Chlorine Gas

Here’s an update on yesterday’s post about the deadly explosion of toxic gas at the port in Aqaba. According to today’s news, the death toll has risen to twelve (some accounts say thirteen), with more than 250 people injured.

The toxic material is now specifically named as “chlorine gas”. Elemental chlorine gas is pale yellow-green when isolated, whereas mustard gas (which contains chlorine) is generally described as yellow-brown in appearance. Photos of the latter strongly resemble yesterday’s plume of vapor in Aqaba.

It’s possible that the chlorine gas in the tank was compounded with other elements to make it that color. I don’t know whether such compounding might be done with the express purpose of making the gas clearly visible during accidents such as the one in Jordan.

The container is said to have been destined for Djibouti, which is just down the Red Sea from Aqaba, on the African coast.

Was the chlorine gas manufactured in Jordan? Or was it manufactured elsewhere and transshipped?

The whole story still seems strange to me, but I doubt we’ll ever learn any more than this.

Below are excerpts from a recent Reuters report on the incident:

Chlorine Gas Leak Kills at Least 12, Injures 251 at Jordan Port

The leak came after a tank filled with chlorine gas being exported to Djibouti fell while being transported, officials said.

At least 12 people died and 251 were injured in a chlorine gas leak from a storage tank at Jordan’s Aqaba port, officials and state media reported on Monday.

A video posted on state television’s Twitter page showed a storage tank falling from a winch and slamming into the deck of a ship, followed by yellow-coloured gas rising into the air as people ran away.

Health ministry officials said they expected only a handful of people to remain hospitalised by Tuesday.

Chlorine is a widely used disinfectant and water purification agent, but if inhaled, the gas turns to hydrochloric acid, which can lead to internal burning and drowning through a reactionary release of water in the lungs.

4 thoughts on “Chlorine Gas

  1. When we used to use chlorine gas at Uni, it was distinctly green in colour, this looks like something else. I have never worked with mustard gas which has little commercial value except as a chemical weapon.

    see the picture here:

    Chlorine does not readily turn into HCL *hydrochloric acid’ which is a gas in its pure form. raher, it forms hypochlorite (bleach) which is still pretty deadly.

    The colour in the photo is chrome yellow – but I hav no clue what it is – picric acid explosive is similar it is a powder that sublimates (goes direct from solid to gas) picric acid is highly explosive rather than poisonous and was used in shells up to 1917.

  2. The murderous “yellow powder” weapon in the Irlmaier prophecy:

    “I see the earth like a ball before me, on whom now the white pigeons fly near, a very large number coming up from the sand. And then it rains a YELLOW dust in a line. When the golden city is destroyed, it begins. Like a YELLOW line it goes up to the city in the bay. It will be a clear night, when they begin to throw it. The tanks are still driving, but those who sit in these tanks became quite black. Where it falls down, everything will be dead, no tree, no bush, no cattle, no grass, this becomes withered and black. The houses still exist. I don’t know, what it is and so I cannot tell it. It is a long line. Who goes over this line, dies. The ones, who are on the one side cannot go over to the other side.
    The airplanes drop a YELLOW powder between the Black Sea and the North Sea. Thus a death strip is created, straight from the Black Sea to the North Sea, as wide as half Bavaria. In this zone no more grass can grow, let alone humans live. The Russian supply is interrupted. Swarms of pigeons ascend from the sand.
    Here, the pilots also throw off their small black boxes. They do explode, before they touch the soil, and spread a YELLOW or green smoke or dust. What comes in contact with this becomes dead, whether it is a human, an animal or a plant. For one year no organism is allowed to enter this area, otherwise it will expose itself to the largest mortal danger. At the Rhine the attack is finally repelled. From the three spearheads no soldier will come home anymore.
    These boxes are satanic. When they explode, a YELLOW and green dust or smoke arises, everything that comes in contact to it, is dead, it is a human, an animal or a plant. The humans become quite black and the meat fall off their bones, so sharply is the poison. By a natural catastrophe or something similar the Russians suddenly evade to the north. Around Cologne the last battle has started. At the Rhine I see a half-moon, which wants to devour everything.”

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