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10 Of The Biggest Man Made Disasters of the World

10 Of The Biggest Man Made Disasters of the World

Man made disasters – During the advancement of civilisation mankind has always prompted catastrophes that put mother nature in absolute jeopardy.

These were caused by some overlooked bloopers in the technology and the innocent people had to bear the brunt.

But such is the collateral damage of civilisation and here are some examples of these Man made disasters that shook the world.

Man made disasters –

1. London’s killer fog:

During the rapid spurt of industrialization, London has witnessed an air thick with pollution. Back in 1952, this pollution took turned downright savage and lead to a tragic consequence. During the winter, the weather was too cold to tolerate and the residents burned excessive coal to beat the chill. The smoke was laden with sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and soot which gave birth to a thicket of block cloud whose darkness killed at least 12,000 people.

2. The Al-Mishraq fire:

An Iraqi sulphur plant burned for about a month before 4th June, 2003 which constantly released sulphur dioxide into the atmosphere. It is known to all that sulphur dioxide escalates respiratory problems into human beings and even cause acid rains which ruin corps.

3. The Nuclear power plant explosion in Chernobyl, Russia:

In the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, on April 26th in the year 1986, a nuclear power plant had a major collapse which prompted atmospheric release of radioactive materials which was hundred times more radioactive than Hiroshima. After the incident took place, the locality turned into a debris and people produced countless children with birth defects. There was also a sudden rise of cancer and other health issues to be seen. Figuratively, 100,000 fatal cancers have been reported as of now and the place is not deemed safe for any activities like farming, forget inhabiting.

4. The Kuwait Oil fires:

The invasion of Kuwait in the year 1991 is known to all when Saddam Hussain sent is henchmen to blow up the Kuwait oil wells. They could set at least 600 wells ablaze in a row which burned for over seven months. The Gulf war oil spill sparked a never-ending fire that caused a irreparable environmental damage.

5. The destruction of the Aral Sea:

In the year 1960, Soviet Union diverted the waters from rivers to feed fat irrigation projects. The Aral sea, which was fourth largest lakes of all time, abruptly shrunk by 90 percent creating salt and sandstorms which  killed flora and fauna besides bearing detrimental consequences for hundreds of miles across.

6. The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill:

The notable American Oil Tanker Exxon Valdez rammed into The Bligh Reef on march 24, in the year 1989. This resulted in an oil spill with widespread consequences in the Prince William Sound in Alaska. Approximately, 11 million gallons of oil spilled across 500 miles thereby harming the coastline. This killed over a quarter million birds and innumerable wildlife.

7. Dioxin Pollution:

This happened in Meda, Italy on July 10th . A reactor in the ICMESA chemical company exploded which resulted in a noxious cloud of dioxin that mingled with the atmosphere. Dioxin is the most harmful chemical which affected many children with skin disease Chloracne but thankfully no one died.

8. Bhopal Gas tragedy:

The Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, started to leak methyl isocyanate gas and other poisonous toxins into the atmosphere on 2nd December, 1984. This resulted in 15,000 deaths right away and over 500,000 people were exposed. Later, at least 20,000 people have died as the after-effect of the tragedy being inflicted with gas related diseases.

9. The Three Mile Island Nuclear Explosion:

This harrowing incident occurred in Harrisburg, PA on March 28, 1979 where a nuclear reactor exploded partially. But there was little radiation released because thankfully the containment system wasn’t dysfunctional. This accident created ripples in the nuclear power industry right away and some livestock deaths, premature deaths and birth defects have been reported so far.

10. The love canal:

Love Canal is located near the Niagra falls around which a strange smell has been spotted in the year 1940. The inhabitants also noticed a seepage leaking into their yards resulting in some unknown diseases. There were blanket miscarriages began to be seen in women and babies started to be born with birth defects. When probed into the matter, they found that there was over 21,000 tons of toxic industrial waste buried below the surface of the town by a local company which was ghastly!

Man made disasters – We are sure that these man-made disasters continued to unnerve the balance of ecosystem for decades thereafter. These are the darkest and well kept secrets of developing countries that we brought forth before you.