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Visakhapatnam Gas Leak Tragedy

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Styrene gas leaked from LG Polymers Plant in Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. The plant was located about 15 km from the coastal city of Vizag. The changes in temperature inside a storage tank resulted in a leak.

Around 5 villages were affected due to the leak. The gas has spread across a radius of 3 km affecting at least 5 villages and over 3000 people. According to the sources, a gas leak occurred on 7th May – Thursday at 2 AM on in the morning and quickly spread to around 5 villages in the vicinity of RR Venkatapuram where the plant is located.

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About Styrene Gas:

  • Styrene is a chemical compound that has been identified as neuro-toxins.
  • It is also known as ethenylbenzene, vinylbenzene, and phenylephrine.
  • The chemical formula of Styrene Gas is C6H5CH=CH2.
  • Styrene gas is a by-product of highly flammable raw material Styrene.
  • The gas produced by burning styrene is poisonous in nature. Coming to chemical properties, Styrene Gas is a colour-less and odour-less compound.

Health Impacts of Styrene Gas:

  • Styrene gas affects the respiratory system.
  • It causes chest congestion, gasping, air hunger and wheezing.
  • It slowly paralyses the lung muscles causing complete respiratory paralysis. This leads to death due to oxygen deprivation.
  • Death occurs within 10 minutes of continuous exposure to concentrate Styrene gas.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister: Y. S.Jaganmohan Reddy.
  • Governor of Andhra Pradesh: Biswa Bhusan Harichandan.

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