December, 1982

This is a repeating event

198219DecAll DayTacoa Terminal Explosion 1982Electricidad de Caracas Tacoa (VE)Industry:StorageCountry:VenezuelaLanguage:ENLoC:Confined explosion Origin: Marsh Incident:VCEHazards:FlammableImpact:HUMAN (Offsite Fatalities)Effects:> 100 FatalitiesMaterial:Fuel Oil


A huge boil-over occurred on a fuel oil tank, killing at least 160 people in a huge fire ball. The explosion occurred on the fuel oil tank while it was being gauged, blowing the roof off the tank and setting it on fire. Eight hours after the tank fire started a violent boil-over occurred. Burning oil flowed down the hill where the tank was located and surrounded a second tank.

[ Property Damage $70 Million. Estimated Current Value $193 Million ]

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