Top 10 Devastating Man-Made Disasters

Added by Edan Barak on Dec 27, 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.


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.

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