Sometimes, men are careless. A lot of people are doing things out of greed and selfishness. They do things that destroy the environment and sometimes it would cost innocent lives before they realize that what they did was completely wrong. There are several instances of man made disasters, but in this article I will be citing the 5 worst tragedies caused by men. The following list includes terrorism, war and complete negligence by men that has greatly affected the environment as well as humankind.
Killer Fog in London
With the development of commerce, London’s populace was habituated to seeing pollution laden, foggy air. However, in year 1952, the population took a disastrous turn. During winter season, the weather was extremely cold and people burned lots of coal in their fireplaces to warm themselves. The smoke mixed with sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides as well as soot, and left city covered in a black cloud of almost total blackness and killed more than 12,000 people.
The Al-Mishraq Fire
Fire in Al-Mishraq is also one of the 5 worst man made tragedies of all time that took place on the 24th of June 2003. The fire at an Iraqi sulfur plant scorched for about one month emitting sulfur dioxide into the air. Sulfur dioxide could kill people through causing respiratory issues and also makes acid rain that destroys plants and crops.
Chernobyl, Russia’s Nuclear Power Plant Explosion
On the 26th of April 1986, Nuclear Power Plant in Chernobyl, Russia had a main meltdown that led to the atmospheric discharge of radioactive compound 400 times more radioactive than Japan. Since the calamity, there have been innumerable kids with birth deficiencies, a sickening upsurge of cancer fatalities and lots of medical problems. As per records, the tragedy have caused around 100,000 fatal cancers. What’s even worse is that the area has been found unsafe for farming for more than 200 years.
Oil Fires in Kuwait
Oil spill in Gulf war is the biggest oil spill of all time. In year 1991, following Kuwait invasion, Saddam Hussein sent troops to blow the oil wells of Kuwait. They managed to set more than 600 ablaze that burned for more than 7 months. Oil spill which led to fires caused significant environmental damage.
Aral Sea Destruction
Aral Sea is considered one of the 4 biggest lakes all over the world. But, around five decades ago, the Soviet Union averted the waters from the streams which happens to be the source of irrigation projects. In effect, Aral sea has shrunk by ninety percent while the salt and sandstorm caused by the destruction causes plants to wither and die. What’s more is that, the negative effects cause of the destruction have affected the surrounding environment from hundreds of miles away.
How to Prepare for a Natural Man Made Disasters
Gradually Build Your Supply
You can start to stock up slowly through setting aside a couple of batteries and flashlights each time you buy new ones or through picking up essential or emergency items. If you are not certain what to get, call Federal Emergency Management Agency, they have list of emergency kits to help you get started.
Know the Potential of Your Smartphone
The best life-saving tool can be right at your fingertips. FEMA provides an application where you can set alerts to many different places. You can use this app to find disaster centers and shelters, in case you don’t know where to look for one.
Know the Flood Risk of your Community
While almost each one resides in a flood zone, most are at higher risk on a serious flooding than others. It is essential to determine whether your house is in a low risk, moderate risk and high risk flood zone. There are tools available to know if you are not certain which you reside in.
Prepare Your Emergency Survival Kit Always
Make sure you have emergency survival kits always available. This can help you how to cope with disasters.
Nature is now fighting back against the desecration and it is no laughing matter!