Worst Industrial Accidents in History

The following table includes information about the worst industrial disasters in history.

Year Day Incident Location Fatalities
201304/24Rana Plaza, a building containing several factories, collapsesSavar, Bangladeshmore than 1,100
198412/0242 tons of lethal methyl isocyanate
leak from the Union Carbide pesticide plant
Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India2,259 (immediately)
An estimated 25,000 are believed to have died since from the exposure
194204/26A coal dust and gas explosion in a mineBenxihu Colliery, Benxi Liaoning, China1,549
198604/26Explosion during an unauthorized test at the Chernobyl nuclear power plantPrypiat, Ukraine50 due to radiation
3,940 due to radiation induced cancer and leukemia
194704/16Fire near 2,300 tons of ammonium nitrate on S.S. Grandcamp causes explosionPort of Texas City, Texas, USA581
198411/19Explosions at a Liquid Petroleum Gas tank farmSan Juanico, Mexico500
190603/10Coal dust explosionCourrieres, France1,099
197607/10ICMESA, a chemical manufacturing plant, releases dioxins (TCDD)Seveso, Italy3,300 farm animals
80,000 animals are later slaughtered
198903/24Exxon Valdez, an oil tanker, spills 260,000 to 750,000
barrels of crude oil into the sea
Prince William Sounds, Alaska, USA100,000 to 250,000 seabirds
200005/13Explosion at a fireworks storage depotEnschede, Netherlands23

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