NBC News takes a look back at the Union Carbide Disaster in Bhopal, India. See original coverage of this devastating gas leak.
The Union Carbide gas leak killed more than 15,000 people, exposed half a million to methyl isocyanate (used for making pesticides), and is still felt today in birth defects and contaminated ground water. The disaster sparked the closure of the plant’s counterpart in Institute, West Virginia and angry protests in the streets of Bhopal. NBC News reports on all of these moments, including the financial repercussions to Union Carbide and the ultimate toll of this horrific industrial accident.