What Are Examples of Man-Made Disasters?

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Examples of man-made disasters, which result from human negligence, error or intent, include nuclear warfare, biochemical warfare, nuclear explosions, toxic emissions, global warming, fires, civil unrest and terrorism. Man-made disasters can be catastrophic, causing extensive damage to the environment and resulting in human loss and devastation.

Some of the most devastating man-made disasters in history include the bombing of the Chinese capital of Chongqing during World War II, which left over 2,500 people dead. London’s killer fog, or the Great Smog, that occurred in 1952 left nearly 12,000 people dead. The Bhopal, India disaster, a gas leak, resulted in nearly 30,000 deaths.