Top 10 Devastating Man-Made Disasters
"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.
The Great Smog
In 1952, Londoners didn't know that the coal they were burning to keep their homes warm, could fuel the pollution caused by the harmful industrial gases. Soon the Sulphur Dioxide from the coal cobbled together with the industrial waste and caused respiratory tract-related problems. Fatalities from this deadly gas combination are believed to be close to 12,000 with thousands others ill with the same condition.
Benxihu Colliery Explosion
In 1942, the Benxihu coal and iron mine's entrance was set ablaze by a gas explosion in one of its shafts. The Japanese authorities who were heading the project evacuated the site right away. However, the workers were captured inside the burning mine. According to the Japanese authorities, only 34 people died in this dreadful accident. Later, reports confirmed the number of deaths to be 1,549.