Analysis of the LPG Disaster in Mexico City, 19 November 1984(eBook)

Published Date

January 1985

Analysis of the LPG Disaster in Mexico City, 19 November 1984(eBook)

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This paper is a description of the investigation into the Mexico disaster, showing the difference between actuals and the models of damage (15pp)

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In November 1984 an enormous disaster involving an LPG installation occurred in Mexico City and resulted in the deaths of over 500 people. A TNO team went to Mexico shortly afterwards to conduct an investigation. This paper reflects on their findings and draws some preliminary conclusions.

The accident analysis has been carried out within the framework of a number of past and present activities conducted by TNO in the field of industrial safety, such as:
– The maintenance of a data base of disasters involving hazardous materials ('FACTS') and matching accident analyses
– The conduct of risk assessment analyses and safety studies concerning the handling of hazardous materials
– The development of models for the benefit of disaster fighting.

The objective of the Mexico City disaster analysis is twofold. Firstly it serves to test existing effect and damage models used in safety studies that predict the amount of damage and the area where damage is likely to occur. Secondly, it examines the way in which the disaster fighting was conducted as well as the specific difficulties that are encountered in the case of disasters such as the one in Mexico City.

This paper gives an initial description of the location of the disaster, the disaster itself and it also supplies a damage analysis. Additional data analysis, particularly the comparison of the actual damage with existing effect- and damage models can be found in the TNO report.

Paper Delivered by:
CM Pietersen (TNO, The Netherlands)

Prepared for:
Gastech Nice 1985

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Title: Analysis of the LPG Disaster in Mexico City, 19 November 1984(eBook)
Product Code: 4433g006
Published Date: January 1985

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