But as we will see, recent industrial disasters such as the 2007 I-35 West Mississippi bridge collapse (13 killed, 145 injured), the 2006 Sago mine disaster (12 killed), 2010 Upper Big Branch mine explosion (29 killed), 2007 Crandall Canyon mine cave in (9 killed), 2008 Kingston Fossil Plant collapse (a huge environmental disaster caused by the largest coal slurry fly ash release in US history), 2008 New York City crane collapse (7 killed) and now the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil platform explosion ( 11 killed) are nothing new.
Many of the illnesses and deaths were initially attributed to asthma.
The smog continued until it rained on October 31, by which time 20 residents of Donora had died and approximately a third to one half of the town’s population of 14,000 residents had been sickened. Steel’s Donora Zinc Works and its American Steel & Wire plant were frequent occurrences in Donora.
Let’s take a look back at ten of the worst industrial disasters since 1945.
This Silver Bridge was a suspension bridge built in 1928 and named for the color of its aluminum paint.
Industrial disasters have killed untold thousands of people since the beginning of the industrial revolution.
Many were avoidable, and needless disasters caused by callous disregard for human safety in an unending quest for money. This list focuses on American industrial disasters since the post World War II era.
Out of a population of 5,000 people, 125 were killed, 1,121 were injured, and over 4,000 were left homeless.
507 houses were destroyed, in addition to forty-four mobile homes and 30 businesses.
However, there are attacks that are unnatural and man made such as wars, explosions, chemical spills, etc.