May 27, 2024, 09:11 AM IST

7 biggest man-made disasters

Shivam Verma

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill was an environmental disaster which began on 20 April 2010, off the coast of the United States in the Gulf of Mexico on the BP-operated Macondo Prospect.

Chernobyl disaster began on 26 April 1986 with the explosion of the No. 4 reactor of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant near Pripyat.

Bhopal gas tragedy was a chemical accident. It is considered world's worst industrial disaster, where over 500,000 people were exposed to highly toxic gas.

Seveso disaster in the Lombardy region of Italy. This accident was ranked 8th in list of the worst man-made environmental disasters by Time magazine in 2010.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a collection of marine debris in the central North Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and California. It's the largest accumulation of trash in the world's oceans.

In the Minamata Mercury Poisoning incident, between 1932 and 1968, Chisso chemical factory in Japan, released methylmercury into wastewater. This toxic water tainted the fish that were consumed daily by residents.

In the Dust Bowl incident in US, around 7,000 people died due to lung disease. Factors included economic depression, overly aggressive and poor farming techniques, hot temperatures and high winds.