катастрофи, аварії, вибух, танкер, Los Alfaques катастрофи, Alcanar, рідке пропилен Таррагона, криза, вантажних бензовоз, кемпінг Лос Alfaques,

Vietnamese :

Road, nguy hiểm, trường hợp khẩn cấp, rủi ro, Tây Ban Nha, thiên tai, tai nạn, vụ nổ, tàu chở dầu, Los Alfaques thiên tai, Alcanar, chất lỏng propylen, Tarragona, khủng hoảng, Xe sitéc, khu cắm trại Los Alfaques,




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