West Texas Plant Explosion

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Brief Summary about the Plant Explosion

On April 17, an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, took part of the small town located some 20 miles north of Waco. The massive explosion killed about 15 people and about 160 people were injured. The accurate time when the explosion happened is 7:50 p.m. The explosions caused a lot of damage: 60-80 home wiped out, 50-75 homes destroyed, 50-unit apartments damaged. On April 19, it was told that 60 people were missing, 12 bodies were recovered, and at least 200 bodies injured.


Food and Water

Because of the explosion there is a sea of volunteers, unloading donations by the truckload, sorting and tripping over piles and boxes. Separate from the food and the stacks of bottled water there are clothes, toiletries, dishes. It's all there for anyone in West who really needs it.

Energy Sources

In some part of the city the fire explosion caused the power to go out from couple hours to couple of days.

Abiotic Factors

The air in the area was populated by gasses. Cars were blown up in the explosion. A lot of houses and buildings were damaged by flying debris. The big fire burned everything surrounding the area.

Biotic Factors

People, Plants nearby, animals, birds. The reason why the biotic factors of the environment got affected because of the fire and the gas pollution.


The Anhydrous ammonia is also known to pose severe health risks.On contact with human skin or eyes,it causes severe burns.Inhaled as a gas,could affect the lungs.Symptoms of exposure can include breathing difficulty, irritation of the eyes, nose or throat; and burns or blisters. Exposure to high concentrations can lead to death.

Long-term impacts from the natural disaster

Some long-term imapacts are:

-It would take a long term to recover the whole ecosystem .The fertilizer plant explosion destroyed houses,buildings,homes, etc.

-The people who are affected by the explosion might have recover from whatever diagnous they are suffering from.

-The pollution.

Another Natural Disaster event to a similar neutral disaster that occured in an earlier point of time- CHERNOBYL DISASTER

It was a nuclear accident that occurred 26 April, 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine. This disaster in widely considered to have been the worst nuclear power plant accident in the history. The explosion occurred at 1:23 a.m. occurred.
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