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10 Worst Disasters of 20th Century

The 10 most weird disasters of the 20th century can be read here. Some are really painfu and dreadly. Have a look…

10. Elephant rampage Forest Chandka

In the spring of 1972, Chandka Forest Area in India was hit by drought and heat waves. Local elephants, who usually were not a problem, became agitated because the high temperatures and lack of water. In summer the situation worsened. It was the peak on 10th July, when a bunch of elephants rampaged and attacked the 5 villages, leaving massive damage.

9. Mass poisoning in Basra

September 1971; shipment 90 metric tons of wheat arrived in the Iraqi port of Basra. American barley and wheat that had been chemically processed with methyl-mercury to prevent decay; and sprayed in pink to indicate that the materials were highly toxic had clearly written warnings printed on the wrapper in English and Spanish. Before being distributed to farmers, the package had been stolen from the dock and sold as food to the starving population. The Iraqi government, ashamed of this neglect, told different stories until two years of the American journalist reported evidence of the hospital handled 6.530 cases of mercury poisoning. Government officials admitted thereafter that 459 had died, but the actual number was estimated at 6.000 with another 100,000 suffering from permanent effects like blindness, deafness and brain damage.

8. Chains reaction explosion in Texas City

On April 15th, 1947, the French fighter entered the Texas City docks, and took 1.400 tons of ammonium nitrate fertilizer. That night, the light appeared at the bottom of the deck. Towards morning, a cloud of black smoke appeared and people assumed that it came from the chemical company Monsanto which was only 700 feet away. A man stood in the dock, watching, tugboat prepared to drag the ship to sea transport. The flames spread out of the wreck, and within minutes Monsanto exploded, killing and destroying hundreds of workers and witnesses who saw the explosion beginning. Most commercial district were destroyed, and fires raged along the shores of the sea, where a large number of butane gas pliers in a state threatened to explode. Not long after midnight, a second freighter, also carrying nitrates, exploded, and the whole thing happened again. More than 500 people dead and 1000 injured.

7. Tunguska event

On 30 June, 1908 a large explosion occurred near Podkamennaya (Under Rock) Tunguska River that is now known Krasnoyarsk Krai of Russia. The explosion apparently caused by a meteor or comet fragment with a length of about 20m (60 feet). Although the meteor or comet is considered destroyed before it reached the earth, this event is still considered collision events. Explosion energy is estimated between 10 and 20 megatons of TNT, 1,000 times more powerful than the bombs dropped on Hiroshima, or equivalent to Castle Bravo, the most powerful nuclear bomb detonated by U.S. Tunguska explosion uprooted approximately 80 million trees on approximately 2.150 square kilimeter. The damage is still visible from satellites in space.

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