Top 10 Devastating Man-Made Disasters

Last updated on Apr 16, 2014

"The road to hell is paved with good intentions," and none more-so than the highway of humanity's achievements. We've learnt to build higher, dig deeper, and generally have gotten better and better at manipulating the world around us to fulfill our every desire. Along the way we've hit some potholes, and at times they've been massive, soul-crushing crevices.

For all of humanity's ingenuity, mistakes do occur, and sometimes become disasters of epic proportions. This list details ten such disasters - not the result of willful destruction such as war (which, if included, would eclipse every other point in this list), but rather the result of simple human negligence, carelessness, or a lack of understand of the world we live in.

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Halifax Explosion

No one knew that the initial explosion, which was caused due to the collision of two ships carrying highly explosive material, was just an invitation to an enormous Tsunami. People gathered across the shoreline to view the damaged vessels sink, when suddenly an 18-meter tall Tsunami wave dragged them into the water.

More than 9,000 people received injuries due to the chunks of heavy metal and around 1,953 were dead on the spot due to the blast and Tsunami.


MV Dona Paz

MV Dona Paz met a deadly accident on its way to Manila. After the ship collided with gasoline carrying Dona Paz, the passengers were compelled to jump into the deep sea in order to save their lives. Though official reports confirm the death of 1,583 people, independent officials claim it to be up to 4,000. Only 26 survivors were retrieved from the shark-filled waters.

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