Louisiana sinkhole threatens butane - may cause H-Bomb level explosion

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    Sinkhole: H-Bomb explosion equivalent in Bayou Corne possible - National Human Rights | Examiner.com
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    If a nearby butane-filled cavern fails, as it appears the brine cavern did, "it could cause an explosion felt up to two miles away," Fox News 8 reported Tuesday morning. "That's the worst-case scenario."
    Sinkhole: Now 372 feet diameter, Only 1500 feet from butane-filled cavern - National Human Rights | Examiner.com



    "Fire-ball radius: (central orange circle): 0.62 km / 0.39 mi. Maximum size of the nuclear fireball; relevance to lived effects depends on height of detonation.

    "Air blast radius: 3.8 km / 2.1 mi (red shaded circle) 20 psi overpressure; heavily built concrete buildings are severely damaged or demolished; fatalities approach 100%

    "Air blast radius: 8.93 km / 5.55 mi (gray shaded circle) 4.6 psi overpressure; most buildings collapse; injuries universal, fatalities widespread.

    "Thermal radiation radius: 15.18 km / 9.43 mi (outer orange shaded circle) Third-degree burns to all exposed skin; starts fires in flammable materials, contributes to firestorm if large enough."
     
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    Heat released by combusting butane = 49.5 Mj/kg
    Heat of combustion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Heat released by TNT = 2.72 Mj/kg
    Strength (explosive) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    one ton of butane = 49.5/2.75 tons of TNT = 18 tons of TNT

    1.5 million bbl Butane X 42 gallons / bbl X 4.81 lb/gallon = 303 million lbs of butane = 151,500 English tons of butane = 0.137 megatons butane

    0.137 ones of butane * 18 tones of TNT/tons of butane = 2.5 megatons TNT.
     
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    Politics????
     
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    Only in louisiana. Hope nobody gets hurt.
     
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    Yes, only in Louisiana would the natural resources mined, refined, and transported for a nation to thrive on would the consequences impact the environment.
     

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