Contest #561: Ruins of Union Carbide Plant, Bhopal, India

This is the site of one of the worst industrial disaster in history. Early in the morning of December 3, 1984, the Union Carbide plant at this location spewed methyl isocyanate (MIC) which contaminated the nearby villages. Over half a million people were exposed, most while they were still asleep and had no way to know to escape the gas. Estimates of almost 16,000 deaths between 2300 who died immediately and those who perished from short and long-term effects of the gas.

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The Wikipedia article on the events of that night is a pretty fascinating read, full of stories of corporate negligence, greed, and failure to own up to their obligations. Efforts to spy on and quell those in the country crying out for justice. Discussions of whether or not this was negligence or deliberate sabotage.

Also, a 2014 movie starring Martin Sheen and Kal Penn called “Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain” details the disaster and Union Carbide’s response from the viewpoint of a kid working for the company.

Those who located the site were:

  • Rob de Wolff
  • Garfield
  • hhgygy
  • Phil Ower
  • Walter_V_R
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Abcdefg Hijkl
  • Yakubi Dergahi

And after the hint:

  • Hilde Lambeir
  • Robin
  • Martin de Bock

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