What Are Some Examples of Man-Made Disasters?


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Man-made disasters include oil spills, nuclear explosions, chemical leaks and some fires. Man-made disasters can cause human fatalities and destruction of the environment.

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Two of the most catastrophic man-made disasters occurring in modern times have been nuclear explosions. The first of these two took place in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, at the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor in 1979. The second disaster occurred in Russia, at the Chernobyl Plant in 1986.

Oil spills caused by human error have also had disastrous effects. One of the most notable examples is the Exxon Valdez oil spill near Alaska in 1989. In 2010, British Petroleum (BP) was responsible for an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The destruction of oil wells in Kuwait during the Gulf War burned for seven months.

Leaking of toxic waste and hazardous chemicals, also caused by human error, have resulted in the loss of lives and had lasting effects on the environment.

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