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

Catalan :

carretera, riscos, 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 灾难、 Alcanar、 液态丙烯,塔拉戈纳,危机,罐车、 洛杉矶 Alfaques 营地,

Chinese Traditional :

路,危險,緊急情況下,風險,西班牙、 災害、 事故、 爆炸、 油輪、 洛杉磯 Alfaques 災難、 Alcanar、 液態丙烯,塔拉戈納,危機,罐車、 洛杉磯 Alfaques 營地,

Czech :

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

Danish :

Road, fare, nødsituation, risiko, Spanien, katastrofe, ulykke, eksplosion, tankskib, Los Alfaques katastrofe, Alcanar, flydende propylen, Tarragona, krise, tankbil, Los Alfaques campingplads,

Dutch :

Road, gevaren, Emergency, risico, Spanje, ramp, ongeval, explosie, tank, Alcanar, Los Alfaques ramp vloeibare propyleen, Tarragona, Crisis, tanker vrachtwagen, Los Alfaques Camping,

Finnish :

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

French :

route, danger, urgence, risque, Espagne, accident, catastrophe, explosion, catastrophe de Los Alfaques, Alcanar, pétrolier, propylène liquide, Tarragone, crise, camion citerne, le camping de Los Alfaques,

Indonesian :

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

Italian :

strada, emergenza, di pericolo, rischio, Spagna, disastro, incidente, esplosione, petroliera, Los Alfaques Disaster, Alcanar, propilene liquido, Tarragona, crisi, camion cisterna, Campeggio Los Alfaques,

Japanese :

道路、災害、緊急、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、ケープタウン、液体プロピレン、タラゴナ、危機、タンクローリー、ロサンゼルス Alfaques キャンプ場,

Korean :

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

Latvian :

ceļa, bīstamības, avārijas, riskēt, Spānija, katastrofu, nelaimes gadījumu, eksplozijas, tankkuģis, Los Alfaques katastrofa, Alcanar, šķidrais propilēns, Tarragona, krīze, tankkuģa kravas, Los Alfaques kempings,

Lithuanian :

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




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